It's that time of week again: In these hours before the weekend, you're left to wonder how to spend the next 50-60 hours. Before you begin the YouTube marathon on your couch, scan our weekly list of suggestions for affordable entertainment and then get out there! (But first, get dear old mom something for Mother's Day.) Looking for live music? Check out our weekend concert calendar. And even more weekend options live over at riverfronttimes.com/calendar.
Leslie and the Badgers at Blueberry Hill (Friday) John Burroughs grad Leslie Stevens is "on top of the west coast world," according to our interview in this week's paper. Writer Jane Armbruster notes, "With her soulfully angelic croon, a knack for lyrical poetry and a solid new album with her band, the Badgers, she's primed for greater fame. The Badgers formed in 2006, started playing shows around L.A. and gaining a following - culminating in the release of its sophomore album, Roomful of Smoke, which was produced by David Bianco. 'I was so nervous,' the St. Louis native says of working with the man who engineered Tom Petty's Wildflowers and Bob Dylan's Together Through Life, 'but he made me feel at home. He was very strong and opinionated. It really pushed me to a new level in my work. I was forced to stick to what I wanted.' Read more back-and-forth between Stevens and Armbruster here. The band plays for just $8 at Blueberry Hill.
Officer Matt Crosby Charity Softball Game at CBC High School (Friday) See how good the St. Louis Blues players are at St. Louis' favorite sport, baseball (or rather, its rec-league cousin, charity softball) at 7:30 p.m. on Friday night at CBC High School's football stadium (1850 De La Salle Drive). Proceeds from the game go to benefit Rock Hill Police Officer Matt Crosby, who suffered a gunshot wound while on duty .Tickets are just $10. Click here for a full list of Blues players who will be on the diamond Friday night. Here's the Facebook event page for the game.
Cinco de Mayo on Cherokee Street (Saturday) "How many drinks made in a pineapple have you had this year?" asks Nicole Beckert in this weeks paper -- and then answers her own question. "No matter what your answer, you have not had enough." She continues: You're forgiven, though, because Cherokee Street is home to St. Louis' Cinco de Mayo festivities again this year, and yes, they have those delectably indulgent pineapple drinks (so you can make up for lost time). Read the rest of Beckert's preview here. The festivities run all day -- 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. -- and there's plenty of music, food, drink and all that other great stuff you associate with character of Cherokee Street. More info is also at http://www.cincodemayostl.com/
Hoop It Up 3on3 Tour at 14th and Chestnut streets (Saturday) "There is a great disturbance in the basketball force," notes Paul Friswold. "According the good people at Hoop It Up, Albuquerque, New Mexico, is America's top basketball city -- that is complete and utter folderol. Folderol! I myself have witnessed feats of athleticism, grace and pure, nasty, raw power at the Heman Park courts that would cause Dr James Naismith to slap a Harlem Globetrotter. Ballers of St. Louis, defend your honor. The Hoop It Up 3on3 Tour returns to the River City this Saturday and Sunday (May 8 and 9; www.hoopitup.com), owing to overwhelming popular demand." Read about Hoop it Up in the rest of Friswold's preview. Spectating is free, naturally.
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