Now, this is not quite as exciting as the person who was, a month or so ago, offering free jock straps (yeah, that was flagged and removed within the hour), but still....what parent wouldn't be The Coolest for bringing this home for the kiddos??
It's been a long time coming, but the KDHX-FM 88.1 (and KDHX-TV) website has been dramatically redesigned and launched late last night: check out the sleek! As a programmer and listener, (and, it must be confessed, beta tester of the new site, although the idea that anyone would entrust me with technological advising is hilarious), I think it's a great improvement and should provide plenty of functionality for people looking to connect even more with the community radio, uh, community.
Notice anything wonky? Then you, too, can be a beta tester.
They're not just boppin' over at Jazz St. Louis; now they're bloggin', too. Check out the staff writings and musings about upcoming performances at Jazz at the Bistro, various community events and much more.
Imagine, children, if you can, my delight upon exiting Kaldi's yesterday afternoon (after a delish cup of French onion soup) and running into (almost literally) the tanned, rested and ready Blake Brokaw, one of the members of TheCommonspace's Pantheon of Top 10 Ever St. Louisans. Amazing! Haven't seen him in a year or more, and yet there he was. (Okay, I don't really know if the "tanned" part of my description is true, but all that fresh ink he sports gives the impression of a glow of health....)
What I gleaned from our two-minute conversation? He's teaching the culinary arts to a bunch of 12-year-olds at the Father Tolton Center in north St. Louis. Lucky kids, those.
Raise 'em high, ladies: the latest inductees into (onto?) the St. Louis Walk of Fame are....the Rockettes. The stylish steppers began life in 1925 as the "Missouri Rockets," a 16-member dance line dreamt up by Russell Markert and inspired by the Ziegfeld Follies gals. They performed to entertain the crowds before feature films at the Missouri Theater on Grand Ave. — so much better than the crappy commercials we're subjected to these days. Seven years later, they kicked and pivoted their way into a permanent gig at Radio City Music Hall.
You can join the fun at the induction ceremony on Wednesday, Aug. 1, at 11 a.m. at 6309 Delmar (near Riddle's Penultimate). Keep on kickin'.
T'other day on "Marketplace," (yeah, 'cause that's how I roll), guest host Scott Jagow was chatting with John Talmadge, CEO of a firm that tries to attract business to inner city areas, and the subject of challenging your city's census numbers gave a big shout-out to the Lou, for many years of successful restated numbers. Hey, they laughed (listen to the audio), but mo heads means mo money, baby....keep on challenging, we say.
You've heard about the groups where people band together to protect themselves against unscrupulous contractors and bad customer service? Now the contractors bite back! This local Craigslister wants to start a contractors' support group, with noble purposes like getting to know the "people that just wont pay" and keeping in touch about stolen tools/equipment (so no one inadvertently buys hot stuff.)
I, for one, am all for the advancing of communication and organizational skills of contractors. From my limited experience, this person has a long road ahead, though.
We see from a visit to one of our daily haunts that hometown poet Aaron Belz is headed north to take part in the Bookslut Reading Series; expect lots of good stuff from his delicious new volume, "The Bird Hoverer," and perhaps some old favorites, too.