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.
Beyond the Ale: Quench that thank-God-it's-Friday thirst at Mosaics on Main (124 East Main Street, Belleville, Illinois; 618-355-5867) during the coffee and music house's first International Beer Tasting. From 7 to 10 p.m., have your pick of Asian, North American and European beers, and hang out with the creator of Ray Hill's American Pilsner, St. Louis native Ray Hill, as he joins in the festivities. The Bottoms Up Blues Gang provides the soundtrack to this chug-a-lug adventure. The delicious beer-tasting continues on Saturday evening with Steve Reeb on guitar. Pay $20 for fifteen tastings, which we hear is equivalent to about five beers.
Good Luck, Chuck: The World Combat League makes its first-ever stop to the mean streets of St. Louis…well, St. Charles…for a night of full-contact martial-arts madness. The league's founder, the highly idolized (see facts list) martial-arts master Chuck Norris, will be on hand for this first round of Eastern Conference playoffs. This conference includes the defending league champions, the St. Louis Enforcers, along with teams from New York, New Jersey and Miami. See all the action go down at 8 p.m. at the Family Arena (2002 Arena Parkway, St. Charles; 636-896-4200). Tickets are $22.25 to $72.25.
Johnny Angel: After his death John Denver's tunes came back to life in a big way. James Weber tells you how to pay tribute to the acclaimed singer-songwriter tonight at the Florissant Civic Center.
First Is Wurst: This event in Hermann can be called many things: a vegetarian's nightmare, another excuse to get tipsy, a total sausagefest. What can't be denied, though, is that Wurstfest brings together Missouri's finest sausage-makers for a two-day, face-stuffing marathon. From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today at the Stone Hill pavilion and Hermannhof Festhalle, sample bratwurst, leberwurst and more (for just $6!) to the sounds of live German music. On Sunday, don't miss the 7:30-a.m.-to-noon whole-hog sausage breakfast and the Weiner Dog Derby at 1 p.m. For more information call 800-932-8687, or see what Brooke Foster had to say about Wurstfest here.
Shake Your Tailgating Feather: Make an appearance at the pint-size social event of the season: The second annual Kids Tailgate Party at the Magic House (516 South Kirkwood Road, Kirkwood; 314-822-8900) is the place to be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. You and your little ones can mingle, shake hands with Fredbird, munch on an assortment of stadium goodies (hot dogs, nachos, ice cream) and create Cardinals-inspired crafts. Admission costs $20 and includes entrance to the Magic House.
Heaven on Earth: In the movies you've seen angels hover in midair and engage in other super-cool special effects, although never before have you witnessed them ice-skate. Behold Angels on Ice*! Turn to Alison Sieloff for further explanation.
(*In actuality, these angels might just be nice, giving people, not the beings who hang with God.)
Continent Analysis: Doesn't it seem like we only hear negative things about the second-largest continent on Earth? It's your last day to hear what its peoples have to say -- or rather, see what they have to film -- at the African Film Festival. Alison Sieloff shares more information about it here.
Passion for Style: Saint Louis Fashion Week is almost over. No tears, please. Just get to its final installment: The 79th annual Fashion Design Show, featuring wares by students of Washington University's Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts. For a full hour, the runway will be brimming with ball gowns, "class-action" suits, tailored coats (inspired by old-timey shoes!), cloaks, evening dresses and a show-ending wedding gown. All of the high-fashion fun happens at Lumière Place Casino & Hotels (999 North Second Street; 314-881-7777) at 7 p.m. Tickets are $65 for general admission and $35 for standing-room-only. And be sure to read Unreal's abridged history of St. Louis fashion here.
Yes You Can Can!: It's the turn of the century at Atomic Cowboy (4140 Manchester Avenue; 314-775-0775) as St. Louis neo-burlesque stars host "Moulin Rouge," a night of trapeze tricks, pole-dancing, fire-wielding and song. Emcee Ed Reggi, Michelle Mynx, Katrina Dhol, Lola Van Ella and Clownvis are all on the bill for this zany evening. Get your tickets ($25 in advance and $30 at the door) through www.metrotix.com. Doors open at 5 p.m., and the show starts at 8 p.m.