Events Calendar

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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  • April 20 | 4 - 7 PM

    Schlafly Farmers’ Market

    Schlafly Farmers' Market 7260 Southwest Ave.

    Wednesdays, 4-7 p.m. Continues through Oct. 26

    Come and buy local, farm fresh eggs, pork, lamb, beef, herbs, mushrooms, artisanal loaves, flowers and more straight from the source. Schlafly Farmers Market presents a unique opportunity to fill your basket with local food while chatting with the people who actually grew, raised, or made it.

  • April 28 | 10 AM - 5 PM

    Spies, Traitors, Saboteurs: Fear and Freedom in America

    Missouri History Museum in Forest Park

    Mondays, Wednesdays-Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Tuesdays, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Continues through May 8

    For many of us, the fear of spies and traitors in our midst lessened when the Cold War ended. But for the men and women who defend our country, that only marked a change in tactics. The fight to keep America safe from espionage and foreign agents has been going on since 1776, and it shows no signs of slowing down any time soon. Spies, Traitors, Saboteurs: Fear and Freedom in America, the new exhibition at the Missouri History Museum, presents a detailed history of domestic terrorism from Benedict Arnold to Timothy McVeigh and beyond. Spies, Traitors, Saboteurs was created by the International Spy Museum in Washington, DC, and it offers insight on the various threats that have plagued America, from the radicals of the post-World War I era to the modern militia movement. The exhibit is open daily through May 8 at the Missouri History Museum. Admission is free.

  • April 28 | 11 AM - 5 PM

    Julian Rosefeldt: American Night

    Washington University-Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum 1 Brookings Drive

    Mondays, Wednesdays-Sundays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through Aug. 7

    You'll swear that a certain squint-eyed, mustachioed man in Julian Rosefeldt's five-channel film installation American Night is Charles Bronson -- but you'll be wrong. Instead, the man is an actor, one of several in the film who resembles an archetypal cowboy film star.American Night is shot in widescreen, 16mm CinemaScope -- a popular format for the Western -- and uses actual dialogue from classic films, George W. Bush's speeches and footage of modern combat troops to show how the mythology of the Hollywood Western has infiltrated American culture and politics. It's a long hard look at the fictions that drive our reality, as seen by an outsider (Rosefeldt is German).

  • April 28 | 10 AM - 5 PM

    Gigi Scaria: Time

    Laumeier Sculpture Park 12580 Rott Rd.

    Wednesday–Sunday from 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. until Aug. 14

    The future is built on the bones of the past. Cities expand from the remains of villages, but some part of those villages remain in the form of names or memories. New Delhi-based artist Gigi Scaria is interested in the way territorial, cultural and environmental elements can survive the passage of time. His new exhibition explores the peculiar growth of St. Louis atop the Mound Builder culture that existed along the Mississippi long before the French arrived. His outdoor sculpture Time combines the form of Cahokia Mounds' Woodhenge with the modern concrete high-rise building. A further selection of Scaria’s recent photographs and films is on display inside Laumeier’s Adam Aronson Fine Arts Center until Aug. 14.

  • April 28 | 11 AM - 5 PM

    Camera Work Exhibition

    International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum 3415 Olive St.

    Wednesdays-Saturdays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through July 2

    We are pleased to be able to present a selection of plates from Camera Work, highlighting portraits, landscape studies and illustrations contained in editions issued from 1905-1913. Stieglitz’s perseverance and dedication to championing innovative photographic work opened the door for the acceptance of the medium—especially in America—as a valid creative tool. Although the aesthetics of pictorial photography began to wane in the 1920s, the ability of thought-provoking images to move us has continued to the present day.

  • April 28 | 8 - 10 PM

    Trash Macbeth

    The Chapel 6238 Alexander Dr.

    Starts April 20. Wednesdays, Thursdays, 8-10 p.m. and Fridays-Sundays, 8-10 p.m. Continues through May 7

    Lady Macbeth says, “What's done cannot be undone.” But can it be repurposed? Based on Shakespeare’s iconic tragedy, ERA's experimental production Trash Macbeth resuscitates meaning within a climate of destruction, reestablishes the societal norms of America’s most traditional era, and reframes the value of our revered Shakespeare, housewifery, and garbage. Trash Macbeth is a full-length, theatrical production created by an ensemble of theatre artists with text from Shakespeare's Macbeth, Emily Post's Etiquette, the book of Revelations, 1950's era advertisements, and more. We cordially invite you to the Macbeth’s residence for the dinner party of your life!

