Upcoming events

15
Jun
2021

06-15-2021 12:00 am
Shakespeare Glen in Forest Park

Returning to Forest Park in June, St. Louis Shakespeare Festival presents King Lear starring Tony, Grammy, and Emmy award-winner André De Shields in the titanic title role. Be sure to save your spot early! Reservations open on Monday, May 3.

Click here for more info and to reserve a spot!

15
Jun
2021

06-15-2021

The Foundry Art Centre is excited to offer a unique Summer Art Camp where art and activities encourage creative collaboration, develop artistic skills, and present innovative ways art impacts the world! A green theme will promote eco-art and engage creative expression focused on reducing, reusing, and recycling. Register by March 20th for a waived registration fee.

Students K-8th grade will discover inspiration along the Katy trail through the Foundry’s exhibitions in photography, painting, and installation this summer. Campers will enjoy painting outside, planting a butterfly garden, and creating a giant mural of plastic bottle caps! In addition to collaborative projects they’ll enjoy making individual works of art to take home and share with family and friends. Camper’s will work on their very own clay projects, painting, sculpting, printmaking and more! They will display their artwork at the end of each session in an Art Exhibit. Sign up today and help your child discover their artistic voice!

The Foundry’s week-long, full-day Art Camps are taught by experienced art teachers that foster self-expression through social and environmental engagements. A small classroom with student-teacher ratio of 1:15 helps cultivate a classroom of trust and artistic development. Students will be divided based on age and all materials are provided. Registration includes a camp t-shirt and exciting sessions of climbing and team building at Climb So iLL! Protocols for COVID, including mask-wearing and hand washing that are currently practiced by area schools will keep each camper and their families safe this summer.

REGISTER NOW!

For more information, email Jenny Kettler at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

http://foundryartcentre.org/art-camp

15
Jun
2021

06-15-2021
Online

The St. Louis Black Rep rounds up its season of virtual programming with a final mainstage production of an original work.  Do I Move You? -  based on a collection of poetry by Dr. Jonathan Smith, Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion Saint Louis University and President of The Black Rep Board of Directors - will stream on Vimeo June 15-30.

Smith’s collection of poetry, music, and dance pulls inspiration from Jazz, religion, love, family, and some of the greatest musicians of our time -  Donny Hathaway, Louis Jordan, and Marvin Gaye. Conceived by Producing Director Ron Himes, using devised theatre, Black Rep Director and Choreographer Heather Beal weaves a web of music, dance, and poetry. Themes of betrayal, identity, discovery, and love flow throughout the performance, culminating to answer one very important question, “Do I Move You?”

Produced at the Edison Theatre on the campus of Washington University in St. Louis, the production features the Black Rep’s Acting Intern Company Kentrell Jamison, Christian Kitchens, Theorri London, Brian McKinley, Tyler White, Jesmelia Williams, and Christina Yancy. Also featured are local Vocalist and Musical Director, Amber Rose, Dancer Samantha Madison, Percussionist Bernard Long Jr, Bass Player Jeffrey Anderson, and Lead Guitarist Dennis Brock. With scenic and projection design by Peter and Margery Spack, lighting design by Sean Savoie, costume design by Ellen Minch, sound engineering by Kareem Deanes, editing by Avatar Studios, and Kasey Dunaski as Stage Manager.

Tickets for Do I Move You? are available at https://theblackrep.org or by calling our Box Office at 314-534-3807. Streaming free on-demand, a suggested donation of $25 will directly help support the theatre company and its artists.

For more information, email Kentrell Jamison at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

15
Jun
2021

The Soulard Art Gallery will be hosting a free pet themed juried art exhibition featuring local artists beginning 6/11/2021 thru 7/9/2021. Come and see how different artists pay homage to those faithful companions. The Soulard Art Gallery is a co-op art gallery located in historic Soulard. With artwork by 14 resident artists, we offer a diverse collection of works, including painting, drawing, ceramics, sculpture, photography, and jewelry. Visit https://www.soulardartgallery.com/ for hours and directions.

For more information, email Dave Rudis at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

15
Jun
2021

06-15-2021
Online

Join us for 20 minutes for a virtual volunteer fair. Learn how families continue to depend on Red Cross volunteers every day for emergency support, including disaster response, support for our military and veterans, supplying life-saving blood to people in need and what virtual opportunities are available for you to help us serve our communities.

