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I Love Jazz provides this calendar as part of our commitment to promote the live jazz experience. It includes just some of the many opportunities in the St. Louis area to hear and see jazz performed by local, national, and international artists.

If your venue, educational institution, or jazz group would like to be included on the Jazz Calendar – contact John Baker at john@hectv.org.

For show times and ticket information – contact the venue or follow the link provided.

 

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  • September 3 | 10 AM - 9 PM

    Marcel Dzama: Mischief Makes A Move

    World Chess Hall of Fame 4652 Maryland Ave St. Louis, MO

    10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. every Thu., Fri. until October 18, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. every Tue., Wed., Sat. until October 18, 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. every Sun. until October 18

    What do you get when four Canadians and one founding member of Sonic Youth collaborate? Not your average cuppa tea. Instead, you take a long, cool drink of something from the Dadaist bottle via the art film Une Danse des Bouffons. Directed by Canadian-born Marcel Dzama, it stars Kim Gordon, who not only played bass in Sonic Youth forever but is also a respected visual artist in her own right. Music for the black-and-white film was composed by Arcade Fire's Will Butler, Jeremy Gara and Tim Kingsbury. This silent production was inspired by an ill-fated love affair between Marcel Duchamp and the Brazilian sculptor Maria Martins. She elected to remain with her husband; Duchamp was left in the lurch. One party always loses. In the film, Duchamp is held captive and has to recite chess moves in order to escape -- which links the flick to the larger exhibition of his work, Mischief Makes a Move. The exhibit opens at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 14, at the World Chess Hall of Fame. The show remains up through Sunday, October 18, and the gallery is open Tuesday through Sunday. Admission is a suggested $5 donation.

  • September 3 | 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

    A Walk in St. Louis 1875

    Missouri History Museum Lindell Blvd. & DeBaliviere Ave. St. Louis, MO

    10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. every Mon., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat., Sun. until February 14, 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. every Tue. until February 14

    Cartography is not considered a fine-art form, but it should be. Because of its association with practical utility and the accurate visual translation of purely physical information, cartography tends to get short shrift in aesthetic circles -- if indeed it gets any shrift at all. Such, perhaps, is the price of overvaluing the romantic abstract at the expense of the quotidian tangible. Regardless, give us beautiful maps to pore over any day -- especially, Compton & Dry's masterpiece of cartographic artistry: 1875's Pictorial St. Louis. This duo's staggering ambition was to draw every single home, building and street in St. Louis, all in super-accurate perspective. The new exhibit, A Walk in St. Louis 1875, employs this astounding pictorial map (enlarged for more visual bang) as a backdrop for a depiction of our city as it looked and felt in 1875. Photographs, artifacts, news pieces and assorted writings flesh out the compelling detail. The exhibition is open daily through February 14, 2016, at the Missouri History Museum. Admission is free.

  • September 3 | 10 AM - 5 PM

    Alex Prager: Face in the Crowd

    Saint Louis Art Museum in Forest Park 1 Fine Arts Dr. St. Louis, MO

    10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. every Tue., Wed., Thu., Sat., Sun. until November 1, 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. every Fri. until November 1

    If the woman in the film Face in the Crowd looks uncannily like Elizabeth Banks, you're not losing your mind. Video artist Alex Prager often recruits professional actors for her projects, and that is indeed Banks dressed in 1950s garb and wading into a crowd of people. The eleven minute long, single-channel film begins with Banks watching a thick crowd of people from her window, and then entering into the tide of humanity. Walking against the crowd's flow, polite greetings and friendly smiles soon turn into collisions, slowed progress and a suffocating sense of claustrophobia. Alex Prager: Face in the Crowd is shown on a loop in gallery 301 at the Saint Louis Art Museum in Forest Park through Sunday, November 1. Admission is free, and the museum is open Tuesday through Sunday.

