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Ai Weiwei: Bare Life

Sundays, 12-5 p.m. and Mondays, Wednesdays-Saturdays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through Jan. 5


The Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum (1 Brookings Drive; kemperartmuseum.wustl.edu) officially reopens with a bang. Chinese artist and dissident Ai Weiwei presents a major exhibition of work that spans the past twenty years of his career, some of which has never before been shown in the United States. Divided into two parts, Bare Life and Rupture, the show features monumental exhibitions such as Forever Bicycles (2019) and Through (2007-2008). The former is a commemorative arch built with Chinese-made bicycles, their carefully positioned tires lining up to create the image of telescoping lenses; the latter is an intersecting series of wooden pillars that pierce the surface of Qing Dynasty wooden tables. The work evokes China's own interrupted and intentionally erased history. Ai Weiwei: Bare Life also includes sculptures, photographs, films and a triptych constructed of LEGO bricks. The show runs from September 28 to January 5. 314-935-4523

Cayce Zavaglia: Unseen

Tuesdays-Saturdays. Continues through Nov. 27
William Shearburn Gallery 665 S Skinker Blvd, Clayton Clayton


Cayce Zavaglia's artworks appear to be hyper-realistic painted portraits when viewed from a distance; it's only when you move closer that you realize that they're embroidered. Zavaglia eventually noticed that the backside of each work contained a second portrait, one whose knotted and blurred features were just as beautiful and perhaps more psychologically interesting than the front. Recently she's returned to her roots as a painter by recreating these "hidden faces" in painted portraits. Unseen, a solo exhibition of Zavaglia's work in both paint and embroidery, goes on display at the William Shearburn Gallery (665 South Skinker Boulevard; www.shearburngallery.com) on Friday, October 18. The show opens with a free reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Unseen remains on display through November 27. 314-367-8020

Rocky Horror Picture Show

Fridays, Saturdays, 11:55 p.m. Continues through Oct. 26
Landmark Tivoli Theatre 6350 Delmar Blvd., University City Delmar/ The Loop


Would Halloween even happen if The Rocky Horror Picture Show didn't screen in the Delmar Loop? Richard O'Brien's immortal love story tells the tale of decent American couple Brad and Janet (a couple of squares) who break down on the road and seek help at the castle of Dr. Frank-N-Furter on the same night he's about to bring his greatest, most virile creation to life. There's very little horror (unless you're terrified by alternative lifestyles) but a whole lot of singing about hotness and being brave enough to live out your dreams. Oh, and not to be too spoilery about a 40-plus-year-old movie, but Meatloaf fans: His name is taken very literally here. The Rocky Horror Picture Show is shown at 11:55 p.m. Friday and Saturday (October 18 to 26) at the Landmark Tivoli Theatre (6350 Delmar Boulevard, University City; www.landmarktheatres.com) as part of the Reel Late series. The Samurai Electricians return to perform the essential role of "shadow cast," which recreates the movie while it screens. Tickets are $11. 314-727-7271

Community Fun Day

Sat., Oct. 19, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

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All ages are welcomed at this family friendly event. There will be performances, storytelling, puzzles, crafts, scavenger hunts, button-making, and much more! Free and open to the public. In conjunction with the exhibition Ai Weiwei: Bare Life. 314-935-5490

Kill The Creature, Whiskey & Thunder, Witch Doctor, Sons of Vulcan

Sat., Oct. 19, 7 p.m.
Just Bill's Place 2543 Woodson Road, Overland Olivette/ Overland


Hard rock extravganza of epic proportions. $5.00 cover charge 7:30-8:30 Sons of Vulcan 8:45-9:45 Witch Doctor 10:00-11:00 Whiskey & Thunder 11:15-12:30 Kill The Creature 314-427-2999

Kill The Creature

Sat., Oct. 19, 7 p.m.
Just Bill's Place 2543 Woodson Road, Overland Olivette/ Overland


w/ Whiskey & Thunder, Witch Doctor, Sons of Vulcan 314-427-2999

Skizzy Mars

Sat., Oct. 19, 8 p.m.
Delmar Hall 6133 Delmar Blvd., St. Louis Delmar/ The Loop


314-726-6161

Big K.R.I.T.

