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My Neighbor Totoro

Mon., June 26, 7 p.m.
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Two young girls move with their father to the countryside and experience strange goings-on. It sounds like a by-the-numbers horror movie, but Hayao Miyazaki's My Neighbor Totoro is in fact a family film. Sisters Satsuki and Mei find their new home is inhabited by small soot goblins — and that a host of unusual creatures with rabbit ears appear when no adults are around. Are these apparitions really there, or are they merely manifestations of the girls subconscious fears for their mother, who has been hospitalized with a mysterious illness for far too long? Mei believes they're real, and that the large, bear-like spirit she calls Totoro is keeping a friendly watch over them. My Neighbor Totoro is revered for its mystical view of the natural world and its realistic characterization of childhood — and also for the lovable Totoro. Fathom Events presents two screenings of My Neighbor Totoro this week. You can see the dubbed version at 12:55 p.m. Sunday, June 25, or one with subtitles at 7 p.m. Monday, June 26, at the Marcus Wehrenberg Ronnies Cine (5320 South Lindbergh Boulevard; www.famthomevents.com). Tickets are $12.50. $12.50

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Cleve Jones

Mon., June 26, 7 p.m.
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Cleve Jones has been on the front lines of the fight for LGBTQ rights for 40 years. His youth was spent in free-wheeling 1970s San Francisco, where he joined Harvey Milk's office as a student intern. Invigorated by the power of the people, Jones then founded the San Francisco AIDS Foundation as the disease was tearing through his community, and continued the fight with the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt. All along his message has been that nothing will change unless the people will it to happen; we must keep raising our voices and standing up for what we believe is right. Jones' new memoir, When We Rise, tells the story of his life and remembers the people who helped him, loved him and inspired him to keep pushing for equality. It just won the Lambda Literary award for Gay Memoir/Biography. Jones will be at Left Bank Books (399 North Euclid Avenue; www.left-bank.com) at 7 p.m. tonight to discuss his book and sign copies. Admission is free. free admission

Left Bank Books (map)
399 N Euclid Ave
St. Louis - Central West End
phone 314-367-6731
Cleve Jones

To Keep the Light

Mon., June 26, 7:30 p.m.

Thomas is a lighthouse keeper on the coast of Maine. It's a tough life, one that requires rigorous discipline and near-constant work to maintain the lighthouse in harsh conditions. Fortunately he can rely on his wife Abbie — and since Thomas has been bedridden with a serious illness, Abbie has taken on all of his daily duties. When Abbie finds a man washed up on the rocks, she tends to him as well. But things are bound to change once the government inspectors show up; no woman could be expected to manage a lighthouse in 1876, despite all evidence to the contrary. Erica Fae's film To Keep the Light won Fae the emerging director's award at the 2016 St. Louis International Film Festival. To Keep the Light receives another screening at 7:30 p.m. tonight at .Zack (3224 Locust Street; www.cinemastlouis.org) as part of the Films @ SLIFF.Zack series. Admission is free. free admission

.Zack (map)
3224 Locust St
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-304-3602
To Keep the Light

Imagery of Chess: St. Louis Artists

Wednesdays-Fridays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Sundays, 12-5 p.m. and Mondays, Tuesdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through Sept. 17

In 1944 Marcel Duchamp, Julien Levy and Max Ernst organized The Imagery of Chess, an exhibition of chess sets reimagined by artists and performers. Their hope was that people's vision of the chess board and pieces would be expanded beyond the then-accepted options of either the classic Staunton design or the "French" set. In 2016, the World Chess Hall of Fame exhibited some of the works from the 1944 show to acknowledge the debt owed to those artists for forever altering the look of chess. Imagery of Chess: St. Louis Artists is the new follow-up exhibit, which invites twenty local artists to have their way with the game pieces. Among those participating are Eugenia Alexander, who cites the Afrofuturism movement as a key influence on her work; fashion designer and Project Runway vet Michael Drummond; and Yuka Suga, a glass and metals artist who also works as a therapist. A second, simultaneous show, Pow! Capturing Superheroes, Chess & Comics, showcases more than 200 chess-themed comic books (you'd be surprised by how many super villains play chess to keep their minds sharp for optimal intricate scheming functionality). There are also superhero-themed chess boards and a comic book reading room. Both exhibitions open a free reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 23, at the World Chess Hall of Fame (4652 Maryland Avenue; www.worldchesshof.org). Imagery of Chess continues through September 14. Pow! remains up through September 17. Admission is a suggested $5 donation. $5 suggested donation

