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Friday, October 9, 2015

6 Autumnal Things to Do This Weekend for $25 or Less

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4. Party Like an German — or At Least an American in Munich 
For those among us who own traditional lederhosen, it must be challenging to find appropriate times to wear them. Sure, there's Halloween and an occasional casual Friday, but undoubtedly you want to wear your German beer-drinking gear more often than that! Enter Soulard Oktoberfest (1798 South Seventh Street; www.soulardoktoberfest.com). At this weekend-long festival, those who don the lederhosen not only earn the admiration of all who get a look-see at those fancy short pants, but they also get free general admission — danke schön! The rest of us will pay $5 to get in, or $45 to $75 per day for VIP tickets, which include parking, beer and more. The party runs from 5 p.m. to midnight Friday, 11 a.m. to midnight Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday (October 9 through 11), and in addition to seeing traditional Bavarian dress, there will be plenty of polka music (and other types), stein-carrying and brat-eating contests, and so very many liters of beer.— Alison Sieloff


5. See Sondheim, Without Breaking the Bank
Bobby has loads of friends and three girlfriends, so you'd think he'd never be lonely. His problem is that all of his friends are married to each other, so he's a singleton floating in a sea of couples. This year he turns 35, and his gift to himself is a great deal of introspection. Is he happy with his life? Is marriage as bad as it looks from the outside? Stephen Sondheim's musical Company explores these questions through a series of incisive songs about love, life and human frailty. The Washington University Performing Arts Department presents Company at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday (October 9 through 18) at Washington University's Edison Theatre (6445 Forsyth Boulevard; 314-935-6543 or www.edison.wustl.edu). Tickets are $10 to $15. — Paul Friswold


6. Explore Some Weird Science The St. Louis Science Center (5050 Oakland Avenue; 314-289-4400 or www.slsc.org) hosts The Science of Ripley's Believe It or Not, a discovery-based exhibition that uses the hard sciences — such as genetics and biology — to explain some of the most mysterious wonders of our world. Learn why reptiles grew to enormous size 60 million years ago, and why they don't today. Experience optical illusions and then discover how your brain can be into believing false information. See Willard Wigan's tiny sculptures that fit in the eye of a needle, and then learn how he makes them. You'll be amazed, both by what's on display and what you learn. The Science of Ripley's Believe It or Not is open daily through Sunday, January 3, 2016. Admission is $5.25 to $12.50. — Rob Levy


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