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Printing the Pastoral: Visions of the Countryside in 18th-Century Europe

Tuesdays-Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through Dec. 1


The consumers of middle- and upper-class society in the eighteenth century developed a passion for rural scenes of traditional country life, just as the introduction of copperplate printing to the textile industry made it possible to produce fabrics with intricately detailed scenes printed upon them. Textile factories began churning out yards of fabric with shepherds, village fêtes and strolling couples for a market that could afford to buy them as furniture coverings, bedding and curtains. Printing the Pastoral: Visions of the Countryside in 18th-Century Europe, an exhibition at the Saint Louis Art Museum, includes numerous examples of the craft, several of which have never before been shown at the museum. The centerpiece of the exhibit is a reconstructed bed with printed bedding and curtains. Printing the Pastoral continues through December 1 in gallery 100 at the Saint Louis Art Museum (1 Fine Arts Drive; www.slam.org). Admission is free. 314-721-0072

Dutch Paintings in the Age of Rembrandt

Fridays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. and Tuesdays-Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through Jan. 12


The Netherlands gained independence from Spain during the brutal and grueling 80 Years War, which was followed by the Dutch Golden Age. Its ports, wind power and sailing prowess kindled a financial engine that powered the new country into the forefront of banking and trade; and with that windfall of money came the rise of the Dutch school of portrait painters. Rembrandt van Rijn, Frans Hals and Aeltje Uylenburgh all created masterpieces in this period of prosperity. Dutch Paintings in the Age of Rembrandt, the new exhibition at the Saint Louis Art Museum (1 Fine Arts Drive; www.slam.org), showcases 70 paintings on loan from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, that demonstrate the Dutch mastery of portraiture, landscape and genre painting (paintings depicting stories with a moral). The exhibit opens Sunday, October 20, and remains on display through January 12. Tickets are $6 to $15 (but free on Friday), and the museum is open every day except Monday and major holidays. 314-721-0072

The Shape Of Abstraction: Selections from the Ollie Collection

Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through March 22


The Thelma and Bert Ollie Memorial Collection of abstract art officially went on display Tuesday, September 17, at the Saint Louis Art Museum (1 Fine Arts Drive; www.slam.org). The collection was gifted to the museum in 2017 by New Jersey-based art collector Ronald Maurice Ollie and his wife, Monique McRipley Ollie, in honor of Ronald's parents. The elder Ollies often visited the Saint Louis Art Museum with their children, instilling a lifelong passion for art. Ronald and Monique Ollie together collected art for many years, particularly work by contemporary black artists. Among the treasures in the exhibit, The Shape Of Abstraction: Selections from the Ollie Collection, are important works such as Robert Blackburn's lithograph Faux Pas, Mary Lovelace O'Neal's City Lights and Frank Bowling's Fishes, Wishes and Star Apple Blue, which demonstrates Bowling's innovative painting technique. In all, 40 works are displayed in the show, which draws its title from a poem by Quincy Troupe. The St. Louis native was inspired by the artworks in the Ollie Collection and wrote "The Shape of Abstraction; for Ron Ollie" in response. Troupe's poem is included in the exhibit catalog. 314-721-0072

Pulitzer Prize Photographs and In Focus: St. Louis Post-Dispatch Photographs

Through Jan. 20, 2020
Missouri History Museum 5700 Lindell Blvd., St. Louis St. Louis - Forest Park

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Photographs are a key element of narrative storytelling, which is why it's so baffling that newspapers have deemed staff photographers an expendable luxury. You probably recognize many of the photographs that won Pulitzer Prizes, from Joe Rosenthal's shot Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima, to Alan Diaz's memorable photo of U.S. federal agents seizing Elian Gonzalez, to St. Louis Post-Dispatch photographer Robert Cohen's 2014 image of a protestor throwing a tear-gas canister back at police while protesting the killing of Michael Brown. These photographs shock us, inspire feelings of pride and anger, and inform us, just as great written journalism does. The Newseum in Washington created a traveling exhibit of some of the most beautiful images to win the Pulitzer, and it's a show that will make its St. Louis debut on Saturday, August 3, at the Missouri History Museum (5700 Lindell Boulevard; www.mohistory.org). A second exhibition organized by the Missouri History Museum collected 75 photos of everyday life in St. Louis from the Post-Dispatch archives. Pulitzer Prize Photographs and In Focus: St. Louis Post-Dispatch Photographs remain on display through January 20, and admission is free. Parents are cautioned that some of the photographs are intense and may be too much for younger children. 314-746-4599

