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.
Friday, 2/15My Funny Valentine: Have you ever bought a love interest something for Valentine’s Day, and that person didn’t return the favor? Know that there’s always something better in this world. Take, for instance, Supreme Love. This one-night art show, courtesy of Washington University’s sculpture department, presents much to admire at Hoffman LaChance Contemporary (3100 Sutton Boulevard, Maplewood; 314-960-5322). Bring along the one who makes your heart flutter at 6 p.m., and stroll hand-in-hand quietly observing each piece (one of which hosts live goldfish!).
Tricks of the Trade: What does Night & Day contributor Anna Teekell have in common with the members of the International Brotherhood of Magicians? The former can make information about the 2008 Parade of Magic (which you can attend today and tomorrow) appear and disappear, and the latter can do the same with loose change, handkerchiefs and other random things. Such a talented bunch!
Happy Birthday to Lou: And you thought you were getting old! Turns out you’re young compared to this city. At age 244, St. Louis is still kickin’ it, and it’s time to celebrate! So head over to the City Museum (701 North 15th Street; 314-231-2489) at 9 p.m., pay $10 for admission, and, well, party. With fun tunes from 7 Shot Screamers, DJ Mark Lewis and the Monads; high jinks aplenty from the Arch Rival Roller Girls; and the distribution of adult beverages, this city’s never had so much fun. You must be eighteen or older to enter, and the party ends at 1 a.m. -- by that time you’ll be at Flamingo Bowl (1117 Washington Avenue; 314-436-6666) anyway, sipping on now-legal absinthe.
Saturday, 2/16All Hail the Queens (and Kings): Break up the monotony of life with a little color and attitude this evening. The Gargoyle on the campus of Washington University (6445 Forsyth Boulevard; 314-935-5917) hosts the second annual Wash. U. Drag Show with Pride Alliance and the Alternative Lifestyle Association to benefit PROMO, Missouri’s LGBT advocacy group. For $5 ($3 for Wash. U. students), join Kitty Litter and Ms. P at 8 p.m. for contests and performances, or, better yet, show up in drag and enter to win!
Already Party Like One?: Rock stars lead exciting lives -- armloads of swooning fans, bucket-loads of crisp Benjamins and butt-loads of hardcore drugs. They also generally have good hair. Be jealous of their live-fast-die-young lifestyle no more: Rockstar Nightclub (8658 South Broadway; 314-631-6060) has arrived! Walk the red carpet right into this 6,000-square-foot hottie haven at its 7 p.m. grand-opening party. With VIP seats and bottle service, it’s time to finally go somewhere that puts “the ‘P’ in ‘party’” -- because without that letter, it’d just be “arty.” And that’s just strange.
Road Rage: You sometimes fantasize about what it would be like to drive a monster truck on your way home from work -- and how it would feel to pulverize your way through highway traffic. And that’s OK. Play it safe, and avoid lawsuits by watching others perform a similar action in a more appropriate environment -- at the Monster Jam at the Edward Jones Dome. If you’d like more details, Paul Friswold took down a few notes right here.
Sunday, 2/17Go Nuts: Pay tribute to legendary peanut advocate and scientist George Washington Carver with a day of discovery at the Missouri Botanical Garden (4344 Shaw Boulevard; 314-577-9400). Kids learn “The ABCs of George Washington Carver” at 11 a.m., and at 1 and 3:30 p.m., Listening to the Still Small Voice is performed to honor the Missouri native. Plus, throughout the day at Sassafras, you can dine on sweet-potato and peanut dishes. Admission to the garden is $2 to $8.
Living in the Pastoral: Conclude a wild weekend in a more classy way -- with a bit of Mozart and Beethoven. Pastoral Reflections, presented by the Webster University Symphony Orchestra at 7 p.m., takes you on a musical journey through Mozart’s Symphony No. 36, Vivaldi’s Concerto for Two Cellos and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6 at the Community Music School Concert Hall (535 Garden Avenue, on Webster’s campus). Tickets are $5 to $10; for more information call 314-968-7040 or 314-968-7128.
A New Avenue: Stow away your felt board -- there’s no need to compete with the Avenue Q gang. Watch these potty-mouth puppets at the Fox Theatre after you take the little ones to the sitter. Today’s shows are at 2 and 7:30 p.m., and for more information turn to James Weber.