Warm Your Heart: A 2019 Guide to Arts and Culture in St. Louis This Winter

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Somehow it’s November, and we’re suddenly two months from the end of the decade. No need to fear, though—the arts and culture scene in St. Louis shows absolutely no signs of slowing down. Here’s a roundup of memorable upcoming experiences at some of St. Louis’ finest arts institutions—and in some unexpected places.

Center of Creative Arts (COCA)
All three COCA Dance Ensembles—COCAdance, Ballet Eclectica and the COCA Hip-Hop Crew—take the stage together for “Winter Rep: A Movement in Color” Dec. 14-15 at Washington University’s Edison Theatre. In this dynamic show, COCA’s hard-working, talented students celebrate the work of artists of color such as Marcus Jarrell Willis (formerly with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater), Claudia Schreier (a neoclassical and contemporary ballet choreographer and award-winning artistic director) and Amari Marshall (a commercial hip-hop dancer and choreographer). Tickets for “Winter Rep: A Movement in Color” are on sale now.

City of Clayton
Bring your family, friends and coworkers for a fun-filled evening of classic games galore! Reminisce about the good ol’ days over board games like Scrabble, Monopoly, checkers and chess—or more than 30 original Nintendo NES games in the video game room—during the City of Clayton’s first-ever game night Nov. 21 at Kingside Diner from 4:30-7:30 p.m. There will also be space for card games, dominoes and outdoor games like yard Jenga and cornhole. The series continues at different venues around Clayton on Dec. 17 (holiday edition), Jan. 21, Feb. 18, March 17 (St. Patrick’s Day edition) and April 21.

The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis
In a world of opulent estates and lavish private balls, where women’s entire futures hinge on marriage, Elizabeth Bennet stands apart. With a vibrant wit and a headstrong sense of pride, Elizabeth places her own needs first and refuses to marry for mere convenience. But she meets her match in the unlikely figure of Mr. Darcy. Beginning as a testy battle of words and ideas, their relationship blossoms into a remarkable romance between two passionate intellects who play by their own rules in “Pride and Prejudice.” Onstage at The Rep Dec. 4-29.

Saint Louis Art Museum
Artist Dave Hullfish Bailey seeks to disrupt the way audiences think about their interactions with the environment in the Anthropocene age, our current geological era, which is marked by significant human impact on the earth’s environmental systems and climate. In “Currents 117: Dave Hullfish Bailey,” the latest installment of the museum’s popular contemporary art series, the artist takes the Missouri River watershed and the aquifers of the High Plains as a starting point to investigate the connections among art, geography and the environment through photographs, drawings and large-scale sculptures. The free exhibit is on view Nov. 15-March 8, 2020.

The Sheldon Concert Hall & Art Galleries
World-class artists ranging from jazz and folk to classical, world and bluegrass take the stage in the perfect acoustics of the Sheldon Concert Hall during the 2019-2020 season. Enjoy some of today’s most eclectic and exciting musicians, including Mwenso & the Shakes, paying tribute to the 100th anniversary of the Harlem Renaissance on Nov. 9; charismatic Venezuelan singer Nella on Nov. 16; bluegrass legends Dailey & Vincent, celebrating the “Joys of Christmas” on Dec. 6; and global music superstar Angélique Kidjo on Feb. 14. Tickets are on sale now! Visit thesheldon.org for more information.

STAGES St. Louis
The 2020 season at STAGES (May 29-Oct. 4) features the return of three audience favorites: “A Chorus Line,” the singular sensation that dazzled Broadway for 15 years, securing the Pulitzer Prize for Drama as well as nine Tony awards; “La Cage aux Folles,” the hilarious and heartwarming tale of male partners who have their lives turned upside down when their son decides to marry … a woman (!); and the grand finale of the season, “Always … Patsy Cline,” a touching and true story combining down-home humor with the country legend’s memorable music. Subscription ticket sales start Dec 2.

Images courtesy of those listed. Featured image courtesy of Genessa Panainte.

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