Top 10 Things (Under $10) This Weekend, July 31-August 2

It's the weekend, yay! But you have no money (No!) What to do? Check out these ten events going on around St. Louis. Stay on budget and enjoy the first weekend of August. And, if you're looking for a concert calendar, look no further than A to Z.

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See Guster on Friday night under the Arch. Free!
Guster under the Arch (Friday)
Guster has stayed strong to its harmony-laden, acoustic guitar-based tunes and, in doing so, has retained its cult following. For this weekend's free show on the riverfront, however, look forward to an evening of old favorites, audience sing-alongs and the occasional bongo jam. Free. (More details.)
- Christian Schaeffer

Home from Work to Find Your Spaniel Turned into a Wolf at Good Citizen Gallery (Friday)
In Home From Work To Find Your Spaniel Turned Into A Wolf, her new exhibit at the Good Citizen Gallery (2247 Gravois Avenue; 314-348-4587 or www.goodcitizenstl.com), sculptor Alison Ouellette-Kirby uses the familiar form of the Monopoly house to explore ideas of home and place. The opening reception for Home From Work is held from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday; the exhibition remains on view from noon to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday through Saturday, August 29. Free. (More details.)
- Alison Sieloff

Intertwined II at the Regional Arts Commission (Friday)
Beginning Friday, July 31, the Gallery at the Regional Arts Commission (6128 Delmar Boulevard) plays host to Intertwined II, a show featuring works by Japanese, Taiwanese and St. Louisan artists. Intertwined II is the second collaboration between the Overseas Cultural Exchange Exhibition and the Friends of Taiwan-Greater St. Louis. At Friday's opening reception (5:30 to 7:30 p.m.), you'll see East-meets-West pieces from a variety of talented artists, including Janice Nesser-Chu, Nami Yang and Haruko Ohguchi. Free. (More details.)
- Brooke Foster



Donnie Darko at the Tivoli Theatre (Friday, Saturday)
Cult classic Donnie Darko is a complex mix of science fiction, suspense thriller and doomsday tale with a comic book-like aesthetic. Donnie (Jake Gyllenhaal) is your ordinary high school boy with the ordinary adolescent anxieties -- he also has a history of mental illness and violent tendencies. When a hallucinatory monster-cum-Armageddon prophet in an Easter bunny costume begins visiting Donnie and sharing information about time travel, things get a touch weird. With an additional twenty minutes of footage and an altered musical selection, Kelly's 2004 "director's cut" version of the film makes for an altogether different cinematic experience. The expanded Donnie Darko screens at the Tivoli Theatre (6350 Delmar Boulevard, University City; 314-995-6270 or www.landmarktheatres.com) at midnight on Friday and Saturday (July 31 and August 1) as part of the Tivoli's Reel Late series. Tickets are $7. (More details.)
- Nicole Beckert



Lupe Fiasco under the Arch
(Saturday)
There's no debating the mark Lupe Fiasco has made during his short time in the game. Since his 2006 debut, Food & Liquor, he's forged a fusion between thoughtful, underground-inspired rhymes and mainstream hip-hop appeal that recalls the success story of his fellow Chicagoan, Kanye West. Free. (More details.)
- Dan LeRoy

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Kinky Disco at Upstairs Lounge (Saturday)
Veteran house DJ Scotty Mac spins dance music each Saturday night at Upstairs Lounge (3131 South Grand Boulevard.) It's 21 and up and free. Doors open at 10 p.m. and close at  3 a.m.

Big Ass Indie Art & Craft Show at Mad Art Gallery (All Weekend)
the Big Ass Indie Art & Craft Show not only has lovely handmade items from area folks that you can see and feel in person, but it also makes your shopping trip more than just that. This shopportunity becomes an experience with live music as well as eats -- hey, shopping can really make you hungry! The Mad Art Gallery (2727 South 12th Street) hosts the craft event from 7 to 11 p.m. Friday (this is the night that Leslie & the LY's play), 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday (July 31 through August 2). Admission to the craft show is free; visit www.bigindiecraft.com to learn more. (More details.)
- Alison Sieloff

The Day The Earth Stood Still
at Webster University's Moore Auditorium (All Weekend)
1951's The Day the Earth Stood Still is science-fiction cinema ground zero. It's all here -- the flying saucer, the giant robot, the brainiac scientist, a damsel in distress and an aloof humanoid alien-- all filmed documentary style (to heighten those atomic age, cold-war fears) and topped off with an eerie Theremin soundtrack. A new 35mm print of The Day the Earth Stood Still screens at 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday (July 31 through August 2) in Webster University's Moore Auditorium (470 East Lockwood Avenue; www.webster.edu/filmseries or 314-968-7487). Tickets are $5 to $6. (More details.)
- Mark Fischer

Macbeth at Old Post Office Plaza (All Weekend)
In a play where women are prime movers, the Slightly Askew Theatre Ensemble has taken the next step and recast Macbeth with an all-female ensemble. The outdoor production takes place at the Old Post Office Plaza (Ninth and Locust streets) 7 p.m. Friday through Sunday (July 17 through 26), and 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday only (July 31 and August 1). Admission is free and patrons are encouraged to bring their own seating. For more information, visit www.slightlyoff.org. Free. The production closes out this weekend, so here's your last chance to see it. (More details.)
- Christian Schaeffer

Polaroid: Past and Present at Gretchen Brigham Gallery (All Weekend)
Some folks still appreciate Polaroid's very cool, if somewhat flawed, technology, and a handful of them are the eleven artists exhibiting in the Polaroid: Past & Present show at the Gretchen Brigham Gallery (733 Union Boulevard). The exhibit ends its run Sunday. (More details.)
- Alison Sieloff


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