Best Bets: 'In the Loop,' Method Man and more

2013-01-04T06:00:00Z Best Bets: 'In the Loop,' Method Man and moreBy Go! magazine staff stltoday.com
January 04, 2013 6:00 am  • 

FRIDAY

Editor’s pick  » Sci-Fi Friday: 6 p.m. Friday • St. Louis Science Center, 5050 Oakland Avenue • Free • slsc.org ➙ St. Louis Science Center’s Free Friday series features a special edition of “Science Goes Splat,” wacky technology demonstrations and a sci-fi trivia challenge. Players compete as individuals; no teams needed. Free parking. BY DIANE TOROIAN KEAGGY

1st Friday 2013: 8 p.m. Friday • Troy’s Jazz Gallery, 4519 Olive Street • Women get in free before 10:30 p.m.; Capricorns free all night • 1stfriday-stl.com; troysjazzgallery.com New venue Troy’s Jazz Gallery, which opened quietly in the Central West End last month, is home to 2013’s first 1st Friday, the long-running, monthly networking event. There will be a stand-up comedian, live jazz music, a DJ spinning R&B, hip-hop and soul, and more. The night also serves as a birthday celebration for 1st Friday co-founder Fred Finley. Troy’s Jazz Gallery is home to social events, art shows, private parties, weddings, small concerts and more. BY KEVIN C. JOHNSON

SATURDAY

“In the Loop”: 2 and 5 p.m. Saturday, 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. Sunday • COCA, 524 Trinity Avenue • $14-$18 • cocastl.org A sure sell-out and the highlight of the COCA Family Series, “In the Loop” features cutting-edge hip-hop choreographed and performed by COCA’s faculty and visiting international choreographers. BY DIANE TOROIAN KEAGGY

Editor’s pick  » Method Man, BURNTmd, Kold Kace, Lucid, Conflict, Guillateam, Playmakers, Cypher, Metropolitix: 8 p.m. Saturday • Coliseum Music Lounge, 2619 Washington Boulevard • $35 • MetroTix.com ➙ Rap cliques and groups (Young Money, Mayback Music) are a common part of hip-hop music. If you aren’t unified with other similar-minded rappers, you almost don’t matter. One of the best and most proficient rap groups of all time is New York-based Wu-Tang Clan, the hip-hop supergroup that includes Ghostface Killah, Raekwon, RZA, GZA, Inspectah Deck, U-God and, of course, Method Man. Method Man is often considered the best of show, with a slew of hit singles such as “Bring the Pain” and “Da Rockwilder” and successful albums, along with a Grammy for “I’ll Be There for You/You’re All I Need” with Mary J. Blige. His concert this weekend at the Coliseum Music Lounge is a rare one. True hip-hop heads won’t want to miss it. BY KEVIN C. JOHNSON

Editor’s pick  » The Alton Audubon Eagle Festival and Ice Block Party: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday • Downtown Alton and Audubon Center at Riverlands, 301 Riverlands Way, West Alton • Free • 800-258-6645;  visitalton.com/eaglefestival → Alton's most honored guests — the eagles — have arrived for another season of nesting. To celebrate, the Audubon Society hosts a live eagle meet-and-greet and eagle viewing walks. And downtown, ice carvers will sculpt eagle displays, including a life-sized eagle's nest. BY DIANE TOROIAN KEAGGY

The Day After Tomorrow featuring SNS, Thelonius Kryptonite, MME, Black Jvmes, Cave of Swords, Adult Fur, Mikey Wheling, Reverbs: 8:30 p.m. Saturday • Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue • $7-$10 • offbroadwaystl.com This weekend’s hippest local lineup might be found at Off Broadway, where the Day After Tomorrow event takes place with SNS, Thelonius Kryptonite, MME, Black Jvmes, Cave of Swords, Adult Fur, Mikey Wheling and Reverbs. One act to watch here is up-and-coming rapper Kryptonite, who is about to release his EP “The Anchor Punch” on Jan. 17. “The Anchor Punch” is named after the blow Muhammad Ali threw Sonny Liston during their legendary bout in the ’60s. “I’m not the champion right now, but one day I will be,” Kryptonite says. “You’ll see I’m gifted at this craft, and that’s what I’m showing with this first project.” BY KEVIN C. JOHNSON

Editor’s pick  » Final Farewell to Miso: 7 p.m. Saturday • Miso on Meramec, 16 North Meramec Avenue, Clayton • Free • misolounge.com ➙ After nearly 12 years in Clayton, Miso on Meramec is closing following Friday’s dinner service. On Saturday, the restaurant’s Underground Lounge will throw one last hurrah: a Final Farewell party with DJ Emilio and favorite Miso bartenders Angie, Sean and Miranda. BY EVAN S. BENN

SUNDAY

Editor’s pick  » Twelfth Night: 5:30 p.m. Sunday • Johnny's Restaurant, 1017 Russell Boulevard • Free • mardigrasinc.com → The Mardi Gras Grand Parade is only a month away. That doesn't give you much time to build up your physical strength and tolerance; better get started at Twelfth Night, the official kickoff to St. Louis' Mardi Gras season. The party starts at Johnny's, the birthplace of Mardi Gras, where revelers petition Mardi Gras directors for another season of Cajun food, racing dachshunds and hurricane drinks. Partygoers then march through Soulard to Seventh and Soulard streets. The season continues with a softball tournament (Jan. 12), Mardi Gras Wine, Beer and Whiskey Show (Jan. 25), Cajun Cook-Off (Jan. 26), Taste of Soulard (Feb. 2-3), Pet Parade and Wiener Dog Derby (Feb. 3), Grand Parade (Feb. 9) and the Fat Tuesday Parade (Feb. 12). BY DIANE TOROIAN KEAGGY

WEDNESDAY

Editor’s pick  » “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” on Stage!: 6:30 p.m. Wednesday • Cliff Cave Library, 5430 Telegraph Road • Free, registration required • slcl.org/art@yourlibrary ➙ Through January and February, the St. Louis County Library Art @ Your Library program hosts theater performances and workshops at branches countywide. Highlights include performances by Monkey Tales Theatre and Paul Mesner Puppets and workshops lead by COCA performers, DaySpring School of the Arts, acting teacher Adam Grun and combat choreographer Michael Monsey. Don’t miss Stages St. Louis’ “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” workshop where participants ages 8-11 can act out their own version of Greg’s diary. Visit the library’s website for a complete schedule of events and locations. BY DIANE TOROIAN KEAGGY

THURSDAY

“Very Open Rehearsal”: 7:30 p.m. Thursday • Tavern of Fine Arts, 313 Belt Avenue • Free • 314-367-7549 or tavern-of-fine-arts.com ➙ The polished performances we hear in most of the area’s venues are only the tip of the iceberg where the musicians are concerned; hours of rehearsal precede each one. If you’ve ever wondered how it’s all put together, you have a chance to get a glimpse into two performers’ working lives on Thursday at the intimate Tavern of Fine Arts. Chamber Project St. Louis will hold a “VOR” (Very Open Rehearsal) of Astor Piazzolla’s “Histoire du Tango” for flute and guitar. You can listen, enjoy something to eat or drink, and even ask questions as the evening proceeds. BY SARAH BRYAN MILLER

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