Fall Arts & Culture Preview

By Kristen Klempert
In Culture, Interviews

The hottest art events for every day of the season.

 

September

1

Start the arts season off right by heading to the Saint Louis Art Museum to see Martha Colburn’s “Triumph of the Wild” (through Sept. 5), a 10-minute film depicting America’s history in the battlefield, from Bunker Hill to Baghdad, through animation, collages and other imagery. Not since Sun Tzu has the Art of War been so brutally provocative.
slam.org

2

Be one of the first to see “Expansions and Stratifications” (Sept. 2-Oct. 1) during the opening reception at Good Citizen Art Gallery. Featuring work by Karl Jensen and Ken Wood, the exhibit challenges our perceptions of structure by looking at the forces that affect its permanence and configurations.
goodcitizenstl.com

3

Catch the one-night-only performance of “Social Therapy: Part 1” at the Los Caminos apartment gallery. The unique two-man production by artists Nicholas Jacobs and Kasper Lorene Woldtvedt deals with the creation of and challenges to our sexual and social identities.
loscaminosart.com

4

Got the blues? Stop whining about it and celebrate it at The Big Muddy Blues Festival, Sept. 3-4. It’s the last day to go to Laclede’s Landing and see some of the nation’s best blues acts perform at St. Louis’ longest-running Blues celebration.
bigmuddybluesfestival.com

5

It’s your one chance to bust out that kimono you always swore you’d have a reason to wear at the Japanese Festival (Sept. 3-5) at the Missouri Botanical Gardens— complete with taiko drumming, bon odori festival dancing, martial arts, candlelight walks in the Japanese Garden and more.
mobot.org

6

Sorry Florence + the Machine, but the dog days aren’t quite done, at least not at Laumeier Sculpture Park. “Dog Days of Summer” (through Oct. 2) features art spanning three centuries that looks at the relationship between man and his canine best friend.
laumeiersculpturepark.org

7

It’s show time at The Rep! Catch opening night of “Red” (through Oct. 2)—the much-anticipated season opener—for an emotional and psychological tour de force about torment artist Mark Rothko and his consuming passion for his work. We promise, it won’t be the last performance you see this season.
repstl.org

8

Calling all visionaries: It’s time for Pecha Kucha Volume 7 at Mad Art Gallery for a meeting of the minds to discuss what makes St. Louis great and how to make it better. Come hear presentations (or give one of your own) on creative ideas, big and small, for the STL community.
pkstl.org

9

Walk the thin line between reality and theatricality at the opening of David Noonan’s first solo show in a US museum at our very own Contemporary Art Museum (through Dec. 30). The internationally renowned artist—who has created works especially for the CAM exhibition—is known for his ability to blur reality and performance in collaged, painterly or sculptural formats.
camstl.org

10

Bolster your art collection with pieces from some of the region’s most notable artists at the 18th Annual Saint Louis Art Fair in downtown Clayton. Sept. 9-11, the fair offers art, music and food to nourish your mind, body and spirit.
culturalfestivals.com/saintlouisartfair

11

True art is a thing of “brew-ty.” Head to Schlafly Bottleworks for the 8th Annual Art Outside Alternative Art Fair (Sept.9-11), a celebration of local beer and affordable art by local artists.
schlafly.com

12

Take a stroll down memory lane as you walk through “Lisa Bulawsky:Four Chapters in the Present We Were” at COCA (through Oct. 16). Bulawsky’s series of monoprints embodies the memories and emotions our society has shared during four major turning points in our history that have helped shape our collective identity.
cocastl.org

13

The dancer-illusionists of MOMIX are back at Touhill for a one-nightonly encore performance of “Botanica”—the show that will hypnotize you with its whirl of dazzling images and acrobatic marvel. Don’t miss the magic, courtesy of Dance St. Louis.
dancestlouis.org

