The Ten Best Things To Do This Weekend in St. Louis: December 17 to 19



Is your Christmas shopping done yet? Mine's not. (Ack.) While I figure this out, check out this week's music picks -- and see below for more to do this weekend, while the weather's let up enough to let us leave the house.


Friday: Christmas with Pokey @ The Sheldon Ballroom Pokey LaFarge and the South City Three provide holiday cheer. Read what LaFarge has been up to (and then see him again as part of Rhythm & Rails on Saturday). 8 p.m. With the Western Satellites. $10.

The Definition of Dance @ 2720 Cherokee The Hot House Sessions (a.k.a. our last collector standing this week, Alexis Tucci Hansen) and the Soulition (with Nappy DJ Needles and Enoch is Real), along with an opening set by local house legend Luan Le, mark this must-attend event. 9 p.m. $5. 21-plus only.

El Monstero @ The Pageant The annual Pink Floyd covers extravaganza kicks off tonight. And it's sold out. (So is Saturday's show -- and all of the other El Monstero shows, save for the one on Christmas night.) 8 p.m.

A Very Rockin' Christmas @ Off Broadway It's a covers bonanza, with LOGOS reprising its Rush cover set, Makeshift Gentlemen performing as the Doors and Science Hill doing Incubus. 9 p.m. 21-plus: $10. Under 21: $13.

Saturday A Very Bert Dax Christmas, Volume 8 CD Release @ Way Out Club M.S.I.F., King Kong Magnetics and Mustard Rob help celebrate the release of the latest local Christmas CD curated by Matt Harnish. 9 p.m. $5. Shame Club @ Blueberry Hill's Duck Room The stoner-metal powerhouse returns to the stage with an all-new lineup -- but with the same determination to crush eardrums and melt faces. 9 p.m. With Lions of Hazelwood and Jake Austin and the City Limits. $8.

Jia Davis & Dj Trog Present: A Committee Celebration with F5 Records @ The Gramophone Besides Davis and Trog, local hip-hop talents such as Santone, Family Affair, Tef Poe, Legend C4mp, Youvee, Nato Caliph, Kandi and DJ Crucial join forces for this night of solid, thought-provoking music. 10 p.m. $5. Facebook event.

Sunday: Ultimate Fakebook @ The Firebird Kansas power-pop cult figures reunited -- and it feels so good. Here's an Ultimate Fakebook interview and outtakes. 7:30 p.m. With the Orbz, Dead Girls and Highway Companion. $10 to $12

Kyle Turley Band @ Old Rock House See our feature on Turley for all of the details; the ex-Rams player is doing a set of his country-rock after the Rams-Chiefs game. $6. 21-plus.

A Very Bert Dax Christmas, Volume 8 CD Release @ Off Broadway Theodore, Popular Mechanics, Googolplexia and Johnny Vega$ help celebrate the release of the latest local Christmas CD curated by Matt Harnish. 8 p.m. 21-plus: $5. Under 21: $8.

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