10 Things to Do for $10 This Weekend in St. Louis, July 9-11, 2010


With Common kicking off this summer's free downtown concert series and an abundance of other cheap shows around town on Friday night, concertgoers are going to have some tough decisions to make.

Elsewhere in our weird and wonderful city, we've got grassroots art, a Bastille Day party, impressionist ballet, and a spelling bee for adults. On Saturday the local roller derby league holds its championship match, and condiment-lovers can celebrate the World's Largest Catsup Bottle Festival on Sunday.

Common (Friday)
The Celebrate St. Louis Summer Concert Series kicks off this weekend with Common on Friday and Slightly Stoopid on Saturday. Common, who put out his first album nearly 20 years ago, is most well-known for his song "I Used to Love H.E.R." a scathing indictment of West-Coast rap. The show is under the Arch at 8 p.m. and free. Read our full preview. To see who else will be performing this summer, check here.

Let Them Eat Art (Friday)
Halloween is far away, and most of us have left our toga-clad days of college behind. We'll take the flimsiest excuse to go to a costume party. Bastille Day shall be our excuse. Show up at the Black Cat Theater in Maplewood by 6:45 and pony up $10 for a chance to show off your outfit and win prizes (bonus points for being French peasant uprising themed). We've got the scoop.

Islands (Friday)
Indie-pop darlings Islands will be playing at the Firebird this weekend. Writes Christian Schaeffer, "Sun-stroked beach music may be the lingua franca of indie rock these days, but Islands has always been a little too crafty to dumb it down: Vangelis keyboards, motorik rhythms and a healthy Eno jones add some sandy grit to Islands' parasol-bedecked cocktails." The show is at 8:30, and tickets start at $10. Read the rest of the preview.

Dizzy Spell (Friday)
For a $10 charitable donation you can test your spelling prowess against your fellow St. Louisans. And if you go down early, don't fret, that just leaves you more time to get dizzy. The spelling bee takes place at The Archive at 7:30. For more info on the event and its charity, What's Up Magazine, read our preview.
An American in Paris (Friday)
Gene Kelly, George Gershwin, Van Gogh, 6 Academy Awards, have we got your attention yet? The climax of this 1951 comedy is an 18-minute ballet set to Gershwin tunes and inspired by the work of famous Impressionist painters. The screening is at 9 on Art Hill, just outside the St. Louis Art Museum. Our preview has more info.

The Right Now (Friday)
A big band with a big personality, The Right Now will take the stage at Off Broadway at 9 on Friday. The genre-bending soul-funk-R&B-pop act is fronted by Stefanie Berecz and backed by some solid sax and brass. Tickets are $8. You want more info? We've got more info.

Drawgasmic (Saturday)
Featuring an explosion of styles, Drawgasmic will feature 1,000 works from artists all over the world. While the event is free, everything on the walls is for sale, so there's bound to be a few steals. Or, you can simply buy the Drawgasmic book which includes them all. In addition to art, there will be live bands, DJs, go-go dancers and other outlandish acts. Everything goes down at 2720 Cherokee Street at 7. More info is available at drawgasmic.com.

Roller Derby Championship Bout (Saturday)
The Smashinistas, featuring skaters such as Punches Pileup and Megalodominator will go skate-to-skate against Chewblocka, Morgan Le Faetal, and the rest of the Stunt Devils in the title bout of the Arch Rival Roller Girls' season championship. For $10 you can join the jeerleaders in rooting for your favorite team. The mayhem starts at 7. Visit the AARG site for more info.

The World Cup (Saturday and Sunday)
62 games, 30 eliminated countries, and millions of vuvuzelas later, we have reached the end. On Saturday at 1:30 we can watch the loser bowl, er, third place game, and the championship is on at 1:30 on Sunday. Regardless of who wins, history will be made as the Netherlands and Spain battle to win what will be either team's first-ever World Cup. And make sure to check out our complete World Cup coverage.

World's Largest Catsup Bottle Festival (Sunday)

What do a Hula Hoop contest, children's pageant, classic cars, and the Rams Cheerleaders have to do with catsup? Well, we don't really know, but all will feature into a celebration of America's most beloved condiment on Sunday across the river in Collinsville. Make sure to get there in time to see the (catsup-slathered) hotdog eating contest. Admission is free. We've got the preview, and you can check out their site for the full schedule.

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