  • September 3 | 7:30 PM

    The Act of Killing

    Webster University's Moore Auditorium 470 East Lockwood Avenue Webster Groves, MO

    Joshua Oppenheimer's documentary The Act of Killing explores the phenomenon of celebrity murderers in the context of Indonesia's barbarous purges of suspected Communists during the mid-1960s, when an estimated 500,000 to 1 million people were slaughtered. Oppenheimer and his co-director Anonymous (so named to keep him/her safe from retribution) challenged the former leaders of the Indonesian government's death squads to re-enact their crimes in any cinematic genre they chose. What results is a loud 'n' proud display of unvarnished cruelty, fed by a reptilian crawl through the depths of obscene narcissism. Unrepentant murderers ham it up for the camera; there is no mitigating self-consciousness, let alone shame or guilt. Experience the freakshow for yourself tonight at 7:30 p.m. in Webster University's Moore Auditorium. Tickets are $4 to $6.

  • September 4 | 10 AM

    Humpback Whales

    Saint Louis Science Center-OMNIMAX 5050 Oakland Ave. St. Louis, MO

    10:00 a.m. and noon daily until September 21

    The dome of the St. Louis Science Center's OMNIMAX theater is five stories high and 79 feet in diameter -- that's a great deal of space to fill with images. But a full-grown humpback whale is 50 feet long and weighs 48 tons, so they'll use all of it. Humpback Whales, the new IMAX film from MacGillivray Freeman Films, takes you undersea from Alaska to Hawaii to Tonga as you swim with these resilient and intelligent mammals. This is a rare opportunity to see life-size humpback whales without getting wet -- don't let it pass you by.

  • September 4 | 10 AM - 5 PM

    Alexander Calder

    Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts 3716 Washington Blvd. St. Louis, MO

    10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. every Thu., Fri. until September 12, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. every Wed., Sat. until September 12

    With the precision of an expert toymaker and the innovation of a true artist, Alexander Calder created large-scale mobiles that introduced kinetics to the world of sculpture. The artist, who adored both abstraction and verisimilitude, receives a beautiful exhibition in Calder Lightness. The show takes full advantage of the gorgeous natural light that streams into the Pulitzer Arts Foundation's upper galleries. Carmen Gimenez, who curated a phenomenal Calder exhibition at Spain's Museo Guggenheim Bilbao, guest-curates this show. Calder perfectly captures the interplay between stillness and movement, shadow and light, gravity and unbounded hope. The exhibition opens at 10 a.m. Friday, May 1, and the show remains up through Saturday, September 12. The gallery is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday. Admission is free.

  • September 4 | 10 AM - 5 PM

    Arch Perspectives

    Missouri History Museum in Forest Park Lindell Boulevard and DeBaliviere Avenue St. Louis, MO

    Aug. 22. Mondays, Wednesdays-Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Tuesdays, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Continues through Jan. 24, 2016

    The Gateway Arch has become visual shorthand for St. Louis. It shows up in films, commercials, on signs, T-shirts, bags, postcards. But what does the Arch really mean to the region? It was designed to celebrate Thomas Jefferson and his dream of westward expansion, but the meanings of our civic symbols change as the people who live in its shadow also change. Arch Perspectives, the new exhibit at the Missouri History Museum, offers a look back at the birth of the Arch and what it was meant to symbolize through photographs and original documents. The exhibit includes a continuing series of forums for people to discuss their interpretation of the monument's meaning. Is it a promise unfulfilled, a reminder of past glories, or something else entirely? Arch Perspectives is open daily through Sunday, January 24. Admission is free.

  • September 4 | 10 AM - 9 PM

    Journey to the Interior: Ink Paintings from Japan

    St. Louis Art Museum in Forest Park 1 Fine Arts Dr. St. Louis, MO

    Starts Sept. 4. Fridays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. and Tuesdays-Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through Dec. 9

    The Saint Louis Art Museum in Forest Park highlights its deep collection of Asian art with Journey to the Interior: Ink Paintings from Japan, an exhibit of six prominent works of Zen and literati paintings. This calligraphy-based art form originated in China and uses ink made from compressed wood soot and glue, resulting in a monochrome image. Included in the show are two of Kakutei Jôkô's six-paneled folding screens painted with flowers and plants, and three hanging landscape scrolls. Never before shown as a collection, the exhibition illustrates China's cultural influence on the Kamakura shogunate and comprises several pieces on display for the first time in more than a decade. Journey to the Interior is displayed in gallery 225. The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday, and admission is free.

