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Muny Birthday Bash

Sun., May 20, 1-5 p.m.

One hundred years ago St. Louis was a very different place. Many of the institutions we consider essential to our collective identity were either just getting started or not even dreamed up yet. And yet in 1918 as World War I ended and the glow from the 1904 World's Fair faded, Mayor Henry Kiel believed what St. Louis needed was a municipal theater that could provide entertainment and culture for everybody.

Here we are 100 years later, and the seed planted so long ago still bears fruit every summer. The Muny marks a century of performances, stars, changing tastes and audiences with a party on Sunday, May 20. The Muny Birthday Bash holds true to Kiel's inspired vision: It's free, and everybody is invited.

Tracy Utzmyers is the Muny's production manager, and she's currently in the midst of final preparations for the party. Still, she hesitates to claim ownership of an event a long time in the making.

"I'm not planning the Birthday Bash on my own, and I don't want to say I'm in charge. I'm just the loudest person in the room," Utzmyers clarifies. "We've been talking about the party for probably a year and a half, or two years now. We started sorting out the logistics of the big day probably back in September."

The "big day" is musically themed, naturally, with events that harken back to the deep repertoire of shows in the Muny's history. Highlights include Aladdin's camel rides for the kids, an All Shook Up bandstand and a Meet Me in St. Louis Ferris wheel, as well as food trucks, cupcakes and strolling characters.

"I keep thinking of it as a street fair; you're not going to be able to do everything," cautions Utzmyers. "You're going to have to pick and choose what you want to do. We have kid zones, some local bands, and we'll shut down the street in front of the Muny for the food trucks. It goes all the way up the hills toward the upper parking lot."

One of the most interesting options is the interactive backstage tour, which shines a spotlight on the Muny staffers who never take the stage.

"It's a self-guided tour that will take you through the whole backstage area," explains Utzmyers. "The orchestra, hair, wardrobe, wig and craft people will show you what they do to bring the Muny to life. They're the core of how we get this done every year. Oh, and the technical crew will be striking the lighting rig from the Friday night gala, so you can see how that comes down."

Of course, the audience is included in the celebration.

"The tour ends on stage, where we're encouraging people to take photos of themselves on stage," Utzmyers says. "If you use the hashtag 'muny100' with those selfies and photos, they'll be pulled into a program that will make a mosaic of our logo out of all the faces. That will be displayed around St. Louis in a number of places throughout the year. "

As always, no trip to the Muny is complete without a big finish that gets everybody on their feet. Utzmyers is tight-lipped about exact details, but she's willing to share a bit of information.

"We're going to video [record] the whole audience doing a sing-along at the end. I'm not sure what's going to happen with the video, but it will be shared in a few places," she promises. "The theater community keeps coming out every summer and asking for more. This is about everybody at the Muny thanking the community for what they bring, and asking them to celebrate a once-in-a-lifetime event with us."

The Muny Birthday Bash takes place from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 20, at the Muny in Forest Park (www.muny.org). Admission is free, and everybody is welcome.

free admission

The Muny (map)
Forest Park
St. Louis - Forest Park
phone 314-361-1900
Muny Birthday Bash

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; www.slam.org). Admission is free. free admission

New Media Series: Cyprien Gaillard

Fridays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. and Tuesdays-Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through July 15

Wild rose-ringed parakeets are found in Africa and India — and also in Düsseldorf, Germany. The German variety arrived as pets and then either were released or escaped into the city. The birds have made a home for themselves on one of the city's upscale streets, roosting happily in building façades. Artist Cyprien Gaillard followed the parakeets with a camera as they winged home at twilight. His short film KOE shows flocks of them as they fly past concrete and steel, thousands of miles away from their tropical ancestral lands. The silent film is a commentary on how humanity interferes with nature, and how animals are forced to adapt to a rapidly urbanizing world. KOE is shown on a loop in gallery 301 at the Saint Louis Art Museum (1 Fine Arts Drive; www.slam.org) as part of the New Media Series. It remains on display Tuesday through Sunday (April 20 to July 15), and admission is free. free admission

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; www.slam.org) 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

Film and Fashion: Matisse in the South of France

Wed., May 23, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
phone 314.721.0072
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Film and Fashion: Matisse in the South of France Wednesday, May 23, 11 am Education Center, Free Kathryn Brown, Loughborough University When Henri Matisse moved to Nice in 1917, he was inspired not only by the light and landscape of southern France, but also by its emerging film industry. This talk identifies links between the fashion and glamour of cinema, to Matisse’s works in the 1920’s. In particular, it re-evaluates Matisse’s portrayal of women and shows how popular cinematic culture set the stage for an exploration of gender, identity, and exoticism in painting. Free

http://calendar.slam.org/
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Panoramas of the City

