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In 1972, a group of 20 New York artists founded the A.I.R. Gallery, the first not-for-profit cooperative exhibition space for women artists in the United States. On Tuesday, March 31, former A.I.R. director Kat Griefen will serve as keynote speaker for “A.I.R. Refreshed: Women in the Art World from the 1970s to Today" at Olin Library on the campus of Washington University in St. Louis.

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The Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts will recognize seven outstanding alumni and friends of the school at its seventh annual Awards for Distinction dinner April 9.

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St. Louis native Gus Giordano, who died in 2008, is widely considered the father of jazz dance — at once founder, teacher, popularizer and finest exemplar. At 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 10 and 11, the company he founded, Giordano Dance Chicago, returns to its roots with two shows in Washington University's Edison Theatre.

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The Los Angeles Piano Quartet, widely considered one of the premier  ensembles in the United States, will perform new work by Washington University composer Christopher Stark, along with pieces by Samuel Barber and Antonin Dvořák, at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 28, in the E. Desmond Lee Concert Hall.

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Can theater movement-training techniques help real-life computer scientists improve human/robot interactions? Beginning March 26, director Annamaria Pileggi will put that theory to the test with “Sky Sky Sky,” a world premiere drama featuring three human actors and one PR2 robot. Performances take place in the A.E. Hotchner Studio Theatre, located in Mallinckrodt Center, 6465 Forsyth Blvd.

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The ziggurat drum. The nail violin. The gong array with artillery shells. The chariot of choir. If Mad Max and Dr. Seuss started a band, it might look something like Scrap Arts Music, which comes to Edison March 20 and 21. The Vancouver-based percussion ensemble builds wild, one-of-a-kind instruments from gleaming industrial salvage.

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The Center for the Humanities and the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts have announced the first recipients of Faculty Collaborative Grants. Presented under the auspices of The Divided City, a new urban humanities initiative, the awards are funded in part by a four-year grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.


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