  • September 4 | 7:30 PM

    The Look of Silence

    Webster University's Moore Auditorium 470 East Lockwood Avenue Webster Groves, MO

    Indonesia endured terrible internal strife in the 1960s. Following a military coup in 1965, the country's leader, President Sukarno, gradually bled power and was ultimately ousted by General Suharto in 1967. Indonesia's communists, plus any suspected communists, bore the brunt of the instability; an estimated 600,000 to 1 million citizens were killed by the republic's military and police. Joshua Oppenheimer's The Look of Silence (a companion to his earlier film about Indonesia's civil war, The Act of Killing) tracks a family of survivors of the purge. They learn how their son was murdered, then the identity of the men who killed him. The victim's brother, an optometrist, refuses to back down before the thugs: He confronts the death-squad leaders responsible for his brother's murder. This is riveting documentary cinema with no need of hokey acting, CGI or contrived plot bombs — drama and power accrue from the real human trauma the film records. The Look of Silence screens at 7:30 p.m. Friday through Sunday (September 4 through 6) at Webster University's Moore Auditorium. Tickets are $4 to $6.

  • September 4 | 3 PM - 6 PM

    Trailnet’s Bike to Blender – Celebrating Whole Kids Foundation

    Whole Foods Market 1160 Town and Country Crossing Road Town and Country, MO

    Trailnet is an advocacy organization that works to help our region build for better walking and biking in order to foster healthy and active communities. For a donation of any amount, ride Trailnet's bike blender, a pedal-powered smoothie maker, and support the Whole Kids Foundation! Partake in this fun activity, get some exercise, eat something healthy and support the health of our kids with salad bars and school gardens! We’ll have plenty of fruits, juice and plant based milk to choose from so you can customize your smoothie to how you really like them!
  • September 4 | 5 PM - 9 PM

    First Fridays

    Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts 3716 Washington Blvd. St. Louis, MO

    Join the Pulitzer every first Friday of the month when Grand Center district museums and galleries are free and open to the public from 5-9 pm. Enjoy complimentary drinks at the Pulitzer, see the current exhibitions of Alexander Calder, Richard Tuttle, and Fred Sandback, or lounge in the galleries on our Dosa Stone Pillows. First Fridays in September features a special pop-up shop event at the Pulitzer during which complimentary copies of past exhibition catalogues will be available to all guests. For more information about First Fridays in Grand Center or for a list of participating organizations, please visit firstfridaysgrandcenter.org.
  • September 4 | 7:30 & 9:30 PM

    Dave King Trucking Company

    Ferring Jazz Bistro 3536 Washington Ave St. Louis, MO

  • September 4 | 8 PM
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    Piano Great Ptah Williams and Guitarist Eric Slaughter

    Thurman Grill & Provisions 4069 Shenandoah Ave. St. Louis, MO

    Ptah Williams is St. Louis' most revered pianist. Winning the RFT award for best pianist many times and performing with Freddie Hubbard, George Benson, James Moody, and many other household names of jazz around the world at the North Sea Jazz Festival, and many festivals throughout Europe. Eric has recorded and played with artists Bobby Womack, Little Milton, the Ojays, and Ike Turner, contemporary jazz artists David Sanborn, Peter Martin, David Torkanowsky, Montez Coleman, Russell Gunn, Maurice Brown, and traditionalists Jeremy Davenport, Jason Marsalis, Harry Connick Jr., avant-garde musicians Charles “Bobo” Shaw, Lester Bowie, and Sirone.

  • September 5 | 10 AM - 9 AM

    Senufo: Art and Identity in West Africa

    Saint Louis Art Museum Forest Park St. Louis, MO

    10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. every Sat. until September 18, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. every Tue., Wed., Thu., Sat., Sun. until September 18

    The Saint Louis Art Museum celebrates the rich artistic heritage of West Africa with Senufo: Art and Identity in West Africa, a new retrospective featuring more than 170 works of art on loan from museums and private collections from around the world. This first contemporary exhibition of Senufo artwork in North America explores how the figures, masks and decorative arts of many Sub-Saharan societies were academically classified and how cultural labeling has changed their perceived context since the 1930s. Léger and Picasso were both influenced by these civilizations whose artwork requires a serious gander to better understand their significance. Senufo is on display through Friday, September 18. Admission is $6 to $12, but free on Friday.

