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Chinese Culture Days

Sat., April 21, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sun., April 22, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

What would spring in St. Louis be without the Missouri Botanical Garden's Chinese Culture Days? The two-day celebration begins with a 70-foot-long dancing dragon leading a parade of revelers, followed by acrobats, dancers, displays of traditional art and more. There's an outdoor food court serving cuisine from many of China's diverse regions as well as cooking demos — it's a packed weekend. This year's Chinese Culture Days takes place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday (April 21 and 22) at the Missouri Botanical Garden (4344 Shaw Boulevard; Admission is $7 to $15. $7-$15

St. Louis Earth Day Festival

Sat., April 21, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sun., April 22, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

How are you feeling about the state of the planet: optimistic, or something worse? In either case, the St. Louis Earth Day Festival will brighten your outlook. This year's event features dozens of exhibitors providing everything from arts and crafts to information about alternative fuels and green building practices. Many of this year's food vendors are members of the Green Dining Alliance, and even the ones that aren't have agreed to adhere to its standards while at the festival. There will be a ton of vegan and vegetarian options from Bombay Food Junkies, Confluence Kombucha and SqWires Restaurant & Annex, as well as treats for meat eaters from Salt + Smoke, Baileys' Range and Bayou Seasoning and Catering. Two stages of live entertainment will keep you hopping throughout both days, with acts ranging from the live birds of the World Bird Sanctuary to the Brothers Lazaroff. The St. Louis Earth Day Festival takes place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday (April 21 to 22) on the Muny grounds in Forest Park ( Admission is free. free admission


Saturdays, 2 & 7:30 p.m. and Sun., April 22, 1 p.m. Continues through April 22

Who'd have thought a musical about one of the Founding Fathers would be a smash hit in an era when these august old men are used as ammunition for every sort of political argument? (Especially the one who was killed in a duel with the sitting vice president.) In Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda tells the story of an orphan from the Caribbean who rises to the top of colonial American society and then fights for his young country in the Revolutionary War. Miranda cheekily casts people of color as his civilians, soldiers and statesmen and incorporates a soundtrack of hip-hop, R&B and traditional show tunes to transform our perception of these legends of the past, making them more human. And rather than present an anodyne version of Hamilton's life, Miranda depicts his title character as a brilliant, complex, self-made man — and then he hits the audience with the ultimate truth: No one gets to decide how they're remembered. The highly anticipated musical is performed Tuesday through Sunday (April 3 to 22) at the Fox Theatre (527 North Grand Boulevard; Remaining tickets are $125 to $625. $125-$625

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The Fox Theatre (map)
527 N. Grand Blvd.
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-534-1111

New Jerusalem

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

Baruch de Spinoza has been called "the prince of philosophers," but in his own time his thoughts about God (he believed the deity was indifferent to humanity) brought him nothing but trouble. In seventeenth-century Amsterdam, the Jews had an arrangement with the local government: They kept their own laws and guaranteed that all Jews were observant to their faith. By espousing radical ideas about God, the nature of good and evil, and the role of man in the universe, Spinoza was breaking that covenant, potentially putting his own community at risk. So his former congregation put him on trial, with expulsion being the penalty if he was found guilty of "monstrous deeds." David Ives' play New Jerusalem dramatizes this trial, which saw Spinoza's former teacher called to testify against his beloved student. The New Jewish Theatre presents the play at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday (April 4 to 22) at the Jewish Community Center (2 Millstone Campus Drive, Creve Coeur; Tickets are $41 to $44. $41-$44

Painted Pieces: Art Chess from Purling London

Sundays, 12-5 p.m., Wednesdays-Fridays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. and Mondays, Tuesdays, Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through Sept. 16

The standard chess set has been reimagined in multiple formats, using everything from Simpsons characters to loaded shot glasses. The new exhibition at the World Chess Hall of Fame sees regulation Staunton sets done up with a fresh coat of paint, which doesn't sound all that impressive. But when it's artists such as Caio Locke, Sophie Matisse and Thierry Noir wielding the brushes, the results are dazzling. Painted Pieces: Art Chess from Purling London features vibrant, hand-painted chess sets exploding with color and invention. Painted Pieces opens with a free reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 12, at the World Chess Hall of Fame (4652 Maryland Avenue; The show remains up through September 16. free admission

