Ten Things to Do Under $10 This Weekend in St. Louis, November 6-8, 2009

Categories: Arts, Food, Go!, Music
You could go out this weekend and spend a wad of cash drinking like a sailor. Or, you might find yourself online or at the mall, and end up charging a ridiculous-looking thermal coat to your Visa.

But why put yourself in the poorhouse (or the poky) when all the following events are just $10 or less?

P.S. We've got plenty of music choices this weekend, too.

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See Bob Run premieres Friday.
See Bob Run at the ArtSpace at Crestwood Court (Opens Friday)
See Bob Run, a one-woman show by Canadian playwright Daniel MacIvor, is a darkly weird combination of unreliable narrator and undeniable horror. Soundstage Productions presents this psychological drama at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday (November 6 through 8) at the Marble Stage Theater in the ArtSpace at Crestwood Court (Watson and Sappington roads, Crestwood.) Tickets are $10. Paul Friswold has more details about See Bob Run here.

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Famous Fictional Villains! premieres Friday at Mad Art Gallery.
Famous Fictional Villains! at the Mad Art Gallery (Opens Friday)
We need the bad guys, just as much as we need the good guys, which is why an art show celebrating the villain feels irreverent yet perfectly proper. Famous Fictional Villains! opens at the Mad Art Gallery (2727 South 12th Street; 314-771-8230.) with a free reception from 7 to 11 p.m. on Friday, November 6, and this exhibit shows off all kinds of naughty characters, from Frankenstein to Jaws (the shark, not the James Bond metal mouth), and from Medusa with her mane of serpents to Macbeth's prophesying witches. Free. Allison Sieloff has more details about this villainous exhibition here.

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Cover of the 1937 first-edition of The Hobbit. Patricia Gray's stage adaptation is being performed this weekend.
The Hobbit at Lindenwood's J. Scheidegger Center for the Arts (Friday-Saturday)
Fans of the works of J.R.R. Tolkien are a loyal bunch, and so they should be aware that while Patricia Gray's stage adaptation of The Hobbit was personally approved by Tolkien, it does change some key elements of the story. Tickets range from $10 to $18 ($10 tickets will seat you in the balcony.) Paul Friswold has more to share about this production here.

This is a huge fire. this is *not* what the fire at Saturday's fall festival will look like. That's more like this.
Green Center Fall Fire Festival at the Green Center (Saturday)
Today at the Green Center (8025 Blackberry Avenue, University City; 314-725-8314 or, fire has yet another purpose: as inspiration for a fall party! From 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., pay a visit to the center for the second annual Fall Fire Festival. Admission to the affair costs $5 for kids and $15 for adults. For that fare you will watch fire performers demonstrate their ability to take the heat, you may gather in the greenhouse for story time, you can get your hands dirty at the pottery workshop, and you might want to browse the wares at the art sale, which features glass, ceramic works and more, all priced less than $100. Alison Sieloff has more details about this festival here.

Good and bad dancing -- we're not saying which is which -- will be on display Saturday at Wash U. Wallflowers pay $5.
St. Louis Area Dance Marathon at Washington University (Saturday)
Cheer on the dancers participating in the St. Louis Area Dance Marathon in the Rec Gym on the campus of Washington University (Forsyth and Skinker boulevards; specific directions and more information can be found at Visitors such are invited to check out the proceedings from 4 p.m. Saturday, November 7, to 2 a.m. Sunday, November 8, and provide support for the folks who are dancing for twelve straight hours. Alison Sieloff has the full story here.

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The images in Prethunderdome "express abstract ideas of threats to civilization and our emotional response to the them," writes Nicole Beckert. She has more details on this collection, which has an opening reception Saturday, here.
Prethunderdome at White Flag Projects (Saturday)
With 2012 on the horizon -- the reputed end date of the world according the Mesoamerican Long Count calendar, as if you didn't know -- doomsday theories abound in popular media. And White Flag Projects (4568 Manchester Avenue; 314-531-3442 or ) has just the exhibit to ease your mind: Prethunderdome. The show opens with a free public reception from 7 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, November 7, and remains up through Saturday, December 19. White Flag Projects is open on Wednesday and Saturday. Nicole Beckert has more details about this exhibition here.

Veterans Day is November 11, but the parade rolls through downtown at noon on Saturday.
Veterans Day Parade downtown (Saturday)
Saturday's weather is supposed to be well, perfect for a parade. High of 72 and sunny. The pre-parade gathering is at Soldiers Memorial Park at 11 a.m. and it rolls on from there. Of course, it's free.

12th Street Diner Grand Opening (Friday)
Those who walked by the diner at Washington and Tucker downtown may have wondered when, when, when the restaurant would open. The silver was neatly placed on the tables and the interior of the establishment looked primed-and-ready for business. But it sat there, none the less. On Saturday night, that diner -- named the 12th Street Diner (1137 Washington Avenue) -- opens with a party from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. Drink specials which will be served at the party: "spiked" milkshakes, rum and coke floats and Tang mimosas. Mmmm! The diner will be open 24 hours on weekends.

See a real-live member of the Wu Tang Clan on Saturday night for $10.
Killah Priest at the Fox Hole (Saturday)
With his fellow Clan members Raekown and Ghostface receiving heaps of critical praise for their most recent efforts, Priest's most recent effort, the new album, Elizabeth (released just last month), throws back to the Wu's signature beats and samples, while Priest's vocal style still reminds listeners of a ruffer MF Doom. See Priest at the new music venue at the Atomic Cowboy, the Fox Hole, this Saturday night for just $10.

Marquise Knox plays Saturday night at BB's Jazz, Blues and Soups on Broadway downtown.
Marquise Knox at BB's Jazz, Blues and Soups (Saturday)
Since he was fifteen years old, St. Louis blues phenom Marquise Knox has been performing around town. "I call myself the king of the St. Louis blues," says the young musician. "Some people think they all big and bad with the hip-hop, but that's not where it's at, all that stuff fell down from the blues." People are listening, and in the past 5 years Knox -- who sings, plays guitar and blows a mean harp -- has developed a healthy following in the blues clubs around town. Malcolm Gay has more details for you here.

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