Friday, May 22, 2015

10 Amazing Things to Do This Week in St. Louis

Posted By on Fri, May 22, 2015 at 6:00 AM

Leonard Nimoy, forever.
  • Leonard Nimoy, forever.

Unseasonable cold got you down? Beginning today, St. Louis will start to heat up with all manner of excitement for a three-day holiday weekend bonanza.

This week's activities include a burlesque festival, some amazing live music and even some Star Trek fun for the Trekkies out there. Stop shivering and make some plans!

1. Eyeball the City's Top Burlesque Dancers Never has the state's nickname been more appropriate than it is now, when the bold, beautiful, bodacious bodies of the Show-Me Burlesque festival take the stage through Saturday (May 21 through 23). The festival honors St. Louis' rich burlesque and vaudeville history with four different shows held across a variety of venues. Thursday's opening-night bash was at 8 p.m. at 2720 Cherokee (2720 Cherokee Street; www.showmeburlesque.com) and starred a cast of award-winning burlesque performers sure to get pulses pounding, but if you missed the fun, you're not out of luck. Weekend passes good for all shows are $65 to $120. — Mark Fischer

2. Catch an Opera Classic Opera Theatre of Saint Louis opens its new season with the frothy fun of Gioachino Rossini's The Barber of Seville. A wealthy count, Almaviva, is enamored of the beautiful Rosina. He wants to be certain she can love him and not just his wealth, so he concocts a series of ridiculous disguises to get close to his lady love without her knowing who he really is. This also helps him dodge her grumpy and greedy guardian, Bartolo, who plans to marry Rosina himself in order to gain her dowry. Stuck in the middle as usual is Figaro, the clever barber who helps Almaviva with his plan. This witty and fast-paced comic opera is performed at 8 p.m. Friday at the Loretto-Hilton Center on Webster University's campus (130 Edgar Road; 314-961-0644 or www.opera-stl.org). Tickets are $50 to $130. It is performed eight more times in repertory through Saturday, June 27.— Paul Friswold

3. See Some (Free!) Shakespeare Can two powerful and driven people make a long-distance relationship work? In the case of Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra, the couple would have better odds if Antony kept better company (and maybe didn't secretly marry someone else). But you know how emperors and empresses are — headstrong and passionate. The duo's romantic life has thrilled audiences for 400 years, so it's little wonder that Shakespeare Festival St. Louis presents Antony and Cleopatra as this year's show. The drama is performed outdoors at 8 p.m. every night except Tuesday (May 22 through June 14) at Shakespeare Glen in Forest Park (near Art Hill; www.sfstl.com). Admission is free.— Paul Friswold

4. See a Show at The Ready Room For nearly 25 years Doug Martsch has been keeping the oft-stale genre of "indie-rock" fresh with Boise, Idaho's Built to Spill. Influenced heavily by Dinosaur Jr.'s thunderous-but-catchy guitar riffs, the band has become an elder on the scene, with relatively younger groups including Modest Mouse, Death Cab for Cutie and Brand New citing its output as inspiration for their own. This year's Untethered Moon, released in April, is Built to Spill's first album without Scott Plouf and Brett Nelson since its breakthrough in the mid-'90s. That it is as vital and listenable as ever only serves as proof that Martsch still has some tricks up his sleeve. He plays 8 p.m. Friday at The Ready Room (4195 Manchester Avenue). Tickets are $22 to $25. Call 314-833-3929 for more info. Portland's Wooden Indian Burial Ground will open the show with its unique brand of surf-influenced psychedelic rock. Arrive on time or miss out.-- Daniel Hill

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