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A Hero's Life

Sun., Oct. 13, 3 p.m.
Powell Hall 718 N. Grand Blvd, St. Louis St. Louis - Grand Center

Buy Tickets$15-$85

Leonard Slatkin remains a beloved figure in St. Louis for his work with the St. Louis Symphony, of which he is the conductor laureate. Slatkin returns to town to celebrate his 75th birthday by — what else? — leading the orchestra through a selection of music that finishes with Richard Strauss' tone poem Ein Heldenleben (A Hero's Life). Despite the piece's modern popularity, it was originally greeted with critical approbation, which Strauss was very familiar with. It's a musical journey through the life of a stylized hero (often presumed to be Strauss himself), who appears, then fights his adversaries and retreats to the comforts of home and his unnamed companion. He returns to battle, earns a hard-fought piece and then retires. The piece is performed at 8 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday (October 12 and 13) at Powell Hall (718 North Grand Boulevard; Tickets are $15 to $85. 314-534-1700

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

Ai Weiwei: Bare Life

Sundays, 12-5 p.m. and Mondays, Wednesdays-Saturdays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through Jan. 5

The Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum (1 Brookings Drive; officially reopens with a bang. Chinese artist and dissident Ai Weiwei presents a major exhibition of work that spans the past twenty years of his career, some of which has never before been shown in the United States. Divided into two parts, Bare Life and Rupture, the show features monumental exhibitions such as Forever Bicycles (2019) and Through (2007-2008). The former is a commemorative arch built with Chinese-made bicycles, their carefully positioned tires lining up to create the image of telescoping lenses; the latter is an intersecting series of wooden pillars that pierce the surface of Qing Dynasty wooden tables. The work evokes China's own interrupted and intentionally erased history. Ai Weiwei: Bare Life also includes sculptures, photographs, films and a triptych constructed of LEGO bricks. The show runs from September 28 to January 5. 314-935-4523

Sam Falls: Conception

Through Dec. 22, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Sam Falls' artworks are inspired by, and at least in part created by, nature. For his exhibition at Laumeier Sculpture Park, Falls laid a canvas covered with dry pigments on ground in the park's woodland. Left there for several days, the dew, whatever rain fell and the sunlight that passed through the leaves overhead and onto the canvas made a record of the local flora. In addition to his large-scale nature paintings, Falls has also mosaicked a pair of steel I-beams with tiles featuring native plants grown especially by Laumeier's master gardener at Falls' request. The finished beams are placed standing upright in the forest, reflecting and refracting the natural landscape that surrounds them. Sam Falls: Conception opens with a free public reception from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, August 24, at the Aronson Fine Arts Center in Laumeier Sculpture Park (12580 Rott Road, Sunset Hills; Falls' work remains on display through December 22. 314-615-5278

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

The Shape Of Abstraction: Selections from the Ollie Collection

Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through March 22

The Thelma and Bert Ollie Memorial Collection of abstract art officially went on display Tuesday, September 17, at the Saint Louis Art Museum (1 Fine Arts Drive; The collection was gifted to the museum in 2017 by New Jersey-based art collector Ronald Maurice Ollie and his wife, Monique McRipley Ollie, in honor of Ronald's parents. The elder Ollies often visited the Saint Louis Art Museum with their children, instilling a lifelong passion for art. Ronald and Monique Ollie together collected art for many years, particularly work by contemporary black artists. Among the treasures in the exhibit, The Shape Of Abstraction: Selections from the Ollie Collection, are important works such as Robert Blackburn's lithograph Faux Pas, Mary Lovelace O'Neal's City Lights and Frank Bowling's Fishes, Wishes and Star Apple Blue, which demonstrates Bowling's innovative painting technique. In all, 40 works are displayed in the show, which draws its title from a poem by Quincy Troupe. The St. Louis native was inspired by the artworks in the Ollie Collection and wrote "The Shape of Abstraction; for Ron Ollie" in response. Troupe's poem is included in the exhibit catalog. 314-721-0072

Carlos Zamora: cART

Through Dec. 22

Art is something to be appreciated, and St. Louis-based illustrator/graphic designer Carlos Zamora's cART exhibition at Laumeier Sculpture Park is one of those examples. Zamora transformed three golf carts into kinetic sculptures by installing his oversized paper boat sculptures on top and wrapping the bodies with printed vinyl slogans. A fourth large paper boat sculpture will be placed in a creek on the Laumeier grounds. The Cuban native drew inspiration for the project from his heritage, specifically the song "Baraquio de papel" — "Little Paper Boat" — as well as Cuban car culture, nursery rhymes and politics.

