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Here are a few of our staff picks for things to do July 22-28.

📅 FRIDAY 📅

John Mulaney

When 8 p.m. July 22 • Where Enterprise Center, 1401 Clark Avenue • How much $46-$126 • More info ticketmaster.com

Emmy-winning comedian John Mulaney commands the Enterprise Center stage this weekend. His new “From Scratch” tour follows a highly publicized stint in rehab, which he has been vocal about. Fans are clearly glad to see Mulaney back in the spotlight; his shows have been selling out, and additional dates have been added. By Kevin C. Johnson

City Nights: Summer Rooftop Campout

When 8 p.m.-midnight July 22 • Where City Museum, 750 North 16th Street • How much $30, ages 21 and up • More info citymuseum.org/calendar

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“Camp” on the City Museum rooftop — well, at least until midnight — in this adults-only event that will have you tie-dying a T-shirt, making s’mores, relaxing in a hammock and singing along to campfire songs. Wear your camping gear for a chance at a prize. Food and beverages, including a Watermelon Sugar cocktail, are available for purchase. The ticket includes admission to the indoor floors of City Museum all day, plus a T-shirt for the first 200 guests. By Valerie Schremp Hahn



Three Days Grace



Three Days Grace, Wage War, Zero 9:36

When 7 p.m. July 22 • Where The Factory, 17101 Outer 40 Road, Chesterfield • How much $45.50-$65.50 • More info ticketmaster.com

The fuse is lit for Three Days Grace. The rock band’s latest album is “Explosions.” “We are born into a world of explosions, and they’re always present,” the band’s Neil Sanderson explained in a statement. “We all bottle feelings of anger inside and act like they’re not there. Sometimes, you just want to express yourself and be creative. You try to be who you are, but the world hinders it. So, do you explode? It’s not always the right answer. Do you find something to take the edge off? We all do to some degree, because the other option is exploding. Not all explosions are bad; some are beautiful. If you’re a dad, your child goes out into the world and becomes a person. To me, that’s explosive.” By Kevin C. Johnson



'RuPaul's Drag Race: Werq the World' at the Pageant

Kameron Michaels performs as part of “RuPaul’s Drag Race: Werq the World” on Sept. 14, 2018, at the Pageant.



‘RuPaul’s Drag Race: Werq the World’

When 8 p.m. July 22 • Where Fox Theatre, 527 North Grand Boulevard • How much $55-$175 • More info metrotix.com

Big hair? Check. Over-the-top fashions? Check. Sass? Check! Catch it all with RuPaul’s “Werq the World 2022” tour, featuring Kameron Michaels, Rosé, Vanessa Vanjie, Yvie Oddly and more stars from “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” By Kevin C. Johnson

Scooter Brown

When 7:30 p.m. July 22-23 • Where Ferring Jazz Bistro, 3536 Washington Boulevard • How much Free • More info jazzstl.org

St. Louis musician Scooter Brown is getting lots of warranted attention these days. The saxophonist has made himself one of those figures you can’t help but watch, and it seems only a matter of time before he moves on to the next level. In 2021, he played in Gregory Porter’s set at Music at the Intersection, and since then Porter has invited him to perform with him overseas. By Kevin C. Johnson

For comedian Damon Wayans Jr., there's only one topic that's off-limits

Damon Wayans Jr., who comes from a famously funny family, will visit Helium Comedy Club. 

Damon Wayans Jr.

When 7:30 and 10 p.m. July 22-23 • Where Helium Comedy Club, St. Louis Galleria, 1151 St. Louis Galleria Street, Richmond Heights • How much 435-$50 • More info heliumcomedy.com

Damon Wayans Jr., seen on TV’s “New Girl” and “Happy Endings,” is as comfortable performing stand-up as he is filming on a set. Wayans, part of the famous Wayans comedy family, has been doing stand-up for about 15 years. When he hits the stage, he told the Post-Dispatch, “I anticipate laughing from start to finish. With every show I do, as soon as I get onstage, I make you laugh and don’t stop. It’s an onslaught. I don’t live in the world where I tell a story and it’s quiet and then it’s a punchline. I tell a story and you’re laughing through the whole story. There’s nothing better than that feeling of that exchange of energy. As much as they need to laugh, I need their laughter.” By Kevin C. Johnson

‘In the Heights’

When July 22-Aug. 21; performance times vary • Where Kirkwood Performing Arts Center, 210 East Monroe Avenue, Kirkwood • How much $51-$76 • More info stagesstlouis.org

Stages St. Louis presents “In the Heights,” the Tony Award-winning musical set in New York’s culturally diverse Washington Heights neighborhood. The show boasts a score by Lin-Manuel Miranda, pre-“Hamilton.” A film adaptation of “In the Heights” was released in 2021. The Stages production is directed and choreographed by Luis Salgado, who was part of the original Broadway cast of “In the Heights.” By Calvin Wilson

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📅 SATURDAY 📅



Oddities and Curiosities Expo

Vendors will sell artwork, antiques, clothing, taxidermy and other goods as part of the Oddities & Curiosities Expo. 



