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.
Gifts That Rock!: You stood in line for eight chilly hours and didn’t get your paws on a Wii -- but there’s still hope for a merry holiday. That is, if your kids dig rocks. Visit the Missouri Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Geology and Land Survey (111 Fairgrounds Road, Rolla; 800-361-4827), and discover four sets of educational trading cards about everything on earth -- from Ice Age animals to historic geologists. Include a book on Missouri’s geology or three as a stocking stuffer to score bonus points with your sediment-adoring loved ones!
Santa Overload: If you haven’t seen his rosy-red cheeks and bowl-full-of-jelly belly enough, there will be an array of Kris Kringles frolicking the chilly streets of St. Charles. From 6:30 to 9 p.m. (as well as on Saturday and Sunday), St. Charles’ Christmas Traditions brings holiday fanatics together for one last Christmas-spirit rally. Click here for more details, and say “ho” to the third power!
Take a Gamble: You’ve seen those eye-catching, sunshine-colored advertisements; hell, they are even on this very Web site. Yellow is a color that screams caution, but you can go ahead and throw that to the wind (along with a wad of money at the nearest poker table) because Lumiere Place Casino & Hotels (999 North Second Street; 314-450-5000) opened on Wednesday, December 19. With its very noticeable bright lights and Las Vegas-esque sex appeal, we bet this joint will be the talk of the town for many months to come. So, why not be among the first to partake of a pricey meal or down a stiff drink there and participate in the chatter?
Collective Souls: There are only two more days for you to scurry to Amass at Boots Contemporary Art Space (2307 Cherokee Street; 314-772-2668). The show is a gathering of experimental video works from national and international artists, and it strives “to provide a series of smaller encounters within one collective social experience.” So basically, this means you’ll have to show up today anytime from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. or tomorrow from noon to 5 p.m. to truly understand what Amass is all about.
Elf Yourself: ’Twas the last day to see Mischievous Elf at the Black Cat Theatre (2810 Sutton Boulevard, Maplewood; 314-963-8800), and what did you do? You showed up at 1 p.m. with $10, and when handed a ticket, said: “Thank you.” You watched an original play, ate cookies off a tray, and by the end of the evening, wished you could attend a special holiday party every day!
A Carol Finale: Anita Rosamond has performed at Finale (8025 Bonhomme Avenue, Clayton; 314-863-8631) several times before, and tonight you can catch her last shows there before the restaurant and music venue closes its doors. The songstress and pianist will sing cheery tunes from her holiday album, This Is Christmas. Arrive early because tickets, priced at $16, will likely sell out before the first show at 7:30 p.m. She’ll perform again at 9:30 p.m.
Holiday Requirement: Just like snickering through Christmas Vacation each passing year, you can’t get around revisiting the ghosts in Charles Dickens’ Yuletide classic, A Christmas Carol. So check it off your to-do list at 2 p.m. when you see the play live, courtesy of the Hawthorne Players, at the Florissant Civic Center Theatre (Parker Road and Waterford Drive, Florissant; 314-921-5678). Tickets are $7 to $12 and can be ordered by phone or online.
Acts of Kindness: Actor/writer Bill Chott, best known for his work for Saturday Night Live and his role on The Ringer, wants this city’s best actors, musicians and comics to join him on stage at 7 p.m. for the Christmas Improv Jam. Get free admission to this fundraiser at Mad Art Gallery (2727 South 12th Street; 314-771-8230) by bringing a canned good. However, do note: Tickets will sell out before show time.