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Great Rivers Festival At Great Rivers Museum In Alton

Great Rivers Festival, Alton, IllinoisMusic, live animals and bird-house building will all be part of the fun at the Great Rivers Festival at the National Great Rivers Museum in Alton, Illinois this weekend.

The event takes place from noon to 9 p.m. at the Museum, 2 Lock and Dam Way in Alton.

On the MainStage:

  • Blues Handle Band, 2 p.m.
  • Hobo Jungle, 4:15 p.m.
  • Clockwork, 6:30 p.m.

The Festival will also include live animal shows:

  • World Bird Sanctuary LIVE Bird Show, noon
  • Serengeti Steve: The Reptile Experience, 1 p.m.

Family entertainment includes: 

  • Catch and release fishing pond
  • Archery
  • Eating aliens: Asian carp cooking demo
  • Sandbox creation ctation
  • Chalk art
  • Birdhouse building

 

FREE: Shakespeare Festival St. Louis In Forest Park

Antony & Cleopatra at Shakespeare Festival St. LouisThe 15th annual Shakespeare Festival St. Louis continues in Forest Park with the Bard’s Antony and Cleopatra. The FREE event runs nightly except Tuesdays through  June 14. The play and the green show is interpreted into American Sign Language on Thursday nights

Performances are 8 p.m. with pre-show activities at 6:30 p.m.  Concessions are available nightly, and communal dining with a four-course menu by Bixby’s, will be offered on select evenings.

Shirine Babb stars as Cleopatra with Jay Stratton as Mark Antony. Other cast members include Kari Ely, Gary Glasgow, Raina Karianne Houston, Ryan Alexander Jacobs, Alan Knoll, Bernell Lassai III, Matt Lytle, Conan McCarty, Jesse Emanuel Muñoz, Charles Pasternak, Reginald Pierre, Michael James Reed, Robert Riordan and Moses Villarama.

Here’s the synopsis of Antony and Cleopatra from the Shakespeare Festival St. Louis website:

Following the assassination of Julius Caesar and his defeat of Brutus and Cassius, Mark Antony becomes one of the three rulers of the Roman Empire, together with Octavius Caesar and Lepidus. In the course of overseeing the eastern half of the empire, he falls in love with Cleopatra, the Queen of Egypt, and settles in Alexandria.

He is compelled by his fellow triumvirs to return to Rome when the empire is threatened by the rebellion of Sextus Pompey, who attempts to revenge the defeat of his father by Julius Caesar.With his wife Fulvia recently deceased, Antony marries Octavius’ sister, Octavia, in an attempt to heal the rift between the two emperors. They make peace with Pompey. When Cleopatra hears about Antony’s marriage, she flies into a jealous rage, but is confident that Antony does not love Octavia. Antony goes to Athens, but when war breaks out between Caesar and Pompey, Antony sends Octavia back to Rome and returns to Egypt.Octavius Caesar defeats Pompey and, incensed with Antony’s recent behavior, declares war on both Antony and Cleopatra. When the Romans arrive, Antony is offered a choice of how to fight and, despite being renowned as the world’s greatest soldier, chooses to fight at sea. The Egyptian navy is inadequate, and when Cleopatra’s navy turns and flees, Antony follows them and Caesar defeats him.Antony despairs, blaming Cleopatra for leading him astray, but quickly forgives her. The couple sends messages to Caesar: Antony requests to be allowed to live in Egypt, while Cleopatra asks that her kingdom be passed down to her rightful heirs. Octavius dismisses Antony’s request, but agrees to grant Cleopatra’s if she will betray her lover. She seems to consider the offer, until Antony interrupts and rails at her disloyalty. He forgives her moments later, and resolves to return to battle.When Antony meets Caesar again at sea, the Egyptian fleet repeats their treachery, leaving him to a tragic downfall. Antony vows to kill Cleopatra, so she goes to her tomb and sends a message to Antony that she is already dead. Antony is devastated and decides to kill himself. He botches the suicide, wounding himself severely. His followers take him to Cleopatra’s tomb, where he dies in her arms.Cleopatra’s life is in tatters. Without Antony and at the mercy of Caesar, she resolves to commit suicide. She has someone bring her some poisonous snakes and incites them to bite her. Caesar arrives just after her death and orders that the two lovers be buried together.

