Aug. 01--In theaters: The summer of family-friendly computer animated sequels continues this week with "The Smurfs 2." In the follow-up to 2011's "The Smurfs," the little blue creatures team up with their human friends to rescue Smurfette, who has been kidnapped by Gargamel because she knows a secret spell that can turn the evil sorcerer's newest creation -- creatures called the Naughties -- into real Smurfs. The movie opened in theaters yesterday. "2 Guns" will serve as its box office adversary this weekend. In the R-rated action flick, Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg play officers who find themselves on the run after a botched attempt to infiltrate a drug cartel. "2 Guns" opens in theaters on Friday.
Rock of aging: Local actresses Janet Snider, Tammy Johnson, Tish Thomas and Lindsay Prowitz will star in Robidoux Resident Theatre's upcoming production of "Hot Flashes," a rock 'n' roll musical revue about female aging and female pride that offers a fresh perspective on memory loss, hair loss, libido lapses and menopause. The new lyrics to tunes like "I Will Not Age," "In The Nude," "Senior Moments" and "Never Too Old to Rock" are set to standard rock songs from the '60s, '70s and '80s. The musical comedy will be performed on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays Aug. 2 through 18 at Robidoux Landing Playhouse. Friday and Saturday performances start at 7:30 p.m. (with dinner served at 6:30 p.m.), and Sunday performances start at 2 p.m. (with lunch served at 12:30 p.m.).
Friendship with fellowship: The 49th annual Lathrop Friendship Festival started yesterday in Lathrop, Mo., but there's still plenty of fun ahead during the next three days. Today's events include the junior miss and junior prince and princess contests, comedy and juggling by Jay and Leslie's Laughing Matters and a performance by Kansas City country and Southern rock artist Noe Palma. Friday's events include a "Duck Dynasty" look-a-like contest, the Lathrop School Showcase and a performance by the a cappella doo-wop vocal quartet Streetside. The festival will end Saturday with the Lathrop Quilt Show, a baby show, a dog show, the Lathrop Friendship Festival Parade, the Lathrop's Got Talent competition, the Win It In a Minute finals, the Redneck Games and a performance by comedian and ventriloquist David Malmberg.
The party with Afterparty: Newly formed top 40 cover band Afterparty will be performing at a dance party hosted by The Lucky Tiger 9:30 p.m. Aug. 3 at Cafe Acoustic. During Afterparty's set, you'll hear popular tunes like LMFAO's "Party Rock Anthem," Macklemore and Ryan Lewis's "Thrift Shop" and Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" weaved together with alternative pop-rockers like "Radioactive" by Imagine Dragons and hits by fun. and Young the Giant.
Continue to care: Head down to the First Ward House on Friday to hear some good tunes and support an even better cause. Alternative rock band Dsoedean and blues rock trio Scruffy and the Janitors will perform at the bar at 9 p.m. Aug. 2 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 while also aiding children in the area who need support.
Shea Conner can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter: @stjoelivedotcom.
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