Rethinking Nothing to Do | St. Louis Events 09.15-21.13

address at_a_time_column1_75Whether you’re reading this as a St. Louis native, a current guest or a future visitor, hear me out when I say there are several things to do in this city—every night of the week!





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I’ve lived in St. Louis for my entire life—21 years—and, while I do intend to travel and wouldn’t mind living out of state for a period of time, it’s not for the reason that many of my university peers and sibblings express. I would need to borrow several dozen pairs of hands to count the number of times I’ve heard someone complain that there is nothing to do in St. Louis. “The 1904 World’s Fair happened here, and there’s the St. Louis Arch, but once you’ve seen it, you’ve seen it.” Craziness! Allow me to pull an Aladdin and show you a whole new world in the scope of your city!

Whether you’re reading this as a St. Louis native, a current guest or a future visitor, hear me out when I say there are several things to do in this city—every night of the week! Sometimes it takes a wee bit of digging to discover these happenings, and I understand that we don’t always have the time or patience for perusing the slow-to-load Internet, so Address at a Time is here to help!

Every week I comb through pages and pages of the events happening in this city, and every week I’m going to share the highlights with you! Expect variety and restaurant suggests because if you are putting in the effort to try something new, you mind as well eat while you’re at it! Also, as pun-fully suggested in the name of this column, I take on my new adventures a dress at a time, (winter weather I fear thee not)! My philosophy on life is switch it up for spontaneity’s sake on a daily basis. For me, dresses, or clothing in general, is such an easy way to abide by that philosophy on even the most monotonous, work-filled days. When I can escape the overload of school, you can expect to see me at one of the many events I have suggested, dress and all!

We can’t afford to wait a minute more! I give you St. Louis, 09.15.13—09.21.13:



  • Cornbread’s World’s Largest Garage Sale — I’m going!

This event runs from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Fairmount Park in Collinsville, Ill. and describes itself as “like 300 garage sales in one place!” Admission is $5, free for children under 12, and anxious shoppers can get in at 7 a.m. for $10! I’ve been several times now, and every time I’ve taken home a treasure of some sort! We’re talking $4 name brand, gently worn dresses, 50 cent tops, $3 DVDs and all of the movie memorabilia you’ll see in one place that isn’t a personal collection or gift shop! My boyfriend left there with a Civil War cannonball when we went a year ago.

  • Seattle Mariners vs. St. Louis Cardinals

Have you been to a baseball game yet this summer? The weather will be perfect, at a sunny 84 degrees! The game starts at 1:15 at Busch Stadium; ticket prices vary.

  • Entertaining Mr. Sloane

PLAYBACK:stl’s own Andrea Braun had a lot of great things to say about this production in her recent review, and what a wonderful way to spend the final night of your weekend. Entertaining Mr. Sloane runs 7-9 p.m. at Kranzberg Arts Center: Black Box Theatre. Prices range from $15-$25.

  • Zedd

Zedd will perform at The Pageant at 8:00 p.m. with Oliver and Alex Metric. General admission will run you anywhere from $26-$30, and minors, don’t forget that surcharge.



  • Shakespeare Festival

This event takes place in Forest Park at 8 p.m. with a Green Show at 6:30 p.m. Best part? It’s FREE!

  • Rancid

Rancid will perform at The Pageant at 8:00 p.m. with Tim Timebomb & Friends and The Interrupters. General admission will run you anywhere from $26-$30, and minors, don’t forget that surcharge.

  • Open Mic at The Gramophone

Can we all agree that Mondays are insufferable? Unwind at The Gramophone for their open mic night, starting at 8 p.m. It’s FREE!



  • Psychic Fair

Allow me to relay the questions the event poses, “Are you feeling lost, Are you seeking advice, Can you reunite separated?” Well, if you need some guidance that is a “horse of a different color,” drop by 3rd Eye Tarot in The Loop between 12-9 p.m. and get answers. These answers will cost you, though; $10 to be exact.

  • Pint Size Unbirthday Party

Oh, what I would give to fall between the ages of 2-6 again! How fun is this event description: “every day that is not your birthday it is your ‘unbirthday,’” so come celebrate! There will be games, snacks and crafts. This event takes place at Crestwood Community Center, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. $5 for residents and $7 for non-residents. (Now, if you’ll please excuse me while I run off to watch Alice in Wonderland)!

