Artgasm: This Weekend's Art Openings April 16 - 18, 2010

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This weekend's art happenings include what you've always wanted to see: a documentary on clam digging. What? You've never wanted to see such a film?

Well how about a Twin Peaks TV-show marathon? Or dancing at the Contemporary Museum? Or a photo display from the photography club at our sister city in Germany? All these events and more below!

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Twin Peaks
Twin Peaks Marathon: All 30 episodes of the David Lynch/Mark Frost surreal detective noir-cum-soap-opera cult TV show Twin Peaks are screened back-to-back. Bring everything you need to be comfortable for 24 hours, within reason; sleeping bags and food are acceptable needs, but machetes and pump organs are out of bounds. Sat., April 17, 8 p.m., free. White Flag Projects, 4568 Manchester Ave., St. Louis, 314-531-3442, www.white-flag-projects.org.

Dada Ball Afterparty: The party after Dada Ball 2010 features small bites, drinks, and a competition to determine who is the most fashionable person at the party. Sat., April 17, $35. Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, 3750 Washington Blvd., St. Louis, 314-535-4660, www.contemporarystl.org.

Sharon Lockhart's Double Tide: Exhibition of the artist's documentary film of a clam digger. Sat., April 17, free. Washington University-Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, 1 Brookings Dr. (Steinberg Hall), University City, 314-935-4523, http://kemperartmuseum.wustl.edu.

Lots more after the jump...

Alice: Multi-media art extravaganza inspired by Alice in Wonderland features works by more than 50 artists, music from Brown Bottle Fever and Sinfinis, belly dancers and hoopdancers; costumes welcome. Fri., April 16, 7 p.m.-midnight, $5. Koken Art Factory, 2500 Ohio Ave., St. Louis, 314-776-7600, www.kokenartfactory.com.

Americana Obscura: MFA Thesis Exhibition: Photography by Amanda Pfister and ceramics by Nick Ramey. Opening reception from 7 to 11 p.m. Friday, April 16. April 16-May 8, free. Mad Art Gallery, 2727 S 12th St., St. Louis, 314-771-8230, www.madart.com.

Artropy: A unique art of craft show by the members of ShowMe Etsy. Sat., April 17, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m., free admission, www.showmeetsy.org. SqWires, 1415 S. 18th St., St. Louis, 314-865-3522, www.sqwires.com.

Basic Instincts: Paintings and drawings by local expressionist painter Marlene Lewis. An opening reception will be held Friday, April 16, from 7 to 10 p.m. April 16-May 7, Free. Concrete Ocean Art Gallery, 2257 Jefferson Ave., St. Louis, 314-497-0199, www.myspace.com/concreteoceanart.

Blank Canvas Studio Spring Art Show: Original art created by adults with developmental disabilities. Fri., April 16, 7-9 p.m., free admission. Resources for Human Development, 122 West Point, St. Charles, 636-724-6616, www.rhd-mo.org.

Do Over: April 16-May 14, Free. Grafica Contemporary Fine Art, 7884 Big Bend, Saint Louis, 314-961-4020, www.graficafinearts.com.

Fiber: TwentyTen: Featuring artists in all aspects of the fiber arts, including weavers, basket makers, spinners, knitters, quilters, paper makers, and surface designers. An opening reception will be held April 16, 2010, from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through May 14, Free. Foundry Art Centre, 520 N Main Ctr, St. Charles, 636-255-0270, www.foundryartcentre.org.

John Barhydt: Machine: Photographic exploration of shapes, colors and textures. Joyce Yarbrough's silhouettes and Dan Fishback's oil paintings also on display. Opening reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, April 16. Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through May 22, free admission. Gateway Gallery, 7921 Forsyth Blvd., Saint Louis, 314-503-3880, www.gatewaygalleryonline.com

The Sorcerer and the Apprentice: Group show featuring work by the faculty and students of Chesterfield Arts. Opening reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, April 16. Tuesdays-Saturdays. Continues through June 9, free admission. Chesterfield Arts, 444 Chesterfield Ctr, Chesterfield, 636-519-1955, www.chesterfieldarts.org

Stuttgart-Gesichter einer Stadt (Faces of a City): In celebration of the St. Louis/Stuttgart Sister Cities Program's 50th anniversary. The photographs, created by members of the Fotoclub Stuttgart, were first exhibited at the Stuttgart City Hall in April 2009. A reception with Wolfgang Schuster, lord mayor of Stuttgart, will be held April 16, 2010, at 4pm. April 16-May 14, Free. UM-St. Louis-Public Policy Research Center, 1 University Dr. at Natural Bridge Rd (362 Social Sciences & Business bldg), Normandy, 314-516-5273, http://pprc.umsl.edu.

Swarm: Thought Patterns and Bits and Pieces: Swarm features Stefanie Kirkland's collages; Bits and Pieces mixes found objects with glass art by members of AstralGlass Studio of New Haven. Fri., April 16, 6-10 p.m., free. Third Degree Glass Factory, 5200 Delmar Blvd., St. Louis, 314-367-4527, www.stlglass.com.

Under the Influence: An artist's reception will be held April 19 from 6 to 9 p.m. Through April 21, Free. The Metropolitan Gallery, 2936 Locust St., St. Louis.\

Editor's note: If you don't see your show listed, please leave the information in the comments (and drop a note to calendar@riverfronttimes.com so we can list it in the online calendar). All art openings are free unless noted. For a full list of all ongoing art shows in the St. Louis area, please click here.

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