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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

Cherish the Ladies

Fri., March 15, 8 p.m.

$30-$40

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

Steve Martin and Martin Short

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

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

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

Happy Hour With A Purpose

Wed., Sept. 26, 5-8 p.m.
vhunt@bbbsemo.org
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ANEW + Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri's Happy Hour series occurring once a month on Wednesday from 5 pm to 8 pm. Each Happy Hour partners with another local non-profit organization working to make the region a better place to live. This month we're partnering with Diversity Awareness Partnership, Launch St. Louis, Forward Through Ferguson, and Cultural Leadership. Join us for fun, music, and education! Open to the public | Cash bar 21+ | Live Music by Torrey Casey & the Southside Hustle | Complementary snacks meetanew.com Free

https://www.facebook.com/events/316180708938710/

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

Dan Rubright & Friends

Sat., April 6, 11 a.m.

$12

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

Tour de Museum

Sat., Sept. 29, 10 a.m.
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Led by Trailnet, this bike ride begins at CAM and includes stops at the Pulitzer Arts Foundation, Citygarden, Museum of Contemporary Religious Art, and the World Chess Hall of Fame.

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

Julia Bullock

Wed., Oct. 24, 8 p.m.

$30-$35

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

RE: Black Visual Mourning

Wed., Oct. 10, 6:30 p.m.

Organized and led by Rebecca Wanzo of Washington University, with participants Nichole Bridges of the Saint Louis Art Museum and Michael Gillespie of City College of New York, the panel explores ways that black artists use visual culture to memorialize black bodies in response to Sanford Biggers.

UnRavel - Couture Under the Big Top

Fri., Oct. 12, 6-10 p.m.
gatewaychapteriida@gmail.com
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Step right up for the Greatest Show on Earth! Unravel is a fashion show hosted by the IIDA (International Interior Design Association) Gateway Chapter. This year’s theme, Couture Under the Big Top, is sure to inspire all who join the 7th Unravel Show. Models strut the runway wearing fashions made from carpet, tile, wall coverings and more created by local architecture and interior design firms! Enjoy the spectacular show, circus inspired hors d'oeuvres, and complimentary bar. Come join us October 12th, where fantasies and dreams become reality on the runway! Doors open at 6:00pm and the show starts at 7:30pm. $25 - $95

https://www.facebook.com/events/217330365595091/
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Circus Flora Big Top (map)
3401 Washington Blvd
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-289-4040
The Sheldon (map)
3648 Washington Blvd.
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-533-9900

First Fridays

Fri., Nov. 2, 5-9 p.m. and 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.

Eurydice

Thu., Oct. 11, 8 p.m., Fri., Oct. 12, 8 p.m., Sat., Oct. 13, 8 p.m. and Sun., Oct. 14, 2 p.m.

SLU Theatre Presents: Eurydice, Sara Ruhl's reimagining of the classic Orpheus myth through the eyes of its heroine. Dark humor, plots twists and visual effects offer a contemporary look at a classic love story. $9 Adult | $6 Student

https://www.slu.edu/arts-and-sciences/fine-and-performing-arts/theatre/university-theatre/index.php
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Grandel Theatre (map)
3610 Grandel Square
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-533-0367

Anoushka Shankar

Thu., March 14, 8 p.m.

$30-$45

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