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Foundations of Freedom

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

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; It remains on display through January 31, 2020, and the museum is open Wednesday through Sunday. Admission is $5 to $10. 314-421-4689

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; Admission is free. 314-721-0072

Landmarks Downtown St. Louis Walking Tours

Saturdays, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Continues through Oct. 26
Old Courthouse 11 N. Fourth St., St. Louis St. Louis - Downtown

Buy Tickets$10 per person. Children under 12 are free.

Explore the fascinating history, culture and architectural legacy of Downtown St. Louis from the city's founding through its current development. We offer two regularly-scheduled tours on Saturdays at 10 am from April 1 to October 31. Tickets are $10 (children under 12 are free). Purchase Tickets in advance at: For group and special tours or for more information, check out our website or call 314-690-3140. Take a walk through the history of Downtown St. Louis! History, Culture, Architecture and Exercise: What could be better on a Saturday morning? 314-690-3140

The Who's Tommy

Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. Continues through Oct. 26
Tower Grove Abbey 2336 Tennessee Ave., St. Louis St. Louis - South Grand

Eight years ago, Stray Dog Theatre unleashed its glorious production of The Who's Tommy. It was a knock out. Associate artistic director Justin Been took the lead on staging the production, revealing his prodigious talents for arranging actors in ever-shifting tableaux. The result was a beautifully kinetic production that made pinball an exuberant celebration of life. At long last, Stray Dog will once again present Tommy in all his deaf, dumb and blind glory, with Been overseeing the production. The show is performed with a live band, as it should be, at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday (October 10 to 26) at the Tower Grove Abbey (2336 Tennessee Avenue; Tickets are $25 to $30. 314-865-1995

Brighton Beach Memoirs

Thursdays, 7:30 p.m., Saturdays, 4 & 8 p.m. and Sundays, 2 p.m. Continues through Oct. 27

All Eugene Jerome wants to do is eat ice cream and see a naked woman, preferably at the same time. At the moment, all he has to do is go get another quarter pound of butter from the store every morning and afternoon because of his mother's strange shopping habits and keep the noise down (there's a cake in the oven). The Depression is dragging on in 1937, and his aunt and her two daughters — one of them the beautiful Nora, who's close to Eugene's age — have moved in out of necessity. Eugene's dad is working two jobs to support everyone, his older brother faces a moral dilemma at his own job, and poor Eugene gets buffeted about by the whims of his mother and the various intra-family squabbles. Neil Simon's semi-autobiographical play Brighton Beach Memoirs is a trip back to the simpler days, when a family could drive each other crazy and no one tweeted about it. The New Jewish Theatre opens its new season with Brighton Beach Memoirs. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 4 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday (October 10 to 27) in the Wool Studio Theatre at the Jewish Community Center (2 Millstone Campus Drive; Tickets are $47 to $54. 314-442-3283

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; with the new edition of Shade. The event requires tickets ($22.13) and comes with a signed copy of the book. 314-533-0367

Dizzy Atmosphere at the Shaved Duck

Mon., Oct. 28, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
The Shaved Duck 2900 Virginia Ave., St. Louis St. Louis - South City

Buy TicketsNo Cover

Dizzy Atmosphere brings their unique blend of Hot Club hits, swing standards and latin classics to this BBQ destination. Collectively influenced by an range of American (Joe Venuti & Eddie Lang, Stuff Smith), European (Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli) and Latin (Antonio Carlos Jobim, Xavier Cugat) recording artists, Dizzy Atmosphere is the embodiment of insouciance., playing America's greatest standards, channeling the ebullience of the Hot Club of France Quintet. 314-776-1407

Trigger Hippy

Thu., Dec. 19, 8 p.m.
Blueberry Hill - The Duck Room 6504 Delmar Blvd., University City Delmar/ The Loop


NIN/Rage Tributes

Sat., Nov. 30, 8 p.m.
The Ready Room 4195 Manchester Ave, St. Louis St. Louis - Tower Grove

w/ Sound Division 314-833-3929

Kris Kristofferson

Wed., Nov. 20, 7:30 p.m.
River City Casino & Hotel 777 River City Casino Blvd., St. Louis Mehlville/ Oakville/ Lemay

Buy Tickets$38


Healing Action-Ladies' Night Out

Thu., Oct. 24, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Earthbound Brewing 2710 Cherokee St., St. Louis St. Louis - South City

Buy Tickets50.00

This marquee event will celebrate the progress made in providing hope and healing to survivors and combating commercial sexual exploitation and trafficking. Our Executive Director Katie Rhoades will share our exciting and ambitious vision ahead. The night will be filled with fun and special opportunities to pamper ladies (and gentlemen) in attendance. Ticket includes open bar, including mocktails, beer and wine, food, and access to self-care stations, including massage, manicures and more! We expect a sellout crowd of more than 125 champions for change. It will be an evening you don't want to miss! 3148834514

Dr. Lynn Trapp, organist

Sun., March 8, 2:30-4:30 p.m.

