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Friday, April 22, 2016

9 Things to Do This Week for $30 or Less

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click to enlarge Wash U.'s fashion show goes down Sunday night. - JAMES BYARD/WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY
  • Wash U.'s fashion show goes down Sunday night.

5. Attend a fashion show
The Washington University Fashion Show is the only final exam we know that can draw a paying crowd (no offense, mathletes). The 87th installment of the show takes place at 7 p.m. at the Missouri History Museum (Lindell Boulevard and DeBaliviere Avenue) and features work from more than twenty sophomore, junior and senior designers. In addition to the ready-to-wear designs that will be tomorrow's wardrobe workhorses, models will wear conceptual and sculptural garments that incorporate wood, silicon and digital fabrication in their construction. Additionally, students in the pattern-making program present dresses inspired by the Missouri History Museum's current exhibition, Little Black Dress: From Mourning to Night. Tickets are $25 to $100, and are available by phone (314-935-6543) or online (

6. Celebrate the earth (for free!) in Forest Park
As an earthling, it's up to you to celebrate your planet at the
St. Louis Earth Day Festival. This year's celebration takes place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today on the Muny grounds in Forest Park (, which will be accessible by foot, bicycle and biodiesel shuttle buses. Entertainment options include all-day yoga sessions, an environmental education center, a farmers market and two stages of live entertainment. Restaurants and food trucks that have been certified by the Green Dining Alliance will handle the concessions, which are served on recyclable and compostable materials to comply with the festival's zero waste initiative. You can do your part by bringing a refillable water bottle and reusable bag to cut down on waste. It's a nice planet we got here; be a shame if something bad happened to it. Admission to the St. Louis Earth Day Festival is free.

7. Get a lesson in gay history at the Hi-Pointe Backlot
Director Robert L. Camina delves into a dark and almost forgotten corner of gay history with his documentary Upstairs Inferno. In 1973, the New Orleans gay bar Upstairs Lounge was firebombed during Pride Weekend. Thirty-two people were murdered in the attack, which the New Orleans media and city leaders ignored. Some of the victims remained unidentified because their families did not want the shame of being linked to a gay person; their burials were paid for by anonymous donors. The police never charged anyone in the attack. Camina's film uses interviews with survivors and eyewitnesses to recount the night of the attack and its aftermath. Upstairs Inferno screens at 9 p.m. tonight at the Hi-Pointe Backlot (1002 Hi-Pointe Place; as part of Qfest, Cinema St. Louis' LGBTQ film festival. Tickets are $12.

8. Thrill to The Sound of Music at the Fabulous Fox
Rodgers & Hammerstein's
The Sound of Music has something for everyone: a love story between adults, a family outwitting the Nazis and a song that teaches you how to remember the musical notes. Is it any wonder that its popularity has only grown since its 1957 debut? A new production of The Sound of Music, directed by Jack O'Brien, is currently touring America. The show is presented at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday (April 26 to May 1) at the Fox Theatre (527 North Grand Boulevard; 314-534-1111 or Tickets are $30 to $100.

9. Catch another documentary with LGBTQ themes
LGBTQ people face discrimination from outside their community and from within, as shown in Nneka Onuorah's documentary The Same Difference. Onuorah takes viewers inside the world of black lesbians and bisexuals, which is stratified along gender roles. Black lesbians who identify as studs discriminate against those who wear make-up, and vice versa, while black bisexuals are marginalized by both groups. The Same Difference features frank discussions on the hypocrisy of the animus felt by members of all three groups, as well as insights from queer celebrities Felicia "Snoop" Pearson and Lea DeLaria. The documentary screens at 5 p.m. tonight at the Hi-Pointe Backlot (1002 Hi-Pointe Place; as part of Cinema St. Louis' Qfest. Tickets are $12.

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