Go! The St. Louis Weekend Calendar, June 6-8, 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. For a Weekend Concert Calendar, click here.
Devil Inside: If everybody could write a best-selling 448-page exposé about how big of an a-hole the boss can be, well, everybody would be doing it. The fact of the matter is nobody cares -- unless your superior is a famous editor at an even more famous high-fashion magazine. Meet the woman behind it all, Devil Wears Prada author Lauren Weisberger, tonight at BCBG MAX AZRIA inside Plaza Frontenac (1701 South Lindbergh Boulevard; 314-432-6760). For $25, receive a signed copy of Weisberger’s new book Chasing Harry Winston and entry into the private event, which runs from 5 to 6:30 p.m. At 7 p.m., gather again at St. Louis County Library Headquarters (1640 South Lindbergh Boulevard) for a live question-and-answer session with the author. To reserve tickets, call 314-994-3300.
Get Artsy: Tonight’s free culture crawl offers up a whistle-stop tour of fifteen area art galleries. The first shuttle for Art D Tour takes off from Lumière Place (999 North 2nd Street; 314-881-7777) at 6 p.m. and runs through 10 p.m. Do note that you must start by 7 p.m. to make it to all the galleries. Stops on the shuttle include Forest Park and University City, Grand Center, Downtown, Maplewood and Clayton. For more information on participating galleries, visit the event’s MySpace page. When the tour ends, head inside Lumière Place for the after-party, and make a toast to all that fabulous artwork you’ve seen.
Wine, Dine and Help: A good wine can be paired with just about anything -- especially a good cause! That’s why from 6 to 8 p.m., Saint Louis Crisis Nursery will host a wine tasting at Flemming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar (1855 South Lindbergh Boulevard; 314-567-7610). The nonprofit organization committed to the prevention of child abuse and neglect uses this annual gathering to garner new support as well as give thanks to past contributors. Purchase tickets ($50, $100 or $200) by calling 314-768-3336. All proceeds benefit the Crisis Nursery’s Emergency Fund.
Star Track: Sprinting in the summer’s first sizzling days can be both challenging and rewarding. It just depends on how hydrated you can stay, and if you can keep up the pace at Run For The Stars. Hosted by the Young Friends of the Saint Louis Science Center, the race consists of a 10K run, a 5K run/walk and a half-mile “family fun” run/walk. Register in person ($25 adults, $10 children) 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday or beginning at 7 a.m. Saturday at Science Center's James S. McDonnell Planetarium (Clayton and Faulkner drives). Races start around 8 a.m. For more information call 314-289-4450 or visit www.slsc.org.
Tap That: Swing by Wine Tap (223 East Main Street, Beleville; 618-239-9463) during Belleville’s Wine Dine & Jazz Festival beginning at 11 a.m. The newly renovated space will be on display for an open house, a sneak preview of sorts before the wine bar officially opens in mid-June. With a cozy outdoor courtyard with a wood-fired oven, it will be an ideal spot to spend an afternoon of sampling new wines and beers.
This Suds For You: Admit it, you like excessive drinking. No matter what teetotaler front you put on at the office, once that fine brew hits the spot -- watch out! That’s why you should attend St. Louis Microfest today. Allow Nicole Beckert to fill you in here.
Cute As a Glutton: Thought you couldn’t stomach any more samples after last week’s Taste of Clayton? C’mon now: There’s always room for more! From 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. make a pit stop at the Central West End Association’s Annual Art Fair & Taste. Let Amy George give you the scoop.
Pag Hags: Did you know St. Louis has become a “hub of Midwestern Pagan activity”? All that activity must include the St. Louis Pagan Picnic in Tower Grove Park (4256 Magnolia Avenue; 314-771-2679). Even if you aren’t a practicing pagan, take part in some free outdoor mysticism from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. In its 16th year, the picnic features a craft village, a wizards’ tournament, workshops (including “Magic Down & Dirty: No Fluff, No Sparkle, Just Results” and “Coming Out of the Broom Closet”), special guests, kid activities and musical performances. And don’t miss the children’s parade on Sunday morning. For more information, call 314-477-2063.
Old Folks: Nothing says historic more than period costumes. Observe a thousand peeps dressed in some mega-old-school gear at the 38th annual Fort de Chartres Rendezvous. Alison Sieloff tells you how.