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Ai Weiwei: Bare Life

Sundays, 12-5 p.m. and Mondays, Wednesdays-Saturdays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through Jan. 5


The Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum (1 Brookings Drive; kemperartmuseum.wustl.edu) officially reopens with a bang. Chinese artist and dissident Ai Weiwei presents a major exhibition of work that spans the past twenty years of his career, some of which has never before been shown in the United States. Divided into two parts, Bare Life and Rupture, the show features monumental exhibitions such as Forever Bicycles (2019) and Through (2007-2008). The former is a commemorative arch built with Chinese-made bicycles, their carefully positioned tires lining up to create the image of telescoping lenses; the latter is an intersecting series of wooden pillars that pierce the surface of Qing Dynasty wooden tables. The work evokes China's own interrupted and intentionally erased history. Ai Weiwei: Bare Life also includes sculptures, photographs, films and a triptych constructed of LEGO bricks. The show runs from September 28 to January 5. 314-935-4523

Sam Falls: Conception

Through Dec. 22, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.


Sam Falls' artworks are inspired by, and at least in part created by, nature. For his exhibition at Laumeier Sculpture Park, Falls laid a canvas covered with dry pigments on ground in the park's woodland. Left there for several days, the dew, whatever rain fell and the sunlight that passed through the leaves overhead and onto the canvas made a record of the local flora. In addition to his large-scale nature paintings, Falls has also mosaicked a pair of steel I-beams with tiles featuring native plants grown especially by Laumeier's master gardener at Falls' request. The finished beams are placed standing upright in the forest, reflecting and refracting the natural landscape that surrounds them. Sam Falls: Conception opens with a free public reception from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, August 24, at the Aronson Fine Arts Center in Laumeier Sculpture Park (12580 Rott Road, Sunset Hills; www.laumeier.org). Falls' work remains on display through December 22. 314-615-5278

Carlos Zamora: cART

Through Dec. 22


Art is something to be appreciated, and St. Louis-based illustrator/graphic designer Carlos Zamora's cART exhibition at Laumeier Sculpture Park is one of those examples. Zamora transformed three golf carts into kinetic sculptures by installing his oversized paper boat sculptures on top and wrapping the bodies with printed vinyl slogans. A fourth large paper boat sculpture will be placed in a creek on the Laumeier grounds. The Cuban native drew inspiration for the project from his heritage, specifically the song "Baraquio de papel" — "Little Paper Boat" — as well as Cuban car culture, nursery rhymes and politics.

Carlos Zamora: cART opens with a free reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 25, at Laumeier Sculpture Park (12580 Rott Road; www.laumeier.org). The following night a Havana Night celebration takes place in the park's Aronson Fine Arts Center from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., with mojitos, snacks, "Casino" dance lessons and a screenprinted poster station. Tickets are $25, but admission to the park and Zamora's boat sculptures is free. The exhibition continues through December 22, and the park is open daily from 8 a.m. to 30 minutes past sunset.

314-615-5278

Pulitzer Prize Photographs and In Focus: St. Louis Post-Dispatch Photographs

Through Jan. 20, 2020
Missouri History Museum 5700 Lindell Blvd., St. Louis St. Louis - Forest Park

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Photographs are a key element of narrative storytelling, which is why it's so baffling that newspapers have deemed staff photographers an expendable luxury. You probably recognize many of the photographs that won Pulitzer Prizes, from Joe Rosenthal's shot Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima, to Alan Diaz's memorable photo of U.S. federal agents seizing Elian Gonzalez, to St. Louis Post-Dispatch photographer Robert Cohen's 2014 image of a protestor throwing a tear-gas canister back at police while protesting the killing of Michael Brown. These photographs shock us, inspire feelings of pride and anger, and inform us, just as great written journalism does. The Newseum in Washington created a traveling exhibit of some of the most beautiful images to win the Pulitzer, and it's a show that will make its St. Louis debut on Saturday, August 3, at the Missouri History Museum (5700 Lindell Boulevard; www.mohistory.org). A second exhibition organized by the Missouri History Museum collected 75 photos of everyday life in St. Louis from the Post-Dispatch archives. Pulitzer Prize Photographs and In Focus: St. Louis Post-Dispatch Photographs remain on display through January 20, and admission is free. Parents are cautioned that some of the photographs are intense and may be too much for younger children. 314-746-4599

Senegal in Black & White: Fashioning Racial Identities

Mon., Oct. 21, 3-4:30 p.m.


