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Living Proof: The Art of Japanese Draftsmanship in the 19th Century

Thursdays, Fridays, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and Wednesdays, Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through March 3, 2018

As strange as it seems to us in the West, Japanese artists in the nineteenth century did not view their own drawings as individual works of art. They were "thinking on paper" or creating visual aids for wood carvers and printers who would create the actual work of art: the woodblock print. But despite their creators' misgivings about the artistry, drawings by master woodblock printers such as Utagawa Kuniyoshi and Katsushika Hokusai are indeed works of art. Living Proof: The Art of Japanese Draftsmanship in the 19th Century, the new exhibition at the Pulitzer Arts Foundation (3716 Washington Boulevard; www.pulitzerarts.org), collects more than 80 such "throwaway" drawings that capture the artists' work in their own hands, with corrections and alterations that demonstrate how they thought about and edited their projects "in camera." Living Proof is on display November 3 through March 3. free admission

Pulitzer Arts Foundation (map)
3716 Washington Blvd.
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-754-1850
Living Proof: The Art of Japanese Draftsmanship in the 19th Century

Steve McCurry: The Importance of Elsewhere

Tuesdays-Saturdays. Continues through Feb. 3, 2018

Photographer Steve McCurry created an iconic image with his portrait of a young Afghani girl and her haunting, bottomless eyes, which stared down his lens and seemingly into the innermost chamber of your heart. But that photograph isn't the extent of McCurry's work. For almost 40 years he has been traveling the world, photographing people in India, the temples of Angkor Wat, burning oil fields in Kuwait, and indeed, even an entire series on the striking eyes he spots in people's faces the world over. Steve McCurry: The Importance of Elsewhere, the new exhibition of his work at the Sheldon (3648 Washington Boulevard; www.thesheldon.org), features 37 photographs made by McCurry during his journey. The exhibit opens with a free reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, October 6. The show continues through February 3, 2018, and the gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday. Admission is free. free admission

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The Sheldon (map)
3648 Washington Blvd.
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-533-9900
Steve McCurry: The Importance of Elsewhere

Theo Welling: Portraits

Sundays, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and Wednesdays-Saturdays, 11-1 a.m. Continues through Dec. 31

For the past couple years, Theo Welling has had a weekly gig photographing and interviewing St. Louisans for the Riverfront Times (there's that full disclosure). Every week the paper publishes the photo, and accompanying commentary from his subjects, as "The Lede." Welling has spoken with short-order cooks, kids, acrobats, artists, yoga practitioners — pretty much anybody who is willing to share something about their life. As documents, they're interesting, but as a barometer of what St. Louis worries about, believes, celebrates and condemns, they're fascinating. Welling's best shots are familiar and startling, reminding us that for all the ways we're different, we're also recognizably the same. Theo Welling: Portraits, an exhibition of his favorite images, opens with a free public reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, November 3, at the Dark Room (3610 Grandel Square; www.thedarkroomstl.com). The show remains up through December 31. free admission

The Dark Room (map)
3610 Grandel Square
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-776-9550
Theo Welling: Portraits

Mickalene Thomas: Mentors, Muses and Celebrities

Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through Dec. 31

New York-based artist Mickalene Thomas pursues the perception of black women in the spotlight in her new exhibit, >Mentors, Muses and Celebrities. Known mostly for her rhinestone, acrylic and enamel paintings, here Thomas explores how gender and beauty are represented in modern society through film and video installations. Her twelve-minute, two-channel video projection Do I Look Like a Lady? features images of Eartha Kitt, Moms Mabley and Whitney Houston, all of them black women who attained a level of power and fame. Thomas draws equal inspiration from the three women at the heart of the film adaptation of The Color Purple, as played by Oprah Winfrey, Whoopi Goldberg and Margaret Avery. The juxtaposition of three characters who had little to no power in their lives being portrayed by three exceptionally powerful women is the essence of Thomas' work. Who decides which women are beautiful? What is the source of their power? Who controls the image? Mickalene Thomas: Mentors, Muses and Celebrities opens with a free public reception at 7 p.m. tonight at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (3750 Washington Boulevard; www.camstl.org). The show remains up through December 31, and the museum is open Wednesday through Sunday. free admission

