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.
Eye on the Pride: The yearly shindig that celebrates love and acceptance might still be more than three months away, but the PrideFest Open House is tonight! A free 6:30-to-11-p.m. bash in the main ballroom at the Millennium Hotel St. Louis (200 South Fourth Street; 314-241-9500) offers free drinks and food, music, dancing, and a raffle. Special guests include Mayor Francis Slay and Aldermanic President Lewis Reed with music by Gregory Douglass. For more information call 314-210-7764.
Simmons Beauty Rest Stop: Kimora Lee Simmons will be dropping by St. Louis this weekend, and it's not because Home Nightclub is paying the tab. Wanna know more about where you can meet Simmons and catch a glimpse of her fab life? Alison Sieloff tells you how here.
Factory Love: Colorful, sexy collages and drawings of a naked man and woman haven't been seen since 1983, the year pop-art icon Andy Warhol created them as inspiration for another project he was working on for a Japanese group. The two models, who appear to be intimate lovers, were actually Warhol's studio assistant and his personal trainer. Andy Warhol: Love, an exhibit of these works, opens this evening with a free reception from 6 to 8 p.m. at Lococo Fine Art (9320 Olive Boulevard, Olivette; 314-994-0240). The show will remain on display through Friday, April 18.
Walk/Run/Drink: Whether you choose to exercise or drink your way through the top o' the mornin' at the St. Patrick's Day Parade and Run, Alison Sieloff notes that the downtown festival has something for everyone. Although if 9 a.m. isn't early enough for you to get your St. Patrick's Day celebrations on, Tigín Irish Pub & Restaurant (333 Washington Avenue; 314-241-8666) opens “crazy early” at 7 a.m., so you can get in two extra hours of intoxicating fun (cover is $5).
Hungry Like a Bear: There's nothing like a good, hardy breakfast of pancakes and French toast to get you prepped for a day of green-beer drinking. Black Bear Bakery (2639 Cherokee Street; 314-771-2236) helps you out with an all-you-can-eat benefit for community radio station KDHX (88.1 FM) -- it'll get half of the proceeds. The fundraiser runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and the bakery -- which uses natural, organic and local ingredients -- will be holding this event on the second Saturday of every month. So, if you sleep through this one, mark your calendar for the next.
Wine 101: Remember that one time you decided to stomp on some grapes only to be scolded for the huge mess it made? You probably weren't even old enough to drink then. But now that you've aged like a fine wine, you'd like to learn how to make some. From 1 to 2 p.m., stop in at Wine Necessities (15274 Manchester Road, Ballwin; 636-527-5844) for a free wine-making class during which you can learn a few tips and some tricks as you watch the folks there make an Australian Riverland Reserve. To ensure you won't leave thirsty, wine-sampling is included.
Sweet Baby: From her gorgeous face (she has an Adrianne Curry look!) to her innovative beats, DJ Baby Anne has made herself a mainstay in an industry ruled by the opposite sex. Come see one of the top woman DJs tonight from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. at Dante's (3221 Olive Street; 314-652-2369); local lady DJ Karizma provides an opening set. Tickets can be purchased online at www.groovetickets.com for $10 to $15.
Occupy Your Time: War re-enactments do two things: They remind us how tragic and real the battlefield is, and they allow grown men to play dress-up while packing…a smoothbore musket. Be enthralled by the shock and awe of “The Occupation of New Madrid” from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at the Hunter-Dawson State Historic Site (312 East Dawson Road, New Madrid; 573-748-5340; free). You'll get a firsthand look at costumed versions of General John Pope's staff, the 47th Illinois Infantry and pro-Confederate residents of New Madrid.
Dry Your Eye: Nobody liked Prohibition -- not even Grandma. Pour some out for the homies who lived through it, then live through it for yourself at The Prohibition Revue. Let Christian Schaeffer point you to more information about the free revue about St. Louis' dry times.