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.
Spice Things Up: Night & Day editor Paul Friswold loves to fritter away his afternoons watching clips of Curry Man kick some ass. He fills you in on how to spend an evening with the TNA Wrestler and other big, bad mofos here.
Let It Be Free: See and be seen with a free CD in hand if you're one of the first 100 guests to glide up the elevator to Mandarin Lounge (44 Maryland Plaza; 314-367-4447) at 8 p.m. What sort of CD, you ask? It's DJ Big D's spring 2008 mixtape, and he's celebrating its release by giving it to you. How thoughtful! The party is sponsored by New Amsterdam, so there'll be plenty of that to sip on until 1:30 a.m.
Where's the Beef?: Even if you love the juicy meats (and enjoy mentioning this to your vegetarian significant other every five seconds), you can forgo a nice filet for one sitting, right? We're sure you'll manage at the Great American Meatout at the First Congregational Church of St. Louis (6501 Wydown Boulevard, Clayton). From 5 to 6:30 p.m., the St. Louis Vegetarian Society serves Indian fare, including vegetable pakora (mixed veggies in a batter), matter paneer (tofu and peas in tomato gravy) and, my personal favorite, aloo gobi (cauliflower and potatoes). Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door.
Art Squared: Catch a free opening reception for two exhibits at the phd gallery (2300 Cherokee Street; 314-664-6644) from 7 to 10 p.m. Ensemble is a medley of eleven artists' works that includes ceramics, sculpture, painting and photography. For the other show, Urban Fossil, artist John Tuccillo displays his take on 21st-century artifacts, which are re-created in paper pulp. His detailed replicas of asphalt and cement, along with the pieces in Ensemble, can be seen through Saturday, May 3. Gallery hours are from noon to 4 p.m. Thursday through Sunday.
A Cure Thing: Although the trivia portion of Back to the Cause might be sold out by now, the afterparty isn't. And it's calling your name! Tickets to the 9-p.m.-to-midnight dance portion are $20 a pop, and guests are encouraged to dress up as if it were the '70s, '80s or '90s. (Or you can really mesmerize folks by wearing pieces from all three decades!) This nostalgic fundraising happens at Ameristar Casino (1 Ameristar Boulevard, St. Charles; 636-949-7777), and proceeds benefit Shriners Hospitals for Children.
Get Your Bling-Bling On: Show off your riches by showering yourself in diamonds, rubies and emeralds at the International Gem & Jewelry Show. There's a $7 entrance fee, but no one says you actually have to purchase anything inside the show. Just mosey around, and try on all the necklaces, rings and bracelets your little heart desires. And when it comes time to buy, simply say, “Oh, I must've left my wallet in the car.” And quickly move on. Or your could actually buy some pretties; whatever you prefer. The show runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. today at the Gateway Center (1 Gateway Drive, Collinsville, Illinois; 618-345-8998), but it began back on Friday.