Go! What to Do Over the Weekend in St. Louis, April 11-13
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. Saturday and Sunday's events are after the jump.
Out with the Olde: Mustard Seed Theatre presents a modernized version of Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure. With contemporary music and an urban setting, this stage production highlights some of the broader themes within the play (those of faith, power, justice and mercy, specifically). Be seated inside Fontbonne University’s Fine Arts Theatre (6800 Wydown Boulevard) by 8 p.m. tonight for all of the drama. General admission is $20, or $15 for students and seniors; the show runs Thursday through Sunday (April 11 through 27). For more information and additional show times, call 314-719-8060.
Our Savor: Help kick off the new series Cabaret in Blue this weekend at Savor (4356 Lindell Boulevard; 314-531-0220). At 8:30 p.m. tonight and Saturday night, local jazz vocalist and pianist Anita Rosamond performs her own take on the blues. Tickets (available here) are $17.50, and you must spend a minimum of $12 on dinner, drinks or both. Savor offers a three-course meal for $35 (two courses cost $28), both of which would more than cover that minimum requirement.
The Big Five-O: By the time you hit 50, you’re pretty comfortable in your skin, right? Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater has hit that mark and is celebrating its 50th with all sorts of modern-dance twists and turns. Alison Sieloff fills you in on this accomplished bunch and where you can see them perform tonight and on Saturday.
Waaay-Back Machine: Before Miley Cyrus and even Billy Ray, there were the 1820s. Introduce the little ones to this butter-churning era at the Historical Children’s Festival. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., they can try out the chores of the past, including cow-milking, corn-meal-pounding, hearth-cooking, candle-dipping, quill-pen-writing and, who could forget, some churning of the butter. Additionally, semi-ancient toys and games are on display, and costumed re-enactors, $3 horse-and-carriage rides and gunsmith demonstrations make the fest even more worthwhile. All this free, old-school action takes place at the First Missouri State Capitol State Historic Site (200-216 South Main Street, St. Charles; 636-940-3322).
Get Downward, Dog: Ignore that useless yoga reference in “Escape (The Piña Colada Song)” -- yogis have more than half a brain! -- and enter the serene setting of Southtown Yoga (3719 South Kingshighway Boulevard). Starting at 1 p.m., a two-hour yoga-basics class will give you some peace of mind. And $30 is a small price to pay for a good stretch. Call 314-353-1004 to pre-register (it is highly recommended), or e-mail email@example.com.
School House Rock: If it’s been a while since you last saw a good, old-fashioned battle of the bands, rock out with your ballot out from 8 to 11 p.m. at Lucas School House (1220 Allen Avenue; 314-621-6565). The $5 tickets are on a first-come-first-serve basis, and there’s no need to fight for your right -- everyone in attendance gets to vote. The victor wins a performance spot at the 10,000 Lakes Music Festival in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota. The bands with an eye on the prize include Space Moose, Teddy Presberg, Remedy Brother Bagman and Synchronicity.
Star Track: Stars are ubiquitous in our Hollywood-crazed society. It’s time to point your telescopic lens away from the Britneys and the Lindsays and look toward the heavens above -- not to repent your tabloid-reading ways but to appreciate the sweet, velvety sky for tonight is the “official” International Sidewalk Astronomy Night. Members of the St. Louis Astronomical Society wish for you to join them around 8:30 p.m. in the Loop near the intersection of Delmar Boulevard and Leland Avenue in University City. There’ll be plenty of telescopes to look through and past celestial events to discuss. No VIP pass required; this event is free.
Eat, Drink, and Be Generous: Donate your gullet and your wallet this afternoon. Keep in mind, it’s all for a worthy cause. Let Brooke Foster dish you the details on how to fill the tummy and the heart right here.
AM in the PM: You can stop gazing up now because another star is on the horizon. Adam Michael Goldstein, recognized worldwide as DJ AM, hosts AM Sunday at Lush Nightclub (3037 Olive Street; 314-533-2700) this evening. Known even better as the former fiancé of new mommy Nicole Richie, the New York Times notes that he’s more than just an heiresses ex -- “in the world of DJing, he is the real thing.” And if you get to Lush before 10 p.m., you receive free admission to catch a glimpse of the real thing. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP by Friday, April 11. For VIP reservations or bottle service, call 636-346-8168 or e-mail email@example.com.