Carlos Zamora: cART opens with a free reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 25, at Laumeier Sculpture Park (12580 Rott Road; The following night a Havana Night celebration takes place in the park's Aronson Fine Arts Center from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., with mojitos, snacks, "Casino" dance lessons and a screenprinted poster station. Tickets are $25, but admission to the park and Zamora's boat sculptures is free. The exhibition continues through December 22, and the park is open daily from 8 a.m. to 30 minutes past sunset.


Pulitzer Prize Photographs and In Focus: St. Louis Post-Dispatch Photographs

Through Jan. 20, 2020
Missouri History Museum 5700 Lindell Blvd., St. Louis St. Louis - Forest Park

Photographs are a key element of narrative storytelling, which is why it's so baffling that newspapers have deemed staff photographers an expendable luxury. You probably recognize many of the photographs that won Pulitzer Prizes, from Joe Rosenthal's shot Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima, to Alan Diaz's memorable photo of U.S. federal agents seizing Elian Gonzalez, to St. Louis Post-Dispatch photographer Robert Cohen's 2014 image of a protestor throwing a tear-gas canister back at police while protesting the killing of Michael Brown. These photographs shock us, inspire feelings of pride and anger, and inform us, just as great written journalism does. The Newseum in Washington created a traveling exhibit of some of the most beautiful images to win the Pulitzer, and it's a show that will make its St. Louis debut on Saturday, August 3, at the Missouri History Museum (5700 Lindell Boulevard; A second exhibition organized by the Missouri History Museum collected 75 photos of everyday life in St. Louis from the Post-Dispatch archives. Pulitzer Prize Photographs and In Focus: St. Louis Post-Dispatch Photographs remain on display through January 20, and admission is free. Parents are cautioned that some of the photographs are intense and may be too much for younger children. 314-746-4599

Garden Party Lights

Thursdays-Sundays, 6 p.m. Continues through Oct. 19

If you don't live in an air-conditioned place, the Missouri Botanical Garden (4434 Shaw Boulevard; is one of the coolest places to be when the summer sun goes down, thanks to its multitudes of flora. Fortunately, the garden will be open late once again on select nights during Garden Party Lights, a massive installation of multimedia light projections designed by AVI Systems and Theatrical Concepts. Doors open at 6 p.m. Thursday through Sunday (July 6 to October 19), with the light show starting once it's dark. There will be food and beverage sales at both the covered Biergarten and the Cohen Cantina. Tickets are $10 to $20, and Thursdays and Sundays are family nights, with $3 tickets for kids younger than twelve. 314-577-9400

Stephanie Syjuco: Rogue States

Thursdays, Fridays, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and Wednesdays, Saturdays, Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through Dec. 29

Artist Stephanie Syjuco was born in Manila and immigrated to the United States with her family when she was three years old, which gave her an American education and an immigrant's eye for our national blindspots. It's these blindspots that inform the art in her exhibition Stephanie Syjuco: Rogue States, which opens with a free reception at 7 p.m. Friday, September 6, at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (3750 Washington Boulevard; The title of the show comes from her installation of 22 flags that were used to represent the flags of made-up nations in various American films. Also in the exhibit is her large-scale installation Neutral Calibration Studies (Ornament + Crime), which comprises artifacts representing both colonizer and colonized societies. Cultural objects such as wicker chairs and traditional rugs Syjuco purchased online, cardboard cutouts of people and actual artifacts are mixed together in a larger-than-life diorama. Nestled in the background is a color photograph of the "stone-age" tribe of the Tasaday, found on a remote island in the Philippines in the early 1970s, who were actually modern people posed by a photographer. Rogue States continues through December 29, and the museum is open Wednesday through Sunday. 314-535-4660

Hello, Dolly!

