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Friday, May 1, 2015

8 Great Things to Do in St. Louis This Week

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Cinco de Mayo returns to Cherokee Street this weekend. Ole! - PHOTO BY MICAH USHER
  • Photo by Micah Usher
  • Cinco de Mayo returns to Cherokee Street this weekend. Ole!

Score a Free Comic at Free Comic Book Day This Saturday comic shops in all six corners of the multiverse celebrate Free Comic Book Day, an annual event in which publishers craft extra-special comics intended to be given away to any mutant, human or Kryptonian that flies through the door. While availability varies, this year's highlights include Marvel's Secret Wars zero issue and an All-New, All-Different Avengers issue, DC's Divergence, as well as new funny books featuring Sonic the Hedgehog, SpongeBob SquarePants and Doctor Who. Area shops hosting special events in addition to the freebies include AM Trading (4005 Utah Street; www.amtrading.co), which promises live music, cosplayers and a bounce castle from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. The Wizard's Wagon (6327 Delmar Boulevard, University City; www.thewizardswagon.com) gets into the action at 10 a.m. with bands, cosplayers the Gateway Superfriends and a visit from the 501st Legion of Star Wars stormtroopers. Admission is free, get there early for the best selection. -- Mark Fischer

See the Next Best Thing to Cary Elwes -- a Cary Elwes Movie William Goldman adapted his 1973 novel The Princess Bride into the cinematic classic of the same title in 1987. Star Cary Elwes revisits the making of the film in his recent book, As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride, which is filled with cast interviews, photographs and the actor's recollections of those heady days. He was supposed to be the guest of honor at 6 p.m. Monday for Left Bank Books and the Webster Film Series' joint presentation of An Evening with Cary Elwes: As You Wish, at Moore Auditorium on Webster University's campus (470 East Lockwood Avenue; www.left-bank.com), but then he canceled. Boo! However, they've agreed to still show the film, and they're doing it for free. Yay? -- Rob Levy

Remember the Deadheads It was a long, strange trip alright, yet had it been decisively shortened a bit, Jerry Garcia might still be alive. The Grateful Dead main man was a casualty of not only drugs, smoking and a terrible diet but also of his band's relentless touring. Despite the years of overwork, the Dead still sparked hoodoo magic on some late-period road trips -- e.g., their 1989 tour, esteemed among Deadheads. On July 19 of that year's run, the band played its last-ever gig at legendary outdoor venue, Alpine Valley in Wisconsin. Grateful Dead Meet-Up at the Movies gives us the filmed document of that touted show. You can see it locally at 7 p.m. tonight at Ronnies 20 Cine (5320 Lindbergh Boulevard; www.fathomevents.com). Tickets are $12.50. -- Alex Weir

Tangle with Tribbles at Schlafly's Strange Brew Screening Despite its braininess and high-flown ideals, Star Trek was not too fancy to have a goofy episode now and then. David Gerrold's "The Trouble with Tribbles" (inspired by earlier stories by Ellis Parker Butler and Robert A. Heinlein) features the crew of the Enterprise encountering a furry and pleasant alien life form that fits in the palm of your hand. These Tribbles become a fad among the crew, but their rapid reproduction rate threatens to overrun the ship and endanger a nearby space station. The Tribbles were so popular they were revisited in an episode of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, in which the DS9 crew follows a Klingon spy backward through time, only to end up on the original Enterprise during its flirtation with fuzzy disaster. Tonight the Webster Film Series screens both episodes at 8 p.m. at Schlafly Bottleworks (7260 Southwest Boulevard, Maplewood; 314-968-7487 or www.webster.edu/film-series) as part of the Strange Brew series. Admission is just $5. -- Paul Friswold

See also: Thanks to the People's Joy Parade, Cherokee Street's Cinco de Mayo Will Never Be Normal

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