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Gateway Men's Chorus: We Will Rise

Sat., March 17, 8 p.m.

The Gateway Men's Chorus takes a stand for the civil rights of minorities with its spring concert, We Will Rise. The heart of the show is Joel Thompson's sobering composition, Seven Last Words of the Unarmed. Using the structure of Joseph Haydn's Seven Last Words of Christ, the piece takes the final words or communiques of seven black men (Michael Brown, Amadou Diallo, Kenneth Chamberlain, Trayvon Martin, Oscar Grant, John Crawford and Eric Garner) killed by armed authorities and weaves them throughout the music, which incorporates the old French tune "L'homme Armé" (the Armed Man). It is both a protest song and a cry of outrage. We Will Rise is performed at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday (March 16 and 17) at Union Avenue Christian Church (733 North Euclid Avenue; Tickets are $20 to $25. $20-$25

Big Daddy's Big St. Paddy's Weekend

Sat., March 17

Go hard this St. Patrick's Day weekend with two nights of parties at Big Daddy's on the Landing. DJs, green beer and specialty drinks on Friday. Come back on Saturday for Irish-inspired food and cocktail specials all day, plus free shuttles to the Downtown Parade from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Special $50 premium Irish package on Saturday gets you unlimited beer, food and unlimited use of the shuttle (to hotels, etc.) until 5 p.m.

Gateway Men's Chorus: We Will Rise

Sat., March 17, 8-10 p.m.
phone 314-287-5669

Gateway Men's Chorus turns the spotlight on the socio-political events and issues impacting disenfranchised communities and minorities through the United States, and more specifically, here in Saint Louis. This moving and educational program takes a hard look at issues impacting our city and our world, including: transgender rights, systemic violence and oppression suffered by African-Americans, and the stigmas surrounding mental illness and suicide. Featuring the Saint Louis debut of Joel Thompson's "Seven Last Words of the Unarmed", this concert is a must-see event that will have Saint Louis talking for years to come. $25 General Admission, $20 Students/Seniors
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Dogtown St. Patrick's Day Parade

Sat., March 17, 10 a.m.

This year's Dogtown St. Patrick's Day parade is more family friendly, with a 10 a.m. parade start time (still at Tamm and Oakland avenues;, and an 8 p.m. closing time for establishments on Tamm. The same family-made floats will fill the streets, and outside bottles and coolers are still forbidden — but the neighborhood bars will ensure you won't go thirsty. A Merchant Village on Clayton will feature vendors of apparel and collectibles, and Rusty Nail will be playing live music from 1 to 5 p.m. Admission is free, but you'll need to bring cash and a valid ID if you want to be served. free admission

Downtown St. Patrick's Day Parade

Sat., March 17, 1 p.m.

The Downtown St. Patrick's Day parade has a 1 p.m. start time. It kicks off at Twentieth and Market streets ( and will feature more than 130 units and 5,000 people marching. Area businesses will be open, and if you have kids with you, be sure to hit up the Leprechaun village. It has caricature artists, bounce houses and other activities for kids, as well as food for everybody. Once again, admission is free but bring your cash. free admission

Aloe Plaza (map)
20th St and Market St
St. Louis - Downtown Downtown St. Patrick's Day Parade

Beer Choir

Sat., March 17, 7 p.m.

America doesn't have much of a tradition of public singing, unlike the rest of the world. We may grudgingly stand up for "Take Me Out to the Ballgame," but we won't sing about the Cardinals when a homer goes over the left-field wall. And yet every European, African and South American man, woman and child knows a whole songbook of soccer songs for events good and bad, and they're not shy about belting them.

Michael Engelhardt would like you to join him in song. The composer and musician founded Beer Choir in his free time, and he believes if you'll just give it a shot, you'll like it. He's not going to twist your arm, but if he can get you to bend your elbow and throw back a beer, he believes you'll find your inner singer.

"After one or two beers, everybody's willing to sing," Engelhardt promises. "It's most similar to an Oktoberfest in Germany, where everybody sings. Beer Choir is a social singalong, no talent required."

Engelhardt has been combining the joys of song and craft beer since 2015, but the choir really took off when Das Bevo invited it to perform in the newly reopened mill last year. The St. Louis Beer Choir is now the flagship in a group with chapters in fifteen American cities.

"It varies by city and event, but here in St. Louis we're pretty much a full house at Das Bevo every time. We'll typically have around 120 to 150 people singing, with as many as 200," Engelhardt boasts, noting that Das Bevo's great selection of craft beers adds to the success. Of course, Das Bevo's Grand Bierhall, where Beer Choir sings, has its own charms. "It's built like a cathedral, so we sound awesome — you'll want to sing along when you hear us," Engelhardt enthuses.

It's true that a large contingent of the choir is professional musicians, but Engelhardt doesn't want that to discourage amateurs.

