Top 10 Things to Do for $10 This Weekend in St. Louis, May 21-23, 2010

The weekend is here. Get out there. Tomorrow (Saturday) is supposed to be around 87 degrees, sunny and perfect for getting a sunburn. You welcome it, after this long stretch of overcast skies and rain, don't you? Of course you do. Here are our ten suggestions for weekend entertainment that cost less than $10. Looking for live music? Check out the St. Louis weekend concert calendar.

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John B. Gilliam
Setting the Mood: The Artful Table at Craft Alliance (Opens Friday)
Setting the Mood: The Artful Table is a new exhibition at the Craft Alliance (6640 Delmar Boulevard, University City; or www.craftalliance.org). Alison Sieloff writes: "Artists were challenged to create beautiful objects for the table setting, and they responded with a whimsical teapot disguised as tree stump complete with a bird's nest, sleek metallic tea infusers that look like scientific equipment, and a dazzling assortment of platters and chargers." It opens Friday and is free for all to attend. Read the rest of Sieloff's preview of Setting the Mood: The Artful Table.

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Jeff Weigel
Bam! Pow! Zap!: Comic Art and Storyboarding at the Foundry Art Centre (Opens Friday)
"Bam! Pow! Zap!: Comic Art and Storyboarding harkens back to the campy impressions overly defensive comic academics have long been trying to escape, but the exclamations are well deserved now that the art world has come to recognize comics as a unique sequential art form," writes Mark Fischer in his preview of this new exhibition that opens Friday. "This pulse-pounding exhibit of comic and comic-influenced work busts wide-open with a free public reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 21, at the Foundry Art Centre (520 North Main Center, St. Charles; 636-255-0270 or www.foundryartcentre.org). Bam! Pow! Zap! remains up through Thursday, July 1; the gallery is open Tuesday through Sunday."

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Dave Stone Trio -- not playing at Mangia -- but playing outside downtown.
Dave Stone Trio at Mangia Italiano (Friday)
"Thanks in large part to his weekly stint at Mangia Italiano, saxophonist Dave Stone is something of a south-side saint, a bespectacled hero of the horn and a favorite of South Grand dwellers," writes Christian Schaeffer about this weekly jazz night at Mangia on South Grand. If you're 21, see them live after 10 p.m. at the new smoke-free Mangia. It's free, but you might be tempted to buy a drink or three. Continue reading about Dave Stone Trio at Mangia.



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