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St Louis Water Gardening Society Pond-O-Rama Tour

Sun., June 25, 5 a.m.-9 p.m.
phone 314-995-2988
eventsupport@spingo.com

@ Chalily Pond and Garden, 14430 Manchester Road Manchester, Mo 63011
The St. Louis Water Gardening Society will present its 17th annual water garden and pond tour, Pond-O-Rama, Saturday, June 24 and Sunday, June 25 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. The 2017 tour has 40 private gardens owned and maintained by Society members. Tickets covering both days of the tour are $15 each and are available early May at retail shops and garden centers throughout the metropolitan area. Everyone on the tour over age 18 requiresa separate ticket. $15

Vintage Bliss Market

Sun., June 25, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
phone 314-576-7100
www.westportstl.com

Shop for vintage, antique, handmade and repurposed goods with a retro vibe from more than 80 specialty vendors. Live music each day. Free event; free parking at Westport Plaza. Free

Westport Plaza (map)
I-270 & Page Ave
Maryland Heights
phone 314-576-7100
Vintage Bliss Market

Festa Junina

Sun., June 25, 12-4:30 p.m.
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We're heading into the sweatiest part of the year, but countries south of the equator are preparing for winter. In Brazil, this seasonal change is marked by the Festa Junina, a celebration of rural life. Families gather to perform the quadrilha, which is a square dance accompanied by Brazilian country music, and everybody dresses up in the stereotypical garb of rural Brazilians (red-checked dresses and shirts, pigtails for the women, straw hats and painted-on freckles are the hallmarks). Viva Brazil invites you to get in on the action at its Festa Junina from noon to 4:30 p.m. today at the Kirkwood Community Center (111 South Geyer Road, Kirkwood; www.vivabrasilstl.org). There will be folk music and dancing, traditional Brazilian food and drinks, and carnival games. Tickets are $5 or $15 for a family of up to five members. $5-$11

Kirkwood Community Center (map)
111 S. Geyer Road
Kirkwood
phone 314-822-5855
Festa Junina

My Neighbor Totoro

Sun., June 25, 12:55 p.m. and 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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PrideFest

Sun., June 25, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
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Pridefest Weekend is upon us, and it behooves anybody who is down with the cause to show up. Last year more than a quarter-million people attended the three-day party, and it would send a fantastic message to the powers that be if that total were topped this year. All those educated, fired-up voters celebrating marriage equality, bears, transsexuals and loving families of all shapes and sizes will be a thumb in the eye to that ever-shrinking segment of society that frowns on gaiety. This year's party takes place once again at Soldiers Memorial (Fourteenth and Chestnut streets; www.pridestl.org/pridefest), and the festival grounds will be open from 4:30 to 10:30 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday (June 23 to 25). Kat DeLuna, Brandon Stansell and Laura Bell Bundy all perform, and the year's best parade starts at noon on Sunday. Admission is free, but donations are much appreciated. free admission, but donations appreciated

The 39 Steps

Sun., June 25, 2 p.m.

Richard Hannay is enjoying a night out at the music hall when the crowd is panicked by gunshots. He comforts a distressed woman, who talks him into taking her to his place. There she reveals some very intimate things about herself; she's a spy, those shots were meant for her, and she knows there's a secret organization that wants to steal British military secrets. Her murder later that night proves the truth of her wild claims, setting Hannay on the path to uncover the truth of the "39 Steps," her last words. Patrick Barlow's The 39 Steps transforms John Buchan's spy novel of the same name into a comic romp through the films of Alfred Hitchcock. (Hitch adapted the novel into a film in 1935.) Part of the fun is the very limited cast — four actors play more than 140 roles during the show, adding to Hannay's paranoia as everyone starts to look the same. Act Inc presents The 39 Steps at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday (June 9 to 11) and again at 8 p.m. Saturday, June 24, and 2 p.m. Sunday, June 25, at Lindenwood University's J. Scheidegger Center for the Arts (2300 West Clay Street; www.actincstl.com). Tickets are $20. $20

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The Grapes of Wrath

Sun., June 25, 7 p.m.

The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck's novel of the Great Depression, follows the Joad family across America as they pursue a better life. Chased out of Oklahoma by the Dust Bowl, the Joads head for California to try their luck as migrant fruit pickers. Once there, they discover they're a drain on the local labor force, pawns for the wealthy and subhumans to everyone else. Their only crime is poverty, yet the denizens of the promised land are determined to keep them suffering from it. Ricky Ian Gordon and Michael Korie adapted Steinbeck's morality play for opera audiences in 2007, and this year present the premiere of their new performing version at Opera Theatre of St. Louis. The Grapes of Wrath is performed at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 27, at the Loretto-Hilton Center (130 Edgar Road; www.opera-stl.org). Tickets are $25 to $129. The opera is performed six more times in repertory through June 25. $25-$129

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

Circus Flora

Sundays, 1 & 5:30 p.m. Continues through June 25

Would it be possible to experience summer in St. Louis without Circus Flora? No one wants to find out. The one-ring circus sets up in Grand Center at the start of June, acting as a de facto starter's pistol for the season's fun. This year's show, Time Flies, is inspired by the fourth dimension — time itself. Acrobat Sasha Harrington, juggling champion Kyle Driggs and the always-popular Flying Wallendas will take you with them as they travel through space and time, magically making you feel like a kid again. New this year is equestrienne Heidi Herriott, who teams up with dancer Andrea Murillo to unveil the world's first tango performed by a human and a horse. Circus Flora does it all in the Circus Flora Big Top (Samuel Shepard Drive and North Grand Boulevard; www.circusflora.org) from June 1 to 25. Tickets are $10 to $50. $10-$50

