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Muny Memories: 100 Years on Stage

Through June 2, 2019

The Muny is just about to open its landmark 100th season, and its neighbor, the Missouri History Museum (Lindell Boulevard and DeBalivere Avenue; www.mohistory.org), celebrates the occasion with an exhibit dedicated to the history of America's largest outdoor theater. Muny Memories: 100 Years on Stage features exhibits that explain the founding of the theater, display favorite memories from stars and staff, and give a look back stage to see how the dedicated technical crew creates and rigs all those sets and lights. You can also take a look at programs from the Muny's long, storied past. Muny Memories opens on Saturday, June 9, and remains on display daily through June 2, 2019. Admission is free. free admission

Missouri History Museum (map)
Lindell Blvd. & DeBaliviere Ave.
St. Louis - Forest Park
phone 314-746-4599
Muny Memories: 100 Years on Stage

Sanford Biggers and Basquiat Before Basquiat: East 12th Street, 1979-1980

Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through Dec. 30

The Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis opens some of the most ambitious and vital shows in its history this month, with a series of exhibitions by, and about, black artists and the black experience. Sanford Biggers works directly with the materials of his forebearers — quilts and African sculptures — only he reshapes and repurposes them as contemporary statements about black identity, history and trauma. Biggers gives found quilts new life with new handwork, encoding personal messages into their original pattern. The fact that the work of an anonymous black craftsman or woman now appears in galleries and museums around the world, even in Biggers' modified form, is both subversive and celebratory. With wooden sculptures, some of which are copies, he dips them in wax and then works them over with firearms. What begins as a statue of a human or human-shaped supernatural being becomes obscured, disfigured and unrecognizable through the violence wrought upon it.

In addition to Biggers' work, CAM presents a show of the private photos of Jean-Michel Basquiat. Basquiat emerged from the New York City hip-hop/punk/graffiti scenes in the 1970s as one-half of the graffiti duo SAMO, along with Al Diaz. The pair together tagged buildings with cryptic phrases denouncing the establishment, politics and religion, always signed "SAMO" (an acronym for "Same Old Shit"). When the duo broke up, Basquiat performed in the noise rock band Test Pattern (later named "Gray") with Vincent Gallo and Michael Holman. He lived on the streets, sold drugs and experimented with Xerox art, painting and drawing. Basquiat Before Basquiat: East 12th Street, 1979-1980 will showcase everything the artist made while living in a small East Village apartment with his friend Alexis Adler before he hit the big time. It's a treasure trove of paintings, sculptures and works on paper, as well as Adler's photographs of his friend.

Both exhibitions open with a free reception from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, September 7, at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (3750 Washington Boulevard; www.camstl.org). The shows continue through December 30.

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The Immigrants: Works by Master Photographers

Saturdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Wednesdays-Fridays, 12-5 p.m. and Tuesdays, 12-8 p.m. Continues through Jan. 12, 2019

America's long history of welcoming new arrivals to Team USA is celebrated in the exhibition The Immigrants: Works by Master Photographers. From the earliest days of photography in the 1890s, when Ellis Island clerk Augustus Frederick Sherman began documenting immigrants with his camera, to today, when Italian photographer Alex Majoli captures the crisis of refugees trying to survive the ocean crossing from Africa to Greece, the exhibit shows the people who fled their homes in search of safety. The Immigrants doesn't shy away from the worst moments; Dorothea Lange's suppressed photograph of Japanese Americans in a U.S. internment camp during World War II is part of the show, as are more ennobling images made by Lewis Hine and Bob Gruen. The Immigrants opens with a free reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, October 5, at the Sheldon (3648 Washington Boulevard; www.thesheldon.org). The show remains up through January 12. free admission

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The Sheldon (map)
3648 Washington Blvd.
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-533-9900
The Immigrants: Works by Master Photographers

Every Brilliant Thing

Sundays, 7 p.m. and Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m. Continues through Dec. 2

The unnamed child at the center of Duncan Macmillan's one-person show Every Brilliant Thing is only seven when her mother first attempts suicide. She takes it upon herself to create a list of worthwhile things in life, hoping her mother will find comfort in them and stop trying to die. She writes her favorites on numbered slips of paper ("1654. Christopher Walken's voice." "2001. Films that are better than the books they are adapted from"), and leaves them around the house for Mom to find. She grows to realize the list can help herself as well; depression is hereditary, after all. R-S Theatrics presents the life-affirming Every Brilliant Thing at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday (November 16 to December 2) at the Kranzberg Arts Center (501 North Grand Boulevard; www.r-stheatrics.com). Tickets are $18 to $20. $18-$20

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Kranzberg Arts Center (map)
501 N Grand Blvd
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-533-0367
Every Brilliant Thing

Allen Stone

Tue., Dec. 4, 8 p.m.

w/ Nick Waterhouse $25-$30

Delmar Hall (map)
6133 Delmar Blvd.
Delmar/ The Loop
phone 314-726-6161

Vintage Vibe returns to Cheer's!

