The Bucket List: 6 Things to Do This Weekend, By Neighborhood

 In Culture

It’s a gorgeous day out, which means that 1) winter is officially over (as of yesterday), and 2) any justifications for spending the day inside with Netflix don’t hold up quite as well as they used to. So for a little first-weekend-of-spring inspiration, we’ve put together a bucket list of must-see exhibitions and explorations calling your name around town, no matter where you live (or, well, brunch).

St. Louis Spring. Paul Sableman.

St. Louis Spring. Paul Sableman.

The Grove
Head to Bruno David Projects (1245 S. Vandeventner Ave.) to take a peek at artist Heather Bennett’s stunning show, “Four Stories,” where all is not how it appears. Bennett’s photography seemingly tells a immediately recognizable narrative, but ultimately seeks to challenge stereotypical and sexualized notions of the female-object  through symbols and incongruities woven into the complex layers of the photograph.

South City
Check out SOHA Gallery‘s (4915 Macklind Ave.) pop-up art show Saturday from 11-4pm. SOHA is known for showcasing insanely talented local artists, and the SOHAppening POPup Exhibits features four of them with work at a variety of price points—just in case your home’s looking for a little spring facelift.

Cherokee Street
Breach Fort Gondo‘s walls (3151 Cherokee St.) to indulge in some imagination: “Tennessee Williams’s Room,” an installation conceived by poet Paul Legault and designer Joseph Kaplan. It seeks to catalog the objects that would have been in the famous playwright’s (and STL native’s) possession, were he a gay (and angsty) teen living at Fort Gondo today.

Central West End
After brunch, swing into the World Chess Hall of Fame (4652 Maryland Ave.) to take a look at the mural series on the second floor, part of the “Living Like Kings” hip-hop-meets-chess exhibition closing April 26. Each represents a different piece of the chessboard—and if you’re not familiar with the game, a placard next to the images explains the piece’s role. The mural representing the bishop, directly across from the door, is perhaps the most eye-catching, but take a lap around the room to see graffiti artists’ various styles, from multimedia to painting, and demonstrations of some serious technical talent.

The Loop
Head to the Craft Alliance (6640 Delmar Blvd.) to catch “Small Buildings: built, unbuilt, unbuildable,” a juried exhibition exploring architectural models through those three themes. It also examines the intersection of art and architecture: Just as architects draw and make models, artists also dip into architectural practices with manifested models of site installations or works that resemble architecture.  The jurors for this show, Bruce Lindsey and Buzz Spector, have selected the best of these models from both fields to explore the possible and the purely artistic—and where the two cross over.

Grand Center
Should you prefer your architecture in 2D, swing by the International Photography Hall of Fame (3415 Olive St.) for “St. Louis Architecture: A Proud Heritage,” in which 10 photographers display their work celebrating St. Louis’ architectural fabric, from the banal to the sacred. John Nagel’s visual essays also examine architectural styles and take a look at some of the built heritage of the city—both preserved and lost to modernity.

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