Please join us at the Ruth Reese Gallery for the upcoming artist talk with Erica Iman who will be discussing motivations behind her work as well as her studio practices. The exhibition, FORMATION, explores the desolate and vast landscape of the Mongolia steppe through clay. The geological formations of extreme lands inspire Erica Iman, as they remind her of solitude and impermanence. While her work is reflective of wide open terrains, her forms are vessels both functional and poetic. Reese Gallery first opened with the work of Erica Iman in 2014, and we are honored to have her back for a more in depth examination and explanation of her work in FORMATION.
Get your tickets to travel back in time with St. Louis' renowned one-ring circus June 1 - 25 under the air-conditioned Big Top in Grand Center. Circus Flora's all new production Time Flies will feature a variety of internationally acclaimed circus artists and explore the fabric of time. Inside our intimate Big Top, jaw-dropping and thrilling acts will tell the story of a love triangle caught between the present and the past.
Always exciting and always affordable...Circus Flora is the best circus in America and the best show in town! All performances will take place under the air-conditioned red-and-white Big Top tent in Grand Center next to Powell Symphony Hall. Get your tickets tickets today for your time travel adventure, live in the Grand Center Arts District, June 1 - 25.
When my brother and I started making music as The Cactus Blossoms there wasn’t a big plan. We cut our teeth performing some well known and obscure country songs that were popular or unpopular pre-1960, partly out of curiosity and deep appreciation, but mostly because it was fun. Early on we were given a residency at the Turf Club in St. Paul, Minnesota. We got a band together and it became our weekly practice-in-public where we would pull out every song we could think of, no matter how well we knew it. It was our first chance to play all night and do whatever we wanted. Over the course of our year and a half at the Turf Club our repertoire had snowballed into an amalgam of original songs and a bunch of gut wrenching, tongue-in-cheek heartbreakers, that were 30 years older than us. Not everyone could tell what was new and what was old, and it didn’t really matter. People just seemed to enjoy it. That’s when the wheel got going and gave the illusion of spinning backwards. We weren’t born in the wrong era. We just got into some music from a different era and found a way to make it our own.Good fortune has followed us every step of the way, offering opportunities that seemed just beyond what we’re ready for. It always stretches us out and makes us feel lucky as hell. When JD McPherson called and said he was interested in producing our record, it was the latest in a series of serendipitous events that brought us to where we are today. We opened for him at a gig in our hometown Minneapolis a few months earlier and had met him briefly, but never could have imagined that within a year we would be collaborating on a new album and criss-crossing America on tour with his band. JD is a music connoisseur with the singing voice of an angel, the boundless creative energy of a child, a scholar’s mind and the auditory perception of a wolf. This guy was the guy. He wanted to do something sparse and rhythmic with simple melodic arrangements and it lined up perfectly with the direction our new songs were leading us.We wanted to record live with the best rhythm section we could find, in one room, playing together while we sang. It’s not the easiest process, but it’s the way we wanted to capture the music. JD pointed us to Chicago and enlisted the talents of engineer/drummer Alex Hall, guitarist Joel Paterson, and bassist Beau Sample. It felt like a musical dream team, but we had no idea what would happen. We barely knew these guys and they barely knew our music. On the morning of our first session Alex was setting up microphones and running cables through his vents from the living room down to the control room in the basement. The rest of us were drinking coffee in the kitchen and making small talk. JD was running back and forth cracking jokes, trying to decide what song was best to do first. Within a couple of hours “Queen Of Them All” was finished, and everyone knew we were in the right place at the right time.The result, You’re Dreaming, is the culmination of several years of songwriting and the kindness of thousands of miles and friends. With a cast of characters, experiences, and personal perspectives, set in simple rhymes and sung in harmony, we try to paint a picture in your mind.Sincerely,Jack Torrey & Page Burkum
Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays at 8pm
Thursdays: Adult = $20, Student/Senior = $15, Military/Educator = $10 (with ID)
Fridays & Saturdays: Adult = $25, Student/Senior = $20
New Line continues its season with the local premiere of the fiery 2002 jazz-rock musical THE SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS, by composer Marvin Hamlisch (his last theatre score), lyricist Craig Carnelia, and playwright John Guare, based on the famous novel and film, telling the dark story of the powerful, syndicated newspaper gossip columnist J.J. Hunsecker (based on famed New York columnist Walter Winchell) who uses his considerable power and connections to ruin his sister’s relationship with a man he finds inappropriate.
Roots-rock songwriter Paul Thorn celebrates the 20th Anniversary of the release of his debut album, Hammer and Nail. Performing his trademark mix of Southern rock, Americana, blues, country, Thorn was raised in Tupelo, Mississippi, the son of a preacher. In his more than two decades on the club, theater and festival scene, Thorn and four-piece band have garnered a reputation for shows that ricochet from humor to poignancy to knock-out rock 'n' roll.
Presented by The Sheldon in partnership with KDHX
John Moreland returns to Off Broadway June 1st, 2017 with special guest Will Johnson. Doors 8pm Show 9pm. Advance tickets $15, Day of show $18. All ages with a $3 minor surcharge. Under 18 must be accompanied by an adult (21+).
