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.
Where The Art Is: Find out what’s been happening behind the scenes at St. Louis ArtWorks (3547 Olive Street). The fine arts youth program will open its doors from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. today with works of art created by its teen apprentices lining the walls. The young artists will be on hand to discuss each commissioned piece created for businesses across the area. The open house is free; for more information, call 314-289-4180.
Adults Only: Sure, it’s been a long week. That’s why you must treat yourself with a top-shelf open bar at The Premier Lounge inside St. Louis House of Comedy (801 North Second Street; 314-241-5233). Grown Folks Fridays kicks off at 7 p.m., where $20 will get you unlimited booze all night (except Moët, Cristal and other champagnes). Spend an extra $15 to be entertained by stand-up comedian Gary Owen at 8 p.m. and again at 10:30 p.m. For ticket information, click here.
Art Overload: In need of an art fix? Paul Friswold has the answer: Playground of the Ridiculous provides film, poetry, dance and music for all starving for artists. Click here for more details.
Everybody’s a Weiner: With two events celebrating cylinder-shaped meats in one day, you’d better pack extra mustard and ketchup. First, City Museum (701 North 15th Street; 314-231-2489) reels ’em in with Dog Day Afternoon. By chowing down hot dogs served in styles from Chicago to Venezuela, you’ll learn all sorts of finger-licking facts. You’ll also hear live performances by Rum Drum Ramblers, Irene Allen and Bob Reuter during this 11 a.m.-to-6 p.m. hot dog feast, which is free with regular admission to the museum ($12).
The second meat meet-up is at Westport Plaza’s Beer & Brats Festival. From noon to 6 p.m. chug drinks from Missouri breweries, fill up on foods from local restaurants and soak up live music with proceeds benefiting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Live acts include Griffin and the Gargoyles and The Real Me. Tickets are $20 in advance ($25 at the door) and will fetch you commemorative beer mug, too. For more information, call 314-878-0780.
Wet and Wild: Forget making an appearance at the overcrowded neighborhood pool -- there’s a much hipper way to stay cool in the scorching sun. Metropolis Pool Party offers an afternoon of free poolside drinks provided by Bud Light and Bombora Vodka, music by Sol Lounge’s DJ Gary Mac and eats from Brandt's Café and Paciugo Gelato & Café. To top it off, attendees will witness a “rocked-out fashion shoot,” which means you won’t be the only one looking sultry in swimwear. Make a splash at Waterman & Clara Pool (5641 Waterman Boulevard) from 2 to 6 p.m. E-mail PoolParty2008@alivemag.com to RSVP.
Spread Your Wings: There’s numerous ways to spend this lazy day: watch eight movies from cable on-demand, buy things you really don’t need at the mall, hit the snooze button until 4 p.m. Why not try something different … like a Butterfly Walk and Count. A butter walk and what? Yeah, you heard us. Let Alison Sieloff tell you more.
Welcome to the Dollhouse: Calling all moms: Bring your daughters to the Tiny Treasures Conference & Show at Sheraton Clayton Plaza Hotel (7730 Bonhomme Avenue; 314-863-0400) for some arts and crafts fun. For $15, each child can create a take-home item, get a doll and a copy of a dolly magazine from 10 a.m. to noon. Admission for adults is free. For more information, click here or call 617-331-7090.
Better with Age: Antiques have a very refined quality. Instead of a rusty chair or a stained book, the older these relics become, the more it turns into keepsakes from another time. Pluck up some artifacts for yourself at The Missouri Heritage Art & Antiques Show from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Inside Greensfelder Recreation Complex (550 Weidman Road; 636-391-0922) at Queeny County Park, discover more than 60 dealers showing off European and American antiques from the 1700s and 1800s. Admission is $6. And as the press release kindly points out for all you environmental freaks, antiques = green.
Beep The Ball: Ever heard of beepball? Christian Schaeffer tells you all about it and where you can find the Ultimate Saint Louis Beepball Championship today!