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10th Street Gallery
The gallery hosts exhibits, art education classes, talks, and more, all in an effort to make fine art and photography more accessible. Couple Pat Smith-Thurman and Solomon Thurman run the gallery, making the perfect team with her business sense and his artistic acumen. Free. 11 a.m.–5 p.m. wed–Fri, 10 a.m.–3 p.m. Sat, or by appointment. 419 N. 10th, 314-436-1806, 10thstreetgallery.com.
14th Street Artist Community Gallery
This artists’ hub, just a block away from Crown Candy Kitchen, focuses on artists of African-American, Hispanic, Native American, and West Indian backgrounds, as well as emerging artists from around the region. Free. 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Tue–Sat. 2607– 09 N. 14th Street, 314-828-8930, 14startcom.wix.com/.
Alexi Era Gallery
Founded by self-taught artist Aunia Kahn and writer Russell J. Moon, this gallery’s focus is on the Pop Surrealism and New Contemporary art movements (think Juxtapoz magazine). Free. Noon– 5 p.m. Thu–Sat, by appointment Sun–Wed. 1426 Washington, 618-407-5596, alexieragallery.com.
The tour is a must. See the Clydesdales in the stable (where you might spot a napping Dalmatian); gaze at the gleeful Reynard the Fox statue; then head over to the new 10,000-square-foot Biergarten and try one of the 17 draft beers on tap. Free. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Mon–Sat, 11:30 a.m.–4 p.m. Sun. Biergarten 11 a.m.– 6 p.m. Mon–Sun. 12th and Lynch streets, 314-577-2626, budweisertours.com.
Art Saint Louis
This 5,000-square-foot gallery displays a wide range of art, from outsider to established, with themed, juried exhibits featuring local and regional artists. Free. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Tue–Fri, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Mon & Sat. 555 Washington, 314-241-4810, artstlouis.org.
This gallery hosts a variety of national and international artists, including sculptors and painters. Free. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Thu–Sat, by appointment Tue & Wed. 4814 Washington, 314-367-1076, atriumgallery.net.
BB's Jazz, Blues & Soups
BB’s is frequently dubbed St. Louis’ best blues club, featuring proven musicians such as Big George Brock and Leroy Pierson. Partner John May books the acts and has helped hold the blues scene together for decades. 700 S. Broadway, 314-436-5222, bbsjazzbluessoups.com.
The Beale on Broadway
Its inception was an attempt to turn Broadway into a version of Beale Street. Seven nights a week, proprieter Bud Jostes brings the blues home. This place put songstress Kim Massie, among others, on the map. 701 S. Broadway, 314-621-7880, bealeonbroadway.com.
Broadway Oyster Bar
The patio could be on a back street in New Orleans’ French Quarter, with a bottle-cap mosaic wall, wonderfully tacky holiday lights, and raucous bands like Dogtown Allstars and Soulard Blues Band. Try the alligator sausage and shrimp cheesecake, and don’t miss the crawfish festivals, boiling ’em up fresh. 736 S. Broadway, 314- 621-8811, broadwayoysterbar.com.
Campbell House Museum
This meticulously restored home was at the center of St. Louis high society in the 1880s. Half-dollar coins have been known to appear here at random; their origin is still a mystery. $7, free children 12 and under. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Wed–Sat, noon–4 p.m. Sun, by appointment Mon & Tue. 1508 Locust, 314-421-0325, campbellhousemuseum.org.
Located along the Gateway Mall, this award-winning urban oasis includes 24 works of art, three fountains, and eats at Death in the Afternoon. Learn all about the art and plants in the garden by downloading the free Citygarden app. Free. Sunrise–10 p.m. daily. 801 Market, 314-241-3337, citygardenstl.org.
This world-famous museum, conceived and established by the late artist Bob Cassilly, features mosaics, a life-size sculpture of a bow- head whale, enchanted caves, a circus, and much more. $12, $10 Fri & Sat after 5 p.m., with additional costs for certain attractions. 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Wed & Thu, 9 a.m.–midnight Fri & Sat, 11 a.m.– 5 p.m. Sun. 701 N. 15th, 314-231-2489, citymuseum.org.
Edward Jones Dome
The 66,000-seat home of the St. Louis Rams also hosts other sporting events, including high-school football championships, college showdowns—even robotics competitions. 901 N. Broadway, 314-982-7267, stlouisrams.com/edward-jones-dome.
The Eugene Field House & St. Louis Toy Museum
This museum is dedicated to popular children’s poet Eugene Field and his father, Roswell, who was Dred Scott’s lawyer in the federal courts. $5 adults, $4.50 AAA members, $1 children under 11, free children 3 and under. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Wed–Sat, noon–4 p.m. Sun. 634 S. Broadway, 314-421-4689, eugenefieldhouse.com.
The Griot Museum of Black History
This independent museum houses a permanent exhibit featuring life-size wax figures, a model of a slave ship, a reconstructed slave cabin, and exhibits on local civil-rights pioneers, including Percy Green. $7.50, $3.75 children 12 and under. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Wed– Sat. 2505 St. Louis, 314-241-7057, thegriotmuseum.com.
L.D. Ingrum Studio & Gallery
Lois Ingrum is known for The Doll Project, a fine-art photography series on spontaneous street-corner shrines erected in memory of shooting victims. Her gallery presents a wide range of work: photography, graphic design, mixed media, folk art, clothing, jewelry, and more. Free. Hours by appointment. 4937 Washington, 314- 276-9272, www.ingrumstudio.com.
