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Best Bets: Roxane Gay, Wynton Marsalis, 'Until the Flood,' Lavell Crawford, Jan Greenberg

Best Bets: Roxane Gay, Wynton Marsalis, 'Until the Flood,' Lavell Crawford, Jan Greenberg

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Until the Flood

Writer-performer Dael Orlandersmith wrote and performed in "Until the Flood" at the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis in 2016.

Photo by Peter Wochniak


‘Standing in the Balance’

When Nov. 13-28 • Where Red Chair Studios, 2319 Cherokee Street • How much Free • More info

A photo exhibit viewed from the sidewalk shows work by six people documenting how they deal with experiences of stress and substance abuse. The six photographers participated in a “Seeking Safety” discussion group and then were given cameras to capture the feeling of safety and their experiences. Delayed for months because of the pandemic, the exhibition has now been mounted in the windows of Red Chair Studios. It is a project involving Places for People and a study through St. Louis University’s School of Social Work. By Jane Henderson

Voodoo Acoustic Dead

When 8 p.m. Nov. 13-14 • Where Old Rock House, 1200 South Seventh Street • How much $30-$40 • More info

Sean Canan’s Voodoo Players have been busy in the last couple of months, especially at the Lot, the pop-up venue downtown that just wrapped up its season. This weekend at the Old Rock House is the band’s Voodoo Acoustic Dead show, part of the venue’s Listening Room Series. By Kevin C. Johnson

Lavell Crawford

Lavell Crawford. Courtesy of the artist

Lavell Crawford

When 7 and 10 p.m. Nov. 13-14, 7 p.m. Nov. 15 • Where Helium Comedy Club, St. Louis Galleria, 1151 St. Louis Galleria Street, Richmond Heights • How much $60-$180 for tables of two, three and four • More info

Lavell Crawford kept the laughs coming and the room full with several shows at Helium Comedy Club in July in some of his first shows since the pandemic began. He’s back for more this weekend. The St. Louis native, who has appeared on “Breaking Bad” and “Better Call Saul,” says “getting back onstage has been encouraging. When I got onstage, people were laughing. Some had masks on, but I made them laugh so hard they had to pull their masks down.” By Kevin C. Johnson


‘Art St. Louis XXXVI: The Exhibition’

When Nov. 14-Dec. 17; 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday (closed Nov. 26-29) • Where Art St. Louis, 1223 Pine Street • How much Free • More info

Fifty-two regional artists were selected to present ceramics, mixed media art, drawings, paintings, textiles and more. For Art St. Louis’ 36th annual show, 509 artworks were submitted by 123 artists for consideration, and juror Meredith Malone, assistant curator at the Mildred lane Kemper Art Museum at Washington University, chose 55 pieces. By Jane Henderson

Street Fighting Band: A Rolling Stones Tribute

When 8 p.m. Nov. 14 • Where The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Boulevard • How much $25-$30 • More info

The popular Street Fighting Band: A Rolling Stones Tribute is up next in the Pageant’s Glimmer of Normalcy Series. The band is made up of members of St. Louis bands El Monstero, Celebration Day, Funky Butt Brass Band, the Feed, the Incurables, Via Dove and more. By Kevin C. Johnson

‘I Remember Harlem: A Virtual Event’

When 6 p.m. Nov. 14 • Where theblackrep.orgHow much Individual tickets $100-$500; sponsorships available • More info

The Black Rep’s fifth annual gala will highlight the dance, music and poetry of the Harlem Renaissance and feature an awards presentation before the performances. Among the honorees will be actor Keith David. The virtual event benefits the Black Rep’s educational and community programs. By Calvin Wilson


Until the Flood

Dael Orlandersmith wrote and performed "Until the Flood" at the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis in 2016.

Photo by Peter Wochniak

‘Until the Flood’

When 7 p.m. Nov. 15 • Where allarts.orgHow much Free; donations accepted • More info

Dael Orlandersmith wrote and performs in this one-person play based on the 2014 fatal police shooting of Michael Brown. “Until the Flood” was originally commissioned and produced in 2016 by the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis. Premiering online Nov. 15, the play is directed by Neel Keller. By Calvin Wilson

Wynton Marsalis

Wynton Marsalis

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra Septet with Wynton Marsalis

When 7 p.m. Nov. 15 • Where thesheldon.orgHow much $15, $150-$250 for patron-level tickets (with access to four-week streaming course at Swing University) • More info

The Sheldon Concert Hall & Art Galleries hosts the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra Septet: The Sound of Democracy in a virtual Friends of the Sheldon concert. Performing with Wynton Marsalis are musicians from the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra presenting new works and arrangements by Marsalis. The septet includes Marsalis (trumpet, music director), Elliot Mason (trombone), Ted Nash (alto saxophone), Walter Blanding (tenor saxophone), Dan Nimmer (piano), Carlos Henriquez (bass) and Obed Calvaire (drums). Donations will be accepted throughout the event, and proceeds benefit the Sheldon’s education programs. By Kevin C. Johnson

NiNi Harris: ‘Oldest St. Louis’

When 1 p.m. Nov. 15 • Where Campbell House Museum, 1508 Locust Street • How much Free; reservations required • More info 314-421-0325

The Campbell House Museum, which has St. Louis’ oldest house garden, not only makes the cut for a new book, but it’s also the elegant setting for author NiNi Harris’ discussion about businesses, buildings and more that qualified for “Oldest St. Louis.” By Jane Henderson


‘Light the Lights’

When 7 p.m. Nov. 16-19 • Where much Free; registration required • More info

Actors, singers and dancers will perform in this virtual celebration of the Variety Theatre. The one-hour program presented on four consecutive nights will also include backstage interviews. By Calvin Wilson

'World of Glass'

'World of Glass: The Art of Dale Chihuly'

By Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan

Published by Abrams Books for Young Readers, 60 pages, $22.99

Jan Greenberg: ‘World of Glass: The Art of Dale Chihuly’

When 7 p.m. Nov. 16 • Where much Free • More info

St. Louisan Jan Greenberg, renowned for her many children’s books about art and artists, discusses the first biography of glass master Dale Chihuly, written for a young audience. Greenberg and her writing partner, Sandra Jordan, follow the world-famous artist from his youth through development as a glassblower, accidents and personal challenges. By Jane Henderson


Michael Cannell: ‘A Brotherhood Betrayed: The Man Behind the Rise and Fall of Murder, Inc.’

When 7 p.m. Nov. 19 • Where much Free • More info

Author Michael Cannell investigates the true-crime history of mobster Abe Reles, who went from street punk to brutal hit man to informer in 1920s and ’30s New York. While under police guard and ready to testify during a 1941 trial, Reles fell from a Coney Island hotel window. By Jane Henderson

Roxane Gay

Roxane Gay accepts the Freedom to Write Award in 2015 in Beverly Hills.

Roxane Gay and Okey Ndibe

When 6 p.m. Nov. 19 • Where Registration required for Zoom access • How much Free • More info

Writers Roxane Gay (“An Untamed State”) and Okey Ndibe (“Arrows of Pain”) discuss their novels and how they explore the idea of courage amid chaos. Gay, best known for her nonfiction essays, received praise for her 2014 debut novel about a brutal kidnapping in Haiti. Ndibe’s first novel was also published several years ago and involves a tragedy in a country similar to his native Nigeria. The event, organized by the Independent Publishers Caucus, is in part an effort to support sales at independent bookstores. By Jane Henderson

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