10 Things to Do Under $10 This Weekend in St. Louis, December 11-13, 2009


Any other month of the year you might be called a cheap-skate, penny-pinching tight-wad. But this is December. Being low on expendable funds ostensibly means you've spent your hard-earned money on gifts for loved ones. Stay fly this weekend on a budget and catch the holiday spirit with these suggestions that will cost you $10 or less. Looking for live music? Here's our weekend concert calendar.

Troubadour Dali CD Release at Off Broadway (Friday)
Good things come to those with patience. Troubadour Dali's long-awaited new album captures the band's dreamy psych-pop live sound to a tee. Lysergic guitars stretch out lazily, like a kite wending in the wind or a good morning stretch; stacks of harmonies and hints of distortion further add to the blissed-out psychedelic atmosphere. Unlike kindred souls such as the Warlocks, Brian Jonestown Massacre or the Verve, however, Troubadour Dali's vocals are never bored or detached, which makes its songs that much more approachable.$8. Read the rest of Annie Zaleski's preview here.

Anheuser-Busch Holiday Light Tour (Friday)
For the first time ever, you can enjoy the Anheuser-Busch Holiday Light Tours, which are free, guided tours of the brewery at night, under the twinkling of that famous Christmas-light display. Meet at the Anheuser-Busch Tour Center (1127 Pestalozzi Street; 314-577-2626 or www.budweisertours.com) between 6 and 9 p.m. on Friday, December 11 and 18. Tours depart every half hour. Free. Read the rest of Nicole Beckert's preview here.

London Calling at Shock City Loft (Saturday)
Popular indie dance night London Calling invites NY-based DJ duo Designer Drugs to its "grand opening" at its new venue, a loft above Shock City Music (2200 Gravois.) 21 and up. $8 in advance, or $10 day of show. Doors open at 9 p.m. and the music stops at 3 a.m.

Off the Wall at City Hall (Saturday)
ArtDimensions' Off the Wall at City Hall event (this year marks the third annual) is always such a fun time. For starters there's a diversity of entertainment you don't find at many parties, with dance and musical performances, as well as live art, free eats, an art sale and more -- it's pretty much like an outdoor street festival indoors. Free. Read the rest of Alison Sieloff's preview here.

Deep Impact Skateboards Comp. at Ramp Riders (Saturday)
Punk rock and skateboarding used to go so well together in the '80s. But with punk now firmly in the land of MTVu and skateboarding set to surpass baseball the NBA in popularity, that tandem has lost its prominence. We're only sort of blaming Bam Margera for this. Die-hards need not worry though, as Florissant-based Deep Impact Skateboards is hosting a punk show and skate competition on Saturday at Ramp Riders (2324 Salena Avenue.) It's $5 at the door for the punk show (with locals Humanoids, Cross Examination, Dude Nukem and Cobrangutang playing) and $5 to skate. See comp. poster here.

Sunday Sip and Serenade: Songs in the Key of Christmas at Saint Louis University Museum of Art (Sunday)
As part of the museum's free Sip & Serenade series, Diana Umali and Angie LaMacchia from the university's performing arts department perform "Songs in the Key of Christmas" from noon to 1 p.m.; wine and goodies from Creatively Sweet are served until 2 p.m. There's no need to RSVP for this holiday event -- just show up and be ready to be musically and joyfully inspired. Free. Read the rest of Alison Sieloff's preview here.

Japonisme in the Graphic Arts at the Saint Louis Art Museum (Sunday)

Japonisme -- a French term for the influence of Japanese art on the West -- will be on display via woodcuts, lithographs and etchings by artists such as James McNeill Whistler, Mary Cassatt and Henri Toulouse-Lautrec. An afternoon spent looking at some classic art? That sounds like a lovely little respite, indeed. Sunday is the final day for this exhibition. Free. Read the rest of Courtney Schilling's preview here.

U.S. Bank Wild Lights at the Saint Louis Zoo (Friday, Saturday and Sunday)
With the twinkling-lights extravaganza, you not only will get motivated to spread your allotment of holiday cheer, but you and yours can also gather around a fire for story time, hop aboard the "Glacier Run" motion simulator ($3), carol along with the choirs, sip hot cocoa and more. Wild Lights evenings have a $5-per-person admission fee, and parking in the south lot by Highway 40 is free -- see, the zoo is in the spirit! Read the rest of Alison Sieloff's preview here.

  • Photo: Diane Wilson, courtesy Missouri Botanical Garden
Christmas Carols in the Garden at Missouri Botanical Garden (Saturday & Sunday)
On Saturday and Sunday (December 12 and 13) the Missouri Botanical Garden (4344 Shaw Boulevard) hosts Christmas Carols in the Garden, where choirs, brass ensembles and jazz bands will play the sounds of the season in the cozy (and heated!) confines of the Ridgeway Visitors Center and the Kemper Center for Home Gardening. Free with regular admission ($3-$8.) Read the rest of Christian Schaeffer's preview here.

Van Gogh: Brush with Genius at Saint Louis Science Center (All Weekend)
Van Gogh: Brush with Genius takes you through Vincent's life from the Netherlands to Auvers-sur-Oise and Arles, Saint-Rémy and Paris in his point of view via his personal letters. From the time he picked up his first brush at age 27 to his infamous ear-cutting, the OMNIMAX is a fitting vehicle for someone whose personal history seems larger than life. Brush with Genius screens daily through Thursday, January 14, at the Saint Louis Science Center OMNIMAX Theater (5050 Oakland Avenue; 314-289-4400 or www.slsc.org). Tickets are $7 to $8. Read the rest of Courtney Schilling's preview here.


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