Arts + Culture Events To Attend This Week: Feb. 2 – 8

By Natalie Boesch
In Culture

The beginning of February marks the start of another month jam-packed with local events. We’ve broken it down week-by-week and put together an extensive list to help you include arts + culture in your daily life.

photo courtesy of UMKC

photo courtesy of UMKC

Feb. 1: Observable Readings: Shane Seely & Chuck Sweetman
Writers Shane Seely and Chuck Sweetman will be reading from their published works. Steely has authored “The Snowbound House,” “Surfaces of the Lit World” and “History Here Requires Balboa.” Sweetman wrote chapbook “Incorporated” and “Enterprise, Inc.” 
419 N Euclid Ave., Central West End

Feb. 1: Bunny and Charles Burson Distinguished Visiting Lecture: Trevor Paglen
The Sam Fox School Public Lecture Series welcomes artist Trevor Paglen to speak at the Steinberg Auditorium after a reception at The Kemper Art Museum. He has exhibited work in New York, London, San Francisco and several other cities around the world.
1 Bookings Dr., Washington University

Feb. 2: John Wright, Sr., John Wright, Jr. & Curtis Wright, Sr.: “African-American St. Louis”
Learn about some of St. Louis’s most influential African-American citizens from authors John Wright, Sr., John Wright, Jr. and Curtis Wright, Sr.
399 N Euclid Ave., Central West End

Feb. 3: Susan Sherman Distinguished Speaker: Heidi Zuckerman
CEO and director of the Aspen Art Museum Heidi Zucckerman has been invited to speak at CAM for the Annual Susan Sherman Distinguished Speaker Series. Zuckerman has transformed the AAM into a thriving and sustainable contemporary art museum.
3750 Washington Blvd., Grand Center

Feb. 3: Stroller Tour
Bring your littlest loved ones to this guided tour of CAM. New tours every month.
3750 Washington Blvd., Grand Center

Feb. 4: Bleta Jahaj Opening Ceremony and Talk
Swiss artist Bleta Jahaj mixes seemingly incompatible mediums to question bodies, psychology, myths and gender. The original opening was scheduled for Jan. 26, but snow storm Jonas trapped Jahaj in NYC. The talk begins at noon.
2901 Sidney St., Tower Grove East

Feb. 4: Drink in Art
Enjoy two-for-one drink and appetizers while you peruse the artwork at CAM and the Pulitzer Arts Foundation.
3750 Washington Blvd., Grand Center

Feb. 4 – Sept. 4: Her Turn: Revolutionary Women of Chess
The accomplishments of female chess players will be celebrated and honored in this exhibition that includes artifacts from the World Chess Hall of Fame and the John G. White Chess Collection at the Cleveland Public Library.
4652 Maryland Ave., Central West End

Feb. 5: “Keeping Time”
Poet/printmaker Elysia Mann and sculptor Joseph Pintz collaborate in this exhibition that surveys time through counting, stacking and measuring.
3410 Wisconsin Ave., Marine Villa

Feb. 5: Lecture: Hong C. Rhim, PhD
Hong C. Rhim, PhD, a professor in the Department of Architectural Engineering at Yongsei University in Seoul, recognizes similarities between Wash U’s transformative plans for the campus and his own architectural changes at Yongsei U. He’ll be visiting Wash U to deliver a lecture on the topic in the Steinberg Auditorium.
1 Brookings Dr., Washington University

Feb. 5: The Real and the Virtual/The Physical and the Digital
Assistant professor of communication design Jonathan Hanahan and associate curator Meredith Malone focus on select pieces from the exhibition “To See Without Being Seen: Contemporary Art and Drone Warfare” in order to deliberate the connection between the real and virtual and the physical and digital.
The Kemper Art Museum, 1 Brookings Dr., Washington University

Feb. 5: Film Screening of “Citizenfour”
Academy Award-winning documentary film “Citizenfour” follows Edward Snowden as he releases classified NSA documents. The screening will take place in the Steinberg Auditorium following the talk listed above.
1 Brookings Dr., Washington University

Feb. 5: “As If You Are Here,” Jill Downen; “Fragments of Space,” Barry Anderson
Jill Downen will have work exhibited at Bruno David Gallery for the fourth time. Her newest installation piece “As If You Are Here” features miniature rooms peeked into through small windows. At the same time, Bruno David Gallery will be playing video animation artist Barry Anderson’s “Fragments of Space.”
3721 Washington Blvd., Grand Center

Feb. 5: First Friday
Every first Friday of the month, CAM hosts DJs, serves drinks and guides you on a specialized tour through the art exhibitions.
3750 Washington Blvd., Grand Center

Feb. 5 – Feb. 7: 9th Annual Africa World Documentary Film Festival
Extend your knowledge of the culture and people of Africa with this three-day-long series of documentaries.
5700 Lindell Blvd., Forest Park

Feb. 8: María T. Balogh: Cumbia Soul
Join Left Bank Books in welcoming bi-lingual and cultural poet María T. Balogh to read select poems from her collection, “Cumbia Soul.”
399 N Euclid, Central West End

Feb. 8 – Feb. 9: All You Need Is Love Fest
Bring your valentine to the Chamber Music Society of STL to swoon to the special Valentine’s Day musical program featuring Milan Halen.
3648 Washington Ave., Grand Center

Feb. 8 – Feb. 10: Branford Marsalis
New Orleans-born Branford Marsalis is coming to St. Louis with his Quartet to move us with their unmatched quality of modern jazz.
3536 Washington Ave., Grand Center

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