by Tom Finkel
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, 2/22The Great Landscape: Give thought to the magnificent natural scenery of the world by checking out the work of landscape artist Ellen Glasgow. Her new solo exhibit, Reflections, opens with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. tonight at the Atrium Gallery (4729 McPherson Avenue; 314-367-1076), and the show remains up through Saturday, March 29. This exhibition features oil paintings the western Kentucky native calls “meditations rather than records of the world as it is.” The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
Like Clockwork: A Stanley Kubrick film usually falls into one of two categories: It’s gonna be really freaking weird, or it’s gonna be completely mind-blowing. See for yourself during the Ethical Society of St. Louis’ film series honoring the late Kubrick. Like to know more? Mark Fischer has all the answers.
Got It Covered: The first party of its kind at F15teen (1900 Locust Avenue; 314-588-8899), Masquerade lets you shield your true identity. That is, until someone bumps you, and the mask falls onto the floor. Focus on the positive though: a chance to finally rock that Phantom of the Opera look without feeling like a weirdo. Doors open at 9 p.m., there’s no cover, and valet parking is $5 (but there’s free parking about a block away). Haven’t got a mask? No worries -- there will be extras at the party provided by F15teen.
Saturday, 2/23Hug a Pug: Mike was the nicest pug we ever met. With his curly tail and googly eyes, he’d sit on our lap and stare at us as if he’d never seen a human before. Plenty of pugs like Mike are just as cute, but they need more than a bit of affection to get by. That’s where Southeast Pug Rescue & Adoption, Inc. comes in. Unfortunately, the group didn’t raise enough funds at the last event, so SEPRA is scratching at the door again offering to wash your pets for $10 today from noon to 4 p.m. at Pets in the City (1919 South 12th Street; 314-772-7387). After doing his or her business outside in this slushy weather, you know your pet needs a nice scrub.
If This Hoo-ha Could Talk: Alison Sieloff is right -- we never refer to a certain womanly part by its proper name. Thank goodness The Vagina Monologues sets the record straight in a one-off performance at the Center of Creative Arts. Find more details on the event right here.
Just Because: With so many people stomping around to find a cure, it’s about time they returned to square one. To do so, money must be raised, and parties must be thrown, much like Back to the Cause’s Preview Party at Mike Shannon’s Steaks & Seafood (620 Market Street; 314-421-1540). An 8-p.m.-to-midnight free rendezvous has vintage everything -- a 1981 DeLorean, retro trivia, Dr. Zhivegas. And as if all that wasn’t enough, there will also be cheese samples from Swiss American. Don’t worry, the cheese isn’t actually from the ’80s.
Sunday, 2/24Green Beings: If you see frequent contributions to your compost heap and recycling bin as merely small steps, learn how to shrink your ecological footprint even more at the Healthy Planet Natural Living Expo. Admission is $5 for a day jam-packed with giveaways, health screenings and Earth-conscious decision-making. Arrive at 10 a.m. to be one of 200 who will receive a free Whole Foods Market shopping bag, and stick around for a live Native American flute performance. It all happens at the Webster Groves Recreation Complex (33 East Glendale Road; 314-963-5600); for more information call 314-962-7748.
Worlds of Fun: Been meaning to travel and have neither the time nor the money? Trek a short distance to the Maryland Heights Centre (2344 McKelvey Road; 314-434-1919) for Celebrate the World. In its seventh year, this free international festival includes fun from Peru, Ireland, Greece, Argentina, China, India, Mexico and several African countries, with a special spotlight on Japan this year. From noon to 5 p.m., immerse yourself in food, crafts, music and dance by taking in performances courtesy of the St. Louis Osuwa Taiko drummers, Gene Dobbs Bradford and the Blues Inquisition, El Caribe Tropical (a Latin orchestra), African dance group Mama Fatou, Irish Xiles, and many more.
Little Bald Men: Usually disrobed bald men garner little attention (unless you’re Michael Chiklis). One night of the year, though, the statues of small men reign supreme. To celebrate this wondrous occasion, Cinema St. Louis hosts its Oscar Night America soiree. Alison opens the envelope for more details here.