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Kranzberg Arts Foundation Developing New Literary Arts Venue in Grand Center

The High Low will combine a literary center, library, gallery, and collaborative work space with a community café on Washington Avenue.

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SLAM Examines 800 Years of Cultural Exchange with Southwestern Native Textiles

The Saint Louis Art Museum features a gift of southwestern native textiles by local collectors, Elissa and Paul Cahn.

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Saint Louis Art Museum makes $2.75 million Caspar David Friedrich purchase

The Saint Louis Art Museum recently acquired “Sunburst in the Riesengebirge,” a landscape painting by the German Romantic painter Caspar David Friedrich. The museum purchased the painting Dec. 12 at auction at Sotheby’s in London for a total price of $2.75 million

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Bryan Robertson’s Body Politic at The U City Public Library Gallery

Visual Artist Bryan Robertson returns to his hometown with a new collection of thought-provoking work on display at the University City Public Library Gallery.

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Filmmaker Features Unique St. Louis School for Refugees

Filmmaker Lori Miller followed refugees students at a unique transition school in St. Louis public schools. HEC talks with her about her inspiring new movie.

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An Evening With Stephen Sondheim

Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim was the recipient of the 2018 St. Louis Literary Award from Saint Louis University.

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Reviews of A Christmas Story, An Act of God, Tribes, The Crucible, others: Dec. 6, 2018

A Christmas Story, An Act of God, Tribes, The Crucible, Holiday Stop-Motiion TV Extravaganza Parody, Three Sisters, Celebrating the Power of Dreams, Kentucky

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MADE Makerspace Opens in St. Louis with Help From Silicon Valley Giant Jim McKelvey

The MADE Makerspace has opened in St.Louis, with help from a Silicon Valley’s star, Jim McKelvey. Expensive machines are used communally for business and fun.

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Looking Back on a Successful 2018

Thanks For A Wonderful 2018 – It’s Going To Be Quite a 2019!

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Harmonica Harmony with Gateway Harmonica Club

This harmonica band’s mission is to entertain with music that brings back memories, with old standards from the 20s, 30s, and 40s.

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Schankman’s St. Louis: Local Sculptor Remembers George H.W. Bush

St. Louis sculptor Don Wiegand reminisces about creating a work of art for the George and Barbara Bush that involved making a model of their hands in plaster.

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SLAM Takes a Hard Look at Abstract Art in Printmaking

The Saint Louis Art Museum takes a closer look at non-representative art in printmaking with “Printing Abstraction.”

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Small Worlds at the Bruno David Gallery Invites a Closer Look at Contemporary Art

To finish out 2018, the Bruno David Gallery will showcase a collection of smaller works from the gallery’s catalogue of contemporary artists.

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Alice in Wonderland Gets a Musical Makeover in Metro Theater Company’s New Production

Metro Theater Company’s “Wonderland: Alice’s Rock & Roll Adventure” offers an exciting musical experience that is part theater, part rock concert.

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Joe Edwards: The Duke of Delmar

Joe Edwards, know to some as the Duke of Delmar, has almost single-handedly turned what was a rundown section of University City into an entertainment Mecca.

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Introducing a new platform: podcasts

Life is busy and it seems everyone is constantly on the go. That’s why HEC is making it easier for you to enjoy our content in a way that works for you.

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Schankman’s St. Louis; Meet the Rep’s New Artistic Director Hana Sharif

In June, the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis will have its first new Artistic Director in more than 30 years.
Hana Sharif talks with HEC about her plans.

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Reviews of Aladdin, All Is Calm, The Great Seduction, Every Brilliant Thing, others: Nov. 22, 2018

Die Fledermaus, A Most Outrageous Fit of Madness, Away in a Basement: A Church Basement Ladies Christmas, Doctor Faustus, Fahrenheit 451

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Holiday Events and Celebrations in St. Louis

By Christina Chastain The holiday season is here and there are so many ways to get into the spirit in St. Louis. Sure, you may want to pick out the perfect tree or sip hot cocoa by the fire, but below are other events just begging to become an annual holiday tradition. Whether you celebrate […]

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St. Louis Artists’ Guild Examines “The Essence of Form”

The St. Louis Artists’ Guild brings together work from across the nation for a juried exhibition which examines “The Essence of Form.”

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Building on the Foundation of The Rep – Steven Woolf to Hana Sharif

Sharif, a fiercely independent and passionate playwright, director, and producer, is currently the associate artistic director at Baltimore Center Stage. She will take over The Rep from Steven Woolf, who has held the position for more than 30 years.