Jefferson National Expansion Memorial
The Gateway Arch grounds and museum are getting a long-overdue makeover to celebrate the Arch’s 50th anniversary. The Gateway Arch Riverboats and Arch tram will remain open throughout CityArchRiver 2015 renovations, but the Museum of Westward Expansion will be closed. $5–$10 Arch tram. Old Courthouse: 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m. daily. Arch: 9 a.m.–6 p.m. daily. 11 N. Fourth, 314-655-1600, nps.gov/jeff.
Peabody Opera House
This Art Moderne–inspired opera house was built to achieve acoustic perfection, making it an ideal venue for checking out musicals and popular bands. 1400 Market, 800-745-3000, peabodyoperahouse.com.
Schlafly Tap Room
Schlafly’s original brewpub serves up both seasonal beers and live music in the Eliot Room on Fridays and Saturdays. Don’t miss annual festivals like the Cod & Cask Festival in February or the HOP in the City Beer Festival in September. Noon–10 p.m. Sun, 11 a.m.–10 p.m. Mon & Tue, 11 a.m.–1 a.m. Wed–Sat. 2100 Locust, 314-241-2337, schlafly.com/tap-room.
Scott Joplin House State Historic Site
Pianist and composer Scott Joplin lived in St. Louis in this modest flat, and though the house no longer contains much original furniture, you can still hear Joplin’s compositions on the player piano. Free. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Mon–Sat; tours hourly. 2658 Delmar, 314-340-5790, mostateparks.com/park/scott-joplin-house-state-historic-site.
The home of Blues hockey also hosts various other sporting events, plus big-name, family-friendly concerts and touring ice shows. Acts like Madonna and Lady Gaga have played here, and this year’s lineup keeps the momentum going. 1401 Clark, 314-622-5435, scottradecenter.com.
Soldiers' Memorial Military Museum
This memorial depicts scenes from battles in World War I and houses a military museum with artifacts and rotating exhibits. The surrounding park is considered the heart of downtown and hosts summer concerts and other events. Free. 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Mon–Fri, 10 a.m.–3 p.m. Sat & Sun. 1315 Chestnut, 314-622- 4550, stlsoldiersmemorial.org.
Catch Circus Harmony performing in the Train Shed, seven days a week. And be sure to visit the Grand Hall, where the 65-foot barrel ceilings serve as a stunning setting for occasional concerts (check website for performers and times). Free. 11 a.m.–7:30 p.m. Mon–Sat, 11 a.m.–6 p.m. Sun. 1820 Market, 314-231-1234, stlouisunionstation.com.
Bruno David Gallery
Mentioned in The Wall Street Journal, Art in America, and many other publications, this contemporary art gallery has achieved prominence since it opened in 2005. The owner contributes the sensibilities of his native Paris, as well as his years in New York. Free. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Wed–Sat. 3721 Washington, 314-531-3030, brunodavidgallery.com.
This midsize arena on Saint Louis University’s campus hosts Billikens basketball and draws a range of entertainers, from rapper Lil Wayne to Disney’s Phineas and Ferb. 1 S. Compton, 314-977- 5000, thechaifetzarena.com.
Contemporay Art Museum St. Louis
In addition to bringing world-renowned contemporary artists to St. Louis, this museum also offers lectures, films, live-music nights, and monthly cocktail parties. $5 adults; $3 seniors; free for kids, students, and members. 11 a.m.–6 p.m. Wed, 11 a.m.–9 p.m. Thu & Fri, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Sat. 3750 Washington, 314-535-4660, contemporarystl.org.
Emerson Performance Center
Check out The Black Rep (314-534-3810, theblackrep.org) in its new home at this medium-size theater on the campus of Harris-Stowe State University. 3101 Laclede, 314-340- 5971, hssu.edu.
Catch local (7 Shot Screamers), national (The Dodos), and international (Sabaton) acts on the rise at this intimate venue. 2706 Olive, 314-535-0353, firebirdstl.com.
From national touring productions of Broadway’s latest hits to inter- nationally known artists, some of the region’s biggest shows can be seen here. For some shows, you can arrive early for discounted rush tickets, which go on sale two hours before showtime. 527 N. Grand, 314-534-1111, fabulousfox.com.
International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum
This museum includes 19th- and 20th-century photographic tools, a library of photographic memorabilia, and prints from top photographers such as Ansel Adams, Adolf Fassbender, and Dorothea Lange. $5, $3 students & seniors, free children under 18. 11 a.m.–6 p.m. Tue–Thu, 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Fri, 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Sat, 11 a.m.–9 p.m. first Fri monthly. 3415 Olive, 314-535-1999, iphf.org.
Jazz St. Louis
It’s always been an elegant place to dine while listening to nationally acclaimed artists, including John Pizzarelli and Erin Bode. With the opening of The Harold & Dorothy Steward Center for Jazz, it’s in the top tier of American jazz clubs. 7:30 & 9:30 p.m. Wed–Sat. 3536 Washington, 314-289-4030, jazzstl.org.
Kranzberg Arts Center
The Kranzberg’s black-box theater is home to two of St. Louis’ edgiest theater groups: Upstream Theater (314-863-4999, upstreamtheater.org) and HotCity Theatre (314-289-4063, hotcitytheatre.org). It also houses the Grand Center gallery and classrooms for Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design (314- 534-7528, craftalliance.org). Gallery: noon–6 p.m. Wed & Sat, 11 a.m.–6 p.m. Fri, noon–5 p.m. Sun. 501 N. Grand, 314-289-1500, kranzbergartscenter.org.
Museum of Contemporary Religious Art
Located at Saint Louis University, the world’s first interfaith museum of contemporary religious art has displayed work from Andy Warhol and Georges Rouault. Free. 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Tue–Sun. 3700 W. Pine Mall, Saint Louis University, 314-977-7170, mocra. slu.edu.
