Arts + Culture Events: Black Dance USA Returns to St. Louis This Weekend

By Jacqui Germain
In Culture

May 25: Grand Re-opening of TrapezeSTL
TrapezeSTL will be re-opening for its third season on Wednesday, May 25 from 3:30-11pm at its new location at the Chesterfield Athletic Club. Classes will be held Wednesday through Sunday. Information regarding class schedule and registration is available here.
16625 Swingley Ridge Road, Chesterfield

Work by Basil Kincaid, who will be appearing at "The Vessel"

Work by Basil Kincaid, who will be appearing at “The Vessel”

May 25: R3 + LOA Present “The Vessel” Performance Art Show
St. Louis Reclamation Arts, in collaboration with LOA, presents “The Vessel,” a performance art event and free pop-up art show on Wednesday, May 25 from 5-7pm, featuring work by Basil Kincaid, Audrey Simes, Eric “Prospect” White and Shea Brown, with sounds by Damon Davis. There will be a reception following the performance at the St. Louis Hop Shop.
3405 Jefferson, Cherokee Street

May 25-28: Black Dance USA: A Celebration of Music
The annual dance festival Black Dance USA returns to St. Louis this weekend offering dance workshops in West Afrikan, Dunham Technique, Afro Cuban and Salsa, African Caribbean, hip-hop, Kemetic yoga and Afro Cuban percussion. A full schedule of classes is available here, along with registration details for festival passes and individual classes. Information for the festival’s crowning performance of “Voices of Congo Square” on Saturday, May 28 at 7:30pm is available here.
5415 Page Blvd., Hamilton Heights 

May 26: Contemporary Class: Art and Basketball
Lyndon Barrios Jr., selected to be a 2016 Great Rivers Biennial artist with Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, will be using his current installation as a catalyst for a discussion on the interplay of race, sports and representation on Thursday, May 26 at 6pm at CAM. This event is free for members, and is part of the Take 5 Adult Education Series. Registration and ticket information are available here.
3750 Washington Blvd., Grand Center 

May 26: Drink in Art at the Contemporary Art Museum
The Contemporary Art Museum and the Pulitzer Arts Foundation present a joint museum experience on Thursday, May 26 from 5-7pm. Attendees will be able to explore current exhibits at both institutions. The evening also includes two-for-one drink and appetizer specials at the CAM Café.
3750 Washington Blvd., Grand Center 

May 26: Alarm Will Sound
The chamber orchestra, Alarm Will Sound, returns to St. Louis for a concert on Thursday, May 26 from 8-10pm at Sheldon Concert Hall. The ensemble will be performing music in collaboration with Mira Calix and Rashad Becker. Tickets are available for online purchase here.
3648 Washington Blvd., Grand Center

May 27: Rhythm and Blues in the Afternoon
The 14th Street Artist Community gallery continues its weekly free live music performances this Friday, May 27 from 1-2pm. This week’s performance features The Renaissance Rhythm and Blues Band with Arthur Shivers, Eric Foreman, Rick Roberson, Pappa D, and Tyrone McCain.
2701 N. 14th St., Old North St. Louis

May 27: Chamber Project St. Louis Presents “CHOICE”
Chamber Project St. Louis presents an exciting concert with a surprise line-up on Friday, May 27 from 8-10pm at The Chapel Venue. “CHOICE” will include musical selections that have been voted on over the duration of the season, creating a performance featuring some of the audience’s favorite pieces. Tickets may be purchased in advance and includes two complimentary drinks.
6238 Alexander Drive, Wydown Skinker

May 27: Greenleaf Singers
The Greenleaf Singers will be performing at The Tavern of Fine Arts on Friday, May 27 from 6-7pm. The performance is free, and will feature a cappella music of the Renaissance era by some of the best composers of the 15th and 16th centuries.
313 Belt Ave., DeBaliviere Place

May 28: Roland Johnson and Soul Endeavor Concert
Roland Johnson and Soul Endeavor will be performing at the National Blues Museum’s Lumiere Place Legends Room on Saturday, May 28 from 11am-1pm. Entry to the show is included with museum admission, or tickets for the concert only are $5.
615 Washington Ave., Downtown St. Louis

May 28: Humans of St. Louis Artist’s Talk and Salsa Dancing
The co-founders of Humans of St. Louis are discussing their visual storytelling, interview and photography work in an artist talk on Saturday, May 28 from 8-9:30pm at the Old North St. Louis Restoration Group Gallery. Questions and casual conversation are welcome as attendees view the HOSTL exhibit. The evening will be followed by a night of salsa dancing until 12am.
2700 N. 14th St., Old North St. Louis 

May 28-30: 2016 St. Louis African Arts Festival
The 2016 St. Louis African Arts Festival will be held this weekend at the World’s Fair Pavilion in Forest Park. The festival includes children’s activities, live entertainment, stunning performances, and a variety of food, in addition to the festival’s centerpiece, the African Marketplace. The marketplace, which features African art, jewelry, textiles and other one-of-a-kind goods, will be open throughout the weekend. Information regarding the schedule is available online.
1904 Concourse Drive, Forest Park

May 30: Cellofest 2016: Bach to Hip Hop
Cellofest 2016: Bach to Hip Hop is on Monday, May 30 at 7pm at CMS Center. This unique concert features Community Music School’s student and alumni cellists in ensembles ranging from one cello to as many as 25 cellos. Young People’s Symphonic Orchestra conductor, David Commanday, will conduct the concert. Moh Ghraiz, hip-hop and break dancer and COCA faculty member, will dance in the concert. Tickets are available at the door.
535 Garden Ave., Webster Groves

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