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Fashioning the Black Body

Wednesdays-Saturdays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through May 4

For black Americans, dressing well was not merely a matter of fashion — it was necessary for survival. In the era of sundown towns and the Green Book, when black families took the highways of America they dressed to the nines to show white America that they were people of substance, respectable and decent and not going to start any trouble. As they did with many of the rules enforced upon them, these early Americans took what little was allowed to them and made it their own source of pride. Hats were cocked at rakish angles, colors were vibrant and cuts were cleaner and sharper than what white America wore. In time, black styles were appropriated by the mainstream. Again and again the cycle has repeated itself, moving from black subcultures to the malls and schoolyards of middle America. The art show Fashioning the Black Body explores the ways in which fashion defines and projects the black identity in a variety of media. Mickalene Thomas' silkscreen I've Been Good to Me shows a black woman adorned and surrounded by color and pattern in her home. Mario Moore's oil painting One Day in the Land of Milk and Honey depicts a black figure laying flat on the ground, beneath it a subway platform upon which mills a group of faceless people in identical hoodies. Fashioning the Black Body opens with a free reception from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 15, at Projects+Gallery (4733 McPherson Avenue; www.projects-gallery.com). The show continues through May 4. free admission

Projects + Gallery (map)
4733 McPherson Ave
St. Louis - Central West End
phone 314-696-8678
Fashioning the Black Body

True West

Sundays, 3 p.m. and Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. Continues through April 28

Austin is holed up in his mother's house, working on his screenplay, when his older brother Lee shows up. The two have neither seen each other nor spoken in a few years. A film producer may be interested in Austin's script, maybe, but Lee keeps distracting his little brother from his work. Even worse, when the producer shows up, Lee talks up his own nonexistent script, and the producer shows immediate interest. The brothers' relationship is fraught at the best of times, but if Lee thinks he's going to horn in on Austin's big break, another intra-family murder may be added to their family tally. Sam Shepard's drama True West is about sibling rivalry, American men and American violence, particularly the violence practiced in the semi-mythical American West. St. Louis Actors' Studio presents True West at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday (April 12 to 28) at the Gaslight Theater (358 North Boyle Avenue; www.stlas.org). Tickets are $30 to $35. $30-$35

Easter at Juniper

Sun., April 21, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
phone 314-329-7696

The hunt is over! Celebrate Easter with our Southern brunch available from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. and sink your teeth into chef Glenister Wells' morning-fit favorites and eggs galore (Deviled Eggs, Fried Oyster Eggs Benedict or a Breakfast Sandwich - it’s a hard choice!) From cocktails and all-American eats to something sweet, you'll be all set for an unforgettable Easter brunch at Juniper! Grab your peeps and make a reservation online via Tock or call for parties of 6 or more.  4101 Laclede Ave, St. Louis, MO 63108 www.junipereats.com | 314-329-7696 Connect on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram! prices vary

http://junipereats.com/
Juniper (map)
4101 Laclede Ave
St. Louis - Central West End
phone 314-329-7696

A Discussion on Gun Violence with Alex Kotlowitz & Jonathan Metzl

Wed., April 24, 7 p.m.
phone 314-367-6731
info@left-bank.com
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Left Bank Books presents a discussion on gun violence with Alex Kotlowitz, author of "An American Summer," and Jonathan Metzl, author of "Dying of Whiteness"! This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of either "An American Summer" or "Dying of Whiteness" from Left Bank Books will be required to enter the signing line. "American Summer" is a richly textured, heartrending portrait of love and death in Chicago's most turbulent neighborhoods. In "Dying of Whiteness," a physician reveals how right-wing backlash policies have mortal consequences -- even for the white voters they promise to help. Free

https://www.left-bank.com/event/kotlowitz-metzl

National Poetry Month: Holly Iglesias

Thu., April 25, 7 p.m.
phone 314-367-6731
info@left-bank.com
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Left Bank Books welcomes poet and former St. Louisan Holly Iglesias, who will sign and read from her new collection, "Sleeping Things," at this special National Poetry Month event! This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of "Sleeping Things" from Left Bank Books will be required to enter the signing line. Holly Iglesias is the author of three poetry collections, "Souvenirs of a Sunken World" (Kore Press), "Angles of Approach" (White Pine Press), and "Sleeping Things" (Press 53) and a critical work, "Boxing Inside the Box: Women’s Prose Poetry" (Quale Press). Free

https://www.left-bank.com/event/holly-iglesias
Left Bank Books (map)
399 N Euclid Ave
St. Louis - Central West End
phone 314-367-6731

Schola Antiqua Chicago

Fri., April 26, 8 p.m.