Oddities & Curiosities Expo

When 10 a.m.-6 p.m. July 23 • Where America’s Center, 701 Convention Plaza • How much $10 in advance, $15 day of event, free for ages 12 and under • More info odditiesandcuriositiesexpo.com

Pursue the weird, the macabre, the silly and the taxidermied at the Oddities & Curiosities Expo, which first visited St. Louis in 2021. For $235, you can join a two-headed duckling taxidermy class and come away with a one-of-a-kind conversation piece or wedding gift. Or for $5-$7, get a peek at the World’s Largest Traveling Freak Show. Even if you just browse the expo, you’ll see things you’ll never forget. By Valerie Schremp Hahn

📅 SUNDAY 📅



2021 Global Citizen Live - Los Angeles

5 Seconds of Summer performs Sept. 25, 2021, in Los Angeles. 



5 Seconds of Summer

When 7 p.m. July 24 • Where St. Louis Music Park, 750 Casino Center Drive, Maryland Heights • How much $39-$59 • More info ticketmaster.com

5 Seconds of Summer will release its “5SOS5” album this year. But in the meantime, fans likely will get a preview when the Australian pop band’s “Take My Hand World Tour” visits Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre. The album includes the singles “Complete Mess” and “Take My Hand.” The tour, originally titled the “No Shame Tour,” has been postponed twice because of the pandemic. By Kevin C. Johnson

Buffalo Soldier Bicycle Corps Celebration

When 11 a.m.-4 p.m. July 24 • Where Missouri History Museum, 5700 Lindell Boulevard, Forest Park • How much Free • More info mohistory.org/events

Celebrate the group of Black U.S. Army Soldiers who rode 1,900 miles in extreme weather from Montana to Forest Park 125 years ago in an effort to test the effectiveness of moving troops by bicycle. The Missouri History Museum and Missouri State Parks have planned an event that includes performances, food trucks, community resources, and remarks by historians and dignitaries. Erick Cedeño, the Bicycle Nomad, has been reenacting the ride and is expected to arrive at Forest Park in 3 p.m. By Valerie Schremp Hahn

Little Feat's success, on landmark album's 45th anniversary, is a pretty big feat

Little Feat has gone through many changes over the years but seems to have settled on a lineup that’s built to last.

Little Feat

When 7:30 p.m. July 24 • Where The Factory, 17105 North Outer 40 Road, Chesterfield • How much $49-$89 • More info ticketmaster.com

Rock band Little Feat celebrates its 1978 album “Waiting For Columbus” on its tour coming to the Factory this weekend. The band will perform the album in its entirety. Longtime members Bill Payne, Kenny Gradney, Sam Clayton and Fred Tackett are joined in the current Little Feat lineup by Tony Leone and Scott Sharrard. By Kevin C. Johnson

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📅 TUESDAY 📅

Elaine Viets

When 7 p.m. July 26 • Where Grant’s View library, 9700 Musick Road • How much Free • More info slcl.org

Novelist Elaine Viets no longer lives in her hometown of St. Louis, but one of her mystery series is essentially set here, in fictional Chouteau County. In the latest case for death investigator Angela Richman, a funeral is held for the wealthy Sterling Chaney, only to have him surprise mourners by showing up for his own funeral. Apparently he wasn’t actually in his Porsche when it went off the road. But a second car accident occurs, and Richman must figure out if someone was intent on killing Chaney. Viets, a former Post-Dispatch columnist who lives in Florida, will discuss her new book, “Late for His Own Funeral.” By Jane Henderson

The Psychedelic Furs, X

When 8 p.m. July 26 • Where The Pageant 6161 Delmar Boulevard • How much $40-$50 • More info ticketmaster.com

Veteran rock band the Psychedelic Furs is finally able to give its 2020 album “Made of Rain” the tour it deserves. The album was mostly recorded at Sawhorse Studios and produced by St. Louisan Richard Fortus, who was once a member of the Psychedelic Furs and is currently a guitarist with Guns N’ Roses. Fortus says it’s his job as producer to realize what the band wants to create and to go from there. In this case, he saw the band’s Richard Butler drawing inspiration from early Roxy Music albums. “I don’t think anyone would listen to the album and think they were listening to Roxy Music, but that’s where we were drawing inspiration,” Fortus told the Post-Dispatch in 2020. “I love how Richard does that — how he brings all these different influences and filters it through, and it comes out as something very unique.” By Kevin C. Johnson

APA 100th Anniversary Celebration

When 10 a.m.-6 p.m. July 26 • Where 1705 South Hanley Road, Brentwood • How much Free • More info apamo.org/boop

A century ago, Ella Megginson founded the Animal Protective Association after she saw a man abusing a horse in Webster Groves. The APA will celebrate its founder’s day with a national “Boop Your Pet Day,” along with adoption specials and activities including crafts for kids, birthday cake for pets and humans, and storytime with local broadcaster Jennifer Blome. Enjoy music and cocktails at a Yappy Hour (4-6 p.m.) while interacting with adoptable pets. By Valerie Schremp Hahn

📅 WEDNESDAY 📅

‘The Box’

When 7:30 p.m. July 27-29 • Where The Big Top, 3401 Washington Boulevard • How much $20-$50 • More info metrotix.com

The national tour of “The Box,” Sarah Shourd’s drama about solitary confinement, comes to the Big Top in Grand Center. The play is inspired by stories collected from U.S. prisons. Doors open at 7 p.m. By Calvin Wilson

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