A story from the St. Charles Journal reports on the formation of the St. Charles Young Professional Alliance, aimed at getting the 25- to 40-year-old crowd interested in local issues and integrated into the business community. One of the organizers laments, among other things, the lack of county nightlife for this demographic.
Maybe that wave already crested in the city and is now pushing outward? In relatedish news, an email summary sent yesterday of the minutes of the February 1 Metropolis St. Louis steering committee meeting included the following bullet point:
"C. General Meetings. The general meetings were unanimously voted out and will no longer be held. Rhonda proposed, and it was unanimously agreed, that the Steering Committee meeting should be referred to as the Metropolis meeting from now on."
St. Louis' profile on MySpace has 5,637 friends.
Over Crown Royal, Alizé, Hpnotiq and cheese onion rings during Disco-T's set at Marsha's Ltd., the challenge presented itself: to try to visit all the bars selling tickets for Tavern Nite 2006. No timeframe has been set, but the list of illustrious watering holes is as follows (I've already been to the ones that are crossed out):
St. Louis Nites
11 Stl. Brothers
Two of a Kind
Midwest Men & Women's Club
This Is It
Creme de la Creme
East St. Louis/St. Louis
Do any of you have a review to share with the class?
Tavern Nite 2006 will be held on Sunday, March 12 at the Omega Center (3900 Goodfellow at Natural Bridge). It's presented by St. Louis Nights Magazine and will feature Theodis Ealy, AKA the guy who sings that "Stand Up In It" song, which is a popular selection on north-city jukeboxes. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door. Doors at 7, show at 8, BYOB, food by Mammer Jammer. Call 367-1742 to reserve a table of eight.
Mamalogues, by Dana Loesch
Architectural Ruminations, by Andrew L W Raimist
Dividing By Zero Will Get You Nowhere, by Jeff York
Urban Reason, by Josh DiCarlo
St. Louie Louie, by Jeff Kopp
LiveWire Media is moving from the Central West End to 3115 South Grand, better known as the Dickmann Building. I used to work for LiveWire and still do the occasional freelance project for them. The Dickmann is owned by Tim Boyle.
Local icon Bob Reuter has a MySpace page. One of these days, I'm going to have to get with all these social networking sites.
Update: I've been sucked in.
In a move we hope does not become a trend (though it could lead to fun speculation), I was alerted by co-hostess Julia that today's episode of Judge Alex (scroll down) featured former Free Candy guests and artistic collaborators Shellee Graham and Bill Boll in a legal fight over who gets to cash in on their documentary "Built for Speed: The Coral Court Motel."
Okay, but here's the kicker: Julia was en route to the airport (to Turkey, of course) and I am stuck at this lousy desk. Someone out there, tell us the outcome!! Which way did the wheels of justice turn?
The publication operates in the red and has relied on an annual $50,000 to $60,000 subsidy from Webster University for the last ten years. The possibility that they may move to an online blog format is amusing given Joe Pollack's rant in SJR's March 2005 issue entitled "Blogs are not journalism." Beware, print dinosaurs: your days are numbered.
The Downtown St. Louis Partnership site was hacked earlier today. The front page was replaced with a message that said:
DeFaceD By StacoM
[ Respect Our Prophet Mohammed (Peace Be Upon Him) Or You Will See True Muslims Anger ]
Thanks To All Muslims Hackerz All Over The Planet
CasaHacK TeaM © 2006
Maybe this was the work of the Tenth Street Taliban.
I hereby nominate N. 20th between Bissell and Ferry in the 63107 zip code for the title of Dirtiest Block in St. Louis. It sits just southeast of the Grand Water Tower in the College Hill neighborhood. The amount of trash on the ground in that little stretch is jaw dropping. Unfortunately, I didn't have my camera with me to capture the moment when I drove by there on Saturday on my way to the twice-a-month bboy session I help organize at Friedens.
Hartford Coffee Company has a new website address: www.hartfordcommunitycafe.com
They're dubbing their second-floor space for grown-ups the "Java Lounge." You can preview it on Sunday, February 19 from 5-8 p.m. during the reception for proprietor James Fox's art show. Rumor has it that DJ Akita will be spinning at Hartford that evening, fresh on the heels of his appearance at The Royale the night before.