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Bolero

Sat., Nov. 25, 8 p.m. and Sun., Nov. 26, 3 p.m.

Thanksgiving weekend is traditionally a celebration of sensuous delights, mainly having to do with food. But this year you can also feast your ears as the Saint Louis Symphony performs Ravel's Bolero. The program includes violinist Karen Gomyo, who will take center stage for Pablo de Sarasate's Carmen Fantasy, and soprano Catalina Cuervo, who performs Manuel de Falla's bewitching ballet suite, El Amor Brujo. Jun Märkl leads the orchestra through this romantic Spanish program at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday (November 24 to 26) at Powell Hall (718 North Grand Boulevard; www.slso.org). Tickets are $25 to $86. $25-$86

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Powell Hall (map)
718 N. Grand Blvd
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-534-1700
Bolero

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

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

Lying Heavy: New Work By Joe Chesla

Saturdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Continues through Nov. 25
phone 314-533-9900

Joe Chesla uses the corrosive force of the elements to create imprints of raw steel plates on fine printmaking paper, which he further develops with “free drawing.” Chesla’s engagement with the paper and the chance effects of the process explore the interchange between nature and industrialization, as well as the cerebral and intuitive. Chesla’s work has been exhibited internationally in France, Japan, India, China and Taiwan and across the United States. 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

The Kiss & Tells: A Troupe Named Scooby Doo

Sat., Nov. 25, 9 p.m.

Scooby Doo! Where are you? Why, at KDHX's The Stage of course, for a rousing romp into the world of theatre and burlesque. Join Scooby, Shaggy, and the whole gang for a groovy comedy mystery tribute to TV's most famous Great Dane. The spook factor hits the roof when Daphne's Cousin Pola invites the gang out to rehearsal for her first show with the Kiss & Tells. Will they be able to solve the mystery before showtime through wit, luck, and daring Doo... or will The Phantom be too big a bite for the crew to chew? $15

https://kdhx.ticketfly.com/event/1590641-kiss-tells-troupe-named-st-louis/
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The Stage at KDHX (map)
3524 Washington Ave
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-925-7543, ext. 815
The Kiss & Tells: A Troupe Named Scooby Doo

Mo Egeston & Co.

Saturdays. Continues through Dec. 30

Mo Egeston Music & The Dark Room present Late Night Grooves 10pm – 1am (No cover) A blend of improvisation, modern soul & beats featuring duo & collaborations with a variety of vocalists, instrumentalists & beat producers. Mo Egeston – Keys & Beats + •Enjoy our gallery and lounge •Sip on sommelier selected wine features •Indulge via late-night kitchen hours and drink specials Free

http://www.thedarkroomstl.com/live-music/
The Dark Room (map)
3610 Grandel Square
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-776-9550
Mo Egeston & Co.

The Dark Room Brunch Sessions

Sundays, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Continues through Dec. 31

Join a rotating cast of some of St. Louis’ finest musicians for “The Dark Room Brunch Sessions”. Two sets of tunes from 11am-1:30pm is paired with our brand new brunch menu, served 10am-3pm. •3/12: CoCo Soul + Mo Egeston •3/19: Tommy Halloran Band •3/26: Montez Coleman Band •4/2: TBD •4/9: St. Louis World’s Fair “Gospel Brunch” •4/16: Tommy Halloran Band •4/23: Montez Coleman Band Free

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