Portfolio Gallery & Education Center
Located in a historic house near Powell Hall, Portfolio was one of Grand Center’s first art venues. It exhibits work by local, regional, and national African-American artists, including Robert Hale, Dean Mitchell, and Charles Bibbs. Free. 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Mon–Fri and by appointment. 3514 Delmar, 314-533-3323, portfoliogallerystl.org.
This hall hosts the St. Louis Speakers Series (314-534-1700, stlouisspeakersseries.org), but it’s primarily known as the home of the world-famous St. Louis Symphony (314-533-2500, stlsymphony.org), led by conductor David Robertson. Tip: For concerts, get seats in the Terrace Circle section for optimal acoustics. 718 N. Grand, 314-286-4148, powellhall.com.
Pulitzer Arts Foundation
The Tadao Ando–designed Pulitzer has top-notch exhibits, from surrealists to modernists, photographers to sculptors. The museum is undergoing renovations and will reopen in May 2015. Free. Noon–5 p.m. Wed, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Sat. 3716 Washington, 314-754-1850, pulitzerarts.org.
Saint Louis University Museum of Art
Housed in an exquisite Beaux-Arts building, the museum was the first local venue to give nationally renowned printmaker Tom Huck a solo show. Check out the Asian decorative arts on the fourth floor. Free. 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Wed–Sun. 3663 Lindell, 314- 977-3399, slu.edu/sluma.xml.
Samuel Cupples House & Gallery
By the time Samuel Cupples was 30, he was already a millionaire. He built his Romanesque Revival house of purple sandstone and pink granite, with rich details. Free; $5 tours. 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Tue–Sat. 3673 W. Pine Mall, 314-977-2666, cupples.slu.edu.
The Sheldon Concert Hall & Art Galleries
Jazz combos, folk artists, local bands, and even Celtic musicians regularly grace this hallowed century-old hall, famous for its acoustics. The art galleries host exhibits about jazz, children’s art, architecture, and more. Free gallery admission. Noon– 8 p.m. Tue, noon–5 p.m. Wed–Fri, 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Sat. 3648 Washington, 314-533-9900, sheldonconcerthall.org.
The Stage at KDHX0
This cozy 100-seat venue, attached to KDHX-FM’s new home in Grand Center, hosts blues jams, kindie concerts, poetry readings, films, and more. 3524 Washington, 314-664-3955, kdhx.org.
Vaughn Cultural Center
Part of the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis, this center focuses on African-Americans’ artistic, cultural, and historic contributions via art exhibits, free concerts, book signings, and art classes. Free. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Mon–Fri. 3701 Grandel, 314- 615-3624, ulstl.org/vaughn_cultural_center.aspx.
This 14,000-square-foot venue combines visual art and live music, with Loyal Family booking reggae, bluegrass, and hip- hop, and ArtDimensions organizing exhibits featuring local artists. 2720 Cherokee, 314-276-2700, 2720cherokee.com.
It’s all at once gallery, screening room, concert venue, party space, game-night spot, lecture hall, record store, reading room, café—the whole point is to “fill in the blank.” 10 a.m.–1 p.m. Tue–Sun. 2847 Cherokee, email@example.com.
Bruno David Projects
This second location for gallerist Bruno David opened in late 2014 with “Road Show,” an exhibit of paintings by Cindy Tower. Headed by director Keri Robertson, the gallery offers the chance to tackle different kinds of shows. Free. Noon–5 p.m. Wed & Sat and by appointment. 1245 South Vandeventer, 314-449-6438, brunodavidprojects.com.
Casa Loma Ballroom
Frank Sinatra played here in the ’40s. The swing era lives on through Hudson and the Hoo Doo Cats, Miss Jubilee and The Humdingers, and the Gateway City Big Band. 3354 Iowa, 314- 664-8000, casalomaballroom.com.
When Henri Chatillon built this house in 1848, it had four rooms. He sold it to the DeMenil family, who turned it into a Greek Revival mansion. Monthly events focus on music, Victorian crafts, and more. $5, $2 children under 12. 11 a.m.–2 p.m. Wed–Fri, 11 a.m.–3 p.m. Sat. 3352 DeMenil, 314-771-5828, demenil.org.
Though it’s small, The Demo is mighty, offering the amenities of a major concert venue in a small space and hosting local acts like Nappy DJ Needles and Bo and the Locomotive, as well as stand-up comedians and national names. 4191 Manchester, 314-652- 3366, thedemostl.com.
Enamel Art Space
This artist-run storefront gallery and studio, overseen by artists Angela Malchionno and Carly Hilo, presents exhibits and will soon offer objects (including furniture) designed by local artists. Open by appointment. 3123 Morgan Ford, 314-610-9647, enamelartspace.com.
Fort Gondo Compound for the Arts/Beverly
In 2002, Galen Gondolfi was going to open a dog shelter—but he opened an art gallery instead. It’s since become the nerve center of the Cherokee Street arts district. Poet Jessica Baran is now director of the always-brilliant gondo and its next-door neighbor, beverly, and curates gondo’s stellar poetry series as well. 3151 and 3155 Cherokee, fortgondo.com.
Acoustically optimized during its rehab, the venue has a musical menu spanning blues, funk, jazz, and hip-hop, plus regular open mics. 4243 Manchester, 314-531-5700, thegramophonelive.com.
Gya Community Gallery & Fine Craft Shop
Artist Dail Chambers founded Gya in 2010 in the former St. Louis ArtWorks space. The gallery is home to the Yeyo Arts Collective, a group of women artists “dedicated to women’s art and topics surrounding women’s issues, including family, youth, and community.” Free, with additional costs for programming. 4–7 p.m. Fri, 1–5 p.m. Sat, 1–4 p.m. Sun. 2907 S. Jefferson, yeyoarts. blogspot.com.
