Ten Things to Do Under $10 This Weekend, August 7-9, 2009

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This weekend, before you admit defeat to To Catch a Predator reruns, check out these suggestions for having fun on a budget. At least, for two glorious days, you won't have Bossy Bosserson sending you e-mails about the broken copier (because we know how it really broke) or your mother, bless her heart, forwarding time-sucking chain-letters. So, turn off your computer (after you read this, of course) and get out there.

click to enlarge Naughty By Nature's self-titled 1991 album.
Naughty By Nature's self-titled 1991 album.
Naughty By Nature at STL Prom at Home Nightclub (Friday)
The opening lines for a press release about this year's STL Prom read: "Did you ever think that you would have the chance to relive Prom?  If you could do it all over again, what would you do differently?" Now, if you're thinking "I wouldn't have tried to finish the bottle myself," or "asked my calc. teacher on a date," Friday might be your opportunity to re-live high school's glitziest moment, just the way you wanted. This time, you're more than welcome to drink before, during and after. Home Nightclub hosts this party. And we may have buried the lede by waiting this long to say that Naughty By Nature ("O.P.P." and "Hip Hop Hooray") are going to be performing. The whole shebang is free if you RSVP ([email protected] by 5 p.m. today) but $15 at the door.

FreezerBurn opening reception at Apop Records (Friday)
A fine balance exists between art that is offensive to the senses and art that pushes viewers into expanding their personal tastes. Ben Stegmann's zine FreezerBurn lacks that balance, careening gleefully between crass and creative from page to page. Offering insight on life's many annoyances, fascinatingly detailed drawings and a healthy dash of cantankerous old-man angst, FreezerBurn is a treasure for any fan of Harvey Pekar's American Splendor and its spiritually grumpy contemporaries. Stegmann's zine art and his fine art will adorn the walls of one of Apop Records' auxiliary rooms (2831 Cherokee Street; www.myspace.com/freezerburnzine) Friday through Sunday (August 7 to 9). The FreezerBurn show opens with a free public reception at 7 p.m. Friday, and art created by Jeremy Kannapell, Josh Levi, Nick Kurple, Melissa DeBus and Sheeran Meatte will also be on display for your viewing (dis)pleasure. (More details.)
- Nicole Beckert

Porch Chair on display at the Gateway Gallery. - By Gary McMichael
By Gary McMichael
Porch Chair on display at the Gateway Gallery.
Art DTour (Friday)
On the ArtDTour, presented by the St. Louis Artists' Guild and ArtDimensions of St. Louis, participants start at the Saint Louis Art Museum in Forest Park and then choose one of two routes, proceeding to such locations as the Sheldon Art Galleries, the Craft Alliance Gallery, the Gateway Gallery and the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum. Refreshments and entertainment are provided along the way. Tickets are $10 to $20 and include transportation as well as admission to the after-party at the Boathouse (6101 Government Drive), where guests will find more art, in addition to food, music and prizes from 10 p.m. till midnight. Tours depart at 6:30 and 7 p.m. Call 314-497-5356 to reserve a seat. (More details.)
- Courtney Schilling

Ridgefield Middle School Talent Nite at the Tin Ceiling (Friday & Saturday)
Ridgefield Middle School Talent Nite is a return to the terror of public performance while wearing braces. Jo Firestone and Dylan Marron perform their paean to the killing fields of our youth at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, with an additional 10 p.m. performance on Friday (August 6 through 8) at the Tin Ceiling (3159 Cherokee Street). All of the agony and awkwardness is contained on one stage, safely happening to other people and not to you, who can sit in the audience and either laugh, wince or flash back. Tickets are $10; e-mail [email protected] for reservations or more information. Read more of Paul Friswold's preview here.