Sat., Oct. 19, 8 p.m.
The Pageant 6161 Delmar Blvd., St. Louis Delmar/ The Loop

Buy Tickets$25-$30


314-726-6161

Four Little Girls: Birmingham 1963

Sat., Oct. 19, 5 & 7:30 p.m., Fri., Oct. 25, 7:30 p.m., Sat., Oct. 26, 5 & 7:30 p.m. and Sun., Oct. 27, 3 p.m.
Center of Creative Arts (COCA) 524 Trinity Ave., University City Delmar/ The Loop

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Denise McNair, Carole Robertson, Cynthia D. Morris Wesley, and Addie Mae Collins. This production imagines these four young girls before the terrible event on September 15, 1963— the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama. Through story and song, the play shines a light on their dreams, their times with family and friends, and the trials and tribulations they faced as children living in a divided and segregationist city. This production is a collaboration between The Black Rep and COCA. Recommended for ages 9+ due to references to violent events and strong language. More information, visit cocastl.org. 314-561-4877

Beyond the Surface: Surface Design Association Annual Juried Members' Exhibition

Through Oct. 23, 12-6 p.m.
St. Louis Artists' Guild 12 N Jackson Ave, Clayton Clayton


A textile nonprofit dedicated to promoting contemporary textile and fiber art, Surface Design Association (SDA) presents its annual juried members’ exhibition, Beyond the Surface, September 20- October 23, at the St Louis Artists’ Guild, St Louis, Missouri. Jurors Jo Stealey and Jim Arendt selected work by 48 artists. Award winners will be announced at the opening reception, October 3, 5-8pm. (314) 727-6266

St. Louis Poetry Center Sunday Workshop with Jason Sommer

Sun., Oct. 20, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Regional Arts Commission 6128 Delmar Blvd., University City Delmar/ The Loop

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St. Louis Poetry Center’s signature program, the Sunday poetry workshop, for October 20 will be held 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. at the Regional Arts Commission and will feature as critic Jason Sommer. Free parking in the Pageant and Metrolink lots; Metered parking on Delmar is free on Sundays. 314-863-5811

Faye Webster

Sun., Oct. 20, 8 p.m.
Blueberry Hill - The Duck Room 6504 Delmar Blvd., University City Delmar/ The Loop


314-727-4444

Mike Watt

Mon., Oct. 21, 8 p.m.
Blueberry Hill - The Duck Room 6504 Delmar Blvd., University City Delmar/ The Loop


314-727-4444

Robert Lucy '84: Recent Work

Mondays-Fridays, 8 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Continues through Dec. 4
Bonsack Gallery 755 S. Price Road, Ladue Ladue


"Recent Work" represents three different aspects of Robert Lucy’s current art practice. The first group of paintings, ICONS, is a series of large-scale works depicting TV characters from his 1970s childhood that explore motherhood, feminine power and sexual identity. The second group marks Lucy’s return to landscape painting where he has taken his easel outdoors to paint Northeastern landscapes, including the Catskills and Cape Cod. The third group of paintings includes recent portrait commissions. Robert Lucy is currently an artist-in-residence at the Byrdcliffe Artists Colony in Woodstock, New York. To learn more about his work, visit his website, robertlucy.com. 314-993-4040

Amigo the Devil

Tue., Oct. 22, 8 p.m.
Blueberry Hill - The Duck Room 6504 Delmar Blvd., University City Delmar/ The Loop


w/ Twin Temple, King Dude 314-727-4444

Coin

Tue., Oct. 22, 8 p.m.
Delmar Hall 6133 Delmar Blvd., St. Louis Delmar/ The Loop


w/ Dayglow 314-726-6161

Thomas Sleet: Integration: Sacred Space

Tuesdays-Fridays, 12-6 p.m. Continues through Oct. 26
Bruno David Gallery 7513 Forsyth Blvd., Clayton Clayton


Since his youth, Thomas Sleet was always fascinated with nature. He tells stories about growing up in Kirkwood in the 60’s, playing in creeks and running around the neighborhood with his siblings. This fascination followed him well into his adult years, showing up in his sculptures, paintings, prints, and more. True to concepts consistent in past works, Integration: Scared Space continues with Sleet’s theme of intersecting the natural and the manufactured. His new wall mounted pieces highlight his carefully designed experiments with light, space, arrangement/placement, and the concept of the individual intersecting with the whole—the collective. 1.314.696-2377

Jill Downen: Here all is distance, there it was Breath

Tuesdays-Fridays, 12-6 p.m. Continues through Oct. 26
Bruno David Gallery 7513 Forsyth Blvd., Clayton Clayton


The show features Downen’s recent 8 X 10 inches drawings, executed in plaster, lapis lazuli and gold leaf — nearly forty works in all. This new body of work expands the artist’s renowned exploration of human spatial experience and the contemplative value of architectural form. Refined by decades of work with large scale sculptural installations, Downen’s drawings benefit not only from precise conceptual motivation, but also from her distilled palette and proven skill with plaster, lapis and gold leaf. Each piece depicts a moment in which new space emerges or where fragmented structure moves toward balance. 1.314.696-2377

