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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.

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The Immigrants: Works by Master Photographers

Saturdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Wednesdays-Fridays, 12-5 p.m. and Tuesdays, 12-8 p.m. Continues through Jan. 12, 2019

America's long history of welcoming new arrivals to Team USA is celebrated in the exhibition The Immigrants: Works by Master Photographers. From the earliest days of photography in the 1890s, when Ellis Island clerk Augustus Frederick Sherman began documenting immigrants with his camera, to today, when Italian photographer Alex Majoli captures the crisis of refugees trying to survive the ocean crossing from Africa to Greece, the exhibit shows the people who fled their homes in search of safety. The Immigrants doesn't shy away from the worst moments; Dorothea Lange's suppressed photograph of Japanese Americans in a U.S. internment camp during World War II is part of the show, as are more ennobling images made by Lewis Hine and Bob Gruen. The Immigrants opens with a free reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, October 5, at the Sheldon (3648 Washington Boulevard; www.thesheldon.org). The show remains up through January 12. free admission

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The Sheldon (map)
3648 Washington Blvd.
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-533-9900
The Immigrants: Works by Master Photographers

Scott Kennebeck

Sat., Dec. 15, 11 a.m.

w/ Emily Truckinbrod, John Powel Walsh $12

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The Sheldon (map)
3648 Washington Blvd.
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-533-9900
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3224 Locust St
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-533-0367

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

Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Sun., Feb. 24, 7:30 p.m.

$30-$45

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The Sheldon (map)
3648 Washington Blvd.
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-533-9900

The Barefoot Movement

Fri., Nov. 16, 8 p.m.

$25-$65

.Zack (map)
3224 Locust St
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-533-0367

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

Midwest Avengers

Sat., Jan. 19, 8 p.m.

w/ Anthony Lucius $20

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The Sheldon (map)
3648 Washington Blvd.
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-533-9900

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.

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The Dark Room (map)
3610 Grandel Square
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-776-9550
Point of View Jazz Ensemble

Paula Poundstone

Sat., Feb. 2, 8 p.m.

$41.50-$44.50

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The Sheldon (map)
3648 Washington Blvd.
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-533-9900

Into the Breeches

Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through Nov. 18

As World War II rages in Europe and the Pacific, a group of St. Louis women have to keep the home fires burning. Those fires don't just burn wood, though; the ladies all miss going to the theater. With the men at war and the theaters closed for the duration, an idea is hatched. It's time for a new production of Henry V, with an all-female cast storming Agincourt. George Brant's comedy Into the Breeches! makes its St. Louis debut as part of Shakespeare Festival St. Louis' In the Works program. The family-friendly play A Most Outrageous Fit of Madness (inspired by The Comedy of Errors) and two staged readings of Michael Saenz's The Thousand Natural Shocks round out the program. Into the Breeches! runs Wednesday through Sunday (October 28 to November 18) at the Grandel Theatre (3610 Grandel Square; www.sfstl.com). Tickets are $25 to $55. $25-$55

Grandel Theatre (map)
3610 Grandel Square
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-533-0367
Into the Breeches

Paula Poundstone

Sat., Feb. 2, 7 p.m.

Paula Poundstone is one of our country’s preeminent comedians, known for her smart, observational humor and spontaneous wit that has become the stuff of legend. Paula is a popular panelist on NPR's # 1 show, the weekly comedy news quiz, Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me! Her new weekly podcast for Maximum Fun, Nobody Listens to Paula Poundstone, is a comedy field guide to life. $41.50 - $44.50

https://www.stlpublicradio.org/events/
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The Sheldon (map)
3648 Washington Blvd.
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-533-9900

Of Human Kindness: An Evening of Short Plays

Thu., Dec. 6, 7-8:30 p.m., Fri., Dec. 7, 7-8:30 p.m., Sat., Dec. 8, 7-8:30 p.m., Sun., Dec. 9, 2-3:30 p.m., Thu., Dec. 13, 7-8:30 p.m., Fri., Dec. 14, 7-8:30 p.m., Sat., Dec. 15, 7-8:30 p.m. and Sun., Dec. 16, 2-3:30 p.m.
phone 314-740-6514
blackmirrortheatre@gmail.com

Discarded lives - informed by eye witnesses: the psychiatrist's homeless clients’ longing for meaning; or letters from Mom and Dad - advice on growing up Black in America; of Saint Maria Skobtsova, executed in Ravensbruck; or Isabella, Sojourner Truth, a Dutch speaker, beaten by her English owners for not obeying orders she couldn’t understand yet becoming an iconic voice for equal treatment of all. People, the same as us. Lives of hardship touched, moved by acts of kindness, given and received, each a a link in chain - a chain Of Human Kindness. $20 or $15 at the door with a donation of a new child's toy or child's winter wrap.

http://blackmirrortheatre.com
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Kranzberg Arts Center (map)
501 N Grand Blvd
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-533-0367
Of Human Kindness: An Evening of Short Plays

Ahmad Jamal

Sat., March 30, 8:30 p.m.

$40-$50

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The Sheldon (map)
3648 Washington Blvd.
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-533-9900
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