#1 in Civil Rights

Mondays, Wednesdays-Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Tuesdays, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Continues through April 15, 2018

St. Louis' history as a wellspring of civil rights activism is deep and impressive. Dred and Harriet Scott's legal fight to be free, Mary Meachum's bold actions leading slaves to freedom across the Mississippi River, the Jefferson Bank protesters organizing to get access to better jobs, Percy Green and the daring VP Ball invaders who challenged St. Louis' powerful elite and the exclusionary nature of their private party — all of these people fought the good fight in St. Louis. #1 in Civil Rights, the new exhibition at the Missouri History Museum (Lindell Boulevard and DeBaliviere Avenue; www.mohistory.org) chronicles the history of the civil rights movement in the metro area through artifacts, historical photos, oral histories, art work and actors' performances. Every key moment in the black struggle for equality is covered up to the present day, with artifacts collected by the museum staff following the killing of Michael Brown and the resulting civil unrest in Ferguson playing a major role in the exhibit. #1 in Civil Rights opens on Saturday, March 11, and continues through April 15, 2018. Admission is free. free admission

Missouri History Museum (map)
Lindell Blvd. & DeBaliviere Ave.
St. Louis - Forest Park
phone 314-746-4599
#1 in Civil Rights

Route 66: Main Street Through St. Louis

Mondays, Wednesdays-Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through July 16

Before the interstate highway system was developed, Route 66 was the safest, fastest way to cross the western half of the country. Starting in Chicago and ending Santa Monica, the "Main Street of America" came right though St. Louis, but not in the mostly straight lines we're accustomed to now. At various points in time, Route 66 traversed Watson Road, Manchester Road, the Martin Luther King Bridge and the Poplar Street Bridge. That shifting route helped spur the growth of cities and businesses along the way, as travelers stopped overnight at the Coral Court Motel or grabbed a bit to eat at the Parkmoor Restaurant. Route 66: Main Street Through St. Louis, the new exhibition at the Missouri History Museum (Lindell Boulevard and DeBaliviere Avenue; 314-746-4599 or www.mohistory.org), tells the story of the byway through roadside signs and gas pumps, historic vehicles, bus tours and photographs. Route 66 opens Saturday, June 25, and remains open through July 16, 2017. Admission is free. free admission

Missouri History Museum (map)
Lindell Blvd. & DeBaliviere Ave.
St. Louis - Forest Park
phone 314-746-4599
Route 66: Main Street Through St. Louis

Cleve Jones

Mon., June 26, 7 p.m.
phone 314-367-6731
info@left-bank.com
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Left Bank Books welcomes LGBTQ and AIDS activist Cleve Jones, who will sign and discuss his memoir, "When We Rise: My Life in the Movement"! This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of "When We Rise" from Left Bank Books will be required to enter the signing line. The partial inspiration for the ABC television miniseries, Cleve Jones's memoir is a sweeping, profoundly moving account of his life from sexually liberated 1970s San Francisco, through the AIDS crisis, and up to his present-day involvement with the marriage equality battle. Free

http://www.left-bank.com/event/cleve-jones
Left Bank Books (map)
399 N Euclid Ave
St. Louis - Central West End
phone 314-367-6731
Cleve Jones

To Keep the Light

Mon., June 26, 7:30 p.m.

