Upstream Theater explores themes of overcoming division with the St. Louis Premiere of Nicholas Wright’s A HUMAN BEING DIED THAT NIGHT, based on the bestselling book by South African psychologist Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela, about her real-life interviews of Eugene de Kock, a South African government sanctioned political assassin, nick-named "Prime Evil" for his crimes against anti-apartheid activists. During the 1990s, psychologist Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela interviewed Eugene de Kock, commanding officer of the South African government's death squad stationed at Vlakplaas--a man who had ordered and carried out the torture and murder of dozens of anti-apartheid activists, earning the nickname “Prime Evil.” De Kock was serving a 212-year prison sentence for crimes against humanity.
Based on the hit animated TV series on Nickelodeon that airs weekdays at 12 p.m. (ET/PT) produced by Spin Master, PAW Patrol Live! "Race to the Rescue" brings everybody's favorite pups to the stage for an action-packed, high-energy, musical adventure. When Mayor Goodway is nowhere to be found during the day of the Great Race, the pups come to the rescue.
The annual St. Louis County Greek Fest is this Memorial Day weekend, Friday, May 26th - Monday, May 29th. As one of the weekend’s highlight events, the Greek Fest will feature live Greek music and dancing, a marketplace shopping experience and fantastic Greek food specialties.
Where: Assumption Greek Orthodox Church
1755 Des Peres Road, Town & Country, MO 63131
When: Memorial Day Weekend
Times: 11:00am – 9:00pm (Friday – Sunday)
11:00am – 8:00pm (Monday)
Cost: Free Admission and Free Parking
Web Site: www.stlouisgreekfest.com
The National Blues Museum is hosting live music every Friday night in May. Join us for “Howlin’ Friday” with the Jeremiah Johnson Band performing live in the Lumière Place Legends Room at the National Blues Museum on Friday, April 28th. Doors open at 5 PM for happy hour and live music starts at 7 PM.
General Admission tickets are available for $10.
$15 for reserved table seating.
Combo Ticket $20 – includes general admission to the concert and the museum.
Tickets can be purchased in advance, or in person the night of the show at the National Blues Museum Box Office, 615 Washington Avenue, St. Louis, 63101. For more information, call 314-925-0016 ext. 403.
18th Annual Jazzfest with a Tribute to Chuck Berry, St. Louis Big Band and Anita Rosalind, Randy Holmes and The Satchmo 7 and its tribute to Louis Armstrong, Coco Soul, and Funky Butt Brass Band.
Tastes of Glendale
Gelato do Riso
The Raw Earth cauldron of world sound will join forces with the many artistic talents of the Soulard Art Gallery to bring a unique experience to the corner of 12th and Russell. The Casbah-ssippi, carpet ride will bring sounds from Cairo to Clarksdale...A unique moment for your eyes and ears will be landing at your favorite Soulard Art Gallery....
The Legendary Shack Shakers’ hell-for-leather roadshow has earned quite a name for itself with its unique brand of Southern Gothic that is all-at-once irreverent, revisionist, dangerous, and fun. Led by their charismatic, rail-thin frontman and blues-harpist JD Wilkes, the Shack Shakers are a four-man wrecking crew from the South whose explosive interpretations of the blues, punk, rock and country have made fans, critics and legions of potential converts into true believers. Although not legendary upon being named, the band has grown into its reputation the last several years due to their heavy tour schedule, six critically acclaimed studio albums, and songs that have been featured on television shows such as HBO’s True Blood. Past tour mates and fans include Reverend Horton Heat, Rancid, The Black Keys, Slim Cessna’s Auto Club, and Hank Williams III. Robert Plant is also a noted Legendary Shack Shakers fan, and picked the band to open for him on his 2005 tour of Europe. Plant named the band’s third album Believe as one of his favorite records of 2005. The list of esteemed admirers goes on to include horror novelist Stephen King, who listed “CB Song” as among his iPod’s Top Five in a 2008 Entertainment Weekly article. Such a wealth of devoted fans over the years has only added to the mystique that the Legendary Shack Shakers possess, carrying them down the road toward new creative pursuits and barn-shaking tunes.
