Fall Arts Preview

By Marylyn Simpson
In Culture, Guide

Top 18 shows you must see this season.

 

SEPTEMBER

“State Fair”
Rodgers and Hammerstein’s vibrant score brings “State Fair” to life on the stage and features a local actress whose résumé includes top Broadway shows.
September 3-October 3
Stages St. Louis

Originally a novel by Phil Stong, the musical production of “State Fair” follows the Abel Family and their most unexpected experiences at the state fair. Drama ensues as the family deals with unrequited love, prize-winning boars and life-changing events, all set to the music of Rodgers and Hammerstein. Cast in one of the lead roles, Missouri native Hollie Howard returns to her home state after establishing herself as a standout actress in Broadway productions like “Grease” and “Mamma Mia!” (stagesstlouis.com).

Master Artist Series with Michael Eastman
An internationally recognized St. Louis photographer leads an intensive two-day digital photography workshop.
September 24-November 14
COCA

Capturing the understated beauty of the Heartland to the abandoned estates of Europe, St. Louis-based photographer Michael Eastman exemplifies old-school ingenuity in his works. Sharing his creative genius with talented young photographers, Eastman will conduct a two-day photography workshop from September 11-12, where students’ work will be shown alongside Eastman’s in his latest COCA exhibit (cocastl.org).

“You Can’t Take It With You”
This hilarious Academy Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning stage adaptation is being revived on Broadway this fall, but you can see it locally at one of St. Louis’ best theatres.
September 8-October 3
The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis

A matter of perspective, George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart explore what it truly means to be “normal” in this award-winning comedic story adapted for the stage. Two dramatically different families collide when their offspring fall in love and bring their families together over a disastrous dinner (repstl.org).

17th Annual Saint Louis Art Fair
This local (free!) art fair is ranked 2nd as one of the Top Fine Art Events for 2010. September 10-12
Downtown Clayton

A staple in the Saint Louis arts and culture scene, the Saint Louis Art Fair attracts over 150,000 visitors each year. Art collectors to art junkies gather in downtown Clayton to admire local and nationally recognized artists whom display their pottery, paintings and sculptures. Set against a backdrop of live music and tastes from the top 20 restaurants in St. Louis, the Saint Louis Art Fair is must-attend art event of the season (culturalfestivals.com).

Bell Plays Tchaikovsky
This Emmy-nominated and Grammy-winning violinist delivers a moving performance of Tchaikovsky’s classical masterpieces.
September 18 & 19
Powell Hall

Take advantage of Joshua Bell’s limited violin performances this fall. As he performs Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto with the SLSO, you’ll experience first-hand why Bell is hailed as one of the finest musicians of his generation, not only captivating audiences on stage, but on film, contributing to the movie scores of “Angels & Demons” and “Defiance” (slso.org).

Garth Weiser: “Opening Reception”

An internationally recognized painter experiments with unorthodox pairings of geometric patterns and textured paint surfaces.
September 11-October 23
White Flag Projects

New York-based artist Garth Weiser brings his perceptually intriguing paintings to St. Louis. Juxtaposing textured surfaces against geometric backdrops, Weiser combines elements of monochromatic hues, architectural space and bold subject matter making his work a tour de force within the genre of abstract painting (whiteflagprojects.org).

Richard Artschwager: “Hair”
A master of deception and perception, Artschwager creates truly avant-garde art with the most unusual of materials.
September 10, 2010-January 2, 2011
Contemporary Art Museum

Revered for his use of rubberized horsehair and experimentation with Op Art, Richard Artschwager’s exhibit at the Contemporary showcases an array of his works. From life-size silhouettes that seem to dance in midair, to hair-covered furniture transformed from their literal interpretation to sculptural masterpieces, Artschwager defies what it means to have a focused perception of art (contemporarystl.org).

Don’t miss the opening night of opening nights on September 10, when St. Louis art fans and aficionados descend on the Contemporary from 7pm-9pm.

OCTOBER

American Arts Experience
The first-ever American Arts Experience in St. Louis takes guests around the city for a week of performing-arts pleasure.
October 1-17
Various St. Louis Venues

With 40 of St. Louis’ top arts and cultural organizations hosting the American Arts Experience, audiences will be sure to enjoy the performing and visual arts in their full glory. Whether you’re looking to enjoy a theater production, jazz concert or dance performance, the American Arts Experience encompasses the best in the visual and performing arts (americanartsstl.org).

Michael Moschen
This talented performer isn’t your Barnum and Bailey juggling act.
October 15-17
COCA

Whether you consider him a savant, genius or just plain brilliant, Michael Moschen has revolutionized the science of juggling to a true art form. With the absence of optical illusion, Moschen’s crystal-ball juggling act is like something from another world, defying the laws of physics. Recipient of the MacArthur Grant, also known as the “genius grant,” Moschen leaves audiences awe-struck with his mind-blowing performance art (cocastl.org).

MADCO (Modern American Dance Company) 34th Season Opener
Combining modern dance and amazing athletics, MADCO brings energy-packed performances to St. Louis dance-lovers.
October 1 & 2
Touhill Performing Arts Center

A celebration of life, MADCO’s vibrant and high-octane contemporary dance performances are broken up into five separate shows. Starting with a classical contemporary dance, then moving on to more abstract performances, MADCO stuns during the second half of the show with interpretations of modern day childhood, athletically-charged dance and stories of hope and despair. If intensely raw modern dance is what you’re looking for, then MADCO’s latest show is sure to deliver (touhill.org).

