Tin Can Tavern & Grille (3157 Morganford in Tower Grove South) is set to open on Monday, March 7. They won't be serving liquor until they get their license, which should hopefully happen by the 16th.
In the St.-Louis-is-a-small-world category, their accountant is the son of my high school trigonometry teacher. Josh Alt, one of Tin Can's proprietors, is the bassist and lead vocalist for Secret Cajun Band.
From Vince Schoemehl:
We had great candidates for SLPS superintendent but (and I speak only for myself) the determining factors were:
You can read more about Dr. Creg Williams at http://www.slps.org/
Diversity facilitator extraordinaire, former owner of the Sunshine Inn and man-about-town Rudy Nickens (most recently vice-president of St. Louis 2004) has moved to the helm of the Black Rep, taking over as Executive Director. Their season is in full swing, currently with the production of "Stories About the Old Days."
St. Louis-based Beige Records got Slashdotted on Monday for an album they released several years ago. Mmmmm ... geeky.
Some fascinating brain research, that is!
A team of researchers at Washington University, led by Joshua Brown, have uncovered what happens in the "oops center" of the brain (layman's terms, kids; it's really the anterior cingulate cortex, natch), and how learning might help keep us from making mistakes. NPR has the whole story.
Update: More information about this research via Science Blog
St. Louis is 35th in Popular Science's ranking of the top tech cities based on 36 weighted variables. Our score was 71 out of 100; the mean was 66.
You remember, perhaps, a fantastic story we ran on the site a while back about the a capella craze sweeping the halls of Webster Groves High School? Well, the kids are at it again: we just got word of the Missouri State Championship of a cappella singing happens this Saturday, February 19, at 8 p.m. at WGHS, 100 Selma Ave. Tickets are 10 clams, which gets you up close and personal for the five-school sing-off action. Winner moves on to the National Championship of High School A Capella in Washington, D.C.
For reasons that are not entirely clear to me, the Missouri championship competitors are from Missouri (duh)...and Oklahoma. Hmmm.
Seth Gaines from Rockville, MD has a bunch of nice photos of St. Louis posted on Flickr.
Darlene Green for Comptroller signs suddenly popped up in about half the front yards on Arsenal between Grand and Kingshighway last weekend. Her signs are green, natch. First question: Green is unopposed, so what's the point? Second question: How'd she get that many people to agree to put a sign in their yard?
If you're a local bike enthusiast, be sure to join the St. Louis Bike Fed.
Cee Wisp Communications
Re: Save the Skybridge
Embargo: Thursday, February 4, 5 p.m.
ST. LOUIS As reported in Martin Van Der Werf's column in the Post-Dispatch today, efforts are afoot to remove the pedestrian "skybridge" from the St. Louis Centre complex, thereby forever altering the scenic streetscape along this burgeoning section of Washington Avenue. In response, a group of concerned citizens is planning a multi-pronged approach to keep the historic skybridge intact.
"Changing the dramatic exterior of the St. Louis Center skybridge would be a mistake," says Franklin Jennings, a spokesperson for the ad-hoc "Save the Skybridge" effort. "Once torn asunder, the views in this area of eastern Downtown would never be the same. We consider the skybridge to be part-and-parcel of the robust nature and dramatic vista of this working neighborhood. It has been a part of Downtown for roughly two decades. Our contention is that it should be serviceable for at least two generations."
With City Hall rainmakers likely favoring the demolition of this structure which linked the old Dillard's department store to the vibrant commercial hub of the Centre overtures will be made to insurgent Mayoral candidates Bill Haas and Irene Smith.
"These are people who regularly trade in the ideas market," says Jennings. "No 'isms' apply with them. Particularly age-ism, which is clearly in effect with this anti-preservation move. The thought that the contemporary design aesthetics of the late-'70s and early-'80s can be so wantonly tossed aside, shows that our civic leadership doesn't value Generation X, the people who grew up with the architecture so vividly brought to life by the skybridge. This seems to stand in stark contrast with ballyhooed efforts to woo young residents to the City."
Jennings suggests that those interested become immediately involved, first by purchasing goods and services from the vendors that call St. Louis Centre home.
"Nothing speaks louder than a consumer response," Jennings says. "And the range and scope of commercial endeavors currently taking place in the Centre will surely surprise those who've not shopped there in several years."
Meanwhile, online efforts will be undertaken through the (in-construction) internet portal: savetheskybridge.org.
"We've seen countless Downtown buildings saved through highly-public internet campaigns, featuring sharply-designed, highly-intuitive and dynamically-interactive sites" Jennings says. "Why not here?"
Now that information of the potential demolition of the historic skybridge is becoming public, Jennings hopes to tap into the goodwill built through other, recent efforts to save important Downtown landmarks. He stresses that "outside-the-big-box thinking" might be required here.
"Take the trendy 'windowless condo' idea so prevalent in the American Northwest," Jennings suggests. "It's not necessary for Downtown lofts to have, for example, 40 windows per unit. In our research, windowless condos are increasingly popular in rain-saturated, low-light cities such as Portland and Seattle, where adaptive reuse is treasured, not mocked. To target a handful of units to those with solid incomes and light sensitivity is simply good business."
For more information, contact Franklin Jennings through Cee Wisp Communications @ firstname.lastname@example.org.
In memory: Johnathan Swift, 1667-1742.