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Schankman’s St. Louis: Mizzou Students Compose Music for the St. Louis Symphony

The St. Louis Symphony is teaming up with the Mizzou New Music Program, giving students a chance to have their compositions played by a professional orchestra.

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Highlights from the St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase

Two shorts and one doc from the Filmmakers Showcase.

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Art Saint Louis XXXIV The Exhibition

Art St. Louis XXXIV is an all mediums exhibit that showcases some of the best work by artists in the St. Louis region. For more info visit www.artstlouis.org.

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MADCO’s “Alive Inside” Examines Aging and Memory Through Dance

MADCO helps audiences understand Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s disease and aging through original dance performances.

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The Graphic Revolution at SLAM Takes on the Evolving Story of Prints

“Graphic Revolution: American Prints 1960 to Now” at the St. Louis Art Museum draws from the area’s rich collection of contemporary prints.

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Reviews of Admissions, Into the Breeches!, A Raisin in the Sun Macbeth, others: Nov. 8, 2018

Admissions, Into the Breeches!, A Raisin in the Sun, Macbeth, Lord Arthur Savile’s Crimes, Whither Should I Fly, Arsenic and Old Lace, La Cage aux Folles

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The Muny Is Going To Look Very Different Next Season – It Already Does

Following its 100th season, the Muny is launching its 2nd Century with a major renovation. The biggest change: demolishing the old stage and building a new one

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Shaw Nature Reserve 13th Annual Art Show

This annual art show and sale takes place in the tranquil outdoor setting of Shaw Nature Reserve.

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Voter Registration Is Promoted through Dance the Vote

Through choreography, poetry and spoken word, Dance the Vote creats excitement about the importance of voting not only in the 2018 midterm, but all elections.

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Reviews of A Doll’s House Part 2, Silent Sky, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Eurydice, others: Oct. 25, 2018.

A Doll’s House Part 2, Silent Sky, Last Days of Judas Iscariot, The Tempest, Evil Dead, Little Mermaid, Laramie Project, Eurydice, Rocky Horror Show

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Preview of the St. Louis International Film Festival

Get an overview of the 27th St. Louis International Film Festival with Chris Clark, artistic director, Cinema St. Louis presenting previews of 16 of them.

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German Born Ghanaian Artist Yvonne Osei Wins the Emerging Artist’s Visionary Award

Yvonne Osei is an artist who’s work is getting noticed! Julie Tristan explains why this student is already winning awards while using art to help her learn!

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Kehinde Wiley Commemorates the People of Saint Louis at SLAM

“Kehinde Wiley: Saint Louis,” presents eleven new portraits commissioned by the Saint Louis Art Museum, featuring residents of North St. Louis and Ferguson.

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Margi Weir: The Politics of Hue at St. Louis Artists Guild

The St. Louis Artists’ Guild presents Margi Weir: The Politics of Hue now through October 24, 2018.

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Fifteen area schools awarded grants for arts education projects

The Arts and Education Council (A&E) and Maritz have awarded 15 area schools with grants to support classroom-based art projects during the 2018-19 academic year.

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Protest in Limbo at Kranzberg Arts Center

The exhibit consists of more than 150 placards, which become the basis for a protest in limbo within the gallery space.

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“Flora and Fauna in Japanese Art” Celebrates the Natural World at SLAM

“Flora and Fauna in Japanese Art” at the Saint Louis Art Museum explores the traditional theme within Japanese Art of depicting the natural world.

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Reviews of Raging Skillet, The Little Foxes, others: Oct. 11, 2018

Reviews of Raging Skillet, The Little Foxes, others: Oct. 11, 2018

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What to do in St. Louis in October

Frida Libre Inspired by the childhood of legendary Mexican painter Frida Kahlo, Frida Libre is the uplifting story of young Frida who plans to become a doctor and her new friend Alex who secretly wishes to be a wrestler. When:  Touring schools Sep. 25 – Nov. 2 Where:  Locations vary $$  Free Website:  metroplays.org Memory […]

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Ralph Nagel at Bruno David Gallery

Bruno David Gallery presents “Being There,” a gallery wide solo exhibition featuring the paintings of Ralph Nagel.

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Historic Shaw Art Fair

The Historic Shaw Art Fair is one of St. Louis’ premier fine art and craft fairs. It takes place full weekend in October each year.

