6 of Our Favorite Ways to Get Your Culture On This November
Museums, galleries and performance venues provide the perfect escape from November’s chilly weather, and we’re not complaining about what’s on deck this coming month. Get these culture-vulture exhibitions and performances on your calendar now so the first weeks of winter are wonderful.
1/ St. Louis Modern at Saint Louis Art Museum, opens Nov. 8
Get your design fix at SLAM’s “St. Louis Modern” exhibition, which goes beyond what many consider “modern design” (the 1950s-1960s) to explore its roots as far back as a 1925 Paris design exhibition that stopped over in STL. It also dives into STL’s own Charles Eames (of the iconic and eponymous chair) and draws inspiration from that great icon of modernist design, the Arch—which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.
2/ Whitaker International St. Louis Film Festival, Nov. 5-15
St. Louis’ largest film festival comes back with a whopping 447 films (not a typo): 97 narrative features, 86 documentary features and 264 shorts. There will also be seven special-event programs, including two free master classes and a closing-night party. Best of all, nearly 70 of the films and events are free. To start, check out the opening night’s film, “Deep Web.” Narrated by Keanu Reeves, it tells the inside story of Ross William Ulbricht, aka “Dread Pirate Roberts” of the dark web’s black market, the Silk Road.
3/ “Liquid Roads,” Nov. 13-14
“Liquid Roads” takes STL’s history as inspiration as it weaves through the years that have formed the shape of this city on the Mississippi. Four musicians play both original songs and interpretations of classics live as the Modern American Dance Company dancers make their way through this physically and emotionally challenging piece.
4/ Fantich & Young at projects + gallery, opens Nov. 6
At the CWE gallery where fashion meets art, East London designers Mariana Fantich and Dominic Young make their US debut with “Apex Predator | Darwinian Voodoo” as part of Saint Louis Fashion Week. The pieces, presented through an installation of a luxury retail store called Darwinian Voodoo, are found-object takes subverting Darwin’s theory of evolution with hints of the supernatural and ceremonial ritual. You could say it’s fashion—with teeth.
5/ Dead & Co., Nov. 20
In one of the year’s most intriguing musical mashups, Grateful Dead members Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann and Bob Weir pair up with John Mayer on a national tour that draws mostly from the Gradeful Dead’s repertoire. In typical Dead fashion, Kreutzmann’s promised that the group will “blast its way into drums and space.” For the rest of us, it’ll be a night to remember.
6/ “Carmina Burana,” starring the Nashville Ballet, Nov. 6-8
Three years ago, Dance St. Louis presented this dramatically scaled work—featuring 40 dancers, 120 singers and a full orchestra drawing from the University of Missouri-St. Louis orchestra and singers, the Bach Society of Saint Louis and the St. Louis Children’s Choirs—and all three performances sold out. It’s coming back again for Dance St. Louis’ 50th anniversary season, and it’s not one to miss: The riveting music, by German composer Carl Orff and written in 1937, pairs with secular poetry from the 11-13th centuries that was found in a monastery cupboard (isn’t that always where the interesting stuff is found?). You might recognize this ridiculously dramatic music bit …