Circus Flora

Thursdays, Fridays, 7 p.m., Sundays, 1 & 5:30 p.m., Saturdays, 1 & 7 p.m., Wed., April 25, 7 p.m. and Wed., May 2, 7 p.m. Continues through May 13

It's an unwritten rule that when you need a bellhop, you can't find one. The bellhop at Circus Flora's Hotel Balding has disappeared, and in The Case of the Missing Bellhop, the entire circus goes on the hunt for him, using desperate measures to find him. Acrobat Jeison Dominguez takes the high road, climbing the rotating Wheel of Destiny as it heads for the top of the big top, while Cuzin Grumpy's trained pigs search low, as only learned pigs can. The St. Louis Arches, the Flying Wallendas and the Alanian Riders and their horses all join the search. Can anyone find the little fella? Circus Flora opens its new season in its new permanent home in Grand Center (3401 Washington Boulevard; with shows Thursday through Sunday (April 19 to May 13) and two 7 p.m. Wednesday performances (April 25 and May 2). Tickets are $12 to $75. $12-$75

Circus Flora Big Top (map)
3401 Washington Blvd
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-289-4040
Circus Flora

Jesus Christ Superstar

Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m., Sun., April 22, 2 p.m. and Wed., April 25, 8 p.m. Continues through April 28

Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical Jesus Christ Superstar is having a bit of a moment, thanks to the well-received Easter Sunday live broadcast on NBC. If you want to see it again live and in a more intimate setting, Stray Dog Theatre has you covered. The story depicts the last week of Jesus' earthly life and his rapidly fraying relationship with his disciple Judas Iscariot. Stray Dog Theatre performs the show at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday (April 12 to 28) at the Tower Grove Abbey (2336 Tennessee Avenue; There are additional shows at 2 p.m. Sunday and 8 p.m. Wednesday (April 22 and 25). Tickets are $25 to $30. $25-$30

Tower Grove Abbey (map)
2336 Tennessee Ave.
St. Louis - South Grand
phone 314-865-1995
Jesus Christ Superstar

Chinese Buddhist Art, 10th-15th Centuries

Fridays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. and Tuesdays-Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through Aug. 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; Admission is free. free admission

Trenton Doyle Hancock: The Re-Evolving Door to the Moundverse

Fridays, Saturdays, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and Wednesdays, Thursdays, Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through April 22

Drawing inspiration from the morality tales of cartoons (a cat is always bad, but birds or mice are good; dogs also are heroes), comic books (equally flamboyant bad guys and good guys), video games and films, Trenton Doyle Hancock created his own private universe, one in which the Mounds (half-plant, half-animal, all-good living forest) and the Vegans (they eat Mounds!) endlessly battle it out for supremacy. Both Coonbear and Bringback, a henchman in a striped unitard, are part of the battle, because they're also some part of Hancock. Politics, race, class, identity and issues of social justice are hidden in these stories, just like Sun Ra's own fully scored space operas in the jazz world. Trenton Doyle Hancock: The Re-Evolving Door to the Moundverse is a collection of these drawings, sculptures and prints that show part of the eternal struggle of good and evil, right and wrong, moral and immoral. The Re-Evolving Door to the Moundverse opens with a free reception at 7 p.m. Friday, January 19, at Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (3750 Washington Boulevard; Hancock will discuss the Moundverse and his work at 11 a.m. Saturday, January 20. The show continues through April 22, and the gallery is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Admission is free. free admission

The Dresser

Sundays, 3 p.m. and Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. Continues through April 29

Sir spends his waning years traipsing around the English countryside managing, producing and starring in Shakespeare's eternal dramas. He's worn out as the air raid sirens keep sounding in the distance. Yet the show must go on, and tonight he plays King Lear, his signature role. It falls to Norman, Sir's longtime dresser, to get the legend dressed, made up and ready for the curtain. But Sir can't recall his opening line, and time is pressing. Ronald Harwood's play The Dresser is a testament to the last of the "grand" actors who were larger than the roles they played, and a cunning examination of King Lear's relationship with his Fool, as played out by two consummate professionals who care for one another as much as they resent one another. St. Louis Actors' Studio presents The Dresser at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday (April 13 to 29) at the Gaslight Theater (358 North Boyle Avenue; Tickets are $30 to $35. $30-$35