The Flick

Sundays, 6:30 p.m. and Fridays, Saturdays, 7:30 p.m. Continues through Dec. 23

Annie Baker's Pulitzer Prize-winning drama The Flick is an atypical play. There is no action to speak of, and much of what occurs is limited to three ushers mopping the floor of a rundown movie theater. In between bouts of mopping, the trio discuss the job and films, and reveal tiny bits of themselves through nothing but naturalistic dialogue. If you enjoyed the playwright's Circle Mirror Transformation, which Repertory Theatre St. Louis produced a few years back, you'll likely find The Flick similarly enchanting. R-S Theatrics closes out its season with The Flick at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 6:30 p.m. Sunday (December 8 to 23) at the Kranzberg Arts Center (501 North Grand Boulevard; www.r-stheatrics.com). Tickets are $18 to $20. $18-$20

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

Souvenir

Saturdays, 2 & 8 p.m., Thursdays, Fridays, Sundays, 8 p.m., Thu., Dec. 28, 8 p.m., Fri., Dec. 29, 8 p.m., Sat., Dec. 30, 2 & 8 p.m. and Sun., Dec. 31, 8 p.m. Continues through Dec. 23

Florence Foster Jenkins was a music-loving socialite in the early part of the twentieth century. Her love for singing drove her to perform a series of intimate recitals for her many social clubs. These concerts were famous for Jenkins' complete lack of singing ability. Her soprano floated beyond the grasp of any song's key, and her mushy diction and flamboyant stage persona combined to create a horrible racket — but many people loved her shows anyway. There was something pure in the spectacle; it was awful but entertaining in the way a bad movie can be. The life of Florence Foster Jenkins is the subject of Stephen Temperley's two-character play Souvenir. Jenkins sings once again with her accompanist, Cosme McMoon, thanks to Max & Louie Productions. Performances are at 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday (December 15 to 23), and again at 8 p.m. Thursday through Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 8 p.m. Sunday (December 28 to 31) at the Marcelle Theater (3310 Samuel Shepard Drive; www.maxandlouie.com). Tickets are $35 to $45. $35-$45

Marcelle Theater (map)
3310 Samuel Shepard Dr
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-533-0367
Souvenir

Café Osage: A Seasonal Test Kitchen

Fri., Dec. 15, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
phone 314-361-5900
meetanew@meetanew.com
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ANEW Rooftop + Test Kitchen / Big Brothers Big Sisters welcomes Chef Scott Davis to its first-floor space for “Café Osage: A Seasonal Test Kitchen.” The pop-up restaurant will be open Wed 12/13 and Thu 12/14 from 11am-2pm; and Fri 12/15 from 11am-7pm (includes a happy hour). Local practicing artist/educator Megan Singleton’s fiber work will complete the dining experience. A percentage of proceeds from food and beverage sales, as well as art, will benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri. For more about the event (menu, chef, art), check out @meetanew on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

https://www.facebook.com/events/221754335029808/?active_tab=discussion

Carl Safe: The Architecture of Buildings, Furniture and Photographs

Saturdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Wednesdays-Fridays, 12-5 p.m. and Tuesdays, 12-8 p.m. Continues through Feb. 17, 2018
phone 314-533-9900
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The career of Carl Safe, Professor Emeritus in the Department of Architecture, Sam Fox School of Design and Art at Washington University in St. Louis, is celebrated in this exhibit of furniture, architectural designs and photographs. Safe has been a member of the faculty there since 1970, where he has taught design studios and support courses. In addition to his status as Professor Emeritus, Safe is Principal at Carl Safe Design Consultants. Free

http://thesheldon.org/upcoming-exhibits.php
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The Sheldon (map)
3648 Washington Blvd.
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-533-9900

Invent a Musical Instrument: Selections From The Sheldon's Hartenberger World Music Collection

Saturdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Wednesdays-Fridays, 12-5 p.m. and Tuesdays, 12-8 p.m. Continues through Jan. 27, 2018
phone 314-533-9900
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This exhibit features a selection of inventive musical instruments by students from area schools made during The Sheldon’s SOLID (Science of Learning Instrument Design) program in 2016 and 2017. A collaboration between The Sheldon, the St. Louis Science Center, St. Louis Public Schools, St. Louis Archdiocesan Schools, Grand Center Arts Academy and Boeing scientists, the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) program, funded by Boeing, takes students through a design and build process using found objects and recyclables. Free

http://thesheldon.org/upcoming-exhibits.php
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The Sheldon (map)
3648 Washington Blvd.
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-533-9900

