Riverfront Times — April 9, 2015
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THURSDAY|04.09 |



Not only is Erik Larson one of America’s preeminent historians, he’s also a compelling storyteller whose previous books, The Devil in the White City and In the Garden of Beasts, were critically acclaimed bestsellers. Left Bank Books and Maryville University co-sponsor an author event with Larson tonight. His latest book, Dead Wake, chronicles the 1915 sinking of the RMS Lusitania in the North Atlantic by a German U-boat. The maritime attack killed 1,198 passengers (including 128 Americans) and accelerated the United States’ entry into World War I. 7 p.m. The Ethical Society of St. Louis (9001 Clayton Road, Ladue; 314- 367-6731 or www.left-bank.com). Admission is $31 to $36 and includes a copy of Dead Wake. — ROB LEVY

FRIDAY|04.10 |



Ceramicist Akio Takamori was raised in Japan but studied with Ken Ferguson at the Kansas City Art Institute. His figurative sculptures explore corporeal duality, such our sense of inner and outer space. Takamori’s boldly painted human forms are physically large (three feet tall or more) and grouped together — but not too closely. A young girl stands apart from an old woman, her enigmatic countenance suggesting a studied indifference to her elder. The woman’s gnomic expression makes it appear that she’s recalling her own childhood. An exhibition of Akio Takamori’s new work opens tonight at Duane Reed Gallery. Opening reception 5-8 p.m. Fri., Apr. 10. Continues 10 a.m.-5 p. m. Tue.-Sat. through May 16. Duane Reed Gallery (4729 McPherson Avenue; 314-361- 4100 or www.duanereedgallery.com). Free admission. — PAUL FRISWOLD



Barney Frank will most likely be remembered as one of the most courageous figures in American public service. What was simply and purely a fact of his inner life he bravely chose to quit concealing: He came out as a gay man in the late ’80s, the first member of Congress to do such a thing. Out and pretty damn loud, the representative from Massachusetts remained unabashedly liberal throughout his 32 years in office. The trailblazer with the tousled hair also just published a candid new memoir, Frank, which he discusses tonight.7 p.m. Fri., Apr. 10. St. Louis County Library Headquarters (1640 South Lindbergh Boulevard, Frontenac; 314-994-3300 or www.slcl. org). $27 to $32. — ALEX WEIR



The famous 1971 show at the Whitney Museum of American Art established quilting as a valid (and vital) contemporary art form, and it sparked a revived interest in the humble folk art. The new exhibition at the Foundry, The Sum of Many Parts: Quiltmakers in Contemporary America, provides an overview of the state of the art. These quilts are not the Log Cabin and Grandmother’s Flower Garden of traditional quilting (not that there’s anything wrong with that), but works that draw on concepts of abstract and modern art. The show includes pieced, patched and appliquéd quilts by a host of artists. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Tue.-Thu., 10 a.m.-5p. m. Fri. & Sat., noon-4 p.m. Sun. (Apr. 10-Jul.10) . Foundry Art Centre (520 North Main Center, St. Charles; 636-255-0270 or www.foundryartcentre. org). Free admission.




Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s The Rime of the Ancient Mariner offered an ecological message long before the environmental movement arose. In the epic original, an old sailor accosts a stranger heading to a wedding in order to tell him of his days on the open seas. The sailor shot an albatross that followed the ship, and the ship was becalmed for seven days, at which point the crew made him wear the dead bird around his neck as punishment. Another ship appears on the horizon and approaches, bearing two grim passengers who play dice for the crew. Only the mariner survives this experience, and he learns a new respect for the creatures of the sea. It is a strange, haunting tale of privation and redemption, now adapted for the stage by Patrick Siler and presented by Upstream Theater. St. Louis favorites Sleepy Kitty composed music for the show, which will be played live during each performance. 8 p. m. Thu.-Sat. (Apr. 10-18); 2 and 7 p.m. Sun., Apr. 12; 3 p.m. Sun., Apr. 19. Kranzberg Arts Center (501 North Grand Boulevard; 314-863- 4999 or www.upstreamtheater.org). $20 to $30. — PAUL FRISWOLD



The Philip Slein Gallery offers a double helping of contemporary art in its new show.
David Row: Deep Focus is the first St. Louis exhibition for the New York artist, and it showcases his mastery of layering oil paint on polygonal canvasses. His dense mark-making is then covered by elliptical bands, but not entirely; the sheer mass of paint Row lays down bleeds through the bands, adding a definite heft to the finished piece. In Measured Painting, St. Louisan Robert Zungu shows his reflective abstract work. First he chromes an aluminum board with silver deposits, which results in a mirrorlike surface. Then he creates a geometric pattern on top using iridescent enamel ink. The viewer sees his own body reflected in the piece, becoming part of the final composition. Opening reception 5-8 p. m. Fri., Apr. 10. Continues 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Sat. through May 16. Philip Slein Gallery (4735 McPherson Avenue; 314-361-2617 or www.philipsleingallery.com). Free admission.— PAUL FRISWOLD

SATURDAY|04.11 |



Sonny Cantrell is about to turn thirteen, a pivotal birthday in a boy’s life: That bullet train called change feels like it slaloms on at ever higher speeds. Sonny’s father Jake aims to toughen up his son; Jake wants Sonny to learn to be a man, which in his eyes entails navigating and mastering violence.Cockfighting provides the opportunity.Frank Manley’s novel The Cockfighter explores atavistic rites of masculine passage, as codified through certain repellent bloodsports. Manley’s book has been adapted for the stage by Vincent Murphy and receives its St. Louis premiere via the West End Players Guild. 8 p.m. Thu.-Sat., 2 p.m. Sun. (Apr. 10-19). Union Avenue Christian Church (733 Union Boulevard; 314-667-5686 or www.westendplayers.org). $20.— ALEX WEIR



