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.
Friday, 2/8Good Taste: We can’t think of a better way to end a long and stormy week than at the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis’ Wine & Beer Tasting. From 6 to 8 p.m., sample fine wines from Big Sky Café, Busch’s Grove, Café Napoli, Niche, Parker’s Table, Saint Louis Cellars, Robust and Villa Farotto inside the Sally S. Levy Opera Center (210 Hazel Avenue, Webster Groves). Yummy hors d’oeuvres -- provided by Bryan Young Catering Plus, Companion, LoRusso’s Cucina, SqWires, Soda Fountain Square and Vin de Set -- prevent you from drinking on an empty stomach. Get your tickets, priced from $75 to $125, and more information by calling 314-963-4223.
Move over Milk Man: Tonight marks the world premiere of Upstream Theater’s The Polish Egg Man (305 South Skinker Boulevard; 314-863-4999). Dare you ask who/what is a Polish Egg Man? Well, truth is, we’re not quite sure. For $15 to $20, you can find out for yourself at 8 p.m. Playwright Alexander Borinsky and director Wieslaw Górski are on hand for this first show, and you can chat up the latter at a public reception after the performance. Not up for blindly following our advice? Check out RFT theater critic Dennis Brown’s coverage of The Polish Egg Man right here.
There He Is!: Paul Friswold knows the drill: elbow, elbow, wrist, wrist, elbow, elbow, kiss, kiss. Additionally, he knows where you can find the male version of beauty pageantry, and he tells you here.
An Offer You Can’t Decline?: If you haven’t scheduled time to see A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline at the Ivory Theatre, but you always pencil in a coffee run, be sure to make that run to Coffee Cartel (2 Maryland Plaza; 314-454-0000) today at 10:30 a.m. Witness the talented Gail Bliss as Patsy Cline performing live at the West End shop courtesy of WIL (92.3 FM). This way, you master the art of multitasking without sacrificing any precious moments of your hectic life.
Fur Sure: Whether you prefer fat cats, lolcats or ones who ride the waves, find purrfectly like-minded individuals at the Furball 2008: Sweetheart Dance this evening. A friend to all felines, Pawl Friswold, gives you the scoop.
Pure Luck: Where can you find one of the West Coast’s finest DJs and $2 blonde-headed-slut shots tonight? Why, at Lucky’s (1204 Washington Avenue). LA’s mash-up king DJ Cobra, whose Web site features a totally awesome version of the Gremlins song, spins until 3 a.m. Doors open at 9 p.m., and opening sets are offered up by DJs Empire and Yoshi. Admission is $10, and again, those slutty shots are just $2.
Make Me Wanna Sprout: The only things growing this time of year are your disdain for the indoors, your irritation with strange weather and your annoyance with the ongoing writers’ strike. You need to get out more. The twentieth annual Midwestern Herb & Garden Show provides an adequate excuse to travel to Times Square Mall in Mount Vernon, Illinois (Broadway and 42nd Street). Check out more than 40 vendors and a variety of classes/seminars (on roses, orchids, mushrooms and more!) Friday through Sunday -- all at the low cost of free.
Get on the Boat: Set sail on a voyage of discovery and wonder to the St. Louis Boat & Sportshow. If you’re hydrophobic (or just Lake of the Ozarks-phobic), don’t worry -- Alison Sieloff assures you this land-based event is boatloads of fun for everyone.
Heading West: Julie Jensen’s play Two-Headed chronicles the lives of two frontier women and recounts the Mountain Meadows Massacre, a mass murder of California-bound emigrants in 1857. At 5 p.m. watch this gripping tale unravel at the Black Cat Theatre (2810 Sutton Boulevard, Maplewood; 314-963-8800). Tickets are $15 to $25.