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Memorial Day weekend offers a delightful chance to share your love of dance with the uninitiated, young or old. Shimmy over to Dance St. Louis’ 12th annual Emerson “Spring to Dance Festival,” a three-evening feast presenting mixed programs that lets audiences try a sampler of dance styles.

Moving fast and breaking things sounds contemporary. But, could that be an ancient pattern — an eye-opener for understanding iconic objects as agents of cultural meaning and power in the present day?

A new exhibition at the Saint Louis Art Museum and a new play opening at the Kranzberg Arts Center take us home, a place we can try to recall or choose to forget.

Modern dance, like poetry, communicates feelings and perspectives that go beyond the surface meaning of words or ideas. Two local dance companies hope to transport their audiences to new levels of emotional insight as one explores how dance unites the communities of St. Louis and the other s…

“Ruth Asawa: Life’s Work,” the current exhibition at the Pulitzer Arts Foundation, reflects the aesthetic and spatial sensibility of the Pulitzer’s architecture itself, designed by Japanese architect Tadao Ando.

Two artists, each widely-acclaimed, are exhibiting in St. Louis. Kehinde Wiley is currently showing 11 large-scale paintings at the Saint Louis Art Museum, and Jamie Adams is exhibiting 11 paintings at the Philip Slein Gallery in the Central West End.