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Best Bets: Tommy Davidson, Mvstermind, City Museum Rooftop Weekends, Campbell House Yard Sale

Best Bets: Tommy Davidson, Mvstermind, City Museum Rooftop Weekends, Campbell House Yard Sale

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Mvstermind performs at Delmar Hall in St. Louis on Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018. Photo by Jon Gitchoff

FRIDAY

Tommy Davidson

When 7:30 and 10 p.m. Sept. 25; 4:30, 7:30 and 10 p.m. Sept. 26 • Where Helium Comedy Club, St. Louis Galleria, 1151 St. Louis Galleria Street, Richmond Heights • How much $50-$132 for tables of two, three and four • More info heliumcomedy.com

You know you’re in for a good time when comedian Tommy Davidson hits the stage. The “In Living Color” veteran has remained a favorite, and his live shows are endlessly goofy. Hosting his run at Helium Comedy Club this weekend is Precious J, the latest winner of the venue’s Funniest Person contest. She will leave you in stitches. By Kevin C. Johnson

Mvstermind

When 8 p.m. Sept. 25 • Where Old Rock House, 1200 South Seventh Street • How much $25-$35 • More info 314-534-1111; metrotix.com

St. Louis hip-hop artist Mvstermind is delivering a lot of music to fans on three separate EPs: “BE,” “GREAT” and “FOOL.” He says the new music has a cinematic vibe and tells his story as he navigates adulthood, fatherhood, marriage, mental health, dreams and more. “I’m very transparent on this album,” he says. “I like to say when I found myself at rock bottom, I hit the studio as much as possible. The projects are about stepping into one’s power, stepping into one’s process, and being grateful and taking the brand from local to global.” By Kevin C. Johnson

Kingsbury Ensemble & Friends: ‘A Little Lawn Music — Melodious Modern Sounds’

When 6:30 p.m. Sept. 25 • Where 3414 Hawthorne Boulevard • How much Free

This Friday brings the last of a free outdoor music series that has brightened the lives of many St. Louisans, both performers and audiences: the Kingsbury Ensemble & Friends’ “A Little Lawn Music.” Made possible in large part by money budgeted for the early-music group’s concerts that were canceled, they both provided musicians with a little income and audiences with live music. Director Maryse Carlin invited performers in a variety of (almost entirely) classical styles to take part. This week, the theme is “Melodious Modern Sounds.” The musicians are Leann Shuering, soprano; Jennifer Gartley, flute; Amy Greenhalgh, viola; and Megan Stout, harp. They’ll perform John Corigliano’s “Three Irish Folk Song Settings” for voice and flute; Claude Debussy’s Sonata for Flute, Viola, and Harp; Gustav Holst’s “Four Songs for Voice and Violin”; and selections from “Along the Field,” by Ralph Vaughan Williams, with texts by A.E. Housman. By Sarah Bryan Miller

SATURDAY

The Metropolitan Opera: ‘Turandot’

When 6:30 p.m. Sept. 26 through 5:30 p.m. Sept. 27 • Where metopera.orgHow much Free

The Met’s nightly free opera stream this weekend is special: a 2019 performance of Giacomo Puccini’s final opera, “Turandot,” in the legendarily over-the-top production by the legendarily over-the-top director-designer Franco Zeffirelli. Stars the amazing soprano Christine Goerke (a onetime Gerdine Young Artist) in the title role, with Eleonora Buratto, Yusif Eyvazov, and James Morris, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin. By Sarah Bryan Miller

Pinball Hall at City Museum

Pinball Hall at City Museum

Pinball Hall, Rooftop Weekends

When Pinball Hall open; Rooftop Weekends are Sept. 26-Nov. 1; hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. • Where City Museum, 750 North 16th Street • How much $22-$28 • More info citymuseum.org

It’s fall, y’all, and the mischief makers at City Museum don’t want you to fall off the roof, which they’ve opened for a series of weekend events (dubbed “Just Don’t Fall Off”). The downtown rooftop offers the usual Ferris wheel, giant praying mantis, precariously balanced school bus, cafe and slides, as well as fun fall add-ons. Pinball Hall, on the museum’s third floor, is a group of 35 socially distanced, mostly midcentury modern machines from a local pinball wizard’s collection. Add this to your City Museum visit, or rent it for your group after-hours. By Valerie Schremp Hahn