14

Get a healthy dose of catharsis at The New Jewish Theatre with its production of “End Days” (Sept. 8-25). Set in 2003, the play is a portrayal of the bizarre and, at times, fatalistic changes that occurred in everyday life after 9/11.
newjewishtheatre.org

15

Use your powers of deduction: Going to the Schlafly Branch of the St. Louis Public Library to see Laurie R. King is a brilliant idea. Author of the bestselling “Mary Russell” series, King comes to St. Louis to read from her latest novel about the wife of Sherlock Holmes in “The Pirate King.”
left-bank.com

16

The Frank Lloyd Wright House displays more than 150 miniature masterpieces in “Monumental Miniatures,” a celebration of small-scale architecture. Let this collection of tiny buildings, from ancient temples to skyscrapers to pyramids, evoke memories of past vacations, wistful dreams and worldly charms.
ebsworthpark.org

17

Grab the kids for the Old Webster Jazz & Blues Festival in downtown Webster Groves. The music itself warrants an appearance, but family-friendly entertainment like street performers and food from local eateries doesn’t hurt either.
oldwebsterjazzfestival.com

18

The first musical drag show, “Victor/ Victoria” is a hilarious take on gender perceptions as seen through the eternal battle of the sexes. Stages St. Louis brings this beloved movie to the stage, Sept. 9-Oct. 9.
stagesstlouis.org

19

A dreamer in every sense of the word, Tomás Saraceno presents
“Cloud-Specific” (Sept.9-Jan. 9, 2012), featuring the Argentine artist’s whimsical and architectural work and his visionary plans for a city in the sky. Chat it up with Washington University art professors in a discussion of the exhibit’s work.
kemperartmuseum.wustl.edu

20

Feel the love, and all its ups and downs, at the Saint Louis Art Museum’s exhibit of contemporary Italian artist Fracesco Clemente’s “High Fever” (through Oct. 9), in which Clemente explores the agony, ecstasy and unknowable mystery of love in a series of woodcut prints.
slam.org

21

If friends call you a Chatty Cathy, head to the Duck Room for the TEN Story Slam, an event for fast-talking locals to join together and tell true stories. But don’t worry about anyone hogging the mic—time is limited to 10 minutes a tale.
facebook.com/saintlouisten

22

Head to The Loop to experience the “Innovations in Textiles” biennial event, and see more than 20 nonprofit and private arts organizations’ fiber art exhibitions by national and international artists. Get involved in workshops, lectures, gallery tours and
more.
missourfiberartists.com

23

It’s your last chance to see Hot City Theatre’s production of “The Winners” (Sept. 9-24)—a racy and dark look at what happens when a couple wins the lottery and suddenly realizes anything, even the unthinkable, can be bought.
hotcitytheatre.com

24

Ever since Martha and the Vandellas sang about it, you know you’ve wanted to go “dancin’ in the street.” Now’s your chance at Grand Center’s 5th Annual Dancing in the Street Festival. Get your boogie on and enjoy performances from all types of dance genres as well as endless family-friendly entertainment.
grandcenter.org

25

Your taste buds will do a happy dance at Taste of St. Louis, Sept. 23-25. The streets of downtown will be filled with the aromas of our city’s best culinary offerings as well as music and art, so bring a Joey Chestnut-sized appetite.
tastestl.com

26

Rock out with indie bands Deerhoof and Sleepy Kitty at The Luminary Center for the Arts during its “Elevator Music Series.” Both groups promise an unpredictable show to stimulate and titillate your eyes and ears.
theluminaryarts.com

27

Inspired by the idea that everyone should keep a piece of art in their pocket to brighten their day, more than 100 artists embarked on the Museum of Pocket Art (MoPA) project. The collection of Polly Pocket-sized art is on exhibit at the Bruno David Gallery, Sept. 9-Oct. 15.
brunodavidgallery.com

28

Tap into your inner slasher with Amy Granat’s latest work at White Flag Projects (Sept. 8-Oct. 22). Granat works with film and photography, slashing and mutilating film to create intriguingly beautiful art.
white-flag-projects.org