  • April 28 | 5 - 8 PM

    See Water: Watershed Cairns & Riverwork Project

    St. Louis Artists' Guild 12 N Jackson Ave.

    Opening Reception and 6:30pm Gallery Talk. This installation of Watershed Cairns and Riverwork Project is a reflection on the environmental character of our rivers and waterways and our relationship with them. In Watershed Cairns, fragile glass markers show where water treatment intakes or drain outflows are photographed to broaden understanding of watershed. Riverwork Project involves a collaborative textile project involving 100 artists. The resulting improvisational quilt projects have been sewn together to create a single artwork measuring over 300'. On display through May 12.

  • April 29 | 10 AM - 5 PM

    A Decade of Collecting Prints, Drawings and Photographs

    St. Louis Art Museum in Forest Park

    Fridays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. and Tuesdays-Thursdays, Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through July 17

    The Saint Louis Art Museum is constantly acquiring new pieces for its collection. In the past decade, more than 700 artworks have been added — A Decade of Collecting Prints, Drawings and Photographs features just 62 of them, but the quality can’t be beat. The worried woman in Dorothea Lange’s Migrant Mother is a familiar face thanks to its frequent use in publications, but now you can stand eye-to-eye with her. If you gaze on the technical perfection of Martin Schongauer’s fifteenth-century engraving The Nativity and find yourself craving more, you should make an appointment to visit the museum’s Study Room for Prints, Drawings and Photographs. More than 14,000 works are available for closer examination, and it costs nothing to view them.

  • April 29 | 10 AM - 9 PM

    From Caravans to Courts: Textiles from the Silk Road

    Saint Louis Art Museum in Forest Park

    Fridays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. and Tuesdays-Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through Aug. 21

    The Silk Road carried goods and trade items from China to Europe, which fostered the exchange of different cultures and artistic styles. One of the most prized of Eastern artistic items was the carpet. These textiles incorporated sacred symbols, tribal iconography and traditional patterns, depending on who wove them. A carpet made by Central Asian nomads doesn't look like one made by Indian artisans, despite Europeans lumping them all under the catch-all descriptor "Oriental rug." From Caravans to Courts: Textiles from the Silk Road, the new exhibition in gallery 100 at the Saint Louis Art Museum in Forest Park, features ten carpets that exemplify the high level of artistry and craftsmanship found in traditional Asian textile work. The exhibit is open Tuesday through Sunday (April 1 to August 21), and admission is free.

  • April 29 | 10 AM - 5 PM

    James Marshall — Aaron Karp CLOSING DAY

    Duane Reed Gallery 4729 McPherson Ave.

    Tuesdays-Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through April 29

    James Marshall> and Aaron Karp work in vastly different media: Marshall is a ceramicist and Karp a painter. But both men evince a strong interest in texture and the surface quality of the finished piece. Marshall’s asymmetrical forms are fueled by his interest in liminal states; his glossy wedges of color appear to emerge from a primordial well, still dripping with the stuff of creation. Karp’s canvases are crowded with gem-like, multi-colored orbs. Their surfaces are stippled and flecked with regular patterns that give them weight and depth in the picture plane.

  • April 29 | 10 AM - 5 PM

    Dark Matter: Terry M. Boyd + Amanda McCavour

    Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design 6640 Delmar Blvd., University City

    Fridays, Saturdays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sundays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and Tuesdays-Thursdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through May 8

    Boyd and McCavour are both fiber artists who seek to express emotion through their work. For this show at the Craft Alliance, both artists delve deeply into more solemn feelings. Boyd creates menacing two-dimensional portraits of bleakness and despair through thickets of embroidery. All I Know, Is That I Know Nothing As to Why the Universe Exists features clusters of black floss running at crazy angles across a white background, studded by thick dark nodes where his needle has returned again and again. McCavour is represented by Black Cloud, a massive installation of feathery dark paper and loops of yarn that bell out from the ceiling to pool in strands and puddles of inky darkness.

  • April 29 | 10 AM - 5 PM

    Daniel Burnett: Mural Installation & Recent Works CLOSING DAY

    Duane Reed Gallery 4729 McPherson Ave.

