5 Things To Do In The CWE This Weekend (Stay At Home Edition)

From an online scholastic chess tournament, to a post-supper Sunday conversation with Left Bank Books — here are five things to do this weekend in the Central West End (while still abiding by social distancing guidelines).

Treat Yourself to a Blind Tasting Kit | The Vino Gallery

All Weekend Long

If you are bored of the same Friday night or looking to advance your wine tasting skills, these Blind Tasting Kits from The Vino Gallery are perfect for you! Created for both novice and advanced wine drinkers, these kits are both educational and fun! Grab a kit for your next social event, give as a gift, or put your own skills to the test and perform the tasting solo. To purchase your kit, click here!


Take a Virtual Art Tour | Houska Gallery

All Weekend Long

Wishing you could spend the afternoon wandering through an art gallery? Thanks to Houska Gallery, you can now take a 3D virtual tour from the comfort of your own home! Their current exhibition, Increasingly All the Time, is available to view online. The exhibition presents a survey of hyper saturated, iridescent color field paintings and sculptures from Nick Schleicher’s recent exploration into his personal sense of aesthetic and display. Included in the exhibition are several works hung traditionally, as well as multiple hybrid paintings on which additional paintings sit.

Work(out) From Home | Pure Barre

All Weekend Long

Missing your favorite workout studio? Pure Barre is bringing their high-energy classes straight to your living room (or back patio)! If you have an active membership at Pure Barre St. Louis, you are eligible to follow their live stream classes in their private Facebook Group. They are hosting multiple Pure Barre Classic and Pure Empower classes a day. Not a member, but still want to keep moving? Simply email ladue@purebarre.com to activate your membership.

Sign Your Child Up For Chess | Saint Louis Chess Club

Saturday, May 16
12-2 p.m.

Is your kid getting antsy during quarantine? Sign them up for chess this Saturday! The Saint Louis Chess is running a scholastic chess tournament on Lichess.org. In order to compete, students must sign up for a free account on Lichess.org prior to the tournament and join the section in which they would like to play. 

The three sections are as follows: the Rook Section is for experienced tournament players with established USCF ratings; the Bishop Section is for tournament players with less experience; the Novice Section is for players new to tournament chess.

This is an Arena style tournament. Players play as many games as possible during the total time allotted for the tournament. For each section, the top three players by total points will be awarded a free online chess lesson by the Grandmaster in Residence from the Saint Louis Chess Club.

Attend a Post-Supper Sunday Conversation | Left Bank Books

Sunday, May 17
7-8 p.m.

For anyone who loves Cajun food — you won’t want to miss this Post-Supper Sunday Conversation with Melissa M. Martin, Cajun chef behind the New Orleans restaurant Mosquito Supper Club, and Travis and Pamela Parfait of St. Louis’ Sister Cities Cajun. The chefs will celebrate Martin’s new cookbook, MOSQUITO SUPPER CLUB: CAJUN RECIPES FROM A DISAPPEARING BAYOU. They will also discuss recipes, tips and techniques, growing up in the Bayou, and how to help restaurants recover from the pandemic. 

All you need to do to participate is log in to your personal Facebook account, go to Left Bank Books’ Facebook Page, “Like” the page, and wait for the livestream to begin on the page (you may need to refresh the page periodically until the stream begins).