Friday, November 13, 2015

7 Fun Things to Do This Weekend for $20 or Less

Posted By on Fri, Nov 13, 2015 at 6:30 AM

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click to enlarge Superman 2050 is performed at COCA on both Saturday and Sunday this weekend.
  • Superman 2050 is performed at COCA on both Saturday and Sunday this weekend.

5. Admire some amazing tattoos

With more than a decade of success behind it, the Saint Louis Old School Tattoo Expo is renowned for its friendly and intimate nature. Organizer and host Lyle Tuttle has kept the focus on the artists, which is only right. These are the men and women who run the shops and create the tattoos, and if they're happy, the show will be that much more fun. You can get new work done at the convention — take your pick of the more than 80 tattoo artists who are scheduled to attend — or admire other people's body art at the daily tattoo contests. This year's expo takes place from 1 to 10 p.m. Friday, noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday (November 13 through 15) at the Holiday Inn St. Louis Downtown hotel (811 North Ninth Street; Admission is $20 for a day pass or $50 for all three days. — Paul Friswold

6. Watch an Indian dance performance

Everybody wants to be loved, but not everybody can keep a relationship together. In the Indian myth of Surya, even a celestial being must learn to adapt to hold on to his partner. Surya is the daughter of the cosmic architect, and she catches the romantic fancy of the sun. The two are wed, but Surya soon suffers from the sun's blazing heat and runs away. She attempts to change for her husband's benefit, but it's not enough, and the relationship seems doomed. Despondent, the sun approaches Surya's father for advice and receives some tough love: Maybe the sun has to make some changes to himself before their love can fully blossom? Nartana Premachandra adapted the story into the dance piece Incandescent, which Dances of India performs at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 3 p.m. Sunday (November 13 through 15) at the Skip Viragh Center for the Arts (425 South Lindbergh Boulevard; 314-997-0911 or The show is is in honor of Dr. Premachandra, Dances of India's founder and Nartana's father, who passed away last year. It is a loving tribute to the good advice fathers have shared for generations, even if we don't always listen. Tickets are $15 to $20.— Paul Friswold

7. See a twist on the Superman story

Chicago's Theater Unspeakable ensemble devises one-of-a-kind stage shows that emphasize innovation, physicality and minimalism. Its Superman 2050 is an original Superman story enacted by seven performers decked out in blue tights on a diminutive three-foot-by-seven-foot-platform — that's how minimal we're talking. The actors create the sights and sounds of Metropolis in the year 2050, where Superman fights his old foe Lex Luthor. Superman 2050 is performed at 2 and 5 p.m. Saturday and 1 and 4 p.m. Sunday (November 14 and 15) at the Center of Creative Arts (524 Trinity Avenue, University City; 314-725-6555 or The show is suitable for all ages, and tickets are $14 to $18.— Mark Fischer

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