Friday, February 10, 2017

9 Great Things to Do in St. Louis This Week

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5. Cry your eyes out over Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr
Noted playboy Nickie Ferrante first meets Terry McKay on board a ship when they're both returning from Europe to New York. There is an almost immediate attraction, but both are already romantically involved. The more time they spend together, though, the more Nickie and Terry realize they would be happier together. They hatch a plan to meet again in six months atop the Empire State Building, giving them time to break up with their current partners and get their lives in order. At the appointed time Nickie is there, but Terry never shows. What happened? Leo McCarey's An Affair to Remember is widely regarded as one of the most romantic films ever, with Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr playing the star-crossed lovers. Fathom Events and TCM celebrate the 60th anniversary of An Affair to Remember with nationwide screenings, just in time for Valentine's Day. You can see it locally at 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday and Wednesday (February 12 and 15) at Wehrenberg Ronnies 20 Cine (5320 South Lindbergh Boulevard; www.fathomevents.com). Tickets are $10 to $12.50.— Paul Friswold

6. Thrill to the Saint Louis Ballet's V-Day special
George Gershwin and George Balanchine intended to collaborate on the 1937 film Follies, but Gershwin died before he was able to complete the music. In 1970 Balanchine resumed the project by setting his choreography to seventeen of Gershwin's best-loved songs, including "Strike Up the Band," My One and Only" and "Fascinatin' Rhythm," with orchestrations by Hershy Kay. The finished piece, Who Cares?, channels the very American exuberance of Gershwin's songs and their inherent "Manhattan" energy. The Saint Louis Ballet presents the joyous Who Cares? as part of its Valentine's Day program, It's Only Love. Work by Francis Patrelle and a contemporary dance piece choreographed by artistic director Gen Horiuchi round out the performance. It's Only Love is presented at 8 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday (February 11 and 12) at the University of Missouri-St. Louis' Touhill Performing Arts Center (1 University Drive at Natural Bridge Road; www.touhill.org). Tickets are $24 to $59.— Paul Friswold

7. Catch the Stooges at Schlafly Bottleworks
Comedy styles change with time, but one thing remains constant: The tightly choreographed mayhem of the Three Stooges will forever be popular with a select group of people. (They're called "men.") Larry, Curly, Moe (and occasionally Shemp) never fail; all they need are a simple set-up (they're plumbers, they're actors, they're spies) and they're off. Although the trio is famous for their violence, they also display verbal dexterity and musical talent they had it all. Three Stooges Night at Schlafly Bottleworks (7260 Southwest Boulevard, Maplewood; www.schlafly.com) features five great Stooges shorts projected from 16mm film and free admission, with beer and food available for purchase. You can catch them from 7 to 9 p.m. on the second Monday of the month, including this one. — Paul Friswold

8. Revisit a classic in an all-new production
Jean Louise Finch (better known as Scout) lives the charmed life of a happy child in Maycomb, Alabama. Her father is respected lawyer Atticus Finch, and with her brother and her best friend for companions, her days are filled with fun and games (and occasional scoldings from family housekeeper, Calpurnia). But when Atticus is given the task of defending Tom Robinson, a black man accused of assaulting a white woman, young Scout discovers that the adult world is full of injustice, disappointment and shiftless people. Christopher Sergel's adaptation of Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird continues the Repertory Theatre St. Louis' celebratory 50th season. To Kill a Mockingbird is performed Tuesday through Sunday (February 10 to March 5) at the Loretto-Hilton Center (130 Edgar Road; www.repstl.org). Tickets are $18 to $81.50.— Paul Friswold

9. LOL at Adam Devine at the Pageant
You might know Adam Devine as one-third of the Comedy Central show Workaholics, as the prick a capella performer in Pitch Perfect or as Haley's too-nice-for-his-own-good boyfriend on Modern Family. Devine has become a fixture in the world of comedy, and with Workaholics finished he's back on the road with his Weird Life Tour 2017. There will be no shortage of funny stories and comedic possibilities when he takes the stage at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Pageant (6161 Delmar Boulevard; www.thepageant.com). It'll be a divine night for Devine fans. Tickets are $35 to $40. — Bill Loellke

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