What To Do in St. Louis This Weekend

 In City Guide, Culture

As September makes its way onto our calendars, the Pulitzer Arts Foundation and the Contemporary Art Museum both open their standout fall exhibitions with public receptions—conveniently scheduled at the same time so guests can stroll between the two Grand Center institutions all evening long. This weekend also includes two marketplace-style festivals to enjoy some leisurely shopping while supporting some of the region’s most unique small business owners.

‘SPF 1991’ Presents: Mural

The summer event series “SPF 1991” culminates in the unveiling of a gallery-wide mural project at projects+gallery on Thursday, Sept. 5. Celebrate the series’ free closing event with complimentary refreshments and explore the massive, wall-sized artworks by Edo Rosenblith, Janie Bootsie Stamm, Yowshien Kuo and WORK/PLAY.

When: Thursday, Sept. 5, from 5-8 p.m.
Where: projects+gallery
Neighborhood: Central West End
Price: Free

Opening weekend at The Black Rep

St. Louis’s historic Black Rep theater company kicks off its 43rd season this weekend with “Don’t Bother Me, I Can’t Cope” at Edison Theatre on the Washington University campus. This season features music and plays by August Wilson, Ntozake Shange, George Brant, Micki Grant and Vinnette Carroll. Tickets are available online, by phone and at the Black Rep’s box office.

When: Thursday-Sunday, Sept. 5-8
Where: Edison Theatre, Washington University in St. Louis
Neighborhood: Clayton
Price: $15-$50

Exhibition opening at the Pulitzer Arts Foundation

The Pulitzer Arts Foundation’s fall exhibition season opens on Friday, Sept. 6, with two world-class shows: “Susan Philipsz: Seven Tears” and “Zarina: Atlas of Her World.” And on Saturday afternoon, enjoy an artist talk featuring artist Susan Philipsz from 1-2 p.m to for an insightful conversation about the artist’s inspirations and creative vision.

When: Friday, Sept. 6, from 6-9 p.m.
Where: Pulitzer Arts Foundation
Neighborhood: Grand Center
Price: Free

Exhibition opening at the Contemporary Art Museum

Four new exhibitions open at the Contemporary Art Museum on Friday, Sept. 6. Stephanie Syjuco: Rogue States” and “Bethany Collins: Chorus” open in CAM’s main galleries; “Jonathas de Andrade: Voyeristico” opens on the museum’s Street Views area; and “Margaret Keller: Botanica absentia“—an installation set in the artist’s trademark imaginary future—opens in CAM’s upstairs education gallery. Join the artist talk with Stephanie Syjuco on Saturday, Sept. 7, at 11 a.m.

When: Friday, Sept. 6, from 6-9 p.m.
Where: Contemporary Art Museum
Neighborhood: Grand Center
Price: Free

Image courtesy of the Contemporary Art Museum.

Stephen Martines at Sky Music Lounge

Country music recording artist, television actor and native St. Louisan Stephen Martines plays his first concert in the St. Louis region this weekend. Matines will be bringing his radio hits and New Country Artist #1 Single “Sounds Like Whiskey” to the Sky Music Lounge in Ballwin on Friday, Sept. 6. Tickets are available online.

When: Friday, Sept. 6, at 7 p.m.
Where: Sky Music Lounge
Neighborhood: Ballwin
Price: $5.40

May’s Place Night Market

The third iteration of the 2019 season of May’s Night Market will be Friday, Sept. 6, at The Ready Room. This small business marketplace, hosted by May’s Place, brings vendors selling local vintage clothing, handmade artisan wares and other unique goods and gifts together for a night of casual shopping in the midst of The Grove’s vibrant neighborhood.

When: Friday, Sept. 6, from 6-11 p.m.
Where: The Ready Room
Neighborhood: The Grove
Price: Free

iLLPHONiCS and Earthbound Beer Release Party

Neighborhood favorite Earthbound Beer and popular St. Louis hip-hop group iLLPHONiCS have collaborated to create and debut a brand new, purple-tinted beer called iLLiXiR. Join beer and music lovers on Friday, Sept. 6, to celebrate the release and taste the special made blonde ale inspired by the rap group’s latest album “Purple Piano Society.”

When: Friday, Sept. 6, from 5-10 p.m.
Where: Earthbound Beer
Neighborhood: Cherokee Street
Price: Free

MADE Festival

More than 60 local vendors will be at Westport Plaza for the MADE Festival, showcasing a wide range of artisan-made products, local retailers, handmade goods, high-end jewelry, one-of-a-kind crafts and more—all gathered for two days of culture and community. Visit the MADE Festival’s website for a full list of vendors and live music performances.

When: Friday-Saturday, Sept. 6-7
Where: Westport Plaza
Neighborhood: Maryland Heights
Price: Free

Chamber Project St. Louis’ opening weekend

Now in its 12th season, Chamber Project St. Louis presents “WINDOW” on Saturday, Sept. 7, at 7:30 p.m. The concert, partly inspired by local geography and the architecture of St. Louis, also features the world premiere of a commissioned piece by composer David Werfelmann.

When: Saturday, Sept. 7, at 7:30 p.m.
Where: 560 Music Center
Neighborhood: The Delmar Loop
Price: $5-$25

Featured image courtesy of projects+gallery.

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