@ Seigle Hall 103, Washington University in St. Louis
Join internationally acclaimed designer, Rama Diaw, and colonial legal scholar, Serigne Coulbary, for a discussion on law, race, and legacy in Saint Louis, Senegal. These ideas, in addition to photographs from early 20th century Senegal, meshed to become the inspiration for Diaw’s 2019 collection, Black and White. “Two cities with the same name. One in Africa, one in America. Cities dedicated to generations of King Louis, joined by the legacies of French Colonialism.” For more information about Diaw’s work, visit: https://ramadiawfashion.com. Sponsored by the Department of African & African American Studies. 314-935-7879

Acting Sessions: Master Your Performance

Mon., Oct. 21, 4:30-6:30 & 7-9:30 p.m.
.Zack 3224 Locust St, St. Louis St. Louis - Grand Center


So maybe you're not into acting, but maybe you know someone who may be interested in taking this acting course. This is for children and adults. The week session will touch on subjects as public speaking, stage presence, character building and more. For more inquiries email jpektheatre@gmail.com October 21st-26th Children/Young Adults 4:30pm-6:30pm Adults/Seniors 7:00pm-9:30pm Saturday session All 11am - 3pm 6pm begins the culminating showcase to show what you have learned for the week. I look forward to having you in my class! Come and be inspired! Joel P.E. King 2133212323

Fashion, Faith and Culture: The Art of the Headwrap

Mon., Oct. 21, 5:30 p.m.


@ Seigle Hall 103, Washington University in St. Louis
Join Senegalese designer, Rama Diaw, for an interactive workshop on headwraps. Diaw will talk about how she uses the head wrap as a finishing touch for her design but also understand how faith and culture merge in Senegal to create an artistic statement on beauty. Free event Sponsored by the African Students Association and co-presented with WU Queens. 314-935-7879

Francesca Bell and J. Ryan Stradal at River Styx

Mon., Oct. 21, 7 p.m.


@ The High Low, 3301 Washington Ave St. Louis, MO 63103
River Styx Reading Series

Bernhard Eder

Mon., Oct. 21, 7 p.m.
Foam 3359 Jefferson Ave., St. Louis St. Louis - South City


w/ Mari Mana, Le'Ponds 314-772-2100

Rocky Mantia & Killer Combo

Mon., Oct. 21, 7 p.m.
BB's Jazz, Blues & Soups 700 S. Broadway, St. Louis St. Louis - Downtown


314-436-5222

Cass McCombs

Mon., Oct. 21, 8 p.m.
Off Broadway 3509 Lemp Ave., St. Louis St. Louis - South City


314-498-6989

UFO: Last Orders 50th Anniversary Tour

Mon., Oct. 21, 8 p.m.
Pop's Nightclub 401 Monsanto Ave., East St. Louis East St. Louis/ Cahokia


618-274-6720

Mike Watt

Mon., Oct. 21, 8 p.m.
Blueberry Hill - The Duck Room 6504 Delmar Blvd., University City Delmar/ The Loop


314-727-4444

Side Action

Mon., Oct. 21, 10 p.m.
Foam 3359 Jefferson Ave., St. Louis St. Louis - South City


w/ Freon, the Yeasties 314-772-2100

The Darkness Haunted House

Mon., Oct. 21, 7-9:45 p.m., Tue., Oct. 22, 7-9:30 p.m., Wed., Oct. 23, 7-9:30 p.m., Thu., Oct. 24, 7-9:30 p.m., Fri., Oct. 25, 6:45-11:45 p.m., Sat., Oct. 26, 6:45-11:45 p.m., Sun., Oct. 27, 7-9:30 p.m., Mon., Oct. 28, 7-9:30 p.m., Tue., Oct. 29, 7-9:30 p.m., Wed., Oct. 30, 7-9:30 p.m., Thu., Oct. 31, 7-11 p.m., Fri., Nov. 1, 7-11 p.m. and Sat., Nov. 2, 7-11 p.m.
The Darkness 1525 S. Eighth St., St. Louis St. Louis - Soulard

