Autumn's Coming And The Art Scene Is Ready
With the crisp weather and boot season on its way, our favorite time of the year in STL is fast approaching. Leaves are going to slowly change colors as is the art scene around the local area. We teamed up with nine local STL art spots to help you choose which art spot to hit first.
Laumeier Sculpture Park
Laumeier Sculpture Park is well-known for its creative and unique space, and the Carts + Cocktails event is no different. The rain-or-shine event encourages individuals ages 21 and up to sip cocktails, indulge in savory treats and enjoy live music while cruising through the park in golf carts, exploring multiple locations among Laumeier’s Outdoor collection.
Historic Shaw Art Fair
With more than 20 years under its belt, Historic Shaw Art Fair returns to the Shaw Neighborhood Oct. 3 and 4. The popular event is one of the premier fine art and fine craft fairs in the St. Louis area. The highly rated art show welcomes visitors and artists to enjoy live music, children’s art area and a food court featuring food from local STL restaurants. Welcoming more than 7,000 visitors last year and showcasing 135 artists this year, the Historic Shaw Art Fair is one that you shouldn’t miss.
STAGES St. Louis
STAGES St. Louis welcomes back the classic and 10-time Tony Award-nominated musical “The Full Monty,” Sept. 4-Oct. 4. The musical follows six unemployed steelworkers who come up with an unconventional way to make quick money. If you’re looking for a good laugh and a toe-tapping musical, STAGES St. Louis will happily transport you into the world of biting comedy and satirical wit.
Saint Louis Science Center
Wine and science don’t seem like the types of things that go well together, unless you’re at “Science Uncorked” hosted by the Saint Louis Science Center. The wine tasting is not only perfect for your palate but for your brain as well. The event will be a total sensory experience that allows you to be completely hands-on with some of wine-making’s most popular ingredients. You’ll learn all about the chemistry and science behind the entire wine-making process, all while listening to science demonstrations, lectures and live music. During the night, you’ll get to sample more than 70 types of wine and small plates cooked with wine.
Touhill Performing Arts Center
Touhill is warming up for their fantastic autumn shows starting in October with Classic Albums Live: Dark Side of the Moon. The extraordinary concert will be re-creating the musical brilliance of Pink Floyd’s most iconic album. If contemporary dance is more your speed, the innovative dancers of MADCO will be pairing up with Brian Casserly and other STL music favorites in MADCO: Liquid Roads. Later this year, the performing arts center will be welcoming comedy improv duo, Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood from the hit TV show “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” Whether you’re more into comedy, dancing or music, Touhill Performing Arts Center has a little bit of something for everybody.
Contemporary Art Museum
At the top of our list this autumn is New York-based artist Wyatt Kahn’s first solo museum exhibition at the Contemporary Art Museum. Kahn’s exhibition features the artist’s signature constructed works—paintings made without paint—and premieres his new work along with the museum’s premiere of a performance by the artist in December. Other surveys we cannot wait for include British artist Hurvin Anderson and Paris-based American artist Sheila Hicks. Anderson’s evocative paintings of landscapes and urban barbershops will be showcased alongside new and recent paintings, while Hicks’ exhibition will feature her major work from the ’60s to the present, including her hand-woven, abstract fiber-based installations and sculptures.
Pulitzer Arts Foundation
The Pulitzer Arts Foundation impresses once again with their incredibly unique exhibition, “Kota: Digital Excavations in African Art”. Co-curated by an African art specialist and computer engineer, the exhibition opening in October explores Central African Kota guardian figures through art, technology and interactive gaming. The exhibition has something for everyone and we can already say it will be stunning.
The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis
The Rep opens its 2015-16 season with the Tony Award-winning play “All The Way.” The political story follows Lyndon B. Johnson as he maneuvers and manipulates a series of events to pass the Civil Rights Act to guarantee himself a full term in the Oval Office. Get sucked into the world of deception, bullying and blackmail as LBJ makes it clear that it’s not personal, it’s just politics.
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