This is gonna be a busy weekend. Mardi Gras and Valentine's Day in the same weekend means that you are probably going to waste a lot of money on over-priced flowers, parking, booze and bail money. But don't fret, Daily RFT
has a list of 10 things you can do this weekend on the cheap.Maplewood Art Walk (Friday)
The shops and art galleries of Maplewood offer open houses, live music,
special performances and food and drink specials Feb. 12, from 6 to 9 p.m. Most
events are free, but some require tickets. Click here for more info.
2010: A Mystic Knights Masquerade Odyssey (Friday)
St. Louis' Champion Krewe, the right and just Mystic Knights of the Purple Haze, invite one and all to their 2010 Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball. Doors open at 8 p.m. and tickets for $10.This year's band is the Heaters, augmented by a brass section for the occasion, with DJ The Soul Selector, Papa Ray, working a little magic
on the turntable as the mood takes him. Click here for more info.
The Hood Internet @ The Gramophone (Friday)
Scene from Mardi Gras 2009, February 21 in Soulard. This year's parade kicks off at 11 a.m. in front of Busch Stadium.
Internet celebs and mash-up masters The Hood Internet
will be spinning at The Gramophone. Tickets are $5 at the door and London Calling's DJ Clockwork will be opening. Click here for more info.
St. Louis Boat & Sportshow (Friday - Sunday)
Get away from the purple hearts and pink Hallmark cards before Valentine's Day. The St. Louis Boat & Sportshow has all things manly: Boats, fishing, bow-hunting and even a wing-eating contest. This last until Sunday at the Edward Jones Dome. Tickets are $9 for adults. Click here for more info.
La danse -- Le ballet de l'Opéra de Paris (Friday-Sunday)
In La danse -- Le ballet de l'Opéra de Paris
documentary directed by Frederick Wiseman, we see seven ballets brought
to the stage by the Paris Opera Ballet. In French with English
subtitles, this film showcases the classical dance form in all of its
loveliness and documents the collaboration necessary in presenting a
stellar concert to the public. La danse
is screened as part of
the Webster Film Series at 7:30 p.m. Friday through Sunday (February 12
through 14) at the Moore Auditorium (470 East Lockwood Avenue, Webster
Groves). Click here for more info.
River City Casino Grand Parade (Saturday)
This is the Saturday immediately prior to Fat Tuesday, which means that
you're supposed to dress for the weather (sunny/snowy/rainy/whatever)
and head to Soulard for parading, drinking, good timing and, for the
first time in recent memory, tricycling. The River City Casino Grand Parade,
featuring more than 130 floats and krewes doing their best to dazzle
you with their creativity, kicks off at 11 a.m. in front of Busch
Stadium. Click here for more info
Hearts on Fire Passion Party (Saturday)
Third Degree Glass Factory makes an ideal place for a Valentine's Day destination. Not only can you see glassblowers from across the United States making their wares, but you can purchase a handblown keepsake (or make one yourself) that is sure to stick around long after that lingerie has been retired to the back of the drawer. The event starts at 6 p.m. Admission is free. Click here for more info.
Bloody Valentine's Eve Party @ Crack Fox (Saturday)
Feeling frisky? Check out Savoir Noir's "BLOODY VALENTINE EVE" at the Crack Fox
(1114 Olive Avenue). Saturday, Feb. 13. $5 donation going to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Team In Training
. The event will feature Paris Hitler (yes, a Paris Hilton look-alike wearing a Hitler mustache. Take that, celebrity culture), Lady Gag-Ah and Mandee Triplesixx. Click here for more info
The Riverfront Before the Arch (Sunday)
Local artist Sheila Harris will exhibit nearly 40 paintings of building that once stood on the Arch grounds at the Old Courthouse. The exhibit starts Feb. 14 with a reception by Harris at 2 p.m. Click here for more info. Punch Drunk Comedy (Sunday)
Enjoy Valentine's Day on the cheap and laugh all the way to the bank. Cicero's
(6691 Delmar Boulevard) Punch Drunk Comedy 90-minute indie varity shows feature stand-up & sketch comedy, short comic films and live music. $3 to get in. 8 p.m. - 11 p.m. Click here for more info.