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Friday, May 7, 2010

10 Things to Do for $10 This Weekend in St. Louis, May 7-9, 2010

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The One-Hour Star Wars Trilogy: LIVE! at the Regional Arts Commission (Friday & Saturday) How do you sum up an hour-long show -- itself a summary of three movies -- in a single sentence? Ask Paul Friswold. "Magic Smoking Monkey attacks George Lucas' magnum opus (original flavor) like a hungry Wampa on a Tauntaun," he writes, "condensing almost seven hours of child abandonment, incestuous feelings, dirty smugglers, sexually ambiguous droids and syntax-challenged hand puppets into 60 minutes of comedic bliss." Read the rest of Friswold's preview here. Tickets are $10 to $15. This is the final weekend for the show.

  • Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Washington University in St. Louis. University purchase, Parsons Fund, 2006.
  • Andrea Fraser (American, b. 1965). Untitled (Pollock/Titian) #4.

Focus on Photography: Recent Acquisitions at Washington University-Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum (Opens Friday) The Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum (1 Brookings Drive on the Washington University campus; 314-935-4523 or shares its bounty of recently acquired modern photography with this special exhibition featuring more than 100 new pieces by 20 artists. Admission is free. More details about this opening are here.

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The Smashinistas vs. the M-80s at All American Sports Mall (Saturday) Saturday night's $10 roller derby option. Says the Facebook event page for the bout: "Join the Arch Rival Roller Girls on Saturday, May 8th as the Smashinistas try to blow up the M-80s. Be sure to get there early or get your tickets ahead of time online. You really don't want to miss this bout! Tickets are $10 and kids under ten are free!!!" So there you have it. Single tickets are available online here.

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Found Footage Festival at Mad Art Gallery (Sunday) "There are few more exhilarating feelings than finding an unlabeled VHS tape and popping it in the machine," affirms Paul Friswold. "What demented home movie or early '80s TV show is locked in this magnetic tomb? The Found Footage Festival is the Indiana Jones of VHS archaeology, seeking out the most obscure and disturbing treasures and then returning them to the world at large. Cinema St. Louis presents the Found Footage Festival at 7:30 p.m. at Mad Art Gallery (2727 South 12th Street; Admission is $10. Friswold's preview explains more here.

Head to Laumeier on Sunday with mom! - WORK BY BRENDAN BAYLESS
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  • Head to Laumeier on Sunday with mom!

Art Fair at Laumeier Sculpture Park (Sunday) As Alison Sieloff notes in this week's paper, "Mother's Day plans can be tricky. Bring that special lady to the Art Fair at Laumeier Sculpture Park (12580 Rott Road, Sunset Hills; 314-615-5278). The fair is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 9 (visit for hours on Friday and Saturday, May 7 and 8), and during that time you two will be able to browse the beautiful wares and listen to live music, while you talk about life and what's going on with her. Pay attention to what she's oohhh-ing and aaahhh-ing over -- she'll have lots of choices, from jewelry and photography to clay works and glass pieces -- so you can go ahead and make a purchase when she's not looking." Sieloff's full preview is here.

Carnival rides like this one are a staple of many community festivals.
  • Carnival rides like this one are a staple of many community festivals.

Valley of Flowers Festival at James J. Eagan Civic Center Theater (All Weekend) Alison Sieloff has you covered this weekend -- with flowers, that is. "With the pollen and unpredictable weather that come with spring, sometimes folks just want to get on with it already and get to summer for the guaranteed hot temperatures and the promise of fully functioning allergy meds," she writes. "So whatever happened to living in the moment? Enjoying now for now's sake? We'll truly never know what tomorrow will bring -- but we do know about a fabulous spring fair happening this weekend (Thursday through Sunday, May 6 through 9). The long-running Valley of Flowers Festival, held around Florissant at venues including the Duchesne Council Knights of Columbus grounds (25 Washington Street) and the James J. Eagan Center (Parker Road and Waterford Drive), offers all of the fun of summer fests without the sweltering heat and the way-too-short shorts." Read the rest of her preview here. Admissions is free.

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