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Friday, October 16, 2015

An Evil Forest, a Beer Festival and 6 Other Fun Things to Do This Weekend

Posted By on Fri, Oct 16, 2015 at 6:00 AM

click to enlarge Enter the Evil Forest in Godfrey, Illinois.... but don't say we didn't warn you.
  • Enter the Evil Forest in Godfrey, Illinois.... but don't say we didn't warn you.

Ah, October! When it's not too cold and it's not too hot, things can get really fun ... or really creepy, depending on what you're into. This week's events include everything from a dance show about the marvels of grass-cutting to free art and music shows. Make plans now, and you could stay busy all weekend.

Here are our eight picks for things to do this weekend.

1. See a dance show about ... lawnmowers?

Harmony in 3, the new exhibition in Laumeier Sculpture Park's 2015 Kranzberg Exhibition Series, mows down preconceptions about dance, sculpture and groundskeeping. Video artist Zlatko Cosic and choreographer Ashley McQueen pay homage to the labor-intensive work that keeps Laumeier's 105 acres perfectly landscaped, while simultaneously celebrating the institution's extraordinary partnership with the St. Louis County Parks Department. The exhibition synthesizes a series of 2014 dance performances designed by McQueen in a short film by Cosic. Their collaboration features dancers Alexa Moor, Sarah Starkweather and Ellen Vierse as the ultimate mobile sculpture, their movements inspired by the precision choreography of the lawnmowers piloted by Don Gerling, Yvette Luedde and Tom Schweiss as they detail the park every week. Harmony in 3 opens in the brand-new Adam Aronson Fine Arts Center with a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, October 15, at Laumeier Sculpture Park (12580 Rott Road, Sunset Hills; 314-615-5278 or The work remains on display through Sunday, February 14, 2016, and the gallery is open Tuesday through Sunday. Admission is free. — Rob Levy

2. Explore the secret history of African art

The Kota people are an ethnic group located in Gabon known primarily in the Western world for their magnificent guardian figures. Made of copper or brass, these figural sculptures represent not just the artistic and aesthetic prowess of their makers but the powerful — and secretive — religious rites of a mystical order. Belgian computer engineer Frederic Cloth designed a database that organizes key visual data to group the guardians and better understand their origins, and perhaps unlock some of their symbolic meanings. Kota: Digital Excavations in African Art, the new exhibition at the Pulitzer Arts Foundation (3716 Washington Boulevard; 314-754-1850 or, showcases more than 50 Kota reliquaries as well as providing visitors information about Cloth's database and methodology. Kota opens with a free reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, October 16. The exhibition remains open through Saturday, March 19, 2016, and the Pulitzer is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free. — Paul Friswold

3. Go into the woods

The Great River Road hugs the Mississippi north of Alton, Illinois, for a serene stretch of some of the most beautiful mileage you'll find in the Midwest. Get on up there and be prepared to fall in love. Or, this weekend, in fright, because it's time for the Evil Forest special event at the Talahi Lodge in the Olin Nature Preserve–The Nature Institute (2213 South Levis Lane, Godfrey, Illinois; 618-466-9930 or The trails at the Nature Institute wend their way through southern Illinois forest — ideal habitat for getting the pants/skirt/whatever scared off of you by volunteers dressed in frightening costumes of their own wicked design. This annual excursion through the gloaming starts at 7:30 p.m., wraps up at 9:30 p.m., and costs $10 per person with no pre-registration required.— Alex Weir

4. See a classic British thriller

The setting: a once grand but now forbiddingly dark London house in 1880. Within these unwelcoming walls live a married couple, Mr. and Mrs. Manningham. The wife fears she is losing her mind; her own mother died in an institution for the mentally ill and she worries the same fate awaits her — perhaps sooner rather than later, too. Fragile Bella Manningham is nearly at the end of her tether; her husband Jack assures her she's playing wicked tricks and pranks, none of which she can remember. Angel Street (Gaslight), by the ace English writer Patrick Hamilton, is a taut period thriller with a twist. The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis presents Angel Street (Gaslight) Tuesday through Sunday (October 14 through November 8) at Webster University's Loretto-Hilton Center (130 Edgar Road; 314-968-4925 or Tickets are $17.50 to $79.50. — Alex Weir

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