Best Bets: August 8-14

Jake Shimabukuro


WHAT: “West Side Story”

WHEN: 8:15 p.m. through Sunday

WHERE: The Muny in Forest Park

HOW MUCH: $12-$80, with some free seats night of performance


THE 411: The Muny’s summer season closes with possibly the greatest musical love story. The Sharks and the Jets, Tony and Maria, the romance and the rumbles all combine to retell the timeless Romeo and Juliet story in a purely American way. The historic collaboration of Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim has created an enduring musical tragedy as sharp as a switchblade and as soft as new love.

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WHAT: Jewish Community Night at Busch Stadium

WHEN: 7:15 p.m. Thursday (Aug. 8), 5:45 p.m. pregame performances 

WHERE: Busch Stadium

HOW MUCH: $26-$156

THE 411: Bring the whole mishpacha when the Cards host the Dodgers, and enjoy a pregame performance by Jewish rock musician Rick Recht and receive an exclusive Jewish Community Night Cardinals T- with the purchase of this special theme ticket. Kosher snacks will be available for purchase from Kohn’s food cart and Recht, with the Jewish Community Night Choir, will perform “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” during the 7th inning stretch.




WHAT: Jake Shimabukuro

WHEN: 8 p.m. Monday

WHERE: Old Rock House, 1200 S. 7th Street, St. Louis

HOW MUCH: $35-$45

411: This ukulele wizard has already redefined a heretofore under-the-radar instrument, been declared a musical “hero” by Rolling Stone, won accolades from the disparate likes of Eddie Vedder, Perez Hilton and Dr. Sanjay Gupta, wowed audiences on TV (Jimmy Kimmel, Conan), earned comparisons to Jimi Hendrix and Miles Davis, and even played in front of the Queen of England. Don’t miss him in this intimate venue, which is part of the Rock House’s Listening Room series.

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