Go! The St. Louis Weekend Calendar, August 15-17, 2008

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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. Looking for live music? Here's your weekend concert calendar.

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1. Xylophones, tambourines and operatic harmonies -- oh my. Festival, a fresh, folkie sibling trio from Brooklyn/Chicago will be performing songs from its new album, Come, Arrow, Come, at 9 p.m. on Saturday at Open Lot. Sharon Van Etten and The Lonely Procession are opening -- and in the grand tradition of house shows, the $5 fee at the door will go straight to the bands. Read more a review of a Festival show here.

2. On Saturday and Sunday, The Front Room, the St. Louis Art Museum's contemporary studio dedicated to more reactive and experimental exhibitions, will being displaying more than four years' worth of selected art from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, along with a hands-on voltage-controlled filter workshop. Registration for the workshop is closed, but visitors will be able to observe both afternoons. A voltage-controlled filter is part of a music synthesizer-it can be thought of as an analog computer, which solves a differential equation. Popular in electronic dance music for creating resonant effect, the filters built can be used to process sounds from a guitar or iPod.

3. Let's ride bikes tonight. The Moonlight Ramble is Saturday. Registration is near the Soldiers' Memorial downtown at 8 p.m. with even festivities until 12:01 a.m. -- when the ride begins on a protected 18-mile route. For more information call 314-644-4660.

4. Cocoa Brown will loud as ever knocking Neons with 22-inch rims and skinny broads at the St. Louis House of Comedy (801 N. 2nd Street) this weekend. On Friday night, a twenty gets you in and includes drinks all night at the open bar.

5. On Saturday, a free show at Off-Broadway: The PBR Blowout starts at 8 p.m. See Clownvis Presley, local bands like The Livers and fire-eating burlesque performers. That really is the perfect recipe for a Pabst.

6. Gus won Best Biography in the 2004 New York International Independent Film Festival. Mad Art Gallery (2727 S. 12th Street) is showing a screening of the documentary about the St. Louis mafia-esque hip-hop fashion figure at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $12 at the door or advance tickets can be purchased for $10 at 314-771-8230. Directed by Daniel Bowers.

7. Green Thumbies, the Missouri Botanical Garden (4344 Shaw Blvd.) is having an Iris sale Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. with the help of the Greater St. Louis Iris Society. Different colors, sizes and blooming season Irises will range from $3-$12 and Iris Society members will be on hand to aid the selection process and answer any questions. Garden admission included in the $8 adult fee; except if you reside in St. Louis County or City and get to the garden before noon -- then it's free. Call 314-577-9400 for more information.

8. Fourteen artists collaborated to create Soulard Art Market and Contemporary Art Gallery (2028 S. 12th Street). In helping preserve memory of a St. Louis landmark, an exhibit dedicated to all-things Anheuser-Busch art -- dubbed This One's For You -- will be held from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. Friday. For more information, call 314-258-4299

9. Vampires. People either want to be them or read about them. If you're blood-sucker fiction fanatic you might be pleased to know Colleen Gleason, author of When Twilight Burns and Jennifer Rardin, author of Bitten to Death will be at the Border's in Brentwood at 3 p.m. Sunday, giving short readings, answering questions and signing autographs. Also, if you happen to be interested in modern, non-fictional vampire culture take a look at Katherine Ramsland's Piercing the Darkness: Undercover with Vampires in America Today.

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