    Tuesdays-Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through April 29

    Daniel Burnett grew up in Chicago and began painting graffiti at the age of 14. At age 16 he began taking his art practice seriously as a way to curb self-destructive models of behavior. What started as a form of therapy grew into an obsessive practice that has been refined over the past 15 years. Daniel prefers his work to be an indulgence in process and focus on aesthetic over communication of a specific idea or didactical content.

  • April 29 | 10 AM - 5 PM

    Impact Exhibition CLOSING

    Foundry Art Centre 520 N. Main Center

    Tuesdays-Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through April 29

    The Foundry Art Centre is pleased to announce the opening of three new exhibitions beginning March 18, 2016. In Gallery I and II, Impact examines the motivations behind an artist’s need to create. All artwork in Impact was juried by St. Louis’ Jane Sauer. Alongside Impact, sculptural artist J. Casey Doyle, award winner from the Foundry Art Centre’s 2014 exhibition Fiber Fever, will exhibit his playful and intriguing artwork in Gallery III. . Linda Wilson’s tintype photography exhibition will be on display in the Ameristar Gallery as part of the Emerging Artist series.

  • April 29 |

    Greater St. Louis Book Fair

    West County Center I-270 & Manchester Road Des Peres

    Thu., April 28, 4-9 p.m., Fri., April 29, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Sat., April 30, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and Sun., May 1, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

    This is a great week to be alive if you're a book lover. Independent Bookstore Day is Saturday, and the Greater St. Louis Book Fair is back today with more books than ever. As always, the fair is chock-a-block with great bargains on paperbacks, hardcovers, comic books, graphic novels and related ephemera. This year's crop of rare and collectible items is deep and fascinating as well. There's a copy of Andy Warhol's 25 Cats Named Sam and One Blue Pussy, a 1914 edition of The Book of Friendly Giants and, for the Mr. Show fanatic in your life, a copy of Charles Francis Jenkins' biography of Button Gwinnett (he signed the Declaration of Independence). The Greater St. Louis Book Fair takes place from 4 to 9 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday

  • April 29 |

    The Sound of Music

    The Fox Theatre 527 N. Grand Blvd. St. Louis - Grand Center

    Saturdays, 2 & 7:30 p.m., Tuesdays-Fridays, 7:30 p.m., Sun., May 1, 1 & 6:30 p.m. and Sun., May 8, 1 p.m. Continues through May 8

    Rodgers & Hammerstein's The Sound of Music has something for everyone: a love story between adults, a family outwitting the Nazis and a song that teaches you how to remember the musical notes. Is it any wonder that its popularity has only grown since its 1957 debut? A new production of The Sound of Music, directed by Jack O'Brien, is currently touring America. The show is presented at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday (April 26 to May 1) at the Fox Theatre

  • April 29 |

    Trash Macbeth

    The Chapel 6238 Alexander Drive Clayton

    Wednesdays, Thursdays, 8-10 p.m. and Fridays-Sundays, 8-10 p.m. Continues through May 7

    Lady Macbeth says, “What's done cannot be undone.” But can it be repurposed? Based on Shakespeare’s iconic tragedy, ERA's experimental production Trash Macbeth resuscitates meaning within a climate of destruction, reestablishes the societal norms of America’s most traditional era, and reframes the value of our revered Shakespeare, housewifery, and garbage. Trash Macbeth is a full-length, theatrical production created by an ensemble of theatre artists with text from Shakespeare's Macbeth, Emily Post's Etiquette, the book of Revelations, 1950's era advertisements, and more. We cordially invite you to the Macbeth’s residence for the dinner party of your life!

  • April 29 |

    ART-B-Q 2016

    St. Louis ArtWorks 5959 Delmar Blvd, St. Louis Delmar/ The Loop

    Join us in celebrating 20 years of Creating Opportunities with St. Louis ArtWorks! On Friday, April 29, ArtWorks will host the ART-B-Q: a night of Art, Music, Film, Food and Fun with Honorary Chair, Joe Edwards! This exciting event includes a catered bar-b-que meal, signature cocktails, live music, Apprentice-made artwork available for purchase, and the premiere of the Apprentice-made documentary, “The Delmar Connection,” on the history of Delmar Boulevard. The night kicks off with a ribbon-cutting at 5959 Delmar Boulevard, where ArtWorks is leading community redevelopment in the Loop East through the adaptive reuse of existing architecture!

