As September Ends | St. Louis Events 09.22-28.13

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Happy last full week of September! I know for myself, and several others I’ve spoken with, this past week was an oddly unfortunate one, so I especially hope the same cannot be said for you and you were able to partake in something fun wherever you could squeeze it in!

Some people check horoscopes at the beginning of the week, but I check monthly/weekly/daily observances. They’re great fun and justification for getting out and potentially partaking in something new!

This week celebrates the following:

Banned Books Week: 22-28

Deaf Awareness Week: 22-29

National Dog Week: 22-28

National Keep Kids Creative Week: 22-28

Remember to Register to Vote Week: 22-28

Sea Otter Awareness Week: 22-28

Tolkien Week: 22-28

It is so easy to recognize and embrace these events: read a banned book, learn a bit of sign language, visit or volunteer at your local animal shelter, have a Lord of the Rings marathon!

And in the midst of all that, don’t forget to check out the daily events of the week!

Sunday

Project: ComicCon St. Louis

I’ve never gotten the chance to go to one of these, but I’m fairly confident I’ll dress up as Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz when I do! I adore her character, and the costume requires a dress; could it be more perfect? PLUS, there is a series of Oz comics, with gorgeous illustrations.

In its fourth year, the convention is at Sheraton Westport Lakeside Chalet from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. It features notable comic book creators, a costume contest, and —of course— merchandise! Admission ranges $12.00-$20.00.

Charity Car Show for Shriners Hospital

Take advantage of this opportunity to give back at Moolah Shrine Center. It costs $10 to show a car and $15 to judge, with all proceeds raised going to the hospital. And it’s a car show, so you can expect food and raffles! Can you smell the BBQ?

Our Town

I saw Our Town when Mehlville High School’s drama department performed it a couple years ago. The Heagney Theatre at Nerinx in Old Orchard is putting it on this time around, and it is an absolute must-see, if only because there are aspects of it that will give you chills and bring tears to your eyes. It chronicles life in three acts with few props and actions that are majorly mimed by the actors. Read the show’s review by PLAYBACK:stl’s Andrea Braun to get a better idea of what you’ll see. Price ranges $25.00-$30.00.

Faust Heritage Festival

Located in Chesterfield, Mo., Faust Park is a treasure. It is home to a historic village, and — my favorite — the St. Louis Carousel. Installed in 1929, the carousel was the only survivor of the fire that burned down the Forest Park Highlands. To ensure that the carousel would not be taken apart, it was purchased and donated in 1965 to St. Louis County Parks. I’ve ridden it once, and I stand by my belief that there’s something magical about it no matter how old you are. You can ride the carousel during the festival, which will also feature hayrides and crafts such as pottery firing and blacksmithing. Kids 4-12 are $2, adults $5.

Monday

We’re the Millers

Make Monday a movie night! We’re the Millers has held its own in theatres and for good reason! With a comedic team of Jason Sudeikis, Jennifer Aniston, Will Poulter, and Emma Roberts, among others, this movie will give you little room to take a breath; it’s that funny! Sudeikis plays a drug dealer who hires Aniston, Poulter, and Roberts to play his fake family in hopes this will ease crossing the border with a large shipment of pot. Read the review by PLAYBACK:stl’s Pete Timmermann for more detail!

Nutcracker Open Auditions

The Caston Chamber Ballet Company needs dancers for its annual December performance. Auditions run through Nov. 1 and are free. On this particular day, auditions run from 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Meet the Cast of Days of Our Lives

The soap opera of over 47 years is releasing a book, Days of our Lives Better Living: Cast Secrets for a Healthier Balanced Life, and the cast will be at the signing at Barnes and Noble in Des Peres, Mo. at 7:00 p.m. I grew up on this show and despite its bizarre, verging on ridiculous, storyline, it’s entertaining in a shaking-your-head kind of way and an afternoon staple in the world of soaps. Never seen it? Just ask about any one of the characters how many times they’ve died and shown back up months later. Yeah, that’s normal.

Tuesday

Vampire Weekend

Vampire Weekend plays with Sky Ferreira at 8:00 p.m. at The Pageant. General admission at the doors is $37.50.

