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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

Blac Youngsta

Wed., Nov. 21, 8 p.m.

$13-$15

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

Brother Francis and the Soultones

Thu., Nov. 29, 9 p.m.

w/ Jr. Clooney, Two Cities One World free

Schlafly Tap Room (map)
2100 Locust St.
St. Louis - Downtown
phone 314-241-2337
Family Arena (map)
2002 Arena Parkway
St. Charles County
phone 636-896-4200

Cabaret Open Mic

Third Wednesday of every month, 7-10 p.m. Continues through Dec. 20

Every 3rd Wednesday of the month The Cabaret Project of St. Louis will host our new Open Mic at Sophie's Artist Lounge, on the second floor of the .ZACK, 3224 Locust in Grand Center. Bring your sheet music and join us! Chuck Lavazzi, Host Carol Schmidt, Music Director Now in Sophie's Artist Lounge at the .ZACK! Bring sheet music and sing your favorite Broadway, pop, or jazz tunes, or just relax and enjoy the music with a drink and a small plate or appetizer. Enjoy a night of great music from St. Louis cabaret artists. No admission or cover, but we request a $5 donation to The Cabaret Project

Dirty Heads

Sun., Dec. 16, 8 p.m.

$32.50-$37.50

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

Paula Poundstone

Sat., Feb. 2, 8 p.m.

$41.50-$44.50

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The Sheldon (map)
3648 Washington Blvd.
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-533-9900

Bridgeton Landfill Community Project Fund Community Meeting

Tue., Nov. 27, 9-11 a.m.
phone 314-880-4959
info@stlgives.org

The St. Louis Community Foundation will host four community meetings as part of the information gathering process for the Bridgeton Landfill Community Project Fund. The community meetings are meant to provide community stakeholders an opportunity to provide input into the potential uses of the Fund. Free

https://stlgives.org/st-louis-community-foundation-to-host-bridgeton-landfill-community-project-fund-community-meetings/

Horn, Alphorn, and Organ

Sun., Jan. 20, 4-5 p.m.
phone 314-367-0367
music@secondchurch.net

Thomas and Tricia Jöstlein offer a program for horn and alphorn with tenor Derek Dahlke and keyboardist Andrew Peters. The program includes Haydn’s Concerto for Two Horns and Schubert’s Auf dem Strom (On the Stream). This concert also includes music commemorating the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Tricia Jöstlein is Adjunct Professor of Horn at Webster University and plays as an extra with the St. Louis Symphony. Thomas Jöstlein has been Associate Principal Horn with the St. Louis Symphony since 2010 and is known for his performances on the Alphorn. Free

http://secondchurch.net
Second Presbyterian Church (map)
4501 Westminster Place
St. Louis - Central West End
phone 314-367-0366
Horn, Alphorn, and Organ

Ickes & Hensley

Wed., Dec. 5, 8 p.m.

w/ Jason Eady $15

Off Broadway (map)
3509 Lemp Ave.
St. Louis - South City
phone 314-498-6989

Classic Tribute Band

Fri., Nov. 23, 9 p.m.

free

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