When: Fri., Nov. 18, 8 p.m. and Sat., Nov. 19, 8 p.m. 2016
Route 66 has been romanticized as the road that gave Americans freedom, but for most of the twentieth century the open road wasn't too friendly to minorities. Black motorists used the Negro Motorist Green Book to find businesses that would welcome non-white customers. If a hotel wasn't in the Green Book, you kept driving. Charis, the St. Louis women's chorus, presents a concert all about both sides of the Mother Road. Route 66: The Land of Many Colors includes songs about the open road, cities located on the 2,448-mile highway and songs about the uglier truths of America's past. The Land of Many Colors is performed at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday (November 18 and 19) at the Missouri History Museum (Lindell Boulevard and DeBaliviere Avenue; www.mohistory.org). Tickets are $13 to $20.