8 Great Things to Do in St. Louis This Week

May 1, 2015 at 6:00 am
Free Comic Book Day! What's not to love? - Photo by Theo Welling
Photo by Theo Welling
Free Comic Book Day! What's not to love?

This weekend's roster of events range from the sublime to silly, from hoppy good times to hippie happenings. Feel like a parade? Cherokee Street has one just for you, and it's far from the normal lineup of high school bands and politicians in floats. Into comic books? This is the weekend to get one for free, as Free Comic Book Day is again celebrate at local stores.

And while it's true that Cary Elwes won't be here after all, Monday is still busy with two great events. You can see Princess Bride (for free!) or a documentary of the Grateful Dead's last-ever gig. Right on.

Geek Out Over Game of Thrones Despite the spring sunshine, winter is coming to the St. Louis Science Center's First Friday tonight from 6 p.m. to midnight. The evening is packed with Game of Thrones-themed programming, such as weaponry demonstrations from the St. Louis Association of Historical European Martial Arts, cosplay, trivia and Game of Thrones bingo. Washington University history professor Dr. Alex Dube presents a free lecture, "Power and Violence in the World of Westeros," at 8:30 p.m. The James S. McDonnell Planetarium (5050 Oakland Avenue; 314-289-4400 or www.slsc.org) is the kingdom to visit for star shows and episodes of The Legend of the Seeker, and Willow screens at 10 p.m. Admission is free. -- Rob Levy

Drink Microbrews for a Good Cause If you want all the benefits of weightlifting without the sweat, there's an easy answer: At St. Louis Microfest in Forest Park (Lower Muny Parking Lot; 314-227-73020 or www.stlmicrofest.org), all you do is drink international and craft beers, and yet you aid Lift for Life, which provides weight training for at-risk youth. There are with more than 80 breweries offering samples -- from Alpha Brewing to Urban Chestnut, and all points in between. There are three sessions to choose from: 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, and noon to 4 p.m. and 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday (May 1 & 2). Keep your commemorative tasting glass; if you want food and live music, they're available too. How easy is that? Easier than sweating at the bench press, that's for sure. Admission is $40 to $75 per person. -- Alex Weir

See a Musical Dozens of Broadway musicals have been adapted from the stage to the screen, but such a straight and narrow path would be entirely too conventional for Thoroughly Modern Millie. The hit musical, which opened on Broadway in 2002, is liberally adapted from the 1967 Academy Award-winning film of the same name starring Julie Andrews and Mary Tyler Moore. While most of the songs are changed, the story remains the same: A small-town girl named Millie searches for a rich husband in Roaring Twenties New York but ends up embroiled in a kidnapping plot. The Kirkwood Theater Guild presents Thoroughly Modern Millie at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday (May 1 through 10) at the Reim Theatre in the Kirkwood Community Center (111 South Geyer Road, Kirkwood; 314-821-9956 or www.ktg-onstage.org). Tickets are $22. -- Mark Fischer

Check Out That Parade You've Read So Much About You may have heard recently that Cinco de Mayo on Cherokee and the People's Joy Parade are bigger than ever, and the rumors are true. (For more, see our feature story.) This year's celebration of Mexican culture features traditional and contemporary music from more than twenty bands, children's activities, local food, Lucha Libre wrestling and even a mechanical bull. It also, of course, includes the people who make up the Cherokee neighborhood coming together in a free-wheelin' and good-timin' parade that starts at 1:11 p.m. If you want to laugh, eat better than you have in weeks and celebrate life and creativity, Cherokee Street between Minnesota and Texas avenues is where you want to be from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. today. Admission is free. -- Paul Friswold

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