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Every moviegoer is a critic in casual clothing; opinions are formulated and dispensed on the ride/walk home, and even though no one is paying to hear those thoughts, they are shared vociferously at the earliest opportunity. These natural critical faculties are junked quickly, however, if the movie is free. Standards regarding plot holes, dialogue and acting will lower even more rapidly when alcohol is involved. This is why movie nights at bars are more fun than a night at the googleplex -- you can't help but have fun when imbibing a lime rickey while watching Force 10 From Navarone for free in a rowdy barroom, just as nothing can make paying $8 to see The Matrix Revolutions while nursing a Coke with a theaterful of glassy-eyed nerds anything but a terrible, terrible mistake.

Lemmons (5800 Gravois Avenue, 314-481-4812) has a new tradition of Monday Night Movies (the first screening was December 29), so you have yet another option to enjoy this simple pleasure. Dress is casual, drinks (and delicious Black Thorn Pub-style pizza) are available for purchase, and all movies will be selected by audience ballot, so do us a favor: Join the campaign to get a double feature of Smokey and the Bandit and Time Bandits screened. Theme shows are awesome. -- Paul Friswold

Beyond 2-D
Art books rise from the page

Sure, literacy is cool and all, but -- admit it -- it's hard to really share books with another person if that person is over three feet tall. The dog goes "woof-woof," the train goes "choo-choo," but does anyone with all of her permanent teeth still care? Yes. At COCA (524 Trinity Avenue in U. City), books are elevated to an art form, and you're invited to see just what can happen when the printed word moves beyond its typical parameters. BookWorks is an exhibition of books that are as aesthetically pleasing as they are literary. National and regional artists are bringing their craft to this creative haven in the Loop, and you can see it all between January 9 and April 4. Enjoy wooden books, photographic books and books-as-sculpture for free, free, free; more info can be had by calling 314-725-6555 or visiting www.cocastl.org. -- Brooke Foster

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The Architecture Hall of the City Museum (701 North 15th Street, 314-231-2489) is one of the better places to enjoy an art show. While the nature of the walls (façades from a number of beautiful, older buildings) precludes hanging anything, they do provide an impressive background for freestanding, 3-D art scattered around the room. Paul and Connie LaFlam, the husband-and-wife team behind Artthngs ([email protected], 314-436-9374), like to take advantage of the Architecture Hall aesthetics on a semi-regular basis by curating one-night-only shows of artists whose work they feel is underexposed. This month's show begins at 7 p.m. and features the creative endeavors of 20 to 25 local jewelers and sculptors, as well as a few painters and photographers (whose works will be displayed on easels to circumvent the whole wall problem). Admission is free with the $5 City Museum late-night charge. -- Paul Friswold

Six Panels to Glory

How do you go from doodling on the back of your calculus homework to a gig with Marvel Comics? St. Louis Community College-Forest Park Gallery of Art director Terrell Carter is determined to show you how. His Pow, Bang, Boom: How to Draw Comic Art class, beginning January 12 at the school (5600 Oakland Avenue, 314-644-9350, $192), allows students to create their own print-ready comics and uses Scott McCloud's cultishly popular Understanding Comics as a textbook. -- Byron Kerman

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