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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

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Have a pint or twelve at MoBot's Fest-of-Ale, which kicks off Friday.
  • Have a pint or twelve at MoBot's Fest-of-Ale, which kicks off Friday.

5. Drink beer for a good cause

The beauty of nature requires no beer goggles, yet there's just something grand about combining fall splendor with delicious local brews. See what we mean Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Fest-of-Ale at the Missouri Botanical Garden (4344 Shaw Boulevard; 317-577-5100 or Your ticket includes a beer sampling, a commemorative tasting glass, appetizers and live music courtesy of Grass Fed Mule. More than twenty breweries are on hand to dole out their tastiest suds; try beers from Perennial Artisan Ales, Earthbound Brewing and Old Bakery Beer Company, among others. All proceeds from the evening go to the Doris I. Schnuck Children's Garden. Admission is $35 to $45, but designated drivers can attend for $15. — Brooke Foster

6. Enjoy a free concert

So you've got your Halloween costume ready, you've started watching scary movies, but yet you still haven't prepped your ears for the spookiest of holidays. What are you waiting for?! Head over to the 560 Music Center (560 Trinity Avenue, University City; on Saturday for That Which You Fear, BandTogether's Halloween performance. Expect to be delightfully frightened by the volunteer concert band's show, which aims to share the scares and get you, and maybe even some ghostly special guests, in a most fearsome mood this evening. The show begins at 8 p.m., and admission is free. — Alison Sieloff

7. Catch a play by a modern master

Few playwrights capture familial tension, strife and love better than August Wilson. His Pulitzer Prize-winning 1990 play, The Piano Lesson, introduces us to the Charles family. Set against the backdrop of the Great Depression in 1936 Pittsburgh, the family fights over a valuable treasure: an heirloom piano. Some members want to sell the instrument in order to secure a better economic future, while others see it as a meaningful connection to the past. This affecting show explores the intricacies of — and breaking points within — family relationships. Clayton Community Theatre presents The Piano Lesson at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday (October 15 through 25) at the Washington University South Campus Theatre (6501 Clayton Road, Richmond Heights; 314-721-9228 or Tickets are $12 to $20.  — Brooke Foster

8. Give in to tragedy at the Touhill

For Medea, domesticity is not bliss. She's unable to work, shut in at home and forced to care for her child alone following a humiliating estrangement from her husband, Jason. She endures frazzled nerves, sleepless nights and an overwhelming sense of helplessness, but Medea refuses to let her straying husband escape unpunished. Euripides' drama Medea, first performed in 431 BCE, is presented by the UMSL Fine Arts and Communication Department at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday (October 15 through 18) at the Touhill Performing Arts Center on the University of Missouri-St. Louis campus (1 University Drive at Natural Bridge Road; 314-516-4949 or Admission is $5 to $10.  — Rob Levy

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