A band called the Murder City Players may not sound like the right entertainment for a "family" event, but don't let that throw ya. KDHX-FM 88.1 and sister television station DHTV have booked the stalwart reggae band, along with scads of other groups, for their third annual Celebrity BBQ Bash at the City Museum parking lot (701 North 15th Street, noon-8 p.m.).
"We try to make the lineup reflective of what we play," says Beverly Hacker, executive director for the Double Helix Corporation, which owns and operates both stations. To this end, Double Helix is keeping the benefit party going with local acts such as the Banana Oil Pan Band (steel drums), Adam's Off Ox (hip-hop funk), the Civil Tones (surf and soul), the Whole Sick Crew (acoustic, folk-punk sea songs, jigs and original pirate ballads -- really), Pedro & the Troubadours (mariachi) and Diesel Island ('70s "outlaw" rock).
Hacker has also ordered a whopping 1,750 bratwurst, in addition to burgers, hot dogs, pork steaks and chicken for the grills, so a fair bit of dancing might be in order for those who are watching their weight. The more sedentary attendees can enjoy soft drinks and adult beverages while watching KDHX on-air personalities get drenched in the dunking booth. And after a few buckets of suds, the water slide, skee-ball and the "Human Bungee Run" should look pretty darn interesting.
"That's what I'm thinkin'," concurred Hacker.
Snag a seat within the cozy confines of Jazz at the Bistro this Friday, and gaze all you like upon the swoon-inducing, handsome-as-hell kisser of actor/singer/musician Harry Connick, Jr. Just don't expect that fetching face to open its mouth.
With Connick's quartet performing numbers from his latest, lyric-free album, Other Hours, the crooner's letting his fingers do the talking and returning to his first artistic love, playing jazz piano (8:30 and 10:15 p.m., $45, 314-534-1111, www.metrotix.com). And he thinks the self-imposed no-singy rule gives more musical kick for the cash: "The quartet offers something more intimate [than big-band shows]," Connick says. "It allows a more intensive experience." -- Rose Martelli
Decrease the Hounds
Okay, so you've agreed to feed and shelter a four-legged animal. Some tips: don't let it bark at 6 a.m. Don't kiss it on the mouth. And for the love of Bob Barker, get that creature spayed and microchipped.
Operation SPOT (Stop Pet Overpopulation Today) hosts Hope for the Animals Day at Tower Grove Park (Grand Boulevard at Arsenal Street, 2-4 p.m., free, www.opspot.org, 314-995-8678). Low-cost microchipping and vaccinations will be available for dogs and cats; feline visitors may receive $10 spayings or neuterings. You can also have your pet blessed and take home a St. Francis medal, which might not be a bad idea -- on the surgeon's table, as in the foxhole, there are no atheists. -- Jason Toon
Shaken, Not Blurred
Everyone loves a good martini, and here's your chance to down a few in the name of charity. The Young Friends of the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis sponsor TRYSTINI, a museum fundraiser, from 6-8 p.m.
TRYSTINI, a shotgun marriage of a weird acronym for the Museum and the word "martini," features a vote to determine the official aperitif of the new location of the Museum. Attendees will get their drink on with four different exotic martinis before making their choice.
Tickets are $10 for members, or $50 to join TRYST and attend Tuesday's 6-8 p.m. soirée at Zoë (4753 McPherson Avenue). For more info, call the Contempo at 314-535-4660 or visit www.contemporarystl.org -- Rob Levy