Native St. Louisan Gus Giordano is generally acknowledged as the father of jazz dance, which he popularized with Giordano Dance Chicago from its founding in 1963 to his death in 2008. The company continues to bring his kinetic, high-energy dance to audiences around the world, and this weekend it brings it all back home to St. Louis. Giordano Dance Chicago presents six new works at its performances here, including the only way around is through, choreographed by Joshua Blake Carter (from a concept and structure devised by Nan Giordano), and Feelin’ Good Sweet by Ray Leeper (frequent choreographer for Dancing with the Stars).8 p.m. Fri. & Sat. (Apr. 10 & 11). Edison Theatre on Washington University’s campus (6465 Forsyth Boulevard; 314-935-6543 or edison.wustl.edu). $20 to $36.— PAUL FRISWOLD

SUNDAY|04.12 |



The Saint Louis Symphony often travels from its Powell Hall sanctum to spread the joy of music to all corners of the metro area. This afternoon the peripatetic master musicians of the SLSO haul out to Lindenwood University for Live at Lindenwood, a program of stalwarts from the classical canon — Mussorgsky’s Night on Bald Mountain, selections from Peer Gynt by Grieg, Brahms’ Hungarian Dance No.5 and Ginastera’s Four Dances from Estancia. 2 p.m. Sun., Apr. 12. J. Scheidegger Center for the Arts on Lindenwood University’s campus (2300 West Clay Street; 636-949-4433 or www.slso.org). $35 to $75. — ALEX WEIR

MONDAY|04.13 |



The St. Louis Cardinals home opener is a spectacle filled with all of the tradition, pageantry and regalia normally reserved for royalty. This unofficial holiday celebrates the best baseball town in America as Cardinal Nation descends upon Busch Stadium and Ballpark Village to root for the home team. Pregame rallies, parties and special events include appearances by Fredbird, the Clydesdales, Cardinals greats and hall of famers. The Redbirds host their division rival Milwaukee Brewers, who are looking for some payback after their collapse last season, while the Cards look for a fast start in 2015. 3:15 p.m. Mon., Apr. 13. Busch Stadium (Broadway and Poplar Street; 314-345-9600 or www.stlouiscardinals.com). $55.80 to $185.80 — ROB LEVY

TUESDAY|04.14 |



From the Titanic’s maiden voyage to the career of Robin Thicke, history is littered with astonishing epic fails — spectacular, humiliating mistakes that will live in infamy to be derided and ridiculed for generations to come. Everyone experiences an embarrassing moment or two, and with You Had One Job, April’s Second Tuesday storytelling get-together, you have a chance to share your personal tales of the times where you (or someone you know) failed to accomplish the one and only thing that needed doing. 7 p.m. Tue., Apr. 14. Melt (2712 Cherokee Street; 314-771-6358).Admission is free. — MARK FISCHER



King Richard III has a black reputation because of his alleged child murdering, brother killing and general ruthlessness.That all resulted in his death at the Battle of Bosworth Field, and his eventual burial in a Greyfriars church. The abbey was eventually destroyed, and Richard’s body was lost to history. But in 2012 a team of archaeologists from the University of Leicester began a search for his corpse in central Leicester — and they found it under a parking lot. Richard Buckley was the team’s lead archaeologist, and today he presents an illustrated lecture on the quest entitled “Richard III: The King Under the Car Park: The True Story of the Search for the Burial Place of England’s Last Plantagenet King.” 7:30 p.m. Tue., Apr. 14. Missouri History Museum (Lindell Boulevard and DeBaliviere Avenue; 314-746-4599 or www.mohistory.org). Free admission. — PAUL FRISWOLD




In 1939 nearly 1,000 Jews sold their belongings in a desperate bid to escape the rise of the Nazis.They needed the money to pay for visas, various bribes and to book passage on the luxury liner St. Louis. Their goal was to seek asylum in Cuba, but they were denied entry. For a month they cruised from country to country, trying to find sanctuary; they were denied by every country in the Americas. Eventually the St. Louis sailed back to Europe and the passengers were accepted by Holland, France, Belgium and England. And then the war started and every country except England fell to the Nazis, dooming most of the original passengers. Maziar Bahari’s documentary The Voyage of the St. Louis recounts this sad tale using the captain’s diary and first-hand accounts from the few survivors.The film screens today at the University City Public Library. 7 p.m. Wed., Apr. 15. University City Public Library (6701 Delmar Boulevard, University City; 314-727-6005 or www.ucitylibrary. org). Free admission. — PAUL FRISWOLD

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[ SATURDAY 4 .11 ]


Of all the weapons Adolf Hitler wielded during the Second World War, none was more powerful than his propaganda machine.The Missouri History Museum’s new exhibit, State of Deception: The Power of Nazi Propaganda, examines how Hitler and his cronies used propaganda to seize and maintain power by appealing to the common people, ultimately popularizing total war and mass murder. The traveling exhibition, organized by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, opens this weekend. A number of lectures, panel discussions and screenings will be hosted throughout the year in conjunction with the exhibit. Daily through Sept. 7. Missouri History Museum (Lindell Boulevard and DeBaliviere Avenue; 314-746-4599 or www.mohistory.org). Free admission. — MARK FISCHER