Sunday, May 20, 2007

St. Louis Summer Concerts - Free!

Spring has Sprung...and in St. Louis Spring is just a two-day flirt. It's summertime in this city. Let's enjoy it with lots of Free summer concerts! Click on the links for more info.

Twilight Tuesdays at the Missouri History Museum
May 1 - Denise Thimes (jazz, traditional standards)
May 8 - Soulard Blues Band
May 15 - Tim Cunningham (jazz saxophonist)
May 22 - Javier Mendoza
May 29 - Coco Soul
June 5 - Honeyvox
June 12 - Arvell and Company (tribute to Earth Wind and Fire)
June 19 - Motown Revue

Jungle Boogie Friday Night Concert Series at the St. Louis Zoo
May 25 - Ralph Butler (R&B)
June 1 - Gargoyle Reign (Pop / Rock)
June 8 - Bored of Education (Pop / Rock)
June 15 - No concert (ZOOFARI)
June 22 - Mo and Dawn (Jazz)
June 29 - Blake Travis of Dangerous Kitchen (Rock / Blues)
July 6 - Gumbohead (Zydeco)
July 13 - Might Big Band (Blues / R&B)
July 20 - Boogie Chyld (Funk)
July 27 - Charles Glenn (Vocal / Jazz)
August 3 - Javier Mendoza (Rock)
August 10 - Clave Sol (Caribbean / Jazz)
August 17 - Arvell and Co. (Motown / R&B)
August 24 - My Friend Mike (Pop / Rock)
August 31 - Kim Massie (Blues)

Whitaker Music Festival at the Missouri Botanical Garden (Wednesdays)
June 6 - Jeremy Davenport
June 13 - Trio Tres Bien
June 20 - Dave Black and Friends
June 27 - Erin Bode
July 4 - The Flying Mules
July 11 - Will Maring Acoustic
July 18 - Baker-Mclaren Band
July 25 - Melissa Neels
August 1 - Peter Mayer
August 8 - Gumbohead

Live on the Levee at the Riverfront
July 3 - Goo Goo Dolls

July 4 - Cindy Lauper
July 14 - Bruce Hornsby
July 27 - Steel Pulse
July 28 - Musiq Soulchild
Aug 3 - Robert Randolf and the Family Band

Whitaker Urban Evenings Series - St. Louis Place Park (Thursdays)
7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
St. Louis Place Park
Old North St. Louis
June 21 – Kim Massie, opening by Gene Dobbs Bradford and Blues Inquistion
July5 – Good For the Soul, opening by the Jazz St. Louis’ THF reality All-Star Student Ensemble
July 12 – Erin Bode, opening by Bob Bennett’s Swing & Soul
July 26 – Gumbo Head, opening by Phoebe Claggett

Call 314 539-9500 for more information

Sounds of the Station - Union Station (Thursdays)
June 21 - Dr. Zhivegas
July 19 - Shooting Star!
August 16 - Dis Wizzle!
September 20 - The Well Hungarians

Carondelet Park Concerts (Sundays)
6:00 - 8:00 pm
June 10 - Erin Bode (Jazz-Pop)
June 17 - Lucky Shy (Country Rock)
June 24 - Fanfare (Variety Big Band)
July 1 - Poor People of Paris (French Tunes)
July - 8 Gateway City Big Band (40's / 50's Big Band)
July 15 - St. Louis Ragtimers (Ragtime)
July 22 - Mystic Voyage (Motown – Jazz)
July 29 - Mitzi MacDonald (Celtic)
August 5 - Kevin Mitchell Four (Jazz)
August 12 - Waterloo German Band (Festive German)
August 19 - Cornet Chop Suey (Jazz)

St. Louis Square Park Concerts (Mondays)
7:00 – 9:00 pm
June 11 - Gateway Jazz Quartet (Dixieland – Jazz)
June 18 - Liquid Prairie (Old Country)
June 25 - Herb Eberle (German / Ethnic)

Bellerive Park Concerts (Mondays)
7:00 – 9:00 pm
July 2 - The Greer's (Bluegrass)
July 9 - Fox Creek (Bluegrass)
July 16 - Have Strings Will Travel (Old Time Bluegrass)
July 23 - Chris Talley Trio (Bluegrass)

Fête Fitness, Fun, and Philanthropy

Do you like to combine fun and volunteerism with fitness and health awareness? Good for you!