The Lemp Mansion
Believed by some to be St. Louis’ most haunted building, the one-time home of the tragic Lemp family is nearly 150 years old. Today, it hosts lively parties, dinner theater, and a memorable Sunday chicken dinner in its restaurant. 3322 DeMenil, 314-664-8024, lempmansion.com.
After two years of fundraising, wielding massive sledgehammers, and rebuilding walls and floors, The Luminary has opened its new 17,000-square-foot space. 2701–7 Cherokee, 314-773-1533, theluminaryarts.com.
Mad Art Gallery
See offbeat art exhibits and events in this converted Art Deco- style police station. During the day, you can grab ribs from Capitalist Pig, housed in the same space. Free. By appointment only, 11 a.m.–3 pm. Tue–Sat. 2727 S. 12th, 314-771-8230, madart.com.
Missouri Botanical Garden
Enjoy 79 acres of beautiful gardens, as well as festivals, book signings, workshops, and art exhibits throughout the year. After strolling the grounds, grab a bite to eat at the eco-themed Sassafras Café. $8 adults, $4 St. Louis County and city residents, $3 seniors, free children 12 and under. 9 a.m.–5 p.m. daily. 4344 Shaw, 314-577-5100, mobot.org.
Hot booking mixes nationals with rising STL bands and stand- up comedians. It’s the gold standard among local indie-music venues, bringing in the likes of The Batusis and Ha Ha Tonka. 3509 Lemp, 314-773-3363, offbroadwaystl.com.
Old Rock House
At 6,000 square feet, the Old Rock House attracts big-name acts such as the Meat Puppets and Dar Williams. The Listen- ing Room Series offers more intimate concerts, primarily with acoustic singer-songwriters. 1200 S. Seventh, 314-588-0505, oldrockhouse.com.
The Ready Room
This brand-new 800-capacity concert venue in The Grove, opened by the Firebird’s Mike Cracchiolo and designed by SPACE Architecture + Design, has already had an impressive bunch of bands pass through, including of Montreal, The Fresh & Onlys, and The Black Lips. 4195 Manchester, 314-833-3929, thereadyroom.com.
Stray Dog Theatre
Housed in a century-old church, this gutsy theater company tack- les works from the campy Evil Dead: The Musical to Terrence McNally’s haunting play Love! Valour! Compassion! Tower Grove Abbey, 2336 Tennessee, 314-865-1995, straydogtheatre.com.
The Way Out Club
Between the two of them, owners Bob and Sherri Putnam have supported local music for years. Shows have included rock, punk, burlesque, and Super 8 screenings. 2525 S. Jefferson, 314-664-7638.
White Flag Projects
Director Matt Strauss’ nonprofit art institution has featured progressive artists such as Tommy Hartung, Uri Aran, and Amy Granat. Free. Noon–7 p.m. Wed, noon–5 p.m. Sat, or by appointment. 4568 Manchester, 314-531-3442, white-flag-projects.org.
Bob Kramer's Marionettes
Bob Kramer and his partner, Dug Feltch, take pride in being able to entertain children sans electronics. Each of their marionettes takes hundreds of hours to craft, before taking on the life of a veritable Broadway star, appearing in a slate of shows that changes each season. 4143 Laclede, 314-531-3313, kramersmarionnettes.com.
Boo Cat Club
This Arts and Crafts cottage, formerly home to the St. Louis Artists’ Guild, is rehabbed and reopening its doors as a com- munity arts center. Tennessee Williams performed here, and in homage, the venue is staging his little-known play Stairs to the Roof. 812 Union, 314-224-5521, boocatclub.com.
Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis
With one of the world’s largest mosaic-art collections, it could not be a more sublime setting for the Saint Louis Cathedral Concerts (314-533-7662, cathedralconcerts.org). Free. 7 a.m.–5 p.m. daily. Tours with reservation 10 a.m.–4 p.m. daily. 4431 Lindell, 314-373- 8240, cathedralstl.com.
Duane Reed Gallery
Since opening in 1994, this gallery has showcased the work of Barclay Hughes, Therman Statom, and many other respected contemporary artists. Free. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Tue–Sat. 4729 McPherson, 314-361-4100, duanereedgallery.com.
Work here often focuses on the subjects of history, culture, family, and spirituality. Free. By appointment only. 5075 Delmar, 314- 369-8139, firstname.lastname@example.org.
This 1,300-acre park (bigger than New York’s Central Park!) is home to The Jewel Box (5600 Clayton Ave., 314-531-0080, stlouis-mo.gov/government/departments/parks), a greenhouse open year-round that offers a poinsettia show in winter and a lush backdrop for weddings throughout the year (it was also a key part of Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie). In the summer, The Muny (1 Theatre, 314-361-1900, muny.org) stages family- friendly musicals, and if you plan ahead, you can grab free seats in the back. Also be sure to check out bird and nature walks via Forest Park Forever (5595 Grand Dr. , 314-367-7275, forestparkforever. org) and the cultural attractions of the Zoo-Museum District.
The Gaslight Theatre
Attached to the West End Grill & Pub, this black-box theater is home to St. Louis Actors’ Studio (314-458-2978, stlas.org), an actor-focused theater group that often stages challenging plays. 358 N. Boyle, gaslighttheater.net.
Jah'z Art Private Gallery
The gallery specializes in African and African-American art, including work by Ghanaian artists Sami Bentil and Wiz Kudowor. Free. Open by appointment. 5561 Enright, 314-531-2130, tabsales. net/jahzartprivategallery.html.
Joe's Cafe Gallery
This space has a permanent collection of signs from area and national collectors, as well as rotating exhibits of photography and paintings. The namesake café next door, at 6014 Kingsbury, is a unique venue that often hosts jazz performances. Free. 7–10 p.m. Thu. 6010 Kingsbury, 314-862-2541, joescafegallery.com.
