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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; www.worldchesshof.org). The show remains up through September 16. 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; www.stlas.org). Tickets are $30 to $35. $30-$35

Jewell Parker Rhodes

Thu., April 19, 7 p.m.
phone 314-367-6731
info@left-bank.com
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Left Bank Books welcomes award-winning author Jewell Parker Rhodes, who will sign and discuss her new middle grade novel, "Ghost Boys"! This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of "Ghost Boys" from Left Bank Books will be required to enter the signing line. Twelve-year-old Jerome is shot by a police officer who mistakes his toy gun for a real threat. As a ghost, he observes the devastation that's been unleashed on his family and community in the wake of what they see as an unjust and brutal killing. Free

http://www.left-bank.com/event/jewell-parker-rhodes
Left Bank Books (map)
399 N Euclid Ave
St. Louis - Central West End
phone 314-367-6731
Jewell Parker Rhodes

Judy Pfaff: New Prints

Thursdays, Fridays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through June 2
phone 314-367-1076
info@atriumgallery.net

Atrium announces an upcoming Spring exhibition "Judy Pfaff: NewPrints." This extensive solo exhibition by the internationally known artist Judy Pfaff will include all new work inspired by her travels in India where she was enthralled by the vibrant life of the people and the rich and diverse cultures. The language, the spirituality and the beautiful contrasts and contradictions she experienced present themselves lucidly and luminously in her work. Imagery flows and energy abounds though these new prints. In these pieces, Pfaff's handling of color and manipulation of images was particularly influenced by the brightly colored and intricately patterned kantha blankets. Free

http://www.atriumgallery.net
Atrium Gallery (map)
4814 Washington Ave.
St. Louis - Central West End
phone 314-367-1076
Judy Pfaff: New Prints

Earth Day Concert

Sun., April 22, 4-5 p.m.
phone 314-367-0367
music@secondchurch.net

Don’t miss this tribute to the wonders of nature featuring stirring music performed by orchestra and soloists. Felix Mendelssohn’s Hebrides Overture was inspired by his visit to a cave off the coast of Scotland. Ludwig van Beethoven’s Pastorale Symphony contains five stunning movements inspired by nature. The concert also involves solos and quartet pieces from the choir’s section leaders; soprano Jackie Davis, alto Lori Hoffman, tenor Derek Dahlke, and bass Joshua Powlishta join conductor and pianist Andrew Peters and the orchestra in this special Earth Day homage. free

http://secondchurch.net
Second Presbyterian Church (map)
4501 Westminster Place
St. Louis - Central West End
phone 314-367-0366
Earth Day Concert

An Evening with Walter Bargen & Michael Castro

Mon., April 23, 7 p.m.
phone 314-367-6731
info@left-bank.com
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Left Bank Books welcomes former Poet Laureate of Missouri Walter Bargen and former Poet Laureate of St. Louis Michael Castro, who will read from their new and selected works of poetry! Walter Bargen has published nineteen books of poetry. His most recent books are: “Too Quick For the Living,” “Gone West,” “Three-Corner Catch,” and “Quixotic.” He was appointed the first poet laureate of Missouri. Michael Castro was the inaugural Poet Laureate of St. Louis. He has published six book of poems, essays and translations and has appeared in more than 100 magazines anthologies. In 1975 Castro co-founded River Styx. Free

http://www.left-bank.com/event/bargen-castro
Left Bank Books (map)
399 N Euclid Ave
St. Louis - Central West End
phone 314-367-6731
An Evening with Walter Bargen & Michael Castro

Seeing Other People

Thu., April 26, 5-8 p.m.
phone 314-696-8678
margaret@projects-gallery.com
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Seeing Other People considers the rhetoric of the constructed self as it is shaped by the act of gazing or being gazed upon. By pairing three historical paintings of women by men with contemporary portraits of women predominantly by women, the exhibit takes as its point of departure the notion that both reading and authoring representational images is a form of feminist resistance. It will include a reading and listening room for the public to engage, composed of books and vinyl LP’s that speak to the theme of female self-representation. The opening will feature music by DJ Agile One. free

http://www.projects-gallery.com/seeing-other-people
Projects + Gallery (map)
4733 McPherson Ave
St. Louis - Central West End
phone 314-696-8678

Independent Bookstore Day 2018

Sat., April 28, 10 a.m.
phone 314-367-6731
info@left-bank.com
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Last Saturday in April: Join the Party! Independent Bookstore Day is a one-day national party that takes place at indie bookstores across the country on the last Saturday in April. Every store is unique and independent, and every party is different. But in addition to authors, live music, scavenger hunts, kids events, readings, contests, and other fun stuff, there are exclusive books and literary items that you can only get on that day. Not before. Not after. Not online. For a full list of exclusive merchandise and a full schedule of featured events, visit left-bank.com/event/ibd-2018! Free

http://www.left-bank.com/event/ibd-2018
Left Bank Books (map)
399 N Euclid Ave
St. Louis - Central West End
phone 314-367-6731
Independent Bookstore Day 2018

