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Friday, November 20, 2015

6 Things to Do This Week for $15 or Less

Posted By on Fri, Nov 20, 2015 at 6:00 AM

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click to enlarge At Guns and Hoses, police take a few punches for a good cause.
  • At Guns and Hoses, police take a few punches for a good cause.

4. Catch an arthouse flick

Director Tsai Ming-liang's debut feature film, Rebels of the Neon God, is a water-soaked urban drama set in Taipei, Taiwan. The story weaves two seemingly separate, angsty coming-of-age tales into one narrative amid Taipei's youth culture of malls, arcades and rough streets. The first focuses on the broody Hisao-kang, a student whose father drives a cab. The second strand concerns a pair of hoodlums who smashed a taxi's rearview mirror one night — the taxi driven by Hsiao-kang's father. Hsiao-kang starts following the hoods, slowly working his way up to a final confrontation. Rebels of the Neon God screens at 7:30 p.m. Friday through Sunday (November 20 through 22) at Webster University's Moore Auditorium (470 East Lockwood Avenue; 314-968-7487 or www.webster.edu/film-series). Tickets are $4 to $6. — Rob Levy


5. Celebrate conifers — and inhale the aroma of pine

This season, have yourself an evergreen little Christmas at the Gardenland Express train exhibit at the Missouri Botanical Garden (4344 Shaw Boulevard; 314-577-5100 or www.mobot.org). The theme is "conifers of the world," and it celebrates those cone-bearing plants of the season — the pines, junipers, firs, yews and spruces. Six tracks of LGB G-scale model trains chug along through the 5,000-square-foot display of live plants (coniferous and blooming), which is enlivened by miniature winter scenery such as ice skaters on a pond and skiers on the slopes. Gardenland Express is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily through Sunday, January 3, 2016, but closed on Christmas Day. Tickets are $5, in addition to the regular garden admission of $3 to $8.— Mark Fischer


6. Watch cops get beat up for charity

If it's the night before Thanksgiving, that means it's time for Guns 'N Hoses, the annual charity boxing event of the season. Police officers, firefighters and EMTs from across the St. Louis area meet in the ring at 6:30 p.m. tonight at Scottrade Center (1401 Clark Avenue; 314- 622-5400 or www.stlgunsnhoses.com) for three-round bouts of boxing and mixed martial arts matches. Proceeds go to the BackStoppers, an organization that provides assistance to the families of first responders who have lost their lives in the line of duty. Tickets are $15 to $35, and they're available directly from area police and fire departments or via the website.— Mark Fischer


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