  • April 29 |

    Edge of the Mask: Dreams, Ghosts, and Social Constructs

    Reese Gallery 3410 Wisconsin Ave St. Louis - South City

    Blurring boundaries between psychology, politics and intuition - two artists respond to identities coalescing around dreams, ghosts and historical memories. Sculptor Ruth Reese invites characters from the African diaspora into her fairytale tropes. At the same time, Printmaker Sam Vernon creates a Gothic visual art in which black narratives expand the genre. This exhibit brings together many varied and mysterious faces or our collective unconscious as it re-interprets the timeless art-form of mask for present-day audiences.

  • April 30 | 12 - 5 PM

    Winter/Spring Exhibition

    The Sheldon 3648 Washington

    Saturdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Tuesdays, 12-8 p.m. and Wednesdays-Fridays, 12-5 p.m. Continues through May 21

    The Sheldon welcomes spring (it's almost here) with three new exhibitions. The main galleries house Printmaking in St. Louis Now, a deep slice of the work being done by local fine art print presses and printmakers. Evil Prints, Firecracker Press and Pele Prints are all represented in the show, as are 27 individual artists, including Bunny Burson, Lisa Bulawsky, Alicia LaChance and Leslie Laskey. Meanwhile,Frank Trankina: Superheroes and Night Storiestakes over the Nancy Spirtas Kranzberg Gallery. The Chicago painter crafts still-life portraits of vintage figurines and toys that often have a subtle narrative element. The Ann Lee and Wilfred Konneker Gallery is reserved for Susan Hacker Stang: reAPPEARANCES. These eight images were made using a toy digital camera with a plastic lens, and capture iconic locations and symbols that reveal a continuing series of human connections across different cultures.

  • April 30 | 11 AM - 5 PM

    Cast and Recast: St. Louis Type Past and Present

    University of Missouri-St. Louis-Gallery 210

    Tuesdays-Saturdays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through May 14

    St. Louis was the first city with a major type foundry in the Midwest, which helped St. Louis attract the printers, publishers, writers and artists who created and documented the daily life and creative output of a growing metropolis. The exhibition Cast and Recast: St. Louis Type Past and Present celebrates the historic Central Type Foundry St. Louis (1870 to 1892) with posters made by contemporary typographers and graphic designers using Ben Kiel's modern homage to the Central Type Foundry's "Geometric" typeface. Traci Moore's piece Geometrica uses the stark image of black and white fists raised together against a red background with a quote from Elie Wiesel. Misty Manley memorializes the malapropisms of Nova Scotian folk hero Ricky (from Trailer Park Boys) by enshrining them in representative icons against a subtle background of trailer park detritus in her piece, The Politics of Ricky. Cast and Recast opens with a free reception at 5 p.m. today at UMSL's Gallery 210 (44 East Drive, between the UMSL North MetroLink stop and the Touhill; 31-516-5976). The show remains up through Saturday, May 14, with the gallery open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Admission is free.

  • April 30 | 10 AM - 5 PM

    outside in, inside out

    Atrium Gallery 4814 Washington Ave.

    Tuesdays-Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through May 28
    Atrium Gallery invites you to our spring exhibition, "outside in, inside out," featuring a rich and dramatic group of works by esteemed national and international artist, Steven Sorman. The exhibition will feature both large scale as well as intimate pieces, giving a full range of the compositional, and technical elements and aesthetic qualities of Sorman's work that have earned his valued international reputation as a major artist of our time.
  • April 30 | 10 AM - 5 PM

    Robert Sagerman: Monochromatic Paintings CLOSING DAY

    Philip Slein Gallery 4735 McPherson Ave

    Tuesdays-Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through April 30

    The Philip Slein Gallery is pleased to present Monochromatic Paintings, the first St. Louis exhibition for New York painter Robert Sagerman. Merging painting, sculpture, and Jewish mysticism, Robert Sagerman approaches each one of his textured, abstract compositions as an act of devotion. In addition, the gallery is pleased to introduce another New York painter, Alison Hall whose work is also rooted in ritual, meditation, and repetition. Like Sagerman’s work, Hall’s paintings appear to be monochromatic, however, upon further inspection, they are captivating in their formal complexity and subtlety.

  • April 30 | 11 AM - 4 PM

    Linda Skrainka: Reflections

    Saint Louis University-Museum of Art 3663 Lindell Blvd.

