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Saturday's Best Bets: World Naked Bike Ride, AWOLNATION

Saturday's Best Bets: World Naked Bike Ride, AWOLNATION

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SATURDAY

Editor’s pick: World Naked Bike Ride

When 7 p.m. Saturday; preride festivities begin at 5 p.m. • Where Gather at HandleBar, 4127 Manchester Avenue • How much Free • More info wnbrstl.org

 Support body positivity and road safety at the World Naked Bike Ride, which comes to St. Louis on Saturday. The 12-mile ride will be preceded and followed by festivities in the Grove. Helmets are encouraged; clothing is optional. By Mark Matousek

AWOLNATION

When 5 p.m. Saturday • Where Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, 14141 Riverport Drive, Maryland Heights • How much $20-$45 • More info Livenation.com

Rock band AWOLNATION is back with its follow-up to 2011’s “Megalithic Symphony” with its latest album “Run.” Years in the making, the band’s frontman Aaron Bruno said in a statement “there is not one second on the record that hasn’t been thoughtfully placed. Every single element serves a purpose.” The show also includes Panic! at the Disco, Cold War Kids, Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness and Vinyl Theatre. By Kevin C. Johnson

Editor’s pick: ‘Anything Goes’

When 8 p.m. Friday, through Aug. 16 • Where Kirkwood Community Center’s Robert J. Reim Theatre, 111 South Geyer Road • How much $20-$57 • More info 314-821-2407; stagesstlouis.org

Stages St. Louis presents Cole Porter’s sophisticated musical, a treasure that comes packed with musical standards — “You’re the Top,” “De-Lovely,” “I Get a Kick out of You” — and a crazy plot that finds an heiress, a glamorous nightclub singer and a gangster, the underrated Public Enemy No. 13, sailing on the same ocean liner. “Anything Goes” comes from an era when musicals were allowed to be silly as long as the songs and dances sparkled. Like a fine Champagne, this show wears its vintage proudly. By Judith Newmark

 

‘The Runaway Cupcake: A Play About Eating for Families Who Eat’

When 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday; July 24-26 • Where SweetArt bakery, 2203 South 39th Street • How much $20; $12 for ages 2-15; free for those under 2 • More info onsitetheatre.com

OnSite Theatre, which specializes in site-specific productions, has shown that you can stage a play almost anywhere, from a bowling alley to an old mansion to a moving bus. Now it mounts its first show for families in Reine and Cbabi Bayoc’s SweetArt bakery and art studio in the Shaw neighborhood. The new play — which OnSite commissioned from Nancy Bell, playwright-in-residence for Shakespeare Festival St. Louis and author of its Shakespeare in the Streets productions — tells a modern folktale about a baker whose efforts to fend off a demanding bill collector are thwarted by a mischievous cupcake with a gift for magic. Shanara Gabrielle directs the show; Ann Marie Mohr is OnSite’s artistic director. By Judith Newmark


SUNDAY

Editor’s pick: William Joyce

When 1 p.m. Sunday • Where Left Bank Books, 399 North Euclid Avenue • How much Free • More info left-bank.com

Fabulous children’s author and illustrator William Joyce (“Rolie Polie Olie,” “The Leaf Men”) takes a break from his Guardians of Childhood series with something totally different. “Billy’s Booger” is a picture book based on Joyce’s own grade-school years, when he wrote his first book. The tale of the world’s smartest booger is Billy’s attempt to win a creative writing contest, and its subject is guaranteed to amuse its audience. By Jane Henderson

Editor’s pick: St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase

When Sunday through Thursday • Where Tivoli Theatre, 6350 Delmar Boulevard • How much $12 per program • More info cinemastlouis.org

As you’re reading this, the next great American director could be sitting in the same Starbucks, editing a coming-of-age drama on her laptop. The St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase is dedicated to presenting the work of St. Louis-area directors to their peers and the public. Many of the documentaries and narratives in the five-day fest are shorts, grouped thematically; but more and more, local filmmakers are accepting the challenge of making features. We’re especially excited about the opening night film, “Sleep with Me,” a sexually charged drama from Brian Jun (whose “Steel City” played at Sundance in 2006). And word on the street is that Efi da Silva, whose “Four Way Stop” closes the fest Thursday evening, just might be the person you’ve been seeing at the Starbucks. By Joe Williams


TUESDAY

Food Truck/Food Drive Night

When 5-8 p.m. Tuesday • Where Howdershell Park, 6810 Howdershell Road • How much Free • More info 314-731-0980

Just in time for National Junk Food Day, Hazelwood will host a food truck and food drive night on Tuesday. Participants include Bombay Food Junkies, Sarah’s Cake Stop, JuiceMasters, Russo’s Trucktoria, 2 Girls 4 Wheels, Completely Sauced and Schlafly. Attendees are encouraged to bring nonperishable food items to donate to T.E.A.M. Food Pantry, which serves families in Hazelwood and Florrisant. By Mark Matousek

Editor's pick: 'Into the Woods'

When 8:15 p.m. Tuesday through July 27 • Where The Muny in Forest Park • How much $14 -$87, plus the free seats • More info 314-361-1900; muny.org

A big-screen hit last year, Stephen Sondheim's fairy-tale musical makes its Muny debut in a production starring Heather Headley, who won the Tony Award for her performance in the title role of “Aida.” Headley plays the Witch; Muny favorite Rob McClure costars as the Baker. But even though the characters include Little Red Riding Hood (Sara Kapner), Rapunzel (Samantha Massell) and a pair of princes (Andrew Samonsky and Ryan Silverman), this show takes some disturbing turns; by Act 2, no one is living happily ever after. Or, in some cases, at all. It turns out that in Sondheim's hands, however, fairy tales also have plenty to say to grown-ups. By Judith Newmark


THURSDAY

UniverSoul Circus

When Thursday through Aug. 2 • Where Jamestown Mall, 100 Jamestown Mall, Florissant • How much $16-$35 • More info Ticketmaster.com

UniverSoul Circus is rolling back into town, with its unique blend of circus arts, theater and musical genres from pop and R&B to jazz and gospel. Can’t-miss acts include trapeze artists, synchronized zebras, daredevil motorcyclists, Caribbean dancers, acrobats, Asian elephants and a clown brigade. The circus’ multitalented ringmaster Lucky Malatsi of Johannesburg, South Africa, brings experience as a hip-hop dancer, acrobat, teeterboard flyer, trampoline artist and more. Check universoulcircus.com for promotions and discounts. By Gabe Hartwig

Editor's pick: Fifth Harmony 

When 7 p.m. Thursday • Where Peabody Opera House, 1400 Market Street • How much $22-$52 • More info Ticketmaster.com

Girl group Fifth Harmony has the distinction of having been assembled on live TV, on the long-gone “X Factor” reality competition. The girls have outlasted that show, which never really caught on, and their debut album is the cute “Reflection.” The concert also features Debby Ryan and the Never Ending, Natalie LaRose and Bea Miller. By Kevin C. Johnson


FAST FORWARD

"Clueless" at St. Louis Art Museum's Outdoor Film Series, July 24 on Art Hill: The screening marks 20 years of the film starring Alicia Silverstone, Stacey Dash and Brittany Murphy

Jim Gaffigan, Aug. 2 at the Peabody Opera House: The star of TV Land's new "Jim Gaffigan Show" brings his "Contagious" tour to town

Shania Twain, Aug. 4 at Scottrade Center: The country star is on what she says will be her final tour 

Missouri and Illinois state fairs, Aug. 13-23 in Sedalia, Mo., and Springfield, Ill.: Get your fill of funnel cakes, Ferris wheels and fried things on sticks

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