U.S., 2015, 88 min. Director – Erica Fae In 1876 Maine, Abbie tends the lighthouse on a remote island for her ailing husband. When a mysterious stranger washes up on shore, secrets buried in deep waters come to light, and Abbie is forced to navigate an unforgiving new world and reckon with both her past and her future. Inspired by the true stories of women lighthouse keepers, “To Keep the Light” — which won the 2016 SLIFF New Filmmakers Forum Emerging Director Award — uses the composite character of Abbie to give voice to their largely unknown experience. Free

http://www.cinemastlouis.org/to-keep-the-light-zack
.Zack (map)
3224 Locust St
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-304-3602
To Keep the Light
BB's Jazz, Blues & Soups (map)
700 S. Broadway
St. Louis - Downtown
phone 314-436-5222

Sierra

Mon., June 26, 8 p.m.

w/ Witches Of God $10

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Fubar (map)
3108 Locust St
St. Louis - Midtown
phone 314-289-9050

The Comedy Shipwreck Open Mic

Mondays, 10-11:30 p.m. Continues through Aug. 21
phone 314-352-5226
HeavyAnchorBooking@Gmail.com
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The best comedy open mic south of I-40! Every Monday of each month the Heavy Anchor, 5226 Gravois, presents The Comedy Shipwreck open mic. Free to get in. See St. Louis' newest and brightest comedians before they get big! Also, bottle PBR's are $1 all night! comics sign up @ 9:30pm show @ 10pm Free

https://www.facebook.com/TheComedyShipwreck/
The Heavy Anchor (map)
5226 Gravois Ave.
St. Louis - South City
phone 314-352-5226
The Comedy Shipwreck Open Mic

Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Fundraising

Mondays-Sundays. Continues through July 3

Noodles & Company kicked off a fundraising effort at its nine area locations to raise money for the Children’s Miracle Network. During the month of February, all proceeds collected in donation boxes by the registers will be used to purchase hundreds of toy bears that will be delivered later this month to young patients of SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital and St. Louis Children’s Hospital in St. Louis, and MU Children’s Hospital in Columbia, Missouri. Proceeds collected after February will be used by the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals to expand existing programs and facilities of the three area hospitals. Free

http://www.noodles.com
Noodles & Company (map)
1784 Clarkson Road
Chesterfield
phone 636-728-1580

The Little Mermaid

Through June 29, 8:15 p.m.

The Muny continues its season with Disney's The Little Mermaid, which was something like the Frozen of its day, only wetter. Ariel is a mermaid princess who is fascinated by the world above water and its strange people — particularly, the handsome Prince Eric. She makes a bargain with the sea witch, Ursula, to transform her tail into human legs so she can meet the man of her dreams. But Ursula's bargain requires Ariel to win his love in just three days, or her soul is forfeited to the sea witch. The Little Mermaid is suitable for young theatergoers, and makes a good introductory show for kids. The Muny performs The Little Mermaid at 8:15 p.m. nightly, Tuesday through Thursday (June 20 to 29) at the Muny in Forest Park (www.muny.org). Tickets are $15 to $95. $15-$95

The Muny (map)
Forest Park
St. Louis - Forest Park
phone 314-361-1900
The Little Mermaid

Mission: Mars

Mondays-Saturdays, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and Sundays, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
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NASA is currently working toward the goal of putting humans on Mars in the 2030s, which is not as far away as it sounds. The space agency just last week opened the astronaut application process for the class of 2017, which indicates a certain urgency. If you're eager to see what the future holds, the Mission: Mars exhibition at the Saint Louis Science Center (5050 Oakland Avenue; 314-289-4400 or www.slsc.org) is the place to be. This interactive display is developed by the science center, Washington University and NASA and is divided into two parts. Mission Control gives you the chance to program and remotely drive a simulated Mars rover, complete with the time delay caused by the signal transit time between Earth and Mars. Mission Mars — Base lets you take on the role of an explorer on the Red Planet in the year 2076. You'll conduct scientific operations at key points using one of the science center's two rovers. Mission: Mars is open daily, and admission is free. free admission

Garden of Glass

Through Aug. 13, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

The Missouri Botanical Garden (4344 Shaw Boulevard; www.mobot.org) continues its tradition of summer exhibitions this year with the flora-inspired Garden of Glass. Comprising 30 works of fused glass created by Craig Mitchell Smith, the exhibit features larger-than-life replicas of orange blossoms, orchids, dandelions and other flowers that are installed throughout the Climatron. Viewings of Garden of Glass are available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily (May 13 to August 13). Admission is $4 to $17, and that includes regular garden admission. Evening hours for the Climatron only start Thursday, May 25, and last from 7 to 11 p.m. Thursday through Sunday through August 12. Evening admission is $6 to $16. $4-$17

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