THROUGH 3/4 SPIRIT & HISTORY Visit Saint Louis University-Museum of Art and view a wonderful collection of work expressing the plight of African-Americans in American history. The paintings, by Fr. James Hasse and Judge Nathan Young, explore biblical themes and the strife of African- American women. Wednesdays through Sundays. Free. 977-3399 or

THROUGH 3/16 THE CIVIL WAR IN MISSOURI Many believe Missouri may best reflect the Civil War’s impact on our nation. Missouri was bitterly divided between pro-slavery secessionists and those wanting to preserve the Union. This exhibit demonstrates what slavery not only did to the state but to its citizens, as well. $10, adults; $8, children. 746-4599 or

2/8-3/4 RACE Experience a play that touches on shame, guilt, class, lies and sex, and where people are never just black or white. The Pulitzer Prize-winning David Mamet play follows high-profile attorneys Jack Lawson and Henry Brown and their case in defense of a privileged white executive accused of raping a young black woman. Showing at The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis. $16. 968- 4925 or

2/10 LIFT EVERY VOICE Celebrate Black History Month with an annual event held at Powell Hall. The IN UNISON Chorus and the Saint Louis Symphony combine their talents in a soulful celebration full of spirit. Listen to songs that touch on the most basic of human needs and struggles. 7 to 9 p.m. $20. 286-4126 or

2/11 CHUCHO VALDES & THE AFRO-CUBAN MESSENGERS One of the most acclaimed Cuban musicians of his generation, Dionisio Jesus ‘Chucho’ Valdes Rodriguez, takes the stage at the Sheldon Concert Hall. The winner of five Grammy awards and three Latin Grammy awards shows off his talents as a pianist and composer. 8 to 10:30 pm. $15 to $45. 533-9900 or

2/25 BLACK HISTORY MONTH AT JEFFERSON NATIONAL EXPANSION MEMORIAL Enjoy a special afternoon at the Old Courthouse, as Dr. Joe Johnson focuses on the history of St. Louis black music with a performance on piano. Professor Dave Uhler talks about 19th Century judicial activism and Dred Scott. A Dred Scott trial re-enactment will be performed at the Old Courthouse. Noon to 4 p.m. Free. 655-1724 or