A consummate artist of the highest caliber, Dr. Lynn Trapp holds a distinguished career as a concert organist, pianist, conductor, composer and liturgist. From Carnegie Hall, NYC to Westminster Abbey, London his many concert appearances, more than 100 publications, academic awards, and clinician work has brought him great respect nationally and internationally. His career archives are established in perpetuity at the Hesburgh Library, University of Notre Dame. 314-533-7662

Holiday Entertaining with Sheri Castle

Fri., Nov. 22, 2-6:30 p.m., Sat., Nov. 23, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sun., Nov. 24, 8-11 a.m.
Inns at St. Albans 3519 St. Albans Road, St. Albans Franklin County

Buy Tickets$350-$1060

Do more than survive the holidays; conquer them! Explore new twists on traditional flavors, develop an impressive arsenal of recipes, and learn the tricks of timing so that meals come together quickly. Give yourself a little holiday cheer by making holiday entertaining easy and delicious so that you can enjoy the party just as much as your guests! Culinary camp is Friday evening & all-day Saturday. Camp includes wine tasting and heavy appetizers on Friday night, Saturday morning continental breakfast, lunch buffet, and dinner, and Sunday morning breakfast buffet. Stay all weekend or just pop in for the day! 636-458-0131

Kids Corner

Sat., Nov. 9, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and Sat., Dec. 14, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Field House Museum 634 S. Broadway, St. Louis St. Louis - Downtown

Buy Tickets$5

Join the Field House Museum for a day of family fun! There is something for everyone between the historic house, current exhibitions, and interactives. Each Kids Corner will feature new crafts and activities the whole family is sure to enjoy. For those who would like to tour the house with smaller children, we offer our “tour buddy” stuffed animals to keep little hands busy! For more information please visit our Facebook or Website. 314-421-4689

First Friday

Fri., Nov. 1, 5-9 p.m.

The first Friday of every month is a culture fest in the Grand Center Arts District, when CAM and its neighboring art institutions are open for the evening. CAM invites you for an exhibition tour, a drink at the bar, and a set by 2019 DJ-in-residence Syna So Pro. This month: Warm up with hot chocolate from Botanical Roasters; Show your city pride with DIY button-making from STL-Style stickers; Take a guided tour of current exhibitions with a focus on Stephanie Syjuco’s courtyard installation (6:00 pm); Dance to the sounds of CAM DJ-in-Residence Syna So Pr (7:00pm) (314) 535-4660

We Bite: A Tribute to the Misfits

Thu., Oct. 31, 8 p.m.
Fubar 3108 Locust St, St. Louis St. Louis - Midtown

Buy Tickets$8

w/ Stinkbomb, the Winks 314-289-9050

Mary Louise Edwards

Fri., Oct. 25, 2-8 p.m. and Sat., Oct. 26, 2-8 p.m.
St. Clair Square Highway 64 & N. Illinois St., Fairview Heights Belleville/ Fairview Heights

Mary Louise Edwards will be having her first book signing event October 25-27 books are 10.00 including a signing and photo if like. Friday and Saturday are from 2-4 and 6-8 and Sunday from 3-5 St Clair Square Mall Mary currently writes under Mary Louise Thole. Her book Uncontrolled Desires is available online. This book is for young adults and older. It’s very sensitive and controversial but very true as to what’s going on in our society. 618-632-7566

Anthony Gomes

Fri., Nov. 22, 8 p.m.
Old Rock House 1200 S. 7th St., St. Louis St. Louis - Soulard

Buy Tickets$15-$18


Over the Rhine

Sat., Dec. 14, 8 p.m.
The Sheldon 3648 Washington Blvd., St. Louis St. Louis - Grand Center

Buy Tickets$25-$30


Bill Engvall

Sat., May 30, 7 & 9:30 p.m.
River City Casino & Hotel 777 River City Casino Blvd., St. Louis Mehlville/ Oakville/ Lemay

