St. Louis Events Calendar > December 2006

Sunday, December 3
Free Candy, with Amanda & Julia
Hartford Coffee Company, 3974 Hartford (@ Roger)
Free, maturish audience only, 7 p.m., 314-772-5947,

For the last show of 2006, St. Louisí #1 live, non-broadcast, coffeeshop talk show pulls out all the stops (as if we had stops before!), including but not limited to:

*Much merriment from co-hosts Amanda Doyle & Julia Smillie
*Insightful, um, insight from our fabulous guests
*The first-ever Free Candy Runway Fashion Show
*Tasteful, toe-tapping tunes
*Local holiday shopping opportunity, with goods from Urban Knitters and Big Small Town designs, our show sponsor (donít buy your Christmas cards Ďtil youíve seen these!)
*Delightful show prequel, in the form of a new art show featuring the photography/artwork of Thomas Crone and friends from 5-7 p.m.

(Posted by Amanda)

Tuesday, December 5
Warrior Poet Award Ceremony
Regional Arts Commission, 6128 Delmar
$30 (includes dinner), all ages, 6:30 p.m., 314-443-4357,

Make no mistake, they're out there fighting the war, though their weapons are well-chosen words, incisive imagery and the force of moral conscience. At least that's our impression of this year's two Warrior Poets, to be formally recognized tonight and presented with inscribed swords to that effect: Dahveed Nelson (a prominent member of The Last Poets) and local treasure/national legend Eugene Redmond are the 2006 honorees. Come hear their work from the men themselves, and enjoy a three-course wine dinner, a jazz reception and good company, all brought to you by Word in Motion.

(Posted by Amanda)

Wednesday, December 6
Lunch & Learn: Contemporary Women Photographers
Contemporary Art Museum-St. Louis, 3750 Washington Blvd.
Free admission/$10 lunch buffet, noon-1 p.m., 314-655-5491,

Face it: you need some learnin'. Don't feel bad, we all do. In this season of gluttonous self-indulgence, take an hour from your busy life for a little high-minded self-improvement, by attending today's lunch and informal chat from Olivia Lahs-Gonzales (director of the nearby Sheldon Art Galleries), who'll offer some thoughts on the connections between contemporary women photographers and their interpretations of nature. Even better, it doesn't have to cost you a dime: brown baggers are welcome, too.

(Posted by Amanda)

Friday, December 15-Sunday, December 17
Theater: "The Flu Season"
Tin Ceiling Theater, 3159 Cherokee (at Compton)
$8, 8 p.m., 314-374-1151,

We like the spunk of those kids over at the Tin Ceiling; we especially like that they've taken the initiative to put up a video trailer for their last production of '06, from Pulitzer Prize-nominated Will Eno (the production, not the trailer). It all starts, as most things beautiful and painful do, with love gone really wrong, and goes downhill (gently at first, then in a great crescendo) from there.

We like that they consider this a sell line: "Yes itís theater, but itís damn depressing theater. Just in time for the Holidays."

Amen to that, and we'll see you in the front row.

(Posted by Amanda)

Monday, December 18
Concert: Frank Morey & His Band w/Thee Dirty South
Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp
$7, 18+ ($2 surcharge for under-21), 314-773-3363,

So, here's an interesting juxtaposition: the unfailingly smoking (and we mean that as in cigarettes, not like "smokin' hot," though we mean no disrespect to the man's physical form, neither) Frank Morey, raspy-voiced song-storyteller, in the confines of a newly smoke-free Off Broadway. What will happen? Can he make it a whole set sans smokes? Does he arrive in a glass smoking cube, polluting only his own personal airspace? That's one reason to come check out this show: a better one would be the gritty, rapturous visions Morey and his solid band deliver in music. Icing on this cake? Ass-kicking, hometown rock-and-roll openers Thee Dirty South (Bob Reuter Marc Chechik and John Baldus), who are all kinds of a good way.

(Posted by Amanda)

Friday, December 22
Winter Glow: Songs for the Winter Season
Saint Louis Art Museum, One Fine Arts Dr. in Forest Park
Free, all ages, 6-8:30p.m., 314-721-0072,

Looking for something a little different to do to celebrate the solstice, snow, winter, Christmas or whatever gets your juices flowing this cold time of year? Start here, with a performance inside by the renowned choir of Christ Church Cathedral; once the pros have warmed up their vocal chords (and you've warmed yours with a selection of winter-friendly beverages and snacks), the whole kit-n-caboodle heads outside for a meander through the nearby wooded grove, all alight with luminaries and the perfect setting to stop and sing a few songs along the path. This is something the whole family (properly clad for the weather) can enjoy together, and afterwards, there're art activities for the kids.

(Posted by Amanda)

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