Friday, May 27, 2016

8 Terrific Things to Do in St. Louis This Week

Posted By on Fri, May 27, 2016 at 6:34 AM

click to enlarge The St. Louis County Greek Fest kicks off tonight in Town & Country - PHOTO BY JON GITCHOFF
  • PHOTO BY JON GITCHOFF
  • The St. Louis County Greek Fest kicks off tonight in Town & Country

Rain or shine, this weekend is full of great things to do around town. Stuff your face with spanakopita — or see the amazing dance show that's drawn performers from all over the country. Looking for something a bit more off the beaten track? You could do worse than our newly released list of "50 things you haven't done in St. Louis — but should" or our roster of four handy-dandy road trips that don't require driving more than a few hours in each direction. It's a three-day weekend; why not make the most of it?

Here are our picks for the best things to do this weekend and the early part of next week.

1. Get thee to the Greek (fest)
The first official day of summer is still a few weeks away, but the unofficial start of summer is already here: It's time for the St. Louis County Greek Fest. The family-friendly festival is a great way to ease into the season, thanks to its bounty of food, live music and folk dancing, as well a unique marketplace. This year's St. Louis County Greek Fest takes place from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday through Sunday and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday (May 27 to 30) at Assumption Greek Orthodox Church (1755 Des Peres Road, Town & Country; www.stlouisgreekfest.com). Admission is free.

2. See an amazing series of dance performances
Dance St. Louis'
Spring to Dance Festival is like Christmas morning for dance lovers, if only Christmas stretched across three nights. Each of those nights has ten companies from across the nation performing a new program with no overlap or repetition. Each night also has opening acts. You'll see everything from traditional West African dance (St. Louis' own Afriky Lolo) to high-flying aerialists (Aerial Dance Chicago) to the unique work of the Dancing Wheels Company, a Cleveland-based company that blends the talents of dancers with and without disabilities. Spring to Dance takes place at 5:30 p.m. Friday through Sunday (May 27 to 29) at the Touhill Performing Arts Center on the University of Missouri–St. Louis campus (1 University Drive at Natural Bridge Road; www.dancestlouis.org). Tickets are $10 to $20.

3. Get a sneak peek at the Ren Fest
Do the words "renaissance festival" conjure images of big ol' turkey legs and mead and little else? You should educate yourself about what really happens at the ren fest, which is easy to do thanks to the St. Louis Renaissance Festival's free preview weekends. The fully fleshed-out version isn't until autumn, but this sneak peek lets you see some of the live entertainment, such as the stage performers, the wandering actors who portray the citizens of the sixteenth century French village Petit Lyon, and yes, the food, which does in fact include turkey legs and mead. But those are good things. St. Louis Renaissance Festival is open for previews from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday (May 28 to June 5) at Rotary Park (2577 West Meyer Road, Wentzville; www.stlrenfest.com).

4. See an opera company take on Shakespeare at OTSL
Shakespeare's
Macbeth has everything you could ever want from a story. A power-mad man rises to the throne — but only thanks to the blood-thirst of his grasping wife — and is eventually undone by the vengeful heirs and friends of his victims. You also get an eerie prophecy, walking trees, ghosts, violent madness and bloody dreams. Giuseppe Verdi bound all of these crowd-pleasing elements together with music in his operatic adaptation of Macbeth. The grisly masterpiece is the second show of Opera Theatre of Saint Louis' current season. Macbeth is performed in English at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 28, at Webster University's Loretto-Hilton Center (130 Edgar Road; 314-961-0644 or www.opera-stl.org). OTSL presents Macbeth in repertory six more times through June 26. Tickets are $25 to $129.

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