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Mark Dew:

Wednesdays, Fridays-Sundays, 8 p.m.

To walk into the Hideaway is to enter a place that seems frozen in time, where the dozen or so seats around the piano are packed with your grandparents' friends, decked out in chunky jewelry and tilted fedora hats. Ostensibly, they're here to listen to Mark Dew play — he's here Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights — but you're just as likely to hear one of those old-timers sitting around the piano trill Charlie Rich's "The Most Beautiful Girl." And when Dew finally has his turn at the mic, he'll say something humble, like, "I apologize; it should have been in the key of F." No matter. Dew is the conductor of this time-traveling train, and everyone's on board. Dew, who is blind, has been the piano man here for nearly a quarter-century and jokes that the best part about working here is, well, getting paid. He marvels at the younger set trickling in and its knowledge of the Cash and Sinatra songbooks: "The more the crowd gets into it, the more I play," Dew says. And that's enough to keep him around. "I'm not quite ready to be out to pasture," he says. "Yet." free

The Ready Room (map)
4195 Manchester Ave
St. Louis - Tower Grove
phone 314-833-3929

Muny Memories: 100 Years on Stage

Through June 2, 2019

The Muny is just about to open its landmark 100th season, and its neighbor, the Missouri History Museum (Lindell Boulevard and DeBalivere Avenue; www.mohistory.org), celebrates the occasion with an exhibit dedicated to the history of America's largest outdoor theater. Muny Memories: 100 Years on Stage features exhibits that explain the founding of the theater, display favorite memories from stars and staff, and give a look back stage to see how the dedicated technical crew creates and rigs all those sets and lights. You can also take a look at programs from the Muny's long, storied past. Muny Memories opens on Saturday, June 9, and remains on display daily through June 2, 2019. Admission is free. free admission

Missouri History Museum (map)
Lindell Blvd. & DeBaliviere Ave.
St. Louis - Forest Park
phone 314-746-4599
Muny Memories: 100 Years on Stage

Sanford Biggers and Basquiat Before Basquiat: East 12th Street, 1979-1980

Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through Dec. 30

The Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis opens some of the most ambitious and vital shows in its history this month, with a series of exhibitions by, and about, black artists and the black experience. Sanford Biggers works directly with the materials of his forebearers — quilts and African sculptures — only he reshapes and repurposes them as contemporary statements about black identity, history and trauma. Biggers gives found quilts new life with new handwork, encoding personal messages into their original pattern. The fact that the work of an anonymous black craftsman or woman now appears in galleries and museums around the world, even in Biggers' modified form, is both subversive and celebratory. With wooden sculptures, some of which are copies, he dips them in wax and then works them over with firearms. What begins as a statue of a human or human-shaped supernatural being becomes obscured, disfigured and unrecognizable through the violence wrought upon it.

In addition to Biggers' work, CAM presents a show of the private photos of Jean-Michel Basquiat. Basquiat emerged from the New York City hip-hop/punk/graffiti scenes in the 1970s as one-half of the graffiti duo SAMO, along with Al Diaz. The pair together tagged buildings with cryptic phrases denouncing the establishment, politics and religion, always signed "SAMO" (an acronym for "Same Old Shit"). When the duo broke up, Basquiat performed in the noise rock band Test Pattern (later named "Gray") with Vincent Gallo and Michael Holman. He lived on the streets, sold drugs and experimented with Xerox art, painting and drawing. Basquiat Before Basquiat: East 12th Street, 1979-1980 will showcase everything the artist made while living in a small East Village apartment with his friend Alexis Adler before he hit the big time. It's a treasure trove of paintings, sculptures and works on paper, as well as Adler's photographs of his friend.

Both exhibitions open with a free reception from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, September 7, at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (3750 Washington Boulevard; www.camstl.org). The shows continue through December 30.

free admission

Oklahoma!

Saturdays, 4 & 8 p.m., Tuesdays-Fridays, 8 p.m., Sundays, 2 p.m. and Sun., Oct. 7, 2 & 7:30 p.m. Continues through Sept. 30

It's been 75 years since Rodgers and Hammerstein transformed the Broadway musical with Oklahoma!, and the show remains as fresh and popular as ever. Farm girl Laurey Williams has two suitors — cowboy Curly and farmhand Jud Fry. When Curly waits too long to approach her, she agrees to go to the dance with Jud. He's the type of broody loner who brings a knife to the social, just in case he gets a crack at Curly, but all Curly wants is to convince Laurey he's ready to get serious. Can true love win? The show is packed with songs that have long been considered classics, from show opener "Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin'" to the frequently covered "People Will Say We're in Love." And then there's the boisterous title number, which is so irresistible that within a decade it became the state song of Oklahoma. Stages St. Louis presents Oklahoma! Tuesday through Sunday (September 7 to October 7) at the Robert G. Reim Theatre (111 South Geyer Avenue; www.stagesstlouis.org). Tickets are $41 to $63. $41-$63