$19-$42

Schola Antiqua Chicago – St. Louis Cathedral Concerts

Fri., April 26, 8-10 p.m.
phone 314-533-7662
concerts@cathedralstl.org
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Schola Antiqua of Chicago is a professional early music ensemble dedicated to the performance of repertory before the year 1600. An ensemble that executes pre-modern music with “sensitivity and style” (Early Music America), Schola Antiqua takes pride in providing the highest standards of performance, research, and education as it highlights underserved repertories from this period. Founded in 2000, the organization has received invitations to perform from museums, libraries, festivals, universities, and other institutions across the country. The ensemble is currently Artist-in-Residence at the Lumen Christi Institute and formerly a resident artist at the University of Chicago. $19-$42

http://www.cathedralconcerts.org/events/schola-antiqua-of-chicago/
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Independent Bookstore Day

Sat., April 27, 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. This year’s featured events include a one hour used book sale, a special children’s storytime, a happy hour pre-order party with LBB book whisperer Shane, free audiobooks, blind date with a book, special 50th anniversary activities, social media giveaways, and limited edition merchandise available only on April 27th! For a full schedule and list of merchandise, visit left-bank.com/ibd2019. Free

https://www.left-bank.com/ibd2019
Left Bank Books (map)
399 N Euclid Ave
St. Louis - Central West End
phone 314-367-6731
Second Presbyterian Church (map)
4501 Westminster Place
St. Louis - Central West End
phone 314-367-0366

Young Artists of the Bach Society of Saint Louis

Sun., April 28, 4-5 p.m.
phone 314-367-0367
music@secondchurch.net

The versatile 2018-19 Bach Society of St. Louis Young Artists will be joined by pianist Sandra Geary in this delightful afternoon program. These four soloists will perform Bach arias and other favorite pieces from the impressive wide-ranging repertoire of operatic and recital works. This concert is presented jointly with the Bach Society of St. Louis and is part of the Bach Society’s 2019 St. Louis Bach Festival. Free

http://secondchurch.net
Second Presbyterian Church (map)
4501 Westminster Place
St. Louis - Central West End
phone 314-367-0366
Young Artists of the Bach Society of Saint Louis

Elizabeth Minchilli

Tue., April 30, 7 p.m.
phone 314-367-6731
info@left-bank.com
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Description:Left Bank Books welcomes food writer and St. Louis native Elizabeth Minchilli, who will sign and discuss her new book, "The Italian Table: Creating Festive Meals for Family and Friends"! Snacks and refreshments will be provided at this event! This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of "The Italian Table" from Left Bank Books will be required to enter the signing line. "The Italian Table" delivers both parts of the fantasy and reality of Italian meals as they would be eaten on location. This is an essential guide for those who love to entertain. Free

https://www.left-bank.com/event/elizabeth-minchilli
Left Bank Books (map)
399 N Euclid Ave
St. Louis - Central West End
phone 314-367-6731

Children's Book Week: Teen Writing Panel

Wed., May 1, 7 p.m.
phone 314-367-6731
info@left-bank.com
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Join us for a special Children's Book Week event with local authors Antony John ("Mascot"; "Five Flavors of Dumb"; the Elemental series) and Cole Gibsen ("Risen"; "Life Unaware"; "Katana"), who will host a panel discussion on writing and getting published for teens and adults interested in writing for them! Free

https://www.left-bank.com/event/teen-writing-panel
Left Bank Books (map)
399 N Euclid Ave
St. Louis - Central West End
phone 314-367-6731

Children's Book Week: Vote for the Children's and Teen Choice Book Awards

Thu., May 2, 4-6 p.m.
phone 314-367-6731
info@left-bank.com
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Cast your vote for the 2019 Children's and Teen Choice Book Awards and collect kidlit swag! Fill out your ballot at Left Bank Books between 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 2nd, and select from cool giveaways, including books! Study up on the finalists at cbcbooks.org! Free

https://www.left-bank.com/event/cbw-voting
Left Bank Books (map)
399 N Euclid Ave
St. Louis - Central West End
phone 314-367-6731

M.C. Escher: Infinite Variations Opening Reception

Thu., May 2, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
phone 314-367-9243
events@worldchesshof.org

Attend the opening reception of "M.C. Escher: Infinite Variations" and explore the mind-bending, mathematical, and metamorphic works of world-famous graphic artist M.C. Escher. The exhibition features an extensive collection of drawings, mezzotints, lithographs, and woodcuts, which blend and blur constructs inspired by impossible worlds, the intricacies of nature, and the infinity of chess. Reception: 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Free admission. Complimentary cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. For additional information, please email events@worldchesshof.org Free Admission

https://worldchesshof.org/program/8739/M.C.%20Escher:%20Infinite%20Variations%20Opening%20Reception
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Children’s Book Week: Celebrity Storytime with Daniel Wiseman

Sat., May 4, 10:30 a.m.
phone 314-367-6731
info@left-bank.com
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Left Bank Books welcomes St. Louis illustrator Daniel Wiseman for a special Children's Book Week Celebrity Storytime reading of his new books, "Baby Astronaut" and "Baby Oceanographer"! Baby Scientist is here! A vibrant original board book series that shows a diverse cast of toddlers as little scientists. First up is "Baby Astronaut"! Simple, exciting, and engaging—this is a perfect preschool introduction to the study of space exploration. Next up is "Baby Oceanographer," a clever, young introduction to the study of ocean life. Free

https://www.left-bank.com/event/daniel-wiseman-5
Left Bank Books (map)
399 N Euclid Ave
St. Louis - Central West End
phone 314-367-6731
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