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Kehinde Wiley: Saint Louis

Fridays and Tuesdays-Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays. Continues through Feb. 10, 2019

Artist Kehinde Wiley leaped into the public consciousness when his presidential portrait of Barack Obama was unveiled in February, but he's been making vital work that explores the nexus of race and representation for years. In 2017 the New York City-based Wiley visited the Saint Louis Art Museum to review the collection with an eye toward a future exhibit inspired by the historic style of portraiture. While he was in St. Louis, Wiley went to north St. Louis and Ferguson to meet with people and find subjects for his own paintings. Kehinde Wiley: Saint Louis is an exhibition of eleven large-scale paintings of everyday black St. Louisans dressed in modern clothing, posed in the manner of kings, statesmen and other powerful figures. Wiley's new work will be on display in galleries 249 and 250 from October 19 to February 10 at the Saint Louis Art Museum (1 Fine Arts Drive; www.slam.org). Admission is free. free admission

Panoramas of the City

Through March 24, 2019

In a year in which the Missouri History Museum exhibition team has given us the stories of St. Louis' greatest civil rights freedom fighters and returned us to the glory days of Route 66, it would take something truly spectacular for the museum to outdo itself — and yet somehow it's done just that. The museum's new exhibition, Panoramas of the City, is as close to time travel as you can get without involving Morlocks. The show comprises seven floor-to-ceiling size images of scenes such as Charles Lindbergh speaking to a crowd of 100,000 people on Art Hill at his "welcome home" party and a 1920 march on Olive Street by the League of Women Voters. These massive photographs are joined by props and interactive media displays that give viewers a better understanding of the historical context of each scene. More than 60 panoramas of various sizes round out the exhibit, which will be on display from September 2 to August 12, 2018, at the Missouri History Museum (Lindell Boulevard and DeBaliviere Avenue; www.mohistory.org). free admission

Missouri History Museum (map)
Lindell Blvd. & DeBaliviere Ave.
St. Louis - Forest Park
phone 314-746-4599
Panoramas of the City

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

The Raging Skillet

Saturdays, 8 p.m. and Sundays, 2 p.m. Continues through Oct. 21

The chef and food writer known only as Rossi has come a long way to get to the launch of her first book, The Raging Skillet: The True Life Story of Chef Rossi. Her "memoir with recipes" will debut at a combination book talk/cooking demonstration that will put the cherry on top of her arduous climb through the kitchens of NYC and also serve as a stick in the eye to all the chauvinist restaurateurs who told her she'd never make it. The only trouble comes when her mother crashes the party, which is quite a feat for a dead woman. Mom — who never approved of Rossi's lesbianism, her rejection of her Orthodox Jewish heritage for punk rock or her foul mouth — becomes the counterpoint to her big day in Jacques Lemarre's play about food and family, Raging Skillet. Inspired by the true story of caterer Chef Rossi, the play opens the new season for the New Jewish Theatre, the first with new artistic director Edward Coffield. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday (October 4 to 21) at the Wool Studio Theatre at the Jewish Community Center (2 Millstone Campus Drive, Creve Coeur; www.newjewishtheatre.org). Tickets are $42 to $45. $42-$45

The Rocky Horror Show

Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m. and Sundays, 2 p.m. Continues through Oct. 28
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Richard O'Brien's Rocky Horror Show is eternal because there's always another generation that's ready for its message of choosing personal joy over blind conformity. The Washington University Performing Arts Department ushers a new version into the world with its season-opening production of the Halloween favorite. See straight-laced Brad and Janet set off on a drive to visit their old science teacher (romantic, Brad), only to break down outside a very odd castle. Inside, pansexual freakazoid Dr. Frank-N-Furter is about to breathe life into the perfect man, but he'll make time for (and with) Brad and Janet. But something is rotten in Frank-N-Furter Castle. Will Brad and Janet survive their wild night? Performances are at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday (October 19 to 28) at Washington University's Edison Theatre (6445 Forsyth Boulevard; www.edison.wustl.edu). Tickets are $15 to $20. $15-$20

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Edison Theatre (map)
6445 Forsyth Blvd.
Clayton
phone 314-935-6543
The Rocky Horror Show

The Last Days of Judas Iscariot

Sundays, 2 p.m. and Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, 8 p.m. Continues through Oct. 28

