10 Things to Do for $10 This Weekend in St. Louis, Aug. 20-22, 2010

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Pace yourself on Friday and Saturday nights, because St. Louis has a surprising amount in store this Sunday. This weekend is chock full of activities both highbrow (wine tasting, abstract art, Oscar Wilde plays) and lowbrow (rock shows, swap meets, amateur photography), so whether you get down in evening wear or bicycle shorts, we've found something for you. Friday
Gesture, Scrape, Combine, Calculate: Postwar Abstraction from the Permanent Collection. With that long title,  the new collection at WashU's Kemper Art Museum sounds awfully intimidating, but it's not all Pollock. The museum has also selected some gateway abstraction for those still dipping their toes in.

Catch and Release Swap Meet
Your mother's swap meet this ain't. The late-night, DJ'd affair will give you a chance to update your craft closet and buy some funky new collections, plus, it's half off admission if you bring your own creations to sell.

An Ideal Husband
Comedic mastermind Oscar Wilde wrote this play about marital shenanigans over a century ago, but it still rings true today. It's playing all weekend at ArtSpace in Crestwood.

Saturday

Moonlight Ramble
St. Louis has seen a lot of bike races of late, so hopefully you're prepared for this midnight race that starts in Forest Park and raises money for Hosteling International. Grab your two-wheeler and support some backpacking college kids.

Chicago Afrobeat Project
We could tell you that CAbP is funk, jazz, juju, Afro-Cuban, and hip-hop all rolled into one, but you'll just have to decide for yourself at its Off Broadway this weekend. How could that combo not put on a killer live show?

Sunday

O'Brother
Pretty and menacing, reviewer Ryan Wasoba likens O'Brother to everyone from early Cursive to the Pixies to Jimmy Eat World. The Chicago/Milwaukee quartet plays at the Firebird on Saturday with openers Felix Culpa.

St. Louis Point of View
Sunday is the last day for the Missouri History Museum's chronicle of our city's neighborhoods, which took dozens of amateur photographers six years to complete. The result is an exhibit which commemorates how our city will be remembered - stripped-down, blown up, honest.

Todd Kliman
Wine expert and champion of Missouri's Norton grape, Todd Kliman will appear at Left Bank for a wine tasting, a discussion of American wine and Kliman's own research in the Missouri wine country. As an extra incentive, it's free.

The Wooden Birds
If  indie supergroups exist, then count the Wooden Birds among them. Boasting members of the American Analog Set and Matt Pond PA, WB will play a set of folk pop at the Old Rock House.

Wye Oak
The duo Wye Oak "echoes the stormy, melodic experimentalism of Yo La Tengo, while drifting into dreamland." Get your tickets early for its show with Lou Barlow and the Missingmen; the show won't fit 10 for $10 if you buy your ticket at the door.

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