5 Things to do in St. Louis this Weekend: 3/21-3/22

NCAA Tournament

Photo via www.scottradecenter.com.

The Second City: Happily Ever Laughter
Thursday, March 20-Saturday, March 22
The Second City is regarded as the country’s best improv comedy school and its Chicago-based theater has produced stars such as Bill Murray, Stephen Colbert, Tina Fey, Amy Sedaris and Jay Pharoah. Its touring company, which comes to the Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center  (1 University Boulevard) Thursday through Saturday, draws on classic materials from the theater’s archives and mixes scripted and improvisational elements that bring the crowd into the show. If you come to this show there’s a good chance you’ll see a comedy star or two in the making. Performances are scheduled for 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 6 and 9 pm. Saturday. Tickets are $35. http://www.touhill.org/default.asp?touhill=51&objId=1162

NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament
Friday, March 21-Sunday, March 23
This is hands down the best weekend of the year for college basketball fans with the opening rounds of the NCAA Men’s College Basketball Tournament starting. And some of the best action of the tourney will be happening right here in St. Louis with second- and third-round games being held at the Scottrade Center (1401 Clark Avenue). Catch undefeated Wichita State, perennial powers Kansas and Kentucky and more as the madness begins! Ticket prices vary. http://www.scottradecenter.com/events-tickets/2014/ncaatourney14.html

 

Young the Giant
Friday, March 21
The indie rock band brings their Mind Over Matter Tour to The Pageant (6161 Delmar Boulevard). The up-and-coming band has earned a reputation for putting on great live performances. Their first three singles — “My Body,” “Cough Syrup,” and “It’s About Time” — all reached the top five of the US Alternative Songs chart. The concert starts at 8 p.m. General admission tickets are going for $31.50 but a limited number are available. http://www.ticketmaster.com/1057-the-point-presents-young-the-st-louis-missouri-03-21-2014/event/06004B6DCFC3B7A7?artistid=1482431&majorcatid=10001&minorcatid=1&tm_link=venue_msg-1_06004B6DCFC3B7A7

 

The Mowgli’s
Friday, March 21
The Mowgli’s, an alternative rock band from southern California, hit it big in 2013 when their song “San Francisco” climbed to No. 11 on Billboard’s alternative chart. Now they head to St. Louis to play Friday at The Firebird (2706 Olive Street). “Inspired by the magnetism of San Francisco, the grind of Los Angeles and the serenity of the Big Sur Coast, their songs are a joyous revival of rock n’ roll, a twisting indie-folk dance and a heartfelt protest ballad.” Doors open at 7 p.m. and tickets are $15. http://www.firebirdstl.com/event/491683-mowglis-saint-louis/

Night at the Museum at the Gateway Arch
Saturday, March 22
From 6 to 9 p.m. the Museum of Westward Expansion (200 Washington Avenue) will host its fourth annual Night at the Museum event. Visitors will have the chance to interact with period-costumed characters and hear stories of the early American West as well as participate in hands-on activities. This is also one of the last chances visitors will have to experience the current exhibits before it closes for renovations. Space is limited and reservations are required. Tickets are $15 (children 2 and younger get in free) and include a ride to the top of the Arch and a hot dog dinner. https://www.downtownstl.org/Play/EventsCalendar.aspx?eventID=3413

 

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