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Friday, April 8, 2016

7 Things to Do in the Lou This Weekend

Posted By on Fri, Apr 8, 2016 at 6:45 AM

click to enlarge Where the Wild Things Are comes to COCA this weekend. - COURTESY OF COCA
  • Where the Wild Things Are comes to COCA this weekend.

Let the wild rumpus start! This weekend is chock-full of interesting things to do, so don't let the lingering chilly temperatures hold you back. Get out there and make plans.

Interested in fine art instead of performance? We've got two picks this Friday for that as well. Or just visit a sexy bar (or two). This is your city, so why not go explore it? 

Here are six things we'd recommend for the weekend — and one can't miss happening on Monday.

1. See a children's play at COCA
Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are is a cornerstone of childhood because of its honest portrayal of anger and imagination. Max throws a tantrum and his mother punishes him by sending him to his room. But he crafts a flawless break-out plan using only his mind, dreaming of a voyage by sea to an island populated by beasts, where he can shout and dance to his heart's content. Even better, he never has to leave home, which means his favorite comforts (a mother's love and a hot meal) are there when he needs them. Vancouver's Presentation House Theatre performs its stage version of Where The Wild Things Are this week at the Center of Creative Arts (524 Trinity Avenue; 314-561-4877 or The show is designed with young viewers in mind, and welcomes audience participation — kids can join in the grand "wild rumpus." Performances are at 4 and 6 p.m. Thursday; 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m., 2 and 5 p.m. Saturday; and 1 and 4 p.m. Sunday (April 7 to 10). Tickets are $20.

2. Check out an LGBT festival of shorts
If you want to see a play this weekend, you have options. But if you're having trouble deciding what to see, your best bet is
Briefs: A Festival of Short LGBT Plays. You'll see eight plays, most of which run about ten minutes, giving you more bang for your buck. Among those eight are "When Miss Lydia Hinkley Gives a Bird the Bird," Pulitzer nominee James Still's piece about an 1859 women's literary club; Scott C. Sickles "I Knew It," which is based on the infamous rock rumor about David Bowie and Mick Jagger being lovers; and Stephen Peirick's story about a woman and her transgender mother going shopping, "A Comfortable Fit." The full slate of plays is performed at 8 p.m. Friday, 4 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday (April 8 to 10) at the Rialto Ballroom (3547 Olive Street; Tickets are $20 to $25.

3. See the premiere of a film about coming home to St. Louis
Like many young St. Louisans, Chris left his hometown to strike out on his own. But after ten years in Portland pursuing his dream of creating a hit comic book, he now has to come home. His mother is sick, and she's his only family — so Chris and his girlfriend, Anne, trek back to St. Louis to start over. At least he gets to reconnect with his old friend and fellow pop culture junkie, Brian, and an even older family friend, Rich. And maybe all this time with Mom will result in her finally telling him something about the father he's never known. Wyatt Weed and Jason Contini's feature-length film
Four Color Eulogy is about family, the hero's journey and St. Louis, but maybe not in that order. A regular in the local theater scene, Contini plays Chris in the film. His co-stars are a who's who of local actors, from Amy Loui to Zachary Allen Farmer — his dad, John Contini, is even in there as Rich. The movie debuted at the 2014 St. Louis International Film Festival, but now gets a one-week run at Wehrenberg Ronnies 20 Cine (5320 South Lindbergh Boulevard;, starting with a red-carpet opening night at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 8. Four Color Eulogy is repeated at 2 and 7:30 p.m. daily through April 14. Tickets are $6.75 to $11.25.

4. Catch one of Shakespeare's most powerful histories
Richard III is a tale of power — the lusting after it, and the forceful application of it. At the onset of the play Richard is merely the Duke of Gloucester and his brother Edward is the King. Richard is malformed, and resents everyone in the world for always reminding him of it. And so he begins his climb to the ultimate power of kingship, so he can dispatch everyone he hates — which is pretty much everyone. He frames one brother, kills another, seduces and marries the daughter of a man he killed only to bump her off, and then begins on the next generation of would-be enemies. St. Louis Shakespeare last performed Richard III in 2004 (and before that, not since 1997), so don't miss the company's current production of the bleak history play. Performances take place at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday (April 8 to 17) at the Ivory Theatre (7620 Michigan Avenue; 314-361-5664 or Tickets are $15 to $20.

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