St. Louis Events Calendar > May 2006

Tuesday, May 2
Lecture/book signing: Ross King, "The Judgment of Paris: The Revolutionary Decade that Gave the World Impressionism"
Saint Louis Art Museum auditorium, One Fine Arts Drive in Forest Park
Free, all ages, 7 p.m., 314-721-0072,

It's a bit hard to fathom in our mass-marketed and globalized age, but at the inception of the Impressionist movement (centered in Paris in the 1860s), the artists who were showing the works that would become "impressionism" were met with derision and great controversy, and news of their then-scandalous group exhibit in 1874 quickly circulated around the globe. Author King (who also wrote "Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling") will illuminate the relationship between this new art form and the sea changes that were about to sweep through European society and life, transforming the culture and the world.

(Posted by Amanda)

Friday, May 5
Art Opening: 30 Artists: Small Scale Work
Philip Slein Gallery, 1319 Washington Ave.
Free admission, all ages, 6-9 p.m., 314-621-4634,

If you're into big payoffs, this should prove a treasure trove: thirty local artists, including folks like Brandon Anschultz, Lisa Bulawsky, Greg Edmondson, Tom Huck (he of "The Bloody Bucket" fame), Sandra Marchewa and more will be exhibiting the teeny and tiny tonight during the downtown gallery walk. The gallery's an inviting space, and with two other openings happening in the space that night, you're bound to find plenty to look at.

(Posted by Brian)

Friday, May 19
ArtLoop Gallery Hop
Venues throughout The Loop, Delmar Boulevard from 5200 to 6600 blocks
Free, all ages, 5-10 p.m., (314) 863-5811, ext. 24,,

The more gallery walks the better, we say, and building on the success of past excursions downtown, (and soon to come in Grand Center), The Loop launches its bi-monthly walk featuring twelve galleries, from usual suspects like Craft Alliance and RAC to newcomers like the tres cool Faces in The Loop and the multi-function DZine Hair & Art Studio.

As a bonus, light refreshments and entertainment will be available at many stops. Time to hop!

(Posted by Amanda)

Thursday, May 25
Dinner and a Movie: "Pane e Tulipani (Bread and Tulips)"
Schlafly Bottleworks, 7260 Southwest in Maplewood
$50.35 per person (includes it all, as you'll see), reservations required, 6:30 p.m., 314-241-BEER,

They're always cooking up something new over at Schlafly, and this idea we like a lot: for one price (around 50 bucks), you get a specially prepared (e.g. not just the regular stuff from the menu) three-course meal, all the beer and wine you can drink ("within reason," I was told on the phone, though can't reasonable people disagree?), a screening of a good flick (tonight's is the Italian "Pane e Tulipani") and tax and gratuity are included. Sounds fun, yes?

So, this requires a little planning, as you need to make an advance reservation so they'll know how much exquisite food to buy. Note to all couples going through the motions: could be an excellent date night.

(Posted by Amanda)

Sunday, May 28
Saint Louis Chamber Chorus Concert: "Coda"
Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church, 5020 Rhodes
$16-$18, all ages, 3 p.m., 636-458-4343,

First off, having something different to do on a Sunday afternoon is cool. Secondly, this is the last concert in the Chamber Chorus' Golden Jubilee (that's 50 seasons, kids) year.

And finally, the signature work to be performed this afternoon is a world premiere and special to our town, as it marks the first complete performance of British composer Sasha Johnson Manning's "Requiem for St. Louis," a work she has written one movement of each year for the past eight years. Seriously, people, how many other cities have requiems (requiea?) composed in their honor? I didn't Google it, but probably not that many.

An added bonus: if you messed up and didn't get a card for Moms for Mother's Day, an afternoon of choral delight might make up for it...

(Posted by Amanda)

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