Go! 2/23-2/25

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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.

Friday, 2/23

Blue Ribbons for everyone! We can debate the possible cruelty to animals that occurs at the PBR Rodeo all night, but the truth is, only one creature in the ring is getting his head stepped on when things go wrong. Buck up, cowboy: There ain't no crying in rodeo.

Carnival cruisin': Mardi Gras has come and gone, but you can relive the highlights of the Brazilian Carnival festival at Club Viva! and dance to the sounds of Samba Bom, St. Louis' premier Brazilian band. Samba instructor Edilson Lima will be giving dance lessons before the show, and members of Chicago Samba will sit in with the band.

Cod bless you: Start your circuit of Lenten fish fries with a bang at the annual Cod and Cask Festival at the Schlafly Tap Room (2100 Locust Street, 314-241-2337). You'll see live Icelandic music and an absolutely massive serving of fish-and-chips. The festival runs from 5 p.m. till midnight tonight and noon till midnight Saturday.

Saturday, 2/24

Advice from the St. Louis Classical Guitar Society: Gimme that lute, son. I want that lute, son. F the Gucci in the booty, I want that lute, son. Don't tell me you ain't got none. I ain't playin', son. Drop that lute like it's on fire and I won't start none.

The band so nice they named it twice: Washington University's student-run radio station KWUR (90.3 FM) wraps up its annual music festival with a performance by Man Man, whose nutso live shows mix Captain Beefheart's grab-bag sound with the energy of a circus sideshow. Local twee-punk favorites Bunnygrunt will open the show.

Sunday, 2/25

The Pageant rolls out the red carpet: There's only one Oscar as far as we're concerned — but his parties are lousy. But the second-best Oscar in the world -- that shiny gold sumbitch -- can throw down with the hoedown like nobody's business. Get yer party pants on and experience the splendor of Ellen Degeneres in HD TV.

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