Friday, July 17, 2015

6 Fun Things to Do This Week for $12 or Less

Posted By on Fri, Jul 17, 2015 at 8:00 AM

The World Naked Bike Ride returns to town this weekend -- do you dare to go bare? - PHOTO BY JON GITCHOFF
  • Photo by Jon Gitchoff
  • The World Naked Bike Ride returns to town this weekend -- do you dare to go bare?

Naked bike rides! Magic shows! Lady arm wrestlers in hand-to-hand combat! This week's event list has something for everyone ... and by everyone, we mean everyone. Even those oh-so-particular lovers of theater who insist on only seeing shows inside bakeries.

Peruse our list of six fun events -- all accessible for $12 or less. And then start making plans already!

1. See theater inside a bakery Cupcakes, especially those at SweetArt, hold delicious, belly-pleasing magic within their miniature size — everyone knows that. But in The Runaway Cupcake: A Play About Eating for Families Who Eat, an actual enchanted cupcake stirs up some trouble. This latest offering from the OnSite Theatre Company was written by Nancy Bell, and it tells the story of a baker who is trying to appease a pesky bill collector, with a small cake and a mysterious girl also in the mix. A folktale set in the modern world, The Runaway Cupcake is a site-specific production for cupcake-eating theatergoers of all ages — yes, of course, dessert will be served! The show is performed at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday (July 17 through 26) at SweetArt (2203 South 39th Street; www.onsitetheatre.org). Tickets are $12 to $20. — Alison Sieloff

2. Catch a magic show Saturday at 9 p.m. at the Ready Room (4195 Manchester Avenue; 314-833-3929 or www.thereadyroom.com), the paths of four masters of the mystic arts converge center stage at the City of Night St. Louis: That's Magic event. Zi the Mentalist demonstrates his cerebral supremacy with uncanny feats that delve deep into the audience's innermost thoughts. The City Museum's resident conjuring comic Christian the Magician gets audiences rolling in their seats with his blend of sly humor and sleights of hand. Dimitri the Mage, sacred seer to royalty, royally blows minds with his sovereign, spellbinding sorcery, and escape artist supreme Dr. Judas Lynch dodges death's grip time and time again. Tickets — which are sure to vanish — are $10 with a $2 minor surcharge at the door. — Mark Fischer

3. Marvel at the Saint Louis Lady Arm Wrestlers The Saint Louis Lady Arm Wrestlers refuse to be pinned down by stereotypes or social convention. This group of fighting feminists empowers women through theater and philanthropy. Armed with attitude, brute strength and activism, their second series of matches for 2015, SLLAW VII: Good Vibrations, is a ferocious evening of hand-to-hand combat benefiting Venus Envy's Women in the Arts Scholarship Fund. Venus Envy is a nonprofit organization that inspires women through the arts. This showdown features the ladies grappling limbs and beating the heat in their battle to strengthen cultural girl power in the community. Good Vibrations starts at 8 p.m. Saturday at 2720 (2720 Cherokee Street; 314-875-0233 or www.stlouisladyarmwrestlers.org). Admission is $7 at the door. — Rob Levy

Turn the page for more fun events, including the World Naked Bike Ride!

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