Friday, May 15, 2015

7 Fun Things to Do in St. Louis This Week

Posted By on Fri, May 15, 2015 at 7:00 AM

St. Louis-based dance company Afriky Lolo will be featured at this weekend's African Dance Celebration
  • St. Louis-based dance company Afriky Lolo will be featured at this weekend's African Dance Celebration

The Chippendales are coming! The Chippendales are coming! And if that makes you think of Chris Farley gyrating on Saturday Night Live rather than a fun night out on the town, don't despair -- there are lots of other things happening this week in St. Louis, too.

From a documentary about how MTV shaped R.E.M. to the St. Louis Renaissance Faire, trust us when we say there is something in this list for just about everyone, no matter how random their tastes. Here are our picks for the week's seven most interesting.

1. See Some Beefcake in Lemay Ladies, let's be real: If your last encounter with a bulging package was an ill-shipped Amazon delivery, you owe it to yourself to see the Chippendales at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday (May 15 and 16) at River City Casino (777 River City Casino Drive, Lemay; 888-578-7289 or www.rivercity.com). Tasteful enough to avoid total NSFW status, yet saucy enough to take the top spot on any girls-night-out bucket list, this event features a variety of song-and-dance numbers that showcase the handsome lads'...skill set. Be prepared to fan yourself as this legendary troupe demonstrates the meaning of "intimate fan participation." Mercy! Tickets are $22.50 to $67.50. mdash; Brooke Foster

2. Do It His Way at the Fabulous Fox As of now, what happens in Vegas no longer stays in Vegas — it's at the Fox Theatre (527 North Grand Boulevard; 314-534-1111 or www.fabulousfox.com). Frank Sinatra famously sang that he did it "My Way," and the guys taking center stage for the musical The Rat Back Is Back do it his way too. The legendary big-band bombast and banter that Frank, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr. and Joey Bishop immortalized during their stint in the Copa Room at the historic "Summit at the Sands" has been meticulously re-created to transport audiences back to the defining days of Las Vegas, when the kings of cool lounged about onstage with a cigarette in one hand and a drink in the other. Performances are at 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, and 1 p.m. Sunday (May 15 to 17). Tickets are $35 to $80. — Mark Fischer

3. Learn Something for Once at the Science Center You, your dog and that plant on the windowsill all share a common trait: Each has a complete set of genetic material encoded within. This genome contains information about your ancestors and any potential offspring, meaning on some level, a part of you is nigh eternal. It's only been a decade since the human genome was decoded, but much has been learned about the human species in that time. Genome: Unlocking Life's Code, at the Saint Louis Science Center (5050 Oakland Avenue; 314-289-4400 or www.slsc.org), explores the frontiers of genome research. A joint project of the Smithsonian Institute and the National Institute of Science, Unlocking Life's Code features interactive displays, 3-D models and videos that demonstrate what we know and how much we have to learn. The exhibit is open daily through Monday, September 7. Admission is free. — Paul Friswold

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