  • September 5 | 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

    Thomas Cole’s Voyage of Life

    Saint Louis Art Museum Forest Park St. Louis, MO

    10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. every Fri. until September 20, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. every Tue., Wed., Thu., Sat., Sun. until September 20

    Fashions in art, like fashions in anything, are fickle -- so it's usually best to pay them no mind. For instance, in John Constable's lifetime he was openly ridiculed for the perceived aesthetic faux pas of painting humble rural scenes. A similar dismal misapprehension of real talent befell Thomas Cole, titan of unrepentant landscape studies and the founder of the Hudson River School. Thomas Cole'sVoyage of Life showcases the four paintings that comprise his famous allegorical depiction of a man's life from boyhood to old age; related preparatory oil studies of the outsized canvases are included in the exhibit.

  • September 5 | 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

    A World of Music: Instruments from the Hartenberger World Music Collection

    The Sheldon 3648 Washington Blvd. St. Louis, MO

    10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. every Sat. until January 2, 12:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. every Tue. until January 2, 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. every Wed., Thu., Fri. until January 2

    The Sheldon Concert Hall and Art Galleries' long-standing reputation for championing the visual and performing arts in St. Louis has prompted an awe-inspiring donation -- a treasure trove of more than 2,500 exotic jazz, folk, ceremonial and indigenous musical instruments, including bizarre hybrids such as the Saxotrumpet and a must-be-seen-to-be-believed soprano slide saxophone. The Sheldon celebrates the acquisition with A World of Music: Instruments from the Hartenberger World Music Collection, an exhibit focused on the instruments of Africa, Asia and Latin America. Highlights include a Chimu whistling bottle dating back to 1000 A.D. and an extremely rare eight-and-a-half-octave marimba out of Guatemala.

  • September 5 | 12 PM - 5 PM

    Battle on the Board

    World Chess Hall of Fame 4652 Maryland Ave St. Louis, MO

    Every Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat., Sun. until January 17

    World War II wasn't an off-to-the-margins conflict that affected primarily young working-class men and women. This blowup was colossal. Besides the terror of actual combat, there were hours of stultifying, anxious downtime. What to do with all those empty hours in the pre-TV, pre-Internet age? The soldier's friend, chess, filled the need. A new exhibit at the World Chess Hall of Fame illuminates this facet of chess' history. Battle on the Board: Chess During World War II lends insight into chess' therapeutic value for military members and includes POW chess sets from the collections of the National Museum of the Marine Corps and the National Museum of the United States Air Force. The exhibition is open Tuesday through Sunday through January 17, 2016. Admission is free but donations are appreciated.

  • September 5 | 8:30 AM - 4 PM

    Art Saint Louis presents Fiber Focus 2015

    Art Saint louis 1223 Pine Street St. Louis, MO 63103

    August 8 through October 8, 2015

    Art Saint Louis presents Fiber Focus 2015, a juried contemporary fiber art exhibit featuring artists residing in Missouri and surrounding states. The 50 artworks included highlight fiber art in a variety of media including assemblage, basketry, beadwork, ceramics, crochet, embroidery, felting, mixed media, paper, photography, quilting, and much more.

  • September 5 | 11 AM - 4 PM

    Painting the Midwest

    Saint Louis University Museum of Art 3663 Lindell Blvd. St. Louis, MO 63108

    Wednesdays-Sundays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Continues through Dec. 20

    Timothy Drone began seriously collecting art in the 1970s. In the intervening 40-odd years, he's amassed a healthy collection with an emphasis on pieces by Midwestern artists such as Joe Jones, George Caleb Bingham and Fred Conway. But Drone was also canny enough to recognize the quality of work done by women, and added paintings by Aimee Goldstone Schweig, Emily Summa and Kathryn E. Bard Cherry to his growing hoard. Now he and his wife, Jeanne, share their passion with the city in Painting the Midwest: Selections from the Collection of Timothy and Jeanne Drone Collection. The exhibition opens with a public reception at 5 p.m. Friday, August 21, at the Saint Louis University Museum of Art. The show remains up through Sunday, December 20, and the gallery is open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Admission is free.