Buy from Ticketmaster$29.50

Bill Engvall is a Grammy-nominated, multi-platinum selling recording artist and one of the top comedians in the country. Bill was part of the enormously successful Blue Collar Comedy concert films, which sold over nine million units and received a Grammy nomination. He also starred on the WB’s hit sketch comedy show Blue Collar TV and in several solo specials for Comedy Central. In 2012 he reunited with Jeff Foxworthy and Larry the Cable Guy on the Them Idiots Whirled Tour, which aired as a special on CMT. Must be 21 years or older to attend. 314-388-7777

Head Over Heels

Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. Continues through March 28
Marcelle Theater 3310 Samuel Shepard Dr, St. Louis St. Louis - Grand Center

Buy Tickets10-30

The wild new modern musical fairy tale, set in 1580. And the 1980s. And NOW! HEAD OVER HEELS is the bold new musical comedy from the visionaries that rocked Broadway with Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Avenue Q and Spring Awakening. Conceived by Jeff Whitty, with an original book by Whitty, adapted by James Magruder, originally directed by Michael Mayer, based on a novel from 1580 (not kidding!) and set to the music of the iconic 1980s all-girl rock band The Go-Go's, this high-octane, laugh-out-loud love story includes hit songs like, “We Got the Beat,” “Vacation," and more! 314-534-1111

Mark Sparks

Wed., Jan. 29, 8 p.m.
The Sheldon 3648 Washington Blvd., St. Louis St. Louis - Grand Center

Buy Tickets$10-$30


Shovels and Rope

Wed., April 15, 8 p.m.
Delmar Hall 6133 Delmar Blvd., St. Louis Delmar/ The Loop


Guided by Voices New Album Listening Party

Thu., Oct. 24, 6-8 p.m.
Planet Score Records 7421 Manchester Rd, Maplewood Maplewood

Official STL listening party for Guided by Voices new album "Sweating the Plague", taking place at select independent record stores around the world. Hear and purchase the new LP/CD a day before it's release date. Commemorative posters for anyone who buys a copy. 10% off all in-stock GBV/Robert Pollard vinyl and CDs. Plus we'll be raffling off a test pressing of the new record autographed by the man, myth and legend himself- Robert Pollard! Oh, and we'll probably have some beer... 314-282-0777

Urban Chestnut Presents Nosferatu

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

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

How to Publish Your Own Book: What You Need to Know

Sat., Nov. 16, 8 a.m.-12 p.m.
St. Louis Community College-Meramec 11333 Big Bend Road, Kirkwood Kirkwood

Buy Tickets$39

Saturday, November 16. 8:00am—12:00pm. The St. Louis Publishers Association presents "How to Publish Your Own Book: What You Need to Know". A four-hour workshop on the realities of independent book publishing, including editing, design, print options, sales, eBooks and marketing. Cost is $39. Registration required. STLCC-Meramec Campus. 11333 Big Bend Rd. Kirkwood, 63122. Course code WRIT-704 F05. 314-984-7500

Little Big Town

Thu., Feb. 20, 8 p.m.
The Fox Theatre 527 N. Grand Blvd., St. Louis St. Louis - Grand Center

Buy Tickets$29-$99

w/ Caitlyn Smith 314-534-1111

Metropolitan Orchestra Concert

Sun., Feb. 23, 7-9 p.m.

Buy Tickets$5 - $20

The Metropolitan Orchestra of St. Louis presents a concert on Sunday, February 23 at 7:00 pm at the First Presbyterian Church of Kirkwood. The orchestra, with conductors Wendy Lea and Allen Carl Larson and guest pianist Jerry Chang, present Elgar’s “Serenade in E minor”, Mozart’s Piano Concerto in C major, No. 21, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7. The church is located at 100 East Adams Avenue in Kirkwood. Tickets range from $20 general admission to $5 students. For more information visit 314-369-7335

Truths & Reckonings: The Art of Transformative Racial Justice

Mon., Dec. 2, 5:30 p.m.

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Geoff Ward, associate professor and associate chair in the Department of African & African-American Studies in Arts & Sciences, will discuss his Teaching Gallery exhibition, Truths and Reckonings: The Art of Transformative Racial Justice. Through a selection of artworks from the Museum's collection and objects from the Washington University Libraries, the exhibition considers how art and its presentation can bear witness to difficult truths–colonialism, enslavement, lynching–and the need to reckon with injustice and contribute to repair. Free and open to the public. 314-935-5490

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