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Friday, December 11, 2015

8 Fun Things to Do This Weekend in St. Louis

Posted By on Fri, Dec 11, 2015 at 6:30 AM

IKEA's Sylt Lingon — how better to say "happy holidays"? - PHOTO BY JOHNNY FUGITT
  • Photo by Johnny Fugitt
  • IKEA's Sylt Lingon — how better to say "happy holidays"?

The weather outside will be far from frightful this weekend — so it's the perfect time to get out and about and experience St. Louis. See the Gateway Men's Chorus! Catch the St. Louis Symphony (they're playing the score from Star Wars, among others)! Laugh out loud to the wits behind Mystery Science Theater 3000 — right here in the flesh at the Ivory Theatre! There's a ton of stuff going on, so make your plans now. 

Here are our eight picks for the weekend's top events.

1. See a post-modern puppet show

Decoding the meaning of an artist's work has never been easier than in Wyatt Kahn's Work. In this post-modern puppet show, Kahn's individual paintings are translated into non-anthromorphized puppets. Kahn plays the puppet version of himself, who is attacked in his studio by his own creations. Each puppet has the same mindset that the artist experienced while creating that particular painting, and each of them challenges the work and its meaning. It's a wry take on the art of art criticism and the responsibility an artist bears for his or her own creations. Work is performed at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday (December 10 and 11) at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (3750 Washington Boulevard; 314-535-4660 or Tickets are $15 to $50. — Paul Friswold

2.  Dine out at IKEA

The festive season is upon us, and at IKEA, the holiday glow emanates from more than just the Magnards and the Svirvels (those are table lamps, for the uninitiated). Join your fellow celebrants tonight, Friday, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Swedish Julbord buffet, an all-you-can-eat extravaganza boasting loads of Scandinavian delights at the IKEA Restaurant at IKEA St. Louis (1 IKEA Way; 888-888-4532 or Pile your plate (whether it be an Arv or a Frodig) high with salmon, Christmas ham, mashed potatoes, meatballs with lingonberries, red beet salad and more. And take a taste of Julbord home with you — many of the evening's delights are also available in the store's Swedish Food Market. Tickets cost $4.99 to $16.99, and you must buy them before the day of the event. — Brooke Foster

3. Make your yuletide super gay

Crowded malls, creepy Santas, canned carols playing on repeat since before Halloween: Too often, what should be a joyous season just leaves folks feeling blugh. Recapture the delight of the holidays at the Gateway Men's Chorus' concert Make the Yuletide Gay at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday (December 11 and 12). No group lifts spirits quite like this amazingly talented choir. Committed to giving voice to gay culture in the St. Louis region, the chorus performs shows that are as important and affirming as they are entertaining. Forget the Rudolph reruns and the icky 'nog — make this holiday concert your new favorite tradition. Both performances take place at St. Stanislaus Church (1413 North 20th Street; 314-287-5669 or Tickets are $15 to $25.— Brooke Foster

4. Hear some symphonic movie scores

The Force is strong in John Williams, the composer of numerous iconic film scores, including Jaws, E.T. and The Color Purple. Just in time for the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and conductor David Robertson celebrate Williams' six decades of work with The Music of John Williams. The program includes tunes from the Star Wars saga as well as fan-favorite scores from Jurassic Park, Superman and Home Alone. Performances take place at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday (December 11 through 13) at Powell Hall (718 North Grand Boulevard; 314-534-1700 or Admission is $30 to $70. — Rob Levy

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