Missouri History Museum
Housing 160,000 artifacts (3,100 of them associated with Charles Lindbergh), this is the place to learn about local and national history through exhibits, talks, and films. Fun fact: The museum was the nation’s first memorial to Thomas Jefferson. Free; call for special-exhibit prices. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Wed–Mon, 10 a.m.–8 p.m. Tue. 5700 Lindell, Forest Park, 314-746-4599, mohistory.org.
Philip Slein Gallery
After opening in 2003, this gallery quickly gained a reputation for showing contemporary art by emerging artists and well-known painters. Free. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Tue–Sat, or by appointment. 4735 McPherson, 314-361-2617, philipsleingallery.com.
Saint Louis Art Museum
With architect Sir David Chipperfield’s modern addition to the origi- nal Cass Gilbert–designed Beaux-Arts building, the Art Museum is upping its game with expanded exhibits and works never before displayed to the public. Visit on Fridays, when there’s no cost to see special exhibits. Free, with additional costs for special exhibits. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Tue–Sun, 10 a.m.–9 p.m. Fri. 1 Fine Arts, Forest Park, 314-721-0072, slam.org.
St. Louis Science Center
Permanent science exhibits teach kids about everything from friction to climate change. Park for no charge at the James S. McDonnell Planetarium entrance in Forest Park. Free, with additional costs for special exhibits, Planetarium shows, and Omnimax screenings. 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Mon–Sat, 11 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Sun. 5050 Oakland, 314-289-4400, slsc.org.
Saint Louis Zoo
The early bird gets the worm at this world-class zoological park: Visit during the first hour that the zoo is open to get into the Children’s Zoo for no charge. Free, with additional costs for some attractions. 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Mon–Thu, 8 a.m.–7 p.m. Fri–Sun. 1 Government, Forest Park, 314-781-0900, stlzoo.org.
This private, residential art gallery is a great place to see up-and-coming, as well as established artists. Free. Hours by appointment. 4932 Maffitt, 314-494-4660, email@example.com.
Tavern of Fine Arts
Literary magazine River Styx (riverstyx.org) brings in local and national authors for readings, including poets on the rise for the Hungry Young Poets series from June through August. The Tavern also hosts musical performances, visual-arts events—and a wine club. 313 Belt, 314-367-7549, tavern-of-fine-arts.blogspot.com.
Union Avenue Christian Church
This working church houses Union Avenue Opera (314-361- 2881, unionavenueopera.org), which has a new orchestra pit and an expanded stage, as well as West End Players Guild (314- 367-0025, westendplayers.org), performing significant plays in an unusual space—the basement. 733 N. Union, 314-361-8844, union-avenue.org.
William Shearburn Gallery
In April, Shearburn Gallery reopened in a former restaurant space, redesigned by Studio|Durham Architects, in The Dorchester across from Forest Park. Exhibits of modern and contemporary art show roughly quarterly. Free. Noon–5 p.m. Mon–Fri, and by appointment. 665 S. Skinker, 314-367-8020, shearburngallery.com.
World Chess Hall of Fame
Originally established in New York, this reopened here in fall 2011. It made waves with “A Queen Within,” which showcased high and cutting-edge fashion. Free. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Tue, Wed & Sat, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Thu & Fri, noon–5 p.m. Sun. 4652 Maryland, 314-367-9243, worldchesshof.org.
560 Music Center
This converted Art Deco–style temple is mainly used by Washington University, but it also hosts the New Music Circle (888-662-7851, newmusiccircle.org) and Gateway Men’s Chorus (314-289-4169, gmcstl.org). 560 Trinity, 314-935-9231, wustl.edu/arts/560.html.
Blueberry Hill's Duck Room
This is Chuck Berry’s musical home, as well as an intimate space to see live acts throughout the year. 6504 Delmar, 314-727-4444, blueberryhill.com/events/duck.
Center of Creative Arts
COCA hosts kid and adult art classes, theater performances, and art exhibits in the Millstone Gallery. 9–9 p.m. Mon–Fri, 9 a.m.–6 p.m. Sat, 11 a.m.–6 p.m. Sun. 524 Trinity, 314-725-6555, cocastl.org.
Cicero’s is where Uncle Tupelo got its start. Today, the venue still hosts jam, rock, and indie bands, with some roots and bluegrass thrown in. 6691 Delmar, 314-862-0009, ciceros-stl.com.
Componere Gallery of Art
This unpretentious gallery sells jewelry and affordable crafts. It also hosts monthly exhibits by local and regional artists. Free. 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Mon–Thu, 11 a.m.–9 p.m. Fri & Sat, 1–5 p.m. Sun. 6509 Delmar, 314-721-1181, componere.com.
Craft Alliance was established in 1964 to study the art of contem- porary craft. Besides offering classes and workshops, it houses a shop full of jewelry, glass, and fiber crafts. Free. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Tue–Thu, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Fri & Sat, 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Sun. 6640 Delmar, 314-725-1177, craftalliance.org.
Washington University students and faculty put on plays, dances, and other productions, while Edison’s Ovations series brings in national and international touring companies. 6445 Forsyth, 314- 935-6543, edison.wustl.edu.
Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum
Not only does the Kemper bring high-quality modern art exhib- its to the region, it also offers film screenings, lectures, and live music. Free. 11 a.m.–6 p.m. Mon, Wed & Thu, 11 a.m.–8 p.m. Fri, 11 a.m.–6 p.m. Sat & Sun. Forsyth and Skinker boulevards, 314- 935-4523, kemperartmuseum.wustl.edu.