The work of the Red Cross has never been more important and the demand for services has never been higher.

Volunteers carry out 90% of the humanitarian work of the Red Cross and it is through the efforts of ordinary ‘everyday heroes’ that we can do extraordinary things. 

Register to attend: www.redcross.org/ARCVolunteerFair

Learn how easy and little time it takes to have such an enormous impact on your local community. 

Questions or to schedule a presentation to your community organization, student group or faith-based organization contact:

Kristin Pendleton

Cell: 314-281-7968

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

https://volunteerconnection.redcross.org/?nd=vms_public_form&form_id=8042

15
Jun
2021

06-15-2021

PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITIONS OPEN AT THE FOUNDRY ART CENTRE

June 4 – August 22, 2021

The Foundry Art Centre is pleased to announce the opening of three solo photography exhibitions. David Johnson’s It Can Be This Way Always, Destiny Mata’s The Way We Were, and Bridget Murphy Milligan’s Wondertales: The Imprint of Child’s Play.

It Can Be This Way Always documents David Johnson’s ongoing, 13-year photo series of the Kerrville Folk Festival in Central Texas – an annual 18-day event that has been in existence since 1972. Johnson’s large-format photographs capture a distinctive subculture that emerges within an isolated 5-acre ranch through portraits of the festival-goers and the Texas Hill Country.

Destiny Mata’s The Way We Were showcases the underground punk scene of the outer boroughs of New York, specifically Punx of Color, whose shows are held to help financially support the fight for civil justice. In an ever-changing world, these photographs recall a not-so-distant past when the underground punk scene was alive and well and living in color.

Through fanciful color photographs, Bridget Murphy Milligan’s Wondertales: The Imprint of Child’s Play celebrates the spirit and complexity of childhood, investigating the inventive play and uninhibited curiously of children. The compositions offer inspiration for the viewer to reconnect with their inner child, recalling early childhood memories and experiences that leave permanent imprints on the consciousness.

“There is a fascinating connection between these three exhibitions,” explains Sean FitzGibbons, Executive Director of the Foundry Art Centre, “Mata’s The Way We Were and Johnson’s It Can Be This Way Always both document events centered on live music. Each music scene may be about as regionally different as you can get, from the urban landscape of New York to the rural camp grounds of the Texas Hill Country; however, there are immediate similarities showcased within the shared sense of community built around the love of music. Murphy Milligan’s images present a wonderful foundation as her work highlights the childlike sense of imagination that ties all three exhibitions together.” 

Exhibitions open June 4th with an opening reception from 5-8pm. Exhibitions at the Foundry are free and open to the public. Social distancing and mask wearing is enforced. For more information, please visit us at https://foundryartcentre.org or email Jessica Mannisi, Art & Exhibitions Coordinator at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

About the Foundry Art Centre

As a vibrant home to the arts, the Foundry Art Centre raises awareness and appreciation of the arts throughout the region. Alive with activity, the Centre’s programming reinforces the importance of the arts and helps ensure that arts and culture remain vital. Artists, patrons, young people and the community at large continually find new ways to interact at this unique facility.

15
Jun
2021

06-15-2021
Online

Left Bank Books and Park Row Books welcomes New York Times bestselling YA author Maureen Johnson, who will discuss her new novel, Box in the Woods (Truly Devious 4), on June 15 at 7pm CT in a private online event. Johnson will be in conversation with creator and co-host of the popular podcast True Crime Obsessed, Gillian Pensavalle. This is an exclusive event that requires purchase of a SIGNED copy of Box in the Woods from Left Bank Books for admission. Attendees will be sent the link for the event the day of the event.

About Box in the Woods

After solving the case of Truly Devious, Stevie Bell investigates her first mystery outside of Ellingham Academy in this spine-chilling and hilarious stand-alone mystery from New York Times bestselling author Maureen Johnson.

Amateur sleuth Stevie Bell needs a good murder. After catching a killer at her high school, she's back at home for a normal (that means boring) summer.

But then she gets a message from the owner of Sunny Pines, formerly known as Camp Wonder Falls--the site of the notorious unsolved case, the Box in the Woods Murders. Back in 1978, four camp counselors were killed in the woods outside of the town of Barlow Corners, their bodies left in a gruesome display. The new owner offers Stevie an invitation: Come to the camp and help him work on a true crime podcast about the case.

