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Weavers' Guild Sale

Sat., Oct. 21, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
phone 314-495-2740

The 35th Annual Weavers’ Guild Sale is a juried sale featuring talented artists working in many fiber techniques. Artwork includes one-of-a-kind garments, accessories & jewelry, fiber sculpture, handwoven kitchen towels, placemats, baskets, rugs and unique holiday ornaments. Beautiful handspun and hand-dyed yarns are a special treat for knitters and weavers. The event features demonstrations of weaving and spinning, as well as various other fiber-related techniques. Proceeds fund educational scholarships in the fiber arts. Admission is FREE. FREE

Spirits of Sappington House

Sat., Oct. 21, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
phone 314-822-8171

NEW messages from beyond the grave! Hear from costumed ghosts in Sappington House’s past. After dark tour of Father Dickson cemetery. Bonfires on site with hot cider, s’mores & appearance by the macabre 18th century surgeon, John Murphy. $5 for adults, $2 for children under 12

Napoli, a Ballet

Sat., Oct. 21, 7-9:30 p.m.
phone 314-291-8878

Napoli is a full length story ballet that explores the concepts of community, hope, and compassion. Students aged 11-18 tell the tale through music, scenery, costumes, and of course dance. Audiences will be transported to the lively town on the coast Italy where this story begins, and will journey with the dancers through a beautiful but perilous underwater landscape. $8-$12
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Florissant Civic Center (map)
Parker Road & Waterford Drive
phone 314-921-5678
Napoli, a Ballet

Alice Ripley

Sat., Oct. 21, 8-9:30 p.m.
phone 314-725-4200

Alice brings to her cabaret shows and concerts the explosive talents that have taken her to Broadway stardom. The original Broadway casts of Les Misérables, Side Show, Sunset Boulevard, The Rocky Horror Show, and American Psycho. Currently appearing as Kathleen on the Netflix comedy Girlboss. $35, $40, $45
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Evil Dead: The Musical

Sundays, 2 & 7 p.m. and Saturdays, 3 & 8 p.m. Continues through Oct. 22

Sam Raimi's Evil Dead series of films is a late-night staple for both its outlandish gore and its bizarre sense of humor. A team of Canadians led by comedy writer George Reinblatt believed that with one major tweak — the addition of songs — the cult classics could also rule the stage. Their Evil Dead: The Musical is as tongue-in-cheek (and as explosively gory) as the films, with everybody singing as they lose limbs and suffer possession by deadites. The plot remains mostly the same, with a group of friends heading to a cabin in the woods for sexy times, only to suffer some very unsexy times indeed. If you are one of those special people who believe a musical would be enhanced by geysers of blood raining down on the people in the front row, you're in luck — you can buy tickets for the "splatter zone." Imagine Gallagher smashing heads instead of watermelons and you're on the right track. Evil Dead: The Musical is performed at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday, 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday (October 12 to 22) at the Grandel Theater (3610 Grandel Square; Tickets are $50 to $90. $50-$90

Grandel Theatre (map)
3610 Grandel Square
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-533-0367
Evil Dead: The Musical

Tuesdays with Morrie

Saturdays, 8 p.m. and Sundays, 2 p.m. Continues through Oct. 22

Mitch Albom enjoyed a meteoric rise to the top of the sports-journalism world, going from recent college grad to feature writer to lead sports columnist for the Detroit Free Press. But sportswriter was not his original dream. As a young man in college, his dream had been to be a jazz pianist. The distance between the two professions loomed large when he happened to see his former college mentor Morrie Schwartz on TV one night. Reminded of his first dream, and his close relationship with Morrie, Mitch decides to pay the old man a visit. Morrie's dying, and Mitch wants to say goodbye. But Morrie is not interested in goodbye; Morrie wants to live happily and productively until death takes him, and then he’ll leave fulfilled and happy. Before he knows it, Mitch falls back into his old relationship with Morrie, flying cross-country every Tuesday to learn at his master’s knee. The play Tuesdays with Morrie, by Jeffrey Hatcher and the real-life Mitch Albom, is based on these meetings, which reminded Mitch what it means to live a full life. Tuesdays with Morrie opens the New Jewish Theatre’s new season. Performances take place at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday (October 5 to 22) in the Wool Studio Theatre at the Jewish Community Center (2 Millstone Campus Drive; Tickets are $41 to $44. $41-$44

Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery

Sundays, 2 p.m. and Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. Continues through Oct. 29

What if Arthur Conan Doyle was more interested in Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson getting laughs than in solving another thorny case? This is the conceit of Ken Ludwig's comedy Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery. Something stalks the Baskerville family, killing off the male heirs with startling precision; is it the fabled beast that prowls the moors, or is it a greedy relative? Holmes and Watson take the case, and in due course an ensemble cast of three essays the 35 different characters entangled in the investigation. Insight Theatre Company closes its 2017 season with the fast-paced comedy. Performances take place at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday (October 12 to 29) at .Zack (3224 Locust Street; Tickets are $20 to $35. $20-$35

.Zack (map)
3224 Locust St
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-304-3602
Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery


Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. Continues through Oct. 21

Most of what we think we know about purported axe-murderess Lizzie Borden is inaccurate. She didn't kill her mother and father; it was actually her father and her stepmother, a woman she distrusted and addressed rather frostily as "Mrs. Borden." Borden was infamous in her day for her calm, cool manner following the murders and for beating the rap. The strangeness of the unsolved killings and Borden's insistence on remaining in her hometown for the rest of her life fueled the rumor mill. She did it for her father's fortune; it was revenge for her father's sexual abuse of her; she had been caught in romantic tryst with the house maid; she planned the murders with her mother's brother. Steven Cheslik-deMeyer, Alan Stevens Hewitt and Tim Maner recast the story for the modern age in their rock musical Lizzie. It's a raucous, loud show that fuses the guitars and attitude of the Riot Grrrls with the gothic sensibility of the historical era, and relies on a cast of four women and a six-piece band. New Line Theatre opens its new season with Lizzie. Performances take place at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday (September 28 to October 21) at the Marcelle Theater (3310 Samuel Shepard Drive; Tickets are $15 to $25. $15-$25

Spring Awakening

Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. Continues through Oct. 21

Stray Dog Theatre opens its fifteenth season with the crowd-pleasing musical Spring Awakening, which is based on the 1891 play by Frank Wedekind, as adapted by Steven Sater and Duncan Sheik. Although well over 100 years old, Wedekind's play about a group of German school children trying to figure out how to make the leap to adulthood still feels fresh. Parents continue to worry about their children growing up too quickly, today's children also see themselves as young adults who are ready to expand their boundaries, and both teens and adults still worry about what the future will hold. The clothes may change, but the bumps and bruises remain the same. Stray Dog Theatre presents Spring Awakening at 8 p.m. Thursday to Saturday (October 5 to 21) at the Tower Grove Abbey (2236 Tennessee Avenue; There is an additional performance at 8 p.m. Wednesday, October 18. Tickets are $25 to $30. $25-$30

Tower Grove Abbey (map)
2336 Tennessee Ave.
St. Louis - South Grand
phone 314-865-1995
Spring Awakening

Two Trains Running

Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. Continues through Oct. 22

August Wilson addressed the black power movement and civil rights in his Pulitzer Prize-winning play Two Trains Running. Memphis Lee's diner used to be a hot-spot in the Hill District, a successful black neighborhood in Pittsburgh. But in 1969, there are very few people left. Memphis knows eminent domain is about to push him out of his own diner, but not before he gets payment for it — not their price, his. Sterling is a young man fresh out of prison and trying to convince Memphis' regulars to attend a rally about racial injustice, but he finds few takers. The old-timers are more interested in rehashing old grievances and avoiding unnecessary confrontation. The times may be a-changing, but that doesn't mean people want to change. Clayton Community Theatre presents Two Trains Running at 8 p.m. Thursday to Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday (October 12 to 22) at the Washington University South Campus Theatre (6501 Clayton Road, Richmond Heights; Tickets are $12 to $20. $12-$20

A Century of Japanese Prints

Fridays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. and Tuesdays-Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through Jan. 28, 2018

