Friday, October 23, 2015

6 Things to Do in St. Louis This Weekend for $25 or Less

Posted By on Fri, Oct 23, 2015 at 6:30 AM

click to enlarge The Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra's string section. - PHOTO BY SCOTT FERGUSON
  • Photo by Scott Ferguson
  • The Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra's string section.

It's not quite Halloween weekend, but the festivities start early this year. Try a zombie-filled spoof or a creepy orchestral score. Or go in a much different direction with all-you-can drink vodka. Nothing scary about that! (Right? Umm, right?)

Here are our picks for the weekend's best events. For even more Halloween options, check out our roundup of 25 ghost-and-ghoul-filled gatherings.

1. Get Goosebumps at Powell Hall

If the noises of Halloween too often sound like "Daa-aaad, Ashley stole my last Snickers," help your brood get into the spooky mood at the Hoot & Howl at Powell. This concert, featuring very special guest Luna the Bat (from the Saint Louis Zoo), includes music from Night on Bald Mountain (part of the Fantasia suite) and from John Williams' soaring score for the Harry Potter films. As an added bonus, this afternoon event allows you to introduce the kiddos to the splendor of the internationally acclaimed talent of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra. The performance starts at 3 p.m. Sunday at Powell Hall (718 North Grand Boulevard; 314-534-1700 or www.stlsymphony.org), and tickets are $8 to $19.— Brooke Foster


2. See an Art Show Riffing on a St. Louis Childhood

St. Louis is a town steeped in nostalgia — which is just another way of saying "fond memories." Steven and William Ladd grew up here, engaged in the standard pursuits of youth sports and Cub Scouting. Those halcyon days inspired the duo's new exhibition, Currents 111: Steven and William Ladd — Scouts or Sports? The Ladds create their multimedia pieces as a pair (teamwork, just as both sports and Scouts taught them), combining paper, fiber, pigments and metal trinkets to make their paper landscapes. Their Cardinal Nation is a familiar red field studded with holes and pleasantly tactile rosacea of metal bits that add three-dimensional depth to the work. The layers of material mimic the way memories accrete in our mind, new piled on old in a steady growth of time's passage. The show opens Friday, October 23, in gallery 250 of the Saint Louis Art Museum in Forest Park (314-721-0072 or www.slam.org). The exhibit remains up through Tuesday, February 14, 2016, and the museum is open Tuesday through Saturday. Admission is free. — Paul Friswold

3. Catch a Downton Abbey Spoof

Manners and etiquette are the order of the day on PBS' Downton Abbey, that popular show about upper crust English folk and their ways. But you don't need social niceties when you're dead — even if you're walking dead. Downton Zombie, Wade Bradford's spoof of the series, centers on the maid, Petunia, who just left Downton Abbey to work for Lord and Lady Brampton. As dinner party guests arrive, Petunia hunts down the most delicious-looking visitors instead of performing her duties, and it's up to the rest of the servants to keep her from eating everyone in sight. Chesterfield Community Theatre presents Downton Zombie at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday (October 22 through 24) a the West County Family YMCA (16464 Burkhardt Place, Chesterfield; 636-532-3100 or www.gwrymca.org). The show is recommended for ages six and older, and tickets are $5 to $8. — Paul Friswold


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