Friday, April 29, 2016

8 Fun Things to Do This Week for $20 or Less

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click to enlarge Cheap Trick gets the big screen treatment next Wednesday.
  • Cheap Trick gets the big screen treatment next Wednesday.

5. Say goodbye to a beloved burlesque troupe 

Has the Randy Dandy recently acquired a package worth millions? Jack Deuce thinks so, and he wants that package. But to get it he'll need a team of ace cons and wily crooks (or crooked willies) capable of doing whatever it takes to beat the Dandy at his own game. The Boob Job: Pulling It Off stars your favorite Randy Dandy burlesque performers trying to make one last big score before they head off into the sunset. That's right — this is the final show for the Randy Dandies, so they're all gonna get stripped or die trying. The show starts at 9 p.m. Saturday at the Ready Room (4195 Manchester Avenue; www.thereadyroom.com), and tickets are $15 to $20.

6. See a presentation about a dark chapter in American history
There's been a great deal of talk lately about kicking "foreigners" out of the country and or at least starting a massive registration program to track their movements. Want to know how that will turn out? Look to America's not-that-distant past, when Japanese-Americans were rounded up and stuck in internment camps (or "prisons," if you like honesty) after being divested of their property and goods. Anti-Japanese sentiment was at an all-time high during World War II, and it resulted in one of the most shameful incidents in American history. Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Missouri History Museum (Lindell Boulevard and DeBaliviere Avenue; 314-746-4599 or www.mohistory.org), Dr. Chikako Usui of the Japan America Society St. Louis welcomes Dr. Linda Lindsey for Faces Like the Enemy, a presentation on the internments process. How did fear win out over the Constitution? Lindsey explains how it was allowed to happen, and you can hear about life inside the camps from some of the people who were locked up. Admission is free.

7. Thrill to the moves of pro wrestling at Scottrade Center
It's been more than two years since WWE Raw was broadcast live from St. Louis. The world has changed. Daniel Bryan is out of wrestling, Chris Jericho is back and Triple H was quite recently the heavyweight champion again. The WWE, as ever, keeps you guessing what will happen next. Both Jericho and Triple H are scheduled to appear at Monday's RAW broadcast, which starts at 6:30 p.m. at Scottrade Center (1401 Clark Avenue; www.scottradecenter.com). Also on the bill are current heavyweight champ Roman Reigns, Sheamus, Ryback and the Miz. The card is subject to change, but someone's gettin' grappled no matter who shows up. Tickets are $20 to $125.

8. Remember the joy of Cheap Trick at the Bottleworks
Cheap Trick is America's greatest exponent of power-pop, no argument. You could argue, but no one would hear you over the sound of the crowd cheering for "Surrender." Few people outside of Japan recognized the band's gift for writing songs with big guitars, catchy hooks and sing-along choruses until 1979, when the band's live album Cheap Trick at Budokan was released domestically. The disc immortalized the band's tour of Japan, opening America's eyes to the raucous power these four Midwestern boys were capable of generating. You have the album (Don't you?); Now see a remastered version of the actual concert that was broadcast on Japanese TV (collectors, it's the same show that was included on DVD in the 30th anniversary, four-disc edition). Cheap Trick: Budokan wants you to want it Wednesday, May 4 at 8 p.m. at Schlafly Bottleworks (7260 Southwest Avenue; 314-968-7487 or www.webster.edu/film-series). Admission is $5.


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