Judas Iscariot's crime is well known, and his fate of eternal damnation was decreed long ago. An enterprising defense attorney believes he's being unjustly punished, however; if the essential tenets of the Christian faith are love and forgiveness, isn't the former apostle entitled to them? This legal argument brings about a trial that sees Pontius Pilate, Sigmund Freud, Mary Magdalene and Satan himself called to the stand to testify either for or against Judas' plight. Mustard Seed Theatre opens its twelfth season with Stephen Adly Guirgis' courtroom black comedy The Last Days of Judas Iscariot. Performances are at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday (October 10 to 28) at the Fontbonne Fine Arts Theatre (6800 Wydown Boulevard; www.mustardseedthreatre.com). Tickets are $15 to $30. $15-$30

Fontbonne University Fine Arts Theatre (map)
6800 Wydown Blvd.
Clayton
phone 314-862-3456
The Last Days of Judas Iscariot

The Tempest

Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m. and Sundays, 2 p.m. Continues through Oct. 21

The Tempest is a story of betrayal, magic, revenge and redemption — and in St. Louis Shakespeare's new production of the show, the main characters are all women. Prospera is the rightful Duke of Milan, but her ambitious sister Antonia effectively banished her to a remote island. With daughter Miranda for company, Prospera has mastered the use of magic to the point where their lives are comfortable even if not as luxurious as home would be. When Prospera realizes that her usurper and the complicit king are on a nearby ship, she raises a storm that wrecks them on the same treacherous isle and magically wreaks her revenge. Shakespeare's The Tempest presents great challenges to a theater company: How do you effectively convey a dangerous storm at sea and the destruction of a ship on stage? How do you represent the use of magic? Patrick Siler, who is scheduled to direct St. Louis Shakespeare's October production of the show, has a talent for making the mundane become magical. It should be a show to remember. Performances are at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday (October 12 to 21) at the Ivory Theatre (7620 Michigan Avenue; www.stlshakespeare.org). Tickets are $15 to $20. $15-$20

Ivory Theatre (map)
7620 Michigan Ave.
St. Louis - South City
phone 314-631-8330
The Tempest

A Doll's House, Part 2

Saturdays, 4 p.m., Thursdays, Fridays, 8 p.m., Tuesdays, Wednesdays, 7 p.m., Sundays, 2 p.m., Saturdays, 4 & 8 p.m., Wed., Oct. 31, 1:30 p.m. and Sun., Nov. 4, 2 & 7 p.m. Continues through Nov. 4

Henrik Ibsen's classic drama A Doll's House ends with Nora Helmer walking out on her husband and family so that she can live an independent life. This was a shocking, scandalous ending for a play in 1879, but it's less so in the modern era. In Lucas Hnath's A Doll's House, Part 2, Nora returns after fifteen years of traveling, affairs and work. But what does she want? Her dutiful and somewhat dull husband Torvald would certainly like to know. Their youngest child, Emmy, is recently engaged, and neither father nor daughter wants this reminder of a failed marriage around. Is it possible Nora didn't find the freedom she wanted? The Repertory Theatre St. Louis continues its season with A Doll's House, Part 2. Performances are Tuesday through Sunday (October 10 to November 4) at the Loretto-Hilton Center (130 Edgar Road; www.repstl.org). Tickets are $19 to $92. $19-$92

Silent Sky

Sundays, 2 p.m. and Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. Continues through Nov. 4

Henrietta Leavitt has questions about deep space and Earth's place and role in the universe, so she gets a job at the Harvard Observatory in hopes of finding satisfying answers. Instead, she's confronted by the unsatisfactory reality that women aren't allowed to use the telescope. Her dream job turns out to be grunt work, as she's expected to catalog all the stars revealed on the telescope's photographic plates while men pursue the business of discovery. Yet women are capable of seeing what men cannot, and in those plates Leavitt finds something no one else has noticed, breaking new ground in astronomy. Lauren Gunderson's play Silent Sky charts the lives and work of early-twentieth-century female astronomers and how they defied the odds to do great work in an age when society mostly demanded they stay out of the way and procreate. Insight Theatre Company closes its current season with Silent Sky. Performances are at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday (October 19 to November 4) at the Kranzberg Arts Center (501 North Grand Boulevard; www.insighttheatrecompany.com). Tickets are $15 to $35. $15-$35

