Friday, January 29, 2016

6 Fun Things to Do This Weekend for $30 or Less

Posted By on Fri, Jan 29, 2016 at 6:30 AM

click to enlarge The weiner dogs race Sunday after the Beggin' Strips Pet Parade through Soulard. - PHOTO  BY MICAH USHER
  • Photo by Micah Usher
  • The weiner dogs race Sunday after the Beggin' Strips Pet Parade through Soulard.

Weiner dog races! Spaceships! Dance, theater and film! This weekend is full of fun stuff, all at a very reasonable price point. So forget the winter blues — for this weekend only, the sun is shining, the temps are balmy and you have no excuse not to get out there and enjoy yourself.

Interested in looking at some art instead? We've got another list of good picks for that.

Here are our six recommended picks for this weekend.

1. See a visiting company of modern dancers

The dance company Momix dazzled audiences with its 2011 production Botanica, which told the story of life on earth. Now the company returns with Alchemia, a physical exploration of the metaphysical sciences. The harnessing of the four elements in pursuit of the fabled philosopher's stone is the inspiration for this new piece, which again involves outrageous costumes, projected images, the imaginative use of physical props and puppets and, of course, Moses Pendelton's fantastic and inventive choreography. Medieval alchemists believed they would heal mankind with their findings — Momix's Alchemia proves that the old boys should have left the laboratory and looked to the arts for spiritual perfection. Alchemia is performed at 8 p.m. Friday and 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday (January 29 and 30) 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 www.touhill.org). Tickets are $30 to $50.

See also: The Dancer-Illusionists of MOMIX Will Take You Into a Different Atmosphere


2. Catch the St. Louis premiere of a thought-provoking play

John is a middle-aged man whose wife has recently died. Yet he keeps bumping into her at home, which is unsettling. In his fragile state he goes to see a therapist, Ian. As the two men talk they both reveal perhaps more than they intended about their lives. Conor McPherson's Shining City is a play about Irish men, guilt and mortality. Upstream Theater presents the St. Louis premiere of Shining City at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday (January 29 through February 13), with a final performance at 2 p.m. Sunday, February 14. Performances take place at the Kranzberg Arts Center (501 North Grand Boulevard; 314-863-4999 or www.upstreamtheater.org), and tickets are $20 to $30.


3. Enjoy some oldies on stage at the Peabody

So, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Elvis Presley walk into the studio ... and a musical breaks out. Million Dollar Quartet is based on an actual session that took place at Sun Studios on December 5, 1956. In reality, Sam Phillips' biggest hitters gathered to play their favorite songs, but in the musical version the group sticks to their best-known hits, as well as the hits of their then-contemporaries, including Chuck Berry's "Brown Eyed Handsome Man" and Bo Diddley's "Who Do You Love?" Million Dollar Quartet is performed at 2 and 8 p.m. today at the Peabody Opera House (1400 Market Street; 314-241-1888 or www.peabodyoperahouse.com). Tickets are $30 to $82.

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