Arts + Culture Events This Week

Aug. 16: PokémonGO! Night at the Missouri History Museum
The Missouri History Museum will be hosting “PokémonGO! Night,” a family-friendly evening of Pokémon-hunting tonight from 5-8pm. All of the museum galleries will be open for exploring during the event, and special prizes will also be available to winning participants!
5700 Lindell Blvd., Forest Park

Aug. 18: “Bitterroot” Book Signing and Discussion with Steven Faulkner
Author Steven Faulkner will be at Left Bank Books on Thursday evening, Aug. 18 at 7pm for a book signing and discussion about his memoir, “Bitterroot: Echoes of Beauty & Loss.” This event is free to attend and Fulkner’s book will be available for purchase at Left Bank Books.
399 N. Euclid Ave., Central West End 

Aug. 19: The Clothesline #24: The Leonas’ “Forbidden Fruit”
Indie-folk band The Leonas presents the album release party for their latest project, “Forbidden Fruit,” in collaboration with The Clothesline 314 on Friday, Aug. 19 from 9pm-2am at Blank Space. The multi-artist event will feature visual art by Amy VanDonsel and Steph Plant, several poetry performances by Jacqui Germain, and a live performance by The Leonas.
2847 Cherokee St., Cherokee Street

Aug. 19-20: “Shades of Blue,” a Trans-Masculine Storytelling Event
The Kranzberg Arts Center is hosting an hour-long performance storytelling event this weekend about masculinity and the human experience through the lens of transgender men. The program will feature Sayer Johnson, Kelly Hamilton and Jarek Steele, and be presented on Friday, Aug. 19 at 10pm, and Saturday, Aug. 20 at 6:30pm. This event is part of the 2016 St. Louis Fringe Festival. Tickets are available online.
501 N. Grand Blvd., Grand Center 

Photo courtesy of Pulitzer Arts Foundation,

Photo courtesy of Pulitzer Arts Foundation,

Aug. 19-21: “Love’s Labor” at the Pulitzer Arts Foundation
The Pulitzer Arts Foundation and Shakespeare Festival St. Louis present, “Love’s Labor,” an interactive performance exploring themes of domesticity and “the everyday.” There will be five performances, beginning on Friday, Aug. 19 at 7:30pm. Each show is free to attend, but tickets are required and are available online, along with a list of dates and times for all performances.
3716 Washington Blvd., Grand Center 

Aug. 19-21: St. Louis World’s Fare Heritage Festival
The Annual St. Louis World’s Fare Heritage Festival is this weekend, Aug. 19-21 at the World’s Fair Pavilion in Forest Park. The free, three-day celebration includes local restaurants, food trucks, a beer garden, live music and entertainment, artists’ village, and more.
World’s Fair Pavilion, Forest Park 

Aug. 19-27: 2016 St. Louis Fringe Fest
The 2016 St. Louis Fringe Fest celebrates the festival’s five-year anniversary with 109 scheduled performances by 33 different producers in 7 different venues. The festivities kick off this weekend on Friday, Aug. 19 and run through Saturday, Aug. 27. A full schedule with dates, times and locations is viewable here, and information on tickets for individual shows and ticket packages are available here.
Grand Center

Aug. 19-27: “The Family Cookbook:” A One Woman Show
Experienced poet and performance artist Sahara “SistaSols” Scott presents her one-woman show, “The Family Cookbook,” for four performances at the Kranzberg Arts Center’s Black Box Theatre, beginning on Friday, Aug. 19 from 8:30-9:30pm. This event is part of the 2016 St. Louis Fringe Festival. Tickets are available online, along with a full list of performance dates and times.
501 N. Grand Blvd., Grand Center 

Aug. 20: Annual Cherokee Street Reach Festival
Cherokee Street Reach, a youth-driven community art organization based in the Cherokee Street neighborhood, is holding its annual community festival on Saturday, Aug. 20 from 12-5pm. The family-friendly festival will include arts-related activities and workshops, including a DJ workshop, beat-making tutorial, community mural-making, creative instrumentation and more. The event is free to attend, and free food—including vegetarian options—will be served from 1-3pm.  
Love Bank Park, Cherokee Street and Nebraska Ave

Aug. 20: Big Muddy Records’ “Big Summer Picnic
Big Muddy Records’ “Big Summer Picnic” is on Saturday, Aug. 20 from 1pm-1am. This day-long picnic and music showcase event will be hosted at Off Broadway music venue and is set to feature 12 different musical acts. Tickets for the event are available online.
3509 Lemp Ave., Marine Villa 

Aug. 20: Rise Up Festival 2016
Rise Up Festival 2016, an annual one-day street festival encouraging and celebrating revitalization in St. Louis, will be Saturday, Aug. 20 from 2-11pm. The festival is free to attend, and will feature music from local emerging artists, and food and drinks from local restaurants and microbreweries.
1627 Washington Ave., Downtown St. Louis 

Aug. 21: Lyrical Therapy Open Mic
Lyrical Therapy’s weekly open mic night returns this Sunday, Aug. 21 at 7pm at UrbArts in Old North St. Louis. In addition to the open mic, there will be vendors, cyphers, visual art and live painting at the event. The first five artists to sign up get in for free, and general admission is $5.
2600 N. 14th St., Old North St. Louis 

Aug. 22: Meet Me St. Louis Presents “Altamont” at Ballpark Village
Meet Me St. Louis presents an evening with celebrated rock journalist Joel Selvin, author of “Altamont: The Rolling Stones, the Hells Angels, and the Inside Story of Rock’s Darkest Day,” on Monday, Aug. 22 at Howl at the Moon St. Louis. The two-part event includes a VIP reception from 6-7pm and a live concert with doors opening at 7:15pm. The concert will feature an impressively famous lineup, including The Rolling Stones, Santana, Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, and more. Tickets are available to purchase online.
601 Clark Ave., Downtown St. Louis

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