  • September 5 | 7:30 & 9:30 PM

    Dave King Trucking Company

    Ferring Jazz Bistro 3536 Washington Ave St. Louis, MO

  • September 5 | 7:30 PM

    The Irving Sisters

    Kranzberg Arts Center Studio 501 North Grand Boulevard St. Louis, MO

    Some sisters fight and compete with one another, some sisters lift each other up in supporting love, and still other sisters form girl groups and sing together for their enjoyment and yours. This last kind of sister group, the most entertaining kind, is what the Irving Sisters evoke. Although Elise LaBarge, Linden Christ and Sarah Simmons aren't sisters in the familial sense, you'll forget that detail as they harmonize and sing old favorites, such as "Mr. Sandman," "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" and other '30s and '40s tunes, as well as share stories about the artists who made these songs American gems. The Irving Sisters perform at at 7:30 p.m. tonight at the Kranzberg Arts Center Studio. Admission is $20, cash only. $20

  • September 5 | 10 AM - 5:30 PM

    The Art of Maurice Sendak

    St. Louis Public Library's Central branch 1301 Olive Street St. Louis, MO

    Starts Sept. 5. Fridays, Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. and Mondays-Thursdays, 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Continues through Oct. 18

    Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are has stood the test of generations of children, offering them a gentle reminder that even when they misbehave their parents still love them. Which is why those same troublesome kids grow up to read it to their own children; it's the secret handshake passed down through the years that gets you through solitary confinement in a small, cluttered bedroom. The Art of Maurice Sendak, the new exhibition at the St. Louis Public Library's Central branch, celebrates the life and works of a singularly fantastic children's author. Admission is free.

  • September 5 | 10 AM - 8 PM

    Japanese Festival

    Missouri Botanical Garden 4344 Shaw Boulevard St. Louis, MO

    Since 1977 the Missouri Botanical Garden has hosted one of the largest Japanese Festivals in the United States. This annual event celebrates Japan's cultural and artistic heritage through art, music and dance. There are martial-arts demonstrations, separate kimono and cosplay fashion shows, displays of bonsai and ikebana floral arrangements and, of course, the Taiko drummers. Guided walking tours of the Japanese Garden and Tea House Island — a gift from our sister city Suwa — are offered daily. This year's Japanese Festival is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday (September 5 to 7). Admission is $5 to $15.

  • September 5 | 3 PM

    Big Muddy Blues Festival

    Laclede's Landing N. First St. & Lucas Ave. St. Louis, MO

    w/ Rick Estrin & the Nightcats, Mike Zito & the Wheel, Nick Schnebelen Band, Fruteland Jackson, David Dee and the Hot Tracks, Rich McDonough & Rough Grooves, Marcel Strong and the Apostles, Impala Deluxe
  • September 6 | 4 PM

    Journey to Space

    Saint Louis Science Center-OMNIMAX 5050 Oakland Ave. St. Louis, MO

    4:00 p.m. daily until September 21, 11:00 a.m. daily until September 21, 2:00 p.m. daily until September 21

    The final frontier is a little bit closer to home with Journey to Space. Patrick Stewart narrates this IMAX film that chronicles our achievement in exploring the universe, including the Space Shuttle programs and the International Space Station. Although it won't be easy, space is the place for preparing our future, one in which humans live, work and advance scientific study off-planet. Journey to Space highlights recent achievements via several NASA astronauts discussing their experiences, and it also explores future plans for the next giant leap for mankind, such as a manned mission to Mars.

