For a certain group of basketball fans, streetball represents the apocalypse. Based on flashy skills, one-on-one challenges, Globetrotter-esque stunts and trash-talking -- oh, the trash-talking! -- streetball is the antithesis of Dr. Naismiths team-based game. And so what? Streetball is its own thing, a game apart from the NBA version. If you want to watch players struggling to hit 50 percent from the charity stripe, thats your business; some people want to see Pharmacist strip a defender of his jersey while driving the lane. Tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Scottrade Center (South 14th Street and Clark Avenue; 314-241-1888 or www.ball4real.com), the Ball 4 Real Tour brings Pharmacist, Half Man-Half Amazing, Mr. 720 and Spyda -- and their arsenal of ridiculous moves -- to the court for your pleasure. And if you think you have what it takes to keep up with the pros, get there early for the pre-game block party. True streetballers, these guys arent afraid of any challenge, so local players can take the court and prove their worth against the big boys. The best player the Ball 4 Real Tour sees gets a contract offer at the end of the summer, so bring your killer stuff and make your mark. Tickets are $10 to $65.
Fri., July 6