In the old days, St. Louisans would spend the night in Forest Park when the summer heat became unbearable. That escape is forbidden now, but you can still enjoy a pleasant Midsummer Night outdoors at the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts (3716 Washington Boulevard; 314-754-1850 or www.pulitzerarts.org). At 7 p.m., the actors of the Staging Old Masters program perform scenes based on their interpretations of the Old Masters paintings currently on display at the Pulitzer. At 9 p.m., Max Reinhardts 1935 film adaptation of A Midsummer Nights Dream is projected in the cool confines of the Pulitzers courtyard. Reinhardts film is a veritable whos who of Hollywoods Golden Age, with a young Mickey Rooney as trouble-making Puck and James Cagney as Bottom the Weaver. As with all good summer escapes, admission is free.
Fri., June 26, 2009