Washington Nationals vs. St. Louis Cardinals

The game starts at 7:15 p.m. at Busch Stadium. Ticket prices vary, but at their cheapest are only $7. To view seating and pricing options, visit http://purchase.tickets.com/buy/MLBEventInfo?agency=MLB&;pid=7380705&tfl=St._Louis_Cardinals-Tickets-Single_Game_Tickets-Lowest_Price-xo

A+ Open Mic Night

The Shanti in Historic Soulard was apparently voted best open mic in St. Louis! Take to the stage from 9:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m. free of charge!

Wednesday

Clockwork

Clockwork performs at The Demo at 8:15, tickets are $10. If you’ve never heard their work, I would describe them as highly techno, and you may be most familiar with their song “Surge”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wsafTBwZn1Q. I can’t imagine the show being anything but high energy, which a Wednesday could use a lot of!

Object de Jour — 365 Days/365 Objects

William Kyle Davis drew a still life every day for a year. His series is on display at The St. Louis Artists’ Guild, and is described as “an exploration of the objects that populate the modern world.” His only tools – cloth paper and ink.

Thursday

St. Louis Rams vs. San Francisco 49ers

These teams will be at the Edward Jones Dome rearing to face off at 7:25 p.m.

Michael Franti and Spearhead

Franti and Spearhead, with opening act Moon Taxi, perform at The Pageant at 8:00 p.m. General admission tickets run $25, and minors, don’t forget about that $2 surcharge.

Disney on Ice: 100 Years of Magic

The magic begins at Chaifetz Arena at 7:00 p.m. Tickets range from about $17 – $46. “I only hope that we don’t lose sight of one thing – that it was all started by a mouse.” – Walt Disney

Friday

Budweiser Taste of St. Louis

In 2012, this award-winning event had a turnout of more than 400,000 patrons, and you can imagine why when you see a list of all the event has to offer! We’re talking: Sauce Magazine’s Restaurant Row, the Culinary Stage, Stella Artois Chef Battle Royale, Beers of the World, live music, Russo’s VIP Lounge, The Artwalk, The Marketplace, and a 314 Hot Sauce Showcase Stage. Admission is free! Check out the event’s website for more information on the events and for an idea of what the events may cost you once inside! http://www.tastestl.com/. The event takes place at Soldier’s Memorial.

Event times: Friday 4:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m., Saturday 11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m., Sunday 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Chicago Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals

Typically I would refrain from listing yet another sporting event, but readers allow me this one because IT’S THE CUBS! A good ole’ fashion rivalry at its best! Game starts at 7:15 p.m. For ticket availability and prices check out http://purchase.tickets.com/buy/MLBEventInfo?agency=MLB&;pid=7380705&tfl=St._Louis_Cardinals-Tickets-Single_Game_Tickets-Lowest_Price-xo

Friday Night Lights Street Party

From 8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. at West Port plaza there is a celebration that will include drink specials from West Port eateries, a live DJ, photo booth, and entertainment from Nicholas Gates of So You Think You Can Dance. Admission to this outdoor, light-filled event is free!

Saturday

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

Looking for another opportunity to see Michael Cera, of Juno and Arrested Development fight a cornucopia of “evil exes” on the big screen? The Tivoli is having a midnight showing! Check out their website for prices!

Cameryn Moore: Phone Whore

I’ve seen this production advertised at Webster University, and it is as racy in description as it is in title: “The play invites audiences in for an unflinching look at taboo, fantasy, and the place of ‘deviant’ desires in society today. Playwright Cameryn Moore draws extensively on her work experiences at a no-taboo service to flesh out both the absurdities and difficult truths that pervade the world of phone sex.” The show will be performed at 2720 Cherokee Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $15 at the door, $12 in advance.

Strut Your Mutt

Bring your dogs out for a morning walk meets mass-canine play date in Tilles Park! The walk raises money for sheltered and homeless pets. Admission is $30, $35 on the day of the event, and as a dog owner and lover, I can tell you that is money well spent!

Bassnectar

Bassnectar plays with KOAN Sound and Andreilien at 7:30 p.m. General admission is $32.50 at the door.

Have a great week! | Megan Washausen

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