Riverfront Times April 9, 2015 : Page 22

continued from page 21 [AR T EXHIBIT] 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. — P AUL F RISWOLD DAVID ROW AND ROBERT ZUNGU S ATURD AY | 04.11 [THEA TER] | THE COCKFIGHTER 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. — A LEX W EIR [D ANCE] © ERICK W OLFMEYER 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. — P AUL F RISWOLD 22 RIVERFR ONT TIMES GIORDANO DANCE CHICAGO Swim , one of the contemporary quilts at the Foundry Art Centre on Friday. MOND AY | 04.13 | TUESD AY | 04.14 [S TOR YTELLING] | SUND AY | 04.12 [PERFORMING AR T S ] | [B ASEB ALL] 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 — A LEX W EIR www.slso.org). $35 to $75. riverfronttimes.com SAINT LOUIS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA The St. Louis Cardinals home opener is a spec-tacle 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, par-ties and special events include appearances by Fredbird, the Clydesdales, Cardinals greats and hall of famers. The Redbirds host their di-vision rival Milwaukee Brewers, who are look-ing 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 — R OB L EVY $185.80 ST. LOUIS CARDINALS HOME OPENER 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). — M ARK F ISCHER Admission is free. continued on page 24 SECOND TUESDAY: YOU HAD ONE JOB APRIL 9-15, 2 015

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