8 Great Things to Do in St. Louis This Week

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Free Comic Book Day! What's not to love? - PHOTO BY THEO WELLING
  • Photo by Theo Welling
  • Free Comic Book Day! What's not to love?

This weekend's roster of events range from the sublime to silly, from hoppy good times to hippie happenings. Feel like a parade? Cherokee Street has one just for you, and it's far from the normal lineup of high school bands and politicians in floats. Into comic books? This is the weekend to get one for free, as Free Comic Book Day is again celebrate at local stores.

And while it's true that Cary Elwes won't be here after all, Monday is still busy with two great events. You can see Princess Bride (for free!) or a documentary of the Grateful Dead's last-ever gig. Right on.

Geek Out Over Game of Thrones Despite the spring sunshine, winter is coming to the St. Louis Science Center's First Friday tonight from 6 p.m. to midnight. The evening is packed with Game of Thrones-themed programming, such as weaponry demonstrations from the St. Louis Association of Historical European Martial Arts, cosplay, trivia and Game of Thrones bingo. Washington University history professor Dr. Alex Dube presents a free lecture, "Power and Violence in the World of Westeros," at 8:30 p.m. The James S. McDonnell Planetarium (5050 Oakland Avenue; 314-289-4400 or www.slsc.org) is the kingdom to visit for star shows and episodes of The Legend of the Seeker, and Willow screens at 10 p.m. Admission is free. -- Rob Levy

Drink Microbrews for a Good Cause If you want all the benefits of weightlifting without the sweat, there's an easy answer: At St. Louis Microfest in Forest Park (Lower Muny Parking Lot; 314-227-73020 or www.stlmicrofest.org), all you do is drink international and craft beers, and yet you aid Lift for Life, which provides weight training for at-risk youth. There are with more than 80 breweries offering samples -- from Alpha Brewing to Urban Chestnut, and all points in between. There are three sessions to choose from: 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, and noon to 4 p.m. and 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday (May 1 & 2). Keep your commemorative tasting glass; if you want food and live music, they're available too. How easy is that? Easier than sweating at the bench press, that's for sure. Admission is $40 to $75 per person. -- Alex Weir

See a Musical Dozens of Broadway musicals have been adapted from the stage to the screen, but such a straight and narrow path would be entirely too conventional for Thoroughly Modern Millie. The hit musical, which opened on Broadway in 2002, is liberally adapted from the 1967 Academy Award-winning film of the same name starring Julie Andrews and Mary Tyler Moore. While most of the songs are changed, the story remains the same: A small-town girl named Millie searches for a rich husband in Roaring Twenties New York but ends up embroiled in a kidnapping plot. The Kirkwood Theater Guild presents Thoroughly Modern Millie at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday (May 1 through 10) at the Reim Theatre in the Kirkwood Community Center (111 South Geyer Road, Kirkwood; 314-821-9956 or www.ktg-onstage.org). Tickets are $22. -- Mark Fischer

Check Out That Parade You've Read So Much About You may have heard recently that Cinco de Mayo on Cherokee and the People's Joy Parade are bigger than ever, and the rumors are true. (For more, see our feature story.) This year's celebration of Mexican culture features traditional and contemporary music from more than twenty bands, children's activities, local food, Lucha Libre wrestling and even a mechanical bull. It also, of course, includes the people who make up the Cherokee neighborhood coming together in a free-wheelin' and good-timin' parade that starts at 1:11 p.m. If you want to laugh, eat better than you have in weeks and celebrate life and creativity, Cherokee Street between Minnesota and Texas avenues is where you want to be from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. today. Admission is free. -- Paul Friswold

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Cinco de Mayo returns to Cherokee Street this weekend. Ole! - PHOTO BY MICAH USHER
  • Photo by Micah Usher
  • Cinco de Mayo returns to Cherokee Street this weekend. Ole!

Score a Free Comic at Free Comic Book Day This Saturday comic shops in all six corners of the multiverse celebrate Free Comic Book Day, an annual event in which publishers craft extra-special comics intended to be given away to any mutant, human or Kryptonian that flies through the door. While availability varies, this year's highlights include Marvel's Secret Wars zero issue and an All-New, All-Different Avengers issue, DC's Divergence, as well as new funny books featuring Sonic the Hedgehog, SpongeBob SquarePants and Doctor Who. Area shops hosting special events in addition to the freebies include AM Trading (4005 Utah Street; www.amtrading.co), which promises live music, cosplayers and a bounce castle from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. The Wizard's Wagon (6327 Delmar Boulevard, University City; www.thewizardswagon.com) gets into the action at 10 a.m. with bands, cosplayers the Gateway Superfriends and a visit from the 501st Legion of Star Wars stormtroopers. Admission is free, get there early for the best selection. -- Mark Fischer

See the Next Best Thing to Cary Elwes -- a Cary Elwes Movie William Goldman adapted his 1973 novel The Princess Bride into the cinematic classic of the same title in 1987. Star Cary Elwes revisits the making of the film in his recent book, As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride, which is filled with cast interviews, photographs and the actor's recollections of those heady days. He was supposed to be the guest of honor at 6 p.m. Monday for Left Bank Books and the Webster Film Series' joint presentation of An Evening with Cary Elwes: As You Wish, at Moore Auditorium on Webster University's campus (470 East Lockwood Avenue; www.left-bank.com), but then he canceled. Boo! However, they've agreed to still show the film, and they're doing it for free. Yay? -- Rob Levy

Remember the Deadheads It was a long, strange trip alright, yet had it been decisively shortened a bit, Jerry Garcia might still be alive. The Grateful Dead main man was a casualty of not only drugs, smoking and a terrible diet but also of his band's relentless touring. Despite the years of overwork, the Dead still sparked hoodoo magic on some late-period road trips -- e.g., their 1989 tour, esteemed among Deadheads. On July 19 of that year's run, the band played its last-ever gig at legendary outdoor venue, Alpine Valley in Wisconsin. Grateful Dead Meet-Up at the Movies gives us the filmed document of that touted show. You can see it locally at 7 p.m. tonight at Ronnies 20 Cine (5320 Lindbergh Boulevard; www.fathomevents.com). Tickets are $12.50. -- Alex Weir

Tangle with Tribbles at Schlafly's Strange Brew Screening Despite its braininess and high-flown ideals, Star Trek was not too fancy to have a goofy episode now and then. David Gerrold's "The Trouble with Tribbles" (inspired by earlier stories by Ellis Parker Butler and Robert A. Heinlein) features the crew of the Enterprise encountering a furry and pleasant alien life form that fits in the palm of your hand. These Tribbles become a fad among the crew, but their rapid reproduction rate threatens to overrun the ship and endanger a nearby space station. The Tribbles were so popular they were revisited in an episode of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, in which the DS9 crew follows a Klingon spy backward through time, only to end up on the original Enterprise during its flirtation with fuzzy disaster. Tonight the Webster Film Series screens both episodes at 8 p.m. at Schlafly Bottleworks (7260 Southwest Boulevard, Maplewood; 314-968-7487 or www.webster.edu/film-series) as part of the Strange Brew series. Admission is just $5. -- Paul Friswold

See also: Thanks to the People's Joy Parade, Cherokee Street's Cinco de Mayo Will Never Be Normal

For more things to do in St. Louis, check out our event's calendar.

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