Stevie agrees, as long as she can bring along her friends from Ellingham Academy. Nothing sounds better than a summer spent together, investigating old murders. But something evil still lurks in Barlow Corners. When Stevie opens the lid on this long-dormant case, she gets much more than she bargained for. The Box in the Woods will make room for more victims. This time, Stevie may not make it out alive.

"The Agatha Christie-like ecosystem pairs with lacerating contemporary wit, and alternating past and present scenes makes for a multilayered, modern detective story."-- New York Times Book Review

"Be still, my Agatha-Christie-loving beating heart."--Bustle

About our Speakers

Maureen Johnson is the bestselling author of several novels, including 13 Little Blue Envelopes, the Truly Devious series, the Suite Scarlett series, and the Shades of London series. She has also written collaborative works such as Let It Snow with John Green and Lauren Myracle and The Bane Chronicles with Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan. Maureen lives in New York and online on Twitter @maureenjohnson or at www.maureenjohnsonbooks.com.

Gillian Pensavalle (she/her) is a professional podcast producer and host. In January of 2016 Gillian launched The Hamilcast: A Hamilton Podcast, a weekly deep dive with Hamilton cast, crew, musicians, and super fans. The Hamilcast has played host to every member of the Hamilton creative team, and features six episodes with Lin-Manuel Miranda. As creator and co-host of the popular podcast True Crime Obsessed, Gillian alongside Patrick Hinds, recaps true crime documentaries with humor and heart. Nearly 100 million downloads later, their coverage of documentaries such as Night Stalker, The Jinx, Fyre Fraud, and Class Action Park has captured the attention of true crime fans everywhere. Gillian is Executive Producer of Ted and Michael Read Sketches into Microphones, a sketch comedy podcast featuring Michael Paul Smith and Ted O’Gorman. In December of 2020 Gillian served as executive producer of 'Twas the Night, a radio play to benefit The Actors Fund. Gillian also has experience as an actor, voiceover artist, editor, show runner, producer, and on-camera host. A born and raised New Yorker, Gillian lives in Manhattan with her husband Mike and their rescue pup Fiona.

You may purchase a copy of The Box in the Woods from Left Bank Books online or by phone. You must provide an email address to be invited to the private online event. You will receive the actual email invite to join the private online event on the DAY OF the event.

For more information, email Amber Norris at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

https://www.left-bank.com/event/maureen-johnson-box-woods

15
Jun
2021

06-15-2021
Online

Left Bank Books, Penguin Random House, and the American Booksellers Association presents In The Heights Virtual Book Launch, featuring Lin-Manuel Miranda, Quiara Alegría Hudes, and Jeremy McCarter, who will discuss their new book on June 15 at 7pm CT in a private online event. This is an exclusive event that requires purchase of a copy of In the Heights: Finding Home from Left Bank Books for admission.

Before Hamilton became a global phenomenon, before Lin-Manuel Miranda became a household name, a little show called In the Heights shook up Broadway with its hip-hop and salsa soundtrack and big, bilingual heart. In the new book In the Heights: Finding Home, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Quiara Alegría Hudes, and Jeremy McCarter tell the story of the show’s humble beginnings, from rehearsals in a bookstore basement to the Broadway smash (and soon-to-be feature film!) that created an unbreakable community and a new kind of family for everyone involved.

About In the Heights

The eagerly awaited follow-up to the #1 New York Times bestseller Hamilton: The Revolution, Lin-Manuel Miranda's new book gives readers an extraordinary inside look at In the Heights, his breakout Broadway debut, written with Quiara Alegría Hudes, soon to be a Hollywood blockbuster.

In 2008, In the Heights, a new musical from up-and-coming young artists, electrified Broadway. The show's vibrant mix of Latin music and hip-hop captured life in Washington Heights, the Latino neighborhood in upper Manhattan. For the film version, director Jon M. Chu (Crazy Rich Asians) brought the story home, filming its spectacular dance numbers on location in Washington Heights. That's where Usnavi, Nina, and their neighbors chase their dreams and ask a universal question: Where do I belong?

