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? Check our weekend concert calendar.
1. Five years strong and an opening night, all in one. The reception for Lutz Bacher and Aida Ruilova at the Contemporary Art Museum (3750 Washington Boulevard) is from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday. It's also the celebration of the fifth anniversary of the museum. While Bacher "searches for the noises that disfigure contemporary culture" by pulling pieces from modern artifacts like pornography, abandoned photographs and self-help manuals, Ruilova creates "narrative video works in which cryptic characters and actions conjoin with horror movie aesthetics."
2. Clay matters. Three Dimensions of Expression: Mind on Clay Matter, an exhibit of three local sculptors, is at the Craft Alliance in the Loop (6640 Delmar Boulevard) from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.Friday. Victor Spinski is a founding member of the trompe l'oeil movement, Joe Bova's work is described as magical imagery and realism and Roy Strassberg adds a bit humor to the mix with work delving in social and political commentary.
3. What began as a house-warming party with movies only a few years ago has evolved into the Idaho Avenue Film Festival (5229 Idaho Avenue), which shows local, student and amateur films for free outside from 8 p.m. until 11 p.m. on Saturday. Bring a chair or blanket and snack on some free punch and popcorn while viewing fresh film talent.
4. Cherokee Street is celebrating Mexican Independence Day all weekend long with live music, authentic Mexican dishes, street entertainment and art gallery openings.
5. If you're going through an experimental electronic music phase, Open Lot's (1310 South 18th Street) free show at 9 p.m. on Saturday may strike your fancy. Artists like Raglani, Ghost Ice and Stone McClain Duo will be synthesizing it up and word has it the artists will be dressed as reps of bygone musical subcultures.
6. The Hop in the City beer festival is at Schlafly Tap Room (2100 Locust Street) from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday. Tickets are $30 (in advance) to sample barbecue and 40 different types of beer during the better part of your Saturday afternoon.
7. Broadway Oyster Bar (7365 Broadway) is hosting Funk Fest 3 with The Dogtown Allstars, Fresh Heir and Hip Grease on Saturday. Tickets are $10 and the show begins at 8:30 p.m. and goes until 2:30 a.m.
8. Saturday and Sunday lectures on Scott Joplin, one of the Ragtime musicians back in the day, will be given at the Scott Joplin House State Historic Site (2658 Delmar Boulevard) at 2 p.m. free to the public. In addition to musicians and historians discussing Joplin's years, you can also visit the New Rosebud Cafe, a re-creation of the turn-of-the-century bar and gaming club that once operated in the area. Call 314-340-5790 for more information.
9. Watch the cyclists in the Tour of Missouri pedal through Missouri wine country at Mount Pleasant Winery (5634 High Street) on Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. A $50 ticket gets you a view of the bike tour, wine, beer, appetizers and a complementary same-day pass for Mount Pleasant Winery. Reservations need to be made in advance: 636-482-WINE.