Pets, especially furry ones, can be extremely competitive. All day while upright companions are working or running errands, the little bundles of love aren't napping. Nope, they're busy preparing for some important competitions by grooming themselves, trying on clothes, practicing their tricks relentlessly and peering through windows to see what Fluffy next door is wearing. And imagine the pets' excitement: The day they've all been planning for has come at last!
Don't be surprised when Puppyface urges you to get him to Petropolis Pet Center (16830 Chesterfield Airport Road; 636-537-2322) by 9 a.m. to rehearse for the noon contests. P-face and his kitty-cat friends can perform tricks, wag tails and sing their way to stardom, as well as check out the new, fancy Cat Jungle boarding facility and adoptable pets. Confidential to all dogs: By 4 p.m. the winning entry in the "World's Best Dog Cookie" will be announced!
Exciting stuff, but the day's not over yet: The Jefferson County Humane Society (www.jeffcohumanesociety.org) is having a fundraiser from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Circle of Life Animal Hospital (2150 South Highway 67, Festus, Missouri). Sure, there'll be prizes, raffles, a silent auction and pets to adopt (like the one pictured), but the marquee event here's the pet-costume contest. Cats particularly love dressing up, and now all pets will have the chance to show decisive domination in the costume challenge. It's the ultimate pet honor. -- Alison Sieloff
Aw, hells, yeah!
Not to be sacrilegious or anything, but what the hell was going on in the '70s? There were two smash musicals about the glory of the Lord, Godspell and Jesus Christ Superstar, and both of them have enough creep and kitsch to freak out even the most jaded viewer. Perhaps now that The Passion is a bonafide blockbuster, we can anticipate a musical based on it (book by Neil LaBute, music by Slayer). Dare to dream. Until that comes to pass, we have the touring version of Superstar, which is less creepy than the clown-infested Godspell, and thus suitable for children. Catch the spirit nightly at the Fox Theatre (527 North Grand Boulevard; 314-534-1111) from Tuesday, May 25, through June 6. Tickets are $19 to $57. -- Paul Friswold
The Original Folks' Music
The Kevin Locke Trio performs
Before the influx of Europeans scattered them to remote parts of the continent, many diverse nations called the Midwest home. The Kevin Locke Trio preserves the musical traditions of these displaced Native Americans with a more modern, crowd-pleasing performance style. Locke himself is a quadruple threat, sort of a Lakota Sioux version of Sammy Davis Jr.: the Rough Guide to World Music calls him a "flautist, singer, hoop-dancer, storyteller and outstanding all-around entertainer." He's joined by award-winning singer/flautist Edmond Nevaquaya (of Choctaw and Comanche origins) and Larry Yazzie, a Dine (Navajo) and Meskwaki (Fox) dancer who appeared in the 1999 Richard Attenborough film Grey Owl. Catch them this weekend at the Missouri History Museum (Lindell and DeBaliviere boulevards; 7 p.m. on Friday, May 21, and 1 and 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 22), and remind yourself that our local musical legacy goes back even further than Chuck Berry or Scott Joplin. Admission is free; call 314-454-3150 or see www.mohistory.org for details. -- Jason Toon
Dog Is in the Details
Comedian/poet Les Barker, product of Manchester, England, dispels any notions of stodgy Tennyson-like verse with his titles alone: "Dachshunds with Erections Can't Climb Stairs" is better than anything Ol' Alfie ever slapped on his doggerel. Most of Barker's stuff is doggerel, though, since the canine appears so often in his verse. "Up the Creek without a Poodle," anyone? Not for the boring or the canine-o-phobic, Barker (wait, "Barker," get it?) delivers the verse at the Focal Point (2720 Sutton Boulevard; 314-781-4200) at 8 p.m. Tickets are $12 to $14, and you've been warned. -- Paul Friswold