In the Heights: Finding Home reunites Miranda with Jeremy McCarter, co-author of Hamilton: The Revolution, and Quiara Alegría Hudes, the Pulitzer Prize-winning librettist of the Broadway musical and screenwriter of the film. They do more than trace the making of an unlikely Broadway smash and a major motion picture: They give readers an intimate look at the decades-long creative life of In the Heights through untold stories, perceptive essays, song lyrics, Miranda's heartfelt annotations, and never-before-seen photos.

This is the story of characters who search for a home--and the artists who created one.

About the Speakers

Lin-Manuel Miranda is a Pulitzer Prize, Grammy, Emmy, and Tony Award-winning songwriter, actor and director, as well as a New York Times bestselling author (Hamilton: The Revolution; Gmorning, Gnight!: Little Pep Talks for Me & You). He is the creator and original star of Broadway's Tony-winning Hamilton and In the Heights. Additional Broadway: Freestyle Love Supreme (Co-Founder, Guest Star), Bring It On: The Musical (co-composer/co-lyricist), and West Side Story (2009 revival, Spanish translations). He is a recipient of the 2015 MacArthur Foundation Award, 2019 Portrait of a Nation Prize and 2018 Kennedy Center Honors. Mr. Miranda and The Miranda Family actively support initiatives that increase BIPOC representation in the arts and government, ensure access to women's reproductive health, and promote resilience in Puerto Rico. He lives with his family in New York.

Quiara Alegría Hudes is the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright of Water by the Spoonful and the author of a memoir, My Broken Language. She wrote the book for the Tony-winning Broadway musical In the Heights and later adapted it for the screen. Her notable essays include "High Tide of Heartbreak" in American Theatre magazine and "Corey Couldn't Take It Anymore" in The Cut. As a prison reform activist, Hudes and her cousin founded Emancipated Stories, a platform where people behind bars can share one page of their life story with the world. She lives with her family in New York but frequently returns to her native Philly.

Jeremy McCarter is the author of Young Radicals and co-author, with Lin-Manuel Miranda, of the #1 New York Times bestseller Hamilton: The Revolution. He is the founder and executive producer of Make-Believe Association, a Chicago-based production company. He spent five years on the artistic staff of the Public Theater and has served on the jury of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. He has written about culture and politics for New York magazine, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and other publications. He lives in Chicago with his family.

For more information, email Amber Norris at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

https://www.left-bank.com/event/in-the-heights-virtual-event

15
Jun
2021

06-15-2021

Live Music is Better!

For more information, email Evelyn Hammerstone at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

15
Jun
2021

06-15-2021

Presented by The Midnight Company, Directed by Ellie Schwetye, with Joe Hanrahan as Henry, a man in a room with a mission to tell you something you don't already know. He's also a liar. HERE LIES HENRY is very unusual, very funny and very poignant. Presented in the Missouri ArtSafe Kranzberg Black Box.

For more information, email Joe Hanrahan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

http://midnightcompany.com

16
Jun
2021

06-16-2021 12:00 am
Shakespeare Glen in Forest Park

Returning to Forest Park in June, St. Louis Shakespeare Festival presents King Lear starring Tony, Grammy, and Emmy award-winner André De Shields in the titanic title role. Be sure to save your spot early! Reservations open on Monday, May 3.

Click here for more info and to reserve a spot!

16
Jun
2021

06-16-2021

The Foundry Art Centre is excited to offer a unique Summer Art Camp where art and activities encourage creative collaboration, develop artistic skills, and present innovative ways art impacts the world! A green theme will promote eco-art and engage creative expression focused on reducing, reusing, and recycling. Register by March 20th for a waived registration fee.

Students K-8th grade will discover inspiration along the Katy trail through the Foundry’s exhibitions in photography, painting, and installation this summer. Campers will enjoy painting outside, planting a butterfly garden, and creating a giant mural of plastic bottle caps! In addition to collaborative projects they’ll enjoy making individual works of art to take home and share with family and friends. Camper’s will work on their very own clay projects, painting, sculpting, printmaking and more! They will display their artwork at the end of each session in an Art Exhibit. Sign up today and help your child discover their artistic voice!

The Foundry’s week-long, full-day Art Camps are taught by experienced art teachers that foster self-expression through social and environmental engagements. A small classroom with student-teacher ratio of 1:15 helps cultivate a classroom of trust and artistic development. Students will be divided based on age and all materials are provided. Registration includes a camp t-shirt and exciting sessions of climbing and team building at Climb So iLL! Protocols for COVID, including mask-wearing and hand washing that are currently practiced by area schools will keep each camper and their families safe this summer.

