Go! The St. Louis Weekend Calendar, May 30-June 1, 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.
Feel The Energy: Get some wings sans Red Bull with a new caffeine- and guarana-infused vodka called p.i.n.k. Not to be confused with Victoria Secret’s line of loungewear PINK or any breast-cancer awareness promotion, this first-of-its-kind energy spirit can be tested at Harrah’s Casino’s VooDoo Café & Lounge (777 Casino Center Drive, Maryland Heights; 314-770-7700). The p.i.n.k. party gets jumpin’ at 9 p.m. with music by DJ Needles and crew until 1 a.m.
Glam Slam: You’ve seen the glittery backdrops, the feather boas, the wind-blown hair, the endless sequins (as seen here). However, what you haven’t witnessed is Glamour Shots search for that one special local lady. At 9 p.m. join the Glamour Squad at Flamingo Bowl (1117 Washington Avenue; 314-436-6666) for round one of The Glamour Shots Pin Up Model Search. Winners of this round will compete in the finals on July 18 for $500 cash, a 20X24 wall portrait, a free portrait session and a coveted spot in the Pin-Up Bowl’s annual calendar. Wanna compete? Be sure to work it in your “sexiest day-to-day pin-up style clothing and bring your pin-up lingerie.” Admission is free, and there will be drink specials throughout the evening.
Free Your Mind: Take a word from the wise (yes, that would be Ms. Day), and join Craft Alliance tonight for its Friday Night free for all. Learn more about the craft-making adventure here.
Fast-Paced Fun: Share in the feel-good glee of helping others as a volunteer at the fourth annual Race Around the Lou. Metropolis is looking for extra hands during two shifts -- from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and noon to 3:30 p.m. In The Amazing Race fashion, contestants are only allowed to use the Metrolink and Metrobus to make it to the finish line. Registration begins at 10:30 a.m. at 625 Washington Avenue. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. To participate in the race, it’s $25 per person, $50 per team. Click here to register. For more information, call 314-206-3246 or e-mail email@example.com.
Indie Spirit: You’ve heard all about those fancy film festivals with edgy movies and star-studded events. Behold The Idaho Avenue Film Festival, south city’s fourth annual free celebration of local, amateur and student films. This one-night screening presented by Frontyard Features won’t be trumped by red carpets and paparazzi — the 8 p.m. show at the historic Feasting Fox (4200 South Grand Boulevard; 314-352-3500) will be all about the films, featuring new material from the past three years. Although entry is free, it’s “strongly recommended” to bring a lawn chair. For additional information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Training Day: Traveling by railroad is an old-fashioned way of getting from point A to point B. Add a staged robbery to the mix, and well, that changes everything. It still might be a dated transportation method, but at least it’ll get your heart racing! Let Alison Sieloff fill you in on the Bonnie and Clyde Train Robbery happening this afternoon. Sunday, 6/1
Come On Down!: Dueling it out with others is sort of a rite of passage for any performer. And just like assigning seats by level of ability in middle school band practice, RFT’s Annual Music Showcase has divided up the areas finest artists in 20 categories from Best Americana/Folk to Best Punk/Hardcore to discover the best of the best. From 2 p.m. to midnight, the Loop will overflow with talent, which you can take in at the main stage (Leland and Delmar) for free or purchase a $5 wristband to access indoor performances. Battle of the bands winners will be announced and the top three will perform June 10 at The Pageant.
Silent No Longer: Catch a special 2:30 p.m. performance of Complacency of Silence: Darfur with i-Squared, the Young Friends Network of International Institute St. Louis. After spending many months of researching and writing, which included interviewing the producers of The Devil Came on Horseback, L. Patton Chiles created a play that centers on a family facing the horrors caused by unofficial Sudanese militia. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased via Metrotix. Please RSVP by sending an e-mail here.
Sample Plan: If you like to try a little bit of this and a little bit of that, Taste of Clayton should feel like Christmas morning to you. Linger over dishes from just about every restaurant around Shaw Park. Sate your appetite for more information here.