Buy TicketsVarious


Named America's Scariest Haunted House, The Darkness is now open for its 26th Year of Fear. The 2-story haunt is filled with high-tech scenes, live monsters and is longer and scarier than ever before. New in 2019: The Darkness has evil lurking as the Nun wants to take your soul. Grab your friends and scream at The Darkness, now featuring multiple attractions including the all-new Horror Party Room with horror themed arcades, pinballs, electric chair, a three-minute escape room, a Zombie themed haunt The Hive, and the Outdoor Scare Zone and monster selfies. 314-631-8000

Totems: Personal Stories in Fiber

Mondays-Fridays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through Nov. 1
Bluebird Park 225 Kiefer Creek Road, Ballwin Manchester/ Ballwin


Visitors will enter an enchanted forest of 3-dimensional art quilts between 4 and 6 feet tall. Each totem is the artist's unique creative expression in fiber, fabric, embellishment and stitch. 314-704-1501

The Shape of Abstraction: Selections from the Ollie Collection

Through March 8, 2020, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.


The Shape of Abstraction: Selections from the Ollie Collection presents 40 abstract paintings, drawings, and prints by acclaimed black artists drawn from and celebrating the transformative gift of the Thelma and Bert Ollie Memorial Art Collection. In 2017, Ollie and his wife Monique gifted the Museum with 81 abstract works in honor of his parents, a collection that has added depth and breadth to the Museum’s holdings of works by black artists. 314.721.0072

Beyond the Surface: Surface Design Association Annual Juried Members' Exhibition

Through Oct. 23, 12-6 p.m.
St. Louis Artists' Guild 12 N Jackson Ave, Clayton Clayton


A textile nonprofit dedicated to promoting contemporary textile and fiber art, Surface Design Association (SDA) presents its annual juried members’ exhibition, Beyond the Surface, September 20- October 23, at the St Louis Artists’ Guild, St Louis, Missouri. Jurors Jo Stealey and Jim Arendt selected work by 48 artists. Award winners will be announced at the opening reception, October 3, 5-8pm. (314) 727-6266

ComedySportz St Louis Improv Workshops

Mondays. Continues through Oct. 28
Pat Connolly Tavern 6400 Oakland Ave., St. Louis St. Louis - Dogtown

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Improv workshops are a fun way to explore your creativity! Learn from the area's best instructors! You don't want to miss it! Each Workshop is self-contained drops-ins are encouraged. Tickets are only $10 314-647-7287

Robert Lucy '84: Recent Work

Mondays-Fridays, 8 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Continues through Dec. 4
Bonsack Gallery 755 S. Price Road, Ladue Ladue


"Recent Work" represents three different aspects of Robert Lucy’s current art practice. The first group of paintings, ICONS, is a series of large-scale works depicting TV characters from his 1970s childhood that explore motherhood, feminine power and sexual identity. The second group marks Lucy’s return to landscape painting where he has taken his easel outdoors to paint Northeastern landscapes, including the Catskills and Cape Cod. The third group of paintings includes recent portrait commissions. Robert Lucy is currently an artist-in-residence at the Byrdcliffe Artists Colony in Woodstock, New York. To learn more about his work, visit his website, robertlucy.com. 314-993-4040

Adult Pick-Up Volleyball Games

Mondays, 6-8 p.m. Continues through Nov. 11


Whether you’re an active player, want to get back into the game or just try a new sport, we want you here! Call 314-615-8822 for more information. (314)615-8822

America's Pub Quiz Trivia Night

Mondays, 7-9 p.m. Continues through Oct. 29

Buy TicketsFree


@ Hofbrauhaus, 123 Saint Eugene Drive, Belleville, IL 62223
Win prizes by playing trivia! Play solo or as a team. All ages welcome. Get there early to sign in for free. Trivia starts at 7pm sharp. Enjoy music, food, beer, and humor. Presented by America's Pub Quiz host Michael Slack, a DJ/Emcee and former St. Louis on-air announcer for KMJM. 618-800-2337

Sharon Hazel & Emmanuel Peake on Guitars

Mondays, 8-10 p.m. Continues through Dec. 31
Yaqui's on Cherokee 2728 Cherokee St, St. Louis St. Louis - South City


Jazz Duo. Half Priced Wine 314-400-7712

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