REGISTER NOW!

For more information, email Jenny Kettler at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

http://foundryartcentre.org/art-camp

16
Jun
2021

06-16-2021
Online

The St. Louis Black Rep rounds up its season of virtual programming with a final mainstage production of an original work.  Do I Move You? -  based on a collection of poetry by Dr. Jonathan Smith, Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion Saint Louis University and President of The Black Rep Board of Directors - will stream on Vimeo June 15-30.

Smith’s collection of poetry, music, and dance pulls inspiration from Jazz, religion, love, family, and some of the greatest musicians of our time -  Donny Hathaway, Louis Jordan, and Marvin Gaye. Conceived by Producing Director Ron Himes, using devised theatre, Black Rep Director and Choreographer Heather Beal weaves a web of music, dance, and poetry. Themes of betrayal, identity, discovery, and love flow throughout the performance, culminating to answer one very important question, “Do I Move You?”

Produced at the Edison Theatre on the campus of Washington University in St. Louis, the production features the Black Rep’s Acting Intern Company Kentrell Jamison, Christian Kitchens, Theorri London, Brian McKinley, Tyler White, Jesmelia Williams, and Christina Yancy. Also featured are local Vocalist and Musical Director, Amber Rose, Dancer Samantha Madison, Percussionist Bernard Long Jr, Bass Player Jeffrey Anderson, and Lead Guitarist Dennis Brock. With scenic and projection design by Peter and Margery Spack, lighting design by Sean Savoie, costume design by Ellen Minch, sound engineering by Kareem Deanes, editing by Avatar Studios, and Kasey Dunaski as Stage Manager.

Tickets for Do I Move You? are available at https://theblackrep.org or by calling our Box Office at 314-534-3807. Streaming free on-demand, a suggested donation of $25 will directly help support the theatre company and its artists.

For more information, email Kentrell Jamison at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

16
Jun
2021

The Soulard Art Gallery will be hosting a free pet themed juried art exhibition featuring local artists beginning 6/11/2021 thru 7/9/2021. Come and see how different artists pay homage to those faithful companions. The Soulard Art Gallery is a co-op art gallery located in historic Soulard. With artwork by 14 resident artists, we offer a diverse collection of works, including painting, drawing, ceramics, sculpture, photography, and jewelry. Visit https://www.soulardartgallery.com/ for hours and directions.

For more information, email Dave Rudis at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

16
Jun
2021

06-16-2021

PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITIONS OPEN AT THE FOUNDRY ART CENTRE

June 4 – August 22, 2021

The Foundry Art Centre is pleased to announce the opening of three solo photography exhibitions. David Johnson’s It Can Be This Way Always, Destiny Mata’s The Way We Were, and Bridget Murphy Milligan’s Wondertales: The Imprint of Child’s Play.

It Can Be This Way Always documents David Johnson’s ongoing, 13-year photo series of the Kerrville Folk Festival in Central Texas – an annual 18-day event that has been in existence since 1972. Johnson’s large-format photographs capture a distinctive subculture that emerges within an isolated 5-acre ranch through portraits of the festival-goers and the Texas Hill Country.

Destiny Mata’s The Way We Were showcases the underground punk scene of the outer boroughs of New York, specifically Punx of Color, whose shows are held to help financially support the fight for civil justice. In an ever-changing world, these photographs recall a not-so-distant past when the underground punk scene was alive and well and living in color.

Through fanciful color photographs, Bridget Murphy Milligan’s Wondertales: The Imprint of Child’s Play celebrates the spirit and complexity of childhood, investigating the inventive play and uninhibited curiously of children. The compositions offer inspiration for the viewer to reconnect with their inner child, recalling early childhood memories and experiences that leave permanent imprints on the consciousness.

“There is a fascinating connection between these three exhibitions,” explains Sean FitzGibbons, Executive Director of the Foundry Art Centre, “Mata’s The Way We Were and Johnson’s It Can Be This Way Always both document events centered on live music. Each music scene may be about as regionally different as you can get, from the urban landscape of New York to the rural camp grounds of the Texas Hill Country; however, there are immediate similarities showcased within the shared sense of community built around the love of music. Murphy Milligan’s images present a wonderful foundation as her work highlights the childlike sense of imagination that ties all three exhibitions together.” 