"Yes, the core at our events are people with musical background or who sing in everyday life; it draws people who are musically inclined," he admits. "My network is all people who direct choirs."

But Beer Choir is most assuredly for the people. It doesn't matter how poorly you think you sing; when human voices are massed together in song there's an evening-out process that burnishes the rough edges. And with 150 people singing, it's not like anybody is going to be able to single you out. Besides, the more you sing, the better you'll get.

Beer Choir's next event is St. Patrick's Day, which means your pump will already be primed, so to speak. Engelhardt typically prepares a hymn book for download so singers can familiarize themselves with the lyrics, with a selection that includes everything from German drinking songs to sea chanties.

He has some St. Patrick's Day treats in store.

"It won't be all-Irish, but it will be pretty heavily Irish," Engelhardt hints. "My friend Scott Kennebeck, he's the lead cantor for the Cathedral Basilica and a professional tenor. He and my keyboardist John Walsh are going to share things from their new CD of Irish music. And there will be lots of Irish sing-alongs."

Beer Choir's St. Patrick's Day gathering starts at 7 p.m. March 17, at Das Bevo (4749 Gravois Avenue; It's free to sing, and joining is easier than you think.

"Oh, there's no joining involved," Engelhardt practically pish-poshes. "It's non-committal. If you don't want to sing, you're still gonna be in a pub while we're singing, so we'll be entertainment. It's inclusive and open to the public. Everybody's welcome — it's not a performance."

Das Bevo Biergarten (map)
4749 Gravois Ave.
St. Louis - South City
phone 314-224-5521
Beer Choir

Dan Whitaker & the Shinebenders

Sat., March 17, 9 p.m.

w/ Trigger 5 $5

San Loo (map)
3211 Cherokee St.
St. Louis - South City
phone 314-696-2888

Vivian Maier: Photography's Lost Voice

Wednesdays-Saturdays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through May 26

Vivian Maier burst onto the art scene in 2007 with her treasure trove of urban photography. It was quite a feat for an 81-year-old, but even more so because most of her work was of mid-century New York and Chicago, and she had ceased making images a decade earlier. Also, she didn't ever show her work herself; filmmaker John Maloof bought a crate of negatives at auction and in it discovered her vast archive. He has spent years printing and scanning these negatives to bring her work to the public eye. Vivian Maier: Photography's Lost Voice, the new exhibition at the International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum (3415 Olive Street;, offers St. Louis the rare opportunity to see Maier's work up close. The show includes her black-and-white urban images, her later color abstract work and examples of her landscape portraiture. Vivian Maier: Photography's Lost Voice is on display Wednesday through Saturday (February 21 to May 26). Admission is $5 to $10. $5-$10

Anything Goes

Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. Continues through March 24

Cole Porter's musical confection Anything Goes is a fizzy farce that fills a steamship with gangsters, televangelists and high society, and then points them out to sea. New Line Theatre artistic director Scott Miller views the show as something far more tart: In his eyes it's a satire of America's penchant for glorifying criminals and talentless pretty people, and the practice of religion as a commercial pursuit. With that in mind, New Line Theatre's new production of Anything Goes will use the 1962 version of the show (P.G. Wodehouse worked on that script) and will take aim at some very tender targets. Anything Goes is performed at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday (March 1 to 24) at the Marcelle Theatre (3310 Samuel Shepard Drive; Tickets are $15 to $25. $15-$25

Marcelle Theater (map)
3310 Samuel Shepard Dr
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-533-0367
Anything Goes

As It Is in Heaven

Sundays, 2 p.m. and Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. Continues through March 31

The Shakers were a Protestant group who believed in celibacy, gender segregation and the benefits of hard work (the celibacy rule eventually led to a dramatic thinning of their numbers). In rural Kentucky in the 1920s, the hard work is left unfinished when three newcomers to the women's section of the community announce they've been visited by angels. Instead of ushering in rejoicing, these purported visitations spark doubt and disbelief, a dangerous combination in a religious, utopian community. Arlene Hutton's As It Is in Heaven features an all-female cast and single-melody songs, and it explores questions of faith, the plight of women and the nature of belief. Mustard Seed Theatre presents the play at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday (March 15 to 31) at the Fontbonne Fine Arts Theater (6800 Wydown Boulevard; Tickets are $15 to $35. $15-$35

Fontbonne University Fine Arts Theatre (map)
6800 Wydown Blvd.
phone 314-862-3456
As It Is in Heaven

Born Yesterday

Thursdays, Fridays, 8 p.m., Sat., March 17, 4 p.m., Sun., March 18, 2 & 7 p.m., Tuesdays, Wednesdays, 7 p.m., Sat., March 24, 4 p.m., Sun., March 25, 2 p.m., Saturdays, 4 & 8 p.m., Sun., April 1, 2 p.m., Wed., April 4, 1:30 p.m. and Sun., April 8, 2 & 7 p.m. Continues through April 8

