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.
Sunday, August 24 1. Come be pseudo celeb at a rooftop soiree at 5 p.m. on Sunday in Forest Park, compliments of The Young Friends of the Independence Center (4245 Forest Park Ave.), an organization supporting adults with mental illnesses. Coco Soul and Javier Mandoza will be entertaining and dinner is provided by Jimmy's on the Park (url). Tickets are $40 in advance (call 314-880-5403) or $45 at the door.
Sunday, August 24 2. If you can't make it to the roof, you can still catch Coco Soul at 8 p.m. Sunday at Lucas School House (1220 Allen Ave, Allen & Gravois) for Cafe Soul'sopen mic night. When she starts singing, remaining seated isn't really an option. It's $10 to hear local poets, musicians and singers perform original works of, well, soul.
Friday, August 22 3. On Friday, Legacy Books and Cafe (5249 Delmar Blvd.) is celebrating the life of Bernie Mac by showing clips of past performances and interviews from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. A $3 donation is requested. Then get your inspiration on at 9:30 p.m. when the Spoken Word Groove open mic poetry reading begins, $5 cover. Call 314-361-2015 or 314-995-9570 for more information.
Saturday and Sunday, August 23-24 4.. Ever passed a mural and thought: Why can't I do that? Well, on Saturday and Sunday, you have the opportunity to say: Ha! I'm doing that. In your face. The Urban Studio (2815 N. 14th Street) needs people to help paint and resurrect a mural for its social change cafe storefront. Volunteers will be compensated with tunes and age-appropriate beverages as they help add a bit more color to N. 14th Street. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 919-454-4240 for more information.
Friday-Sunday, August 22-24 5. The Meeting of the Elders Circle; The Gathering of the Ushers will be running for the last weekend at Christ Church Cathedral (1210 Locust Street). The satirical look at the behaviors of church folk is described as a "very real, but funny play" during a Cityscape interview on KWMU and it may have you laughing at the characters as well as yourself. A 25-person production with a two-piece orchestra made up of a piano player and an eleven-year-old drummer. Written and directed by East St. Louis native Joel P. E. King. Tickets are $15 at the door or call 314-494-5976 to order in advance.
Saturday, August 23 6. Dana Smith's nineteen paintings, five photos and two drawings all inspired by the bazillion dollars dropped on presidential advertising will be at Fort Gondo (3151 Cherokee Street) from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday ... "people [who] work all day but only end up with enough to eat one meal and yet we have these candidates throwing millions of dollars around to advertise themselves as the people's servants. It's repulsive to me anyway." Clickhere if you'd like to read interview about his work. Any other questions call 314-772-3628.
Saturday and Sunday, August 23-24 7. The trailer for Crispin Glover's It is fine! Everything is fine raised my heart rate and made me blush. "Glover's aim is to show that [handicapped] people with less-than-perfect bodies are as human as anyone else. It's a worthy and successful crusade," so says the New York Post. It is fine! is the second film in a trilogy following What is it? and will be shown by Glover himself at Webster University (470 E. Lockwood Avenue) at 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday night For those of us new to the crusade, What is it? will be shown at 8 p.m. Friday Tickets are $20.
Saturday, August 23 8. For time away from the television early Saturday evening the new Big Brother Big Sister building in Grand Center (Grand Avenue between Lindell and Washington) is saying hello to the neighborhood with live music, fire jugglers, stilt walkers, a rock climbing wall, chalk artists and an adrenaline obstacle course for the youngins. The free party in the street starts at 6 p.m. and ends around 9 p.m.
Friday, August 22 9. Two flashy-anniversary-party perks: Dancing and fancy food. Lush (3037 Olive Boulevard) is giving you both for their one-year anniversary at 9 p.m. Friday, with tunes and desserts from bakeries like The Chocolate Pear and Companion Bakery. So go grab a mini cake and you know, make that booty shake.