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Neon Art of Memory & Desire at Laumeier

Laumeier Sculpture Park’s most recent exhibit, “Memory and Desire”, is part whimsy, part spiritual, and nothing less than retro contemporary.

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Prisoners, Buddhism and Baked Goods

An inner-city bakery in St. Louis run by a Buddhist priest is doing what the corrections system can’t: keeping most released inmates from going back to prison.

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The “King” of Cardboard Sculpture

In this edition of Schankman’s St. Louis, Paul Schankman introduces us to a St. Louis artist who uses cardboard as his canvas to make giant animal sculptures.

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Reviews of Oklahoma!, Love Never Dies, Mama’s Boy, others: Sept. 27, 2018.

Reviews of Oklahoma!, Love Never Dies, Mama’s Boy, An Apology…by Doctor John Faustus, The Hunchback Variations, The Book of Moron, The Wizard of Oz

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Schankman’s St. Louis: Lee Harvey Oswald on Stage in Mama’s Boy

This episode of Schankman’s St. Louis features the midwest debut of Mama’s Boy, a play about the twisted family life of Lee Harvey Oswald before Nov. 22 1963.

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The Power of Story: Gitana Production’s “A New World”

A verbatim theatre play tells the compelling stories of refugee women who came to the U.S. to escape war and disasters in their home countries.

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Pulitzer Arts Foundation Features the Work of Pioneering Women

The Pulitzer Arts Foundation brings the work of Ruth Asawa and Lola Álvarez Bravo to St. Louis.

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Dance the Vote 2018

voter registration. The event is from 2-6 p.m. on October 6, 2018, four days before the deadline to register in the 2018 midterm elections.

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A New Leaf: Reimagining Henry Shaw’s Museum

After more than a century of decline, Henry Shaw’s museum is once again the Missouri Botanical Garden’s gallery, thanks to a multi-million-dollar restoration.

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Gringo, Race Cars, Lead Journey to the St. Lou Fringe

St. Lou Fringe, by definition, is a little “out there.” And this year, St. Louis’ home of art on the edge sees musical theater exploring race and violence.

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Reviews of Evita, Crowns, The Children’s Hour, Newsies, and Three Decembers: Sept. 13, 2018.

Reviews of Evita, Crowns: A Gospel Musical, The Children’s Hour, Newsies, and Three Decembers

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To Survive on This Shore at projects+gallery

projects+gallery presents To Survive on This Shore, a collection photographs and interviews providing an unprecedented representation of trans older adults.

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CommUNITY Arts Festival 2018

The CommUNITY Arts Festival communicates, educates, and heals the effects of violence through art. The event’s main focus is on the power of art and unity.

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Basquiat Before Basquiat at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis

“Basquiat Before Basquiat” includes the entire cache of works made by Jean-Michel Basquiat during the year he lived with his friend Alexis Adler in New York.

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Regardless of Rain, Saint Louis Art Fair Shines

The Saint Louis Art Fair celebrates it’s 25th anniversary in 2018. Over 180 artists from around the world set up to display and sell their work.

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Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde Reimagined in Dance

Dance St. Louis opens its 53rd season with a performance of “Henry & Edward” by Los Angeles based company Wewolf on September 15, 2018.

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Two shorts from the St Louis Filmmakers Showcase

A doc about a local graffiti artist, a scary chiller called “Strings” and a computer animated short, “Tiffany.”

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Bruno David Gallery Opens its 13th Season

The Bruno David Gallery showcases work from Yvonne Osei, Justin Henry Miller, John Howard Young, and the collaborative group, E.R.O.

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Big Muddy Blues Festival

The St. Louis 23rd annual Big Muddy Blues Festival is Labor Day weekend. Over 70 St. Louis musicians are performing a wide range of blues music.

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Interview on Muny Memories Exhibit and Reviews of No Exit, Lost in the Stars, King Charles III, Maybe This Time: Aug. 30, 2018.

Interview on the Muny Memories exhibit at the Missouri History and reviews of No Exit, Lost in the Stars, King Charles III, Maybe This Time.

