Nov. 07--This weekend's entertainment best bets include the superhero flick "Thor: The Dark World," R&B star T-Pain at Northwest and the Sugarplum Festival at the Albrecht-Kemper.
In theaters: While many theater-goers were disappointed with the last Marvel movie to hit theaters -- "Iron Man 3" -- "Thor: The Dark World" looks solid. The superhero sequel, which opens in theaters Friday, reunites the original cast (including Tom Hiddleston as Loki and Natalie Portman as Jane Foster), introduces Christopher Eccleston as Malekith the Accursed (a dark-elf overlord that has an entwined history with Loki) and places Alan Taylor from "Game of Thrones" in the director's chair. In this installment, Thor fights to restore order across the cosmos, but an ancient race led by Malekith returns with plans to plunge the universe back into darkness.
He's sprung: One of the most popular hip-hop and R&B artists of the past decade will put on a huge concert on the campus of Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, Mo. T-Pain will perform at the Student Activities Council's annual fall concert on Saturday. The show is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. at the Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts. Doors will open at 7 p.m. T-Pain became one of the hottest names in music in the mid-2000s with his signature auto-tune singing style and frequent collaborations with some of the most popular acts in the music industry. T-Pain has become known for hits such as "Buy U a Drank (Shawty Snappin')," "I'm Sprung," "Bartender," "Can't Believe It" and "Turn All the Lights On," and his first three albums all reached No. 1 on the Billboard R&B charts. Mike Stud will open the show.
Enter the chamber: Those who enjoy the classical music experience but don't care much for the formal atmosphere of a full-fledged symphony concert should attend the Saint Joseph Symphony's first chamber concert of the 2013-2014 season this weekend. The event will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at St. Francis Xavier Church. Everyone's invited and you don't have to put on your Sunday best to enjoy the show. Nationally renowned violinist Joseph Genualdi will be the featured guest at the concert. The program will include Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons" and Brahms' "Quintet for Strings in G Major."
Return of the Sugarplum: The Albrecht-Kemper Museum will host the Sugarplum Festival, its one-of-a-kind holiday shopping festival from Thursday through Saturday. As usual, the festival will kick off on Thursday with a preview party and music provided by Andy Grooms. The $35 cost will allow for a weekend pass, a drink and catered sweets and treats, as well as the chance to get in before the weekend crowd comes in the following two days. In addition, the Sugarplum Festival will have its signature bakery and Festival of Trees throughout the weekend, as well as a wine tasting from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday with music by DJ Sully. The cost for that is $20. Admission to the festival is $7 for a day pass or $10 for a weekend pass.
Comedy at the Cafe: The St. Joseph comedy scene has cooled a little bit since 2009, but Randy Delp is trying to revive it the right way. Delp has gained experience opening up for national comics such as Steve Kramer, Eddie Ifft and Lynne Koplitz, as well as being a two-time runner-up in Stanford's Comedy Club's Best New Comic KC Competition, and now he hopes to apply that experience in Joetown. He will headline a comedy show with stand-ups Dennis Chanay, Brian Myers, Dean "Boogeyman" Boese and Colby Cusick at 9:30 p.m. Friday at Cafe Acoustic. If you need a laugh, this show's the best bet of the month.
Shea Conner can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter: @stjoelivedotcom.
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