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Howard Barry: Inertia

Tuesdays-Saturdays. Continues through Dec. 9
University of Missouri-St. Louis-Gallery 210 1 University Dr at Natural Bridge Road, Normandy North St. Louis County


Local artist Howard Barry has gained significant attention for his illustrations inspired by the Ferguson protests, but he's not just an activist artist. Barry's drawings are a form of physical therapy and mental therapy. He creates to relieve his frustration with the world and his own pain. Using ink, coffee and various computer programs for effects, Barry creates images of artists, musicians, civil rights pioneers and modern-day protesters, all with an eye for gesture and a gift for imbuing something of his subject's character. James Baldwin's luminous eyes reveal his hurt and anger with the country that rejected him for his blackness and homosexuality, while a barefoot child pushing his way through cotton emerges from a page of sheet music for Billie Holiday's "God Bless the Child." Inertia, an exhibition of Barry's artwork, opens with a free reception from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, September 14, at Gallery 210 on the University of Missouri-St. Louis campus (1 University Drive at Natural Bridge Road; www. gallery210.umsl.edu). The show remains on display through December 9. 314-516-5976

Nobuntu

Fri., Oct. 18, 8 p.m.
Blanche M Touhill Performing Arts Center 1 University Dr at Natural Bridge Road, Normandy North St. Louis County

Buy Tickets$20


Nobuntu, the female a cappella quintet from Zimbabwe, has drawn international acclaim for its inventive performances that range from traditional Zimbabwean songs to Afro Jazz to Gospel. The ensemble’s concerts are performed with pure voices, augmented by minimalistic percussion, traditional instruments such as the Mbira (thumb piano) and organic, authentic dance movements. Nobuntu was nominated for Best Musician of the Year at the Zimbabwe International Women Awards in London in 2015 and in the last few seasons, the quintet has performed at festivals and concert halls in Italy, Austria, Germany, Belgium, the Czech Republic and throughout the African continent. 314-516-4949

Nobuntu

Fri., Oct. 18, 8 p.m.
Blanche M Touhill Performing Arts Center 1 University Dr at Natural Bridge Road, Normandy North St. Louis County

Buy Tickets$20


314-516-4949

Disney's Mary Poppins

Fri., Oct. 18, 10 a.m. & 7 p.m., Sat., Oct. 19, 1:30 & 7 p.m., Sun., Oct. 20, 1:30 p.m., Fri., Oct. 25, 10 a.m., Sat., Oct. 26, 1:30 & 7 p.m. and Sun., Oct. 27, 1:30 p.m.
Blanche M Touhill Performing Arts Center 1 University Dr at Natural Bridge Road, Normandy North St. Louis County

Buy Tickets$18 - $50


Don’t miss the show that will be practically perfect in every way! Variety Theatre’s 2019 production, Disney’s Mary Poppins, will bring this timeless story of magic and wonder to life in a way that you have never seen before. Variety Theatre is the country’s only production of its kind. You will be inspired by the sheer talent presented by the show’s Children’s Ensemble, comprised of kids and teens of all abilities, as well as the professional cast and live orchestra. The dazzling sets, colorful costumes, memorable songs and classic story will combine to fill the stage. 314-516-4949

MADCO 2

Sat., Oct. 19, 8-9:30 p.m. and Sun., Oct. 20, 2-3:30 p.m.
Blanche M Touhill Performing Arts Center 1 University Dr at Natural Bridge Road, Normandy North St. Louis County

Buy Tickets$15


MADCO (Modern American Dance Company) is proud to present MADCO 2, a professional apprentice company, in their own mainstage performance. Enjoy pre-show entertainment from St. Louis Academy of Dance PAZAZZ Performers followed by five MADCO 2 works. You will be genuinely moved by this athletic and emotional performance. New MADCO 2 dancers can’t wait to meet you after the show! This concert is 100% run by volunteers from your St. Louis community! $15 tickets sold only at the Lee Theater doors supports innovative community performances and educational programming in MADCO's 43rd season of dance. 3146814923

Radical Love in James Baldwin’s If Beale Street Could Talk

Thu., Oct. 24, 2-4 p.m.


