1. Say goodbye to a burlesque troupe at Atomic Cowboy
Summer is coming to an end, and so are the Randy Dandies. The St. Louis burlesque troupe calls it a day with a return visit to Camp Lik-a-Twa-Ta-Lotta. The camp is broke and the counselors are running out of options to save the day. Meanwhile, the rich kids across the lake at Camp Kik-A-Dong still have everything. Desperate times call for desperate measures, and those Lik-a-Twa-Ta-Lotta gals and guys fight dirty. Expect shenanigans in Camp Lik-a-Twa-Ta-Lotta 2: Beating Around the Bush, which takes place at 9 p.m. Friday at the Bootleg at Atomic Cowboy (4140 Manchester Avenue; www.atomiccowboystl.com). Get there at 8 p.m. to see Narvel P. Tuffnuts' hot dog eating contest and Blyre Cpanx's hula hoop competition. Tuba-and-ukelele duo Sophisticated Babies round out the pre-show fun. Tickets are just $15.
2. See a play at the Ivory Theatre
The wealthy Geronte is sadly dying. He's very old, and he's been dying for a long time now, but this is surely the end. Still, he bravely soldiers on with his plan to wed the lissome Isabelle. But Isabelle loves Eraste, Gerona's upstanding and penniless would-be heir. Their plan was to wait out the old man and then live happily ever after on Eraste's inherited wealth. Now what? Geronte's servant Lisette conspires with the youngsters and Eraste's servant Crispin to make sure their dream wedding comes true — and if Geronte has to die, let him die. David Ives' witty update of The Heir Apparent, a little-known French farce written by the even lesser-known Jean-François Regnard, took Off-Broadway by storm in 2014. Now St. Louis Shakespeare presents The Heir Apparent at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday (August 26 to September 4) at the Ivory Theatre (7620 Michigan Avenue; www.stlshakespeare.org). There is one 7:30 p.m. show on Thursday, September 1. Tickets are $15 to $20.
5. Enjoy one of the city's best festivals in Tower Grove Park
It's no secret that the International Institute's Festival of Nations is one of the best two-day parties in the city. With more than 40 booths serving dishes from around the world, live music and dance from places as diverse as Mexico (Mariachi Nuevo Azteca), North and West Africa (Tribe Azuka) and Bulgaria (the Bulgarian School of St. Louis), along with a marketplace selling things you've never seen before and yet can suddenly not imagine living without, the Festival of Nations celebrates the great American rite of immigration. Many of the people on stage and working the booths are new Americans or in the process of becoming Americans, just like those of us who were born here. Come on down and meet the new neighbors — they're just like us, having fun at the Festival of Nations. The festival is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday (August 27 and 28) at Tower Grove Park (4256 Magnolia Avenue; www.festivalofnationsstl.org). Admission is free.
6. Get a sneak peek at Kevin Smith's new film
Kevin Smith left Jersey behind in his last few films (the Canadian horror flick Tusk, and the teens vs. religious fundamentalists thriller Red State), with mixed results. He returns to Canada for his new film Yoga Hosers, which stars Harley Quinn Smith (his daughter) and Lily-Rose Depp (daughter of Johnny) as Colleen McKenzie and Colleen Collette, a pair of sophomores who just want to go to the senior dance. The two Colleens work in a Winnipeg convenience store, play in a band and spend a lot of time on their phones. But when they discover an ancient evil lurking underneath the store, they realize it's up to them to save Manitoba. A special screening of Yoga Hosers takes place at 7 p.m. tonight at the Wehrenberg Ronnies 20 Cine (5320 South Lindbergh Boulevard; www.fathomevents.com), prior to the film's general release. Tickets are $15.