Not totally satisfied with your weekend itinerary? Never fear, Go! is here! This regular feature highlights everything from rock shows to art openings, from delicious dishes to hidden-gem hangouts.
Mountain Man: After this week's spectacular snow storm, your desire to seek out the icy white stuff has dissolved. Instead of watching your own uphill battle of trying to get, well, uphill, take a glimpse into the life of American mountaineer John Harlin III. The Alps documents his treacherous journey to the top of Europe's famous mountain range, and this movie opens at the Saint Louis Science Center's OMNIMAX Theater (5050 Oakland Avenue; 314-289-4400) today. Shows times are at 10 a.m., noon, 2, 4, 6 and 8 p.m.; tickets cost $8, or $7 for kids.
No Junk in This Trunk: Head to Neiman Marcus at Plaza Frontenac (1701 South Lindbergh Boulevard, Frontenac; 314-567-9811) today for the Spring 2008 Designer Sportswear trunk show (“sportswear” means non-formal attire) to see the latest from Dolce & Gabbana, Prada, Roberto Cavalli and more. Modernist Madness, a free event on the department store's second floor, provides complimentary power and protein bars, vitamin H20, and iced cappuccinos from noon to 6 p.m.
Photo Hunt: A St. Louis native now living overseas in Munich, Germany, took family vacation photos from Germany, Greece and St. Louis and paired each up with random sentences cut out of books and magazines. By juxtaposing seemingly makeshift captions with his cherished pictures, Ken Brown created an interesting amalgam of the sentimental and silliness in art. Catch the 6-to-9 p.m. free opening reception for Ken Brown: Snapshots at the Philip Slein Gallery (1319 Washington Avenue; 314-621-4634) tonight, or stop by during regular gallery hours (11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday). This show runs through Saturday, March 29.
Kid Rock: If your kid was expelled from the School of Rock, he or she has a second chance at Camp Jam, a rock & roll summer day camp. Get a sneak peak of what seven- to seventeen-year-olds can absorb from Camp Jam at 10 a.m. at B & G Music (310 East Main Street, #11, Belleville, Illinois; 618-233-1581) and at 1 p.m. at Fazio's Frets & Friends (15440 Manchester Road, Ellisville; 636-227-3573). Ted Nugent's vocalist and rhythm guitarist Derek St. Holmes leads a free music clinic and then lets the kids battle it out on Guitar Hero III. The top players get to go up against Holmes for a $100 gift certificate. Rock on!
The Shear Enjoyment: Sorry, open spots to have your head shaved for charity are all booked. That doesn't mean you can't come by Helen Fitzgerald's Grill & Pub (3650 South Lindbergh Boulevard, Sunset Hills; 314-984-0026) to watch others lose their locks. From noon to 8 p.m., eight Metro Design Studio stylists clip, cut, trim and shave until all of the volunteers' heads are as sparkling and bald as Mr. Clean's. Funds raised go to St. Baldrick's Foundation, a group that raises awareness and funds to cure kids' cancer. At last year's Helen Fitzgerald event, the charity raised more than $224,000, making it one of the top ten most successful fundraisers St. Baldrick's had in the previous two years.
Wanna Be on Top?: Become Oprah Jr.'s sidekick on Cycle 1,293 of the favorite bulimia-anorexia showdown that is America's Next Top Model. No, Tyra won't be handpicking the supermodels during the ANTM audition, happening from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at St. Louis Union Station (1820 Market Street; 314-421-6655), but she will be there in spirit to scrutinize every ungraceful pose. Be one of the first 150 girls to enter for a videotaped audition, which includes a strenuous stroll down the catwalk and a taxing interview. Check in the mirror to make sure you are between the ages of 18 and 27 and at least five-feet, seven-inches tall. Fill out a registration form at www.cw11tv.com, and bring it with you, ladies!
The Big Bloom: Spring isn't officially (or unofficially) here yet, but things are blooming this weekend at the Saint Louis Art Museum in Forest Park (314-721-0072). It's the final day for Art in Bloom, the free, annual pairing of beautiful art and flowers. So head out from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. to get the last whiff of fine art and magical floral arrangements. While you're there, check out local artist James Cleland and his Japanese-inspired collection of pins and spinning pendants.
Before You Croak: If that silly commercial with the Bud-wei-ser croaking frogs marks the last time you came in contact with an amphibian, get yourself to Conservation for Critters. Anna Teekell gives you further instructions here.
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