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WED 7/27

Once there was a young writer who collected everything she saw, going from antique stores to estate sales to garage sales and even sometimes checking in the garbage (hey, you can find good stuff in there!). But she didn't do all of this diligent gathering just for the fun of it -- naw, she was hoping that one of these castoffs would one day be her ticket to Easy Street, Lamborghini-land, the money mansion, the big bucks. So each year when the Missouri History Museum (Lindell Boulevard and DeBaliviere Avenue; 314-746-4599 or would host its "Trash or Treasure: Antique Appraisal" event, this writer would put down the pen and load up her decidedly un-Lamborghini-like minivan with what she hoped were treasures. On the way to the museum, she would prepare herself to face either a dream deferred or a lifetime of riches. So far, she's only seen the former, but this year could be different for her -- and you, too! Join her with your top-three potential treasures in tow at 6:30 p.m., and bring $5 for each item you want appraised by the experts from Ivey-Selkirk Auctioneers; these $5 tickets should be purchased in advance by calling 314-361-7229. Good luck! And remember: Don't bring your stamps, coins, firearms and items too big to carry (these things will have to wait for their day to shine). -- Alison Sieloff

A Hill of a Time
Hill Day is a spicy meatball

SAT 7/30

Envy is a mortal sin, and N&D Global is nothing if not pious, so you know we're not completely jealous of those who live within walking distance of Adriana's eggplant caponata. Gluttony is bad too, so of course we don't want to eat our weight in prosciutto from Volpi Italian Meats. But you'd better believe we'll be at the corner of Shaw Boulevard and Macklind Avenue from noon to 9 p.m., celebrating Hill Day. Can we dance the tarantella with salsiccia sandwiches in both hands? Will the face-painters let us get "I ♥ Gelato!" written across our foreheads? Might we learn some bocce skills that'll wow the gents? We'll find out. Admission is free; call 314-773-3560 for more information. -- Brooke Foster

Super-Size Spidey
Spider-Man 2 at the Omnimax

Imagine that climactic train scene in Spider-Man 2, where Spidey must stretch his webs to unprecedented lengths in order to save the passengers from certain death. Or the soaking-wet and bound-in-chains Mary Jane who Spider-Man must rescue before Doc Ock and his wriggling tentacles destroy her and the city. Now imagine those scenes on a domed, four-story-high screen and with 15,000 watts of surround sound. Is this just the raving of a feverish comic geek's imagination? No, it is the technological reality of Omnimax -- and you can experience the magic of a four-story Spidey in action at the Omnimax Theater in the Saint Louis Science Center (5050 Oakland Avenue). Spider-Man 2 screens Friday, July 29, through September 5, and tickets are $6 to $7. Call 314-289-4424 or visit for show times and more information. -- Amy Helms

Inside the Ox-Bow

SUN 7/31

RFT theater critic Dennis Brown regaled us the other day with the forgotten history of The Ox-Bow Incident and its St. Louis premiere in 1943. Released at the height of WW II, this indictment of mob mentality set on the open range flopped, but not because it stank. Frank Conroy and Henry Fonda deliver majestic performances as a martinet in search of vengeance and a man trapped by circumstance, respectively. Brown introduces the movie and gives the context for its initial failure at 3 p.m. at the Saint Louis Art Museum (314-655-5299). Admission is $3 to $5. -- Paul Friswold

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