This is one of the best venues in the city to see live music (Neko Case, Vampire Weekend) or the occasional stand-up comedian (Margaret Cho, Mike Birbiglia). 6161 Delmar, 314-726-6161, thepageant.com.
Regional Arts Commission
RAC’s two art spaces, The Gallery at RAC on the first floor and the Metro Art Exchange on the second floor, were created to offer opportunities to local artists and curators. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Mon– Fri, noon–5 p.m. Sat. 6128 Delmar, 314-863-5811, art-stl.com.
Third Degree Glass Factory
Learn glass blowing, see exhibits in the East Gallery, and check out the party every third Friday of the month, with fire spinning, live music, and glass-blowing demos. Free. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Mon– Sat. 5200 Delmar, 314-367-4527, thirddegreeglassfactory.com.
Ethical Society of St. Louis
Harris Armstrong’s stunning Modernist building is home to the Great Artist Series, sponsored by the St. Louis Classical Guitar Society (314-567-5566, guitarstlouis.net); the site also features art shows and special concerts. 9001 Clayton, 314-991-0955, ethicalstl.org.
Fontbonne University Black Cat Theatre
Theater professor Deanna Jent’s company, Mustard Seed Theatre (314-719-8060, mustardseedtheatre.com), tackles issues of ethics and faith in its well-mounted plays. 6800 Wydown, 314-889-1425, fontbonne.edu.
Historic Hanley House
The oldest building in Clayton, Martin Hanley’s estate was once a farm. Restored in the late ’60s and early ’70s, the house sits a block north of what’s now downtown Clayton. $5, $2 children ages 6 to 12. By appointment only. 7600 Westmoreland, 314-226-9893, hanleyhouse.blogspot.com.
This gallery has a wide range of art, but focuses primarily on landscapes, still-life paintings, and regional artists. Free. 9:30 a.m.– 5:30 p.m. Mon–Fri, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Sat. 9650 Clayton, 314-993- 4477, kodnergallery.com.
St. Louis Artists Guild & Galleries
Housed in a beautiful 1929 stone mansion in Oak Knoll Park, this regional arts center has been supporting the arts since 1886. It houses themed exhibits and more. Free. Noon–4 p.m. Tue–Sun. 2 Oak Knoll, 314-727-6266, stlouisartistsguild.org.
Washington University South Campus Theatre
This 210-seat venue hosts Clayton Community Theatre (314-721-9228, placeseveryone.org), performing ambitious plays, such as a musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Tempest, and New Line Theatre (314-773-6526, newlinetheatre.com), where you’ll find no Rodgers and Hart, but rather newer and under-the-radar musicals. 6501 Clayton, wustl.edu.
The Focal Point
Lovers of acoustic folk music will find plenty to crow about here. There are also poetry readings from the St. Louis Poetry Center (314-973-0616, stlouispoetrycenter.org) and regular Cajun zydeco dances. Tip: The venue welcomes patrons to bring in food from Maya Café next door. 2720 Sutton, 314-560-2778, thefocalpoint.org.
Hoffman Lachance Contemporary
Located across from The Focal Point, this gallery has featured a vari- ety of contemporary artists, including the likes of Vadim Gershman and Peat Wollaeger. Free. Noon–3 p.m. Fri & Sat and by appointment. 2713 Sutton, 314-960-5322, hoffmanlachancefineart.com.
This expansive brewery offers far more than beer, including theological discussion groups, an eclectic live-music calendar, and the Strange Brew: Cult Films at Schlafly Bottleworks series. The Bottleworks also hosts the Schlafly Farmers Market. 11 a.m.– 10 p.m. Sun, 11 a.m.–11 p.m. Mon & Tue, 11 a.m.–midnight Wed– Sat. 7260 Southwest, 314-241-2337, schlafly.com/bottleworks.
Turner Center for the Arts
Want to practice your draftsmanship? This is the place, with classes for children and adults, programs for adults with disabilities, and summer art camps. The studio even sells its students’ artwork. 10 a.m.–3 p.m. Mon, Tue & Fri, 4–7 p.m. Wed, 4–6 p.m. Thu. 3109 Sutton, 314-781-4440, turnercenterforthearts.org.
Loretto-Hilton Center for the Performing Arts
From September through April, this building is where The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis (314-968-4925, repstl.org) stages six Mainstage plays or musicals, three Imaginary Theatre Company kids’ shows, and three smaller Studio Theatre black-box shows. In the summer, critics from around the world come to see Opera Theatre of Saint Louis (314-961-0644, opera- stl.org) perform classical and modern operas, all in English. Tip: Shoot for the front of the center bay for musicals and Section I or II on the floor for dramas. Webster University, 130 Edgar, webster.edu.
Sappington House Complex
This house is on the National Register of Historic Places and features antiques from 1835 and earlier, as well as folk art. It also includes Historic Sappington Cemetery, Sappington Barn Restaurant, and the Library of Americana. $3 adults, $1 kids 12 and under. 11 a.m.–2 p.m. Wed–Fri. 1015 S. Sappington, 314-822-8171, ci.crestwood.mo.us.
Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site
Learn about the former home of the Civil War general and 18th president of the U.S., Ulysses S. Grant. See the family home, White Haven, that was originally the home of Grant’s wife, Julia Dent. Free. 9 a.m.–5 p.m. daily. 7400 Grant, 314-842-1867, nps.gov/ulsg.
Winifred Moore Auditorium
The Webster University Film Series (314-968-7487 x1, webster.edu/filmseries) brings groundbreaking foreign, documentary, and dramatic films to St. Louis. The series also hosts workshops and Q&As with filmmakers. $6; $5 seniors, Webster University alumni & students; $4 Webster faculty and staff; free Webster students. Webster University, 470 E. Lockwood, webster.edu.