29

Step into an alternate world at Duane Reed Gallery during Lia Cook’s exhibit (Sept.9-Oct. 15) of digital images woven together to create a multi-sensual experience.
duanereedgallery.com

30

Wave that American flag high—and rhythmically—and grab a baguette for The St. Louis Symphony’s “An American in Paris,” featuring American music inspired by beautiful Paris.
stlsymphony.org

October

1

It’s time to get classy, St. Louis. The much anticipated Grand Re-Opening Gala at the Peabody Opera House will be a star-studded night with the likes of Aretha Franklin and Jay Leno. All proceeds will benefit the John L. Trotter Multiple Sclerosis Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University of School of Medicine.
peabodyoperahouse.com

2

It’s your last chance to discover the inner workings of the brain up close and personal during the “Body Worlds & The Brain” exhibition at the St. Louis Science Center. The traveling exhibit of preserved and displayed bodies is as intriguing and educational as it is gory…in a good way.
slsc.org

3

The term “Flash Dance” is being redefined by “60×60 Dance” at the Sheldon Concert Hall. The unique show features 60 different original compositions—each only 60 seconds long—with accompanying dances created by local choreographers.
thesheldon.org

4

 
Tap your toes to the musical stylings of the St. Louis Jazz Orchestra when they stop in to perform at the Touhill Performing Arts Center. Cabaret seating will make this an intimate and swinging concert.
touhill.org

5

   
In the words of Tim Gunn, “make it work” with a lecture from acclaimed New York fashion designer Todd Thomas at the Mildred Kemper Art Gallery. The lecture coincides with an exhibit featuring the designer’s work at the Des Lee Gallery, Oct. 6-31.
desleegallery.com

6

 
Everyone’s gotta grow up, even in Shakespeare’s world. See Prince Henry’s journey to the throne in “Henry V” (Sept. 30-Oct. 9) at the Grandel Theatre.
stlshakespeare.org

7

   
Ballet not your thing? Check out the vibrant and body-bending performances of The Modern American Dance Company’s Fall Concert at the Touhill Performing Arts Center, Oct. 7-8.
touhill.org

8

   
Check out the musical that rocks way harder than any “Glee” episode ever could when the Peabody Opera House presents “The Who’s Tommy” (Oct. 6-22)—featuring the iconic lead singer of The Who, Roger Daltrey, performing the gritty rock opera from start to finish for the very first time.
peabodyoperahouse.com

9

 
Jonesing for some good classical music? St. Louis Symphony’s “All-Mozart” concert features music by the beloved composer. With performances running Oct. 7-9, it’s a great chance to let Amadeus rock you.
stlsymphony.org

10

 
Forget about flowers and ravens—hear some poetry designed to get people talking about what really matters at Poetry in Place (Sept. 30-Oct. 16), where local bards will recite provocative, contemporary poetry in Laumeier Sculpture Park.
americanartsstl.org

11

 
Brush up on your American history at a St. Louis Speakers Series event with Pulitzer Prize-winning author and historian Joseph Ellis at Powell Symphony Hall, where he’ll focus on America’s Founding Fathers.
stlouisspeakersseries.org

12

 
See everyday items in a new way through artist Leslie Laskey’s new series of unexpected collages and other pieces designed with envelopes called “S.E.N.T.” (Security Envelopes Now Tampered) at Bruno David Gallery (Sept. 9-Oct.15).
brunodavidgallery.com

13

   
Walk on the wild side with a performance of “Passing Strange” (Sept. 22-Oct.15) by the New Line Theatre. A new kind of rock musical, the show tells the story of an artistic bohemian on a quest for truth through the wasteland of sex, drugs and rock’n’roll.
newlinetheatre.com

14

 
Enjoy appetizers, live music and, of course, beer at the event cleverly dubbed “Fest-of-Ale,” presented by the Young Friends of The Missouri Botanical Gardens.
mobot.org