Dear Evan Hansen

Sundays, 1 p.m., Saturdays, 2 & 7:30 p.m. and Tuesdays-Fridays, 7:30 p.m. Continues through Nov. 3
The Fox Theatre 527 N. Grand Blvd., St. Louis St. Louis - Grand Center

Buy Tickets$45-$105


Benj Pasek and Justin Paul's musical Dear Evan Hansen caused a national stir on Broadway, thanks to its ultra-contemporary plot. Evan Hansen is a high schooler with social anxiety being raised by his working mom, who's rarely at home. When a pep-talk letter he wrote to himself ends up in the pocket of a fellow student who commits suicide, Evan becomes involved with the grieving family. This gets him closer to Zoe, his longtime crush who's also the younger sister of the deceased. A white lie he tells to comfort the boy's parents spins out of control but also brings him closer to Zoe. Of course, Evan also is throwing out more lies all the time to keep his story afloat, and he's doomed to come back to the truth eventually. The Fox Theatre (527 North Grand Boulevard; www.fabulousfox.com) presents Dear Evan Hansen at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday (October 22 to November 3). Tickets are $45 to $150. 314-534-1111

The Shape of Abstraction: Selections from the Ollie Collection

Through March 8, 2020, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.


The Shape of Abstraction: Selections from the Ollie Collection presents 40 abstract paintings, drawings, and prints by acclaimed black artists drawn from and celebrating the transformative gift of the Thelma and Bert Ollie Memorial Art Collection. In 2017, Ollie and his wife Monique gifted the Museum with 81 abstract works in honor of his parents, a collection that has added depth and breadth to the Museum’s holdings of works by black artists. 314.721.0072

It's Not You, It's Me: A Declaration of Independence

Wednesdays-Fridays, 12-5 p.m. and Tuesdays, 12-8 p.m. Continues through Nov. 26
The Sheldon 3648 Washington Blvd., St. Louis St. Louis - Grand Center

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Organized in conjunction with the citywide Innovations in Textiles 2019, the exhibition showcases contemporary works in fashion, photography and performance art by local and regional artists who investigate the narrative possibilities within fashion idioms and fiber art as they intersect with issues of identity and power. Curated by fashion designer Michael Drummond, the exhibit will feature the work of Mary Collins, Yasi Fayal, Nina Ganci, Nasheli Juliana, Larry Krone, Qun Yiyao Liu, Yvonne Osei Oppong, Kat Reynolds, Chloë Simmons and others. The exhibition is sponsored by Ms. Susan Barrett and Mr. Chris Poehler. 314-533-9900

Invent A Musical Instrument - Selections from The Sheldon's SOLID Program

Saturdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Wednesdays-Fridays, 12-5 p.m. and Tuesdays, 12-8 p.m. Continues through Jan. 21
The Sheldon 3648 Washington Blvd., St. Louis St. Louis - Grand Center

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A selection of inventive musical instruments by students from over 30 area schools are featured in this exhibition. Created during the 2018 and 2019 school years, the instruments represent the results of The Sheldon’s SOLID (Science of Learning Instrument Design) program, through which students use the Engineering Cycle to build instruments out of recycled materials. SOLID is a STEAM-based program, supported by the St. Louis Science Center. 314-533-9900

Bea Nettles: Harvest of Memory

Tuesdays, 12-8 p.m., Saturdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and Wednesdays-Fridays, 12-5 p.m. Continues through Dec. 28
The Sheldon 3648 Washington Blvd., St. Louis St. Louis - Grand Center

