France offered more hospitable ground. Respected now rather than patronized, Baker quickly became an international superstar via her legendary Parisian revue performances. We can revisit this gilded period in Franco-American cultural synthesis with a major celebration of the centennial of our native daughter's birth, Josephine Baker: Image and Icon at the Sheldon Art Galleries (3648 Washington Boulevard; 314-533-9900 or www.sheldonconcerthall.org). The exhibit uses vintage photos, posters, drawings, prints, paintings and related ephemera to bring Baker's reign as the queen of the Jazz Age to life for contemporary viewers. Josephine Baker: Image and Icon is free and runs through Saturday, August 26.
April 28-Aug. 26