St. Louis: Gateway to a weekend of fun

St. Louis: Gateway to a weekend of fun

The annual Braggin’ Rights game will bring Illinois fans to St. Louis for the Illini-Missouri matchup at 4:30 p.m. Saturday at the Scottrade Center. While you’re there — whether you arrive early or stay for an extra day — you can find plenty to do besides the game. You can float like a butterfly or sting like the Rams in St. Louis this weekend. Here’s a small sampling of what you can do:

'Flight of the Butterflies'

This film (above) looks at a valuable and beautiful insect. The monarch weighs less than a penny and undertakes one of the longest migrations on earth. Learn more by watching the movie at the St. Louis Science Center's OMNIMAX Theater (5050 Oakland Ave.; 314-289-4400; slsc.org). The documentary charts the story of one scientist's 40-year search for the secrets of the monarch, from beginning to end. Tickets are $9-$10 for the science center, which is open 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 11 to 4:30 Sunday. Showtimes for "Flight of the Butterflies" are at 3 p.m. each day.

Twisted Improv

Check out an evening of interactive comedy Friday at the Steamboat Room, 314 S. Clay Ave., Kirkwood. Doors open at 7 p.m.; the show begins at 8. Tickets are $10.

'The Nutcracker'

Missed the Champaign-Urbana Ballet's annual production? You can still see the Missouri Ballet Theatre (right) bring "The Nutcracker" to the stage at the Edison Theatre, 6445 Forsyth Blvd. Clara and her Nutcracker Prince battle with the Rat King and his minions. Tickets range from $25 to $40; showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Friday and 2 and 6 p.m. Sunday.

More information is at missouriballettheatre.org.

St. Louis Symphony

Enjoy holiday favorites as performed by the orchestra (above) and its Holiday Festival Chorus. Tickets are $30 and up; showtimes are 2 and 7 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Sunday. The St. Louis Symphony is at 718 N. Grand. More information is at 314-533-2500 or stlsymphony.org.

1863 St. Louis Holiday

This event offers a dance workshop featuring 1863's most popular dance steps, starting at 9 a.m. Saturday, with the Independent Silver Band at noon. It's free at the Old Courthouse (far right), 11 N. Fourth St. More information is at gatewayarch.com.

Rams-Buccaneers

Need some football Sunday to top off your Saturday basketball fix? Check out an NFC matchup in downtown St. Louis. The St. Louis Rams (right) play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at noon Sunday in the Edward Jones Dome, 901 N. Broadway. Tickets start at $40; more information is at 314-342-5201 or stlouisrams.com.

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