 

 

IndiHop Unites The Grove And Cherokee Street In One Party

IndiHop 2015 in St. LouisCheck out two of St. Louis’ hippest neighborhoods–the Grove and Cherokee Street while sipping some awesome suds at 25 businesses at IndiHop 2015 Saturday, May 30, 2015.

For $25 participants can pick up an IndiHop tasting glass in either neighborhood and same up to 50 different local brews.

Live musicians, artists and street performers will be entertaining visitors as they go. The event runs from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Six IndiHop shuttles, running from noon to 8 p.m., will transport participants from one neighborhood to another.

A Walk In 1875 St. Louis Exhibit Spins Off Talk, Play

St. Louis 1875The Missouri History Museum exhibit  A Walk in 1875 St. Louis will spin off several events.

Andrew Wanko, the exhibit’s curator, will speak about it at 1 p.m. Sunday, May 31, 2015, in the AT& T Foundation multipurpose room of the museum.

At least once a week starting on Tuesday, June 2, a play will explore the lives of touring actors, circuses and other performers at that time. All performances will start at 2 p.m. be in the MacDermott Grand Hall. Exceptions will be 11:30 a.m. starts on June 6 and 13.

The weekly performance dates are:

• June 2, 4 and 6.

• June 9, 11, and 13.

• June 16.

• June 23 and 25.

• June 30 and July 2.

• July 7 and 9.

• July 14 and 16.

• July 23.

• July 28 and 30.

The museum is located at Lindell Boulevard and DeBaliviere Avenue in Forest Park.

 

Geneology Expert To Speak At Missouri History Museum

John Colletta, a geneology expert, will explain ways people can search for their ancestors at a talk at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 30, 2015, in the AT&T Foundation Multipurpose room in the Missouri History Museum.

The museum says Colletta will discuss how to use original records and published materials to find out about past family members.

The museum is located at Lindell Boulevard and DeBaliviere Avenue in Forest Park.

Get A 25 Percent Discount At Boston Market On Memorial Day

Boston MarketTake a holiday from cooking this holiday weekend and save a little dough with a big discount from Boston Market.

On Memorial Day, May 25, 2015 only, you can get a 25 percent savings on a family meal at Boston Market. That’s a $12 savings if you order the ribs family meal for six with six classic sides.

You need this coupon for the deal. Here’s the fine print: Good at all participating Boston Market® restaurants. Present coupon when ordering. Not valid with any limited time or special offers, coupons or reduced price offers including the $7.99 Half Chicken Meal. Not applicable for gift cards home delivery, catering, grocery items, online orders or kids’ meals. Applicable taxes paid by bearer. Limitations apply. While supplies last. Not valid for online orders.

In St. Louis, there’s a Boston Market at 6690 Clayton Road in Richmond Heights.

 

 

 

Cheap: Gypsy Caravan In St. Charles On Memorial Day

Gypsy Caravan in St. Charles, MOThe 43rd annual Gypsy Caravan, that shopper’s paradise with more than 300 vendors, returns to the Family Arena in St. Charles on Memorial Day, May 25. Hours are 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Proceeds from Gypsy Caravan, one of the largest antique, craft and flea markets in the Midwest, support the St. Louis Symphony and Education Concerts for 40,000 students from 1,000 area schools each season.

FREE parking will be available at the arena and at three 0ff-site locations. Air-conditioned motor coaches will shuttle visitors to the arena.

In addition to the 300 outdoor vendors, there will be more than 170 indoor, air-conditioned booths. 

General admission tickets are $10; children under 13 are free. Discounted admission wristbands are available for purchase at Dierbergs Markets through May 25 and include express entry at all gates. The discounted prices are: early bird, $17.50; general, $8.50; Peek & Purchase, $27.50.

