Ah, Brazil. Or as they say down in Brazil, "Brasil." We know next to nothing about this South American country. Our entire knowledge of Brazil has been gleaned from the first three Sepultura albums, hours of E! Wild On documentaries and that Terry Gilliam movie of the same name (and it turns out that Gilliam's movie isn't even set in Brazil). This is a shoddy education at best, leading us to believe that Brazilians like their thrash metal ferocious, their outfits skimpy and their movies to not have anything to do with their country. So much for an American education. No child left behind, my ass!
So, in the interest of correcting these misconceptions, one of St. Louis' Brazilian restaurants, Yemanja Brasil (2900 Missouri Avenue; 314-771-7457), celebrates Brasil Day from 5 to 10 p.m. Brazil's independence day is recognized on September 7, but if all those hours of Wild On have taught us anything, it's that Brazilians don't wait to party. And that's what Yemanja Brasil is really providing: a chance to celebrate "life the Brazilian way." Brazilian Connection Band and Samba One dance group provide the infectious, danceable music of Carnaval, and Yemanja provides the food (of course) and the caipirinhas, the sweet lime-and-cachaça drink that may be Brazil's most popular export after one-named soccer players. Put a couple of these babies down your gullet and you'll be ready to dance, and fortunately for you, free samba lessons begin at 9 p.m. right in the restaurant. This could be the beginning of a beautiful friendship, or at least a torrid love affair, with our neighbor down South America way. -- Paul Friswold
August is a time to get out of your air conditioning and come outside for a little homegrown fun. Metropolis St. Louis' The Lot festival in the Schlafly Tap Room's parking lot (21st and Locust streets; 314-791-3457 or www.mstl.org) features local music starting at 6:30 p.m., locally brewed beer (Schlafly, of course) and mysteriously billed "street performers." Sure, you can witness strongmen and bearded ladies at the mall, but what about fire eaters, jugglers and belly dancers? Come see these performers, and find out how your neighbors act when they're showing their civic pride stuffed, pickled and getting down. That scene, and your city's commitment to free rain-or-shine merriment, should warm something deep inside you (if the weather doesn't). For more on The Lot, see this week's Radar Station. -- Jedidiah Ayres
The Other Football
It's late August, which means our friends across the Atlantic are already enjoying a new football season, while we in St. Louis must pretend to enjoy the "football" in which feet rarely touch the ball. The Dogtown Historical Society knows your pain. At 7 p.m. at the St. James School Cafeteria (1360 Tamm Avenue; 314-631-0946), the DHS hosts a presentation called "The History of Dogtown Soccer." A panel of experts, including St. Louis Soccer Hall of Fame member Dan "Duke" McVey, will share stories about Dogtown soccer from the turn of the last century through the 1960s. Admission is free. -- Ian Froeb
CASA de Peppard
Adherents of the John "Hannibal" Smith cult have a difficult time admitting any fondness for Breakfast at Tiffany's. Sure, George Peppard is the man in Breakfast, but he's The Man in The A-Team. The Breakfast Peppard is a lover, not a fighter, but The A-Team Peppard would have none of Holly Golightly's frippery, that's for sure. Still, Peppard demands respect, and so all Peppardiacs should get to Clayton's Memorial Park Plaza (Carondelet and Meramec avenues; 314-725-5454) for the 8 p.m. outdoor screening of Breakfast at Tiffany's. This is a benefit for Court Appointed Special Advocates for children, so a $10 donation is in order. You know Hannibal would just love it if CASA's plan to help children came together. -- Paul Friswold