Skyview Drive-In, opened in 1949, has weathered the ravages of multiple tornados, enduring as a two-screen throwback to old-school cinema. When the sun sets, the twin screens display double features of recent Hollywood releases in clear digital format, while FM radio simulcasts the soundtracks. The viewing area—organized so taller cars never cut off smaller cars' sightlines—borders a playground for youngsters and a concession stand with classic movie snacks. Celebrating its roots, the theater occasionally hosts class classic car (defined as 1987 or older) night where the driver is admitted free. For first-timers, Skyview Drive-In offers thorough responses to FAQs.
A popular local gut-bustery for the past 17 years, Comedy, Etc. II keeps its calendar stuffed with a slew of elite court jesters—many of whom have been featured on the Tonight Show, HBO, Comedy Central, Last Comic Standing, the Bob & Tom Show, and more. Watch local comics test out their soul tickles on Wednesday open mic night ($5 ticket value). Otherwise, chuckle at a better-known act such as John Rathbone ($10–$12.50 ticket value)—who's been seen on Comedy Central, heard on the Bob & Tom Show, and touched by thousands of random passing strangers—or the fast-paced one-lining of Dan Chopan ($10–$12.50 ticket value), who's appeared on MTV, PBS, and more.
As the Gateway Grizzlies vow to reclaim their 2003 title as Frontier League champions or choke the rivers with their dead, fans can watch them triumph from the very best of ballpark tush cushions: field-reserve box seats (a $10 value at the box office). A hot dog (a $1.75 value), chips (a $2 value), and soda (a $3 value) all give the mouth something to do besides scream at the umpire for attempting to surreptitiously break up with his girlfriend via text message. The five Grizzlie Bucks ($5) can be used toward additional food and merchandise at the ballpark. For the complete experience, zealous baseball buffs will get to step up to the virtual plate and take swings at 10 pitches ($5) with the ProBatter PX2 Professional Baseball System. ProBatter synchronizes videos of real pitchers with a pitching machine, creating the sensation of facing a professional knuckleballer that is so convincing, you can almost feel the tobacco juice sprinkling your face.
For the fourth race on its 2012 tour, the American Drag Racing League returns to Gateway Motorsports Park's 1/8-mile drag strip for the first time since 2010. Piloting dragsters separated into seven all-professional racing classes, from Top Sportsman to Pro Extreme, drivers rocket down the track so quickly that they finish each race younger than when they began. The SuperCar Showdown—a new feature on the 2012 circuit—pits the latest consumer automobiles against one another in no-holds-barred drag race free from the usual handicaps, performance restrictions, and rules against fiddling with rival drivers' preset radio stations. After reopening under the helm of former Indy driver Curtis Francois, Gateway Motorsports Park has stepped up its devotion to motorsports of all kinds, looking beyond the drag strip to fill its amphitheater-style seats with fans of everything from hot rods to world-class stock cars.
Possibly the only National Football Conference team to escape the treacherous Oregon Trail unscathed, the St. Louis Rams boast dazzling versatility and hard-hitting prowess while mesmerizing fans like a time-lapse video of a beautiful caterpillar’s transformation into a delicate hummingbird. With a seating capacity of approximately 66,000 fans, the Edward Jones Dome offers a convenient indoor climate and 73,000 square feet of AstroTurf maintained by a herd of electric sheep that only dreams about itself. This year, the Rams are led by rookie quarterback Sam Bradford–the 2010 NFL Draft’s first overall pick–and a young core of supporting players that is buttressed by two-time Pro Bowl running back Steven Jackson.
Off Broadway—heralded as 2010's Best Rock Club by the Riverfront Times—lures in crowds several nights a week with a barrage of local bands and national touring acts of all genres. On Thursday, July 28, singer-songwriter William Elliott Whitmore performs with Strawfoot, an old-time revival country band with the requisite fiddle, banjo, and washboard abs. tune-yards annexes the venue on November 8 with violently convivial ukulele jams augmented by African-inflected vocal gymnastics, looped drums, and a duo of synchronized saxophonists. Musical Merry-Go-Round matinees amuse kids monthly on Sunday afternoons with entertainers such as Super Stolie on August 14 and Little Miss Ann on September 11.