Not totally satisfied with your weekend itinerary? Just check out Go!, our regular feature highlighting everything from rock shows to art openings, from delicious dishes to hidden-gem hangouts.
Sweet home: Sarah Giannobile reveals her new suite of paintings inspired by her hometown, St. James, with a public reception from 6 to 8 p.m. this evening at the St. Louis Community College-Forest Park Gallery of Contemporary Art (5600 Oakland Avenue). St. James, Missouri, is also the hometown of honky-tonk hotshot Rex Hobart; he's not attending the show, but honky-tonk hometowner Bob Reuter is, and he's even playing a little mood music during the show.
Jumble jam: They may sound British, but keyboard-loving art-rock foursome Jumbling Towers make their home here in St. Louis. The band will release its debut in a few weeks, but hear a preview tonight at the Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center. The 'Towers will be supported by the similarly minded Berlin Whale and Say Panther.
Wine, madame? Avoid the Hurricane-chuggin' masses and head instead to the Wine Merchant, where vino pro Jill Aboussie is teaching a course on Burgundies (6:30 p.m., $35/person). This grandaddy of French wines can seem intimidating, but it's often affordable and always delicious (be sure to sample a white Burgundy you'll be dazzled by its complexity). After the class, check out this video of a sneezing baby panda. No, it doesn't have the slightest thing to do with wine. But damn if we don't love a sneezin' panda.
Deserters' songs: Made up of members of such local bands as the Commons and Fred's Variety Group, the Deserters have quite the rock & roll pedigree. Tonight they'll share the stage at Lemmons with the banjo-punishing, saw-bowing miscreants in Bad Folk.
MMORPG 4 U: "Several years have passed since the Burning Legion's defeat at Mount Hyjal, and the races of Azeroth have continued to rebuild their once shattered lives." If that sentence means anything to you, you might want to hustle over to the Thinking Pad at St. Louis Mills to play a little World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade. You can play the new expansion pack for the hyper-popular MMORPG for just $5 an hour every Sunday on one of the the Thinking Pad's high-power computers. So...just doing the math here...that means you need $45 for today.
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