May 16--This weekend's entertainment best bets include a couple of big concerts at St. Joe venues and the sci-fi flick "Star Trek: Into Darkness." Rock on and prosper.
In theaters: "Iron Man 3" and "The Great Gatsby" may have made beaucoup bucks in theaters the last two weeks, but a new box office champ will take over when "Star Trek: Into Darkness" is released tonight. When the crew of the Enterprise is called back home in this highly anticipated sequel, they find a corrupt terrorist from within their own organization has detonated the fleet and everything it stands for, leaving our world in a state of crisis. With a personal score to settle, Captain Kirk (Chris Pine) leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture this one-man weapon of mass destruction.
The big show: When's the last time hundreds of people flocked to Civic Arena simply to see a local band? Don't feel bad if you can't remember. It's probably never happened. At 7:30 p.m. Friday, '80s tribute rockers Blue Oyster Culture Club and hip-hop cover group Dolewite will make history as they perform at Civic Arena. The Performing Arts Association is presenting these two groups in its first ever "Local Arts Rock" fundraiser. It is the organization's goal to create a successful fundraiser that PAA can host every year that also will bring attention to local musicians. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.
Two great bands, one greater cause: If you don't want to hear a bunch of cover songs on Friday night, head down to the First Ward House to see two of the best original bands St. Joseph has to offer. Indie folk acts Eyelit and The Souveneers will perform at 9 p.m. that night as a benefit for Care to Learn, an organization that provides funding to meet the immediate health, hunger and hygiene needs of students in the Union Star (Mo.) School District. For $5, you can see two acclaimed local acts that recently were featured in the "St. Joe Live Presents" concert series and know that your money will aid needy children.
A revealing documentary: At 6 p.m. Tuesday, the Second Harvest Community Food Bank will present the film "A Place at the Table" at the Plaza 8 Theaters. This documentary will provide an opportunity for viewers to learn more about food insecurity and how it affects those who deal with it. The stories are told by three individuals who have experienced or currently are experiencing hunger, while also examining the political side of the epidemic. A short discussion about the film will follow. Read more about this film in Friday's edition of St. Joe Live -- online at stjoelive.com.
One wonderful year: The Lucky Tiger, the vintage clothing and record store in Downtown St. Joseph, will celebrate its one-year anniversary Saturday with a big shindig. The event will include in-store performances by local acts Jacob Cross, Brean Reiley, Dream Girl, The Faguetts, Drew Ames and Colby Walter as well as The Golden Hour from Lincoln, Neb. There also will be works on display by various local artists in addition to free food and refreshments. The first anniversary event starts at noon and will end at 7:30 p.m.
Shea Conner can be reached at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter: @stjoelivedotcom.
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