Columbia University Professor Dr. Farah Griffin will deliver the UMSL Common Read Signature Lecture, titled “Radical Love in James Baldwin’s 'If Beale Street Could Talk.'” This featured program is part of a yearlong series of events supporting the UMSL Common Read, an initiative launched to spark a wide-ranging conversation about diversity and inclusion in our community and on our campus. A reception for Griffin will immediately follow the lecture. For more information about the Common Read and its related programming, please visit https://www.umsl.edu/divisions/artscience/common-read/home.html 314-516-5501

Terry Virts: A View from Above

Fri., Nov. 1, 7:30 p.m.
Blanche M Touhill Performing Arts Center 1 University Dr at Natural Bridge Road, Normandy North St. Louis County

Buy Ticketssingle ticket prices start at $32 | VIP tickets are available


Join former NASA astronaut and pilot of the space shuttle. Terry Virts and get a whole new perspective of space and the planets. Mr. Virts will share captivating imagery and stories from the International Space Station (ISS) where he spent more than 200 days. Many of the images were later used in the National Geographic book View From Above and the IMAX film A Beautiful Planet. But to hear Virts tell it, no photo can truly capture the perfect shade of blue from a sunrise viewed from outer space. 314-516-4100

Arianna String Quartet

Fri., Nov. 1, 8 p.m.
Blanche M Touhill Performing Arts Center 1 University Dr at Natural Bridge Road, Normandy North St. Louis County

Buy Tickets$29


314-516-4949

Arianna String Quartet: Sound Spectrums

Fri., Nov. 1, 8-10 p.m.
Blanche M Touhill Performing Arts Center 1 University Dr at Natural Bridge Road, Normandy North St. Louis County

Buy Tickets$29


The ASQ is thrilled to welcome virtuoso pianist Alexandre Dossin back to the Touhill for an evening devoted to three unique sound worlds, set for piano solo and piano quartet. Mr. Dossin begins the evening with one of Franz Liszt’s most intimate and personal works, the seldom heard “Vallée d'Obermann”, a masterpiece inspired by Etienne Pivert de Senancour’s novel of the same title, that explores eternal philosophical questions of the human psyche. Brahms’ ruminative and autobiographical tour de force, the Piano Quartet in C minor, Op. 60 follows, depicting a world of staggering beauty juxtaposed against personal struggle. 314-516-4949

The Rocket Man Show - Elton John Musical Tribute

Thu., Nov. 7, 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Blanche M Touhill Performing Arts Center 1 University Dr at Natural Bridge Road, Normandy North St. Louis County

Buy Tickets$29-$59


Remember when rock was young? You will when you see this show! #1 Elton John musical tribute. Hand-Picked by Elton John, himself and the official body double for his ‘Farewell Yellow Brick Road’ world tour videos & photos. The Show matches Elton's insane energy night after night. Recreating an early concert with gorgeous, colorful & flamboyant costumes actually worn by Elton - including boots, glasses & jumpsuits from 1973, as well as his sparkly tuxedo from 1984! With all the classic young Elton antics, audiences are in for a night of nostalgia, singing, laughing & participation. 314-516-4949

The Rocket Man Show: Elton John Musical Tribute

Sat., Nov. 7, 7:30 p.m.
Blanche M Touhill Performing Arts Center 1 University Dr at Natural Bridge Road, Normandy North St. Louis County

Buy Tickets$29-$59


314-516-4949

MADCO: Wallstories

Fri., Nov. 8, 8-10 p.m. and Sat., Nov. 9, 8-10 p.m.
Blanche M Touhill Performing Arts Center 1 University Dr at Natural Bridge Road, Normandy North St. Louis County

Buy Tickets$30


Back by popular demand and voted “Best Dance Performance” by the St. Louis Post Dispatch, Wallstories takes the stage in this bravely emotional commemoration recognizing the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Wallstories choreographed by German choreographer and native Berliner Nejla Yatkin is particularly timely. With talk of walls being built in our own country, MADCO returns to this audience favorite with a new perspective. 314-516-4949

Mandy Patinkin in Concert

Sun., Nov. 10, 3 p.m.
Blanche M Touhill Performing Arts Center 1 University Dr at Natural Bridge Road, Normandy North St. Louis County

Buy Ticketsticket prices start at $39


The acclaimed actor / singer / storyteller returns to the stage in his most electrifying role: concert performer. Many know him as Saul Berenson from the acclaimed HBO Series ‘Homeland’, or as the beloved swordsman Inigo Montoya in The Princess Bride, or from his Tony Award-winning role as Che Guevara in Broadway’s Evita. But in DIARIES you’ll experience a powerful, passionate evening of song, with many of Mandy’s favorite Broadway and classic American tunes. “Mandy Patinkin is in the business of showstopping,” raves The New Yorker. 314-516-4100