Chinese Buddhist Art, 10th-15th Centuries

Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through Sept. 30

Very rarely does an art exhibition include the actual wall an artist worked on, but the Saint Louis Art Museum does so for Chinese Buddhist Art, 10th-15th Centuries. A six-foot-by-four-foot section of a temple wall that has a painting of the Bodhisattva Akalokiteśvara (Guanyin) on one side is the focal point of the exhibition, and an exceptionally rare object. The show also includes four hanging scrolls, and a never-before-displayed painted, wooden sculpture of a seated arhat, the Buddhist term for a person who has achieved enlightenment. Chinese Buddhist Art, 10th-15th Centuries is open Tuesday through Sunday (March 30 to August 30) in gallery 225 of the Saint Louis Art Museum (1 Fine Arts Drive; www.slam.org). Admission is free. free admission

Chromeo

Wed., Sept. 19, 8 p.m.

w/ Steven A. Clark $30-$35

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The Pageant (map)
6161 Delmar Blvd.
Delmar/ The Loop
phone 314-726-6161

Sean Canan's Voodoo Players

Wednesdays. Continues through Dec. 18, 2019
https://archive.org/details/SeanCanansVoodooPlayers

Sean Canan’s Voodoo Players are a band dedicated to playing various classic rock & roll songbooks with a revolving cast of the St. Louis area’s finest musicians. Sean acts as musical director as the Voodoo Players both recreate and reinterpret music by legendary bands and a wide array of artists. Each show focuses on one individual catalog aligned with a musical approach designed to thrill music fans of all ages!

Broadway Oyster Bar (map)
736 S. Broadway
St. Louis - Downtown
phone 314-621-8811
Sean Canan's Voodoo Players

Beats Antique

Wed., Sept. 19, 9 p.m.

$25-$28

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Old Rock House (map)
1200 S. 7th St.
St. Louis - Soulard
phone 314-588-0505

Blues Jam Session hosted by Fred Pierce & Co.

Wednesdays, 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Continues through Nov. 16

St. Louis Blues music personified right here! no cover

https://1860saloon.com/live-music-calendar/

Biennial Faculty Exhibit

Mondays-Fridays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through Oct. 9
phone 314-993-4040

The John Burroughs School fine arts faculty, all of whom are practicing artists, will exhibit their work in a mixed media show in the Bonsack Gallery. The opening reception is from 5:30 to 7:30 pm on Friday, August 24 in the gallery. The exhibit features work from Donya Allison (drawings and photographs), Ashley Oates (photograms), Mike Gesiakowski (sculpture), Jessica Hunt (sculpture), and Andrew Newman (photographs). Free

https://jburroughs.org/arts/bonsack-gallery
Bonsack Gallery (map)
755 S. Price Road
Ladue
phone 314-993-4040
Biennial Faculty Exhibit

Figures, Fables & Fiction

Through Nov. 4, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
phone 314-725-6555

A selection of the skillful figurative work currently produced in the St. Louis region, including works from Nicole Cooper, John Hunn, David Ottinger and Victor Wang. Guest curated by Nancy Newman Rice. ALL AGES Free

http://www.cocastl.org/event/figures-fables-fiction/
The Millstone Gallery at COCA (map)
524 Trinity Ave.
University City
phone 314-725-6555
Figures, Fables & Fiction

Celebrity: An Exhibition of Paintings by Henryk Ptasiewicz

Through Oct. 6, 12-5 p.m.
phone 314-821-6241
media@outofthebluestl.com

Enjoy an outstanding collection of celebrities painted by one of St. Louis' most respected artists. Some are whimsical takes on classic icons, others are contemplative and reflective. All of these famous figures are painted with Ptasiewicz' characteristic brilliant and colorful brush strokes Free

http://outofthebluestl.com/portfolio/celebrity-an-exhibition-featuring-paintings-by-henryk-ptasiewicz/
OA Gallery (map)
101 W. Argonne Dr
Kirkwood
phone 314-821-6241
Celebrity: An Exhibition of Paintings by Henryk Ptasiewicz

Luau + Whole Hog Roast

Wed., Sept. 19, 5-9 p.m.
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@ Salt + Smoke (Hampton), 5625 Hampton Ave. St. Louis, MO 63109
If you like live music, giving to charity, pretending you’re at a Luau and not in St. Louis and enjoying an all-you-can-eat buffet, Salt + Smoke is hosting a Luau-themed Whole Hog Roast on September 19. From 5-9pm, see how much you can eat at our buffet while listening to live music. There will be a raffle drawing every hour, so you’ll want to make sure you enter or, you know, you won’t win anything. Raffle and 10% of dinner sales benefit Bishop de Bourg High School.

Salt + Smoke (map)
5625 Hampton Ave
St. Louis - St. Louis Hills
phone 314-727-0200

All That Remains

Wed., Sept. 19, 7 p.m.

w/ Toothgrinder, Escape the Paradigm, Gears $15-$17

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