Daniel Raedeke: Adventure

Tuesdays-Fridays, 12-6 p.m. Continues through Oct. 26
Bruno David Gallery 7513 Forsyth Blvd., Clayton Clayton


In his new series of paintings, Daniel Raedeke continues his exploration of the converging boundaries of our physical and digital worlds. Just as natural objects and scenes are photographed, organized, downloaded and shared through various user interfaces, in Adventure, Raedeke designs each painting as a sort of “poster” for experience. Layered, textured and organic surfaces are framed by graphically inspired color panels serving as containers for the handmade process of image making, nature exploration and escape. Floating on and emerging from the textured fragments of color are 3D icons and virtually rendered objects that hover over the randomly generated grounds. 1.314.696-2377

Damon Davis: Sad Panther

Tuesdays-Fridays, 12-6 p.m. Continues through Oct. 26
Bruno David Gallery 7513 Forsyth Blvd., Clayton Clayton


Sad Panther is an animated music video by acclaimed post-disciplinary artist Damon Davis. It embodies a visual representation of blackness in deity form, following the story of a God that woke up one day to find there existed a power even greater than him. This video is the visual counterpart to the song “Sad Panther” from Darker Gods, the accompanying full-length album to Davis’ exhibition Darker Gods in the Garden of the Low-Hanging Heavens that premiered at The Luminary in June 2018, and made a debut at Art Basel Miami later that year. 1.314.696-2377

Lecture: Ai Weiwei: Between Mao and Warhol

Wed., Oct. 23, 6:30 p.m.

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In this lecture, John J. Curley, associate professor of modern and contemporary art at Wake Forest University, will discuss the hybridity of Ai Weiwei’s artistic practice. In many of his works, Ai emulates Western exemplars like Andy Warhol and Marcel Duchamp but infuses these models with techniques learned from communist propaganda during the Chinese Cultural Revolution. Ai’s practice thus transforms Duchamp’s and Warhol’s postures of critical ambiguity into clear political statements, allowing his works to be read as both works of contemporary art and social activism. Free and open to the public. 314-935-5490

Doobie

Thu., Oct. 24, 8 p.m.
Delmar Hall 6133 Delmar Blvd., St. Louis Delmar/ The Loop


w/ DJ Hylyte, Krash Minati, BSE Count, Swaun 314-726-6161

Mr. Blue Sky: A Tribute to ELO

Fri., Oct. 25, 8 p.m.
Delmar Hall 6133 Delmar Blvd., St. Louis Delmar/ The Loop


w/ River Kittens 314-726-6161

Loud Luxury

Fri., Oct. 25, 8 p.m.
The Pageant 6161 Delmar Blvd., St. Louis Delmar/ The Loop

Buy Tickets$25-$30


w/ Dzeko, Bijou 314-726-6161

Waker

Fri., Oct. 25, 8 p.m.
Blueberry Hill - The Duck Room 6504 Delmar Blvd., University City Delmar/ The Loop


314-727-4444

Adornment

Fridays, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. and Sun., Dec. 15. Continues through Dec. 15
Center of Creative Arts (COCA) 524 Trinity Ave., University City Delmar/ The Loop


For centuries, people all over the world have enhanced their physical presence to add value to the way they appear and how others perceive them. Every society has cultivated and promoted ideals that define and qualify beauty through clothing, textiles, haircuts, jewelry, body paintings and tattoos. Adornment, however, refers not only to an object and its cultural meaning and relevance; it also encapsulates the entire state of adorning. 314-561-4878

AJR

Sat., Oct. 26, 8 p.m.
The Pageant 6161 Delmar Blvd., St. Louis Delmar/ The Loop

Buy Tickets$38.50-$43.50


314-726-6161

Kishi Bashi

Sat., Oct. 26, 9 p.m.
Delmar Hall 6133 Delmar Blvd., St. Louis Delmar/ The Loop


314-726-6161

Jay and Silent Bob Reboot Roadshow

Sun., Oct. 27, 8 p.m.
The Pageant 6161 Delmar Blvd., St. Louis Delmar/ The Loop

Buy Tickets$42.50-$50


w/ Jay Mewes, Kevin Smith 314-726-6161

Spirit Animal

Mon., Oct. 28, 8 p.m.
Blueberry Hill - The Duck Room 6504 Delmar Blvd., University City Delmar/ The Loop


314-727-4444

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