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. Here's a listing of the weekend's concerts, from A to Z.
Benefit-Style Barbecue: Right when your tum-tum begins a-growlin', tell it to settle down because some delicious barbecue will be making its way down your digestive tract in a few. And it won't be just any old delicious barbecue, this sweet meat will come from The 2008 Kickoff Barbecue in Kiener Plaza at Seventh and Market streets downtown. The 10 a.m.-to-6 p.m. cookout will benefit Annie Malone Children and Family Service Center, a group providing social services, educational programs, advocacy and entrepreneurship to improve life in the community. For more information, call 314-531-0120.
Neighborhood Artists: PSTL Window Gallery at Pace Framing, (632 North Grand Boulevard; 314-531-4304) is celebrating the work of nearby artists (and by nearby, we mean within walking distance from the gallery). Between the hours of 6 and 9 p.m., come together at this free, open-to-the-public reception to appreciate small-scale works created by 12 studio artists of the Grand Center district. And if you can't make it tonight, this exhibit is on display through May 30. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more art gallery openings and shows, check out Malcolm Gay's St. Louis Art Capsules.
Get Saucy: After going numb behind a desk all week, the body deserves a departure from its usual motions. Allow for variation to flourish during a Flavor Dance & Fitness Studio salsa-dancing lesson. Discover more about this evening's spicy movements from Alison Sieloff.
Strung Along: Experience the ups and downs of yo-yo competition at the MoYo State Championships at 11 a.m. today. For six grueling hours of rocking the cradle, walking the dog and other lesser known tricks and routines, the top yo-yo master will be announced at 5 p.m. with an awards ceremony to follow. Return to the City Museum (701 North 15th Street; 314-231-2489) on Sunday for a meet-and-greet with yo-yo competitors and live yo-yo airbrushing by Chris Sabtino of Graffiti Lounge. Included with regular admission to museum ($12, $10 after 5 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays). For more info, click here.
Wine and Beer! Start off with the latter at this year's Beerfest, where you'll be tossing back scads of beautiful brews -- including Rochefort, St. Bernardus and Ommegang -- at The Wine & Cheese Place (7435 Forsyth Boulevard; 314-727-8788). The guzzling commences at 1 p.m., as does the eating of barbecue. Although you needn't make reservations, it is best to show up early; the fun ends at 4 p.m.
Continue this drinking bender at a wine tasting inside New Town at St. Charles' favorite grocery store, Marsala's Market (3308 Rue Royale, St. Charles; 636-724-8833). Test some complimentary Australian wines (3 to 5:30 p.m.), and explore the aisles for proper pairing fodder. Around 6 p.m., enjoy New Town's pristine landscape with a Blues Festival at New Town Amphitheater. The lineup includes Soulard Blues Band, Folk n Blues Grass band and Darrein Saffron and The Soul Sensations. Admission is free.
Signs of the Times: This is the night that will put all soothsayers to shame. Because even they cannot foresee what brand of mystic awakening Zodiac Connection will bring. Perhaps this color-coded celebration, where men and women dress in turquoise for Taurus and gold for Gemini, will bring about a new type of get-togethers -- based solely on astrological signs. Ladies in blue-and-gold gear receive free admission to the party at J. Buck's (1000 Clark Avenue, downtown; 314-436-0394). For everyone else, admission is $5 until 11 p.m. and $10 after. Doors open at 9 p.m.
A-OK: Oh, should the farmers and the cowmen be friends? Or will things get all West Side Story in the Oklahoma Territory? Chances are, you've seen the classic American musical Oklahoma!. And if you have, don't you ruin it for the rest of us. We have no idea whether there'll be a square-dancing massacre or a toy gun fight this afternoon on the Browning Mainstage Theatre of Webster's Loretto-Hilton Center (130 Edgar Road, Webster Groves; 314-968-4925). However, we do know show time is at 2 p.m. for this final performance; tickets are $10 and $5 for seniors and students. To reserve tickets, call 314-968-7128.
Heart and Soul: From 4 to 8 p.m., make a $10 donation at the sixth-annual Blues Bash while listening to five stellar groups (Bob Case, Rough Grooves, Hudson and the Hoodoo Cats to just name a few) at BB's Jazz, Blues & Soups (700 South Broadway; 314-436-5222). We've named BB's this city's best jazz and blues venue quite a few times -- so if you haven't been, it's about time! All proceeds go to the American Heart Association.
Good Tastes: You've spent all weekend gnawing on messy barbecue and sampling obscure beers and wines. Now it's time to meet an expert in those and many more mouth-watering delights. Paul Friswold points to where you can find cooking show host and author Alton Brown in St. Louis this afternoon.
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