National Poetry Month Reading: Aaron Coleman & Eileen G'Sell

Mon., April 30, 7 p.m.
phone 314-367-6731
info@left-bank.com
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Left Bank Books presents a reading in honor of National Poetry Month with poets Aaron Coleman, author of "Threat Come Close," and Eileen G'Sell, author of "Life After Rugby"! This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase will be required to enter the signing line. Aaron Coleman is the author of the chapbook "St. Trigger," which won the 2015 Button Poetry Prize, and his first full-length collection, "Threat Come Close," is forthcoming from Four Way Books. Eileen G'Sell's first full-length book, "Life After Rugby," is out now from Gold Wake Press. Free

http://www.left-bank.com/event/coleman-gsell
Left Bank Books (map)
399 N Euclid Ave
St. Louis - Central West End
phone 314-367-6731
National Poetry Month Reading: Aaron Coleman & Eileen G'Sell

Seamus McGraw

Tue., May 1, 7 p.m.
phone 314-367-6731
info@left-bank.com
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Left Bank Books welcomes award-winning author Seamus McGraw, who will sign and discuss his new book, "A Thirsty Land: The Making of an American Water Crisis"! This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of "A Thirsty Land" from Left Bank Books will be required to enter the signing line. he most comprehensive—and comprehensible—book on contemporary water issues, "A Thirsty Land" delves deep into the challenges faced not just by Texas but by the nation as a whole, as we struggle to find a way to balance the changing forces of nature. Free

http://www.left-bank.com/event/seamus-mcgraw
Left Bank Books (map)
399 N Euclid Ave
St. Louis - Central West End
phone 314-367-6731
Seamus McGraw

Cathedral Concerts: St. Louis Symphony Orchestra & Chorus

Tue., May 1, 8-10 p.m.
phone 314-533-7662
concerts@cathedralstl.org

St. Louis’s own world-class orchestra, under the baton of Maestro David Robertson in his farewell year. Beloved by St. Louis Cathedral Concert audiences, SLSO will be a wonderful, bittersweet evening of great music! $24 - $49

http://www.cathedralconcerts.org/events/st-louis-symphony-chorus/
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Steenz: Archival Quality

Wed., May 2, 7 p.m.
phone 314-367-6731
info@left-bank.com
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Left Bank Books welcomes St. Louis illustrator Christina "Steenz" Stewart, who will sign and discuss her new graphic novel, "Archival Quality"! This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of "Archival Quality" from Left Bank Books will be required to enter the signing line. After losing her job at the library, Cel Walden starts working at the haunting Logan Museum as an archivist. But she finds herself confronting her mental health, her relationships, and before long, her grasp on reality as she begins to dream of a young woman she's never met. Free

http://www.left-bank.com/event/steenz
Left Bank Books (map)
399 N Euclid Ave
St. Louis - Central West End
phone 314-367-6731
Steenz: Archival Quality

Bob Tewksbury

Thu., May 3, 7 p.m.
phone 314-367-6731
info@left-bank.com
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Left Bank Books welcomes former St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Bob Tewksbury, who will sign and discuss his new book, "Ninety Percent Mental: An All-Star Player Turned Mental Skills Coach Reveals the Hidden Game of Baseball"! This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of "Ninety Percent Mental" from Left Bank Books will be required to enter the signing line. In "Ninety Percent Mental," Bob Tewksbury shows readers a side of the game only he can provide, given his singular background as both a longtime MLB pitcher and a mental skills coach two fabled franchises. Free

http://www.left-bank.com/event/bob-tewksbury
Left Bank Books (map)
399 N Euclid Ave
St. Louis - Central West End
phone 314-367-6731
Bob Tewksbury

Saint Louis Cathedral Concerts Annual Gala

Sun., May 6, 6-10 p.m.
phone 314-533-7662
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Saint Louis Cathedral Concerts, a nonprofit that brings world-class musicians to St. Louis, is pleased to announce its annual Gala. Funds raised go to support Cathedral Concerts’ mission of presenting affordable live concerts featuring world-class musicians and the finest repertoire of sacred and classical music for the cultural enrichment, education, and enjoyment. Attendees will enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, an oral auction, an elegant dinner and a special live performance by pianist Orli Shaham. Cathedral Concerts will present the “Great Music Award” to Maestro David Robertson for his exemplary leadership and outstanding musical performances around the world. VIP tickets are $275/person or $2,750/table of 10. Regular tickets are $175/person or $1,750/table of 10.

http://cathedralconcerts.org
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The Coronado Ballroom (map)
3701 Lindell Blvd.
St. Louis - Central West End
phone 314-367-4848
Saint Louis Cathedral Concerts Annual Gala

Observable Readings

Mon., May 7, 7:30-8:30 p.m.
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The Observable Reading Series on May 7 will feature Camille Guthrie, Lorin Cuoco, and Sally Ball. Brought to you by St. Louis Poetry Center, the Observable Series welcomes poets to Dressel’s Public House (CWE). Reading begins at 7:30 p.m. in the upstairs loft of the restaurant. Free, Suggested $5 donation at the door

http://stlouispoetrycenter.org/observable/
Dressel's (map)
419 N. Euclid Ave.
St. Louis - Central West End
phone 314-361-1060
Observable Readings
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