  • September 6 | 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM

    Alien Worlds and Androids

    Saint Louis Science Center 5050 Oakland Ave. St. Louis, MO

    9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. every Mon., Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat. until September 7, 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. every Sun. until September 7

    Hollywood meets hi-tech at the Saint Louis Science Center's new exhibition, Alien Worlds and Androids. Visitors discover what extraterrestrial life may be like through the use of advanced laboratories, telescopes, robots and probes. Nine themed areas demonstrate how new technologies are being implemented to discover if we are alone in the universe. A Mars rover simulator journeys to the Red Planet, while movie icons Iron Man and C-3PO explain the differences between androids and robots, and why the sci-fi future of the movies is coming faster than we think. Alien Worlds and Androids is open daily through Monday, September 7, at the Saint Louis Science Center. Admission is $4 to $8.

  • September 6 | 11 AM - 5 PM

    10th Street Gallery Presents “Ferguson Remembered”

    10th Street Gallery 419 N. 10th Street St. Louis, MO 63101

    August 8 - Sept. 30, 2015

    “Ferguson Remembered” is an art exhibition of work produced by 10 local St. Louis artists, as a result of the death of Michael Brown and the subsequent events surrounding August 9, 2014. There is limited seating available. Please call (314) 436-1806 or (314) 974-6058 for more information. RSVP to Solomon@10thstreetgallery.com

  • September 6 | 2 PM

    The Amish Project

    Fontbonne University Fine Arts Theater 6800 Wydown Boulevard St. Louis, MO

    August 28 - September 13, 2015

    Most of us give a degree of lip service to the concept of exercising forgiveness in the wake of being wronged. It's an attractive idea, but as usual with ideas, it's one thing to talk about it, another thing to enact it. That's where the rubber meets the treacherous road. So imagine the wrong that was done to you involves your child being murdered, yet you forgive. That's an extraordinary human feat, and it's at the heart of The Amish Project, a one-woman play by Jessica Dickey. Dickey takes the infamous 2006 mass shooting at an Amish schoolhouse in rural Pennsylvania and crafts her story around it, exploring themes of profound grief resulting in even more profound grace. (The Amish families of the young schoolgirls killed by the shooter forgave him and embraced his family as fellow victims.) Mustard Seed Theatre opens its new season with The Amish Project. Performances take place at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday (August 28 to 13) at Fontbonne University Fine Arts Theater. Tickets are $25 to $30.

  • September 6 | 7 PM

    Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play

    Ivory Theatre 7620 Michigan Avenue St. Louis, MO

    Starts Sept. 4. Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m. and Sundays, 7 p.m. Continues through Sept. 20

    What do people talk about after the end of the world? In the case of Anne Washburn's Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play, the same thing they did when society still existed: The Simpsons. Everything has been destroyed, and in the ruins of civilization, a group of survivors huddle around a fire and talk about the same episode of the show — "Cape Feare," guest-starring Kelsey Grammer as Sideshow Bob. The story is the only one they all know, and so they tell it over and over, eventually deciding to re-create it as a sort of ritual performance to give their lives meaning. R-S Theatrics opens its new season with this bleak and thoughtful comedy about the the power of stories. Mr. Burns is performed at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 7 p.m. Sunday (September 4 to 20) at the Ivory Theatre. Tickets are $20 to $25.

  • September 6 | 10 AM - 8 PM

    Japanese Festival

    Missouri Botanical Garden 4344 Shaw Boulevard St. Louis, MO

    Since 1977 the Missouri Botanical Garden has hosted one of the largest Japanese Festivals in the United States. This annual event celebrates Japan's cultural and artistic heritage through art, music and dance. There are martial-arts demonstrations, separate kimono and cosplay fashion shows, displays of bonsai and ikebana floral arrangements and, of course, the Taiko drummers. Guided walking tours of the Japanese Garden and Tea House Island — a gift from our sister city Suwa — are offered daily. This year's Japanese Festival is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday (September 5 to 7). Admission is $5 to $15.