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Kranzberg Arts Center (map)
501 N Grand Blvd
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-533-0367
Silent Sky

Wildwood Art Festival

Sat., Oct. 20, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and Sun., Oct. 21, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
phone 636-458-0440

Unique works of art including paintings, drawings, photography, pottery, ceramics, woodworks, mixed media, fiber, leather, and jewelry from 60 different artists will be on display. Artists’ booths will be located on Main Street between Fountain Place and Eastgate Lane. Several bands and solo artists are scheduled to play live music throughout the weekend. Performances by Dusty James and Abalone Pearl, Wildhorse Creek Band and Teddy McCready will be on Saturday; with Andy McAllister and The Wayward Mountaineers set to perform Sunday. Free

https://www.cityofwildwood.com/1851/Art-Festival
Wildwood Town Center Plaza (map)
221 Plaza Drive
Wildwood
phone 636-458-0440

Roots and Rhythm: A Tribute to Jazz

Sat., Oct. 20, 7:30 p.m. and Sun., Oct. 21, 3 p.m.

Founder and Artistic Director Ashley L. Tate brings her company of trained classical, contemporary and commercial dancers to The Grandel for a weekend of performance art. Roots and Rhythm is the opening main stage concert for Ashleyliane Dance Company’s 12th season. This show highlights the inventive and exuberant art form that is jazz dance. The pieces explore the swing era, the essence of theatrical jazz, a fusion of vernacular and contemporary dance, and a dash of jazz funk and other percussive “new style” hybrid dance forms. $25

https://www.facebook.com/events/1420768684723113/
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Grandel Theatre (map)
3610 Grandel Square
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-533-0367
Roots and Rhythm:  A Tribute to Jazz

Go St. Louis Halloween Race

Sun., Oct. 21, 7 a.m.

The Great GO! St. Louis Halloween Race is host to a half marathon, 10K, 5K and 1-mile fun run – with a special Halloween twist!The Halloween fun starts with the Trick-or-Treat 5K! The 5K course will be lined with not only your usual water stops but also candy stops for you to trick or treat along the way. The 10K and half marathon courses have some added adventure as well. As you run through downtown St. Louis you will have to watch out for the Zombie Zone and you might even see the Ghostbusters in action. The fun doesn’t end when the race is over. Get your top of the line finisher’s medal, and head over to the Trick-or-Treat Village to fill up on candy and treats from local business and organizations. For the over-21 crowd, Schlafly will be on site to help you enjoy a post race brew.

14th St and Market St (map)
14th Street and Market St.
St. Louis - Downtown

St. Louis Lacrosse Fall Classic

Sun., Oct. 21, 9:30 a.m.
uslacrosse.stlmo@gmail.com

The Fall Classic promises a weekend full of lacrosse activities for all ages. Sunday’s culminating event takes place at Harlan C. Hunter Stadium at Lindenwood University where NCAA Division I Boston University (Patriot League) and University of Michigan (Big 10) men’s lacrosse programs face off as opponents for the first time. This is a unique opportunity to see high-level lacrosse showcasing some of the top talent in the country. St. Louis Children’s Hospital benefits $15

http://www.uslacrossechapters.org/stlouismissouri/2018FallClassic.aspx
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Lindenwood University (map)
209 S. Kingshighway
St. Charles
phone 636-949-4500
St. Louis Lacrosse Fall Classic

Show Me Reptile & Exotics Show

Sun., Oct. 21, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

@ District 9 Hall-Bridgeton, 12365 St. Charles Rock Road Bridgeton, MO 63044
The Show Me Reptile & Exotics Show is one of the largest shows in the region.This is a safe and family friendly event geared to educate and introduce people to reptiles and exotics. This is the best place to purchase and learn with industry leading breeders bringing their knowledge, quality and passion to the show. This is also a great place to go if you already have pets there are also feeders and supplies from quality sources. So bring the whole family out for a great day. vip entry at 830am $0 - $5 kids 12 and under free, first responders and military FREE, all others 5 bucks

http://www.showmesnakes.com/
Machinists Hall (map)
12365 St. Charles Rock Road
Hazelwood/ Bridgeton/ Earth City
phone 314-869-8773
Show Me Reptile & Exotics Show
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