Looking for something to do this Memorial Day weekend? Here's a list of ten events around town that will cost you $10 or less.
Homecoming: Fluxus and Visual Poetry by Regional Natives (Opens Friday) This new art exhibition opens Friday. Writes Paul Friswold: "Some people will tell you that Fluxus died in 1978 with George Maciunas, but how can Fluxus die? The Fluxus approach to art is not any one thing; by nature, Fluxus art is intermedia, combining sound, object, image, text, audience and time into a single experience that allows for both happenstance and accident." Read more about Homecoming: Fluxus and Visual Poetry by Regional Natives. Free.
Hamlet in Forest Park (All Weekend) "Shakespeare Festival St. Louis celebrates its tenth season of playing with the Bard in Forest Park with the mighty Hamlet," Paul Friswold tells us in his preview of this annual summer festival. "Look, everybody goes on at length about the universality of Shakespeare, but this one really does have something for everyone. It begins as a ghost story, becomes a murder mystery, takes a turn into gritty revenge thriller, detours briefly into a frustrated love story, wanders in the sere wastelands of proto-existentialism and culminates in a series of stabbings -- if you can't find something in that to get excited about, you're just being willfully obdurate." See it for free this weekend. Continue reading Friswold's preview and get more details here.
The Uncanny Dandies: A Comic Strip (Friday) "Performers of both sexes show off their secret identities in the Uncanny Dandies: A Comic Strip, an evening of (un)costumed burlesque that definitely wouldn't earn the Comics Code Seal of Approval," writes Jason Toon of this burlesque show on Saturday night. It's just $10 and is at the Atomic Cowboy's Fox Hole venue. Read more about the Uncanny Dandies show here.
Greek Fest at Assumption Greek Orthodox Church (All Weekend) Held at the Assumption Greek Orthodox Church (1755 Des Peres Road, Town & Country; 314-966-2255 or www.stlgreekfest.com). Alison Sieloff writes: "Greek Fest runs from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday through Monday (May 28 through 31). Admission is free, as is the parking and the parking shuttle, but eats, of course, are extra." Read Sieloff's full Greek Fest preview here.
S.L.U.M. Fest at Atomic Cowboy (Saturday) "The first-ever St. Louis Underground Music Festival boasts a lineup of local talent longer than DMX's rap sheet," writes Calvin Cox in his preview of this local showcase. It's just $5-$7. Read Cox's full preview of S.L.U.M. Fest.
River City Rascals vs. Gateway Grizzlies at TR Hughes Ballpark (All weekend) "The Gateway Grizzlies and the River City Rascals of the Frontier League play a four-game weekend series (7:05 p.m. Friday, 12:05 and 7:05 p.m. Saturday and 5:05 p.m. Sunday, May 28 through 39) at T.R. Hughes Ball Park (T.R. Hughes Boulevard AND Tom Ginnever Avenue, O'Fallon; 636-240-2287 or www.rivercityrascals.com), and tickets are $6 to $11," writes Paul Friswold. "That's right, $11 for the box seats." Read the full series preview (plus directions!) here.
House of the Holy at Rib America Fest (Sunday) Sure, Bret Michaels is the big draw for this weekend's barbecue and rock festival downtown. But you should make a point to see Houses of the Holy, the Led Zeppelin tribute band, at 1:15 p.m. What's better than seeing a Led Zep tribute band, eating ribs and gripping a cold draft beer, all while swimming in the St. Louis humidity? Not much. Here's the full music schedule for Rib America fest, which goes on all weekend.
Lee Friedlander exhibition at SLAM (Ends Sunday) "Photographer Lee Friedlander has a gift for making you take a closer look at the ordinary. His carefully orchestrated images of New York City in the 1960s capture the bustling, crowded soul of the city even if they don't quite have a documentarian's respect for absolute verisimilitude. Friedlander's layered shots of buildings and people are better than the real thing, because there's always something going on in them," writes Paul Friswold in his preview of this exhibition, which ends its run at the Saint Louis Art Museum on Sunday. "Eight Friedlander photographs hang in gallery 321 of the Saint Louis Art Museum in Forest Park (314-721-0072 or www.slam.org), offering a 40-year snapshot of the artist's work. Admission is free." Read the rest of Friswold's preview here.
B-Side Sundays at Sol Lounge (Sunday, duh) Diana Benanti writes of this free weekly party: "DJ Billy Brown spins the best chillwave and electronica to help you ease out of the weekend with B-Side Sundays at Sol Lounge." Read more of Benanti's write-up on B-Side Sundays here.
Sound Barrier with DJ Trashley at Atomic Cowboy (Sunday) Chillwave and electronica not your thing? Garage rock, punk, hardcore and a few oldies, plus 2-for-$1 Stag beers are the draw for the Sound Barrier with DJ Trashley, described as "South City's most angelic hellion" by Josh Levi in his write-up. It's every Sunday night at the Atomic Cowboy. It's free. Sound Barrier with DJ Trashley.