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The Art of Waiting

By: Sean Smothers, President of Cultural Festivals There’s a clock on top of a tall, four-drawer file cabinet in the office. It’s not your standard-issue timepiece. It has its similarities: there are numbers and it does work on a time-based rhythm. But, it’s different in that it doesn’t tell time in the traditional sense. It’s […]

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The Arts Scene in St. Louis

By: Celine Reinoso Twenty-five years ago, Ben and Susan Uchitelle realized their passion for arts, culture, and creativity in St. Louis when they founded the Saint Louis Art Fair. What used to be only a few tents across a couple of streets in downtown Clayton is now one of the best art fairs in the […]

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Who to Watch in September: Cbabi Bayoc

Driving around city, you’ve probably seen work by local artist Cbabi Bayoc, who wants his paintings to bring hope and color to the streets of St. Louis. Cbabi Bayoc is a self-created name that is an acronym for “Creative Black Artist Battling Ignorance” and “Blesses African Youth Of Creativity.” His work is proudly shown around […]

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What to Watch in September

Meet the Artists of the 2018 Saint Louis Art Fair Get to know the traveling artists that will be showcasing their work in the Saint Louis Art Fair Sept. 7-9, 2018. Meet the Artists is our collaboration with the Fair to provide viewers with an introduction to the artists and their work. Our producers have […]

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Justice Fleet Teaches About Bias, Social Justice, & Empathy

The Justice Fleet is a mobile network of experiences that fosters community healing through art, play, and dialogue.

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The New Face of Karaoke

High end karaoke has come to the midwest. W Karaoke, touts itself as the equivalent to the luxurious parlors in Asia. They say there’s nothing like it here.

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26 Pebbles: A Student Play About HOPE in the Aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting

“26 Pebbles” a student production about HOPE in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.

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HEC Media Nominated for 17 Emmys, including Overall Excellence

Congratulations to all those nominated! HEC couldn’t carry out its mission to “strengthen the education, art, and cultural communities in the metropolitan area” without you and all our supporters! These nominations are for you, St. Louis! Arts/Entertainment- Program Feature Segment 15 Year-Old Short Film Director Kara Vaninger Brock Seals: New Artist, Old Soul Suzanne Vanderhoef, […]

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Reviews of The Light in the Piazza, The Robber Bridegroom, Meet Me in St. Louis, others: Aug. 16, 2018.

The Light in the Piazza, The Robber Bridegroom, Faust (go down with all the re$t), The Music Man, Meet Me in St. Louis, Meeting at the Elder’s Circle

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We’ve Been Going Through Changes

By: Amanda Honigfort, Special Projects and Programs Producer You will notice HEC looks a bit different recently. We are working extremely hard here at HEC to make some major, important changes. It’s all part of our dedication to serving you and strenghening our arts, education and cultural communities thoughout the metropolitan region. We want to take […]

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Arts and Education Council announces fall 2018 Katherine Dunham Fellow

The Arts and Education Council (A&E) has named Southern Illinois University Edwardsville student Allena Brazier the fall 2018 Katherine Dunham Fellowship recipient. The fall 2018 fellowship is made possible by a generous gift from Carol Corey and William Holcomb. The program, created and initially funded by Sara and Jack Burke and managed by A&E, promotes diversity in arts leadership […]

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Art Saint Louis Presents Menagerie

Menagerie, Art Saint Louis’ new exhibit, is one of the wildest collections on display today, with 60 unique pieces of art all focused on animals!

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Deals with the Devil Run Amok at FAUSTival

Five theater companies in St. Louis produce the FAUSTival, a festival honoring the story of Faust, running from August to December of 2018.

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STLAG Presents For Every Negative There Is A Positive

The St. Louis Artists’ Guild’s latest presentation “For Every Negative There Is A Positive” is a collection of regional artwork juried by world renowned wood cut print maker Tom Huck. The body of work on display at STLAG through September 15, 2018 includes paintings, sculpture, photography, drawings, and prints. Also being shown are a collection of works […]

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Reviews of Gypsy, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, Mamma Mia!, The Realistic Joneses, others: Aug. 2, 2018.

Gypsy, Nabucco, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, Mamma Mia!, LaBute Festival, Set Two, The Realistic Joneses, Legally Blonde, Portrait of Christina, Annie

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ArtsMusic

Pro-Arte St. Louis

Pro Arte St. Louis is an early music chamber orchestra. Their
music was composed for the early church and is rarely heard outside of their performances.

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ArtsTheater

What to Watch in August

A Conversation with Tom Ridgely Meet the man behind the curtain in our exclusive interview with Tom Ridgely – the new executive producer of Shakespeare Festival St. Louis. He tells us about his work in the theatre capital of the world and why he chose to move to St. Louis to serve the city and […]

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Craft Alliance Presents Works From The Studio

Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design presents Works From The Studio: 8th Biennial Juried Exhibition, continuing through August 12, 2018 in the Delmar Loop.