Mandy Patinkin

Sun., Nov. 10, 3 p.m.
Blanche M Touhill Performing Arts Center 1 University Dr at Natural Bridge Road, Normandy North St. Louis County

Buy Tickets$39


314-516-4949

Black Violin

Sun., Nov. 17, 7:30 p.m.
Blanche M Touhill Performing Arts Center 1 University Dr at Natural Bridge Road, Normandy North St. Louis County

Buy Tickets$22.50-$64.40 ticket prices increase day of show


Black Violin is led by classically trained string players Wil B. (viola) and Kev Marcus (violin). Joining them onstage are DJ SPS and drummer Nat Stokes. The band uses their unique blend of classical and hip-hop music to overcome stereotypes while encouraging people of all ages, races, and economic backgrounds to join together to break down cultural barriers. In the past 12 months, the band has performed for over 100,000 students in the US and Europe and has partnered with Yamaha and NAMM (National Association of Music Manufacturers) to continue supporting music education. 314-516-4949

The Nutcracker

Nov. 29-30, 7 p.m., Nov. 30-Dec. 1, 2:30 p.m., Dec. 19-21, 7 p.m., Dec. 20-23, 2:30 p.m. and Mon., Dec. 23, 7 p.m.
Blanche M Touhill Performing Arts Center 1 University Dr at Natural Bridge Road, Normandy North St. Louis County

Buy Tickets$35 - $72


Saint Louis families flock to the Touhill every holiday season for the area’s most dazzling Nutcracker. The cast of professional dancers from Saint Louis Ballet swells with guest actors, dancers, and the talented students of the ballet school. With striking sets, gorgeous costumes, beautiful dancing, and magical effects, Saint Louis Ballet’s The Nutcracker has established itself as the one to watch. Now there are even more opportunities to attend with Thanksgiving weekend previews as well as December performances! Tickets on sale August 12th! 636-537-1998

Jim Brickman

Fri., Dec. 6, 8 p.m.
Blanche M Touhill Performing Arts Center 1 University Dr at Natural Bridge Road, Normandy North St. Louis County

Buy Tickets$35-$75


Jim Brickman returns to St. Louis this Christmas to wow the crowd with his uplifting, family-friendly, holiday concert tradition. Jim Brickman A Christmas Celebration LIVE, one night only at the Touhill Performing Arts Center. The best-selling piano artist of our time, Jim Brickman and his special guests, will dazzle audiences with holiday favorites, #1 hits, vibrant vocals, laughter and joy in this bright, festive winter's night celebration that the Dallas Morning News calls "Pure Entertainment". 314-516-4949

Jim Brickman

Fri., Dec. 6, 8 p.m.
Blanche M Touhill Performing Arts Center 1 University Dr at Natural Bridge Road, Normandy North St. Louis County

Buy Tickets$35-$75


314-516-4949

The Nutcracker Narrated Performance

Wed., Dec. 18, 11 a.m.
Blanche M Touhill Performing Arts Center 1 University Dr at Natural Bridge Road, Normandy North St. Louis County

Buy Tickets$25


Saint Louis families flock to the Touhill every holiday season for the area’s most dazzling Nutcracker. Join us for a special shorted and narrated version on Wednesday, December 18th! This 11am matinee is designed for very young audience members and those with limited attention spans. For one performance only, Saint Louis Ballet offers the same great quality dancing, a much shorter program, narration, and a “no-shushing” atmosphere for viewers of all ages. 636-537-1998

Steve Winter: On the Trail of Big Cats

Fri., Jan. 31, 7:30 p.m.
Blanche M Touhill Performing Arts Center 1 University Dr at Natural Bridge Road, Normandy North St. Louis County

Buy Ticketssingle ticket starts at $32 | VIP and Family Four Packs are available


Join award-winning National Geographic photographer Steve Winter for a thrilling journey into the world of the big cats. Winter’s mission is to share the beauty of these animals while reinvigorating efforts to save them. From trekking high in India’s Himalaya in search of rare snow leopards to stalking the elusive jaguar in Latin American jungles, this determined explorer comes face to face with his subjects. Spend an evening daringly close to the big cats– through the unforgettable stories and images of Steve Winter. 314-516-4100

Richard Marx

Sat., Feb. 8, 8 p.m.
Blanche M Touhill Performing Arts Center 1 University Dr at Natural Bridge Road, Normandy North St. Louis County