Harry Brock is in Washington D.C. on business, but then Harry's always on business. The cunning junk man has built an empire of garbage on crooked deals and cut-throat tactics, and he figures the only thing that will further enrich him is if he has a senator of his own on the payroll. As always, his girlfriend Billie has accompanied him, because he and Billie are linked by more than love. But Billie's brash manner and informal education (she's an ex-showgirl) make her a liability in the high-stakes world of government corruption, so Harry hires her a tutor in the form of journalist Paul Verrall. What he didn't count on is that Billie is ignorant, not stupid. Paul's teachings stick, and she recognize Harry is both immoral and dangerous -- not like the intelligent, morally upright Paul. Garson Kanin's comedy Born Yesterday was a big hit in 1946, and since our government is still corrupt and easily bought today, all the laughs remain intact 70 years later. The Repertory Theatre St. Louis closes its current season with Born Yesterday. Performances are Tuesday through Sunday (March 14 to April 8) at the Loretto-Hilton Center (130 Edgar Road; Tickets are $18.50 to $89. $18.50-$89


Mondays-Saturdays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sundays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through March 18

The humble teapot is a staple for ceramicists. They're functional and make good gifts (mothers love them), as well as allowing the artist to stretch creatively. A handle, a lid and a spout are the essential elements, but beyond that, anything goes. Identi-TEA: The Sixteenth Biennial Teapot exhibition at the Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design (6640 Delmar Boulevard, University City; features a wild and whimsical selection of teapots. The opening reception takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, January 12, and the show continues through March 18. The gallery is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. free admission

Dario Calmese: amongst friends.

Wednesdays-Saturdays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through March 31

Harlem preservationist Lana Turner is known for her collection of vintage fashions, among many other things. St. Louis-born artist Dario Calmese originally wanted to photograph her numerous hats, but quickly realized that Turner's personal style (she believes dressing is an artistic medium) should be captured in whole. Calmese photographed her in her Sunday best, tapping into the long black church tradition and Turner's own recreation of her identity through her savoir faire, which he fixed in black and white images. Calmese's photographs of Turner are partly theatrical, partly a statement of black identity, and they comprise his new exhibition, Dario Calmese: amongst friends. The show opens with a free public reception from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, February 16, at Projects+Gallery (4733 McPherson Avenue; At 1 p.m. Saturday, February 17, Calmese and Tuner discuss their collaboration at the gallery. Dario Calmese: amongst friends. remains up through March 31, and the gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday. free admission

Projects + Gallery (map)
4733 McPherson Ave
St. Louis - Central West End
phone 314-696-8678
Dario Calmese: amongst friends.

Tom Huck: Electric Baloneyland

Tuesdays-Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through March 31

For decades, St. Louis artist Tom Huck has been delighting and revolting the masses in equal parts with his beautifully grotesque woodcut prints. From his Evil Prints outpost on Washington Avenue, Huck creates incredibly intricate, satirical images that call to mind the best of the Garbage Pail Kids as passed through an Albrecht Dürer filter. His latest show, Electric Baloneyland, catalogs the downward trajectory of American society through the lens of a county fair in Huck's patented confrontational style. The exhibition makes its St. Louis debut this week with an opening reception from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, February 16, at the Duane Reed Gallery (4729 McPherson Avenue; The show continues through March 31. free admission

Duane Reed Gallery (map)
4729 McPherson Ave.
St. Louis - Central West End
phone 314-361-4100
Tom Huck: Electric Baloneyland

Ben Pierce: Ota Benga

Fridays, Saturdays, 12-3 p.m. Continues through March 31

The 1904 World's Fair still looms large in St. Louis' collective consciousness, but not everyone who attended had grand memories. A young Congolese man named Ota Benga was at the fair not as a visitor but as an exhibit. He was kidnapped and transported across the Middle Passage by a venal American some 40 years after the abolition of slavery, and then displayed as an example of the "subhuman" nature of black people. After the fair he was removed to a cage in the Bronx zoo, where he suffered even greater indignities. This sad and needlessly cruel moment in the twentieth century inspired local artist Ben Pierce's new show, Ota Benga. Pierce wondered how a man could reclaim his humanity after being treated in such an inhuman manner. His paintings of exotic birds transformed into ritual masks and sacred garb, which become both symbols of the secret self and of freedom from your true identity. Ben Pierce: Ota Benga opens with a free public reception from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, March 9, at Hoffman LaChance Contemporary (2713 Sutton Boulevard, Maplewood; The show remains up through March 31. free admission

Hoffman LaChance Contemporary (map)
2713 Sutton Blvd.
phone 314-960-5322
Ben Pierce: Ota Benga
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