Ten Things to Do Under $10 This Weekend in St. Louis, September 11-13

Well, this week went by quickly. (Thank you, Labor Day!)

If while checking your online banking statement, you realize you might have gone overboard with the spending last weekend, here's your opportunity for redemption: Have fun this weekend on a budget. All the following events cost less than $10 -- and some don't cost anything at all. Here's your weekend concert calendar.
Goddess Bast with Nymphs, part of the Cat Works collection on display at Art Outside on Friday.
Goddess Bast with Nymphs, part of the Cat Works collection on display at Art Outside on Friday.
Schlafly's Art Outside (Friday-Sunday)
More than 50 local artists set up tents on the commodious parking lot of the Schlafly Bottleworks (7260 Southwest Avenue, Maplewood; 314-241-2337 or www.schlafly.com) to hawk creative wares ranging from jewelry to fine art prints. Free. Paul Friswold has the rest of the details here. View photos from last year.

Jumbling Towers 7-inch single release at Firebird (Friday)
Jumbling Towers -- which is one of this city's most promising, if occasionally off-putting, indie bands -- is finally ready to come out of its long hibernation. $8. Christian Schaeffer has more details here.

Urban Asia opening at Atrium Gallery (Friday)
Nature's got beauty in spades, but urban areas certainly don't want for striking imagery either, though their splendor is mostly of the manmade variety. Of course, the flip side of every attractive, postcard-perfect cityscape is the real city and its inherent decay, which can be starkly upsetting yet strangely beautiful. California artist Kirk Pedersen captures this duality with his Urban Asia series, which opens the fall season at the Atrium Gallery (4728 McPherson Avenue; 314-367-1076 or www.atriumgallery.net). Free. Alison Sieloff has more details here.

An Under Cover Weekend Night 3 at the Firebird (Saturday)
The final night of this year's An Under Cover Weekend promises to be an intriguing show. LOGOS as ZZ Top, Fractured Amry as the Eurtyhtmics, Tenement Ruth as the White Stripes,  Chapters as the Smiths and the Makeshift Gentlemen as Radiohead. $10. Shae Moseley has all the details here.

Pepper Lounge Seventh Anniversary at Pepper Lounge (Saturday)
No cover and free drinks until 11 p.m.? That's old hat in the St. Louis club circuit. But a trend-forward nightclub staying open for a full seven years? That's a rarity in any club circuit. The owners and staff of upscale Pepper Lounge (2005 Locust Street), 2005's Best Place for Cocktails, celebrates seven years in business Saturday night. The club is open from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. Admission is free until 11 p.m. After 11 p.m., cover is $5. After the club reaches capacity, staff will allow in one new person in for every person who comes out, but cover for guys will go up to $10 at that point, says Chris Susic of Pepper Lounge. 21-and-older. Cocktails are Jack Daniel's. Music by DJ Big D

click to enlarge The busy flier for Hottub Saturday at the Pageant. (Click for larger version.)
The busy flier for Hottub Saturday at the Pageant. (Click for larger version.)
Crocodiles at Halo Bar, Hottub at The Pageant (Saturday)
If you missed Crocodiles when they rolled through town last, you can see the chilled-out California electronic-indie duo for free tonight at Halo Bar. After that 11 p.m. show ends, head inside the adjacent Pageant concert venue, where the things should be hotter on the dance floor: Self-described "punk/crunk/funk" group Hottub are performing at midnight for the 21-and-older crowd, as part of the London Calling club night. $10 for that. (These are separate gigs in the same building.)

Rashômon at Webster University-Moore Auditorium (Friday-Sunday)
Akira Kurosawa's Rashômon is a morass of deceptions, obfuscations and lies -- and yet despite a rape and a murder (or is it a suicide?), Kurosawa's film manages to avoid a nihilistic view of human nature and emphasize the inherent decency of the human spirit. $5-$6. Paul Friswold has more details here.

Greater St. Louis Hispanic Festival at Soldiers Memorial Park (Friday-Sunday)
Downtown again this year, this festival focuses on a variety of Hispanic food and live music all weekend. This year's edition boasts more than 50 booths selling merch and food (Mexico, Bolivia, Argentina, Belize and more), as well as plenty of entertainment options for kids. Special musical guests this year are Marimba Sol de Chiapas, a popular marimba ensemble out of Kansas City. What else do you need to know? Oh yes, admission is free. More details here. View photos from last year.

William Shakespeare's Greatest Hits opens Friday.
William Shakespeare's Greatest Hits opens Friday.
William Shakespeare's Greatest Hits at ArtSpace at Crestwood Court (Opens Friday)
For the next two weekends, Soundstage Productions presents William Shakespeare's Greatest Hits, a stockpot-like assemblage of all of the best parts of ol' Billy's works. Now, we know that sometimes theater newbies shy away from the Bard's plays, thinking they'll be too stiff or complicated or the language too difficult to understand. Not so with this production. $8.  Alison Sieloff has more details here.

Maplewood Dog Swim at Maplewood Family Aquatic Center (Friday-Sunday)
All weekend long at the sixth annual Maplewood Dog Swim, your pooch can doggie paddle around and soak up the soothing, relaxing powers of the swimming pool. The swim happens from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday and 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday (September 11 through 13). Admission costs $10 per dog (and two adults) per day. Alison Sieloff has all the details here.
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