Naked bike rides! Magic shows! Lady arm wrestlers in hand-to-hand combat! This week's event list has something for everyone ... and by everyone, we mean everyone. Even those oh-so-particular lovers of theater who insist on only seeing shows inside bakeries.
Peruse our list of six fun events -- all accessible for $12 or less. And then start making plans already!
1. See theater inside a bakery Cupcakes, especially those at SweetArt, hold delicious, belly-pleasing magic within their miniature size — everyone knows that. But in The Runaway Cupcake: A Play About Eating for Families Who Eat, an actual enchanted cupcake stirs up some trouble. This latest offering from the OnSite Theatre Company was written by Nancy Bell, and it tells the story of a baker who is trying to appease a pesky bill collector, with a small cake and a mysterious girl also in the mix. A folktale set in the modern world, The Runaway Cupcake is a site-specific production for cupcake-eating theatergoers of all ages — yes, of course, dessert will be served! The show is performed at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday (July 17 through 26) at SweetArt (2203 South 39th Street; www.onsitetheatre.org). Tickets are $12 to $20. — Alison Sieloff
2. Catch a magic show Saturday at 9 p.m. at the Ready Room (4195 Manchester Avenue; 314-833-3929 or www.thereadyroom.com), the paths of four masters of the mystic arts converge center stage at the City of Night St. Louis: That's Magic event. Zi the Mentalist demonstrates his cerebral supremacy with uncanny feats that delve deep into the audience's innermost thoughts. The City Museum's resident conjuring comic Christian the Magician gets audiences rolling in their seats with his blend of sly humor and sleights of hand. Dimitri the Mage, sacred seer to royalty, royally blows minds with his sovereign, spellbinding sorcery, and escape artist supreme Dr. Judas Lynch dodges death's grip time and time again. Tickets — which are sure to vanish — are $10 with a $2 minor surcharge at the door. — Mark Fischer
3. Marvel at the Saint Louis Lady Arm Wrestlers The Saint Louis Lady Arm Wrestlers refuse to be pinned down by stereotypes or social convention. This group of fighting feminists empowers women through theater and philanthropy. Armed with attitude, brute strength and activism, their second series of matches for 2015, SLLAW VII: Good Vibrations, is a ferocious evening of hand-to-hand combat benefiting Venus Envy's Women in the Arts Scholarship Fund. Venus Envy is a nonprofit organization that inspires women through the arts. This showdown features the ladies grappling limbs and beating the heat in their battle to strengthen cultural girl power in the community. Good Vibrations starts at 8 p.m. Saturday at 2720 (2720 Cherokee Street; 314-875-0233 or www.stlouisladyarmwrestlers.org). Admission is $7 at the door. — Rob Levy
Turn the page for more fun events, including the World Naked Bike Ride!
4. Pedal Along with the World Naked Bike Ride When bike rides are naked, everyone wins. With an event like the World Naked Bike Ride, thousands of cyclists can ride au naturel (or mostly so) through the city — while wearing helmets, of course — to raise awareness about cyclist rights, promote a positive body image and encourage reducing our dependence on oil. And other folks get to revel in their courage and toast the riders afterward. This year's twelve-mile, police-escorted World Naked Bike Ride in St. Louis starts and ends in the Grove (on Manchester Avenue, between South Sarah Street and Kentucky Avenue), and goes through Saint Louis University, downtown, Soulard, Benton Park and Shaw. The pre-party starts Saturday at 5 p.m., the free ride begins at 7 p.m., and the post-ride celebration begins at 8:30 p.m. Visit www.wnbrstl.org to learn more. — Alison Sieloff
5. Explore the Missouri Roots of WW II Reenactment If you want to be a Civil War reenactor, the equipment list is long but mostly attainable — there are companies that cater the historic enthusiast's particular needs. But World War II recreationists show up to their events with working jeeps, half-tracks and even tanks — good luck with that. WW II reenactment originated in the mid-'70s in Weldon Spring, of all places. Filmmaker Chris Grega examines the origin of the hobby in his documentary Weldonkrieg, and also chronicles the 2014 gathering that commemorated the original Weldon Spring gathering. Weldonkrieg screens at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Landmark Tivoli Theatre (6350 Delmar Boulevard, University City; 314-727-7271 or www.cinemastlouis.org) as part of the St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase. Tickets are $12.— Paul Friswold
6. Educate Yourself About Ferguson The protests and police actions in Ferguson are not quite a year-old memory, and the people of St. Louis continue to struggle with what happens next. The St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase presents a host of short films that address the still-pressing topic of Ferguson Matters. Laura Caldie's five-minute documentary "Rooted in Ferguson" examines how the EarthDance Organic Farm School has helped the residents of Ferguson, while Gerald Pisk's short cut of his forthcoming documentary 22minutes looks at the protests as they were seen by the protestors, activists and reporters. Howard Fields III and Annette Fields' short subject "Speak" gives one black teen the opportunity to discuss the lingering concerns of the African American community in the aftermath of the grand jury's decision not to indict Darren Wilson. Ferguson Matters happens at 7:15 p.m. at the Landmark Tivoli Theatre (6350 Delmar Boulevard, University City; 314-727-7271 or www.cinemastlouis.org). Tickets are $12. — Paul Friswold
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