Campbell House Museum and City Museum Yard Sale

When 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 26 • Where Campbell House Museum, 1508 Locust Street • How much Free • More info campbellhousemuseum.org; citymuseum.org

Downtown neighbors City Museum and the Campbell House Museum share a love of history, as well as an excess of gift shop inventory. See what goodies they have in store on the lawn of the Campbell House, which will become a marketplace for antique stained glass, rubber flip-flops, architectural treasures and holiday decor. After you shop, tour the Victorian opulence of Campbell House starting at 10 a.m., or walk a few blocks to City Museum and zoom down a slide or two. By Gabe Hartwig

Folklife Festival at Thornhill

When 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 26-27 • Where Faust Park, 15185 Olive Boulevard, Chesterfield • How much Free • More info facebook.com/faustpark

Enjoy harvest time at the home of Missouri’s second governor, Frederick Bates. This festival will focus on crafts and events leading up to Missouri’s statehood 200 years ago. There will be no hands-on activities this year, and masks are required inside buildings and when social distancing is not possible. By Valerie Schremp Hahn

Daniel Boone: A Bicentennial Celebration

When 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Sept. 26, noon-4:30 p.m. Sept. 27 • Where Historic Daniel Boone Home, 1868 Highway F, Defiance • How much Free to enter village; $5-$8 for tours of home • More info 636-798-2005; stccparks.org

Honor the 200th anniversary of the death of Missouri legend Daniel Boone at the place where he died, his son Nathan Boone’s home in Defiance. The celebration features demonstrations of woodworking, fiber making and more, as well as stories and presentations by interpreters and Boone scholars. Boone died on the morning of Sept. 26, 1820, five weeks short of his 86th birthday. By Valerie Schremp Hahn

National Public Lands Day at Gateway Arch National Park

When Sept. 26 • Where Gateway Arch National Park • How much Free • More info nps.gov/jeff

National Public Lands Day is the nation’s largest single-day volunteer effort, meant to connect people with green space in their community. The Gateway Arch encourages people to host cleanups in their own communities. The park will host yoga under the Arch from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., sell discounted tickets for its Tram Ride to the Top and turn off the Arch lights through Sept. 30 to aid in bird migration. By Valerie Schremp Hahn

MONDAY

The Rev. Al Sharpton with Martin Luther King III

When 7 p.m. Sept. 28 • Where facebook.com/leftbankbooks.stlHow much $27.99 • More info left-bank.com

The Rev. Al Sharpton, longtime civil rights activist and TV host, discusses his new book, “Rise Up: Confronting the Country at the Crossroads,” which officially publishes on Tuesday. In it, Sharpton recounts some of his decades of experience with leaders from Shirley Chisholm to former President Barack Obama. A purchase of the book from Left Bank is required to see his discussion with Martin Luther King III. By Jane Henderson

WEDNESDAY

Ellen Byron with Elaine Viets, Lori Rader-Day

When 7 p.m. Sept. 30 • Where facebook.com/leftbankbooks.stlHow much Free • More info left-bank.com

Three popular mystery writers discuss their books via Facebook Live. Ellen Byron (“Murder in the Boneyard Bayou”) is joined by St. Louis native Elaine Viets (“Star Is Dead”) and Lori Rader-Day (“The Lucky One”) to discuss their deadly plots featuring a Cajun B&B, an aging diva and a kidnapping survivor. By Jane Henderson

THURSDAY

‘Bearing Witness’

When 6 p.m. Oct. 1 • Where Registration required for Zoom access • How much $5 for members, $10 for nonmembers • More info iphf.org

Learn about four masters in 20th-century documentary photography through a Zoom lecture by John Kerans. He’ll discuss the techniques and storytelling works of Gordon Parks, Walker Evans, Dorothea Lange and David Douglas Duncan. Kerans, a photojournalist, also teaches for the Digital Photography Certificate Program offered at St. Louis Community College. The hourlong lecture is offered by the International Photography Hall of Fame. By Jane Henderson

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