The Webster Arts Fair is presented as the flagship program of Webster Arts. Ranking 77th nationwide in fine arts fairs by Sunshine Artists magazine in 2016, the Webster Arts Fair features up to 105 fine artists and fine craftspeople from 28 states and Canada, on-site food from favorite local restaurants, non-stop live musical performances, art demonstrations, and creative family activities that draw over 20,000 visitors and buyers.
The Webster Arts Fair is held on The Grounds of Eden Theological Seminary in Webster Groves, MO.
Enjoy an evening of art, music, and culture in the Grand Center Arts District the First Friday of every month. At CAM, staff members will give you an illuminating exhibition tour. Stop at the bar, hear the sounds of DJ Crim Dolla Cray, and meet friends and make new ones.
To view magnificent scenery this summer you only need to travel to OA Art Gallery.
OA Gallery invites you to join us in a stroll through an expansive display of spectacular landscapes from intimate close-ups to grand vistas. This contemporary landscape art exhibition as seen through the eyes of talented, award-winning artists includes a broad spectrum of mediums from oil, acrylic, pastels, watercolor, oil/cold wax, mixed medium and photography.
Opening reception is Friday, June 2, 2017 from 6-9 pm. Come by for light refreshments and to meet the artists and get the stories behind their memorable works of art.
Dragondeer is a psych-blues band from Denver, Colorado whose singular, reverb drenched take on old school blues and soul coupled with inspired improvisation has the band making fans in roots circles as well as indie clubs across Colorado and beyond.
Dragondeer recently recorded with producer Mark Howard (Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Tom Waits, Anders Osborne) in California’s storied Topanga Canyon and will be releasing music from those sessions throughout 2017.
You may know Allison Sissom as one of the hardworking artists behind The Moon Zine. Collage plays a major role in that project (they decorate each issue by hand.) Now you can see Sissom's original collage pieces in her new solo show "Dreamscapes" at South City Art Supply, opening on June 2nd.
Sissom's "Dreamscapes" draw from charming, familiar material like children's books and nature magazines. But don’t mistake sweet for shallow! She painstakingly intertwines imposing natural spaces with intimate human moments. The effect is a moving contradiction between our powerlessness in the face of a vast universe and the certain meaning in a kind gesture.
Allison has promised 50 pieces for this show, so we expect our 2nd floor to be thoroughly transformed! Don’t miss this opportunity to speak with the artist and dream along with her. We’ll have a dog or two, all the usual refreshments, and a few hours to relax into.
The Church of Scientology had actress Cathy Schenkelberg for 14 years; it took another 5 years to leave them behind in the face of harassing phone calls, midnight knocks on her door by “outreach” staffers, an expensive custody battle and social rejection, and the hacking websites of venues she is performing. She has the courage to tell us this hilarious and horrifying story under the direction of Shirley Anderson with lighting design by Steve Miller, sound design by Victoria Deiorio and graphic design by Brett Newton.
From attire, to ticket prices, to entertainment, and everything in between: every detail of the Be You Ball is dedicated to diversity, equity, and progress, and the event is designed to build infrastructure for training future community leaders.
Performers for the evening vary in nature and provide unique perspectives on the party experience. The lineup includes danceable tunes from DJ Whiz and Beep Beep Boop Boop, immersive theater from STL Improv Anywhere, Top Spinning from Hiroshi Tada, emerging drag queen Condé Nasty, a Silent Auction, Photo Booth, and more surprise guests. Drinks (beer and wine) and light snacks are included in ticket prices. Because of the nature of the Be You Ball, all attendees must be 21 or older.
Shakespeare Festival St. Louis’ production of The Winter’s Tale will be performed nightly June 2-25 (excluding Tuesdays) at Shakespeare Glen in Forest Park. Preview performances are scheduled May 31 and June 1. This is the festival’s 17th season of producing free performances of Shakespeare’s work in an outdoor setting.
Written in approximately 1610, the play is considered to be one of a group of Shakespeare’s plays that are vaguely defined by their tragic undertones and simultaneous use of straightforward comic situations. The play contains Shakespeare’s most famous and challenging stage direction: ‘Exit, pursued by a bear” in Act 3, Scene 3. Whether the Bard meant to use a real bear or an actor in a costume is a directive that has been debated for centuries. Either way, the pursued (Antigonus) and the bear are not seen again after their exit.
As in previous years, the pre-show festivities will include a nightly Green Show at 6:30 p.m., backstage tours before each performance, and a craft area for kids, among other activities. Seating for The Winter’s Tale is available on the open lawn. Rental chairs are also available. Please visit www.sfstl.com, or call 314-531-9800, for additional information.
Join STAGES in ancient Egypt as Joseph, his eleven brothers, and the miraculous coat of many colors comes to vivid life in this inspirational rags-to-riches tale as old as time itself. This fun filled musical from Andrew Lloyd Webber has an enchanting rock-inflected score that includes the hit songs “Close Every Door To Me”, “Go, Go, Joseph”, and “Any Dream Will Do”, making it a dream of a show for the entire family!
American roots and Celtic soul.
Improv music with
Dave Stone, Chris Powers, JJ Hamon and Drew Gowran
Midwestern neo-traditional folk music from Indiana and Missouri! Everyone performing is a Hoosier in one way or another!
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