It's that time of week again -- you're hopefully left with at least a few hours of free time where you can decide to do whatever you feel like: No time-sucking birthday lunches, Saturday morning soccer games or shift-covering for your slacker of a coworker. ("How has he not been fired yet?" you may find yourself asking.) Hopefully you can fill that time with one of these affordable suggestions for fun this weekend. All of the below options will cost you $10 or less, and some are free. Looking for weekend music? Check out the St. Louis concert calendar.
Late Night Grind House Series: Evil Dead (Friday) Mark Fischer writes that "this weekend, audiences can experience director Sam Raimi's original cult horror classic, The Evil Dead, just as it was seen back in 1981 -- on the big screen. For the first feature in its new Late Night Grind House series, St. Louis' horror podcast Destroy The Brain! has teamed with Grindhouse Releasing (cofounded by Sylvester Stallone's son Sage) to present a new 35mm print of The Evil Dead for midnight screenings at the Hi-Pointe Theater (1005 McCausland Avenue) this Friday and Saturday (May 14 and 15)." Read the rest of Fischer's preview here. Tickets are just $6.
Grand Center Spring Art Walk (Friday) May we recommend Grand Center's annual spring Art Walk, happening from 4 to 8 p.m.? With exhibitions at more than fifteen venues, including the Moto Museum (3441 Olive Street), Schmidt Contemporary Art (615 North Grand Boulevard), the Sheldon Art Galleries (3648 Washington Boulevard) and the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts (3716 Washington Boulevard), the range of art shown and the number of pieces presented will practically ensure that there will be something to suit everyone's taste (there will even be motorcycles!). Read more about the Grand Center Spring Art Walk. It's free.
Waterloo at the Atomic Cowboy (Friday) Annie Zaleski tells us that "Waterloo vocalist-guitarist Mark Ray moved to Portland, Oregon, several years ago, meaning that the band rarely plays shows in town anymore. That's why this last-minute gig (with Magic City) will be such a treat." Read the rest of Zaleski's Waterloo preview here. The show is $5.
Home at Webster University-Moore Auditorium (Opens Friday) Paul Friswold writes of this fascinating film that opens Friday: "An unconventional French family lives a serene existence in the countryside, the most notable feature of the landscape being the never-finished highway that stretches just a few meters from their front door. Then in a shockingly brief amount of time, their idyllic lives are disrupted by the activation of the roadway. Thousands of cars race by all day, every day, and the noise and pollution take a psychic toll -- and yet they refuse to give up their way of life." Read the rest of Friswold's Home preview here. Tickets are $5-$6.
Bark in the Park at Cricket Field in Forest Park (Saturday) Registration is closed, but spectating is still free, and you can bring two dogs to this canine fund-raiser. BUT, a donation of $25 is encouraged. So turn on your heartlight. Or something. More information about Bark in the Park is right here.
Cherokee-Lemp History Fair along Cherokee Street from South Jefferson Avenue to DeMenil Place (Saturday) Alison Sieloff writes, "During the eleventh annual Cherokee-Lemp History Fair, the historic vibes along this stretch will be compounded further by all kinds of happenings, including a performance by the Original Knights of Swing, a band founded in the late 1940s, and walking tours led by NiNi Harris, departing from the Stable (1821 Cherokee Street) at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. There will also be free guided tours of the 1848 Chatillon-DeMenil Mansion (3352 DeMenil Place), as well as a vintage postcard display, book signings and more all throughout the district. Read the rest of Sieloff's History Fair preview here. The fair runs along Cherokee Street from South Jefferson Avenue to DeMenil Place. Admission to all events is free.
Reggae for Haiti Benefit Concert at 2720 Cherokee (Saturday) This concert features Aaron Kamm & The One Drops, King Omowale & The Majestic Lions, Team Relevance and J Public providing music, and your suggested $7 donation goes directly to House of Hope, "a Christian ministry located about 41 miles north of Port au Prince, Haiti. Currently, the House of Hope provides for all of the needs of 40 orphans," so says the concert's Facebook event page.
Soulard Market Park Arts and Craft Fair (Saturday) Paste (www.pastecrafts.com) presents this fun and funky craft fair featuring more than 80 DIY crafters selling their handmade creations, live music, tarot card readings, make & take activities and street performers in Soulard Market Park (Lafayette Avenue and South Ninth Street) from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Read more about the Soulard Market Park Arts and Craft Fair. It's free!
All the Day Holiday at the Firebird (Sunday) Scott Heisel writes this of All the Day Holiday in this week's print edition: "Cincinnati's All the Day Holiday has the unfortunate situation of being a bit of a fish out of water. Signed to Linc Star Records (a label closely affiliated with annual contemporary-emo festival the Bamboozle), the quartet is constantly thrown onto tours with also-ran "scene" bands such as PlayRadioPlay!, when its sound would fit in more closely with intelligent pop acts OK Go or MUTEMATH. With a new album in the works, expect ATDH to achieve bigger and better things than simply performing at the Bamboozle side stage." Read Heisel's full preview of All the Day Holiday at the Firebird. See what he means for just $8.
Sound Barrier with DJ Trashley at Atomic Cowboy (Sunday) You might have been too hungover on six too many 2-for$1 Stag beers, but as Josh Levi explains, "Sunday nights at Atomic Cowboy transform into the Sound Barrier hosted by South City's most angelic hellion, DJ Trashley. Dance to the sounds of bubblegum pop, French new wave, dirty trash rock, lo-fi garage, and punk rock n' roll for the ages." Read more of Josh Levi's preview here.
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