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ArtsTheater

Fablist Stories: Podcast Fables for Modern Families

A St. Louis dad wants to bring stories to life in a unique way – through immersive audio podcasts that include modern fables.

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Going Renegade: Renegade Tours of St. Louis

Renegade Tours explores a different side of St. Louis with fresh, original, off-beat tours.

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ArtsDesign

Painted Pieces: Art Chess from Purling London at St. Louis’ World Chess Hall of Fame

The World Chess Hall of Fame in St. Louis is offering a treat for art lovers. “Painted Pieces,” is a display of chess sets decorated by contemporary masters.

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The Best of Us: 100 Seasons of Muny Magic

HEC presents a tribute to everyone’s favorite theatre under the stars!

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ArchFare: Design In St. Louis

In this pilot episode we bring together 4 innovative design focused St. Louisans to discuss how design enhances all aspects of life at the design-heavy Vicia.

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A Conversation With Tom Ridgely of Shakespeare Festival St. Louis

Sit down for a one on one conversation with Tom Ridgely, Executive Producer of Shakespeare Festival St. Louis. Ridgely shares his hopes and dreams for SFSTL.

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Duane Reed Gallery Presents the Art of Brian Smith and Jeremy Brooks

Duane Reed Gallery presents the works of Brian Smith and Jeremy Brooks, two contemporary artists who are both pushing the limits of their crafts.

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“Color-ism” Addresses Discrimination Within the African-American Community

“WORK/PLAY” focuses on colorism within the African-American community at Kranzberg Arts Center.

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Reviews of The Importance of Being Earnest, LaBute Festival Set 1, Jersey Boys, others: July 19, 2018.

Reviews of The Importance of Being Earnest, LaBute Set One, H.M.S. Pinafore,
Jersey Boys, Altar Boyz, La Traviata’s Ending, and Timothy O’Leary’s Departure

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Who to Watch: Reuben Reuel

A few years ago, Reuben Reuel walked into a fabric store hardly expecting it to change the course of his career. “I saw stacks of Ankara African print fabric, fell in love with it and asked myself ‘Why is no one using this fabric in a more modern way?’” said Reuel. Now, the fabric is […]

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Saint Louis Zoo Summer Zoo Weekends and Jungle Boogie Friday Night Concert Series

All summer long the St. Louis Zoo has longer weekend hours and free Friday night concerts.

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ArtsCultureMusic

Supermarket Sinatra

Mark Richman bills himself as St. Louis’ Sinatra Singer. And his favorite venue to is Pete’s grocery store in University City, where he appears on holidays.

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St. Louis Music Comes Together

The Riverfront Times’ Showcase STL brings together a healthy snapshot of the St. Louis music scene each year. Is that scene on the road to bigger things?

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ArtsEducation

Vashon Through A Lens

Just two years ago, students at Vashon High School in St. Louis didn’t have access to a regular arts program. Today, some of them have work in a gallery.

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Reviews of Rock of Ages, End of the Rainbow, The Drowning Girls, 26 Pebbles, Singin’ in the Rain, others: July 5, 2018.

Reviews of Rock of Ages, End of the Rainbow, The Drowning Girls, 26 Pebbles, Singin’ in the Rain, Game of Thrones, and Madagascar: A Musical Adventure.

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ArtsHappening Now

Flora Borealis Transforms Missouri Botanical Garden

Flora Borealis visitors will embark on a 1-mile journey through iconic Garden locations transformed through a combination of lights, moving images, and sounds.

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ArtsFilm

Highlights from the 48 Hour Film Project

Five short films ranging from broad farce to bone-chilling horror from the 48 Hour Film Project.

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ArtsFashionTheater

The Man Who Dressed the Muny

Pete Messineo spent 63 years working at the Muny — most of it as the theater’s longest-serving head of wardrobe, creating an average of 350 costumes per show.

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Reviews of Orfeo and Euridice; I Do! I Do!; The Wiz; Hedda Gabler; Blow, Winds; Run-On Sentence;, others: June 21, 2018.

Orfeo and Euridice; I Do! I Do!; The Wiz; Hedda Gabler; Blow, Winds; Run-On Sentence; Jerome Robbins’ Broadway; Late Night Catechism; Magdalen; and Eclipsed

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