Arts+Culture Events To Attend This Week: Feb. 17-24

By Natalie Boesch
In Culture

Music, books, history and community fill this week’s arts + culture lineup. Don’t miss out on these events that will enlighten you, entertain you and introduce you to some of St. Louis’ most inspiring locals.

photo courtesy of AroundMe

photo courtesy of AroundMe

Feb. 17-20: Marcus Roberts Trio
Watch the Marcus Roberts Trio seemingly read each others’ minds on stage. They’re known for suddenly and expertly changing the tempo, mood or form of their unconventional, powerful jazz pieces.
3536 Washington Ave., Grand Center

Feb. 18: Devin S. James: Inside Ferguson
James’s memoir examines institutional racism and social justice issues through the lens of his involvement with Ferguson officials after Michael Brown’s murder.
399 N. Euclid, Central West End

Feb. 18: #FergusonReads Reading Group: Negroland
Discuss Margo Jefferson’s memoir, “Negroland,” which documents her life growing up in a black elite that separated itself from both whites and blacks. She explores the race-relations that affected her world even though her family took pains to distance themselves.
399 N. Euclid, Central West End 

Feb. 18: Bobby Norfolk: Eye to the Sky: Storytelling on the Edge of Magic
Emmy Award-winning Bobby Norfolk comes to St. Louis to talk about his memoir. His book tells the story of Norfolk’s experience as a stand-up comedian, an actor with The St. Louis Black Rep and with other endeavors that focus on education and storytelling.
225 N. Euclid, Central West End

Feb. 19: Frankie Muse Freeman: A Song of Faith and Hope
Frankie Freeman will be forever connected to the history of St. Louis for her activist work during the first Civil Rights Movement. She became a civil rights lawyer, changed the discriminatory housing laws and was the first black woman appointed to the civil rights commission. Listen to her speak about her experiences through the lens of her memoir, “A Song of Faith and Hope.”
1640 S. Lindbergh, Frontenac 

Feb. 19: CHRONICLE :: FERGUSON
CHRONICLE :: FERGUSON is a crowd-sourced, 200-page photo book documenting the events in Ferguson in August, 2014. The book contains photos taken by people who were present in Ferguson during the protests and aims to use augmented reality in order to embed videos into the pages. The project currently has $11,195 in funding with a goal of $25,000 by Feb. 28th. Come to the event to learn more about the project, its organizers and their vision for the future.
911 Washington Ave., Downtown 

Feb. 20: “Design a Pin Class” @ Hard Rock Cafe
Hard Rock Cafe invites St. Louis to design their next potential pin. The pin will be added to the 2016 collection and can be purchased at the Rock Shop. Hard Rock Cafe will supply all the necessary materials.
1820 Market St. #450, Downtown 

Feb. 20: Art. Work.
Art. Work. exhibits work by artists Hillary Bird, Kahlil Irving, Angela Malchionno and Kevin McCoy. Their combined pieces of weaving, ceramics, printmaking and fiber examines the relationship between labor, art and economic survival.
3156 Cherokee St., Gravois Park 

Feb. 20: Drummers Only Deux
More than 20 drummers/percussionists will perform duos as part two of last year’s DRUMMERS ONLY concert that raised over $1,200 for the International Institute St. Louis.
2701 Cherokee St., Gravois Park

Feb. 24: WILDE’s February Dance Party
GutterGlitter hosts a monthly queer safe-space dance party at The Crack Fox. This month the theme is Just Dance. The event is free and DJ Jillian spins until 3am.
1114 Olive St., Downtown

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Feb. 27: Wall Ball 2016
Artscope is hosting their 14th annual Wall Ball, an installment featuring local St. Louis artists who create pieces live, allowing us to witness their creative processes. Attendees bid on the work in a silent auction, and all the proceeds go toward furthering youth arts education in St. Louis. The featured artists include Julie Malone, Jeff Kapfer and Eugenia Alexander.
7150 Manchester Rd., Maplewood

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