Jill Evans Petzall: Still Lives with Stories

Wednesdays-Fridays, 12-5 p.m., Saturdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and Tuesdays, 12-8 p.m. Continues through Jan. 20, 2018
phone 314-533-9900
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Emmy award-winning filmmaker and media-artist Jill Evans Petzall’s innovative exhibit explores how Western biases are promoted across cultures through stereotypes in travel photography. Her photographs shot in Southeast Asia of strangely static human bodies become metaphorical “still lives.” Visitors can record their own stories with the artist on selected days. A selection of the recordings will become a lasting part of the artwork. This interactive exhibit asks us to discover what our snapshots reveal beyond ourselves and our “selfies.” Free

http://thesheldon.org/upcoming-exhibits.php
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The Sheldon (map)
3648 Washington Blvd.
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-533-9900

Steve McCurry: The Importance of Elsewhere

Saturdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Wednesdays-Fridays, 12-5 p.m. and Tuesdays, 12-8 p.m. Continues through Feb. 3, 2018
phone 314-533-9900
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Documentary photographer and storyteller Steve McCurry has been one of the most iconic voices in contemporary photography for almost 40 years. His work spans conflicts, ancient traditions and contemporary culture from six continents - yet always retains the human element that made his celebrated image of a young Afghan girl, published on the cover of National Geographic Magazine, so powerful. Free

http://thesheldon.org/upcoming-exhibits.php
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The Sheldon (map)
3648 Washington Blvd.
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-533-9900

The World of Spectacular Strings

Saturdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Wednesdays-Fridays, 12-5 p.m. and Tuesdays, 12-8 p.m. Continues through April 28, 2018
phone 314-533-9900
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Drawn from The Sheldon’s Hartenberger World Music Collection, this exhibit features over 100 unique stringed instruments from around the world including Europe, Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean, the Middle East and Asia. Instruments from the United States include a rare double bass and violin made from matchsticks, a harpsichord owned by former St. Louis resident comedienne Phyllis Diller, a Gibson guitar signed by B.B. King, and a special edition KISS logo Gene Simmons “Axe” bass. Free

http://thesheldon.org/upcoming-exhibits.php
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The Sheldon (map)
3648 Washington Blvd.
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-533-9900

Harvey Lockhart & The Collective/Jesse Gannon’s Truth

Fridays, 5 p.m.-1 a.m. Continues through Dec. 31

Start your weekend off right every Friday with tunes from the Harvey Lockhart & The Collective from 5-7pm. Then relax and unwind with the soulful musical stylings of Jesse Gannon on piano and Rhodes with special guests from 10pm – 1am. “Friday Fizz”: 25% off sparkling wine bottles, and Sparkling Cocktail features! Free

http://www.thedarkroomstl.com/live-music/
The Dark Room (map)
3610 Grandel Square
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-776-9550
Harvey Lockhart & The Collective/Jesse Gannon’s Truth

Hans Brinker and the Silver Skates

Fridays, Saturdays, 7-8 p.m., Sundays, 2-3 p.m., Saturdays, 2-3 p.m. and Tuesdays-Saturdays, 2-3 p.m. Continues through Dec. 30
phone 314-932-7414
community@metroplays.org
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Hans Brinker and the Silver Skates is an uplifting holiday celebration of family, generosity and an exhilarating tale of courage and determination that culminates with a spectacular speed skating race on St. Nicholas Day. This modern interpretation has been adapted by House of Cards screenwriter Laura Eason. Set on the ice-covered canals of 19th century Holland, Hans Brinker and the Silver Skates is the story of siblings Hans and Gretel Brinker, who strive to provide for their family and prove their own worth by entering a local speed skating contest—first prize is a pair of gleaming silver skates! $14-$20

http://metroplays.org/performances/public-performances/hans-brinker-silver-skates/
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Grandel Theatre (map)
3610 Grandel Square
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-533-0367
Hans Brinker and the Silver Skates

STL Square Dance

Third Friday of every month, 7:30-9:30 p.m.
events@kdhx.org

Folk School of KDHX hosts monthly square dances at the The Stage at KDHX in Grand Center. Dance tunes provided by a live band and instruction and calling by Wade Pearson. The Stage is located at 3524 Washington Ave and provides the perfect space for the Square Dance Revolution! No partner necessary or experience necessary. $5

http://kdhx.ticketfly.com/
The Stage at KDHX (map)
3524 Washington Ave
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-925-7543, ext. 815
STL Square Dance
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