Arts + Culture Events: Salute Women and Hip-Hop This Thursday

Sept. 1: STLFW: “Sept.First.,” Presented House Ov Beeombi
Saint Louis Fashion Week kicks off this week with its first event, “Sept. First.,” a fashion experience presented by House Ov Beeombi, created by St. Louis-based designer Darron Cherry. The show is on Thursday, Sept. 1 from 8-11:30pm at the Nine Network Public Media Commons. Doors open at 8pm, and the show begins promptly at 9:01pm. Tickets are available online.
3653 Olive Blvd., Grand Center

Sept. 1: “I Am Hip Hop: The Women Behind the Music” screening and performance
Vizual Konkoctions and Aja La’Starr present a movie screening of their short film, “I Am Hip Hop: The Women Behind the Music,” a salute to women DJs and producers on Thursday, Sept. 1 from 6-8pm at the St. Louis Public Library. The film is comprised of interviews featuring female DJs discussing their experiences in the music industry. The event also includes several live performances, and is free and open to the public.
1301 Olive St., Downtown St. Louis 

Sept. 2: Three Fall Exhibitions Opening at The Luminary
Three new exhibitions are opening at The Luminary this weekend: “Empowerpoint,” curated by ARTS.BLACK, “Concept/Focus,” featuring four St. Louis-based artists in collaboration with four Oklahoma-based artists, and “How to Stay Warm on an Icy Planet,” featuring work by Ann-Maree Walker. The opening reception is on Friday, Sept. 2 from 7-10pm at The Luminary.
2701 Cherokee St., Cherokee Street 

Sept. 2: Opening Exhibit “Celebrating an African Experience”
The Zuka Arts Guild presents Janet Riehl’s “Celebrating an African Experience,” an exhibition featuring paintings and photographs of daily life in Ghana and Botswana. The opening reception for this exhibition will be on Friday, Sept. 2 from 6-10pm.
2701 N. 14th St., Old North St. Louis 

Sept. 2: “Happy 50th, Star Trek!” with the St. Louis Science Center
The St. Louis Science Museum is celebrating the 50th anniversary of Star Trek on Friday, Sept. 2 from 6-10pm. The evening will include a presentation by astronaut Tom Jones, and is recommended for adult audiences only.
5050 Oakland Ave, Cheltenham 

Sept. 2: “A Great Reckoning,” with Author Louise Penny
The St. Louis County Library is hosting an evening with New York Times bestselling author Louise Penny, who will be doing a book signing of her latest novel, “A Great Reckoning,” on Friday, Sept. 2 at 7pm.  Doors open at 6pm, and tickets are available for purchase online.
1640 S. Lindbergh, Frontenac 

Sept. 2: Creative Connection Open Mic / Poetry Slam
The St. Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective presents, “Creative Connection Open Mic and Poetry Slam,” with emcee Britt Baker, on Friday, Sept. 2 from 7-9pm at the Studio Theater in the Kranzberg Arts Center. Tickets are available online.
501 N. Grand Blvd., Grand Center 

Sept. 2-4: 2016 Queeny Park Art Fair
The 2016 Queeny Park Art Fair kicks off this weekend. The festival, featuring up to 135 artists from 20 states, runs Friday, Sept. 2 from 5-9pm, Saturday, Sept. 3 from 10am-6pm and Sunday, Sept. 4 from 11am-4pm. A schedule of events is available to view online, along with a full listing of participating artists. Admission to the fair is $5, and parking is free.
550 Weidman Road, Ballwin 

Sept. 3: “Empowerpoint” Potluck and Discussion with ARTS.BLACK
As part of ARTS.BLACK’s exhibition opening this weekend at The Luminary, the gallery is hosting a potluck and discussion on institutional visibility for black artists, and other themes from the ARTS.BLACK exhibition, “Empowerpoint,” on Saturday, September 3 from 7-9pm. RSVP instructions for the informal event are available online.
2701 Cherokee St., Cherokee Street 

Sept. 3: Two Exhibition Openings at fort gondo compound for the arts
Two new exhibitions are opening at fort gondo compound for the arts this weekend, with the opening reception on Saturday, Sept. 3 from 7-10pm. Exhibitions include “Borderline,” a contemporary print and digital media exhibition by artist Lauren Cardenas (at beverly), and “Time and Fragments,” a collaboration between sculptor Chris Thorson and poet Joanna McClure (at fort gondo). Both exhibitions run through Oct. 1.
3151 Cherokee St., Cherokee Street 

Sept. 3: Clothesline #25: Black Butterfly Pt. 1, the visual
Blank Space’s monthly event returns this Saturday, Sept. 3 from 9pm-2am. This part-art-gallery, part-dance-party event features new visual artwork by Adria Nicole, vegan pastries by Heavenly Sinful Delights, and music by Nappy DJ Needles and DJ Agile One. Tickets are available at the door for $7.
2847 Cherokee St., Cherokee Street 

Sept. 3: En Vivo Latin Music Festival
St. Louis Ballpark Village is hosting the En Vivo Latin Music Festival on Saturday, Sept. 3 from 1-10pm. The festival includes authentic food vendors, music and entertainment. The performance line-up includes DJ Fonzo, Rocio y su Sonora, La Furia del Bravo, and Omar Sanchez y la Banda Astilleros, Kinto Sol, with headliner Grammy-nominated La Santa Cecilia. Ticket information is available online.
Broadway and Walnut St., Downtown St. Louis

Sept. 3-5: Japanese Festival at the Missouri Botanical Gardens
St. Louis’ annual Japanese Festival is this weekend at the Missouri Botanical Gardens, from 10am-8pm on Saturday, Sept. 3 and Sunday, Sept. 4, and from 10am-5pm on Monday, Sept. 5. The three-day celebration includes a brand new samurai sword performance, in addition to art, dance, food and entertainment for visitors. A full festival program and event schedule is available online.
4344 Shaw Blvd., Tower Grove Park

Photo by Marcela Laskoski

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