Best Bets: Bakari Sellers with Pete Buttigieg, Women's Creative market, Nelly vs. Ludacris, 'Moscow!'

Best Bets: Bakari Sellers with Pete Buttigieg, Women's Creative market, Nelly vs. Ludacris, 'Moscow!'

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Nelly at Liberty Bank Alton Amphitheater

Nelly performs in 2019 at the Liberty Bank Alton Amphitheater.


Procure at Home

When 7-9 p.m. Friday • Where much Free • More info

Owners of 10 local small businesses will share their stories at this second livestreamed vendor market by the Women’s Creative and 314Together. Each shop — including Collections by Joya, Lusso, May’s Place and Whisk Bake Shop — will present during 10-minute segments. During the event, organizers will announce a new campaign, and 15 local restaurants and shops will outline their plans for reopening. By Valerie Schremp Hahn

The Metropolitan Opera: Donizetti’s ‘Lucia di Lammermoor’

When 6:30 p.m. Friday to 5:30 p.m. Saturday • Where metopera.orgHow much Free • More info

The Met keeps rolling out the hits; keeping an eye on the company’s free streaming offerings is a good way to gain a working knowledge of opera. This weekend, you can see and hear the soprano that many believe was the greatest interpreter ever of the title role in Donizetti’s “Lucia di Lammermoor,” Dame Joan Sutherland. Her Edgardo is the superb Spanish tenor Alfredo Kraus, an elegant singer of outstanding musicianship and great refinement. Their co-stars are baritone Pablo Elvira and bass Paul Plishka; Sir Richard Bonynge conducts this 1982 telecast. By Sarah Bryan Miller


Nelly vs. Ludacris Instagram Battle

When 6 p.m. Saturday • Where;; much Free

“Country Grammar” will take on “Southern Hospitality” when Nelly and Ludacris battle Saturday night on Instagram. The Verzuz TV matchups have featured rappers, producers and artists competing on the strength of their discographies. Last week’s pairing, Jill Scott and Erykah Badu, drew more than 700,000 viewers, including Michelle Obama, and was more of a lovefest between the women. By Kevin C. Johnson

‘Classic St. Louis: The Architectural Photography of Richard Sprengeler’

When 10-11 a.m. Saturday • Where Zoom • How much $5-$10 • More info; 314-535-1999

Richard Sprengeler’s vibrant images of downtown and the Gateway Arch have been distributed by the National Park Service and are seen all over town. As part of the International Photography Hall of Fame’s Virtual Lecture Series, he will provide tips and techniques to help you capture your own dramatic images. Learn about lenses, perspective control, composition, lighting, twilight and moonrise, interiors and more. RSVP to receive Zoom access. By Gabe Hartwig


Make Tracks Through the Zoo

When Sunday through Aug. 1; registration deadline is Friday • Where Anywhere, as long as you can safely practice social distancing • How much $25 • More info

The 35th annual Make Tracks Through the Zoo run/walk in Forest Park is canceled this year because of the coronavirus, but you can still run on your own — on a treadmill, in your neighborhood, through a park — to support the St. Louis Zoo. And you’ll still get credit, a commemorative T-shirt and a medal. Share your running photos, results and messages to other racers on social media. Suggested hashtags: #IRanForTheStlZoo, #MakeTracks ThroughTheZoo, #StlZoo, #BringTheStlZooToYou and #OurWorldMadeBetter. By Valerie Schremp Hahn


Vivian Gibson: ‘The Last Children of Mill Creek’

When 7 p.m. Tuesday • Where • How much Free • More info

Vivian Gibson talks about her memoir of growing up in the segregated Mill Creek Valley in St. Louis. The neighborhood was razed in 1959 to build a highway and seek development to replace what some considered eyesore housing. But Gibson says that although her home, like many others, had no hot water or furnace, she had a loving family and a tight-knit community. Some 20,000 residents were displaced when the housing was destroyed. By Jane Henderson


Election 2020 Pete Buttigieg

Former Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg

Bakari Sellers with Pete Buttigieg

When 6 p.m. Thursday • Where Zoom • How much Free with purchase of “My Vanishing Country” from Left Bank • More info

Bakari Sellers, a CNN analyst and former U.S. representative from South Carolina, talks about his memoir of growing up among black, rural working-class residents and their current struggles. He will be in conversation with former Democratic candidate for president Pete Buttigieg. A copy of the book from Left Bank Books may be purchased by phone. Zoom access information will be provided by email on Thursday. By Jane Henderson


When 8-9 p.m. Thursdays-Fridays, 1-2 p.m. Saturdays; Thursday through May 30 • Where Zoom • How much Free, but donations are accepted • More info

“Moscow!,” a livestreamed production by ERA, reimagines and intensifies Anton Chekhov’s “Three Sisters” by adding music, dancing and lots of vodka. Admission is free, but because each Zoom performance has a limited viewer capacity, patrons must “purchase” tickets in advance at the online box office. By Gabe Hartwig

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