Circus Flora Big Top (map)
Samuel Shepard Drive and N. Grand Blvd.
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-289-4040
Circus Flora

The Lieutenant of Inishmore

Sundays, 2:30 p.m. Continues through June 25

Wee Thomas might be the most important living being in Inishmore. The black cat is the only loyal companion of Mad Padraic, the most feared member of the Irish National Liberation Army. When Padraic is informed that someone killed Wee Thomas, he drops everything to track down the killer — and Padraic's methods of investigation are astonishingly brutal. He carves a bloody path through Inishmore's underworld, never stopping long enough to question why his beloved cat was killed. That just might be a mistake. Martin McDonagh's grisly The Lieutenant of Inishmore is the debut production for Theatre Macabre, a new group with a penchant for the darker side of life. The Lieutenant of Inishmore is performed at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday (June 15 to 25) at the Kranzberg Arts Center (501 North Grand Boulevard; www.kranzbergartscenter.org). Tickets are $20. $20

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Kranzberg Arts Center (map)
501 N Grand Blvd
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-533-0367
The Lieutenant of Inishmore

The Hats of Stephen Jones

Fridays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. and Tuesdays-Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through Sept. 3
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You may not recognize Stephen Jones by name, but you've most likely seen his work. The English milliner's creations have been worn by trend-setting celebrities for more than 30 years, from Princess Diana to Lady Gaga. A selection of eight of his avant-garde hats are displayed at the Saint Louis Art Museum (1 Fine Arts Drive; www.slam.org) in Hats of Stephen Jones, a complementary exhibition to the ongoing exhibition Degas, Impressionism, and the Paris Millinery Trade. Jones' exhibit will remain up from Friday, April 21 to Sunday, September 3. At 2 p.m. Sunday, April 23, Jones visits the museum to discuss his work and his inspirations with New York milliner Jennifer Ouellette. Admission to the lecture is $20 to $25; exhibition admission is $6 to $15. $6-$15

In the Realm of Trees

Fridays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. and Tuesdays-Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through Sept. 3

Classical Chinese artists often used trees as inspirations or the focus of their works. Trees and the natural world are the focus of the new exhibition at the Saint Louis Art Museum (1 Fine Arts Drive; www.slam.org), In the Realm of Trees, which includes photographs, paintings and decorative works that glorify the beauty found in nature. The centerpiece of the show is a set of contemporary photographs called Sacred Tree on Mount Lu, made by Beijing-based photographer Michael Cherney, which was acquired for the museum's permanent collection in 2016 and will be presented for the first time in this exhibit. In the Realm of Trees opens on Friday, March 10, and remains up through Sunday, September 3, in gallery 225. The gallery is open Tuesday through Sunday, and admission is free. free admission

Learning to See: Renaissance and Baroque Masterworks

Fridays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. and Tuesdays-Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through July 30

Phoebe Dent Weil created the field of sculpture conservation in the early 1970s right here in St. Louis. As you might imagine, her personal collection of art is deep and full of treasures. Her husband Mark Weil was an art historian, and his collection is also heavy with the hits of the Baroque and Renaissance. They have promised their joint art holding to the Saint Louis Art Museum, where the public will be able to enjoy for years to come the fruits of their very fruitful collecting years. Learning to See: Renaissance Baroque Masterworks from the Phoebe Dent Weil and Mark S. Weil Collection features etchings by Rembrandt van Rijn and Albrecht Dürer and sixteenth-century Italian terracotta sculptures and busts, each work a miracle of craftsmanship and artistic vision. free admission

Tennessee Williams: The Playwright and the Painter

Wednesdays-Sundays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Continues through July 23

In addition to his work as a playwright, Tennessee Williams painted. The subject of his expressionist paintings varies; often he painted close friends, but some of his creations reference scenes from his plays, or reveal his personal feelings. David Wolkowsky, a close friend of Williams, has graciously loaned seventeen paintings from his personal collection to the Saint Louis University Museum of Art as part of this year's Tennessee Williams Festival St. Louis. This is only the second time they’ve been exhibited outside of Key West, so fans should take advantage of this rare viewing. The show is supplemented by an audio recording of Williams reading his poetry and a short video of Wolkowsky discussing his friend. free admission

Urban Wanderers: Through Their Eyes

Wednesdays-Sundays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Continues through July 23
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Stray Rescue's street teams see animals in their worst moments. Chained up in their own filth, injured and holed up behind dumpsters, malnourished and abused — these animals are found in abominable conditions, and Stray Rescue's people know it. This year's Urban Wanderers art show is all about that moment when the cats and dogs are pulled out of the darkness and back into the world. More than 80 artists have read the individual stories of a cat or dog's rescue; the artists have then interpreted in their work the animal's emotional state at the moment Stray Rescue arrived. Actual artifacts found with the rescuee have been incorporated into the exhibit as well. Urban Wanderers: Through Their Eyes opens with a free reception from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 9, at the Saint Louis University Museum of Art (3663 Lindell Boulevard; sluma.slu.edu). The show remains up through July 23, and the gallery is open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. free admission

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