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Friday, May 13, 2016

8 Great Cultural Events in St. Louis This Week

Posted By on Fri, May 13, 2016 at 6:17 AM

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5. Sip some bocks at Urban Chestnut
Munich's famed bock beer actually originated in the northern German city of Einbeck. Bavarian nobility loved the stuff and enticed a local braumeister to make something similar. The only thing that changed was the name — "bock" being how the Bavarians pronounced the original beer's name. "Bock" also means goat in German, hence the goats that often appear on labels and bottle caps. The bock is the preferred style for welcoming the arrival of spring — it's a strong, malty lager that is eminently drinkable, and particularly refreshing when taken outdoors. Try it for yourself from noon to 10 p.m. today at
Maifest 2016 at Urban Chestnut Midtown Brewery (3229 Washington Avenue; The taps will have a full line of bock varieties, including Erlkönig (a pale wheat doppelbock), Maximilian (a traditional, deep-brown wheat beer) and the incredible Oxnbräu, perhaps the finest doppelbock on this side of the planet. All beer and food must be purchased with tickets, which cost $6 each. There's also an $18 festival package that includes a commemorative glass and three beer and food tickets.

6. Thrill to the sounds of Pokemon at the SLSO
Pokémon, the multimedia empire based on catching super-powered creatures, celebrates its twentieth anniversary in 2016. That means that Ash Ketchum, star of the anime series, would be 30 years old if he were a real person. Would he still be out there, attempting to add yet another pocket monster to his total? Would Team Rocket still be dogging his trail? Regardless, in the course of two decades of catching and battling, Ash and company have inspired numerous theme tunes, overtures and incidental music. The St. Louis Symphony performs the greatest hits of the franchise at
Pokémon: Symphonic Revolutions. Conductor Susie Benchasil Seiter leads the orchestra, which will be accompanied by visuals from the series on a giant screen. The program is performed at 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday (May 14 and 15) at Powell Hall (718 North Grand Boulevard; 314-534-1700 or Tickets are $35 to $70.

7. See a cult classic in south county
In Back to the Future, a DeLorean and a lightning bolt just barely made time travel possible. By the time Time Chasers was made, time travel only required the eight bits of computing power in a Commodore 64, plus a Cessna airplane. Or at least that's the set-up in the 1994 "action" film, which was mercilessly savaged by the Mystery Science Theater 3000 crew on their much-missed TV show. Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett (MST3K vets all) return to the film to riff it a new one in a special encore presentation of a previously recorded RiffTrax Live event. Can a man fly through time to stop an evil corporation from ruining the future and also find love on the way? Only if he covers that deeply cleft chin with some chinderwear first. RiffTrax: Time Chasers screens at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Wehrenberg Ronnies 20 (5320 South Lindbergh Boulevard; Tickets are $14.

8. Catch the brief St. Louis run of a Broadway classic
Jersey Boys
, the musical about the rise of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, has won Tonys, Grammys and Olivier Awards. It showcases the chart-topping hits of the group and tells the true story of how four regular guys wrote and sang their own songs ("Sherry," "Oh What a Night" and about a dozen others) and conquered the music biz. And don't forget the show's content advisory, which warns that you'll hear "authentic, profane Jersey language" sprinkled between those great songs. Jersey Boys really does have it all. The musical returns to St. Louis for a brief five-day run. Jersey Boys is performed at 8 p.m. Wednesday and Friday, 1 and 8 p.m. Thursday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday (May 18 to 22) at the Fox Theatre (527 North Grand Boulevard; 314-534-1111 or Tickets are $25 to $130.

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