Frank Lloyd Wright House in Ebsworth Park
Designed by one of America’s greatest architects, this house is now a museum preserving the original Wright-designed furnishings and fabrics. $10, $5 kids under 12, free members. By reservation only; call to schedule. 120 N. Ballas, 314-822-8359, ebsworthpark.org.
This 19th-century military site and historic cemetery is now home to a museum complex that includes the Missouri Civil War Museum (222 Worth, 314-845-1861, mcwm.org), as well as the Powder Magazine Museum, a historic stable, an ordnance room, a laborer’s house, and the AT&T Pioneer Telephone Museum. 533 Grant, 314-544-5714, jbhf.org.
Laumeier Sculpture Park
See large-scale outdoor sculpture at this beautiful park. Dogs are welcome. Free. Park open 8 a.m.–sunset daily; indoor galleries 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Wed–Fri, noon–5 p.m. Sat & Sun. 12580 Rott, 314-615-5278, laumeier.org.
The Magic House
The iconic image of The Magic House is a smiling kid touching the Van de Graaff generator, hair standing on end. But there’s also a multistory slide, a play area for tots, a treehouse, a market, and even a place to practice being president. $9.50. 9:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. Mon–Thu & Sat, 9:30 a.m.–9 p.m. Fri, 11 a.m.–5:30 p.m. Sun. 516 S. Kirkwood, 314-882-8900, magichouse.org.
Robert G. Reim Theatre
During the regular theater season, Kirkwood Theatre Guild (314-821-9956, ktg-onstage.org) stages classic plays and musicals, such as 9 to 5 and Arthur Miller’s All My Sons. From June through early October, Stages St. Louis (314-821- 2407, stagesstlouis.com) offers an air-conditioned alternative to The Muny for musical aficionados. Kirkwood Community Center, 111 S. Geyer.
Artistic director Alexandra Zaharias studied with Georges Balanchine before coming to Chesterfield in the ’60s to pioneer its art scene. Her school’s still instructing aspiring ballerinas in the classical tradition, and her company performs works from The Nutcracker to contemporary ballet. 68E Four Seasons Center, 636-469-6222, alexandraballet.com.
American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog
It’s only fitting that you can bring your pup to peruse the paintings and sculptures here, at the only museum of its kind in the country. $5, $2.50 seniors, $1 kids. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Tue–Sat, 1–5 p.m. Sun. 1721 S. Mason, 314-821-3647, museumofthedog.org.
In addition to the Butterfly House, Faust Park has the famous St. Louis Carousel, relocated historic buildings in its Historic Village, and a former governor’s house. Free, with additional fees for certain attractions. 7 a.m.–half hour past sunset. 15185 Olive, 314-615-8328, stlouisco.com/parksandrecreation/park pages/faust.
Kemp Auto Museum
If you love cars, especially Mercedes, do yourself a favor and check out the offerings at the Kemp Auto Museum, which holds one of the finest collections of Mercedes-Benz automo- biles in the world. $9, $7 seniors, $5 children. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Wed–Sun. 16955 Chesterfield Airport Rd., 636-537-1718, kempautomuseum.org.
Museum of Transportation
Founded in 1944, after a group of citizens acquired the mule- drawn streetcar Bellefontaine, the museum now houses more than 70 locomotives. That’s not to mention the cars, buses, aircraft, boats...even a reconstructed section of the old Coral Court Motel. $8, $5 children 12 and under. 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Tue–Sat, 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Sun. 3015 Barrett Station, 314-965-6212, transportmuseumassociation.org.
At this science museum, kids can enjoy playing a whale drum, doing a dino dig, or even making flying machines soar in vertical wind tubes. 283 Lamp & Lantern Village, 636-220-7930, stlmyseum.com.
The Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House
See nearly 2,000 butterflies in free flight all year round at this tropical conservatory. The Butterfly House is known for adding butterflies according to the season. $6, $4.50 seniors 65 and older, $4 children 3 to 12, free children 2 and under. 9 a.m.– 4 p.m. Tue–Sun. Faust Park, 15193 Olive, 636-530-0076, butterflyhouse.org.
St. Louis Jewish Community Center
From October through June, The New Jewish Theatre (314-442-3283, newjewishtheatre.org) stages plays about the Jewish experience, like Neil Simon’s Lost in Yonkers and David Mamet’s Speed-the-Plow. And in November, the St. Louis Jewish Book Festival (314-442-3299, stljewishbookfestival.org) brings the likes of authors Carrie Fischer, Alan Arkin, and R.L. Stine to town. Staenberg Family Complex, 2 Millstone Campus, 314-432-5700, jccstl.com.
Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center
It’s the host of jazz, choral, and classical concerts, and home of Arianna String Quartet (ariannaquartet.com) and the Saint Louis Ballet (636-537-1998, stlouisballet.org), the latter directed by Gen Horiuchi, who danced with the New York City Ballet. University of Missouri–St. Louis, 1 University, 314-516- 4949, touhill.org.
Florissant Civic Center Theatre
This local theater is home to the Alpha Players of Florissant (314-838-8808, alphaplayers.org) and the Hawthorne Players (314-921-5678, hawthorneplayers.com). James J. Eagan Center, 1 James J. Eagan, 314-921-5678, www.florissantmo.com/theatre.
Though it’s a small university gallery, 210 isn’t afraid to tackle big subjects, including AIDS, censorship, race, and environmental issues. Curator Terry Suhre keeps exhibits current and high-caliber. Free. 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Tue–Sat, or by appointment. 44 East, UM–St. Louis, 1 University, 314-516-5976, gallery210.umsl.edu.