Fri., Nov. 30, 7-11 p.m.
phone 636-220-8030

@ Cheer's Bar and Grill, 61 National Way Shopping Center, Manchester, Missouri 63011
Non-smoking, great food, awesome service... oh and don't forget the Vintage Vibe making you wanna dance your shoes off. Come hang with us again and rock the joint.

Vintage Vibe returns to Cheer's!

Gabriella Gómez-Mont

Tue., Dec. 11, 7:30-10 a.m.
phone 314-725-6555
mmack@cocastl.org

@ Innovation Hall STL, 4220 Duncan Avenue St. Louis, MO 63110
The creative capacity of society is one of its most intangible and undervalued assets. We talk about “creative cities,” but do little to systemically augment, articulate and unleash a creative ethos into cities themselves. As an inherent part of their urban DNA, cities must facilitate idea sharing, provoke new possibilities, and encourage experimentation. $40 - $55

https://www.cocastl.org/event/bizsession-creativity-unbound-the-need-for-urban-experimentation-with-gabriella-montez-mont/
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3 Crooked Men

Sat., Dec. 22, 9 p.m.

free

The Frisco Barroom (map)
8110 Big Bend Blvd.
Webster Groves
phone 314-455-1090

Rumours STL

Sat., Dec. 15, 8 p.m.

$8

The Ready Room (map)
4195 Manchester Ave
St. Louis - Tower Grove
phone 314-833-3929

Razakel and the Slice Girls

Wed., Nov. 21, 6:30 p.m.

w/ Histio, Douuble You, Hard Jawz, Crackle Capone $10-$13

The Firebird (map)
2706 Olive St.
St. Louis - Midtown
phone 314-535-0353

As It Is

Sat., Feb. 16, 6 p.m.

w/ Point North free

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Fubar (map)
3108 Locust St
St. Louis - Midtown
phone 314-289-9050

Johnny Fox

Sun., Nov. 18, 2 p.m.

free

Broadway Oyster Bar (map)
736 S. Broadway
St. Louis - Downtown
phone 314-621-8811

Sean Canan's Voodoo Players

Wednesdays. Continues through Dec. 18, 2019
https://archive.org/details/SeanCanansVoodooPlayers

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!

Broadway Oyster Bar (map)
736 S. Broadway
St. Louis - Downtown
phone 314-621-8811
Sean Canan's Voodoo Players

Lorenzo Gonzalez

Sat., Nov. 24, 2-3 p.m.
phone 314-961-3784
tcooper@wgpl.org

Lorenzo Gonzalez will discuss his autobiography To Return to Cuba (Para Volver a Cuba), a story of his youth spent as a Cuban revolutionary soldier, his first-hand experience of the Bay of Pigs and the Cuban Missile Crisis, and his eventual harrowing escape from communism. There will be books available for purchase at the event. Free

http://www.wgpl.org
Webster Groves Public Library (map)
301 E Lockwood Ave
Webster Groves
phone 314-961-3784
Lorenzo Gonzalez

Ellen King

Thu., Dec. 6, 7 p.m.
phone 314-367-6731
info@left-bank.com
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Left Bank Books welcomes Hewn co-owner and head baker Ellen King, who will sign and discuss her new cookbook, "Heritage Baking: Recipes for Rustic Breads and Pastries Baked with Artisanal Flour from Hewn Bakery"! This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of "Heritage Baking" from Left Bank Books will be required to enter the signing line. Samples from the book will be provided for tasting at the event! These 45 foolproof recipes for delicious, nutritious breads and pastries star a wide range of artisanal flours that are now readily available to home bakers. Free

https://www.left-bank.com/event/ellen-king
Left Bank Books (map)
399 N Euclid Ave
St. Louis - Central West End
phone 314-367-6731
Ellen King
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