Exhibitions open June 4th with an opening reception from 5-8pm. Exhibitions at the Foundry are free and open to the public. Social distancing and mask wearing is enforced. For more information, please visit us at https://foundryartcentre.org or email Jessica Mannisi, Art & Exhibitions Coordinator at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

About the Foundry Art Centre

As a vibrant home to the arts, the Foundry Art Centre raises awareness and appreciation of the arts throughout the region. Alive with activity, the Centre’s programming reinforces the importance of the arts and helps ensure that arts and culture remain vital. Artists, patrons, young people and the community at large continually find new ways to interact at this unique facility.

16
Jun
2021

06-16-2021
Online

Left Bank Books and Women & Children First welcome LGBTQ+ advice columnist and writer John Paul Brammer, who will discuss his new memoir-in-essays ¡HOLA PAPI!: How to Come Out in a Walmart Parking Lot and Other Life Lessons, on June 16 at 7pm CT in a private online event. Brammer will be in a conversation with podcast host Natalie Dalea from WBEZ’s Curious City. This is an exclusive event that requires purchase of a SIGNED copy of ¡HOLA PAPI! or a $5 Event Ticket from Left Bank Books for admission.

From popular LGBTQ+ advice columnist and writer John Paul Brammer comes a hilarious, heartwarming memoir-in-essays chronicling his journey growing up as a queer, mixed-race kid in America's heartland to becoming the "Chicano Carrie Bradshaw" of his generation.

The first time someone called John Paul (JP) Brammer "Papi" was on the popular gay hookup app Grindr. At first, it was flattering; JP took this as white-guy speak for "hey, handsome." Who doesn't want to be called handsome? But then it happened again and again...and again, leaving JP wondering: Who the hell is Papi?

What started as a racialized moniker given to him on a hookup app soon became the inspiration for his now wildly popular advice column "¡Hola Papi!", launching his career as the Cheryl Strayed for young queer people everywhere--and some straight people too. JP had his doubts at first--what advice could he really offer while he himself stumbled through his early 20s? Sometimes the best advice to dole out comes from looking within, which is what JP has done in his column and book--and readers have flocked to him for honest, heartfelt wisdom, and of course a few laughs.

In ¡Hola Papi!, JP shares his story of growing up biracial and in the closet against the backdrop of America's heartland, while attempting to answer some of life's toughest questions: How do I let go of the past? How do I become the person I want to be? Is there such a thing as being too gay? Should I hook up with my grade school bully now that he's out of the closet? Questions we've all asked ourselves, surely.

With wit and wisdom in equal measure, ¡Hola Papi! is for anyone--gay, straight, and everything in between--who has ever taken stock of their unique place in the world, offering considered advice, intelligent discourse, and fits of laughter along the way. As #1 New York Times bestselling author Shea Serrano says: "I loved ¡Hola Papi! I'm certain you will too."

"If you haven't been subscribing to John Paul Brammer's ¡Hola Papi! advice newsletter, you've been missing tender and funny and sweet notes on how to go from friends to lovers, questionable Latinx fetishes, and broken hearts. His memoir uses his own life as the source material for hard-earned lessons, keeping the same funny and gentle voice along the way. Being biracial and closeted in rural Oklahoma means that sometimes you end up coming out in a Walmart parking lot, and Brammer is there to guide you along the way."-- REMEZCLA

"JP Brammer is the best storyteller. Every chapter of this amazing book will sweep you along on a tidal wave of suspense, wit, and gut-wrenching insights into the bewilderment of growing up and figuring out who you are. I love this book so much and I hope Brammer writes many more." --HEATHER HAVRILESKY, "Ask Polly" columnist and author of What If This Were Enough?

John Paul Brammer is an author, illustrator, and columnist from rural Oklahoma currently living in Brooklyn. He runs the popular advice column "¡Hola Papi!" on Substack. His work, including essays, short fiction, and illustrations, has appeared in The Washington Post, Food & Wine, Catapult, Business Insider, and many more. This is his first book. He runs a print shop where he puts his artwork and designs at https://HolaPapiShop.com. You can keep up with him on Twitter or Instagram @JPBrammer.

