Go! The St. Louis Weekend Calendar, May 23-25, 2008:
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.
Windy City: With the price of oil at an all-time high, many are looking for an alternative. Some have even found the answer blowing in the wind. Pure Power, AmerenUE’s renewable energy program, hosts Wind-a-Palooza from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the City Museum (701 North 15th Street; 314-231-2489). Participate in breeze-inspired activities such as attempting to make it into the Guinness World Records book for the largest pinwheel installation. Or be blown away by a free concert with Bach to the Future, a local jazz-fusion trio. Entry is free for the first 250 guests, the rest pay $12, regular admission to the museum. For more information about Pure Power, call 314-480-3554.
Dirty Dancing: At first mention of Chippendales dancers, an image of Chris Farley awkwardly gyrating and jiggling next to Patrick Swayze to ''Working for the Weekend'' comes to mind. That’s not exactly what you’ll witness at Harrah’s VooDoo Café & Lounge (777 Casino Center Drive, Maryland Heights; 314-770-7700) when “the No. 1 male revue in the world” bumps and grinds for the ladies of the Lou. The boys in bowties take the stage at 7 p.m., with their buff physiques and coy semi-stripteases in full force. Tickets are $30 at Harrah’s gift shop or at www.ticketmaster.com.
Return of the Yuppie: Hollywood remembers the '80s as a time of economic success and cocaine dance parties. Let Paul Friswold tell you how it really was. Sure, he’ll crush your sunglasses-at-night nostalgia, yet he’ll still tell you all about the '80s Yuppie Prom at Rue 13 tonight.
Speed Theater: Performers are always searching for a new challenge, whether it be taking on more demanding roles or beefing up on those improv skills. Seven/24, an annual 24-hour play festival, asks for a somewhat greater test — to write, cast, rehearse and perform a 10-minute play in less than 24 hours. Auditions for the festival will be held on Friday at 8 p.m. inside the Tin Ceiling Theater (3159 Cherokee Street; 314-374-1511) and casting calls begin the following morning. If you’d rather observe then participate, get a $10 ticket for the seven-play show, which begins Saturday at 8 p.m. at Sidney Street Theatre (2600 Iowa Street). For more information, call 314-374-1511.
Get High: Flying a kite always sounds like so much fun. That is, until you realize how much energy it really takes to get the darn thing up there. Focus on the positive this afternoon during Let’s All Fly Kites. Babler Memorial State Park (800 Guy Park Drive, Wildwood) will be packed with all sorts of wind surfing contraptions, especially since the first 20 kids in attendance get to make a kite from scratch. If you’re interested in this high-flying experience, meet between 1 to 3 p.m. at the park’s statue near the entrance. For more information, call 636-458-3813 or 800-334-6946.
Market Watch: It’s turning green everywhere, even in your fridge. Only in there, the wrong sort of icky green is festering. Yuck! Good thing Clayton Farmers’ Market opens today. You can refresh your icebox will the right color shades. Click here for more info.
Red Planet: You’ve seen all the cheesy mission-to-Mars movies, and prefer reality over holding hands in a circle with an extraterrestrial (as seen here, 4:30 into the clip). Touch down at the St. Louis Science Center for an evening filled with the latest images from The Mars Phoenix Lander. The live landing broadcast is free and can be seen in the James S. McDonnell Planetarium (Clayton and Faulkner drives) at 6:30 p.m. (doors open at 5:45) when mission controllers track the spacecraft as it docks on the fourth planet from the sun. Experts will then discuss the mission to find H2O, and you can stick around to see Sky Tonight, a factual show about the planet. For more information, call 314-289-4400)
Art-up Your Engines: It’s the final day for Hannibal, Missouri’s two-day 21st River Arts Festival, where you can find the most fine, traditional and funky art around. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. the city’s downtown historical district along North Main Street will be buzzing with artisans and performers. Exhibits featuring jewelry to sculpture to photography will all be for sale. Also on hand, food vendors and other goodies for the wee ones. For further details, contact 573-221-6545.
Summer has Sprung: There’s a place where all you warm-weather folks can gather with your knee-length capris and plastic flip-flops. It’s Laumeier Sculpture Park. Click here to discover what exciting outdoor activities await.