Buy Tickets$32


314-516-4949

Stelios Petrakis Cretan Quartet

Sat., Feb. 8, 8 p.m.
Blanche M Touhill Performing Arts Center 1 University Dr at Natural Bridge Road, Normandy North St. Louis County

Buy Tickets$20


Stelios Petrakis was born in 1975 and grew up in Sitia, Crete. In 1983 he joined the Sitia School of Music, where he learned to play the lyra. He completed his “official” lyra studies in 1993. From 1993 onwards, based in Athens under the guidance of Ross Daly, he continued to study the lyra and also became interested in related musical traditions (Anatolian folk music, classical, secular and religious music of Istanbul, traditional Greek music) and instruments (saz, Politiko and Cretan laouto, bulgari, Politiki lyra). 314-516-4949

Richard Marx

Sat., Feb. 8, 8 p.m.
Blanche M Touhill Performing Arts Center 1 University Dr at Natural Bridge Road, Normandy North St. Louis County

Buy TicketsTicket prices starting at $32


Richard Marx is a Grammy-Award winning adult contemporary and pop/rock singer, songwriter, musician and record producer who has sold over 30 million records. Performing hits like “Endless Summer Nights,” “Right Here Waiting,” “Now and Forever,” and “At The Beginning” in St. Louis for the first time since 2013, this unique and intimate evening is sure to delight couples and music-lovers alike with this special presentation just in time for Valentine’s Day. 314-516-4100

Stelios Petrakis Cretan Quartet

Sat., Feb. 8, 8 p.m.
Blanche M Touhill Performing Arts Center 1 University Dr at Natural Bridge Road, Normandy North St. Louis County

Buy Tickets$20


314-516-4949

Could This Be Love?

Feb. 14-15, 8 p.m. and Sun., Feb. 16, 2:30 p.m.
Blanche M Touhill Performing Arts Center 1 University Dr at Natural Bridge Road, Normandy North St. Louis County

Buy Tickets$34 - $59


For the first time, Saint Louis Ballet pairs with Arianna String Quartet, one of the nation’s most acclaimed chamber ensembles, for its annual Valentine’s weekend performances. The program features “The American”, a ballet by Tony Award-winning director and choreographer Christopher Wheeldon, known to audiences for An American in Paris on Broadway. One of today’s most lauded choreographers, Wheeldon set the ballet to Dvorak’s String Quartet #12 in F Major, Op. 96. Tickets on sale August 12th! 636-537-1998

Dervish

Thu., Feb. 27, 7:30 p.m.
Blanche M Touhill Performing Arts Center 1 University Dr at Natural Bridge Road, Normandy North St. Louis County

Buy Tickets$20


Dervish has been bringing Irish traditional music to the world for more than 25 years. Described by the BBC as “an icon of Irish music”, the band have played at festivals from Rock in Rio to Glastonbury, toured with the Irish President and struck up tunes on the Great Wall of China. Dervish is long-established as one of the biggest names in Irish music internationally. They’re renowned for live performances which match dazzling sets of tunes with stunning interpretations of traditional songs. 314-516-4949

Dervish

Thu., Feb. 27, 7:30 p.m.
Blanche M Touhill Performing Arts Center 1 University Dr at Natural Bridge Road, Normandy North St. Louis County

Buy Tickets$20


314-516-4949

Georgia on My Mind: A Celebration of the Music of Ray Charles

Thu., Feb. 27, 7:30 p.m.
Blanche M Touhill Performing Arts Center 1 University Dr at Natural Bridge Road, Normandy North St. Louis County

Buy TicketsTicket prices start at $32


Ray Charles made a permanent impact on American music with his album release “The Genius” and continues to influence and inspire artists every day. This show celebrates Ray’s music with an all-star cast of award-winning performers who come together to honor and pay homage to a true music legend. Experience this one-time performance and discover the profound ways that Ray’s influence shines through in some of today’s finest performers. 314-516-4100

Dr. Kara Cooney: When Women Ruled the Earth

Fri., March 6, 7:30 p.m.
Blanche M Touhill Performing Arts Center 1 University Dr at Natural Bridge Road, Normandy North St. Louis County

Buy TicketsSingle ticket starts at $32 | VIP and Family Four Packs are available


Join Doctor Kara Cooney, professor of Egyptology, for a look at a time in ancient history when women ruled the world. Often neglected in the history books, these powerful women were considered exceptions to the rule, political pawns in a patriarchal society. But their power and influence is undeniable and Dr. Cooney shares illuminating insights on what we can learn from how women like Cleopatra and Neferusobek ruled and earned their place in history. 314-516-4100

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