Natalie Dalea is a midwestern mestiza writer. She currently works for WBEZ’s Curious City, where she creates podcasts and digital stories about Chicago, the region, and its people. Other projects have included artist profiles, environmental journalism, and memoir ghostwriting. She is also editing a middle grade fiction novel about ballet dancers. When she’s not writing, Natalie can be found shooting urban photography around Chicago. Find her clips at Curious City, The Portalist, and the Field Museum Blogs. Follow her @nmdalea.

For more information, email Amber Norris at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

https://www.left-bank.com/event/john-paul-brammer-hola-papi

16
Jun
2021

06-16-2021

Presented by The Midnight Company, Directed by Ellie Schwetye, with Joe Hanrahan as Henry, a man in a room with a mission to tell you something you don't already know. He's also a liar. HERE LIES HENRY is very unusual, very funny and very poignant. Presented in the Missouri ArtSafe Kranzberg Black Box.

For more information, email Joe Hanrahan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

http://midnightcompany.com

17
Jun
2021

06-17-2021 12:00 am
Shakespeare Glen in Forest Park

Returning to Forest Park in June, St. Louis Shakespeare Festival presents King Lear starring Tony, Grammy, and Emmy award-winner André De Shields in the titanic title role. Be sure to save your spot early! Reservations open on Monday, May 3.

Click here for more info and to reserve a spot!

17
Jun
2021

06-17-2021

The Foundry Art Centre is excited to offer a unique Summer Art Camp where art and activities encourage creative collaboration, develop artistic skills, and present innovative ways art impacts the world! A green theme will promote eco-art and engage creative expression focused on reducing, reusing, and recycling. Register by March 20th for a waived registration fee.

Students K-8th grade will discover inspiration along the Katy trail through the Foundry’s exhibitions in photography, painting, and installation this summer. Campers will enjoy painting outside, planting a butterfly garden, and creating a giant mural of plastic bottle caps! In addition to collaborative projects they’ll enjoy making individual works of art to take home and share with family and friends. Camper’s will work on their very own clay projects, painting, sculpting, printmaking and more! They will display their artwork at the end of each session in an Art Exhibit. Sign up today and help your child discover their artistic voice!

The Foundry’s week-long, full-day Art Camps are taught by experienced art teachers that foster self-expression through social and environmental engagements. A small classroom with student-teacher ratio of 1:15 helps cultivate a classroom of trust and artistic development. Students will be divided based on age and all materials are provided. Registration includes a camp t-shirt and exciting sessions of climbing and team building at Climb So iLL! Protocols for COVID, including mask-wearing and hand washing that are currently practiced by area schools will keep each camper and their families safe this summer.

REGISTER NOW!

For more information, email Jenny Kettler at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

http://foundryartcentre.org/art-camp

17
Jun
2021

06-17-2021
Online

The St. Louis Black Rep rounds up its season of virtual programming with a final mainstage production of an original work.  Do I Move You? -  based on a collection of poetry by Dr. Jonathan Smith, Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion Saint Louis University and President of The Black Rep Board of Directors - will stream on Vimeo June 15-30.

Smith’s collection of poetry, music, and dance pulls inspiration from Jazz, religion, love, family, and some of the greatest musicians of our time -  Donny Hathaway, Louis Jordan, and Marvin Gaye. Conceived by Producing Director Ron Himes, using devised theatre, Black Rep Director and Choreographer Heather Beal weaves a web of music, dance, and poetry. Themes of betrayal, identity, discovery, and love flow throughout the performance, culminating to answer one very important question, “Do I Move You?”

Produced at the Edison Theatre on the campus of Washington University in St. Louis, the production features the Black Rep’s Acting Intern Company Kentrell Jamison, Christian Kitchens, Theorri London, Brian McKinley, Tyler White, Jesmelia Williams, and Christina Yancy. Also featured are local Vocalist and Musical Director, Amber Rose, Dancer Samantha Madison, Percussionist Bernard Long Jr, Bass Player Jeffrey Anderson, and Lead Guitarist Dennis Brock. With scenic and projection design by Peter and Margery Spack, lighting design by Sean Savoie, costume design by Ellen Minch, sound engineering by Kareem Deanes, editing by Avatar Studios, and Kasey Dunaski as Stage Manager.

Tickets for Do I Move You? are available at https://theblackrep.org or by calling our Box Office at 314-534-3807. Streaming free on-demand, a suggested donation of $25 will directly help support the theatre company and its artists.

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