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Bea Nettles: Harvest of Memory is co-organized by the George Eastman Museum and the Sheldon Art Galleries, St. Louis. Internationally recognized for her experimental approaches to art-making that combine craft with alternative photographic processes, Bea Nettles explores the narrative potential of photography. Often incorporating autobiographical and metaphorical elements, Nettles’s imagery references key stages of a woman’s life. Her work examines place, nature, dreams, mythology, and the passage of time. The first exhibition to survey Nettles’s fifty-year career, Bea Nettles: Harvest of Memory provides a comprehensive look at the work of an artist who profoundly illuminates our inner worlds. 314-533-9900

Kristen Peterson - Visual Delights: Photographs and Altered Books

Wednesdays-Fridays, 12-5 p.m., Sundays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and Tuesdays, 12-8 p.m. Continues through Feb. 1
The Sheldon 3648 Washington Blvd., St. Louis St. Louis - Grand Center

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Incorporating Xerox transfers, gel, paint, various forms of photography, and ephemera such as tickets, ribbon, feathers, jewels, glitter and more, Kristen Peterson’s journals, altered books and photographs give the viewer an intimate look at her life experiences. Peterson’s photos have been published in Esquire, People, Time and Actual, and she has exhibited at The National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington D.C. The exhibition is sponsored by Mr. Ryan C. Easley. 314-533-9900

It’s Not You, It’s Me: A Declaration of Independence

Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through Oct. 30
The Sheldon 3648 Washington Blvd., St. Louis St. Louis - Grand Center

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For the exhibition It's Not You, It's Me: A Declaration of Independence, curator and fashion designer Michael Drummond selected fiber artists who use their art to address issues of gender and identity through the media of fashion. Body-disguising fabrics, masks, gender-bending and other similar ideas are explored in the show, which opens with a free reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, October 4, at the Sheldon (3648 Washington Boulevard; www.thesheldon.org). The show is presented in conjunction with the citywide show Innovations in Textiles and features work by Nina Ganci, Larry Krone and Yvonne Osei, among others. It's Not You, It's Me remains on display through November 30, and the gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday. 314-533-9900

Pete Souza

Wed., Oct. 23, 7 p.m.
Grandel Theatre 3610 Grandel Square, St. Louis St. Louis - Grand Center


Pete Souza has worked as a photojournalist, shot for National Geographic and Life, and has been the chief official White House photographer for former President Barack Obama, but he's currently most popular for his weapons-grade trolling of Donald Trump on his personal Instagram. Souza's mockery relies on his large stash of Obama photos, which he repurposes with cutting captions that underline the differences in governing style, humility and humanity between Obama and Trump. If you're wondering, Trump doesn't look very good in comparison. These photographic arguments formed the basis of Souza's book Shade: A Tale of Two Presidents. The paperback edition has 60 new pages of Souza's commentary on Michael Cohen, Brett Kavanaugh and the immigration crisis. At 7 p.m. Wednesday, October 23, Left Bank Books presents Pete Souza at the Grandel (3610 Grandel Square; www.left-bank.com) with the new edition of Shade. The event requires tickets ($22.13) and comes with a signed copy of the book. 314-533-0367

Foundations of Freedom

Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through Jan. 31
Field House Museum 634 S. Broadway, St. Louis St. Louis - Downtown

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Dred Scott was a slave who'd been taken from Missouri, a slave state, to Illinois, a free one. Yet he remained in bondage. In 1846 Scott sued for freedom from enslavement for himself and his wife Harriet, arguing that his two years of residing in a free state should make him a citizen under the doctrine of "once free, always free." The case was fought in various courts from 1846 to 1857, with victories and setbacks along the way. After the Scotts' patron could no longer pay their legal fees, St. Louis attorney Roswell Field took the case pro bono and continued the fight to win the Scotts' freedom. It was an unpopular cause in Missouri, but the Scotts' eventual defeat helped further stiffen the spine of the abolitionist cause. Roswell Field's home is now the Field House Museum, which opens its new exhibition, Foundations of Freedom, in honor of Black History Month. The exhibit tells the story of the Scotts' long legal struggle, other freedom suits and the national conversation about the legality of slavery in the nineteenth century. Foundations of Freedom opens Saturday, February 2, at the Field House Museum (634 South Broadway; www.eugenefieldhouse.org). It remains on display through January 31, 2020, and the museum is open Wednesday through Sunday. Admission is $5 to $10. 314-421-4689

