Great Grizzly Bear Core Project and Know Boundaries. Saturday, February 21. 1027 Geyer. Call 314-231-0444 for prices and times.
Hammerstone's Wednesday, February 18: Hot-Wing Eating Contest, 7 p.m., $10 entry fee, cash prize; Saturday, February 21: full outdoor bar, DJ; Sunday, February 22: Breakfast menu starting at 9 a.m. No cover charge. 2228 S. 9th at Russell. Call 314-773-5565 for more information.
Joanie's Pizzeria Saturday, February 14: Sit and Spin karaoke in heated tent, 2-10 p.m., Zydeco record spin inside bar, 6-11 p.m.; Sunday, February 15: Hudson & the Hoodoo Cats, 6-10 p.m.; Thursday, February 19: Sit & Spin karaoke, 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m.; Saturday, February 21: Patti & the Hitmen in heated tent, 3-10 p.m.; Tuesday, February 24: Hudson & the Hoodoo Cats, 7-11 p.m. 2101 Menard. Call 314-865-1994 for more information.
John D. McGurk's Mardi Gras Celebration featuring the Melvin Turnage Band: Friday, February 20, 9 p.m.- 1 a.m.; Saturday, February 21, noon-4:30 p.m. and 5:30-10:30 p.m.; Monday, February 23, 8 p.m.-midnight; Tuesday, February 24, 5:30-10:30 p.m. Also featuring DJ Charlie Chan in the spacious party tent: Saturday, February 21, 4-11 p.m. 1200 Russell. Call 314-776-8309 for more information.
Lafayette's Eggs & Kegs Breakfast, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, February 21. Shuttle to Soulard runs 10 a.m. -- midnight. DJ all day & night. Drink & food specials. No cover. 1727 Park Ave in Lafayette Square Call 314-241-1004 for more information.
Lynch Street Bistro Grey Goose Mardi Gras Celebration hosted by the Grey Goose Girls, Bud Girls and Jägermeister Girls. Saturday, February 21. Party starts at 2 p.m.; Dr. Zhivegas 3 p.m.; J.C. Corcoran Live 4 p.m. $20 in advance, $25 at the door. 1031 Lynch. Call 314-772-5777 for more information.
Maggie O'Brien's Maggie's Mardi Gras. Friday, February 20; Saturday, February 21; and Tuesday, February 24. "When Soulard Ends, Market Street Begins." Enjoy music & dancing at Maggie's. Catch the shuttle from Maggie's to the Parade. $3. 2000 Market St. Call 314-421-1388 for more information.
Mayor's Ball The Mayor's Ball has quickly become one of the hottest tickets on the St. Louis social scene. A black-tie optional masquerade ball hosted by the Mayor of St. Louis in City Hall, the evening is a veritable "who's-who" of St. Louis. Underwritten in part by civic-minded corporate citizens like Anheuser-Busch, proceeds from this truly unique and electric evening benefit the renovation of City Hall and the charitable efforts of the Mardi Gras Foundation. So, don your tuxedo or ball gown, find a mask and join us. Friday, February 20, 6 p.m.-midnight. $100-$200. St. Louis City Hall, Tucker & Market St. Visit www.mardigrasinc.com.
N'Orleans Café 5th annual Fat Tuesday Extravaganza. All you can eat Cajun buffet. Live rhythm & blues featuring Marty Abdulla & the Expressions Band. 5 p.m.-midnight. $20 for buffet. 3805 Valle Ave. at New Halls Ferry, Florissant. Call 314-831-8810 for more information.
Nadine's Gin Joint & Café Saturday, February 21: Total '60s Rock & Roll with Dee Dee & the Dinos, 2 p.m.-9 p.m., $5. 1931 S. 12th St. Call 314-436-3045 for more information.
Norton's Café 808 Geyer, 314-436-0828. 10th annual Night in New Orleans. Five course Boulevard Beer Dinner. Each course served with a different Boulevard Beer. Thursday, February 19, seatings at 6 & 8:30 p.m., $40 per person. 808 Geyer. Call 314-436-0828 for reservations.
Off-Broadway 11th annual Mardi Gras Kick-off Party to benefit Operation Food Search. An evening of singin', dancin', great music and beads! Music by Otis (ex-KDHX morning-show band) with special guests Barbara Carr, Rondo & Johnnie Johnson. Please bring a donation of canned food for Operation Food Search. Doors open at 7 p.m., $10. 3511 Lemp, 314-832-4420.
PetsMart Wiener Dog Derby Soulard Market Park. February 15, 2 -- 4 p.m. Dachshund lovers and their lovable companions descend upon Soulard Market Park for the annual PETsMART Wiener Dog Derby. Registration begins at 12:00 p.m. at the park and the first heat takes place at 2:00 p.m. The dachshunds race in three divisions based on age: Cocktail Wienies, Ballpark Franks, and Hot Dogs. The finals are followed by the trophy presentation ceremony in the Wiener's Circle. $10 per entrant. A portion of the proceeds benefits the Dachshund Rescue Foundation.
Soulard's Restaurant Special Mardi Gras menu on parade day, Saturday, February 21. Breakfast features housemade pancakes, 8-11 a.m.; lunch features pork tenderloin w/garlic mayo, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; dinner features peppered filet w/cognac sauce & bread pudding w/whiskey sauce for dessert, 4-10 p.m. 1731 S. 7th St. Call 314-241-7956 for reservations.
SqWires Restaurant Within walking distance of parade route. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner seven days a week. Mardi Gras breakfast/brunch served February 20 & 21, 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m.; Friday, February 20: live music by the Melroys; Saturday, February 21: live music by R. Scott Bryan. $3 cover for music. 1415 S. 18th Street, Lafayette Square. Call 314-865-3522 for more information.
Saint Louis Zoo Mardi Gras Family Style includes mask-making for children, colorful beads and a parade through the zoo. Sponsored by Delta Dental of Missouri and supported by Radio Disney. www.stlzoo.org. Free. Call 314-781-0900 for more information.
Stupid Pet Tricks Contest at Joanie's Pizzeria in conjunction with PAWS/STL. Sunday, February 15: registration at 11:30 a.m.; showtime at 2:45 p.m. Categories include best costume, best trick, best tail wag and people/pet look-a-like. $5 entry fee. Maximum of 60 animals to compete. All proceeds benefit PAWS/STL. 2101 Menard at Russell. Call 314-865-1994 for more information.