It's that time of week again: In these hours before the weekend, you're left to wonder how to spend the next 50-60 hours. Before you begin the YouTube marathon on your couch, scan our weekly list of suggestions for affordable entertainment and then get out there! (But first, get dear old mom something for Mother's Day.) Looking for live music? Check out our weekend concert calendar. And even more weekend options live over at riverfronttimes.com/calendar.
Leslie and the Badgers at Blueberry Hill (Friday) John Burroughs grad Leslie Stevens is "on top of the west coast world," according to our interview in this week's paper. Writer Jane Armbruster notes, "With her soulfully angelic croon, a knack for lyrical poetry and a solid new album with her band, the Badgers, she's primed for greater fame. The Badgers formed in 2006, started playing shows around L.A. and gaining a following - culminating in the release of its sophomore album, Roomful of Smoke, which was produced by David Bianco. 'I was so nervous,' the St. Louis native says of working with the man who engineered Tom Petty's Wildflowers and Bob Dylan's Together Through Life, 'but he made me feel at home. He was very strong and opinionated. It really pushed me to a new level in my work. I was forced to stick to what I wanted.' Read more back-and-forth between Stevens and Armbruster here. The band plays for just $8 at Blueberry Hill.
Officer Matt Crosby Charity Softball Game at CBC High School (Friday) See how good the St. Louis Blues players are at St. Louis' favorite sport, baseball (or rather, its rec-league cousin, charity softball) at 7:30 p.m. on Friday night at CBC High School's football stadium (1850 De La Salle Drive). Proceeds from the game go to benefit Rock Hill Police Officer Matt Crosby, who suffered a gunshot wound while on duty .Tickets are just $10. Click here for a full list of Blues players who will be on the diamond Friday night. Here's the Facebook event page for the game.
Cinco de Mayo on Cherokee Street (Saturday) "How many drinks made in a pineapple have you had this year?" asks Nicole Beckert in this weeks paper -- and then answers her own question. "No matter what your answer, you have not had enough." She continues: You're forgiven, though, because Cherokee Street is home to St. Louis' Cinco de Mayo festivities again this year, and yes, they have those delectably indulgent pineapple drinks (so you can make up for lost time). Read the rest of Beckert's preview here. The festivities run all day -- 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. -- and there's plenty of music, food, drink and all that other great stuff you associate with character of Cherokee Street. More info is also at http://www.cincodemayostl.com/
Hoop It Up 3on3 Tour at 14th and Chestnut streets (Saturday) "There is a great disturbance in the basketball force," notes Paul Friswold. "According the good people at Hoop It Up, Albuquerque, New Mexico, is America's top basketball city -- that is complete and utter folderol. Folderol! I myself have witnessed feats of athleticism, grace and pure, nasty, raw power at the Heman Park courts that would cause Dr James Naismith to slap a Harlem Globetrotter. Ballers of St. Louis, defend your honor. The Hoop It Up 3on3 Tour returns to the River City this Saturday and Sunday (May 8 and 9; www.hoopitup.com), owing to overwhelming popular demand." Read about Hoop it Up in the rest of Friswold's preview. Spectating is free, naturally.
The One-Hour Star Wars Trilogy: LIVE! at the Regional Arts Commission (Friday & Saturday) How do you sum up an hour-long show -- itself a summary of three movies -- in a single sentence? Ask Paul Friswold. "Magic Smoking Monkey attacks George Lucas' magnum opus (original flavor) like a hungry Wampa on a Tauntaun," he writes, "condensing almost seven hours of child abandonment, incestuous feelings, dirty smugglers, sexually ambiguous droids and syntax-challenged hand puppets into 60 minutes of comedic bliss." Read the rest of Friswold's preview here. Tickets are $10 to $15. This is the final weekend for the show.
Focus on Photography: Recent Acquisitions at Washington University-Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum (Opens Friday) The Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum (1 Brookings Drive on the Washington University campus; 314-935-4523 or www.kemperartmuseum.wustl.edu) shares its bounty of recently acquired modern photography with this special exhibition featuring more than 100 new pieces by 20 artists. Admission is free. More details about this opening are here.
The Smashinistas vs. the M-80s at All American Sports Mall (Saturday) Saturday night's $10 roller derby option. Says the Facebook event page for the bout: "Join the Arch Rival Roller Girls on Saturday, May 8th as the Smashinistas try to blow up the M-80s. Be sure to get there early or get your tickets ahead of time online. You really don't want to miss this bout! Tickets are $10 and kids under ten are free!!!" So there you have it. Single tickets are available online here.
Found Footage Festival at Mad Art Gallery (Sunday) "There are few more exhilarating feelings than finding an unlabeled VHS tape and popping it in the machine," affirms Paul Friswold. "What demented home movie or early '80s TV show is locked in this magnetic tomb? The Found Footage Festival is the Indiana Jones of VHS archaeology, seeking out the most obscure and disturbing treasures and then returning them to the world at large. Cinema St. Louis presents the Found Footage Festival at 7:30 p.m. at Mad Art Gallery (2727 South 12th Street; www.foundfootagefest.com.) Admission is $10. Friswold's preview explains more here.
Art Fair at Laumeier Sculpture Park (Sunday) As Alison Sieloff notes in this week's paper, "Mother's Day plans can be tricky. Bring that special lady to the Art Fair at Laumeier Sculpture Park (12580 Rott Road, Sunset Hills; 314-615-5278). The fair is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 9 (visit www.laumeier.org for hours on Friday and Saturday, May 7 and 8), and during that time you two will be able to browse the beautiful wares and listen to live music, while you talk about life and what's going on with her. Pay attention to what she's oohhh-ing and aaahhh-ing over -- she'll have lots of choices, from jewelry and photography to clay works and glass pieces -- so you can go ahead and make a purchase when she's not looking." Sieloff's full preview is here.
Valley of Flowers Festival at James J. Eagan Civic Center Theater (All Weekend) Alison Sieloff has you covered this weekend -- with flowers, that is. "With the pollen and unpredictable weather that come with spring, sometimes folks just want to get on with it already and get to summer for the guaranteed hot temperatures and the promise of fully functioning allergy meds," she writes. "So whatever happened to living in the moment? Enjoying now for now's sake? We'll truly never know what tomorrow will bring -- but we do know about a fabulous spring fair happening this weekend (Thursday through Sunday, May 6 through 9). The long-running Valley of Flowers Festival, held around Florissant at venues including the Duchesne Council Knights of Columbus grounds (25 Washington Street) and the James J. Eagan Center (Parker Road and Waterford Drive), offers all of the fun of summer fests without the sweltering heat and the way-too-short shorts." Read the rest of her preview here. Admissions is free.