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Best Bets: John Grisham, Curtis Sittenfeld, drive-in music and movies

Best Bets: John Grisham, Curtis Sittenfeld, drive-in music and movies

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Drive-In St. Louis

When Friday through June 6; 7 p.m. nightly on select dates • Where 5555 St. Louis Mills Boulevard, Hazelwood • How much General admission parking passes are $40 nightly in advance and $50 at the gate (six-passenger limit); reserved spaces in front rows are $60 in advance and $70 at the gate • More info

In time for the holiday weekend, Drive-In St. Louis is bringing back concerts and movies in one fell swoop in the parking lot of the shuttered St. Louis Outlet Mall (formerly known as St. Louis Mills). The lineup: PettyCash Junction, “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” (Friday); Joe Dirt and the Dirty Boys, Klose Kuarters, “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” (Saturday); Dance Floor Riot, “Purple Rain” (Sunday); Jobz 300, “Onward” (Tuesday); Scamps, “Pitch Perfect” (Wednesday); Mint Queso, “Space Jam” (Thursday); SuperJam, “Dazed and Confused” (May 30); Trixie Delight, “Dirty Dancing” (June 5); Jeremiah Johnson with Chrome and Steele featuring Steve Scorfina of REO Speedwagon and Pavlov’s Dog (June 6; no movie). Concerts begin at 7 p.m. and the movies at 8:45 p.m.; the venue opens at 5:30 p.m. The bands will perform on a stage and will be streamed to five LED Jumbotrons. Audio from the music and movies will be broadcast via FM radio. The 9-acre parking lot can accommodate up to 450 socially distant cars. By Kevin C. Johnson

Riccardo Muti and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra: Verdi’s Requiem

When 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 1:30 p.m. Sunday • Where much Free • More info

Chicago Symphony Orchestra music director Riccardo Muti is one of the world’s leading proponents of the oeuvre of Giuseppe Verdi. He and the CSO won two Grammy Awards for their 2010 recording of the Verdi Requiem; this weekend, the symphony will stream a 2013 performance of one of Verdi’s masterpieces. Along with the Chicago Symphony Chorus, directed by Duain Wolfe, the performance features soloists Tatiana Serjan, soprano; Daniela Barcellona, mezzo-soprano; Mario Zeffiri, tenor; and Ildar Abdrazakov, bass. By Sarah Bryan Miller


‘Divas of the Grove: Virtual Edition’

When 9 p.m. Saturday • Where much Free

Rehab Bar & Grill has announced plans to reopen its popular patio on Tuesday. In the meantime, check out its “Divas of the Grove: Virtual Edition,” featuring a rotating cast of female impersonators. Saturday’s Facebook Live show includes Chasity Valentino, Calexus Carrington-Steele, Akasha Royale, Tassandra Crush and Jacquelyn Knight. On-screen tipping information will be presented during each queen’s performance. By Gabe Hartwig


St. Louis High School Musical Theatre Awards

When 4 p.m. Sunday • Where much Free 

Outstanding theatrical work by area high school students during the 2019-20 season will be honored Sunday with a virtual awards ceremony. The fourth annual St. Louis High School Musical Theatre Awards ceremony will be hosted by Mike Isaacson, the Muny's artistic director and executive producer, and Mandy Murphey of Fox 2 News. Nominees, chosen in a yearlong adjudication process, were announced in April. The awards program is produced by the Fox Theatre, the Muny and the Fox Performing Arts Charitable Foundation. By Gabe Hartwig 


John Grisham: ‘Camino Winds’

When Noon Wednesday • Where info

John Grisham’s latest mystery is already a bestseller and likely will remain a popular summer read. He’ll chat about “Camino Winds,” which features a bookseller who rides out a hurricane in Florida only to find a dead thriller writer who seems to be a murder, not storm, victim. Hopefully, as part of Cardinals Nation, he’ll be asked if he’s looking forward to watching his favorite baseball team. By Jane Henderson

Curtis Sittenfeld: ‘Rodham’

When 7 p.m. Wednesday • Where much Free • More info

Novelist Curtis Sittenfeld makes Hillary Rodham the focus of a new novel of alternative history, imagining what her life might have been like if she hadn’t married Bill Clinton. Would she be president? (Would he?) Sittenfeld, who moved from St. Louis to Minneapolis in 2018, talks online with Post-Dispatch columnist Aisha Sultan. By Jane Henderson

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