Alternative rock and modern Shakespeare downtown (weekends July 17, 24 and 31)

July 16, 2009

This weekend’s weather will be perfect for taking in the evening activities downtown — specifically Live on the Levee under the Arch and the Slightly Askew Theater Ensemble’s all-female version on Macbeth on Old Post Office Plaza. Both kick of three-weekend runs on Friday (July 17), both invite picnics and lawn chairs, and both are absolutely free.

Live on the Levee has plenty of advertising budget, and I usually shy away from promoting events that will do fine without my little ol’ blog, but the alternative rock Sonic Youth show at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, with opening band Awesome Color at 6 p.m., should be well worth fighting the crowd to hear. Besides, I’m a sucker for fireworks, and they’ll follow the concert each evening at around 9:15 p.m.  (And if you feel the same way about things that go boom, check out St. Louis Magazine’s article on the man behind the fireworks.)

Over at Old Post Office Plaza, the Slightly Askew version of Macbeth will use the urban setting and some un-Shakespearean acting styles to realize one of the Bard’s best-known tragedies. The play begins at 7 p.m. nightly. Note that official policy prohibits alcohol on the plaza, but we’ve brought wine and beer to other events and have not been asked to refrain from drinking it, so I assume the rules are there as a weapon against more solitary forms of alcohol consumption.  And another “bendable” rule is the one on swimming in the fountain:  A helpful representative from Partnership for Downtown St. Louis, which manages the plaza, confirmed today that the two white steps leading into the basin are fine for wading.  It’s the black-painted area that’s off-limits.


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