Japan had a long history of woodblock printing (ukiyo-e) that, although now recognized for their artistic qualities, were at the time purely commercial works. That began to change in the mid-nineteenth century, as Japanese artists were exposed to Western printmaking. These early modern artists began the creative print movement, which was motivated by a desire to explore the artistic possibilities of Japan's traditional hand-carved woodblock printing methods. Artists such as Kobayakawa Kiyoshi and Hashiguchi Goyō created portraits of modern Japanese society in prints that are both beautiful works of art and incredible documents of an era. The Saint Louis Art Museum displays a treasure trove of them in the new exhibit, A Century of Japanese Prints. The show opens on Friday, August 11, and remains up through January 28. Admission is free. free admission

New Media Series: Amy Granat

Fridays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. and Tuesdays-Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through Nov. 12

In the nineteenth century the American Dream was tied up in Manifest Destiny. We would spread across the continent from the East to the West on foot, by wagon or train. Once the West was won, the dream changed and became nice home, a fast car and an open road. But what is the American Dream today, when we cover the land from to sea to sea and all frontiers are gone? Amy Granat's Cars, Trees, Houses, Beaches is a silent 16mm film loop of Hawaiian beaches, muscle cars and modernist homes, among them Kirkwood's own Russell and Ruth Goetz Krauss house, which was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. The film ruminates on these conquered frontiers, many of which are once again the stuff of dreams for Americans. The Saint Louis Art Museum (1 Fine Arts Drive; presents Granat's film as part of its long-running New Media Series. It shows on an endless loop from July 14 to November 12 in gallery 301. Admission is free, and the museum is open every day except Monday. free admission

Steve McCurry: The Importance of Elsewhere

Tuesdays-Saturdays. Continues through Feb. 3, 2018

Photographer Steve McCurry created an iconic image with his portrait of a young Afghani girl and her haunting, bottomless eyes, which stared down his lens and seemingly into the innermost chamber of your heart. But that photograph isn't the extent of McCurry's work. For almost 40 years he has been traveling the world, photographing people in India, the temples of Angkor Wat, burning oil fields in Kuwait, and indeed, even an entire series on the striking eyes he spots in people's faces the world over. Steve McCurry: The Importance of Elsewhere, the new exhibition of his work at the Sheldon (3648 Washington Boulevard;, features 37 photographs made by McCurry during his journey. The exhibit opens with a free reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, October 6. The show continues through February 3, 2018, and the gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday. Admission is free. free admission

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The Sheldon (map)
3648 Washington Blvd.
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-533-9900
Steve McCurry: The Importance of Elsewhere

Howard Jones: Think Rethink

Sundays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and Fridays, Saturdays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Continues through Oct. 22

Like many artists, Howard Jones is deeply enamored of his tools. These are the objects that channel the creative vision, after all. But Jones engages with tools beyond merely working with them. He views them as material and media, taking them apart, modifying them and reshaping them into art objects. In Jones' hands a shovel handle sprouts three blades; the handle of a paint brush sprouts a violin neck or an assemblage of pencils; and the legs of a chair curl out in rake heads. His exhibition Howard Jones: Think Rethink features a host of tools that offer an elegant beauty — and sometimes function as well. Think: Rethink opens with a free reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, August 25, at the Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design (6640 Delmar Boulevard, University City; The show remains up through October 22, and the gallery is open every day except Monday. free admission

Killer Napkins: Crummy Deities

Fridays, Saturdays, 12-3 p.m. Continues through Oct. 28

Killer Napkins (who also goes by Jason Spencer) is a St. Louis artist who combines his passion for horror with things that are conventionally cute. His paintings range from totemic combinations of icons to the grislier realms of fantasy/nightmare; his sculptures hew closer to pure horror, with an emphasis on disembodied heads and damaged faces. His exhibition, Killer Napkins: Crummy Deities, showcases new work in both painting and sculpture and should feel seasonally appropriate. Crummy Deities opens with a public reception from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, October 13, at Hoffman LaChance Contemporary (2713 Sutton Boulevard, Maplewood; The show remains up through the end of the month, and the gallery is open noon to 3 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. free admission

Hoffman LaChance Contemporary (map)
2713 Sutton Blvd.
phone 314-960-5322
Killer Napkins: Crummy Deities
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