10 Things to Do Under $10 This Weekend in St. Louis, February 26-28, 2010

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This weekend is packed with interesting (and free) things to do. Celebrate St. Louis' French roots or Missouri's greatest writer. In the music department there is the techno clubbing scene or a free show by a trio of black fiddle and banjo players (More than 45 concerts this weekend are listed in A to Z.) And as always, we try to include some artsy, cultural things to do as well. Here's our list of ten things to do for under $10.

St. Louis French Festival (All Weekend)
Hot on the heels of Mardi Gras, St. Louis continues to celebrate its French origins with the appropriately named St. Louis French Festival. This artistic and educational collaboration of the Saint Louis Art Museum, the Missouri History Museum and St. Louis Cathedral Concerts features theatrical performances, lectures, tours and musical performances daily from Wednesday through Monday (February 24 through March 1). Read Nicole Beckert's full preview here.

Two-Headed Monster-Robot: Fight! (Friday)

Fans of rough-and-ready printmaking can enjoy a double dose of the art form at the one-night-only show, Two-Headed Monster-Robot: Fight! Open from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, February 26, at Community Arts and Media Project (3022A Cherokee Street). Admission is free. Click here for more info from Paul Friswold.

Carolina Chocolate Drops at St. Louis Art Museum (Friday)

The St. Louis Art Museum (Forest Park, One Fine Arts Drive) will feature a free performance by the Carolina Chocolate Drops, three young black musicians playing traditional banjo and fiddle music straight from the foothills of the Carolinas. The free event kicks of at 7 p.m. in the Grigg Gallery. Bring your own Moonshine.

Balmorhea at The Firebird (Friday)
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Austin, Texas, based Balmorhea will perform at The Firebird (2706 Olive Street). Be there are 9 p.m. $8 at the door. Local acts Grace Basement, the Brothers Lazaroff and the Northwoods open the show. Click here for more info from Christian Schaeffer.

Mark Twain Ice Cream Social and Raft Building Contest (Saturday)

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The Big Read Festival honors Mark Twain (and his endearingly bratty creation Tom Sawyer) as well -- with an ice cream social and raft building contest today at the Foundry Art Centre (520 North Main Center, St. Charles). Raft building materials are supplied, and prizes will be awarded for the best vessels. Complimentary copies of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer will be distributed, and there'll be a discussion of the book. The free event runs from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Click here for more info.


Modular Mazes: Van McElwee and Friends (Saturday)
Van McElwee's latest project is a collaborative effort exploring the possibilities of the labyrinth via music, gallery installation and website. In these six video projections, McElwee combines endlessly branching pathways, digital architecture and the construction of virtual reality through chance, set to music by James Hegarty and Semi-Acoustic Noise Ensemble. McElwee is the recipient of multiple awards and grants including The American Film Institute Independent Filmmaker Award and seven fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts. This event starts at 7:30 p.m., at the Webster University Winifred Moore Auditorium (470 E. Lockwood Ave.). Tickets are $6. Click here for more info from Alex Weir.


Elsinore at The Firebird (Saturday)
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Elsinore hails from Champaign, Illinois, but the quintet plays in St. Louis so often - and regularly slays in concert - that it's tempting to claim the band as one of our own. Tickets are $8 at The Firebird (2706 Olive Street). Event starts at 9:00 p.m. Click here for more info from Christian Schaeffer.

SOL Presents: The Black Series w/ guests Thomas & Drue and SF & Edgar (Saturday)
Head out to SOL Lounge (4239 Lindell Boulevard) this Saturday to hear 4 DJs playing Progressive House and Trance tracks. The cover is $5. Doors open at 9 p.m. This event is 21 and up. Click here for more info.

Critical Mass Creative Stimulus (Sunday)
Critical Mass Creative Stimulus, the new exhibition at the Regional Arts Commission (6128 Delmar Boulevard), features installations by the four recipients of the inaugural Economic Stimulus Project, a financial jump-start for promising artists bequeathed by Critical Mass for the Visual Arts. Martin Brief, Cameron Fuller, Robert Goetz and Asma Kazmi are names you may recognize if you frequent the galleries. The show closes Feb. 28. Click here for more info from Paul Friswold.

The Florida Highwaymen (Sunday)
The Florida Highwaymen, an exhibition about the history of the group, their art and the importance of what they achieved, opens with a free public reception from 6 to 8 p.m., Monday, February 1, at the St. Louis Public Library's Central branch (1301 Olive Street). Art by original Highwayman Isaac Knight is featured in the exhibit, as well as art by local children inspired by the movement. The work remains up through Sunday, February 28, and admission is free. Click here for more info from Paul Friswold.

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