Through Aug. 12

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). Admission is free. free admission

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

Sunken Cities: Egypt's Lost Worlds

Through Sept. 9, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
phone 314.721.0072
learn@slam.org
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The story is captivating. Two Ancient Egyptian cities and the artifacts of their civilizations lay hidden beneath the Mediterranean Sea for more than 1,200 years. Now you can experience this epic discovery, unveiled first in North America at the Saint Louis Art Museum in Sunken Cities: Egypt's Lost Worlds. Tickets now on sale. Members see it free! slam.org/sunkencities 0-23

http://www.slam.org/exhibitions/sunkencities.php
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Hounds

Fri., May 25, 7 p.m.

free

HOUNDS Performing at SLAM Underground

Fri., May 25, 7-10 p.m.

St. Louis's Premier Indie Rock Band performing at 8:00pm and 9:00pm for SLAM Underground concert series. FREE

http://www.slam.org

The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945)

Sun., June 17, 2-4 p.m.
phone 314.721.0072
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The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945) (110 minutes) Sunday, June 17, 2 pm The Farrell Auditorium  $5 (free for Members)  In this gothic drama based on Oscar Wilde’s novel, a corrupt young man somehow keeps his youthful beauty, but a special painting gradually reveals his inner ugliness to all. A replica of the Museum’s Egyptian Cat can be seen in the film. Visit the artwork in Gallery 313. $5 (free for Members)

http://calendar.slam.org/
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Battle of Belleau Wood Centenary

Sun., June 17, 2:30-4 p.m.

More Marines were recruited out of St. Louis than any other city as the United States prepared for and fought in WWI. The Battle of Belleau Wood was a significant battle that proved the Marine Corps was a fighting force to be reckoned with. 100 years later, a memorial service will be held to honor those who gave their lives during the war. Speakers including: A St. Louis' Marine (Ret), USMC Historian, The Mayor of St. Louis, and Commanding Officer of Recruiting Station St. Louis will honor and remember these great lives. Free

Missouri History Museum (map)
Lindell Blvd. & DeBaliviere Ave.
St. Louis - Forest Park
phone 314-746-4599
Battle of Belleau Wood Centenary

Walk to Defeat ALS

Sat., June 23, 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
phone 314-432-7257
Http://web.alsa.org/StLouis
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Registration 830am; Walk begins 10am in the Upper Muny parking lot. When you participate in The Walk to Defeat ALS®, you support people living with ALS in our community and advance global ALS research and public policy initiatives aimed at finding treatments and a cure for the disease. The funds you raise have a direct impact in the lives of people affected by ALS in our community and they are counting on you for help! Donations

Http://web.alsa.org/StLouis
The Muny (map)
Forest Park
St. Louis - Forest Park
phone 314-361-1900
Walk to Defeat ALS

Family Workshop: Divine Mashup

Sat., June 23, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
$25 Adult (includes exhibition ticket) $15 Child (includes exhibition ticket) $10 Adult/child Members
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Divine Mashup These workshops are designed for children ages 6 and up and their adult companions. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Class size is limited. Advance registration is strongly encouraged. Learn about how the mythologies of ancient Egypt and Greece came together in Sunken Cities. After an interactive tour of the exhibition, construct your own hybrid god or goddess portrait inspired by those you meet in the galleries.

https://www.metrotix.com/venues/detail/saint-louis-art-museum
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United 4 Children Golf Tournament Fundraiser

Thu., July 12
phone 314-531-1412 ext 47
finchd@united4children.org
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4 person scramble with best ball played, several contest and prize opportunities. 10:30 a.m. – Registration & Sponsored Lunch 12:30 p.m. – Shotgun Start Auction Dinner and Awards Reception to follow Beverages and snacks are included and provided during game play. Register a team $125.00/player 125.00

http://www.united4children.org
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The Sounds of Egypt

Fri., June 8, 6:30-8 p.m. and Fri., Aug. 10, 6:30-8 p.m.
phone 314.721.0072
learn@slam.org
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The Sounds of Egypt Friday, May 11, 6:30–8 pm Friday, June 8, 6:30–8 pm Friday, August 10, 6:30–8 pm Grigg Gallery, Free Enjoy a series of concerts celebrating the musical traditions of Egypt. Composer and musician Farshid Etniko Soltanshahi will use traditional Egyptian instruments to play classic music. Free

http://calendar.slam.org/
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