    Wednesdays-Sundays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Continues through May 15

    This critical survey of Linda Skrainka’s work features more than 50 paintings and drawings created by the native St. Louisan. Her interest in the small details that make each person’s life unique informs her work, which is in turn supported by excerpts from her journals. These written passages reveal her concerns about both her process and her technical skills. They also serve to place each piece in the larger context of her life. Reflections remains up through Sunday, May 15, and the museum is open Wednesday through Sunday.

  • April 30 | 12 - 3 PM

    Collage: Remnants of Europe CLOSING DAY

    Hoffman LaChance Contemporary 2713 Sutton Blvd.

    Fridays, Saturdays, 12-3 p.m. Continues through April 30

    Cities are mutable organisms, but that’s only through the actions of humanity. They change shape, expand and contract dimensions, and fall apart and coalesce over the course of their existence. While Brad Loudenback was working in Europe, he realized the connection between the lifespan of a city and the art of collage: Old layers are covered by new layers, but not entirely obliterated. His work on display here further explores this concept. Loudenback’s collages are portraits of European metropoles; each is built from images of the past, both good and bad.

  • April 30 |

    UMSL Dance Concert – The Last Farewell

    Blanche M Touhill Performing Arts Center 1 University Dr at Natural Bridge Road, Normandy North St. Louis County

    Thu., April 28, 8 p.m., Fri., April 29, 8 p.m. and Sat., April 30, 8 p.m.

    This concert will be the last dance concert for the University of Missouri-St. Louis dance program. The program will feature choreography by students and assistant teaching professor Mr. Ronderrick Mitchell

  • April 30 |

    Beatles Cartoon Pop Art Show

    Clayton Fine Arts Gallery 21 N. Bemiston Ave. Clayton

    Fri., April 29, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat., April 30, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sun., May 1, 12-5 p.m.

    Ron Campbell, director of the 1960’s Saturday Morning Beatles Cartoon series and animator of the Beatles film Yellow Submarine will make a rare personal appearance at the Clayton Fine Art Gallery, 21 N. Bemiston Avenue in Clayton, Friday, April 29th through Sunday, May 1st. Ron will showcase his original Beatles cartoon paintings created specially for the show and create new Beatles pop art paintings at the exhibit. Also included are works spotlighting Ron's 50 year career in cartoons including Scooby Doo, Rugrats, Smurfs, Flintstones, Jetsons and much more. The exhibit is free and all works are available to purchase.

  • April 30 |

    The Addams Family: The Musical

    Robert G. Reim Theatre 111 S. Geyer Road Kirkwood

    Fri., April 29, 8 p.m., Sat., April 30, 8 p.m., Sun., May 1, 2 p.m., Thu., May 5, 8 p.m., Fri., May 6, 8 p.m., Sat., May 7, 8 p.m. and Sun., May 8, 2 p.m.

    Morticia and Gomez can't help but be concerned when they find out their daughter, Wednesday has fallen in love with a kind, smart, handsome, and normal young man who comes from a respectable family from Ohio.Join the creepy, kooky and always lovable Addams family as they deal with their own version of growing pains.

  • April 30 |

    Todd Mosby & New Horizons Ensemble — CD Release Party! “On Eagle Mountain” Tour

    The Focal Point 2720 Sutton Blvd. Maplewood, MO 63143

    Uniquely blending new age, jazz, and world music, with hints of folk, and classical North Indian flair, Todd Mosby and New Horizons Ensemble rocks with a virtuoso flair. Slated to redefine the contemporary instrumental genre on his first majorly produced album, Mosby has been called one of the most innovative musicians of the 21st century, having helped develop the 20 string Imrat guitar instrument.  Performing live, the new CD release of Mosby’s On Eagle Mountain, you will journey on a musical flight to a mystical mountain rich in melody, harmony and acoustic music with fluid grace and artistic depth. It’s $15 advance and $20 at the door. 8 p.m.

  • May 1 | 10:00 AM–5:00 PM

    Andrea Stanislav: Convergence Infinite

    Saint Louis Art Museum in Forest Park

    Fridays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. and Tuesdays-Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through June 19

    Chicago-born artist Andréa Stanislav draws inspiration from the history of the American Midwest, particularly those junctions where the natural world and civilization meet. For her new exhibition at the Saint Louis Art Museum,Andréa Stanislav: Convergence Infinité, she created a four-channel video installation using camera drones. Each of the drones started from a fixed point marking one of the cardinal directions and then completed a choreographed dance along its journey before ending at the Apotheosis of St. Louis (the statue that watches over Art Hill). The cameras filmed culturally significant sites such as the Cahokia Mounds and the Mississippi, as well as more transitory elements of the region, such as bald eagles and river bluffs. The four films are shown together to reveal the seams where city and country come together. Also on display are Stanislav's mirrored sculptures and taxidermied animal installations, which contrast the artificial and the natural in puzzling ways. Andréa Stanislav: Convergence Infinité is on display in galleries 250 and 301 at the Saint Louis Art Museum in Forest Park. The work remains up through Sunday, June 19, and the museum is open Tuesday through Sunday. Admission is free.

