St. Louis Arts + Culture Events: Catch Murmuration, Strange Folk and Greater St. Louis Hispanic Festivals This Weekend
Sept. 21: “Race, Gender and Ethnicity in the Museum”
The Washington University Center for Diversity and Inclusion presents “Developing Identity Literacy: Race, Gender and Ethnicity in the Museum,” hosted by the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum on Wednesday, Sept. 21 from 4-6pm. The event includes a curator-led tour, followed by a reception featuring Washington University student performances.
1 Brookings Dr., University City
Sept. 22: Goodie House Poetry Reading
This month’s Goodie House poetry reading series will be on Thursday, Sept. 22 from 6-9:30pm at Human Spaces. Featured readers include Rashid Hughes, ReeCee, Travis Massotti and Jacqui Germain, who will also be selling copies of her book. The event is free to attend and open to the public. Wine and snacks provided.
216 Haven St., Carondelet
Sept. 22: Critical Conversations: Art and the Black Body
Critical Mass for the Visual Arts has organized a panel and discussion event, “Critical Conversations: Art and the Black Body,” on Thursday, Sept. 22 from 7-9pm, hosted by Contemporary Art Museum. The panel will feature Dr. Rebecca Wanzo, Associate Professor at Wash U; Dr. Bukky Gbadegesin, Associate Professor at SLU; Kat Simone Reynolds, local photographer; and Lyndon Barrois, Jr., artist and museum educator at CAM. The event is free, but registration is requested and can be completed here.
3750 Washington Blvd., Grand Center
Sept. 22: Common Field Meet Up for Independent Arts Organizers
The Luminary is hosting an informal gathering and discussion for independent arts organizers across the city, on Thursday, Sept. 22, from 7-9pm. The event is an opportunity for the arts community to discuss ways individuals can better co-organize and support one another. Complimentary food and drinks will be provided at the event.
2701 Cherokee St., Cherokee Street
Sept. 22: The Music of Marvin Gaye, featuring Brian Owens
The Sheldon Concert Hall presents a tribute concert to legendary musician Marvin Gaye, featuring soul vocalist Brian Owens and the Deacons of Soul, on Thursday, Sept. 22 at 7:30pm. Tickets are available for purchase online.
3648 Washington Blvd., Grand Center
Sept. 23: WE Speak: Art as Social Activism
Human Spaces is hosting an evening presentation event, featuring Broolyn-based artist and activist Traci Molloy, focusing on art, collaboration and activism, on Friday, September 23. Doors open at 6:30pm, and the event is from 7-8:30pm. The event is free to attend, but registration is requested and can be completed online.
216 Haven St., Carondelet
Sept. 23-24: “Mean Girls” Screening at The Tivoli
The Tivoli is doing two midnight screenings of the popular film, “Mean Girls,” on Friday, Sept. 23 at 11:55pm, and Saturday, Sept. 23 at 11:55pm. Tickets for each screening can be purchased online.
6350 Delmar Blvd., Delmar Loop
Sept. 23-25: 2016 Murmuration Festival
The long-awaited Murmuration Fest 2016, called “the convergence of art, music, tech and science,” kicks off this weekend, running from Friday, Sept. 23 to Sunday, Sept. 25 at Cortex Innovation Community. The three-day festival features influential speakers, thought-leaders, an art competition and multiple music performances. Information about ticket pricing, performance schedule and line up, is available online.
4320 Forest Park Ave., Central West End
Sept. 23-25: “Then and Now, Again: A Worker’s Opera”
Produced by Bread & Roses Missouri, the show, “Then and Now, Again: A Worker’s Opera,” will open this Friday evening, Sept. 23 at 7pm at the First Unitarian Church. In addition to opening night, there will be a performance on Saturday, Sept. 24 at 7pm, and a matinee performance on Sunday, Sept. 25 at 3pm. Tickets can be purchased online here.
5007 Waterman Blvd., Central West End
Sept. 23-25: Greater St. Louis Hispanic Festival
Hispanic Festival, Inc. presents the 2016 Greater St. Louis Hispanic Festival in Soulard Market Park this weekend. The festival runs from 10am-10pm on Friday, Sept. 23, 10am-10pm on Saturday, Sept. 24, and 11am-8pm on Sunday, Sept. 25. The weekend will include Hispanic Folklore dancers, more than 70 booths, live Latino bands and cultural foods. A full line-up and schedule of performers is available online.
Soulard Market Park, Soulard
Sept. 24: “NO SHOW Museum” at fort gondo
The traveling curatorial project, “NO SHOW Museum,” will be stopping by fort gondo compound for the arts on Saturday, Sept. 24 from 6-9pm, featuring work from more than 120 international artists from the 20th and 21st centuries. Curator Andreas Heusser will give a performative artist talk and lecture at 7pm.
3151 Cherokee St., Cherokee Street
Sept. 24: Print and Poetry Workshop at Central Print
Central Print Studios is hosting a print and poetry workshop at its location in Old North St. Louis, on Saturday, Sept. 24 from 11am-1pm. Tickets for the workshop are available online.
2624 N. 14th St., Old North St. Louis
Sept. 24: SEX+STL and Rustin’s Place: Queerin’ the City
SEX+STL, in collaboration with Rustin’s Place, presents a sex education discussion from a queer perspective, on Saturday, Sept. 24 from 2-4pm at the Rustin’s Place Community Space. The event will include small group discussions and information on resources for further education.
1024 N. Sarah St., Vandeventer
Sept. 24: The Get Down! at Yeyo Arts
Yeyo Arts Collective is hosting a nighttime dance party dedicated to the origins of hip-hop on Saturday, Sept. 24 from 9pm-1am. Music will be provided by DJ Xolani, featuring hip-hop, disco, soul, house, reggae, afrobeat and more. Admission is $5, and proceeds will benefit the community-building efforts of the St. Louis Pan Afrikan Movement.
2907 S. Jefferson Ave., Benton Park
Sept. 24-25: 2016 Strange Folk Festival: Belle Epoch
The 2016 Strange Folk Festival, “Belle Epoch,” is this weekend, from 10am-6pm on both Saturday, Sept. 24 and Sunday, Sept. 25. The indie craft show features 200 artists and makers from all over the country, 10 live bands, and multiple quirky art installations. More information on the festival grounds map, transportation, a full list of makers and artists and musical entertainment, and much more is all available online.
Lafayette Park, Lafayette Square
Sept. 25: Better Billion Finalist Presentations
The finalist groups for the Better Billion competition will be making their final presentations on Sunday, Sept. 25 from 6:30-8:30pm at Radix House. The six finalists are Beth Weeks and Phillip Weeks, Tim Krupinksi, Erica Hallman and Rodney McGruder Brown, Casey Renee, Norman Ross, and the Good Journey Development Foundation. Finalist judges include Tara Thompson, Derek Laney, Alisha Sonnier, Michael Butler, April Wright, Megan-Ellyia Green, and Nick Apperson.
3406 Halliday Ave., Tower Grove East
Photo courtesy of Strange Folk Festival