15

   
Don’t miss The Martha Graham Dance Company’s return to St. Louis for the first time in 20 years. Presented by Dance St. Louis, the performance will showcase Graham’s groundbreaking and emotional choreography, including a performance of her famed “Appalachian Springs.”
dancestlouis.org

16

Clowning around is not only welcomed, but encouraged, at the Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus at the Scottrade Center (Oct. 13-16), where you’ll be awed by lions and tigers and bears…oh my!
scottradecenter.com

17

 
Kids will be kids and parents will be crazy. Experience all the toils, chaos and breakdowns of parenthood with The Rep’s production of “God of Carnage,” Oct. 12 – Nov. 6.
repstl.org

18

 
Jason Voorhees and Freddie Kruger have got nothing on the “Evil Dead.” See the absurd and delightfully campy ’80s cult classic on the stage at Stray Dog Theater (Oct. 14-30) —sit in the “splatter zone” for an extra special time.
straydogtheatre.org

19

 
Embark on an adventure with the man from La Mancha and the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet when actor/comedian Phil Proctor tells the story of Don Quixote through music and words in “The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote” at The Sheldon.
thesheldon.org

20

Take a chance and head to Left Bank Books Downtown to hear Amina Gautier speak about her book “At Risk,” which explores the lives of at-risk African-American teenagers and the challenges they face.
left-bank.com

21

Twist and shout with everyone’s favorite curvaceous cutie, Tracy Turnblad, in Washington University’s production of “Hairspray,” Oct. 14-30. With catchy and beloved musical numbers, the classic show is also a reminder that Snooki wasn’t the first one to poof her hair.
edisontheatre.wustl.edu

22

Discover one of St. Louis’ newest and most exciting art venues, Aisle 1 Gallery, and see Eric Nichols’ solo show featuring intriguing manipulation of materials and found forms, Oct. 14-Nov. 12.
aisle1gallery.com

23

Are you a little off your rocker? This is your last chance to check out Gaslight Theater’s production of “Nuts” (Oct. 7-Oct. 23), the play that delves into the psychological and legal ramifications of family and social power struggles.
gaslighttheater.net

24

 
Remember mystery meat Mondays in school? Then you need to see the film “2 Angry Moms” at Schlafly Bottleworks—a documentary about two moms challenging today’s school lunch programs that’ll change the way you think about (and remember) school lunch.
schlafly.com

25

 
Jun Kaneko’s ceramic works are as enormous as they are beautiful, some up to 11 feet tall. Don’t miss his latest exhibit at Duane Reed Gallery, Oct. 21-Dec. 10.
duanereedgallery.com

26

   
Take your places for The Rep’s opening night of “Circle Mirror Transformation” (Oct. 26-Nov13). You’ll fall in love with the funny, poignant and insightful story of five people who learn more about themselves than about acting in a local drama class.
repstl.org

27

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Forget tag and hide-n-seek, and head to “Guerra La Paz: Follow the Leader” at Craft Alliance (Sept.16-Jan. 2012). The art duo utilizes recycled clothing in an exhibit depicting the declining number of role models in today’s world and its societal impact.
craftalliance.org

28

Let the St. Louis Symphony send shivers down your spine as it performs the soundtrack of “The Phantom of the Opera” along with the original 1925 version of the movie, Oct. 28-29.
stlsymphony.org

29

 
Because the battle of the sexes never gets old, Phyllis Bramson’s paintings explore the complicated relationships between men and women. Lustful and lush in color, her paintings at the Philip Slein Gallery are a must-see.
philipsleingallery.com

30

 
Fall down the rabbit hole with “Alice in Wonderland” at COCA (Oct. 28-30). It’s a great way to get the whole family to a show with infamous characters like the Cheshire Cat and the Mad Hatter.
cocastl.org