Below are postings for upcoming events that let you to excerise, educate others about health issues AND raise awareness and funds for very worthy causes.

June 2007

Make Tracks for the Zoo
Register online or call (314) 768-5440
Sign up as a family and save!

For more info about St. Louis Area Walks & Runs, click here. You're sure to find an event to fit your schedule and/or interests.
Or post a comment and I'll add more.
Saturday, June 23
9:30 am - 5:30 pm
The Amazing Challenge
St. Louis Science Museum
As a team, you and your friends or family will participate in an amazing new program designed to challenge you both physically and mentally. It also is an excellent team-building experience, as you will work together, relying on each other's strengths, to compete for an awesome prize package.
For details and registration information, please call Barb at 314-289-4439.
Tuesday, June 26
11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Probstein Golf Course, Forest Park
Proceeds benefit the Frankie M. Freeman Scholarship Fund

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

June 2007 Events

Saturday, June 2
10am - 6pm
Autohaus of Clayton Presents “The Ultimate Drive for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation”
The Autohaus Parts and Service Dept
125 S. Hunter in Clayton
You Drive the Miles, BMW Donates the Dollars!
Just get behind the wheel of a new BMW vehicle of your choice in the Ultimate Drive® for Susan G. Komen for the Cure event. As a participant, you'll find plenty of BMW models to test drive, such as the thrilling 3 Series Coupe, the sporty X3 SAV® and this year's Signature Vehicle, the dynamic X5 SAV. For every mile you drive BMW will donate $1 on your behalf to Komen.
Festivites will include:
Vito's Italian Cuisine
Music by the Ralph Butler Band - featuring Teddy on the Bass
Desserts by Maggie Moo's Ice Cream & Kaldi's Coffee Pink Ladies Dancing For the Cause Special Hero & Local Celebrities for Ceremonial First Drive Goody Bags & Giveaways
FREE, yes, absolutely free and philanthropic! But RSVP needed.
To register for this event, please go online at
OR contact Darcy Lane at 314-727-8877 x 2102 or e-mail her at

Friday June 8 – Saturday, June 9
St. Louis 12 Annual Microfest
Upper Muny ParkingForest Park
Rain or Shine
Cost: $25, Proceeds benefiting the Lift for Life Academy

Saturday, June 9
5:30 - 11pm
Shakespeare Festival: "Much Ado About Nothing"
Greenshow starts at 6:30 pm - for the children and adults with ADHD
Feature begins at 8:00 pm
(We arrive early to claim prime real-estate. The natural amphi-theatre grounds become filled quickly.)
Bring your own food, beverages, blankets, chairs, and bug repellant.

Saturday, June 9 – Sunday, June 10
Free Fishing Days – No Permit needed
Maybe you've never fished before, and you're not sure if it's right for you. Anglers can wet their lines in state waters without having to buy fishing permits, daily trout tags or trout permits at most locations.

Saturday, June 9 - Sunday, June 10
International Horse Radish Festival
Collinsville, Illinois

Wednesday, June 13
7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Science Frontiers: “From Front Porch to the Alter: Nonverbal Courtship Signaling Then and Now”
Missouri History Museum in Forest Park - Lee Auditorium
Perspectives on Science & History Lecture Series: A joint lecture series co-sponsored by the
Academy of Science-St. Louis and the Missouri Historical Society.

Thursday, June 14 - Monday, June 18
Show-me Missouri Fish Mobile Aquarium
Union Station
Downtown, St. Louis

Sunday, June 17
11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
CommUNITY Days at Fairground Park: Sounds in the Park
Celebrate Juneteenth and Father’s Day!