Sundays, 1 p.m. Continues through Oct. 13
The Fox Theatre 527 N. Grand Blvd., St. Louis St. Louis - Grand Center

Buy Tickets$35-$105

Noted matchmaker Dolly Gallagher Levi is on the hunt for a wife for Horace Vandergelder of Yonkers, the half-millionaire who is infamous for his surly disposition. Horace's niece Ermengarde has already found her own husband in Ambrose, but the old man disapproves. Ambrose is an artist, which isn't a stable profession. When Dolly takes Horace to New York City to go wife-scouting, she secretly brings Ambrose and Ermengarde with her. To add to the confusion, Horace's two employees Cornelius and Barnaby also go to the city. At the rate Dolly's pulling strings, everyone in New York will be married before this trip is through. The Broadway tour of Hello, Dolly! sweeps into town this week to begin a two-week run. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday (October 1 to 13) at the Fox Theatre (527 North Grand Boulevard; Tickets are $35 to $105. 314-534-1111

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

Twelfth Night

Sun., Oct. 13, 2 p.m.
Grandel Theatre 3610 Grandel Square, St. Louis St. Louis - Grand Center

Fraternal twins Viola and Sebastian have gone overboard in a terrible storm off the coast of Illyria, and when Viola alone crawls onto shore, she assumes her brother has drowned. She sets about rebuilding her life, disguising herself as a young man named Cesario and entering the employ of the handsome Duke Orsino. When Orsino uses Cesario as a messenger to win the love of the reclusive Olivia, the noblewoman instead falls for the well-made messenger. Shakespeare's Twelfth Night is rife with romance, mistaken identities and laughs, thanks to Olivia's hard-partying uncle Sir Toby Belch and his ne'er-do-well friend, Sir Andrew Aguecheek. The Saint Louis University Theatre opens its season with the multilayered romantic comedy. Performances are at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday (October 10 to 13) at the Grandel Theatre (3610 Grandel Square; Tickets are $6 to $9. 314-533-0367

The Agitators

Sun., Oct. 13, 2 p.m.
Kranzberg Arts Center 501 N Grand Blvd, St. Louis St. Louis - Grand Center

Buy Tickets$25-$35

Famous suffragist Susan B. Anthony didn't just fight for women's rights. She was an ardent abolitionist and worked to help tear down the legal framework for slavery. In both fights she was closely allied with Frederick Douglass, the man who escaped slavery and became one of the leading orators and writers of his day. Anthony and Douglass were comrades-in-arms in the fight for equality and women's suffrage, but their friendship was tested when the 15th Amendment — which gave only black men the right to vote — was proposed. Anthony felt Douglass was betraying women by supporting the amendment, while he thought any bill that linked black people and white women was bound to fail; far better to support black men now and then resume the fight for women. Mat Smart's play The Agitators showed how these two intelligent, opinionated people fought for, and sometimes against, each other in the cultural wars that still drag on. Upstream Theater opens its new season with the timely drama. Performances are at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday (September 27 to October 12) at the Kranzberg Arts Center (501 North Grand Boulevard; There's an additional 2 p.m. show on Sunday, October 13. Tickets are $25 to $35. 314-533-0367

Flea Market and Rummage Sale

Sun., Oct. 13, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Midtown Farmers' Market 6655 Delmar Blvd., University City Delmar/ The Loop

Buy TicketsFree

Fall season is the perfect time for an outdoor Flea Market! More than 50 vendors featuring antiques, collectibles, rusty junk, chippy old stuff, vintage furniture, unique and odd treasures, upcycled goods, handmade items by local artists, yard art, and more. Sunday, October 13, 2019 8am- 4pm (Rain Date: Oct. 20) 6655 Delmar Blvd. in the plaza by The W Karaoke Lounge. Live music – noon to 4pm Halloween Face Painting – 10am to 2 p.m. Halloween Cookie Decorating – 8am to 4 pm (while supplies last) All vendor fees are donated to Welcome Neighbor STL, a non-profit. 314-585-6331

Art in the Park

Sun., Oct. 13, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Lindendale Park 2025 Park Hill Drive, Highland Outstate IL

The Highland Arts Council is celebrating world-class art in a hometown atmosphere with its 16th annual Art in the Park event. This exhibition and sale of items features work by professional artists, bringing more than 9,000 attendees annually. Artists from throughout the country display fine arts in a variety of media. The members of the Highland Arts Council organize, plan, and produce this event - one of the Highland community's highlights during the year

