6 Great Things to Do in St. Louis This Week for $10 or Less

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Spaceballs plays in the Omnimax Theater at the St. Louis Science Center this weekend.
Spaceballs plays in the Omnimax Theater at the St. Louis Science Center this weekend.

Another rainy weekend! What's a St. Louisan to do?

Well, for starters, you could catch a screening of one of two 1980s classics. (Perhaps the photo above gives some clue of one of the films we're talking about?) Or you could hit the Jewish Film Festival for more serious fare ... or meet the man they call Inspector Collector, who's compiled an amazing collection of menus from Chinese restaurants.

Let the rain keep falling. You can still stay plenty busy with these six happenings.

1. Go on a Big Adventure with Peewee Never has the story of one man and his bike been so epic as it was in 1985 when Paul Reubens released Pee-wee's Big Adventure. Reubens was already on the cusp of being a pretty big deal at the time, thanks to numerous TV guest spots, but his first leading-man role put him at the epicenter of American popular culture. The film also created a buzz around director Tim Burton and film composer Danny Elfman. The absurdly silly flick made millions laugh while teaching most of America that the Alamo doesn't have a basement. The Reel Late series at the Landmark Tivoli Theatre (6350 Delmar Boulevard, University City; 314-727-7271 or www.landmarktheatres.com) presents the Big Adventure at 11:55 p.m. Friday and Saturday (June 5 and 6). Tickets are $8. — Rob Levy

2. Catch an Art Reception The camera may have democratized photography by bringing the power of portraiture to the people, but because of America's troubling racial history there are comparatively few historical photographs of minorities. But that doesn't mean they're not out there — artist Robert E. Green seeks them out to add to his growing collection. Indelible: Historic African-American Photographs and Artifacts from the Collection of Robert E. Green is an exhibition of images Green has obtained, and many of them were made here in St. Louis. Indelible opens with a free reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, June 5, at the Sheldon (3648 Washington Boulevard; 314-533-9900 or www.thesheldon.org). The exhibit remains up through Saturday, August 15, and the gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday. — Paul Friswold

3. Meet the Man They Call "Inspector Collector" When discussing his collection of Chinese restaurant menus, Harley J. Spiller (a.k.a., Inspector Collector), commented that by amassing a collection of something no one cares about, it suddenly becomes interesting. In his new book, Keep the Change: A Collector's Tales of Lucky Pennies, Counterfeit C-Notes, and Other Curious Currency, Spiller focuses on money — something that fascinates just about everyone. But what makes his book so fascinating are the offbeat facts and anecdotes. Did you know U.S. dollars are magnetic? Inspector Collector tells you why — and why it matters. Subterranean Books welcomes the author for a reading and signing at 11 a.m. Sunday under the French light fixtures of Herbie's Vintage 72 (405 North Euclid Avenue; 314-862-6100 or www.subbooks.com). Admission is free, and copies of Keep the Change will be sold onsite. — Mark Fischer

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