Since 1856, Fairground Park at Grand Avenue and Natural Bridge Road has been part of our city’s rich history. Join the Whitaker Foundation and the Missouri Historical Society for an exciting new summer series featuring concerts, arts, history and fun! commUNITY Days at Fairground Park celebrates community spirit, family togetherness, education and literacy, neighborhood beautification and the rich heritage of this historic park. Please join us at the corner of Grand Avenue and Kossuth Avenue in Fairground Park for these fun-filled events: Storytelling, crafts, face painting, mask making, magicians jugglers, & mini museum.

Tuesday, June 19
7 pm
Cycling & Green Recreation: A Happy Hour and Fitness Combo
William A Kerr Foundation
21 O’Fallon StreetSt. Louis, MO 63102
Sponsored by
For more info: visit here

Wednesday, June 20
6:00 -8:00 pm
RFT Cocktails for a Cause
To Benefit Habitat ReStore in partnership with O'Leary's Restaurant.
O'Leary's will provide complimentary chosen cocktails and drafts. You provide the friends and fun.
Cost: $10.00/person and the ENTIRE AMOUNT goes to Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis ReStore.
O'Leary's Resturant
3828 S. Lindberg Blvd.
Saint Louis, MO 63127

Monday, June 25
5:30-7:30 p.m.
African American Leadership – Charmaine Chapman Society 2007 Kickoff
Busch Stadium Redbird Club (Enter at gate 2 at the southwest corner of the stadium. Parking available in Lot C)
Come enjoy hors d'oeuvres and drinks as we kick off our 2007 Campaign.
Please RSVP to Orvin Kimbrough at 314-539-4113 or

Tuesday, June 26
6:30 - 8:30 pm
Metropolis Wine Club Goes to California
2750 Chippewa at California
Cost: A bottle of California Wine or appetizers to share

Wednesday, June 27
5:30 - 8:30pm
"B SEEN" 2007: Presented by Alive Magazine, The Boulevard St. Louis and Cheresse INK
"B SEEN" sipping complimentary cocktails provided by Boulevard Beer, CrownValley Winery & Pearl Vodka
"B SEEN" tasting tantalizing hors d'oeuvres from PF Chang's and Maggiano's
"B SEEN" in the Lexus models courtesy of Dave Mungenast
"B SEEN" shopping on Main Street
"B SEEN" dancing the night away to the band MY FRIEND MIKE
The Boulevard - WHERE TO "B" SEEN!

Thursday, June 28
6:00 - 8:00 pm
Purses for Pooches & Pals: Professional Networking Event for Women.
Human Society of Missouri
1201 Macklind Ave
Hey Ladies! Are you ready to for some real and dynamic networking? Are you interested in expanding your career and helping others? Well, The Humane Society's Benefit for sheltered animals & Dress for Success is a 1-2-3 punch. Donate a purse to benefit women in career transition learn more about helping animals, and meet some influential professional women in the St. Louis Metro.
Cost: $25, purchase online here

Thursday, June 28
7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Shrek the Movie, opening by Shakespeare in the Park
St. Louis Place Park
Old North St. Louis
Apart of Whitaker Urban Evenings Series

Thursday, June 28
7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
St. Louis Magazine's A-List Party
St. Louis Magazine throws a stylish street party to celebrate our annual A-List award winners. Enjoy St. Louis' finest food, desserts, drink and music set amongst a scene of interesting sights to see; an open bar; then dance under the stars to beats from city's hottest DJ.
COSTS: $35 advance, $40 at the door. Ticket price includes open bar and complimentary valet parking, hors d'oeuvres and desserts. Metropolis members get a discount.

