Go! The St. Louis Calendar, April 18-20, 2008: UMSL Jazz Festival, Sexy Parties, Zombie Squad and Earth Day

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. Also check out our Calendar Homepage for more events going on this weekend in St. Louis. Want to go a concert? Check out our Concert Calendar.

Friday, 4/18

Jazzmatazz: If you get some free time today, swing by the University of Missouri-St. Louis campus for free jazz performances until 5 p.m. The fifth annual UMSL Greater St. Louis Jazz Festival is underway, which means jazz students from middle school, high school and college will be tootin‘ their horns (and various other instruments) for all to hear in the A-B Performance Hall. Then at 8 p.m., featured performers pianist Shelly Berg, three-time Grammy Award winner and saxophonist Tom Scott join bassist Chuck Berghofer, trombonist Paul McKee and drummer Gregg Field at UMSL’s Touhill Performing Arts Center (1 University Drive at Natural Bridge Road, Normandy; 314-516-4949). Ticket prices range from $7 to $20. For more ticket information, call the box office at 314-516-4949.

The Crown Jewel: Written by Nobel Prize winning poet and playwright Wole Soyinka, The Lion and the Jewel tells the comedic tale of a woman and the two men who love her. A teacher attempts to win her affection by trying to convert her to modern ways, while the tribe’s chief thinks she’d make a great addition to his already vast collection of lovers and wives. Now this doesn’t seem like a complicated decision to us, but you never know! To discover whom she picks, head to Edison Theatre (6445 Forsyth Boulevard; 314-935-6543) before 8 p.m. for the opening night performance ($15 for general admission, $9 for students/staff). The show runs through next weekend. For tickets, call 314-935-6543.

Under-grounded: An mp3 player might technically capable of displaying a miniature version of album cover art, but it will never replace it. Mark Fischer points to where you can take a closer look (closer than on a computer screen) at some of the most obscure pieces of art and other works from the underground music scene. Through Sunday at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (3750 Washington Boulevard; 314-535-4660), local music shop Apop Records takes command of the Front Room with a music exhibition. Noise, grind, black metal and dance-pop cassettes and records are included.

Saturday, 4/19

Cute Overload: There will certainly be many LOLcat moments at Kennedy Recreation Complex (6050 Wells Road; 314-894-3089) with more than 200 purebred kitty-cats putting their best paw forward at The Greater St. Louis Cat Show. From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., pounce at the chance to view not only the judging but feline-inspired gifts and cat food samples (there will also be human food at the snack bar). Moreover, some breeders and exhibitors might have … wait for it … kittens for sale!! Admission is $5 ($3 for children, $4 for seniors); get $1 off coupon by clicking here. For more information, call 636-462-8021.

The Wiz and Son: Nikko Smith, former American Idol contestant and son of St. Louis' favorite Hall of Fame shortstop, Ozzie Smith, will be out touting a new book, Chicken Soup for the American Idol Soul. Despite the book's breathless title, the meet-and-greet today is a chance to see the Cards' former shortstop and his son. If you need some advice, the book could help also. It's at 2 p.m. at the Creve Coeur Borders (11745 Olive Boulevard; 314-432-3575 or www.borders.com). More details here.

Blood Hounds: The Zombie Squad, a protection group that typically sticks to preventing attacks from the living dead, wants something from you today. They want your blood! The squad teamed up with the Arch Rival Roller Girls, St. Louis Poker Pub and the American Red Cross to bring you a day of free zombie movies, barbeque and refreshments. But first, you must give them the red stuff (click here to see if spots are still available). Look at it as an even exchange, or a donation, if you will. The blood drive runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the St. Louis Police Association Hall (3710 Hampton Avenue). Like to donate at a specific time? E-mail blooddrive@zombiehunters.org to make an appointment.

Mix and Match: What sort of shenanigans ensue when boys dress as girls and vice versa? Only Paul Friswold knows. At least, he knows where it will all happen.

Sunday, 4/20

Better with Age: It’s the final day of Little Hills Winery & Restaurant (501 South Main Street, St. Charles; 636-946-9339) 25-year anniversary celebration. Get uncorked in the a.m. at an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet (8 to 11 a.m.) for $11.99, or hold off ’til 2 to 4 p.m. for a complimentary Family Day on the patio with face painting, balloon art and entertainment by Princess the Clown. At 4 p.m., the first 20 people at Little Hills Gift Shop (710 South Main Street) will go on a free wine making tour. And if you’ve ever celebrated at Little Hills before, bring in a photo of it, and receive a small token of appreciation.

Project Runway: Sometimes the best way to spice up the run-of-the-mill fashion show is to add a competition to the mix. Toi-Box and Ragg Tyme Entertainment presents Rock the Runway Hair and Fashion Showcase from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. (show starts at 8 p.m.) this evening. Six designers, including J Kimberly Designs, Navish, (Moffa-Lev) and Fat Cat Clothing, will compete for $1,000 in cash and prizes by showing off originality and style of designs, hair and makeup. Purchase tickets in advance for $20, or grab some before show time for $25 at Lights on Broadway Banquet Hall (8350 North Broadway; 314-385-4545). For more information, call 314-359-5220.

Dammit, Planet: There’s no denying we love Mother Earth. But like with every love, we take her for granted, and most carelessly trash her year-round. During today’s Earth Day Festival, remember to be kinder and gentler to loved ones. Allow Ms. Day, a very close friend to Mother Earth, tell you more about all-day festival.

-Jeanette Kozlowski

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