Early bird tickets for entry from 7-9 a.m. are $20, and there’s a “Peek & Purchase” option to shop from 5-7 p.m. on  Sunday, May 24, for $30. The tickets includes early bird admission on Monday.

Shuttles will operate from Maryville University, 650 Maryville University Drive; Lindenwood University’s J. Scheidegger Center for the Arts, 2300 West Clay Street and the St. Charles Convention Center, 1 Convention Center Plaza.

St. Charles is across the Missouri River, a short distance from St. Louis. 

 

FREE: Shakespeare Festival St. Louis Opens This Weekend In Forest Park

Antony & Cleopatra at Shakespeare Festival St. LouisThe 15th annual Shakespeare Festival St. Louis opens this weekend in Forest Park with the Bard’s Antony and Cleopatra. The FREE event runs nightly except Tuesdays through  June 14. The play and the green show is interpreted into American Sign Language on Thursday nights

Performances are 8 p.m. with pre-show activities at 6:30 p.m.  Concessions are available nightly, and communal dining with a four-course menu by Bixby’s, will be offered on select evenings.

Shirine Babb stars as Cleopatra with Jay Stratton as Mark Antony. Other cast members include Kari Ely, Gary Glasgow, Raina Karianne Houston, Ryan Alexander Jacobs, Alan Knoll, Bernell Lassai III, Matt Lytle, Conan McCarty, Jesse Emanuel Muñoz, Charles Pasternak, Reginald Pierre, Michael James Reed, Robert Riordan and Moses Villarama.

Here’s the synopsis of Antony and Cleopatra from the Shakespeare Festival St. Louis website:

Following the assassination of Julius Caesar and his defeat of Brutus and Cassius, Mark Antony becomes one of the three rulers of the Roman Empire, together with Octavius Caesar and Lepidus. In the course of overseeing the eastern half of the empire, he falls in love with Cleopatra, the Queen of Egypt, and settles in Alexandria.

He is compelled by his fellow triumvirs to return to Rome when the empire is threatened by the rebellion of Sextus Pompey, who attempts to revenge the defeat of his father by Julius Caesar.With his wife Fulvia recently deceased, Antony marries Octavius’ sister, Octavia, in an attempt to heal the rift between the two emperors. They make peace with Pompey. When Cleopatra hears about Antony’s marriage, she flies into a jealous rage, but is confident that Antony does not love Octavia. Antony goes to Athens, but when war breaks out between Caesar and Pompey, Antony sends Octavia back to Rome and returns to Egypt.Octavius Caesar defeats Pompey and, incensed with Antony’s recent behavior, declares war on both Antony and Cleopatra. When the Romans arrive, Antony is offered a choice of how to fight and, despite being renowned as the world’s greatest soldier, chooses to fight at sea. The Egyptian navy is inadequate, and when Cleopatra’s navy turns and flees, Antony follows them and Caesar defeats him.Antony despairs, blaming Cleopatra for leading him astray, but quickly forgives her. The couple sends messages to Caesar: Antony requests to be allowed to live in Egypt, while Cleopatra asks that her kingdom be passed down to her rightful heirs. Octavius dismisses Antony’s request, but agrees to grant Cleopatra’s if she will betray her lover. She seems to consider the offer, until Antony interrupts and rails at her disloyalty. He forgives her moments later, and resolves to return to battle.When Antony meets Caesar again at sea, the Egyptian fleet repeats their treachery, leaving him to a tragic downfall. Antony vows to kill Cleopatra, so she goes to her tomb and sends a message to Antony that she is already dead. Antony is devastated and decides to kill himself. He botches the suicide, wounding himself severely. His followers take him to Cleopatra’s tomb, where he dies in her arms.Cleopatra’s life is in tatters. Without Antony and at the mercy of Caesar, she resolves to commit suicide. She has someone bring her some poisonous snakes and incites them to bite her. Caesar arrives just after her death and orders that the two lovers be buried together.

