Culture Fix: 4 Of This Week's Must-Do and Must-See Events

By Krystin Arneson
In Culture

The weather today is practically begging for me to just curl up in bed, sip some hot cocoa, break out the agenda (I’m old-school) and lay out grand plans—so that’s precisely what I’m doing, except for the grand plans are for you. Here are four things to keep your schedule free for this week, culture vultures. May the meteorological gloom let up in the meantime.

1/ “Paintings Of Sir Winston Churchill,” at the Mildred Lane Kemper Museum
This exhibition of Churchill’s paintings is a look inside the very human mind of one of the world’s greatest leaders. Churchill started painting after a naval disaster at Gallipoli during WWI—the aftermath of which took the future world leader from First Lord of the Admiralty to an “obscure cabinet post.” His family wanted the despondent Churchill to have a creative way to cope with the change. You’ll see that from the earliest and first painting in the exhibition, depicting a shadowy young Churchill in muted tones. The show later blooms into natural scenes with bold brushstrokes that his granddaughter, Edwina Sandys, told me mirror his bold leadership. Talk about a rebound career.

2/ Women in Music panel at the Luminary | Nov. 19, 7pm
First there was “The Future of Music” panel. Now, as a response to its predecessor, there’s the “Women in Music” event. Panelists Christine Sanley, co-sign; Syhrea Conway, Syna So Pro; April Fulstone, DJ Agile One; and Laura Sisul, The Ready Room, talk about women in working in different facets of contemporary music, as well as artistic practice, identity and more.

Corvette, 1954; plastic, fiberglass, chrome, rubber, leather, glass, canvas, and assorted metals, collection Stephen F. Brauer | Courtesy of Saint Louis Art Museum

Corvette, 1954; plastic, fiberglass, chrome, rubber, leather, glass, canvas, and assorted metals, collection Stephen F. Brauer | Courtesy of Saint Louis Art Museum

3/ “STL Modern” at Saint Louis Art Museum
Check out this more-than-150-piece exhibition showcasing the advent of modern design in St. Louis, which produced some serious luminaries in the field. Womb chairs, Eames furniture and even a Corvette throw you back in time to the years of the iconic Gateway Arch’s construction when design was booming for all. 

4/ “What’s the Best Camera for Me?” lecture at the International Photography Hall of Fame | Nov. 17, 7pm
Did you lose your last point-and-shoot at a frat party in ’09? Have you depended on iPhones ever since? Do you find DSLRs too pretentious, amateur that you are? Check out this workshop, led by STL photographer Edward Crim, to help you get on your way to finding the best camera … for you.

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