31

 
The intensely eccentric and ever-popular “Rocky Horror Picture Show” is the perfect film for a healthy dose of Halloween spook. Attend a midnight showing at the Tivoli, dress as your favorite character and experience the oddity of Jim Sharman’s most popular film brought to life.
landmarktheatres.com

November

1

 
Let the story of “Billy Elliot,” the boy who stumbled out of the boxing ring and into a ballet class, warm your heart on opening night at The Fox Theatre. The Tony-Award winning musical runs through Nov. 13.
fabulousfox.com

2

 
Bling doesn’t even begin to describe the jewelry designed by Hutton Wilkson. Join Craft Alliance for an exploration of Wilkson’s exquisite craft in one of its Fashion Lab events.
craftalliance.org

3

 
Pirates, Shakespearean jesters and intrigued locals will all be heading to phd gallery to see “My Skull Collection,” Oct. 22-Nov. 5. The exhibit of artist Philip Hitchcock’s collection is more than 30 years in the making.
phdstl.com

4

   
Artists Seth Coston and Christopher Paquet’s “In Plain Air” exhibition draws on pop culture and history to create paintings that explore opposing themes of stasis and evolution as well as utopia and dystopia. Their exhibit at Hoffman LaChance Contemporary challenges conventions, Nov. 4-26.
hoffmanlachancefineart.com

5

In its US debut, “The Guru of Chai,” presented by The Indian Ink Theatre Company, will spark your imagination and charm you with its lighthearted depiction of an Indian tea-selling spiritual leader. Enlightenment is just a ticket—or a cup of tea—away at Washington University’s Edison Theatre (Nov. 4-5).
edison.wustl.edu

6

 
Two of the world’s most renowned jazz artists will take one stage for one night only. The legendary Diane Reeves and Ahmad Jamal come to the Touhill Performing Arts Center for one of the year’s biggest jazz concerts.
touhill.org

7

   
Try on a different type of art with “Textile Variations/ New Directions” at the Regional Arts Commission. Part of the Innovation in Textiles 9 event, the exhibit includes new artistic uses of textiles by a number of artists.
art-stl.com

8

 
An exhibit by printmaker Jessi Cerutti comes to the new SOHA Gallery (Oct.22-Nov. 14) to explore personal memory and local history through print and fiber arts.
sohastudioandgallery.com

9

 
Forever change the way you look at Google Earth with Gateway Gallery’s multi-artist exhibit, “Satellite to Earth,” inspired by old-time navigational maps of the world in multiple art forms.
gatewaygalleryonline.com

10

   
See some of this year’s best fi lms on their way to Cannes and the Oscars at the St. Louis International Film Festival, Nov. 10-20. You’ll laugh, cry and read subtitles for films from all over the world on opening night.
cinemastlouis.org

11

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Get metaphysical with a play about a play when the Kirkwood Theatre Guild presents “Noises Off” (Nov. 4-14), the Broadway musical about the uproarious antics of a cast preparing for opening night.
ktg-onstage.org

12

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Grab the kids for the Magic House’s “Visiting Artist Series.” Featured artists will share their techniques in traditional Native American art.
magichouse.org

13

 
Way better than an extravaganza—it’s an “Artstravaganza,” Nov. 11-13, at Third Degree Art Factory. Featuring folk and artisan works by local artists, don’t miss this quirky art event with character out the wazoo.
thirddegreeglassfactory.com

14

International artist and St. Louis native Deann Rubin has made aname for herself with her intricate tapestries and graphic designs—on display during a mixed media exhibition at St. Louis Development Corporation, Sept. 23-Nov. 17. Presented by Art St. Louis, you won’t want to deny your eyes this unique treat.
artstlouis.org

15

 
Make an impression by going to the Saint Louis Art Museum’s exhibit of “Monet’s Water Lillies” (Oct.2-Jan. 22, 2012). Known as one of the finest examples of Impressionist art, seeing these masterpieces is a once-in-alifetime opportunity.
slam.org

