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Best Bets: 'Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel,' James Baldwin, Mr. Blue Sky, Open Air Concert Series, Peter Cozzens

Best Bets: 'Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel,' James Baldwin, Mr. Blue Sky, Open Air Concert Series, Peter Cozzens

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FRIDAY

‘Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition’

When Nov. 6 through Jan. 10; hours are 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursdays-Sundays • Where America’s Ballroom at America’s Center, 701 Convention Plaza • How much $10.50-$17.50, free for children under 6; $40 for family four-pack; $10 each for groups of 10 or more; $3 for audio narration • More info explorestlouis.com/sistine

Starting this weekend, St. Louisans can escape to Vatican City by visiting “Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition” at America’s Center. The traveling exhibition includes photographs of panels of the famous frescos of the chapel ceiling, reproduced at near-original size. The immersive show includes 34 reproductions, including “The Creation of Adam” and “The Last Judgment.” Timed tickets will be available to ensure capacity and social distancing restrictions. By Valerie Schremp Hahn

Fall gallery opening

When Nov. 6 (timed tickets required) through Jan. 30; hours are noon-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday (closed Sunday-Monday) • Where Sheldon Concert Hall & Art Galleries, 3648 Washington Boulevard • How much Free • More info thesheldon.org

In March, the Sheldon sent five cameras with a mission team to Mozambique, where children with a youth choir took photos of the landscape and people near their home in Malema. The photos (prints of which will be on sale) plus a music video of the choir will be just one of seven new exhibitions at the Sheldon. Timed tickets are required for opening day. Besides “Melodies From Mozambique” are “Relief,” photographs and wall sculptures made by Sarah Frost during the pandemic; installations by Carlie Trosclair, “All Roads Leave/Lead Home”; photography by Jen Everett, “New Arrangements”; Joshua Newth’s “Acts, Elements, Objects and Unreason,” which examines detritus from commercial products; “Defining Line,” mixed-media pieces by Kit Keith, Sandra Marchewa and Frederick Stivers; and musical instruments from Eastern cultures in “St. Louis, a Musical Gateway: The Far East and Oceania.” By Jane Henderson

March on Washington, Aug. 28, 1963, 50th ann.

James Baldwin (left) and Marlon Brando embrace Aug. 28, 1963, during the March on Washington. Behind them are Charlton Heston (left) and Harry Belafonte.

‘#RealChange: Baldwin and the American Theatre’

When 6 p.m. Nov. 6 • Where go.unl.edu/baldwinamericantheatreHow much Free • More info theblackrep.org

James Baldwin, an African American writer whose work has been rediscovered in recent years, made significant contributions to American theater. The program will include Ron Himes, producing director of the Black Rep, in conversation with Dick Cavett, who conducted a television interview with Baldwin in 1969. Also featured will be performances of excerpts from Baldwin’s plays and a panel discussion. The online event is a collaboration between the Black Rep and the Nebraska Repertory Theatre. By Calvin Wilson

Mr. Blue Sky

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Mr. Blue Sky: A Tribute to Electric Light Orchestra

When 8 p.m. Nov. 6 • Where The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Boulevard • How much $30 • More info ticketmaster.com

This weekend, St. Louis’ own Electric Light Orchestra visits the Pageant. Mr. Blue Sky: A Tribute to ELO is made up of St. Louis musicians from bands including El Monstero, Celebration Day, Trixie Delight, Vote for Pedro and Soul Kiss. Dogs of Society: The Ultimate Elton Rock Tribute performs at 8 p.m. Nov. 7. COVID-19 precautions including masks and social distancing are required. By Kevin C. Johnson

Jeremiah Johnson

Jeremiah Johnson

Open Air Concert Series

When 6 and 8:30 p.m. Nov. 6-7 • Where The Grandel, 3610 Grandel Square • How much $10 (food and beverage minimum required) • More info metrotix.com

The Kranzberg Arts Foundation and Jazz St. Louis’ Open Air Concert Series continues this weekend with shows by two local stalwarts. First up is Jeremiah Johnson (Nov. 6), promoting his new album, “Unemployed Highly Annoyed.” He’s followed by the unstoppable Roland Johnson (Nov. 7) with his band, Soul Endeavor. The shows take place outside under a heated tent. Masks, social distancing and other safety measures will be enforced. By Kevin C. Johnson

SATURDAY

Tommy Zula

When 9 a.m.-noon Nov. 7 • Where St. Charles County Youth Activity Park, 7801 Town Square Avenue, Dardenne Prairie • How much Free, $10 for private skills clinic, registration required • More info 636-561-4964; bit.ly/YouthActivityParkInformation

Airborne’s BMX Pro Racer Tommy Zula will visit the nation’s largest asphalt pump track, located in Dardenne Prairie, and will offer a skills clinic, skills demonstration and meet-and-greet. A limited number of guests will be able to take part in the skills clinic, but autographed photos and free popcorn and hot dogs will be available to everyone. By Valerie Schremp Hahn

THURSDAY

Peter Cozzens: ‘Tecumseh and the Prophet’

When 7 p.m. Nov. 12 • Where facebook.com/hectvHow much Free • More info slcl.org

Peter Cozzens, the author of several books on the history of American Indians, discusses his newest, which is about the “Shawnee Brothers Who Defied a Nation” and who are described by the publisher as the two most significant siblings in Native American history. Cozzens will be interviewed by William S. Belko, executive director of the Missouri Humanities Council. By Jane Henderson

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