 

 

Saint Louis Renaissance Faire In Wentzville

2015 Renaissance Faire It’s a long weekend of fun and games at the 2015 Saint Louis Renaissance Faire. The Faire takes place in the wooded, 16th century village called Petit Lyon (otherwise known as Rotary Park, 2577 W. Meyer Road in Wentzville!

Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekends through June 14 plus Monday, Memorial Day (May 25). The event goes on rain or shine.

This weekend’s theme is “Highland Fling” and features:

• Highland Games Championship
•  Keg Toss
•  Kilt Competition
• Costume Contest
•  Artisan Apprecation Weekend
• Ladies Shopping Weekend

 

This weekend only you can save $5 on admission by donating four nonperishable food items at the Faire Box Office. This discount cannot be combined with any other offer.

This weekend faire-goers can turn in receipts totaling $150 and receive one free admission ticket to return on one of the remaining weekends.

This is also Military & Public Service Discount Weekend. Those who show a military, police officer, fire or EMS ID at the box office will get a buy one, get one free admission. This discount cannot be combined with any other offer.

The Faire transports you back to the Renaissance with interactive activities, jousting knights on thundering steeds, food and nine stages of entertainment including comedy, music and magic. Artisans demonstrate period skills like blacksmithing and woodworking and colorful villagers, nobles, peasants and characters greet you. Village shoppes feature unique crafts. Activities for children include a petting zoo, games and special daily free activities.

Upcoming weekend themes:

  • Wine, Chocolate & Romance, May 30-31
  • Shamrocks & Shenanigans, June 6-7
  • Passport to Adventure, June 13-14

Throughout May faire-goers can make a unique fairy house and share it during the Faire. The promotion is open to children and adults alike. It’s FREE to participate and each fairy house submitted will receive FREE admission tickets! Judges will award prizes to the top three fairy houses and gardens. Fairy houses may be dropped off any day the Faire is open. Registration is required.

2015 Renaissance Faire Tickets to the Faire are $15.95 for adults at the door and $12.95 in advance. Children ages 5-12 get in for $8.95 at the door or $7.50 in advance. Senior/student admission is $12.95. Kids for and under are free. You can also get a season pass that lets you in daily for $49.95 for adults and $29.95 for children.

Various ticket packages are available through the website.

 

 

FREE: St. Louis African Arts Festival In Forest Park

African Arts Festival in Forest Park in St. LouisThe 24th Annual St. Louis African Arts Festival returns to the World’s Fair Pavilion in St. Louis’ Forest Park Saturday, May 23-Monday, May 25. Admission to the festival is FREE.

Here are just some of things you’ll see there:

  • An African marketplace
  • African arts and crafts
  • Expanded health village
  • Safari teen village
  • Jewelry
  • Clothing
  • African films
  • Authentic African foods
  • Children’s activities
  • Cultural demonstrations

Hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. on Sunday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday.

Among the performers at the African Arts Festival:

  • Aziz Ahmed, Drum Call
  • African American Ensemble, West African dance
  • Bobby Norfolk, Storytelling, Poetry, Music
  • Harambee, West African Folklore, Music & Dance
  • Morikeba Kouyate, Kora & Song
  • East St. Louis Community Performance Ensemble, West African dance
  • Zion
  • Jimmy Merity, Drum Call
  • McGeebey Sisters
  • Chosen Ones
  • Coleman Hughes Project featuring Adrianne
  • Rodney Lindor, Drum Call
  • Ayati Rara, Rara Processional
  • Tribe Azuka
  • Drum & Dance of the Congo
  • Afriky Lolo
  • Non-Stop Reggae
  • Daniel Jeans, Chicago Youth Choir
  • Dion Jefferson, Christian comedian from Louisiana
  • Anaya Cosey, Next Singing Generation
  • Lil’ Southside, 12-year-old rapper from Indiana
  • Janet Forney, Poetic Lyricist from Texas

There will also be a Maya Angelou tribute and dedication co-presented with the Saint Louis Art Museum featuring Linda Kennedy, Tribal By Nature,  Spirit Of Angela and Banyan Dance Theatre.

 

 

You can see the entire schedule here.