  • May 1 | 10 AM - 5 PM

    Little Black Dress: From Mourning to Night

    Missouri History Museum in Forest Park

    Tuesdays, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and Mondays, Wednesdays-Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through Sept. 5

    There was a time in America when wearing black was reserved only for those mourning the death of a loved one. When did black make the jump to evening wear, and then to everyday use? Little Black Dress: From Mourning to Night, the new exhibition at the Missouri History Museum, charts the hue's long journey to daylight through the most versatile of garments. The exhibit showcases more than 60 dresses from the museum's collection, offering a broad view of how women's fashions have changed. The tapered-waist, puff-sleeved "second-day dress" from 1895 (worn by a bride the day after her wedding) looks more uncomfortable and rigid than a mourning dress from the same decade, while the 1933 halter evening gown looks elegant and chic. What a difference 40 years, a world war and the flapper movement makes. Little Black Dress is open daily (April 2 through September 5). Admission is free.

  • May 1 | 8 PM

    Twisted Melodies

    Washington University's Edison Theatre 6445 Forsyth Blvd.

    Starts April 22. Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m. and Sundays, 3 p.m. Continues through May 1

    Donny Hathaway had everything going for him. He left St. Louis' Carr Square housing project for Howard University and became tight with Roberta Flack, but abandoned school to work for Curtis Mayfield's Custom Records as an arranger, writer and producer. In four short years he released a massive single ("Where is the Love?" -- a duet with Flack), a revered live album and co-wrote and sang the Christmas standard "This Christmas." At the peak of his professional career Hathaway began to suffer from crippling depression and paranoid delusions, which were eventually diagnosed as paranoid schizophrenia. Medication helped, but only when he took it regularly. Playwright Kelvin Rolston Jr.'s drama Twisted Melodies is a fictionalized journey into Hathaway's mind during the time he was trying to navigate his way through schizophrenia, the music industry and his home life. The Black Rep closes its season with Twisted Melodies. Performances take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday (April 22 through May 1) at Washington University's Edison Theatre. Tickets are $30.

  • May 1 |

    Bosnian/American: The Dance for Life

    Fontbonne University Fine Arts Theatre 6800 Wydown Blvd. Clayton

    Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. and Sundays, 2 p.m. Continues through May 1

    Being American, we tend to think that any immigrant's journey to America is a success once they actually make it to the USA. But in reality that's only the half-way point. The everyday tasks that were easy in the old country -- how to get a driver's license, how to find a good doctor, how to find a job -- are all unknowns in the new country, and all must be solved while navigating a different language and culture. Deanna Jent's new play, Bosnian/American: The Dance for Life, is inspired by the experiences of St. Louis' Bosnian community during the wave of immigration that occurred in the 90s. The play is constructed from interviews Jent conducted with young adults who were born in Bosnia but are making their lives in St. Louis. Mustard Seed Theatre presents Bosnian/American at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday (April 21 to May 1) at Fontbonne University's Fine Arts Theatre

  • May 1 |

    Ivanov

    Gaslight Theater 358 N. Boyle Ave. St. Louis - Central West End

    Nikolai Ivanov has lost his zest for life. His job in the Russian government, his seriously ill wife, the troubling finances of his estate and his growing debts are all slowly suffocating him. His social circle reviles him for spending so much time visiting his friend Lebedev while his wife languishes at home, but Ivanov is compelled to do so; Lebedev's wife holds his debt, and he's continually trying to arrange for another loan to keep everything afloat. The fact that the Lebedevs' daughter is enamored of him only compounds the difficulties Ivanov is facing. His life implodes at a party, but this being a play by Anton Chekhov, the aftermath is filled with even more trials. St. Louis Actors' Studio presents Tom Stoppard's translation of Chekhov's Ivanov at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and at 3 p.m. Sunday (April 15 to May 1) at the Gaslight Theatre

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