May 12-14, 18-21 and 25-28
All shows 8 PM except Sundays
May 14 and 21 at 7 PM, May 28 at 2 PM
$30 General Admission / $25 Seniors 65+ / $20 Students with ID
A Human Being Died That Night
By Nicolas Wright, from the bestselling book by Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela
During the 1990s, psychologist Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela interviewed Eugene de Kock, commanding officer of the South African government’s death squad stationed at Vlakplaas–a man who had ordered and carried out the torture and murder of dozens of anti-apartheid activists, earning the nickname “Prime Evil.” De Kock was serving a 212-year prison sentence for crimes against humanity.
She conducted these interviews as part of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission that held tribunals in which victims and survivors confronted policemen, government officials, and others who injured and killed blacks under apartheid. Victims and survivors had the opportunity to speak of their pain, question de Kock and others, and—if they chose—to offer forgiveness, something that could be given only once the “apartheid of the mind” had been broken and the existence of something to forgive had been admitted.
But how does one even begin to forgive crimes of that magnitude, especially when our very idea of justice is tied to concepts of revenge and righteous anger? Does forgiving the criminal dishonor the loved ones who died at his hands? And how can any nation–including our own–overcome the injustices of the past?
Nicholas Wright takes us inside the prison where these interviews were conducted for a moving study of remorse, a timely call for truth and accountability, and a remarkable exploration of the power of forgiveness.
a new play by Michael Erickson
A student in a college creative writing class writes a story about a student, much like himself, who brings a gun to class and begins shooting his classmates and instructor, much like the actual people in the class. Fearful that the story is a blueprint for a real shooting, the instructor alerts university officials and tries to have the student removed from her class. But the student fights back. He argues she is trying to censor his freedom of speech, and that she is biased against his gender and race. The instructor is soon on the defensive. Her career and her reputation are on the line. Has she overreacted? Or is there something deeper, more dangerous lurking here?
Directed by Taylor Gruenloh
Scenic Design by Katie Palazzola
Lighting Design by Brittanie Gunn
Assorted creative combinations of melodic percussion instruments covering a broad range of genres.
"Splish splash" with the stingrays, "cha-cha" with the cheetahs, "salsa" with the sea lions or "two-step" with the tigers at Jungle Boogie, the Zoo's free Friday night concert series for the whole family.
See website for concert schedule.
Caleb ward solo 5/27 at st. Charles farmers market 9-11am
Materials saved from the landfill:
pattern-making, webbing, upholstery
Get a hands-on introduction to basic upholstery as you explore the tricks to re-covering the seat of an old dinning chair and learn to create a new seat structure with webbing. Plus, you’ll leave with your own handmade webbing stretcher. With all this knowledge, you won’t be able to stop re-envisioning and reupholstering where you sit when you get home! All materials provided.
Last day to register: Monday, May 22
scrap wood, window screen, cardboard, plant material
Skills you’ll learn:
Stenciling on wood, good salvaged materials for pollinators
Build an attractive garden home out of wood for native bees and other valuable pollinating insects. With the wood cut ahead of time, the class will focus on assembling the pollinator houses and finishing the wood by sanding and painting. The class will paint their pollinator homes with eco-friendly milk paint and decorate the surface with stencils. Fill your pollinator house with collected natural materials just right for the bugs you want to attract to your yard.
Please note, this two-day class will take place on Saturdays, May 27 and June 3 from 10:00am – 12:00pm both sessions.
A FREE event for the whole family includes: professional chalk artists creating works of art, chalk art contest, free chalk graffiti space, music, magic, storytelling, scavenger hunt, makers space, food of all sorts, 6 Mile Bridge beer, art auction,dancing, vendors, tours of the historical campus, fireworks and glow in the dark activities. Primitive camping available. Near Elephant Rocks and other magical places to hike. Follow the event on Facebook for more information.
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