2018 St. Louis Winter Arts Guide: Eight Experiences to Warm Your Heart

As the sun seemingly goes into hibernation and we retreat indoors, wondering how to spend your winter? Here’s a plethora of upcoming arts events that are more than worth your time.

A 2018 St. Louis Winter Arts Guide

© Estate of Ruth Asawa. Courtesy The Estate of Ruth Asawa and David Zwirner. Photograph © Alise O’Brien Photography.

Pulitzer Arts Foundation
The Pulitzer Arts Foundation offers direct experiences with historic and contemporary art, bringing people and art together within the serenity of its Tadao Ando-designed spaces. This winter, visit the Pulitzer to experience “Ruth Asawa: Life’s Work,” named “The year’s most beautiful exhibition” by the Washington Post. Through Feb. 16, 2019, at the Pulitzer; Wed.–Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fri., 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Free entry and parking. Image: Installation view of “Ruth Asawa: Life’s Work.”

A 2018 St. Louis Winter Arts Guide

Image courtesy of The Repertory Theatre.

The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis
Ralphie Parker’s Christmas quest for a Red Ryder BB gun returns to The Rep in all its hilarious and heartwarming glory. Filled with delightful holiday vignettes and endlessly quotable lines (“You’ll shoot your eye out!”), “A Christmas Story” is the perfect gift for the whole family. Each Wednesday-evening performance features a meet and greet with Santa in the lobby before the show and goodie bags after the show (for kids 12 and under, while supplies last). See the classic movie brought to life onstage Nov. 28-Dec. 23.

A 2018 St. Louis Winter Arts Guide

Rosa Lee Lovell, American, 1935–1969; “Figure Group Series,” 1969; screenprint; sheet: 24 13/16 × 29 5/16 inches; Saint Louis Art Museum, Gift of Mr. William Lovell 127:1971 © Rosa Lee Lovell.

Saint Louis Art Museum: ‘Graphic Revolution’
See the groundbreaking story of a printmaking explosion starting in the 1960s that transformed the art world! Over 100 iconic and experimental artworks that defined the spirit of their time are now on view at your Saint Louis Art Museum. “Graphic Revolution: American Prints 1960 to Now” is open through Feb. 3, 2019. Find the museum on Twitter at @StlArtMuseum, or on Facebook at @Saint.Louis.Art.Museum.

A 2018 St. Louis Winter Arts Guide

Kehinde Wiley; After Sir Joshua Reynolds’ “Portrait of Doctor Samuel Johnson,” 2009; archival Inkjet print on Hahnemuhle fine art paper; 30 x 24.5 inches; courtesy of the artist and Roberts Projects, Los Angeles, California © Kehinde Wiley.

Saint Louis Art Museum: Kehinde Wiley
See masterworks from SLAM’s collection re-envisioned by celebrated artist Kehinde Wiley, featuring St. Louisans as the subjects. Through street casting, Wiley invited people he met in neighborhoods in north St. Louis and Ferguson to be featured in 11 new paintings. “Kehinde Wiley: Saint Louis” is free and open through Feb. 10, 2019.

A 2018 St. Louis Winter Arts Guide

Image courtesy of Soldiers Memorial Military Museum.

Soldiers Memorial Military Museum
After a multimillion-dollar revitalization, Soldiers Memorial Military Museum reopens, featuring exhibits focused on military history through the lens of St. Louis. The architectural and historic integrity and beautiful design details of this 1938 art deco building have been carefully preserved and restored, inside and out. Across Chestnut Street, the Court of Honor, which was created as a WWII memorial in 1948, now includes a Five Branches Fountain and reflecting pool. Soldiers Memorial is open daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., beginning Nov. 3. Admission is free.

A 2018 St. Louis Winter Arts Guide

Image courtesy of St. Louis Classical Guitar.

St. Louis Classical Guitar
St. Louis Classical Guitar is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote positive impact in the local community through classical guitar performance and education. The organization accomplishes this through a thriving concert series that brings artists including Tengyue Zhang, the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet and Jerome Mouffe to St. Louis this winter. Their Guitar Horizons education program supports the teaching of classical guitar in more than 20 schools in North County and St. Louis city, impacting more than 200 kids annually.

A 2018 St. Louis Winter Arts Guide

Image courtesy of St. Louis Symphony Orchestra.

St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Holiday concerts with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra are an annual tradition for many families. This December, “Hamilton” star Leslie Odom Jr. returns with jazz and holiday favorites, plus the In Unison Chorus and Take 6 acapella group performs gospel Christmas classics. The SLSO will also perform the score to “Home Alone” live, and the upcoming “Walt Disney Animation Studios: A Decade in Concert” concert featuring music from “Frozen,” “Moana” and more. Don’t miss this year’s musical BMO Private Bank New Year’s Eve Celebration and the Mercy Holiday celebration, where Santa will make a very jolly appearance.

A 2018 St. Louis Winter Arts Guide

Image courtesy of Stages St. Louis.

Stages St. Louis
Introducing the Stages St. Louis 2019 season! A stellar lineup featuring audience favorites “Grease” and “Man of La Mancha,” along with the Midwestern premiere of “The Boy from Oz”—the story of the brilliant composer and performer Peter Allen and his two great loves, Judy Garland and Liza Minnelli! Plus, the annual Family Theatre Series production, Disney’s “101 Dalmatians.” New subscriptions go on sale Dec. 3, and single tickets go on sale April 1. And don’t forget to give the gift of Stages this holiday: gift certificates are available for purchase through the Stages boox office.

This post has been brought to you in part by the mentioned organizations. This content originally appeared in Guided St. Louis: The Delmar Loop, available now online and in print at these locations. Thank you for supporting the companies that keep ALIVE and Guided growing.

Featured image courtesy of Teddy Kelley.

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