Arts + Culture News: Bruno David Gallery Commemorates 11th Season

Bruno David Gallery recently announced it will be representing contemporary sculptor, Khalil Irving. Irving’s exhibition, “Undocumented,” which features decorative ceramic work and will be his largest work made to date, will open with a reception on Friday, Sept. 16 from 6-9pm. This reception event will also commemorate the opening of the gallery’s 11th season, with exhibitions from five other notable visual artists: Chris Kahler with “Metaphemeral;” Ann Wimsatt with “Not a Passive Journey;” Sarah Harford with “Swing;” Michael Jantzen with “Deconstructing My Chairs;” and Van McElwee with “Travel Dream.” 3721 Washington Blvd., Grand Center

Photo courtesy of Bruno David Gallery

Photo courtesy of Bruno David Gallery

Culture/SHIFT 2016, the national convening about community arts, cultural policy, and social justice, recently announced that registration for the conference is now open, and several conference presenters have been revealed on their website. The event, organized by the Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis, the Community Arts Training (CAT) Institute, and the US Department of Arts and Culture, will be held Nov. 17-19 in St. Louis. cultureshift2016.org

Grammy Award-winning St. Louis rapper, Nelly, is coming to the St. Louis Symphony on Friday, Feb. 3, 2017 at 7:30pm at Powell Hall. The one-night only concert, conducted by Music Director David Robertson, will include performances with symphonic renditions of Nelly’s most famous hits. More information on general admission and VIP tickets is available online. 718 N. Grand Blvd., Grand Center

The Playhouse @ Westport Plaza announced the grand re-opening of their venue under new management, in collaboration with Jack Lane, the Executive Producer of STAGES St. Louis, and Emory Entertainment, a St. Louis-based company. The venue is set to kick off its performance season with all-new stage productions, including Rob Beckker’s “Defending the Caveman,” “Forbidden Broadway,” “Dixie’s Tupperware Party,” and “The Book of Moron.” Tickets for each of the shows are available online through metrotix. 635 Westport Plaza, Maryland Heights

The breakout rap duo, Rae Sremmurd, will be live at The Pageant as part of the “SremmLife Tour,” on Monday, Oct. 10 from 8-11pm, with Lil Yachty, Eearz, Bobo Swae, and Impxct as opening acts. Tickets are available online. 6161 Delmar Blvd., Delmar Loop

The Kranzberg Arts Center announced a call for proposals for group and solo exhibitions for socially relevant visual art to showcase in its Grand Center Gallery in 2017. The Kranzberg is looking for artists whose work deliberately engages with the St. Louis community’s social, political and cultural climate. Proposals are accepted and considered on a rolling basis, and submission guidelines are available to view here. 501 N. Grand Blvd., Grand Center

Better Family Life has begun a massive community beautification project, with the announcement of its plan to add murals to 100 homes and buildings in north St. Louis along Page Avenue. The goal of the project is to decorate the buildings with portraits of prominent black Americans who’ve made contributions to the St. Louis community. 5415 Page Blvd., Visitation Park

The House of Miles East St. Louis (HOME) is gaining momentum with its renovation project, focused on restoring the childhood home of legendary Jazz musician, Miles Davis, located in East St. Louis. HOME, in collaboration with the Creative Exchange Lab Center for Architecture and Design, hosted a community talk on Thursday, August 11, to raise awareness for the house renovation project, and brainstorm ideas about how to use the property. For more information on donation opportunities and to stay up to date on the project’s progress, visit houseofmilesestl.org.

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