No actor could chew the scenery like St. Louis' own Vincent Price. The master of horror is renowned for his exuberant performances in films like The Tingler and Roger Corman's "Edgar Allan Poe" series, but he's equally celebrated for his deep appreciation of the finer things in life. This Sunday, a handful of seldom-seen movies focusing on the latter roll into town.
Taking shape in the mid-1930s, the venerable Airstream trailers' aluminum-clad bodies and futuristic Art Deco design proved instantly popular, quickly earning them a reputation as the best on the road. These time-honored trailers are the focus of the exhibit Airstream!: An Architectural History of the Land Yacht at the Sheldon Art Galleries (3648 Washington Boulevard; 314-533-9900), as well as a special Family Day event on the Sheldon's west parking lot. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., tour both vintage and modern trailers amid music of the '50s and '60s (courtesy of Sherri "Danger" Lucas, host of Dangerous Curves on KDHX [88.1 FM]), partake of reasonably priced food and drink, and best of all, enjoy Airstream Caravan movies that screen throughout the day! Filmed between 1963 and 1966 and narrated by Vincent Price, the movies show Airstreams in action as trailer travelers seek adventure around the globe. Led by Wally Byam, the caravaners traipse through the Middle East, Egypt, Mexico and even into India. (How did they get the trailers over those oceans?)
Cost for a Sunday afternoon with Vincent and the Airstream caravaners? Of course, it's priceless, but admission is free! -- Mark Fischer
War is hell and civil war is a hell twice over, where a life-long neighbor can administer the blade to the throat. Such was Bosnia-Herzegovina's ordeal, which perhaps reached its nadir in the town of Srebrenica on July 11, 1995. More than 7,500 Bosnians were slaughtered when the U.N.-created "safe area" collapsed. In commemoration of the tenth anniversary of Srebrenica's fall, the Missouri Historical Society and the Association of the Survivors of the Srebrenica Genocide of St. Louis co-host a presentation at the Missouri History Museum (Lindell Boulevard and DeBaliviere Avenue; 314-746-4599) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Survivors discuss their experiences of war and peace, plus there'll be photos and documentary films. Admission is free. -- Alex Weir
The superhero movie has replaced the Western as the ready-made cash monkey of the Hollywood succubi, but unlike today's latex parade, many Westerns were -- are -- fine examples of cinema. (No, Hulk doesn't count.) Beginning this week, five gems of years and directors long passed screen at the Saint Louis Art Museum in Forest Park each Sunday (July 10 through August 7). See The Last of the Mohicans (1920 version), Red River, Drums on the Mohawk, The Ox-Bow Incident and Northwest Passage for $3 to $5 each. The films screen in the auditorium at 3 p.m., and each is introduced by a knowledgeable academic, so you'll know why it's good. For more information call 314-655-5299 or visit www.slam.org. -- Mark Dischinger
Where do all the artists go in the summertime? Well, many of them go back to school -- specifically, to Vashon High (3035 Cass Avenue) and Adams Elementary (1311 Tower Grove Avenue). These good-hearted artists teach the next generation of kids (ages fourteen to twenty-one) the disciplines from sculpture to painting to dance to photography in the six-week-long ArtWorks program. The kids learn valuable skills and earn a little money while they make community art projects, and the artists get to share their knowledge and earn a little money, too. You can check their progress at the ArtWorks Open Houses, at Adams from 10:30 a.m. to noon and at Vashon from 1:30 to 3 p.m. on Friday, July 8. This sneak peek also gives you a heads-up on what will be available at the end-of-program art sale on Thursday, July 28. Visit www.stlartworks.org for more information. -- Paul Friswold
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