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Dances of India

Sat., Nov. 18, 7 p.m.

Dances of India marks its 40th anniversary this year, and of course the company will celebrate the occasion with a special performance. Devi of the Ashes -- Cinderella in India retells the fairy tale with an Indian twist. There are two Cinderellas in this version: the Cinderella of the present, who suffers under the demanding watch of her stepmother and vain stepsisters, and a past-life Cinderella, who has been through this once before. Devi of the Ashes features several guest artists, including Bangalore's Sanjay Shantaram, Kiran Rajagopalan (a St. Louis dancer now based in New York) and French-Canadian dancer Patrick Suzeau. Performances take place at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday (November 17 and 18) at the Skip Viragh Center (425 South Lindbergh Boulevard; There is a children's performance at 3 p.m. Sunday, November 19, as well. Tickets are $15 to $20. $15-$20

Skip Viragh Center For the Arts (map)
425 S. Lindbergh Blvd.
phone 314-993-4400
Dances of India

Titus Androgynous

Sat., Nov. 18, 8 p.m.

Titus Androgynous, YoungLiars' visceral adaptation of Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus, has been packing in audiences for the duration of its current run. As a result, the company has extended the play for an additional weekend. The show is a comic celebration of the play's inherent violence, reveling in the gore and the madness. The final two performances are at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday (November 17 and 18) at the Centene Center for the Arts (3547 Olive Street; Tickets are $20. $20

Operation Food Search's Empty Bowls Fundraiser

Sat., Nov. 18, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
phone 314-726-5355

Operation Food Search (OFS), a non-profit hunger relief organization, will host its 19th annual Empty Bowls fundraiser. The empty bowls signify hunger in our community and bring light to this important issue. All proceeds from the sales of these handcrafted pottery items will benefit OFS’ hunger relief efforts. Many local artists and studios have created bowls and other art items for sale at the Empty Bowls event including Bob Allen, Marianne Baer, and Bridget McDermott Flood. Participating St. Louis students and faculty include Chaminade College Preparatory School, Christian Brothers College High School, Parkway West High School, and more. Free and open to the public
Plaza Frontenac (map)
1701 S. Lindbergh Blvd.
phone 314-432-0604
Operation Food Search's Empty Bowls Fundraiser

Cowboy Mouth

Sat., Nov. 18, 8 p.m.


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Old Rock House (map)
1200 S. 7th St.
St. Louis - Soulard
phone 314-588-0505


Sat., Nov. 18, 8 p.m.
phone 636-206-5093

Independent Theatre Co. is proud to present Patience Davis, in Debbie Tucker Green's compelling, one woman show "Random." "This powerful, poetic and often comic play doesn't waste a word as it tells of a West Indian family who believe you should "never trouble trouble until trouble troubles you" – only to find it sitting in their front room, in the shape of three policeman bearing bad news." -The Guardian Run time: 50 Mins $18, $15 with Student I.D.

Big Muddy Dance: Novelties

Sat., Nov. 18, 8 p.m.

Is it more difficult to write about dance than it is to dance about writing? Apparently not. Big Muddy Dance Company opens its seventh season with Novelties, a collection of dance pieces inspired by the written word. Gabrielle Lamb's The Hourglass Sanitarium is based on Polish-Jewish writer Bruno Schulz's novel Sanitarium under the Sign of the Hourglass, which is a strange, dreamlike reminiscence on the death the narrator's father; A Mariner, Katarzyna Skarpatowska's piece, is inspired by Awakenings, Oliver Sacks' nonfiction account of his attempts to "wake" people suffering from sleeping sickness. Big Muddy's artistic director, Brian Enos, offers a tribute to typography with Typo. Novelties is performed at 8 p.m. Saturday, November 18, at Washington University's Edison Theatre (6445 Forsyth Boulevard; Tickets are $35. $35

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Edison Theatre (map)
6445 Forsyth Blvd.
phone 314-935-6543
Big Muddy Dance: Novelties

On Your Feet!

Sat., Nov. 18, 2 & 7:30 p.m. and Sun., Nov. 19, 1 p.m.