Stephanie Syjuco: Rogue States

Thursdays, Fridays, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and Wednesdays, Saturdays, Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through Dec. 29

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Artist Stephanie Syjuco was born in Manila and immigrated to the United States with her family when she was three years old, which gave her an American education and an immigrant's eye for our national blindspots. It's these blindspots that inform the art in her exhibition Stephanie Syjuco: Rogue States, which opens with a free reception at 7 p.m. Friday, September 6, at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (3750 Washington Boulevard; www.camstl.org). The title of the show comes from her installation of 22 flags that were used to represent the flags of made-up nations in various American films. Also in the exhibit is her large-scale installation Neutral Calibration Studies (Ornament + Crime), which comprises artifacts representing both colonizer and colonized societies. Cultural objects such as wicker chairs and traditional rugs Syjuco purchased online, cardboard cutouts of people and actual artifacts are mixed together in a larger-than-life diorama. Nestled in the background is a color photograph of the "stone-age" tribe of the Tasaday, found on a remote island in the Philippines in the early 1970s, who were actually modern people posed by a photographer. Rogue States continues through December 29, and the museum is open Wednesday through Sunday. 314-535-4660

Urban Chestnut Presents Nosferatu

Wed., Oct. 23, 6-10 p.m.

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The tradition continues at UCBC’s Midtown Brewery & Biergarten with Nosferatu! Enjoy this cult classic with live, musical accompaniment by the Rats & People Motion Picture Orchestra and food & bier specials, including Count Orlok, our Black Pumpkin Wheat Ale, as well as a few other surprises! Festivities start at 6PM for this free, family-friendly event. The movie will begin after the sun has set and it's safe for the Count to come out around 7PM. 314-222-0143

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Wed., Oct. 23, 7 p.m.
Fubar 3108 Locust St, St. Louis St. Louis - Midtown

Buy Tickets$20-$25


314-289-9050

Roy Orbison & Buddy Holly Hologram Tour

Wed., Oct. 23, 7:30 p.m.
Stifel Theatre 1400 Market St, St. Louis St. Louis - Downtown

Buy Tickets$26.50-$96.50


314-499-7600

Klub Weirdo: Monster

Wed., Oct. 23, 10-11:30 p.m.
The Crack Fox 1114 Olive St., St. Louis St. Louis - Downtown


Klub Weirdo is a cabaret at the Crack Fox that is inclusive of all identities, styles, and skill levels. Hosted by Lugnut, Moxxi Mayhem, and TiKi Vonte. This month's theme is... monster! Bring your campiest creature or chill us to the bone. There will be a costume contest during the intermission, so dress up! Doors 9pm Show 10pm 18+ $5, with surcharge for under 21 314-621-6900

St. Louis, A Musical Gateway: Africa

Wednesdays-Fridays, 12-5 p.m. Continues through April 11
The Sheldon 3648 Washington Blvd., St. Louis St. Louis - Grand Center

Buy TicketsAdmission is Free


The second in a series that celebrates St. Louis’ multicultural communities, this exhibit features rare and beautiful African instruments drawn from The Sheldon’s Hartenberger World Music Collection. The product of a long aesthetic evolution, the rich tradition of African music is grounded in the function of preserving and passing on cultural histories. This exhibit will feature instruments from West Africa, Middle, South and Southeast Africa, and in January, instruments representing the Islamic faith. 314-533-9900

Sean Canan's Voodoo Players

Wednesdays. Continues through Dec. 18
Broadway Oyster Bar 736 S. Broadway, St. Louis St. Louis - Downtown


