Go! The Top Nine Things to do this Weekend

Jul 18, 2008 at 7:00 am

Not totally satisfied with your weekend itinerary? Never fear, Go! is here! This regular feature delivers the top nine can’t-miss activities to complete your fun-seeking agenda.


1. Everybody remembers Tiffany. The mall-touring pop tart who covered “I Think We’re Alone Now” in the late ’80s (and then disrobed for Playboy in 2002) will perform live at a fitting ’80s party at HOME Nightclub (One Ameristar Boulevard) on Friday. The 2080’s party includes an ’80s-inspired costume contest and “gnarly dancing.” For more information, call 636-940-4333.

2. Fall for L’Elisir d’Amore at its last two shows on Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. Gaetano Donizetti’s comic opera offers up the highs and lows of a thing called love. And even though all performances will be in Italian, there’s no need to brush up — English subtitles will be projected on each side of the stage at Union Avenue Christian Church (733 North Union Boulevard; www.unionavenueopera.org or 314-361-2881). Paul Friswold has more on the plot and ticket prices here.

3. Albeit WAR at Soldiers Memorial is a strange pairing indeed, the funky rock juxtaposed with Portabella Restaurant’s Italian fare inside The Sauce Café at Live Off the Levee matches perfectly. For $30, take in a three-course meal of local heirloom tomato salad with basil vinaigrette, beef tenderloin spedini with porcini mushroom risotto and strawberry shortcake with vanilla bean cream and fresh strawberries. There will be two seatings: once at 6 and again at 8 p.m. For more information or to make a reservation, click here.

4. This week we learned Café Eau (212 N. Kingshighway Boulevard; 314-454-900) turns into a cougar safari on Friday nights, but this Saturday at 4 p.m. the Chase Park Plaza’s bar and bistro will transform into a tropical luau filled with hula dancing, tiki torches and palm trees. This free patio party benefits The Foundation for Children with Cancer and features live music from 5 to 9, drink specials from Pearl Vodka, a limbo contest with prizes and much more.

5. Night & Day’s Paul Friswold told you all about Saturday’s and Sunday’s Open Studios tours. In addition to the stroll through artists’ workspaces, you can ride a trolley or bike your way to selected locations. Led by Chief Curator Anthony Huberman, a free trolley tour on Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. leads you to all of his picks. Click here to RSVP and here for a list of gallery stops. Free bike tours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Click here to RSVP and here for a map of the bike tour route. All tours will start and end at Contemporary Art Museum (3750 Washington Boulevard; 314-535-4660).

6. For all you cult-movie-obsessed night owls, don’t miss Midnight Cult Films at Moolah Theatre and Lounge (3821 Lindell Boulevard; 314-446-6868). This week’s film features Michael Keaton as Batman. Click here for more information. Or if you prefer your movies shiny and new, the Moolah also will be holding a 24-hour movie fundraiser of the latest batman installment, The Dark Knight, beginning midnight on Friday. Tickets are $20 and include popcorn and soda. Click here for more show times.

7. Stand up and salute to the single most important day of the year — National Ice Cream Day! Nicole Beckert gives you the scoop right here on this oh-so-yummy celebration with sprinkles on top.

8. Café Soul is commemorating its second anniversary with a soul-filled soirée on Friday. For $10, listen to live performances by Elements of Soul, Wildman, Bradd Young, Lamar Harris and Starchild at Lumen (2201 Locust Street; 314-241-5757). Doors open at 8 p.m., and the show starts at 9. For VIP seating, call 314-504-7405.

9. The ninth annual IMPULSE Dance Festival at Centene Center for Arts & Education (3547 Olive Street; 314-289-4000) features Jon Lehrer and Mathew Janczewski along with aTrek Dance Collective artists. Show times are on Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m.; tickets are $20. For more information, call 314-772-7778 or visit www.atrekdance.org/impulse.

-Jeanette Kozlowski