Friday, April 16, 2010

10 Things to Do for $10 This Weekend in St. Louis, April 16-18, 2010

Posted By on Fri, Apr 16, 2010 at 1:01 PM

This weekend's especially good for having fun on a budget: You can find proudly weird $5 art auctions, the free opening of Grant's Farm's season, local hip-hop shows and more. Here are our ten suggestions for weekend fun that will cost you less than $10. Looking for live music? Here's the weekend concert calendar.

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Alice at Koken Art Factory (Friday) If Tim Burton's interpretation of Charles Lutwidge Dodgson's masterpiece, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, left you unsatisfied, perhaps the Koken Art Factory (2500 Ohio Avenue) can give you the fix for which you were looking. More than 50 local and regional artists contributed to the Koken's new exhibition, simply titled Alice.Tickets are $5. Click here to read the rest of Nicole Beckert's preview.

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Tef Poe & The Force Album Release Party at The Gramophone (Friday) Hip-hop fans should head to the Gramophone (4243 Manchester Avenue) this Friday for Tef Poe's Money Never $leep$ album release party. The cover is $5 and doors open at 8 p.m., with the show expected to kick off around 10 p.m. Click here to read Keegan Hamilton's preview of the event and a link to download the album.

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Atlatl Competition at Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site (Friday & Saturday) This weekend you can head to the Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site (30 Ramey Street, Collinsville, Illinois) to get your hands on an atlatl, a spear-thrower used by Native Americans to hunt big game before the invention of the bow and arrow. To learn more, to see some atlatlers in action and to try out/develop your own atlatl technique, head over to Cahokia anytime from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday or Saturday. Admission to the event is free, but donations to the site are always appreciated. Click here to read the rest of Alison Sieloff's preview.

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Italian Film Festival at Washington University (Friday & Saturday) Sure, we know fashion is a big deal in Italy, and we're familiar enough with the work of the Renaissance painters, but we could certainly stand to know a bit more. The Italian Film Festival provides an entertaining opportunity to fill in some of our missing information. Though not necessarily produced to be ambassadors of culture, the films in the fest were chosen to shed light on what being Italian means today. Films screen at 8 p.m. on Fridays and at 5 and 8 p.m. on Saturdays. Appropriately, Brown Hall (room 100) on Washington University's campus (Forsyth and Skinker boulevards) offers an academic setting for our studies. Click here to read the rest of Alison Sieloff's preview.

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Opening Day at Grant's Farm (Saturday) Animal lovers rejoice. No longer are you limited to the Saint Louis Zoo as your only place to go for a mini-safari. Grant's Farm (10501 Gravois Road) opens Saturday at 9 a.m. and will remain open until October 31. At Grant's Farm you can check out the Clydesdale stables, feed goats and their ilk at the Tier Garten and grab a cold beer at the Bauernhof. Admission is free. Click here for the Grant's Farm website.

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Shred Day at Galleria (Saturday) This is probably unlike any other event we put on 10 for $10. Nobody wants to spend their weekend dealing with paperwork. And if you've got too much paperwork piling up at home, Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster invites you to come out and shred it for free. The event is meant to raise awareness of identity theft and is sponsored by the Better Business Bureau, the Federal Trade Commission and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service. A mobile shred truck will be at the St. Louis Galleria between 8 a.m. and noon at the southeast corner of the parking lot. Happy Shredding!

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