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 St. Louis weekend concert calendar.
1. Hot air balloons! The 36th Annual Great Forest Park Balloon Race is noon to 6:30 p.m. Saturday with festivities a-plenty in... where else, Forest Park. Pony rides, skydivers and food will be on the Central Field near the Jewel Box. Muny parking is free, but get there before 2 p.m. if you want a spot. For maps and parking information click here. Also from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, a Balloon Glow will light up the night along with a fireworks display at 9 p.m.
2. Friday is International Talk Like a Pirate Day. Because why wouldn't we spend a day celebrating Johnny Depp in eyeliner? 3rd Degree Glass (5200 Delmar Boulevard) is taking part in this semi-ironic holiday with Chipotle dishes, Yo-ho-ho Rum Painkillers and of course, flaming art. "See glass blowers turn fiery goo into glass goods and watch flameworkers torch gobs into bodacious beads." For $20, craft your own Jolly Roger, treasure chest or other pirate themed glass tile. And bring yer mateys!
3. A new play. New Kid, written by Dennis Foon, explores immigration issues with a story about Nick, a newcomer to this country dealing with harsh language barrier experiences, which gain him almost instant empathy from the audience, especially during his run-ins with a bully named Mug. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. on Friday at the Des Lee Auditorium in the Missouri History Museum (Lindell and DeBalleviere in Forest Park) on the lower level. Saturday and Sunday, the shows begin at 2 p.m. Call 314-361-9017 or click here for more information.
4. Trash to Art, not trashy art. The Koken Art Factory (2500 Ohio, Corner of Ohio and Sidney) presents an art show all about conserving by turning junk to into funky decor with its Trash to Art opening from 7 p.m. to 11:30 p.m on Saturday. Come and enjoy music by The Furious and compete for best Trash to Art outfit -- the winner receives a prize at 10:30 p.m. Yeah! No cover charge, a cash bar. What opening would be complete without refreshments for its patrons?
5. Turn to the left. St. Louis Magazine and Saks Fifth Avenue's Fever Fashion Show is from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday at 555 Washington Avenue. Eye new designs by designers like Armani, Chanel, Guci and Prada will be shown. Tickets are $65, click here for more information.
6. Science fiction fans unite. It Came from Outer Space is at the James S. McDonnell Planetarium (5050 Oakland Avenue) at 7:30 p.m. (or dusk) on Saturday. Chairs, coolers and alien paraphernalia welcome. Free parking at the Planetarium and in Forest Park. Call 800-456-SLSC or click here for more information.
7. The second-annual Yoga for Peace event is starts at noon (registration opens at 11 a.m.) Saturday in Tower Grove Park (4256 Magnolia Avenue), west of the Pool Pavilion. Young and old, yogi or newbie, you're invited to perform 108 Sun Salutation to celebrate the United Nations International Peace Day. A suggested donation of $20 will be going to help build real homes for families in India. Click here for more information about the cause.
8. Hair -- the 1960's tribal love-rock musical that inspired Rent, Jesus Christ Superstar and a swarm of others -- is playing at the Washington University South Campus (Former CBC, 6501 Clayton Road) this weekend until October 18th. Eastern philosophies, drugs, Ginsberg, nudity... and the list goes on. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students on Friday and Saturday. Call 314-534-1111 to order.
9. Tobias Wolf is the co-chair of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Policy Committee and a professor of law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He writes and teaches in the fields of civil procedure, constitutional law, and conflict of laws. He's sat down with presidential candidate Barack Obama several times to discuss issues of concern to the community and will be giving a lecture and answering questions from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Moolah Theatre (3821 Lindell). Call the Vital Voice for more information 314-289-9666. And if you'd like, click here to read an interview with Wolf.
For a complete RFT listing of events going on this weekend, check out our Calendar