16

Things just aren’t like they used to be at The Luminary Center for the Arts’ exhibit, “Recently Possible” (Nov. 5-Dec. 3). Featuring works that would’ve never existed without today’s technology, the exhibit explores how visual arts have evolved over the decades.
theluminaryarts.com

17

 
A story of racial tensions and social change, “Palmer Park by Joanna McClelland Glass” is a must-see play that runs at the Missouri History Museum, Nov. 4-20.
mohistory.org

18

   
Who doesn’t need a good lasers-blazing space battle every now and then? “Intergalactic Nemesis: A Live-Action Graphic Novel Spectacular” takes theater production to the next level by mixing a graphic novel with a live stage performance. There will be adventure, danger and, of course, invading sludge monsters at The Edison Theatre.
edisontheatre.wustl.edu

19

   
Libations with lions, martinis with marsupials and beer with bears! Get your fill of animals and cocktails at the Young Friends of the Zoo’s Zootini, and enjoy music, hors d’oeuvres, drinks and furry friends at this see-and-beseen event.
stlzoo.org

20

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Catch the next big thing in theater at the HotCity Theatre 6th Annual GreenHouse New Play Festival. The three-day festival, Nov. 18-20, will feature readings and discussions of “plays in progress” written by talented up-and-coming playwrights.
hotcitytheatre.org

21

 
Celebrate the creativity in the Lou with the Regional Arts Comission’s “Art St. Louis XXVII, The Exhibition,” Oct. 29-Dec. 31. The exhibit features work from some of the best artists residing in and around St. Louis.
art-stl.org

22

Calling all Dancing Queens, “Mamma Mia!” opens at The Fox. The show that gave new life to ABBA’s beloved music will be in St. Louis through Nov. 27.
fabulousfox.com

23

Various internationally recognized landscape design firms have combined efforts to create an unforgettable scene at the Sheldon Art Gallery (through Jan. 21, 2012). Come see the “Bernoudy Gallery of Architecture: Material Landscapes,” and be immersed in the contemporary architectural designs that have built our fair city.
thesheldon.org

24

 
Galleries’ doors are shut and the theater curtains are closed, but hey, there’s turkey. It only happens once a year, so be sure to catch The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. It’s the ultimate (and really the only) cultural event today.

25

   
A true Black Friday requires a little rock‘n’roll. Skip the mall madness and head to the 8th Annual “Rock’n’Roll Craft Show,” Nov. 25-27, at Third Degree Glass Factory, where you can finish your holiday shopping early with unique gifts made by local artisans.
rocknrollcraftshow.com

26

Predict the winner of the “Pinholio” juried photography show at Good Citizen Gallery. Featuring traditional and digital photos taken on pinhole cameras, opinions are welcome, Nov. 18-Dec. 17.
goodcitizenstl.com

27

 
Add a little spice to a holiday tradition with the St. Louis Symphony and Jazz St. Louis’ “The Nutcracker Meets Jazz”— featuring music by Gerswhin, Bernstein and Ellington, inspired by Tchaikovsky’s holiday classic.
stlsymphony.org

28

   
You know the story; now experience Lewis Carroll’s masterpiece in a whole new way with Maggie Taylor’s exhibit “Almost Alice” at COCA (Oct. 28-Dec. 23) as the artist layers images to create eerily surreal composites.
cocastl.org

29

   
See St. Louis through a different lens at the St. Louis Artists’ Guild’s “Rhythms of the City” exhibit, Nov. 11-Jan. 6, 2012—featuring photography of local architecture, landscapes and events that capture the vibrant heart of St. Louis.
stlouisartistsguild.org

30

 
Find some Zen at The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts exhibition, “Reflections of the Buddha,” Sept. 9-Mar. 10, 2012. The exhibit includes art depicting Buddha from around the globe and dating back to the second century.
pulitzerarts.org

 

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