Save the R&R for next weekend. This weekend is all about getting off your caboose and being active in your community. Celebrate Earth Day. Support local film, theater and art. Watch David Sedaris. Ok, he’s not a local. But, I’m sure he’d support putting off that spring cleaning for another week. Here are your excuses:
Earth Day Festival at Peace Park (Sun, noon)
Spend the afternoon at Peace Park for the Earth Day Festival and get a little closer to nature. Pay tribute to what started in the hippie heyday of 1970. That’s when the first Earth Day was celebrated and, consequently, the modern environmental movement began. Since then, the holiday has continued to blossom into more than a celebration of our planet.
“Earth Day is about taking care of the Earth and our individual and collective responsibility to stewardship,” says Mark Hain, Earth Day Festival organizer and director of Mid-Missouri Peaceworks.
The festival is a definite step toward that. Enjoy live music all day while you check out more than 220 booths about environmental awareness and volunteering. Be sure to stroll down Eco Avenue to learn about sustainable living. Our planet will thank you.
LUNAFEST Film Festival (Sun., 4 p.m.)
Catch in the only Midwest screening. “These shorts won’t be coming back,” says Kelley Lucero, volunteer coordinator at Central Missouri Community Action. The nine films were chosen from more than 800 films that were submitted to Sundance. Most are short documentaries, but watch for animation and spoken-word poetry among them. CMCA and the Breast Cancer Fund benefit from 100 percent of the proceeds.
Artrageous Fridays (Fri, 6 p.m.)
Head to another Artrageous Friday for a slew of art, sculpture, performance, music, dance, photography, and film. Don’t forget to map out your self-guided crawl. More than 30 shops, galleries, art organizations and restaurants are participating downtown and in the North Village Arts District. Keep your eye out for guerilla art, too. And I don’t mean large, hairy apes or camouflage-clad warriors.
David Sedaris (Sat, 7 p.m.)
You’ve heard him on “This American Life.” You’ve read “Me Talk Pretty One Day” and “Barrel Fever.” It’s time to meet the man, or at least hear him from a cozy seat in Jesse Auditorium. Be there Saturday and enjoy a show from one of the greatest humor writers stateside.
"Hamlet" by William Shakespeare (Fri-Sat, 7:30 p.m.)
If you haven’t been to the Rhynsburger Theatre on the MU campus in a while, then here’s your opportunity. Watch Hamlet slowly lose his head. You won’t have to question whether to be or not to be. I’ve decided for you. Be and go to the show.
"Oliver!" (Fri, 7 p.m.; Sat., 2 and 7 p.m.; Sun, 2 p.m.)
See the kids from the Performing Arts in Children's Education in a musical adaptation of a Dickens’ classic, Oliver Twist. I’m sure they’ll brighten up this little orphan boy story.