A Tree, Falling

Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m., Sundays, 7 p.m. and Sun., April 29, 2 p.m. Continues through April 28

Lenny has a problem with strangers showing up at his house and peppering him with personal questions. The retired physician is fed up with the interruptions, completely unaware that it's the same person every time — Lola is a social worker assigned to check up on the old man, a fact he never remembers. For Lenny the past is gone and the future is unknowable; all he has is right now. The reality of his dementia soon affects Lola as well. If we can't remember the joys and sorrows of our lives, are we really alive at all? Ron Elisha's quiet tragicomedy A Tree, Falling explores the value of memory and life itself. Upstream Theater presents A Tree, Falling at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday (April 13 to 28), and at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 29, at the Kranzberg Arts Center (501 North Grand Boulevard; Tickets are $25 to $35. $25-$35

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Kranzberg Arts Center (map)
501 N Grand Blvd
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-533-0367
A Tree, Falling

Sunken Cities: Egypt's Lost World

Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through Sept. 9

The ancient city of Thonis-Heracleion was Egypt's main Mediterranean port from 664 to 332 BC, or roughly 100 years longer than the country of America has existed. It was a thriving, international metropolis — and then a string of natural disasters wiped it off the map. Archeologist Franck Goddio and his team of underwater archeologists rediscoverd Thonis-Heracleion 1,000 years later, four miles off the coast of present-day Egypt. It was more than 30 feet below the surface of the sea, its colossal statues of gods, pharaohs and ritual animals resting in the ruins of a world long gone. Three of these massive statues comprise the heart of the new exhibition Sunken Cities: Egypt's Lost Worlds, which will be on display at the Saint Louis Art Museum (1 Fine Arts Drive; Tuesday through Sunday (March 25 to September 9). Alongside the trio of statues are more than 200 ceremonial and commercial artifacts (bronze vessels, coins, jewelry) found both on the sea floor and on loan from museums in Cairo and Alexandria. Admission to the exhibit is $8 to $20, and free on Friday. $8-$20

From Caricature to Celebration: A Brief History of African-American Dolls

Wednesdays-Saturdays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sundays, 12-4 p.m. Continues through July 1
phone 314-421-4689

Toys are constant companions throughout childhood and beyond. Today’s children can find themselves represented in their toys, but this hasn’t always been the case. From Caricature to Celebration: A Brief History of African-American Dolls takes you on a tour of dolls spanning more than a hundred years. From the earliest days of traditional African dolls and racial stereotypes through the years of assimilation and early acceptance, follow the journey through more than 80 dolls to reach the present day. Adults: $10, Children 7-16: $5, 6 & under: Free
Field House Museum (map)
634 S. Broadway
St. Louis - Downtown
phone 314-421-4689
From Caricature to Celebration: A Brief History of African-American Dolls

A Taste of Wine Country Exhibition

Wednesdays-Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through April 27
phone 314-402-1959

Green Door art gallery presents “A Taste of Wine Country” with a reception on Friday, March 16 from 5-8 pm. The exhibit/sale will run from March 4 thru April 27 featuring paintings by Anu Vedagiri, large pastels by Marilyn Callahan, Den Smith’s fabricated wood pieces, jewelry by Michelle Wells, Stacey Skinner’s spiders. Also featured, over 35 other artists including textiles, glass, wood, paintings and much more! Green Door art gallery, located at 21 N. Gore, Webster Groves, MO near St. Louis MO. Hours-Wednesday thru Sunday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm- Closed Monday and Tuesday www. (314) 402-1959
Green Door Art Gallery (map)
21 N. Gore Ave.
Webster Groves
phone 314-402-1959
A Taste of Wine Country Exhibition

IKEA Make Room for Nature Event

April 21-22, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

Join us for a fun weekend of exciting offers, workshops and giveaways to help you bring your home to life. Save the date and don't miss: - exclusive limited-time offers and savings on everything you need to bring your home to life, - delicious savings on your favorite Swedish cuisine, - inspirational sustainability and gardening workshops and activities, - giveaways for the first 200 IKEA FAMILY members on each day. Event detail, RSVP and free coupon Join the IKEA FAMILY free loyalty program free
IKEA (map)
1 IKEA Way
St. Louis - Midtown
phone 888-888-4532
IKEA  Make Room for Nature Event
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