Arts + Culture Events: Catch Wash U's African Film Festival

By Jacqui Germain
In Culture

Looking to expand your art + culture horizons this week? Start your search here.

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Photo courtesy of Washington University

March 29: The Luminary presents Le1f
New York City rapper and producer Le1f will be performing at The Luminary on Tuesday, March 29. Doors open at 8pm and the show starts at 9pm. You can buy tickets here.
2701 Cherokee St., Cherokee Street

March 31: “If These Walls Could Talk”
Brennan’s and Kevin Kelly team up this Thursday from 7:30-9:30pm for an evening of photography, writing and music from DJ Crucial to showcase the sayings of Kevin Kelly that graced Brennan’s Bar Talk wall late last year. Brennan’s will also be hosting its second annual bar napkin short story content on the same night.
4659 Maryland Ave., Central West End

March 31-April 4: Opera Tastings Series
This five-day series pairs opera with fine food and drink, all carefully curated by the chefs, mixologists and chocolatiers to complement the music, sung by four current and past OTSL artists. Each night will feature a new menu and a new location. Check opera-stl.org for more information and to purchase tickets.
Various locations

April 1: Illphonics Album Release Party
The inventive hip-hop fusion group Illphonics is releasing their new album, “Gone With The Trends,” this Friday at The Stage at KDHX. Pre-sale general admission tickets are available for purchase here. Read our interview with Illphonics to learn more about the album.
3524 Washington Ave., Grand Center

April 1: St. Louis Poetry Slam Semi-Finals Qualifier
This Friday’s poetry slam is the last chance for poets in the St. Louis area to qualify for St. Louis Poetry Slam’s annual Semi-Finals poetry competition. The show is free and open to the public, but competing poets must pay $5 to participate. The winner receives $50 and qualifies for the Semi-Finals competition in April.
2600 N. 14th St., Old North St. Louis

April 1-3: African Film Festival
Washington University’s annual African Film Festival takes place this weekend on Wash U’s campus. The films will be screened at George Warren Brown Hall over three days, and include eight feature-length films, along with short films and post-show discussions.
Hoyt Drive, University City

April 1-3: St. Louis Ballet Presents “Swan Lake”
The St. Louis Ballet presents four performances of the stunning ballet, “Swan Lake,” this upcoming weekend. This ballet was last performed by The St. Louis Ballet company in 2010. This year’s show includes evening shows on Friday and Saturday, as well as matinee shows on Saturday and Sunday.
1 University Blvd., Bellerive

April 1-May 8: “Dark Matter”
The opening reception for the newest installation at Craft Alliance, “Dark Matter,” is on Friday, April 1 from 6-8pm. The exhibit focuses on a somber, somewhat melancholic tone, and features interactive sculptural work by Amanda McCavour and several black and white embroidered pieces by Terry Boyd.
6640 Delmar Blvd., Delmar Loop

April 2: National Blues Museum Opening Day
The long-awaited National Blues Museum opens this Saturday, April 2 with a day-long series of festivities and commemorative events. The museum will officially be open to the public beginning at 10am, followed by live entertainment. The concert line-up is available here.
615 Washington Ave., Downtown

April 2: The Clothesline #21: Mesa Home’s One-Year Anniversary
The Clothesline’s 21st installation features a two-part celebration this month at Blank Space. The event is set to celebrate Mesa Home’s one-year anniversary, as well as the release of their latest Lookbook. Visual art by Kat Reynolds and Snapdragon Studios will also be featured at this month’s show.
2847 Cherokee St., Cherokee Street

April 2-Sept. 5: “Little Black Dress: From Mourning to Night”
This latest exhibit at the Missouri History Museum explores the transformation of “the little black dress” across history. The collection features more than 60 dresses, and chronicles the evolution of “the little black dress” from a rigid symbol of mourning, to a marker of contemporary high fashion.
5700 Lindell Blvd., Forest Park

April 3: “Can I Kick It?” The Day Jam
The “Can I Kick It?” day jam will feature hip-hop classics in honor of the recent passing of famous rapper, Malik Taylor, known as MC Phife Dawg, from the iconic rap group, A Tribe Called Quest. Music for this 21-and-up event will be by Nappy DJ Needles, DJ Reminise, The DJ JMO, and Rhashadism.
1122 Washington Ave., Downtown

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