1. See a quirky musical
Hope Falls, West Virginia, is atwitter with news that one of the Taylor children has been attacked by something neither fully animal nor human. Fortunately the Taylors have captured the creature, which is now in the custody of the town veterinarian. The doctor's wife takes pity on the half-bat, half-human thing. She names him and begins teaching him about Christian morals and the importance of education. But the people are skeeved out, and become more agitated when their cattle start dying in strange ways. The Laurence O'Keefe, Keythe Farley and Brian Flemming show Bat Boy: The Musical, draws inspiration from a Weekly World News tabloid story and deals with our fears of the other, as well as our twin addictions of hypocrisy and violence. Stray Dog Theatre closes its current season with the off-kilter musical. Performances take place at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday (August 4 to 20) and 8 p.m. Wednesday (August 10 to 17) at Tower Grove Abbey (2336 Tennessee Avenue; www.straydogtheatre.org). Tickets are $20 to $25.
2. Indulge in Brew Madness on the Landing
St. Louis Craft Beer Week is in full swing, but we'd bet you're not tapped out just yet. This is St. Louis, after all — we order a beer to keep us hydrated while we peruse the beer menu. Venture out to the Morgan Street Brewery (721 North Second Street) Friday between 6 and 11 p.m. and you can sample great local brews while helping a charity during Brew Madness. All you need to do is make a donation to Backstoppers, the group that provides financial assistance to the families of fallen police and firefighters. Admission is free, so give what you can afford and have a good time. For the full Craft Beer Week schedule, visit www.stlbeerweek.com.
3. Journey to Middle Earth for First Friday
You've probably grown up believing that martial arts are the sole provenance of the Far East, but that's just not true. Plenty of wars were fought in Europe, and the men who prosecuted them needed to know more than just how to swing wildly with a sword. From the hints that Icelandic sagas give us about the ritual duals called holmgang to the transcribed teachings of German sword master Johannes Liechtenauer, it's clear that the West has a well-developed martial history. You can see modern practitioners demonstrate various techniques for unarmed, up-close fighting Friday at 6:30 p.m. at the Saint Louis Science Center (5050 Oakland Avenue; www.slsc.org). It's part of the First Friday celebration Journey to Middle Earth. In addition to the fight demo the event offers free screenings of The Fellowship of the Ring and the first episode of the BBC's Merlin series, "Call of the Dragon." You can also check out the "Fires of Mordor" science demo and a performance on the Celtic harp by Melissa Purves. Admission is free, but some events require a small fee.
8. Sober up at the new show at the Saint Louis Art Museum
War is often commemorated in statues and portraiture with a political slant. Our generals are heroic and our troops are manly, while the other guys are all slobs and monsters. But some artists document war without an official commission. Francisco de Goya made his print series The Disasters of War during Napoleon's occupation of Spain, and de Goya pulled no punches in depicting the inhumanity, cruelty and depredations wrought in the name of conquest. These 80 prints are part of Impressions of War, the new exhibition in galleries 234 and 235 at the Saint Louis Art Museum in Forest Park (www.slam.org). Impressions of War also includes Max Beckmann's portfolio Hell, which he created in Berlin in the immediate aftermath of World War I. Jacque Callot's series on the religious wars that rent apart Europe in the mid-1800s and Daniel Heyman's Amman Portfolio — the story of what occurred in Abu Ghraib prison, as told by Iraqi inmates — are also part of the exhibit. Impressions of War is on display from August 5 to February 12, 2017. The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday, and admission is free.
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