Not totally satisfied with your weekend itinerary? Never fear, Go! is here! This regular feature delivers the top nine can’t-miss activities to complete your fun-seeking agenda. If you're looking for the weekend's concert calendar, we've got that, too.
1. Instead hearing the usual one-hit wonders that plague free concert lineups, treat yourself to OneRepublic. At least this pop band has had two hits — “Apologize” and “Stop and Stare”. Saturday’s Live Off the Levee freebie will sound even better with a stop at the Sauce Café. On the menu this weekend? A $30, three-course feast from Mike Shannon's Steaks & Seafood. For more information or to make reservations, click here.
2. First, if you haven’t yet, spend a few hours with HBO’s John Adams. The Emmy-nominated miniseries captures the true essence of those wig-wearing politicos who wrote the Declaration of Independence. Only then can you truly appreciate the unprecedented struggle that took place during its creation. On Friday and Saturday, view a copy created in 1776 of the document. True patriot Paul Friswold offers more info here.
3. Feel Gravity Music Festival’s pull as the alluring blend of DJs and electro beats takes over downtown. The 12-hour spin cycle features DJ Stunna’s drum and bass, Tim Clark’s psytrance performance, DJ XDCC’s hard techno set along with eight other djs for just $5. Let Gravity take its course at Mercury (1025 Spruce Street; 314-621-5502) with all-day music, drink specials and BBQ from 3 p.m. to 3 a.m. This one’s strictly for the 21 and up crowd, so leave the youngins at home.
4. Always saying you’re going to indulge in one of those fancy-schmancy spa treatments? Drop those Saturday and/or Sunday plans for a Thai Massage Playshop. It’s called a “playshop” because it’s supposed to be fun (duh!). However, there will be some “work” required. You’ll learn versatile techniques for giving massages using hands, feet and knees, forearms and elbows. Arriving at Marbles Yoga (1905 Park Avenue; 314-621-4744) with a partner is suggested (but not required). Saturday and Sunday sessions run from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. Each session is $30 per person or $50 for partners. Click here for more information.
5. Gear up for glitter, glitz and platform heels as Miss Gay Missouri America Finals Night gets underway Sunday at 6 p.m. Find out more diva-licious details right here.
6. This Saturday from 9 p.m. to 1:30 a.m., don your best and brightest summer whites at The Architect House (4246 McPherson Avenue). Because only those wearing pearly threads will be granted entry to The White Party. And to top that, there’s only room for 300 guests. Will you be one? For more information, call 314-497-3861 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
7. Roll out the underused beach towels and picnic blankets for Concerts in the Park. Spend two hours on Sunday evening swaying, dancing even, to the swinging tunes of Sentimental Journey Dance Band. The free big band concert begins at 6 p.m. at Carondelet Park (Leona Avenue & Holly Hills Boulevard). For more information, click http://ccbf-inc.org/ or call 314-752-6339.
8. As birthday suit bicyclists are on the rise, it’s difficult not to stare. Luckily staring is encouraged during a public screening of Indecent Exposure to Cars: The Story of the World Naked Bike Ride, an informational film about the bare-all enthusiasts and teaser for August’s St. Louis Naked Bike Ride. Night & Day contributor Nicole Beckert uncovers additional info for you here.
9. Johnny Depp made pirates sexy. What can a landlubber like you add to the mix? Find out at a Volunteer Open House for the St. Louis Pirate Festival. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. dock your vessel at the Nonprofit Development Center (425 Spencer Road, St. Peters) to learn about the third annual arrrr! fest, which takes place on Saturdays and Sundays through September. Pirates, villagers, merchants, French military and island aristocracy will be cast. No peg legs and/or eye-patches required. For more information, call 636-928-4141.
Go! writer Jeanette Kozlowski's final column will be next week, August 1.
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