Greater St. Louis Metro Area Train Show

Sun., Oct. 13, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Kirkwood Community Center 111 S. Geyer Road, Kirkwood Kirkwood

All scales, operating layouts, swap tables, door prizes, free parking 636-225-2405

Stop the Madness

Sun., Oct. 13, 1:30 p.m.
Kiener Plaza 500 Chestnut St, St. Louis St. Louis - Downtown

Stop the Madness

Sun., Oct. 13, 1:30-5 p.m.
Kiener Plaza 500 Chestnut St, St. Louis St. Louis - Downtown

Live band and DJ music video shoot with local MC and confirmed participants, along with speeches from local officials. $10 T-shirts available for attendees. Need a diverse group of approx. 25 individuals of different ages (12+), ethnicities, etc. to participate in video, will get free T-shirt, contact no later than Sept. 27th. 314-239-6926

Ralph Bulter Band

Sun., Oct. 13, 2-5 p.m.

Ralph Butler is bring his band for a little Octoberfest fun on Sunday 10/13 from 2-5PM in the heart of America's First Wine District. 636-482-9463

Ralph Butler Band

Sun., Oct. 13, 2 p.m.


Sensual Sundays

Sun., Oct. 13, 4 p.m.
Voce 212 S. Tucker Blvd., St. Louis St. Louis - Downtown

w/ Kenny Black 314-435-3956

Sensual Sunday’s

Sun., Oct. 13, 4-9 p.m.
Voce 212 S. Tucker Blvd., St. Louis St. Louis - Downtown

Buy TicketsFREE

Sensual Sunday’s • Free Admission Presented By: Regal Sports Performing: Saxophonist Kenny Black Tickets: Online at Free General Admission (Limit: 2 Per Person/ Limited Seating & SRO) COUPON CODE: Sensual 800-824-0084

American Spirit Handbell Concert

Sun., Oct. 13, 4-5 p.m.

@ Cross Keys Baptist Church, 14255 New Halls Ferry Road, Florissant, MO
Join the Gateway Ringers handbell ensemble as we present “American Spirit”. Featuring a little Cohan, a little soft shoe, a visit to the Virginia Highlands and more, the music will lift your spirits! All concerts are free and open to the public. For more information, contact or visit our website at

Chuck Flowers & Acoustic Soul

Sun., Oct. 13, 5 p.m.
BB's Jazz, Blues & Soups 700 S. Broadway, St. Louis St. Louis - Downtown


The Native Howl

Sun., Oct. 13, 7 p.m.
Fubar 3108 Locust St, St. Louis St. Louis - Midtown

Buy Tickets$15


Harvest Full Moon Party

Sun., Oct. 13, 8-11 p.m.
Rhone Rum Bar 2107 Chouteau Ave, St. Louis St. Louis - Lafayette Square

The full moon has long had an aura of mystery and magic about it. It is tied to the ebbs and flows of the tide. The moon is connected to our wisdom and intuition. Join us to celebrate the full moon with Live Music, Drink & Food Specials, Limbo, Conch Blowing & Best Male & Female Dressed Pirate Contest 314-241-rums (7867)

The Distillers

Sun., Oct. 13, 8 p.m.
The Ready Room 4195 Manchester Ave, St. Louis St. Louis - Tower Grove

w/ Death Valley Girls 314-833-3929

Love Jones “The Band”

Sun., Oct. 13, 8 p.m.
BB's Jazz, Blues & Soups 700 S. Broadway, St. Louis St. Louis - Downtown


Truth vs. Facts Adult Education Class

Sun., Oct. 13, 9:15-10:15 a.m., Sun., Oct. 20, 9:15-10:15 a.m. and Sun., Oct. 27, 9:15-10:15 a.m.

@ Epiphany United Church of Christ, 2911 McNair
Truth vs. Facts Adult Education Classes at Epiphany UCC. Classes will include Truth vs. Facts in Scripture (10/6), in Media (10/13), in Politics (10/20), and in the Faith Community (10/27). Each class will be led by an expert in the subject area. The Oct. 13 class will be led by Riverfront Times founder and columnist Ray Hartmann. Listen, Learn, and Discuss the difference between Truth and Facts in these areas of our lives. 9:15-10:15 each Sunday in October. 314-200-5334

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