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Courtesy of the National Blues Museum

The National Blues Museum’s Porch Jam sessions kick off the week.

April is going out with a bang. The arts are coming back to life and May is slowly arriving to test our Star Wars knowledge, and if this week doesn’t give you enough to choose from, be sure to check out what’s happening this weekend as well.

Thursday 4/28

Encouraged interaction

click to enlarge Assembly Required invites visitors to interact with the works of art.  - COURTESY OF THE PULITZER ARTS FOUNDATION / ALISE O'BRIEN

Courtesy of the Pulitzer Arts Foundation / Alise O’Brien

assembly is required invites visitors to interact with the works of art.

Most of the time, when you walk into an art museum, they tell you “don’t touch” or “don’t get on” the work. However, these activities are encouraged in the latest Pulitzer Arts Foundation exhibit, Assembly is required. Visitors are invited to “interact with the artworks and with each other while sharing new experiences.” Some of the pieces in the exhibition can be stepped on, while others can be moved. assembly is required features the work of eight artists, selected for their “shared belief that public action is vital to transforming society.” The exhibit is open to the public through July 31 at the Pulitzer Arts Foundation (3716 Washington Boulevard, 314-754-1850, pulitzerarts.org). The space is open on Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Fridays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. –Cassidy Waigand

get the blue

click to enlarge Porch Jam sessions welcome musicians of all levels.  - COURTESY NATIONAL BLUES MUSEUM

Courtesy of the National Blues Museum

Porch Jam sessions welcome musicians of all levels.

For a while, nobody knew when we would hear live music again. But now, as spring approaches summer and COVID-19 cases decline (fingers crossed), live music is back. And some have to find their rhythm again. That’s where the National Blues Museum comes in with its Sitting on the porch jam. The museum invites musicians of all levels to find their groove at informal jam sessions. It’s not just limited to the entrants, though: the community can witness the birth of the next Chuck Berry or Tina Turner. Catch the jam session on Thursday, April 28, from 6 to 8 pm at the National Blues Museum (615 Washington Avenue, 314-925-0016, nationalbluesmuseum.org/event/sittin-on-the-porch-14/). The event is free to all, but participants must reserve a ticket. Reserve online at nationalbluesmuseum.org or visit the box office upon arrival. All attendees must have proof of a negative COVID-19 test within five days of the event, or their vaccination card.

Wednesday 04/05

May the room be with you

While there is no nickname for Star Wars fans (trust us, we looked into it), the fandom is spread far and wide. The 4th of May is fast becoming a big holiday for them, and this year they can celebrate it at Star Wars trivia night, from Wellspent Brewing Co. Who is Luke Skywalker’s father? What about Rey’s parents? Were the prequels a mistake? These are some of the topics we suspect will be hotly debated at the table as St. Louisans come together to prove who’s the best. Damn, no nickname for fans yet. Still, the brewery promises great beer, prizes for the top three teams, and food from the Tamale Man for trivia-hungry nerds. Outside food is welcome, as are your dogs. Trivia starts at 7 pm at Wellspent Brewing Company (2917 Olive Street, 314-696-2919, facebook.com/wellspentbeer/events). Live long and prosper, er, sorry, may the force be with you, St. Louis.

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