5 Things to Do This Weekend in the CWE: May 17-19

Spend your weekend in the Central West End! Whether you’re interested in art, looking to explore our shops or try new food, there’s something in the neighborhood for everyone to enjoy. Here are five things you can do in the CWE this weekend.

Attend Art Gallery Openings

Join the Houska Gallery this Friday from 5-8 p.m. for the opening reception of artists’ Nick Schleicher and Sam Meléndez exhibitions. Schleicher’s exhibition “BAJA BLAST” is a collection of ultlra-vibrant shaped paintings that trace the vulnerability of healing through uncertainty. You’ll view pieces in teals, limes, pinks and more that celebrate the lead up to his wedding in Baja Sur. Meléndez’s “misuri” combines his love of vintage and bright colors from his home, Puerto Rico. His work includes paint and charcoal on canvas. As you view their incredible work, you’ll have the chance to chat with the artists and enjoy a drink.

On Friday from 5-8 p.m., Duane Reed will have the opening reception of Steven Montgomery and Livia Xandersmith. Montgomery’s exhibition will feature his latest body of porcelain mechanical forms. The ceramics are a combination of gold and rust, glamor and decay and the lifespan of metal. Xandersmith’s exhibition introduces warps, glitches and digital illusions into her paintings, taking the form of stretched canvases, scenery backdrops and theater flats. These pieces examine her relationship with time and technology. With Houska Gallery and Duane Reed across the street from each other, this is the perfect opportunity to pop in to each gallery for an evening of art.

Celebrate Your Graduate| AC Hotel

Congratulations to those graduating from Saint Louis University! To celebrate, the AC Hotel Bar and Lounge has created a special cocktail. Try the Blue Cherry Bomber, a blue colored drink comprised of lemonade and vodka club. While you enjoy this delicious drink, make sure to take photos with their balloon set up. Their modern, chic lounge is the perfect environment to celebrate with friends and family. The cocktail is available through Sunday for $10 while supplies last, so don’t miss out!

Learn about the 1904 World’s Fair | Mahler Ballroom

Are you interested in learning more about the 1904 World’s Fair that took place in St. Louis? Join the Mahler Ballroom on Sunday from 3-5 p.m. for a presentation celebrating the 120th anniversary. You’ll view incredible photos from then and present-day St. Louis and enjoy a Q&A. Doors open at 2:30 p.m. Delicious Bar and concessions from Patty Long Catering will be available for purchase. You can purchase your ticket at the door or ahead of time at a discounted price here.

Dine Out| Rasoi

If you’re in the mood to eat out this weekend, visit Rasoi, where they offer authentic North and South Indian cuisine. For an appetizer, try their vegetable or meat samosas. They have a wide selection of entrees like tikka masala with your choice of protein or saffron rice pulao. They have traditional vegetarian options including malai kofta, a fresh grated vegetable fritter and makhani dal, lentils cooked in spices and cream. You can also enjoy a Tandoori specialty, like the seekh kebab. No matter what you order, you’ll enjoy a flavorful meal!

This weekend’s CWE Summer Music Series musicians on Friday, May 17 from 6-9 p.m.:

Ted McCready at the corner of McPherson and Euclid

Jason Garms at the corner of Maryland and Euclid

The Euclid Shuffle

Friday 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. & 5:30-10 p.m. | Saturday 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. & 5:30-10 p.m. Call or text 314-472-5383.

Reminder as you’re traveling around the CWE this weekend, that transportation is now easier thanks to the Euclid Shuffle! If you do not wish to walk, or you parked far away, you don’t need to let that stop you from exploring the neighborhood. You can take a FREE ride along Euclid Ave. from Forest Park Ave. to Washington Ave. You can call or text the shuttle for a ride. Hop aboard!