Arts + Culture Events: The Pulitzer Arts Foundation Opens 'Ellipsis'

By Jacqui Germain
In Culture

April 12: Book Release Party for francine j. harris’s newest poetry collection
Left Bank Books will be hosting a release party and reading for Francine J. Harris’ newest poetry collection, “play dead,” on Tuesday, April 12 at 7pm. harris is currently the writer in residence at Washington University’s English Department. Complimentary refreshments will be served.
399 N. Euclid Ave., Central West End 

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April 12: “The Mask You Live In” Film Screening
The highly acclaimed documentary film, “The Mask You Live In,” will be screened for free at Schlafly Bottleworks in Maplewood at 6:30pm, followed by a post-film panel discussion.
7260 Southwest Ave., Maplewood

April 12: Panel on Making Independent Films in St. Louis
TechArtista and StrangeHouse Podcast will be co-hosting a panel about the future of film in St. Louis, featuring local and transplanted directors: Julie Cunningham, Matt Amato, Luke Terrell, Angela LaRocca and Alessio Summerfield. The event is from 6pm-8pm, and is free to attend.
4818 Washington Blvd., Central West End

April 13: Book signing for James McBride’s “Kill ‘Em and Leave”
The National Blues Museum, in conjunction with Left Bank Books, presents a book signing and discussion featuring author and National Book Award-winner James McBride on Wednesday, April 13 at 7pm. He will be signing copies of his new book, “Kill ‘Em and Leave: Searching for James Brown and the American Soul,” and participating in a discussion of the text. The event is free and open to the public, but an RSVP is requested.
615 Washington Ave., Downtown St. Louis

April 15: The Art of the Matter: Gala and Auction
The Contemporary Art Museum’s formal gala and auction will be held this Friday evening from 6pm-11pm. The elegant event will include cocktails, dinner, dancing and a silent auction featuring more than 75 renowned artists. Tickets can be purchased online here.
3750 Washington Blvd., Grand Center

April 15: Opening Reception for “Ellipsis”
The Pulitzer Arts Foundation’s newest exhibit, “Ellipsis,” opens this weekend. The exhibit is described as “a celebration of the senses … embracing a range of individual and collective experiences,” and features work by 14 artists, including Claudia Rankine and Felix Gonzalez-Torres.
3716 Washington Blvd., Grand Center

April 15: Musical Traditions from the Middle East
Iranian musician Farshid Etniko Soltanshahi will be performing at the Saint Louis Art Museum, playing a series of traditional Middle Eastern instruments. Soltanshahi’s performance is part of SLAM’s current exhibit, “The Carpet and the Connoisseur.”
One Fine Arts Drive, Forest Park

April 15: Qu’art Presents: Minority Rules
Qu’art, an organization dedicated to showcasing queer art in St. Louis, presents its newest exhibit, “Minority Rules,” featuring performances and visual work by queer artists of color in St. Louis. Doors open at 8pm.
2847 Cherokee St., Cherokee Street 

April 15-16: The Second City Comedy Show
The Second City is debuting a new comedy show this weekend about the ups and downs of romantic relationships, called “Hooking Up With The Second City.” Performances are on Friday at 7pm and 10pm, and on Saturday at 6pm, and again at 9pm. Tickets are available for purchase here.
1 University Blvd., Bellerive

April 15-17: COCA’s All Dance Company Celebration
The Center of Creative Arts presents its annual end-of-the season Spring Repertory Concert, “TRIumphant,” featuring each of COCA’s student dance companies—Ballet Eclectica, COCAdance and the COCA Hip-Hop Crew. Performances will be on Friday evening at 7pm, Saturday at 2pm, and Sunday at 2pm. Tickets can be purchased here.
524 Trinity Ave., University City

April 16: Record Store Day 2016 at Vintage Vinyl
Vintage Vinyl will be celebrating Record Story Day 2016 with free Schlafly Beer, free Strange Donuts, live performances from Mumford & Sons, Far Fetched Collective, The River Kittens, Turntable Orchestra and more. The festivities begin at 8am. Full line-up available here.
6610 Delmar Blvd., Delmar Loop

April 16: Transcending the Spectrum 3: An LGBTQIA Art Show
The Metro Trans Umbrella Group presents its annual LGBTQIA art show, hosted at Westminster Press. The event is free and open to the public, and will feature performances and an open mic.
3157 Cherokee St., Cherokee Street

April 16-17: A Tribute to Great African Composers
African Musical Arts has their season finale concert this upcoming weekend. The concert will feature more than 200 singers and musicians from six choirs, in addition to celebrated soprano Alison Buchanan, and acclaimed New York conductor Marlon Daniel. For more information on ticket prices, locations and times, please click here.
560 Trinity Ave., University City
6800 Washington Ave., University City

April 17: Floetry at The Pageant
Stunning musical duo Floetry will be returning to St. Louis with a show at The Pageant on April 17, at 6:30pm. Tickets are available to purchase online here.
6161 Delmar Blvd., Delmar Loop

April 18: Using Comics for Social Change
Nicole Marie Burton of Ad Astra Comix will be at Left Bank Books on Monday, April 18 at 7pm to talk about the benefits of using comic books to tackle a range of political and social justice issues.
399 N. Euclid Ave., Central West End 

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