"Don't cross the streams." "Why?" "It would be bad."
"Don't cross the streams." "Why?" "It would be bad."
Ghostbusters at the Tivoli Theatre (Friday & Saturday)
A little-known fact: A ghost roams the halls of the RFT after hours. See, the offices of the RFT are above the Tivoli Theatre (6350 Delmar Boulevard, University City; 314-995-6270 or www.landmarktheatres.com), and the movie house screens Ghostbusters at midnight on Friday and Saturday (August 7 and 8) as part of its Reel Late film series. We can just see it now: Everyone will be sitting down in the cinema laughing at Harold Ramis, Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd and their ghostbusting efforts, and our real ghost will be looming behind the audience, ready to make everyone truly believe in the spirit world. Won't that be so much fun? Well, it will be in a creepy way. Tickets to catch the 1984 classic cost $7; ghost appearances are included in that price but aren't guaranteed. Read more Alison Sieloff's preview here.

When We Build, Let Us Think that We Build Forever at Luminary Center for the Arts (Saturday)
The new exhibition at The Luminary Center for the Arts (4900 Reber Place; www.theluminaryarts.com or 314-807-5984) is a series of installations examine the way we inhabit our urban environment, and the ways our city lives inside of us. Christine D'Epiro's installation Night is a room-filling construction of brown paper grocery sacks painted black and backlit to mimic the city at night, slyly drawing attention to the ephemeral qualities hidden in a skyline. Those buildings exist at the whim of a developer, or politician, or civic-minded grassroots group who could have them torn down and their materials recycled for any number of reasons. Seemingly stolid and eternal, no building is created with a lifespan of forever -- some of them live longer than we do, and some don't. When We Build opens with a free public reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, August 8. The work remains on display Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday through Wednesday, September 30. Read the rest of Paul Friswold's preview here.

You'd never catch Ms. Hilton at Cash & Carry, but why would you want to?
You'd never catch Ms. Hilton at Cash & Carry, but why would you want to?
Cash & Carry Warehouse Boutique Sale at the Boulevard (Saturday)
The economy's been hurtin', but that doesn't mean your style has to be, too. So, if you're looking for a way to maximize your wardrobe but not your credit-card debt, head to the Cash & Carry Warehouse Boutique Sale being held today at the Boulevard St. Louis (South Brentwood Boulevard and Galleria Parkway, Brentwood; www.theboulevard.com). Admission is free, but $10 will get you in at 10 a.m. for an advance chance at the goods. (More details.)

"Do You Love Garlic?" at Schlafly Bottleworks (Saturday)
Jack Petrovic, the Gardenworks manager at the Schlafly Bottleworks (7260 Southwest Avenue, Maplewood; 314-241-2337 or www.schlafly.com), keeps the garlic dream alive by teaching folks about the bulb and spreading his love of the stinky stuff during "Do You Love Garlic?" This class is held today in the Crown Room at the Bottleworks, and attendees will learn not only about the varieties of garlic and how to store the bulb, but also how to grow it at home, including how to plant it and when to harvest it, thusly spreading garlic (and garlic love) all around the St. Louis area. Read more of Alison Sieloff's preview here.

World's Largest BLT at Tomatofest at Iron Barley (Sunday)
You say tomato, I say world-record-tomahto. Praised South Side institution the Iron Barley (5510 Virginia Avenue) hosts this weekend-long fund-raiser (a Tomato Ball is Saturday night for $30), but on Sunday, Tom Coghill, proprietor of the Barley, and his team of volunteers, will attempt to build the world's largest bacon-lettuce-and-tomato sandwich, at a tasty 160 feet. There's tomato music and tomato art, craft beer and food available to attendees. There are packages available, but they start at $20. According to the Tomatofest website, there's no cost to witness this sandwich feat first-hand. What's more, it benefits the Lift For Life gym.  (More details.)

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Open Mic with Butch Moore at the Stagger Inn...Again (Sunday)
The eclectic spirit of Open Mic Nights at Stagger Inn (104 East Vandalia Street) have become legendary over the years. Be a part of the East Side (Edwardsville, actually) tradition this Sunday night. It's free.
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