  • Cabaret

Tuesday is still too early in the week for your day to have been overly exceptional, so take to the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis for end-of-the day relaxation and enjoyment with their production of Cabaret. PLAYBACK:stl’s own Andrea Braun had a lot of good things to say about it in her review! Plus, it features a Webster University alum, and as a current Websteronian, I think that’s pretty cool!



  • The Wiggles

Calling all kids and parental units! The Wiggles are here! Come check out their show at Peabody Opera House at 6:30. PLAYBACK:stl’s own Jim Ousley had the opportunity to interview Anthony Fields, the Blue Wiggle! Ticket prices will vary.

  • AFI

AFI will perform at The Pageant at 7 p.m. with Touche Amore and Coming. General admission will run you anywhere from $26-$30, and minors, don’t forget that surcharge.

  • The St. Louis Poetry Slam

I’m a complete nerd for this kind of thing, despite the fact that I prefer almost all other forms of literature over poetry! This event takes place at Focal Point at 7 p.m. and will run you $5. The audience serves as judge and the winning poet will take home $50. You know what that means: Get to writing, loves! That’s potentially easy money!

  • Gourmet Wine Dinner

Allow me to quote this event’s direct description, as it is quite elegant! “Experience the brilliance of specialty wines perfectly paired with complex and creative dishes at our four course gourmet Wine Dinner. Set in the Lodge Restaurant with the feel of an intimate dinner party, these dinners are expertly paired with delicious wines that perfectly compliment each course.” They promise candles, guys! Candles, a four course meal and specially selected wine for $45! What. A. Steal. This event begins at 7 p.m. at Pere Marquette Lodge and Conference Center in Grafton, IL. (I know, I know, Grafton is not St. Louis, but who cares! Close enough!)



  • Garland Wines Fall Warehouse Sale

Let the opportunity to drink wine roll on! At the Annual Fall Wine Warehouse Sale at Garland Wines you “can taste over twenty exclusive wines from around the world and get a special opportunity to meet Mario Rinaldi from Paul Goerg, Champagne, France and taste his special champagne.” This event appears to be free and runs from 5-9 p.m.

  • Live Pianists at Keypers

Keypers is a piano bar on South Jefferson Street. I’ve never been there, but I’m quite fascinated by the idea of it. On their website, their menu lists three items: nachos, dollar sandwiches and TJ’s pizza for incredibly low prices. This would be an inexpensive night out, in the least!

  • Webster University’s Year of International Human Rights Film Festival

In its Winnifred Moore Auditorium, Webster University will screen Any Day Now, “a drama about a gay couple wanting to take in a teenager with Down Syndrome.” The screening is free and begins at 7 p.m.



  • The Wizard of Oz: An IMAX 3D Experience – I’ll be there (if not this day then soon after)!

I’ve been madly in love with this film since a young age, an affection increased by Broadway’s Wicked! It’s the last movie I would have expected to see out in 3D! I’ve been scanning the scenes in my head trying to predict what directors will have enhanced. Plus, let’s be honest, how many of us have NEVER gotten to see this on the big screen!? What a rare opportunity! This is easily my favorite event of the week. It won’t be around for long, so don’t miss it! Show times, prices and venues vary.

  • 20 Years of Fear at The Darkness

Halloween will be here before we know it, which means it’s time to get scared! Visit for specific times and dates, but I can tell you The Darkness is one of America’s most proclaimed haunted attractions and this year features the new attractions, TerrorVisions in 3D and the Monster Museum! It’s also possible to purchase combination tickets that will get you into Creepyworld Scream Park and Lemp Brewery as well!

  • Chicago

Come out to the Fabulous Fox Theatre at 8 p.m. to see Chicago, featuring Seinfeld’s John O’Hurley. PLAYBACK:stl’s Andrea Braun interviewed O’Hurley. Give their conversation a read here! Ticket prices will vary.



  • Soulard Art Fair

Come out to Soulard Market to experience “exceptional artists, magicians, street performers, a wine garden, delicious food and some of the best musicians in St. Louis!” The fair runs from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. and is FREE!

  • The Jumpin’ Jupiter Road Show Presents: A Sultry Night

If you’re looking for a sexy Saturday night, I highly suggest checking out this show at the Lola Lounge. It’s a production that describes itself as combining “old-word styles with dance, specialty acts, singing, burlesque and outrageous comedy.” Further, it’s entertainment that is “racy, sexy and over-the-top.” It promises to be a night of fun accompanied by New Orleans cuisine and, of course, drinks, drinks and more drinks! If I don’t make it, have a cocktail for me, please? | Megan Washausen

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