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Anheuser-Busch's Brewery Lights

Thursdays-Sundays, 5-10 p.m. Continues through Dec. 30

You have to give Anheuser-Busch credit: The big brewery in town has crammed more Christmas stuff than ever into its light display this year. There are the traditional lights winking from every cornice and edge of every building in the brewery complex, the return of its own ice-skating rink, a new kids' zone and brewery express train, and holiday movies shown on a big screen nightly during regular hours. If you want to experience everything the season has to offer, it's all there. Anheuser-Busch's brewery lights are on every night, but the other activities only happen from 5 to 10 p.m. Thursday through Sunday (November 12 to December 30) at the Anheuser-Busch Brewery and Tour Center (1200 Lynch Street; www.budweisertours.com). Admission is free, but train rides are $3 and there's a suggested $3 to $5 donation for skate rental. Skating is free if you have your own skates, but why not donate anyway? free admission, some activities require a fee

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

St. Charles Christmas Traditions

Sundays, 12-5 p.m., Saturdays, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. and Wednesdays, Fridays, 6-9 p.m. Continues through Dec. 24

Traditionally, there's only ever one Santa Claus on the job — that's what makes him so special. But at St. Charles Christmas Traditions, all the iterations of Santa Claus from other cultures and times gather in historic downtown St. Charles (South Main Street and Jackson Street, St. Charles; www.historicstcharles.com), which allows you to meet and take a picture with some far-out Santa variants and other assorted holiday characters. There's Ded Moroz ("Old Man Frost"), who brings the well-mannered children of Slavic countries their presents, and Julenisse, the Scandinavian supernatural being associated with the Winter Solstice. Non-Santa costumed characters include a reindeer flight instructor, Jack Frost, the Ice Queen and Julia D. Grant, the St. Louis-born wife of Ulysses and America's former first lady. St. Charles Christmas Traditions opens with a big brouhaha from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, November 23. The fun resumes from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and Friday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday (November 24 to December 24). In some cultures, Santa Claus has a mischievous counterpart; on Wednesday nights from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., the Krampus gets his time to shine during Krampusnachts. At 8:13 p.m. he spins his Wheel of Misfortune in the Colonnade, joined by unsavory pals the Mouse King, Jolakotturinn (Iceland's ferocious Yule Cat, who eats people who don't get new clothes for Christmas) and the Abominable Snowman. If you feel like you can't keep all these beings straight without a scorecard, you're in luck: Special trading cards are available for each of them. Admission is free, and most shops and restaurants in the downtown area will be open for business during Christmas Traditions hours. free admission

United We Brunch

Sat., Jan. 26, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

United We Brunch:
There’s no better way to chase away a hangover than brunch with friends!

Riverfront Times is once again bringing together the best restaurants in town with one mission: unite to cure St. Louis’ hangover. In its 4th year, United We Brunch will be more than just bottomless Bloody Marys and Mimosas — enjoy screwdrivers, bellinis, Irish coffee, beer and more! Plus, all the best brunch hot spots in the St. Louis area under one roof. Don't miss it!

https://rftbrunch.com/
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Chase Park Plaza (map)
212 N. Kingshighway Blvd.
St. Louis - Central West End
phone 314-633-3000
United We Brunch

Take 6 with SLSO

Thu., Dec. 20, 7 p.m.

$42.75-$62.75

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Powell Hall (map)
718 N. Grand Blvd
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-534-1700

National Poetry Month: Holly Iglesias

Thu., April 25, 7 p.m.
phone 314-367-6731
info@left-bank.com
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Left Bank Books welcomes poet and former St. Louisan Holly Iglesias, who will sign and read from her new collection, "Sleeping Things," at this special National Poetry Month event! This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of "Sleeping Things" from Left Bank Books will be required to enter the signing line. Holly Iglesias is the author of three poetry collections, "Souvenirs of a Sunken World" (Kore Press), "Angles of Approach" (White Pine Press), and "Sleeping Things" (Press 53) and a critical work, "Boxing Inside the Box: Women’s Prose Poetry" (Quale Press). Free

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

Excision

Thu., Feb. 7, 8 p.m.

w/ Squnto, Sullivan King, He$h $45-$47.50

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The Pageant (map)
6161 Delmar Blvd.
Delmar/ The Loop
phone 314-726-6161
The Ready Room (map)
4195 Manchester Ave
St. Louis - Tower Grove
phone 314-833-3929

Greenville University Choir

Sun., March 10, 4-5 p.m.
phone 314-367-0367
music@secondchurch.net

Founded in 1927 by Dr. Robert W. Woods, the Greenville University Choir has attained a widespread reputation for its polished performances of sacred choral music. Under the direction of Dr. Jeffrey Wilson, this choir of talented singers has performed with the St. Louis Kingsbury Ensemble, the Illinois Music Educators Conference, and the American Choral Directors Association. Their evocative and powerful interpretations of sacred music are sure to inspire you. Free

http://secondchurch.net
Second Presbyterian Church (map)
4501 Westminster Place
St. Louis - Central West End
phone 314-367-0366
Greenville University Choir

Jeff Dunham

Sun., Dec. 30, 3-5 p.m.
phone 800-745-3000
Maegen@personalpublicity.com

Comedian Jeff Dunham has announced the fall leg of his Passively Aggressive Tour, with his delightfully twisted cohorts; Peanut, Walter, José Jalapeño, Bubba J, and of course, Achmed the Dead Terrorist. The 56-city tour, which includes stops in the US, Canada and Saudi Arabia, will unveil a brand-new character… Or two! $49 - $65

http://www.jeffdunham.com/
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Enterprise Center (map)
1401 Clark Ave.
St. Louis - Downtown
phone 314-241-1888

The Mighty Pines: '90s Freakout

Mon., Dec. 31, 9 p.m.

w/ The Hillary Fitz Band $20-$25

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

Lightning Wolf CD Release

Sat., Dec. 29, 8 p.m.

w/ Voidgazer, the Nokturnal, Electric Bear Trap $5

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

Bayside

Fri., Feb. 1, 9 p.m.

w/ Golds $22-$25

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