Saturday, June 30
9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
St. Louis Writers Guild: Day for the Young at Heart
St. Louis Science Museum
An all day event featuring story telling, book signings and educational presentations by local St. Louis authors.
Scheduled Presentations
11am - Have Fun - Write a Story with Jud Miner
1pm - Discover Your Family History Stories with Fran Hamilton
3pm - The big Write wtih Katie Shanahan

Page Turners: Adult Reading Club Sponsored by the St. Louis City Public Library.
Read and become eligible to win prizes including tickets to a cardinals game and a laptop computer.
All summer through August 11th.

Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum Summer 2007 Exhibitions
Current Exhibitions:
- Andrea Fraser, "What do I as an artist, provide?"
- Ansel Adams: Reverence for Life
- Annual MFA Thesis Exhibition
Exhibits run through July 16th.

Frontyard Features Free Outside Movie Viewings
40 Nights. 40 Movies.
See a host of classic and relatively new movies outside from your lawn chair.
A variety of movied will be featured at various outside venues and parks throughout the Metro area.
Bring your own beverages and snacks and enjoy Movie Night.
5:00 - 7:00 p.m. now through September.

Monday, May 07, 2007

Bourgeois Summer 2007: Step into the Mainstream

Boughee is a slang reference to bourgeois. Bourgeois is a very loaded term. For many people it is a general reference to people from the middle socio-economic class or at least people who have middle-class values. And what’s a middle class value? Colloquially, it usually means placing high value on higher education, home ownership, financial independence, being involved in general political and social discourse, and having some familiarity with various arts. In essence, being boughee implies a person is well-rounded, grounded, and well-versed, though not necessarily well-heeled.

There are negative connotations of boughee, too. And among minority citizens, the negative descriptors are perhaps more common than the descriptors listed above. But, we’ll not address those items. Rather, let’s focus on the real essence of “boughee-ness”. And to do so means elevating the Fête Society and thinking about what the presence of persons of color at certain events and venues signal to others. It is time to think about how we shape audiences’ attitudes and expectations when we attend certain events en masse. By adding a significant amount of ‘color to the room’ we signal that Black people enjoy lots of things, and that we are not limited to the only participating in the stereotypical ‘black events’. Some events are fun, plain and simple. Color, class, and education have nothing to do with it. But for a variety of reasons, we don’t participate (or only a handful of individuals participate). We are a viable target audience to market and we should recognize the power of our demographic.

Therefore, it is in this spirit that I declare the theme for the 2007 Boughee Summer: Step into the Mainstream.

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

May 2007 Events

Thursday, May 3rd
6:00 pm
SEIC Awards Ceremony
May Auditorium, Simon Hall
The second annual Social Entrepreneurship & Innovation Competition will close with this event, and the naming of the 2007 winning teams. Come see which teams will walk away with the combined $125,000 in funding! This event will feature keynote speaker Leslie D. Michelson, founder, CEO, investor, advisor and director for a portfolio of entrepreneurial healthcare, technology and real estate companies.
Cost: FREE

Thirst for LifeBenefiting PAWS (Pets are a Wonderful Support) and St. Louis Effort for AIDS. Before, I have served as a captain for the Dining Out for Life fundraiser and awareness campaign held in November. Now, there is a summer counterpart for the Sotty! Come on out!

Saturday, May 12th
7pm - 10pm

Thirst For Life 2007 Kick-Off Party

The Kentucky Club

4162-68 Manchester in the Grove

COST: Wristbands are $25.00 and are your admission to the event.

Thursday, May 17th
Happy Hour

Thirst for Life – Cocktails for a Cause
Visit one of several bars throughout the metro area and at least 25% of your bill will benefit the St. Louis Effort for AIDS and PAWS

Thursday, May 24th
Science Frontiers: “It’s So Easy Being Green: Breaking New Ground in (Residential & Commercial) Green Building Design & Construction.”
Attend this special event—held at the Alberici Headquarters—to learn more about the growing trend in Green Building Design & Construction. Several experts in the field will provide insights into this hot topic—and don’t miss the reception and Alberici building tours! Register to attend at
Cost: Free