UM–St. Louis students run this gallery, which often features work by their classmates or recent graduates. Free. 10 a.m.– 4 p.m. Mon–Thu, or by appointment. Millennium Student Center, UM–St. Louis, 1 University, 314-516-7922, umsl.edu/~galvisio.
St. Louis Mercantile Library
This library, whose May print–and–rare book fair is a popular event, also has a permanent art collection and hosts a rotating slate of exhibits. Free. 12:30–4 p.m. Mon, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Tue–Thu. Thomas Jefferson Library Building, UM–St. Louis, 1 University, 314-516-7240, umsl.edu/mercantile.
The Family Arena
This 50,000-square-foot arena pulls in country stars, rock acts, political figures—even rodeos and motorcycles on ice. 2002 Arena, St. Charles, 636-896-4200, familyarena.com.
Foundry Art Centre
Once a train factory that was owned by the American Car and Foundry, this art center in St. Charles hosts galleries and studios, plus concerts. Free. 10 a.m.–8 p.m. Tue–Thu, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Fri & Sat, noon–4 p.m. Sun. 520 N. Main, St. Charles, 636-255-0270, foundryartcentre.org.
Shaw Nature Reserve
At this nearby nature area, you can take classes, explore the park, and even camp. Just leave Fido at home; dogs aren’t allowed. $5, $3 seniors, free children 12 and under. 7 a.m.–sunset daily. Highway 100 and Interstate 44, Gray Summit, 636-451-3512, shawnature.org.
St. Peters Cultural Arts Centre
This one-stop cultural shop also hosts exhibits, classes, dinner theater, films, concerts, and more. Call for prices. 9 a.m.–9 p.m. Mon–Thu, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Fri, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Sat. St. Peters City Hall, 1 St. Peters Centre, 636-397-6903, stpetersmo.net/arts-center.aspx.
Alton Little Theatre
Illinois’ oldest running community theater puts on family-friendly plays and musicals like Guys and Dolls. 2450 N. Henry, Alton, 618- 462-6562, altonlittletheater.org.
Art Park OST and Gallery 1410
Just look for the 90-foot-long, 12-foot-tall graffiti mural on the side wall. The venue also sponsors a music and metal festival in the fall, a nice nod to Granite City’s history as a steel-mill town. 1410 Niedringhaus, Granite City, 618-451-6240.
Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site & Interpretive Center
Visitors can see several remaining mounds at this historic site, as well as a museum about the early inhabitants. There are also seasonal events, including a summer-solstice observance at the reconstructed Woodhenge. Free, but donations suggested. 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Wed–Sun. 30 Ramey, Collinsville, 618-346- 5160, cahokiamounds.org.
Edwardsville Arts Center
This visual-arts community center on Edwardsville High School’s campus exhibits the work of local, regional, and national artists. It also offers classes, camps, and workshops for adults. Free. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Wed–Fri, 11 a.m.–3 p.m. Sat. 6165 Center Grove, Edwardsville, 618-655-0337, edwardsvilleartscenter.com.
The Hett Center for the Arts
Located on McKendree University’s campus, The Hett hosts live concerts, films, lectures, and live streams of performances at New York’s Metropolitan Opera. 400 N. Alton, Lebanon, 618-537-6863, mckendree.edu/the_hett.
Jacoby Arts Center
Jacoby is more than an art gallery: Musicians such as Ralph Butler perform here, and you can catch poetry readings and open-mic nights. It even houses a retail shop and classes. Free. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Tue–Wed & Fri–Sat. 10 a.m.–8 p.m. Thu. 627 E. Broadway, Alton, 618-462-5222, jacobyartscenter.org.
Katherine Dunham Center for Arts & Humanities
Dunham was an innovative dancer, actress, and activist. The museum is dedicated to her career and features art objects gathered from her travels to more than 50 countries. $10, $5 seniors and children 12 and under. By appointment only. 1005 Pennsylvania, East St. Louis, 618-875-3636, kdcah.org.
Pop's Night Club
This legendary 24-hour East Side venue is mostly a place to see hard-rocking national bands, though it’s dedicated the Sabbath to St. Louis, with a Sunday Night Local Show. 401 Monsanto, Sauget, 618-274-6720, popsrocks.com.
The Wildey Theatre
The Wildey was built in 1909 as an opera house and meeting hall for the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. Now, it pays homage to its varied past by screening films and hosting live performances. 525 N. Main, Edwardsville, 618-307-2053, wildeytheatre.com.
William & Florence Schmidt Art Center
This isn’t just a spot to see fine art it hosts concerts, classes, and poetry readings, too. Free. 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Mon–Wed, 9 a.m.–8 p.m. Thu, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Fri, 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Sat. 2500 Carlyle, Belleville, 618-222-5278, swic.edu/sac.
Dance St. Louis
Martha Graham Dance Company, New York City Ballet, Joffrey Ballet...these are just a few of the top-notch dance companies Dance St. Louis has brought to the city. 314- 534-6622, dancestlouis.org.
First Run Theatre
See original works from regional playwrights. Thomas Hunter Theatre, De Smet Jesuit High School, 233 N. New Ballas; Spectrum Festival, Southampton Presbyterian Church Theater, 4716 Macklind; 314-352-5114, firstruntheatre.com.
St. Louis County Library
The county library pulls in big-name authors, such as historian John M. Barry, TV personality Andy Cohen, and sportswriter Joe Posnanski. It also hosts a children’s story time, book discussions, genealogy programs, free online courses, and more. 314-994-3300, slcl.org.
St. Louis Public Library
The public library brings in nationally known speakers, such as journalist, author, and poet Calvin Trillin; James Beard Foundation Award recipient and wine connoisseur Paul Lukacs; and attorney Anita Hill. The library also offers classes on a wide range of topics, as well as film screenings. 314-241-2288, slpl.org.