What to Do in St. Louis This Weekend
Super Bowl Sunday may occupy the airwaves this weekend, but we’re just as excited about the exhibitions, productions and culinary experiences taking center stage in galleries and venues across the city. Whether you plan to tune in as the Rams take on the Patriots, or whether you hope to avoid TV screens at all costs, we’ve rounded up the best in dining, the arts and entertainment in St. Louis.
Restaurateur David Kirkland hosts Soulful Turn, a collaborative dinner + listening party with Chicago’s Funk Trunk Records in celebration of Black History Month on Friday, Feb. 1. Start the evening with a special dinner menu of favorite soul-food recipes inspired by Kirkland’s mother and grandmother from 5-11 p.m. At 9 p.m., enjoy soul, funk, disco, jazz and other music from the ’60s through the ’90s that has become classic within the black diaspora. If you can’t make it this Friday, no worries—Turn Restaurant will feature the special menu throughout the month of February.
When: Feb. 1
Where: Turn Restaurant
‘Disney on Ice’ Celebrates 100 Years of Magic
Kids will adore the centennial celebration of “Disney on Ice” at the Enterprise Center Downtown. The cast includes more than 50 Disney characters, from Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck to the Disney Princesses. Sing along to songs from animated features like “Toy Story,” “Finding Dory,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Aladdin” and more.
When: Jan. 31 through Feb. 3
Where: Enterprise Center
Grand opening of Kimchi Guys
A brand-new restaurant offering a fresh, exciting take on fried chicken opens its doors this weekend in Downtown St. Louis. Head to Kimchi Guys all day on Friday to try their flavorful Korean fried chicken, accompanied by your choice of four delicious sauces. Order chicken by the piece, or select from a wide-ranging menu of Korean-Mexican fusion barbecue dishes, kimchi and sides.
When: Feb. 1 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Where: 612 N. 2nd Street
Price: Food for purchase
Rachel Youn Artist Talk and Closing Reception
This Saturday marks the last opportunity to see St. Louis-based artist Rachel Youn’s show “Bounty,” on view at Erica Popp Studios + Gallery. Youn received their BFA from Washington University in St. Louis in 2017 and has since shown at local art hubs like the Sheldon Art Galleries, The Luminary and Flood Plain. They acquire inventive materials and household objects from Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace and home-furnishing stores, playing with concepts of authenticity and facsimile. Get a last look at this collection of work and hear Youn discuss their practice at the closing reception.
When: Feb. 2 from 1-4 p.m.
Where: Erica Popp Studios + Gallery
Jazz at the Bistro in Grand Center reunites an all-star group of musicians this weekend for four unique shows. The ensemble highlights four renowned musicians: saxophonist Tia Fuller—who has played with the likes of Beyoncé and Esperanza Spalding—as well as Jazz St. Louis veteran and trumpeter Sean Jones, pianist Peter Martin and vibraphonist Warren Wolf.
When: Jan. 30-31 at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m.
Where: Jazz at the Bistro
Kranzberg Arts Center’s New Exhibitions
This weekend, catch the opening of the Kranzberg Arts Center’s 2019 exhibition series, centered on the theme of “Chaos.” Explore responses to disorder and uncertainty through the first installment, “The Riot Show,” a collaboration between Michael Faris and Unique Hughely that presents written words and visual montages inspired by civil unrest.
When: Feb. 1 through March 15
Where: The Gallery at the Kranzberg Arts Center
Super Bowl watch parties
Watch the Los Angeles Rams take on the New England Patriots this Super Bowl Sunday at a variety of watch parties around the city. Head to Westport Social for access to over 20 TVs, not to mention the discounts on pizzas, wings, and domestic bottles. International Tap House‘s Central West End location hosts a party featuring $20 bottomless beers, Super Bowl Bingo and bar snacks.
When: Feb. 3
Price: Food and drink for purchase
Feature image courtesy of Jens Thekkeveetti.