Friday, June 19, 2015

8 Fun Things to Do While It Rains This Week

Posted By on Fri, Jun 19, 2015 at 6:00 AM

The one, the only ... Judy Blume - PHOTO COURTESY OF ELENA SEIBERT
  • Photo Courtesy of Elena Seibert
  • The one, the only ... Judy Blume

So far, summer in St. Louis has been a bit of a bust -- yes, it's gotten hot, but it seems to rain every damn weekend (and, lately, most of the week too). How can we enjoy yourselves if we keep getting stuck in a downpour?

Fortunately, this week's roster of events contains a whole bunch of cool stuff you can do indoors. From a screening of one of the greatest summer blockbusters of all time to a visit from no less than Judy Fucking Blume, here are eight things you could do for fun even while keeping high and dry this weekend.

1. See a play at St. Lou Fringe Daniel MacIvor's House is a play about a man whose persecution complex colors everything. He says his mother suffers from demonic possession, his father is the saddest man in the world and the person he loves doesn't love him back. Is he an unreliable narrator lost in his own resentments, or is he only partially unreliable? If it's the latter, doesn't that make him the same as everyone else? Joe Hanrahan of the Midnight Company performs the one-man show House at St. Lou Fringe this year. The Friday, June 19, show takes place at 9 p.m. at Creative Exchange Lab (3307 Washington Avenue; www.stlfringe.com). Tickets are $10 in addition to the required $5 Fringe badge. — Paul Friswold

See also: The Cheapskate's Guide to Summer in St. Louis

2. Make your way through a giant cardboard maze Paul Vandivort hadn't made a cardboard maze in almost a decade. But the local artist has recently returned to this craft, creating the Labyrinth at Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (3750 Washington Boulevard; 314-535-4660 or www.camstl.org) as part of the Family Day Block Party, co-presented with the Pulitzer Arts Foundation and the Sheldon. Vandivort doesn't do small; his newest maze is a real humdinger, spanning an area bigger than a two-car garage and using more than twenty refrigerator boxes for 25 different rooms, corridors and hallways. While those entering may feel a little boxed in, they will encounter no minotaurs. Family Day takes place from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, and admission is free. — Rob Levy

3. See a Free Arthouse Film Korea was in political and social tumult in the late nineteenth century — but so was Jang Seung-up, a self-taught artist from the lower class. Jang has obvious artistic talent, but his humble origins preclude him from advancing as an artist. But a merchant recognizes his genius, and acts as his patron. Constrained for too long by societal structures and his own early limitations, Jang eventually breaks free and develops a new style of art in traditional Korea. In doing so, he leads the way for all future Korean artists. Kwon-taek Im's film Chihwaseon (also known as Painted Fire in the West) documents the turbulent life of a free spirit who rose above the limits of his time and place to achieve immortality through his art. The film screens at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday at the Saint Louis Art Museum in Forest Park (314-721-0076 or www.slam.org) as part of the Dano Korean Spring Festival. Admission is free. — Paul Friswold

4. Remind Yourself That It's Never Truly Safe to Get Back in the Water Turner Classic Movies has clearly decided that you're all swimming too much; the cable channel celebrates the 40th anniversary of Jaws with a series of nationwide screenings. Steven Spielberg became a household name thanks to Jaws and its hungry, hungry shark that terrorizes a small resort town during a hot summer. Even if you've seen the film countless times, this time it's different: Spielberg personally approved the 4k restoration that will be shown. TCM's Ben Mankiewicz introduces Jaws, which screens at 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday, June 21, at Wehrenberg Des Peres 14 Cinema (12701 Manchester Road, Des Peres; www.fathomevents.com). Tickets are $12.50. &10;— Paul Friswold

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