“November”
Inspired by the 2008 presidential election, playwright David Mamet gives us his comical take on the American political system and just how far a fledgling incumbent president will go to win the approval and votes of his fellow countrymen.
October 8-24
St. Louis Actors’ Studio

Audiences are introduced to incumbent president Charles Smith who, among the discouragement of his own cabinet members and wife, fights tooth and nail for his second term in office. Taking advantage of the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, Smith uses a pair of turkeys attempting to win back the hearts and votes of the American people (stlas.org).

“I Love My Wife”, New Line Theatre’s 20th Anniversary Season
Known for pushing the envelope, New Line Theatre once again brings a Broadway comedic story to life more than 30 years after its debut.
September 30-October 23
New Line Theatre

Set to the tune of musical numbers like “Love Revolution” and “Married Couple Seeks Married Couple,” “I Love My Wife” follows two couples as the Sexual Revolution comes to an indolent close. Watch as the curious yet puritanically moral couples attempt to spice up their love lives with less than stellar results (newlinetheatre.com).

Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra Presents Alfred Hitchock’s “Psycho”
The Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra’s performance of Hitchcock’s classic and widely recognizable theme music is sure to be a spine-tingling experience.
October 29 & 30
Powell Symphony Hall

What Halloween pastime could be just as frightening as a haunted house visit, yet intellectually stimulating at the same time? “Psycho”‘s unmistakably haunting score is performed by the SLSO on Halloween night. Whether you are a regular symphony-goer or just looking for a night of fright, sit back and take in the spooky sounds of Norman Bates’ gruesome murderous acts (slso.org)

Rivane Neuenschwander: “A Day Like Any Other

Take a deeper look at the objects that make up our daily lives.
October 8, 2010-January 10, 2011
Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum

Gaining worldwide attention for her 2003 “I Wish Your Wish” exhibition, featuring thousands of ribbons donning the most heart breaking to sometimes selfish wishes
of ordinary people, Brazilian artist Rivane Neuenschwander showcases her latest work in St. Louis. Neuenschwander creates exhibitions using an array of mediums: painting, photography and film to name a few. Using some of the most mundane artifacts found in day-to-day life like clocks and soap bubbles, Neuenschwander represent the themes she explores in her work. See how Neuenschwander interprets time, travel and translation, telling a story of what life means both for the individual and for the whole of society (kemperartmuseum.wustl.edu).

Venice Baroque Orchestra with soloist Robert McDuffie, “The Seasons Project”
See what the buzz is about this fall with the eclectic pairing of legendary composers Philip Glass and violinist Robert McDuffie.
October 15
Edison Theatre

Philip Glass re-works Vivaldi’s Baroque music repertoire, “The Four Seasons,” into a mesmerizing and insatiable musical piece brought to life through acclaimed violinist Robert McDuffie. The one-night-only performance is a must-see not only for Philip Glass fans, but for anyone who appreciates truly inspiring music (edisontheatre.wustl.edu).

NOVEMBER

19th annual Stella Artois St. Louis International Film Festival

Named one of the ten best international festivals in the U.S. and featured hit films like “Up in the Air” and “Kinsey.”
November 11-21
Cinema St. Louis

A film buffs’ dream come true with over 250 internationally acclaimed films in one spot, Cinema St. Louis offers the best in independent and international film premieres. Dealing with a large breadth of topics, including poverty, race and sexual identity, local audiences are introduced to the ways in which different cultures deal with such hotbutton issues (cinemastlouis.org).

“South Pacific”
This Pulitzer Prize-winning play has been the recipient of seven Tony Awards and boasts the largest orchestra of any touring Broadway production.
November 9-21
Fox Theatre

Dive into the South Pacific this fall with James A. Michener’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel-turned-Rodgers–and-Hammerstein musical that tells the story of love and war during the U.S. occupation of the South Pacific. Anything but outdated, this play still holds relevancy over half a decade since World War II. Sensual yet still meaningful, South Pacific is a timeless piece that Americans of every generation can relate to (fabulousfox.com).

Treasures of Napoleon
The life story of one of the world’s greatest leaders as told by the heirlooms that surrounded this legend’s life.
November 21, 2010-April 3, 2011
Missouri History Museum

Get to know the man behind the pomp and circumstance. Books, portraits and lavish furnishings are just some of the artifacts you can admire at this highly praised  traveling tour. Seen by over 200,000 visitors, the exhibit showcases some of the rarest original Napoleonic artifacts. Without having to take a less-than-convenient trip to Europe, Treasures of Napoleon is the best (and only) way to see some of this historical figure’s most treasured belongings (mohistory.org).

 

813_388.jpgSeptember: Deanna Henion’s piece “Patchwork” which will be in the Saint Louis Art Fair

814_388.jpgOctober: Soloist Robert McDuffie performs with the Venice Baroque Orchestra in “The Seasons Project”

815_388.jpgOctober: “St. Louis Riverfront” at American Arts Experience

816_388.jpgOctober: Soloist Robert McDuffie performs with the Venice Baroque Orchestra in “The Seasons Project”

817_388.jpgNovember: “South Pacfic” comes to the Fox Theatre

818_388.jpgNovember: The “Treasures of Napoleon” exhibit comes to the Missouri History Museum

 

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