  • September 6 | 3 PM

    Big Muddy Blues Festival

    Laclede's Landing N. First St. & Lucas Ave. St. Louis, MO

    w/ Carolyn Wonderland, Popa Chubby, Jeremiah Johnson, The Blue Shadows, Grady Champion, Hadden Sayers, Roland Johnson and Soul Endeavor, and Edward David Anderson.
  • September 7 | 10 AM - 5 PM

    Japanese Festival

    Missouri Botanical Garden 4344 Shaw Boulevard St. Louis, MO

    Since 1977 the Missouri Botanical Garden has hosted one of the largest Japanese Festivals in the United States. This annual event celebrates Japan's cultural and artistic heritage through art, music and dance. There are martial-arts demonstrations, separate kimono and cosplay fashion shows, displays of bonsai and ikebana floral arrangements and, of course, the Taiko drummers. Guided walking tours of the Japanese Garden and Tea House Island — a gift from our sister city Suwa — are offered daily. This year's Japanese Festival is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday (September 5 to 7). Admission is $5 to $15.

  • September 7 | 10 AM

    TSG Gateway Cup: Benton Park Classic

    Benton Park Arsenal St. & S. Jefferson Ave. St. Louis, MO

    The Staenberg Group Gateway Cup is a Labor Day tradition at this point. A mix of amateur and professional cyclists race for fun and cash prizes, respectively, in four races held in four neighborhoods from Friday through Monday. And while the first three are relatively quick-racing square or rectangular courses, the final day of the cup is the Benton Park Classic: a complex circuit that requires technical riding prowess as well as brute speed. The Benton Park Classic starts on the Arsenal side of Benton Park (Arsenal Street and South Jefferson Avenue) at 10 a.m. Monday, September 7, with the juniors' race. Pro racers start at 1:05 p.m. with the women's pro categories and a field of up to 150 racers attempting that dangerous hard right turn in front of the Venice Cafe. Admission is free for spectators.

  • September 9 | 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM

    Symphony Series: St. Louis Symphony

    Bedell Performance Hall One University Plaza, MS 7850 Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701

    This marks the 136th season since the founding of the St. Louis Symphony, making it the second oldest orchestra in the United States. It also marks the fifth time the Symphony has taken the stage in the acoustic excellence of the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall. A truly stunning kick-off to this season’s Symphony Series. This will take place in the Bedell Performance Hall. Student tickets are $22.50 and $19.50 with a Redhawks ID.  $45/$39

  • September 9 | 9 AM - 5 PM

    CAF AirPower History Tour

    TAC Air (Spirit of St. Louis) 18260 Edison Avenue Chesterfield, MO 63005

    Wednesday, Sept. 9 - Sunday, Sept. 13 | 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    Aircraft tours available starting at 9:00 a.m. Supporting aircraft available all day. On Saturday and Sunday, a B-29 flies at 9:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., aircraft tours available after 12:00 p.m., and supporting aircraft available all day.

  • September 13 | 2 PM

    University Speakers Series/Patriot Day – Jeff Bauman

    Academic Hall Auditorium

    Jeff Bauman stood at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon eagerly awaiting his girlfriend who was running in support of a local charity. As he waited, an ominous looking man dropped black backpack only feet away. Moments later, the first of two explosions rocked Boylston Street. Bauman’s grave injuries included the loss of both legs. When the smoke cleared and Jeff realized what had happened, his first thought was that he was going to die. Days later, the reign of terror ended and Bauman went from being a normal 27-year-old Costco employee, musician and Boston sports fan, to being a national hero. Since that tragic day, Bauman has remained a beacon of hope, strength and resilience. He is sharing his story with audiences across the county in a presentation that is sure to uplift and inspire. This event is free and open to all.

  • September 20 | 2 PM - 4 PM

    Symphony Series: Symphony Sampler

    Robert F. and Gertrude L. Shuck Music Recital Hall

    A light-hearted introduction to the symphony with a variety of brief selections from the upcoming season.

  • September 30 | 7:30 PM

    The Addams Family Musical

    Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus, Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall

    Sept. 30-Oct. 3, 7:30 p.m., Oct. 4, 2 p.m.

    This delightfully macabre musical brings the classic tale of The Addams Family to life. See what happens as Wednesday’s “normal” boyfriend and his parents come to a dinner party at the Addams’ house. Music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa and book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice. $22/$19

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