No getaways needed here. This town has you covered. Take a trip to India or Hogsmeade without having to deal with expensive summer airfares or pesky imaginary worlds. Dance in the street. Showcase your beer snobbery. Skip those June weddings and hit up the plays instead. You’ll see what I mean.
An Artist Travels to India (Fri, 7:30 a.m.)
Branch out your staycation by visiting An Artist Travels to India at the George Caleb Bingham Gallery. See Indian artifacts from former MU Professor Robert Bussabarger’s collection, as well as his original work that was influenced by this travels.
Consider this your trip abroad and check out sculptures, tapestries, hand painted playing cards and more. The show ends August 20, so you have plenty of time to travel to India.
Girl Talk at 9th Street Summer Fest (Fri, 7 p.m.)
Dance yourself clean at Girl Talk tonight. This is not another DJ set. Join Gregg Gillis of Girl Talk as he combines mashups and digital sampling. Get ready to get sweaty. It’s worth it.
Butterbeer at Sparky’s (Fri-Sat, 11:30 a.m.)
For all those who can’t make it to Harry Potter World this summer, Sparky’s has your relief, butterbeer ice cream. We can just pretend we’re in Hogsmeade. Keep an eye out for the flavor throughout the summer.
Rhythm and Brews Festival (Sat, 1 p.m.)
Forget the boys of summer, enjoy the beers of summer. Head to the Rhythm and Brews Festival in Hermann on Saturday for the 5th annual beerfest. Those IPAs and microbreweries are calling your name. It would be rude not to answer.
Five Women Wearing the Same Dress (Fri-Sun, 7:30 p.m.)
No need to run home and change dresses here. This play is no fashion faux pas. Head to The Berlin Theater for the opening weekend of Five Women Wearing the Same Dress, a play about five bridesmaids who do some bride bashing. I bet horrid bridesmaids dresses are to blame.
The Drowsy Chaperone (Fri-Sat, 7:30 p.m.; Sun, 2 p.m.)
It’s definitely wedding season in Columbia. Here’s another play about the wedding day. Take the family to The Drowsy Chaperone, a musical comedy from the Columbia Entertainment Company. It’s won Tony Awards and promises to be thrilling and surprising.