Sean Canan’s Voodoo Players are a band dedicated to playing various classic rock & roll songbooks with a revolving cast of the St. Louis area’s finest musicians. Sean acts as musical director as the Voodoo Players both recreate and reinterpret music by legendary bands and a wide array of artists. Each show focuses on one individual catalog aligned with a musical approach designed to thrill music fans of all ages! 314-621-8811

Acoustik Element

Wednesdays, 7-10 p.m. Continues through Dec. 18


Acoustik Element performs Every Wednesday night at Cinder House at the Four Seasons Hotel, downtown St. Louis 314-881-5800

Lobster Boil

Thu., Oct. 24, 5-11 p.m.


It's a tradition: spreading newsprint on the table, pouring out buckets of fresh steamed seafood, potatoes and corn on the cob, then strapping on a bib and dredging the feast with as much butter as you like. Thankfully, driving to the coast isn't required. Join us Thursdays in October as we focus on the most popular crustaceans the sea has to offer. Reservations are required. Please call us at 314-241-8989 to save your seat. Whole 1.25 lb Lobster House-Made Andouille Corn on the Cob Roasted Potatoes One Complimentary Paul's Pils Draft 314-241-8989

The STL Shed

Thu., Oct. 24, 8 p.m.
BB's Jazz, Blues & Soups 700 S. Broadway, St. Louis St. Louis - Downtown


314-436-5222

Hayley and the Crushers

Thu., Oct. 24, 8 p.m.
Fubar 3108 Locust St, St. Louis St. Louis - Midtown

Buy Tickets$10


w/ Radio Buzzkills, Backwash, the Fighting Side 314-289-9050

Decoys & Depictions: Images of the Digital

Thu., Oct. 24, 6-9 p.m. and Wednesdays-Saturdays, 1-6 p.m. Continues through Nov. 16
Des Lee Gallery 1627 Washington Ave., St. Louis St. Louis - Washington Avenue


More than 30 architects and artists will present projects exploring how contemporary digital images are constructed and operate. 314-935-6200

Sittin’ on the Porch Open Jam Night

Thursdays, 6-9 p.m. Continues through Dec. 19
National Blues Museum 615 Washington Ave., St. Louis St. Louis - Downtown


Join us at our Sittin’ on the Porch Thursday night jam sessions, from 6 pm – 9 pm. These are jam sessions where musicians can show up, sign up to play and join the fun! NBM volunteer Jesse Lopez will be running the jam session here at the National Blues Museum! It’s free to attend, just bring your own gear. 314-925-0016

Sittin’ on the Porch Open Jam

Thursdays, 6-9 p.m.
National Blues Museum 615 Washington Ave., St. Louis St. Louis - Downtown


Join us at our ‘Sitting on the Porch’ Thursday night jam sessions, from 6PM – 9PM. These events are just that – jam sessions – where musicians can just show up and join in the fun. NBM volunteer Jesse Lopez will be running the jam session here at the National Blues Museum! It’s free to attend, just bring your own gear. Contact Jesse Lopez for more information: jesbluz@yahoo.com or https://www.facebook.com/jesselopez2313 314-925-0016 x 405

Halloween Movie Night

Fri., Oct. 25, 6:30-10 p.m.

Buy Tickets$10


Nine Network and St. Louis Public Radio, in partnership with Johnnie Brock’s Dungeon Party Warehouse, presents 1993's camp classic, Hocus Pocus, outdoors in the Public Media Commons. Don't miss the story of three outlandishly wild witches (Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy) return from 17th-century Salem after they're accidentally conjured up by some unsuspecting pranksters! The premovie hijinks include a costume contest and an Oh So Vivant photo booth. (Please, no costumes with weapons, drug paraphernalia, etc.) A light meal and specialty cocktail are included in ticket price. A cash bar will be available. Register at nineNet.org/events 314-512-9664

Chris Beard Band

Fri., Oct. 25, 7 p.m.
BB's Jazz, Blues & Soups 700 S. Broadway, St. Louis St. Louis - Downtown


314-436-5222

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