Not totally satisfied with your weekend itinerary? Never fear, Go! is here! This regular feature highlights everything from rock shows to art openings, from delicious dishes to hidden-gem hangouts.
Knock, Knock!: Who’s the sexiest neighbor in all of the Lou? Find the answer to that totally pressing question this weekend: First, attend insidestl.com’s Girl Next Door of the Year pre-party at Rue 13 (1311 Washington Avenue; 314-588-7070) from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. tonight. Not only can you get your first cocktail on the house (click here), but the two-for-one drink special running until 9 p.m. greatly increases your chances of scoring more cheap booze. The real party is on Sunday at Lush Café & Lounge (3037 Olive Street; 314-533-2700), where the winner of a $2,500 oversized check will be honored. Lush’s doors open at 11:30 a.m. Choose the girl you’d like to borrow some sugar from here.
Stay Classy: There’s something in the very essence of Mardi Gras that turns venerable citizens of this city into the worst sort of bacchanals. To set a proper example for the sots, a Mardi Gras Wine Taste has been arranged at two upscale-ish settings from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. this evening. If this thought entices you, let Brooke Foster fill in the gaps.
Soul Mates: Maybe you met in a grocery store; maybe you met online. Or maybe you’ll meet tonight. At the Old Rock House (1200 South Seventh Street; 314-588-0505), Neo Meets Soul features a performance by R&B group Khaotic Soulz along with a guest appearance by Andria D’Angelo and others. From 9 p.m. to midnight, bring two canned goods to benefit the Ronald McDonald House, and get in for $5. Forget the cans? The price is $10. And know that a dress code will be enforced, so wear something snazzy.
Festival of the Frozen: Since we’ve put away all of the cheery decorations, there’s no reason to mill about merrily in the chilly weather, right? Well, there is if you’re dropping by the Loop Ice Carnival along Delmar Boulevard (from Kingsland Avenue to the Wabash Station). At this free, all-day (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) celebration, witness snowboarding demonstrations, human dog-sled races, live ice-sculpting (chainsaws included), a chili cookoff, snowball-throwing and a winter hat contest, all while your body goes into hypothermic shock. Just kidding -- it ain’t that cold.
Eco Exchange: Practice the three Rs from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. today: Recycle gently worn suits by bringing a few to Boutique Chartreuse (7298 Manchester Road, Maplewood; 314-458-2410). This store will, in exchange, reduce the cost of regularly priced, eco-friendly wares by 20 percent. Your former duds will then be donated to Dress for Success Midwest -- which will reuse the items to help women in need. The first annual Swap N’ Shop shows a true circle of the green-and-giving spirit. Al Gore would be so proud!
Whatcha Got in That Box?: Someone will likely reference a certain Andy Samberg and Justin Timberlake Saturday Night Live skit when speaking of Outside the Box, E. Gibbons’ new show at the phd gallery. We think that’d be rather lowbrow; Mark Fischer agrees. Read his eloquent write-up about this exhibit here.
Baroque Hearts: It’s 3 p.m.: Do you know where the music of two baroque composers is being played? Oh, sorry for the randomness -- it’s just that we were wanting to take the fam to learn all about that seventeenth-century style of music. Try Powell Symphony Hall (718 North Grand Boulevard; 314-534-1700), you say? We heard tickets to this Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra concert are just $5 to $8. Wait, the show already started without us?
Fetch for the Stars: Just when the signal of distress might be at its screechiest yelp, here comes Stars to the Rescue at the Family Arena (2002 Arena Parkway, St. Charles; 636-896-4200). Join stars such as Tony La Russa along with (former) big-leaguer Darius Rucker of Hootie & the Blowfish and other musicians at 6:30 p.m. to entertain and raise money for local animal charities and La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation. Ticket prices range from $25 to $75 and can be ordered through MetroTix by calling 314-534-1111.
Fright Night: There’s always that one friend who’s a whiz at trivia night -- who basks in the glory of knowing every meaningless, minute detail and date. But has he or she ever entertained the idea of horror trivia? Probably not. Alison Sieloff tells you how you can throw ’em off big time here.