What's wrong with the National Basketball Association (besides the malcontent adolescent superstars and occasional fan beatings)? Well, for starters, players don't hang upside-down from the net often enough. And that's just one of the slick moves that will violate numerous laws of physics when streetball legends Spyda, Helicopter, Half Man Half Amazing and the rest of the AND 1 Streetball Live crew bring their playground-honed, ESPN-approved dribbling, driving and dunking to the Savvis Center (14th Street and Clark Avenue) on Friday, February 11, at 7:30 p.m. Fans of the popular AND 1 Mix Tape videos and the ESPN series based on them, as well as those who love the Harlem Globetrotters but wish the geezers would get some nasty tattoos and learn to talk a little trash already, are sure to be delighted. AND 1 Streetball Live pits the best streetballers against one another, and the only thing better than watching showboating streetballers is watching each of those streetballers try to show up the others. Tickets cost $19 to $54; call 314-241-1888 or visit www.ticketmaster.com to make a purchase. And if you'd like to meet some of these ballers (namely AO [pictured], Spinmaster and High Octane), drop by Left Bank Books (399 North Euclid Avenue; 314-367-6731) when the athletes discuss and sign Streetball: All the Ballers, Moves, Slams & Shine (7 p.m. on Thursday, February 10). -- Ian Froeb
Think You Know Baseball?
What about "Black Ball"?
America in 1920 was a strange place -- women got the vote, alcohol was out, and the entire nation was still bitterly segregated, including the sports teams. Enter the Negro National League and its storied, talented baseball clubs (like the St. Louis Stars, pictured). To celebrate the 85th anniversary of the first organization of these under-recognized teams and phenomenal players, the Missouri History Museum (Lindell Boulevard and DeBaliviere Avenue; 314-746-4599 or www.mohistory.org) hosts "'Black Ball': A Short History of the Negro Leagues in America." This program is presented by Raymond Doswell, the curator of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City -- where the Negro National League began and the KC Monarchs once played. The program is free and begins at 2 p.m. -- Mark Dischinger
Tstretching for tsunami
Let's face it: You've been a bit of a fussbudget lately, what with the groundhog's performance and all. Plus, you haven't been going to your yoga class, which typically sweetens you, even on your fussiest of days. Make up for your lacking pleasant demeanor and your dwindling workout devotion by attending the 108 Sun Salutations fundraiser from 1:30 to 4 p.m. at the Shrewsbury Community Center (5200 Shrewsbury Avenue, Shrewsbury). There, you get to work through a series of active yoga poses (if you can!) and send good vibes -- and good money -- to the tsunami victims. Your suggested advance minimum donation is $10.80, and your recommended door contribution is $15; call 314-322-1944 to reserve your mat space. But this event isn't all gym and no jam: Joia, a world percussion ensemble, and other musicians perform -- and, fortunately, so do massage therapists. You'll probably need a good rubdown after all those poses. -- Alison Sieloff
Truck It Up
This is all you need to know about the USHRA Monster Jam (7:30 p.m. at America's Center, Broadway and Washington Avenue; 314-241-1888; $5 to $22): Think of the trucks as professional wrestlers. The dirt track is their ring, the junked cars that each monster truck crushes is a no-name wrestler there to be crushed, and the roar of the crowd is what compels these beasts to drop the hammer. Don't even worry about whether to cheer for "War Wizzard," "Brutus" or "Monster Mutt" -- they're all champs, baby. -- Paul Friswold
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