Arts + Culture News: The National Blues Museum Opens Its Doors This Week

By Jacqui Germain
In Culture

The grand opening weekend for the highly anticipated National Blues Museum is right around the corner! Friday night, the museum is hosting a “Rock & Blues Concert” fundraiser at Lumière Live, featuring an impressive lineup of Blues musicians. The museum doors officially open to the public at 10am on Saturday, April 2, and there will be live music throughout the day. Saturday’s lineup is available here. 615 Washington Ave, Downtown

Photo courtesy of National Blues Museum

Photo courtesy of National Blues Museum

Tickets for the Moscow Ballet’s famous “Great Russian Nutcracker” go on sale on Friday, April 1 at 10am. A limited number of VIP packages will be available to purchase, and group pricing for groups of 10 or more will be available as well. The ballet will be performed at the Fabulous Fox Theatre on Wednesday, Nov. 30 at 7pm. 539 North Grand Blvd., Grand Center

This will be the last weekend to view several exhibits at the Contemporary Art Museum. Lisa Yuskavage’s series of paintings “The Brood,” Arcangelo Sassolino’s sculpture series, “Not Human,” Arlene Shechet’s multimedia work, “Urgent Matter,” Peter Sutherland’s site-specific installation, “Forests and Fires,” Ned Vena’s abstract compositions, “Paintings Without Borders 2,” The Propeller Group’s digital work, “Fusion (After a Universe of Collisions),” and Tala Madani’ collection of work, “First Light,” all close on Sunday, April 3.
3750 Washington Blvd., Grand Center

The organizers for VIBES St. Louis, one of the most innovative, fastest-growing arts and culture showcase events in the city, have begun to take open submissions for their 2016 event. The date for their upcoming showcase has yet to be released, but visual artists are encouraged to submit their work to vibes.stl@gmail.com. The submission period closes at the end of April.

Washington University recently announced that its 2016 graduation commencement speaker will be celebrated civil rights leader and Congressman US Representative John Lewis. The congressman will be on Washington University’s campus on Friday, May 20 to deliver his commencement address at Brookings Quadrangle. 1 University Dr., University City

Yeyo Arts Collective announced its Art Achievers youth arts program that focuses on fostering creative and artistic spaces as a means of crime prevention. The programming is available for young people ages 11-18, and is scheduled throughout the spring season. You can register for the series or direct any questions to yeyoarts@gmail.com. 2907 South Jefferson Ave., Benton Park

The deadline the Regional Arts Commission’s Artist Support Grant Applications was Wednesday, March 30. Applications for the joint co-working opportunity for entrepreneurial artists, supported by CIC St. Louis and the Regional Arts Commission, close on Monday, April 18. 6128 Delmar Blvd., Delmar Loop

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