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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

First Fridays

Fri., Dec. 7, 5-9 p.m.

Mark the First Friday of every month on your calendar for a culture fest in the Grand Center Arts District. At CAM, join the exhibition tour, have a drink at the bar, and move to the sounds of DJ-in-residence 18andCounting.

Stroller Tour / Morning Play Date

Sat., Dec. 8, 9-11 a.m.
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Designed for families with babies and young toddlers, these monthly tours offer a way for parents and caregivers to engage with contemporary art while introducing the youngest audiences to the Museum.

Big Freedia

Fri., Dec. 14, 9 p.m.

$35

The Thursday Night Revue

Thursdays, 9:30-11:30 p.m. Continues through Dec. 21

Debuting St. Louis’ newest jazz ensembles, The Thursday Night Revue at The Dark Room hosts a rotating group on stage every Thursday night from 9:30pm-11:30pm. All shows are free. Please see our events tab for a detailed calendar. 6/7: Ben Reece’s Unity Quartet – RSVP 6/14: Ben Reece’s Unity Quartet – RSVP 6/21: Ben Reece’s Unity Quartet – RSVP 6/28: Ben Reece’s Unity Quartet – RSVP Free

http://www.thedarkroomstl.com/live-music/
The Dark Room (map)
3610 Grandel Square
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-776-9550
The Thursday Night Revue

Ptah Williams Acoustic Trio

Fridays, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Continues through Dec. 15

Join the legendary Ptah Williams, Gary Sykes & Darrel Mixon every Friday, 5:30-7:30pm (unless otherwise noted) for an early evening set of acoustic jazz. Reservations Recommended Free

http://www.thedarkroomstl.com/live-music/
The Dark Room (map)
3610 Grandel Square
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-776-9550
Ptah Williams Acoustic Trio

Friday Night Rotating Jazz

Fridays, 9:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Continues through Dec. 22

Round out your Friday night with rotating list of jazz and soul influenced live acts. On stage from 9:30pm – 12:30am (unless otherwise noted). 6/1: TBA 6/8: Late Night with Anita Jackson (10pm – 1am) – RSVP 6/15: Owen Ragland Quintet – RSVP 6/22: The Tonina Quartet (10:30-1am) – RSVP 6/29: TBA Free

http://www.thedarkroomstl.com/live-music/
The Dark Room (map)
3610 Grandel Square
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-776-9550
Friday Night Rotating Jazz

Late Night Grooves

Saturdays, 10 p.m.-1 a.m. Continues through Dec. 16

Mo Egeston Music & the Kranzberg Arts Foundation present Late Night Grooves 10pm – 1am (No cover) A blend of improvisation, modern soul & beats featuring collaborations with a variety of vocalists, instrumentalists & beat producers. 6/2: Mo E Trio feat. Paige Alyssa – RSVP 6/9: Mo E Trio feat. Jessica Butler – RSVP 6/16: Mo E Collective feat. Charlie C & Dhoruba – RSVP 6/23: The Mo E Collective feat. Phonzeito & Grover – RSVP 6/30: Mo E All-Stars – RSVP free

http://www.thedarkroomstl.com/live-music/
The Dark Room (map)
3610 Grandel Square
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-776-9550
Late Night Grooves

Brunchin' At The Dark Room

Sundays, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Every Sunday 11am – 1:30pm (unless otherwise noted) (No cover) Join a rotating cast of some of St. Louis’ finest musicians for live music brunches at The Dark Room. Pair fine tunes with our acclaimed brunch menu, served 10:30am-2:30pm. 6/3: Brunchin’ w/ Anita Jackson – RSVP 6/10: Brunchin’ w/ The Bon Bon Plot – RSVP 6/17: Brunchin’ w/ Tommy Halloran Band – RSVP 6/24: Brunchin’ w/ Montez Coleman & Friends – RSVP Free

http://www.thedarkroomstl.com/live-music/
The Dark Room (map)
3610 Grandel Square
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-776-9550
Brunchin' At The Dark Room

The Corner with Lamar Harris

Mondays, 4-7 p.m. Continues through Dec. 28

Introducing our newest night: The Monday Night Mixer hosted by the Keith Bowman Quartet. Keith Bowman, a recent graduate from Webster who cut his teeth playing at the Wednesday Night Jazz Crawl’s Kranzberg Jazz Jam, wants to show you the future of Jazz. Every week his band will present a blend of classic Jazz repertoire, hip-hop, rock, and electronic music to create a setting that inspires everyone, young and old, to explore and enjoy the world of Jazz. Happening every Monday from 7pm – 10pm. Come enjoy an evening of good vibes, selections from our menu, a craft cocktail Free

http://www.thedarkroomstl.com/live-music/
The Dark Room (map)
3610 Grandel Square
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-776-9550
The Corner with Lamar Harris

Point of View Jazz Ensemble

Sat., Nov. 24, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and Sat., Dec. 29, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

The “Point of View” Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Harvey Lockhart, is a progressive ensemble that performs a variety of jazz and positive popular music. This ensemble has drastically impacted the lives of its students and has truly established a sense of family and pride. POV has established a reputation of producing exceptional young professional musicians, teaching students the importance of self-discipline, time management, communication, and unity. Instrumental music fundamentals, jazz history, and advanced music theory are also taught in order to provide a deeper understanding of music.

https://www.facebook.com/events/477578175988369/
The Dark Room (map)
3610 Grandel Square
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-776-9550
Point of View Jazz Ensemble

Steve Martin and Martin Short

Sat., Dec. 1, 8 p.m.

w/ I'm With Her, Jeff Babko $60-$265

Buy Tickets
The Fox Theatre (map)
527 N. Grand Blvd.
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-534-1111

Straight No Chaser

Tue., Dec. 18, 7 p.m.

$34.50-$62.50

Buy Tickets
The Fox Theatre (map)
527 N. Grand Blvd.
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-534-1111

String Cheese Incident

Fri., April 19, 8 p.m.

$59.50-$99

Buy Tickets
The Fox Theatre (map)
527 N. Grand Blvd.
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-534-1111

String Cheese Incident

Sat., April 20, 8 p.m.

$59.50-$99

Buy Tickets
The Fox Theatre (map)
527 N. Grand Blvd.
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-534-1111
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