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Best Bets: World Naked Bike Ride, Let Them Eat Art, 'Mortified,' Waka Flocka, Steve Martin and Martin Short

Best Bets: World Naked Bike Ride, Let Them Eat Art, 'Mortified,' Waka Flocka, Steve Martin and Martin Short

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Late Night Date Night

When 5-10 p.m. Friday • Where Missouri History Museum, 5700 Lindell Boulevard, Forest Park • How much Free • More info

Get your last kicks on Route 66 with a sundown screening of the Missouri History Museum’s documentary film during a special late-night date night. The film, “Show Me 66: Main Street Through Missouri,” will be shown in the Grand Hall at about 8:30 p.m., with free popcorn and a cash bar. All museum exhibits except the History Clubhouse will remain open until 8 p.m. “Route 66: Main Street Through St. Louis,” the museum’s second-most visited exhibit in 150 years, closes Sunday. By Valerie Schremp Hahn

Let Them Eat Art

When 6-11 p.m. Friday • Where Downtown Maplewood; main music stage at Manchester Road and Sutton Avenue • How much Free • More info

Celebrate Maplewood and art in the city’s whimsical tribute to Bastille Day. The party includes live music, artists from around the region, live art demonstrations, and food and drink from Maplewood establishments. This year’s artists are coming with specially designed umbrellas, which will be for sale during the event. And Saratoga Lanes’ Centennial Parade, Part 2, starts at 6:30 p.m. By Valerie Schremp Hahn

‘An Awkward Evening With ‘Mortified’ Creator David Nadelberg’

When 7 p.m. Friday • Where Contemporary Art Museum, 3750 Washington Boulevard • How much $20; $50 VIP includes reserved seating, meet-and-greet and beverages

Since David Nadelberg dreamed up “Mortified” about 15 years ago, who knows how many people have shared their teenage embarrassments on its many platforms? There are live shows, a movie, books, podcasts — and now, in St. Louis, Nadelberg himself, weaving it all together. And you can bet there will be some live readings of old, and extremely mortifying, diary entries. By Judith Newmark


Bump & Hustle 5-Year Anniversary Party

When 9 p.m. Saturday • Where Blank Space, 2847 Cherokee Street • How much $5 • More info 314-300-8831

Still bumpin’ and hustling after five years is the Bump & Hustle party, giving the underground late-night crowd partial to left-of-center grooves something to move to. The special guest is Chicago-based DJ collective Sonorama. DJ MAKossa will also perform. The night’s music will be all vinyl with a mix of funk, soul, boogie, disco, reggae, hip-hop, Latin, psychedelic and more. The Bump & Hustle party takes place every third Saturday at Blank Space. By Kevin C. Johnson

World Naked Bike Ride

When Gather at 5 p.m. Saturday; ride begins at 7 p.m. • Where Begins on Manchester Avenue between Kentucky and Talmage avenues in the Grove • How much Free; $20 donation to Trailnet gets you a water bottle • More info

If there’s anything the World Naked Bike Ride participants exude every year, it’s confidence. Lots and lots of confidence. Display that confidence and other things as a rider, or just watch it in action as an observer, at this 10th annual event, where only helmets are encouraged. And yes, clothing and costumes are allowed as well. New this year: The ride travels clockwise, first heading east toward downtown. The event protests oil dependency, raises cyclist awareness and advocates positive body image. By Valerie Schremp Hahn


St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase

When Various times Sunday through Thursday • Where Tivoli Theatre, 6350 Delmar Boulevard • How much $10-$13 • More info

Local filmmakers, along with films that have ties to the St. Louis area, are the focus of this annual event presented by Cinema St. Louis. The programming ranges from narrative features to documentaries, with compilations of short films also figuring in the mix. A closing-night awards party, free and open to those 21 and older, will be held at 8 p.m. Thursday at Blueberry Hill’s Duck Room. By Calvin Wilson

Sam Lewis, Leah Osborne

When 8 p.m. Sunday • Where Old Rock House, 1200 South Seventh Street • How much $10 • More info

Don’t call Sam Lewis, coming Sunday to Old Rock House, a singer-songwriter. “I hate that term,” he told Go! Magazine. “It’s sort of like car-driver or food-eater.” He’s also not fond of being placed in a genre box, though he’ll settle for country-soul. “I’ve played so many shows, and I’ve heard ‘it’s country, it’s soul, it’s blues.’ A lot of my music is rooted in country and blues but also soul. I love a lot of classic R&B, but it’s really the song, lyrically. That’s what does it for me.” His latest album is “Waiting on You.” By Kevin C. Johnson


Waka Flocka

When 8 p.m. Thursday • Where The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Boulevard • How much $28-$38 • More info

Once a music artist falls into the world of reality TV, it can be tough remembering him or her as a viable musician. Returning to the stage to remind us is rapper Waka Flocka, with a concert Thursday night at the Pageant. His latest single is “Big Dawg.” His long-awaited upcoming album is “Flockaveli 2.” Waka Flocka is seen on “Love and Hip Hop: Atlanta.” By Kevin C. Johnson

45th AFI Life Achievement Award - Show

Steve Martin, left, and Martin Short address the audience during the 45th AFI Life Achievement Award Tribute to Diane Keaton at the Dolby Theatre on Thursday, June 8, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Steve Martin and Martin Short’s ‘An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life’

When 7:30 p.m. Thursday • Where Fox Theatre, 527 North Grand Boulevard • How much $58-$253 • More info

Funny guys Steve Martin and Martin Short are promising their new tour is “An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life.” The intriguingly titled show includes stand-up, film clips, musical numbers and conversations about their lives in show business. Martin and Short will also be joined by the Grammy-winning Steep Canyon Rangers, the bluegrass band with which Martin frequently performs. By Kevin C. Johnson

‘Title and Deed’

When 7:30 p.m. Thursday • Where Strauss Park in Grand Center • How much Free • More info

Joe Hanrahan, of the Midnight Company, reprises his recent performance in Will Eno’s elegiac one-man play about a nameless traveler, recalling his home as he reaches out for connections among strangers. The production is part of Strauss Park Alive Festival, which includes art, yoga, dance, music and more over several weeks. Strauss Park is across the street from the Fox Theatre. By Judith Newmark

Fast forward

Jason Aldean, July 21 at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre: As part of the SIU-Edwardsville Concert Series, the country star comes to town with Chris Young, Kane Brown and Dee Jay Silver

Blues at the Arch, starts Aug. 4 at the Gateway Arch: The four-week concert series kicks off with Big George Brock and Lil’ Ray Neal

The ’Burbs Festival, Aug. 5 at Chesterfield Amphitheater & Central Park: The Weeks and Virtual Riot headline a new event with three stages of music, plus art, food and more

UCP Heartland Wing Ding, Aug. 10 at Queeny Park: Fill up on some of the best chicken wings in town while helping neighbors with cerebral palsy

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