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Best Bets: Elias Sime, Cirque Italia, Renée Fleming, Poetic Justice, 'Dog Days of Summer'

Best Bets: Elias Sime, Cirque Italia, Renée Fleming, Poetic Justice, 'Dog Days of Summer'

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Artist Elias Sime


‘Currents 118: Elias Sime’

When Friday through Jan. 31; hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday (closed Monday) • Where St. Louis Art Museum, 1 Fine Arts Drive, Forest Park • How much Free • More info 314-721-0072;

What effect does technological progress have on humanity and nature? In his ongoing “Tightrope” series, Ethiopian artist Elias Sime repurposes e-waste such as wires, circuit boards and computer keyboards to create large-scale pieces of art. Recent works from “Tightrope,” along with some new pieces, will be on view in the 118th installment of the St. Louis Art Museum’s “Currents” contemporary art series. By Gabe Hartwig


“Tightrope: Noiseless 1”(2019) by Elias Sime; reclaimed electrical wires and components on panel, on view in "Currents 118"

Cirque Italia

When Through Aug. 9 • Where St. Louis Galleria parking lot (near Macy’s), 1155 St. Louis Galleria Street, Richmond Heights • How much $10-$40 • More info p-941-704-8572;

Come watch the stars of this animal-free circus perform on a stage that holds 35,000 gallons of water, and see how aerialists and acrobats use it to tell a pirate-themed story that includes knife fights, a crossbow act and a run on the Wheel of Death. Masks are required, gloves are recommended and capacity will be reduced because of the pandemic. By Valerie Schremp Hahn

‘A Little Lawn Music: Fun With the Sax’

When 7 p.m. Friday • Where 3414 Hawthorne Boulevard • How much Free

The normally early-music group the Kingsbury Ensemble continues its summer series of driveway concerts with “Fun With the Sax” in Compton Heights. Invented by Adolfe Sax in the 1840s, the saxophone comes in various sizes and a couple of tunings and lends itself to all manner of music. Zach Stern will play the sax Friday evening, performing with violinist Sophia Han, violist Amy Greenhalgh and cellist Stephanie Hunt in music of Zach Weiner, Piazzolla, Gershwin and others. By Sarah Bryan Miller


The Metropolitan Opera: ‘Renée Fleming Live in Concert’

When Noon Saturday (available for streaming for 12 days) • Where metopera.orgHow much $20

Following the successful launch of its new live recital series with tenor Jonas Kauffmann, the Met returns with soprano Renée Fleming. The concerts feature the singers (and their accompanists) in significant venues near where they’ve been sheltering in place: Fleming will perform in the music salon of Dumbarton Oaks in Washington, D.C., the estate where the formation of the United Nations was negotiated. Accompanied by pianist Robert Ainsley, the former head of music staff and chorusmaster at Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Fleming will sing works by everyone from G.F. Handel to Richard Strauss to Harold Arlen. You can watch it live, or view it at your leisure for a dozen days thereafter. The host is the irrepressible soprano Christine Goerke. By Sarah Bryan Miller


"Leonard Bernstein Conducts West Side Story" (2019) by Sandy Kaplan, on view in "Storytellers"


When Saturday through Sept. 10; hours are 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday (closed Sunday) • Where Art St. Louis, 1223 Pine Street • How much Free • More info 314-241-4810;

After having been closed during the pandemic, Art St. Louis reopens with “Storytellers,” a juried multimedia exhibition of artworks inspired by the written word. Works by 46 regional artists were chosen from among 114 who submitted pieces for consideration. A closing reception is 5-7 p.m. Sept. 10. By Gabe Hartwig


Poetic Justice Open Mic’s Poetry + Brunch

When 10 a.m. and noon Sunday • Where The Grandel, 3610 Grandel Square • How much $25 • More info

Poetic Justice, Corey Black’s monthly open-mic poetry event, heads outdoors, to a tent outside the Grandel, and includes brunch. The event is celebrating eight years. Seating is limited, and social distancing will be enforced. There will be no standing room. Poets should email to get on the lineup. By Kevin C. Johnson


Laura Wheat

Pencil drawing by Laura Wheat

‘Dog Days of Summer’

When 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday through Sept. 19; reception 6-8 p.m. Thursday • Where Longview Park Farm House, 13525 Clayton Road, Town and Country • How much Free • More info 314-587-2838;

The AKC Museum of the Dog packed up its canine collection last year and moved to New York City, so if you’re looking to get your fill of dog-themed artwork, here’s a chance: Work by Laura and Wheat and Tim Kent will grace the galleries of Longview Park Farm House for “Dog Days of Summer.” Meet the artists at an opening reception Thursday. Face masks are required, and social distancing will be enforced. By Gabe Hartwig

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