Gloria Estefan and the Miami Sound Machine went through the charts like a bolt of lighting in the early '80s, but the Cuban-American band had a long road of weddings and bar mitzvahs before they could get a record deal. On Your Feet!, the musical based on Emilio and Gloria Estefan's life and music, tells the story from the beginning. It's a story of love, parental disapproval, the American music industry's prejudice against Spanish-language songs and the Estefans' belief in each other, backed by the propulsive sounds of Miami's Little Havana neighborhood. On Your Feet! lights up the Fox Theatre (527 North Grand Boulevard; Tuesday through Sunday (November 7 to 19). Tickets are $35 to $115. $35-$115

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

Of Mice and Men

Wednesdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. Continues through Nov. 18

John Steinbeck's characters George and Lennie have worked their way into the American consciousness. The two migrant farm workers have dreams of getting their own spread and living happily after, as pure a definition of the American dream as you're going to find. But Lennie is too strong for his own good, and unable to control himself because of his mental disability. George watches out for him, because Lennie is a magnet for trouble — and trouble is relentless when you're a migrant worker, then and now. SATE closes its "season of adaptation" with Steinbeck's own stage adaptation of Of Mice and Men. Performances take place at 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday (November 8 to 18) at the Chapel (6238 Alexander Drive; Tickets are $15 to $20. $15-$20

The Chapel (map)
6238 Alexander Drive
Clayton Of Mice and Men

A Century of Japanese Prints

Fridays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. and Tuesdays-Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through Jan. 28, 2018

Japan had a long history of woodblock printing (ukiyo-e) that, although now recognized for their artistic qualities, were at the time purely commercial works. That began to change in the mid-nineteenth century, as Japanese artists were exposed to Western printmaking. These early modern artists began the creative print movement, which was motivated by a desire to explore the artistic possibilities of Japan's traditional hand-carved woodblock printing methods. Artists such as Kobayakawa Kiyoshi and Hashiguchi Goyō created portraits of modern Japanese society in prints that are both beautiful works of art and incredible documents of an era. The Saint Louis Art Museum displays a treasure trove of them in the new exhibit, A Century of Japanese Prints. The show opens on Friday, August 11, and remains up through January 28. Admission is free. free admission

Currents 114: Matt Saunders

Fridays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. and Tuesdays-Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through Feb. 4, 2018

American artist Matt Saunders is interested in the way an image can be altered with the passage of time. He pursues that interest through photography and animation, with a particular emphasis on avoiding cameras. Instead he captures light that has passed through oil paintings on linen, or through printed-on plastic, to create the shadows of images; his photograms are almost dark reflections of the intervening material. Saunders has created all-new work for Currents 114: Matt Saunders, his new exhibition at the Saint Louis Art Museum in Forest Park (1 Fine Arts Drive; Among these new works are large-scale copper-plate etchings and a video installation that plays across multiple screens in two galleries. The mutable images of Matt Saunders are on display Tuesday through Sunday (November 17 to February 4) in gallery 249 and 250. Admission is free. free admission

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;, 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;, 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

Global Moves: Americans in Chess Olympiads

Mondays, Tuesdays, Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sundays, 12-5 p.m. and Wednesdays-Fridays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Continues through April 1, 2018

The Chess Olympiad is a biennial competition in which national teams compete for the title. America is the current holder, triumphing against 180 other nations to achieve the victory. It was our first win since 1976, and so the World Chess Hall of Fame takes this golden opportunity to honor the reigning champions. The exhibition Global Moves: Americans in Chess Olympiads is a celebration of America's current and past glories, with numerous historic chess artifacts being displayed — among them, a gold medal from the 2016 team. Grandmasters Fabiano Caruana, Hikaru Nakamura, Wesley So, Ray Robson and Sam Shankland, who all played for the 2016 American team, will attend the opening reception, which takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. tonight at the World Chess Hall of Fame (4652 Maryland Avenue; Also on display is the Hamilton-Russell Cup, the trophy granted to the Olympiad's winning team. Global Moves continues through April 1. $3-$5 suggested donation

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; 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

Kader Attia: Reason's Oxymorons

Mondays, Wednesdays-Sundays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through Jan. 8, 2018

Human beings' adaptability is what allows people to gradually come to terms with catastrophic change and trauma. In the Western world, we consider it possible for someone who has experienced a tragedy to "heal," thereby erasing a wrong. But the non-Western world doesn't always believe that disaster can be plastered over. In some countries, the scars and imperfections are celebrated. These conflicting ideas of past damage are the inspiration for French-Algerian artist Kader Attia's exhibition Reason's Oxymorons. Attia interviewed and filmed historians, storytellers, philosophers and ethnographers from around the world discussing their cultural ideas of healing psychic damage. These films are then continuously played on an array of televisions placed throughout a maze of gray cubicles. The viewer can pass from cube to cube, gaining exposure to previously foreign worldviews. Kader Attia: Reason's Oxymorons opens with a free public reception from 7 to 9 p.m. tonight at the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum on the Washington University campus (1 Brookings Drive; The show remains up through January 8, and the museum is open every day except Tuesday. free admission

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