Last night, I went to Alarm Will Sound's performance at The Pageant. Although I have lived in St. Louis since I was 5, for some odd reason, I had never been to The Pageant before last night! Well, the venue was beautiful, but Alarm Will Sound is what made the night a hit. Alarm Will Sound is a 20-piece orchestra, which covers electronic songs. For example, last night, they played a lot of Aphex Twin. They don't just play instruments, however. A few of the other items they use to make noise include a megaphone, a bicycle pump, and plastic tubes, which they spin in the air above their heads.
The Chase Park Plaza looks great from any angle, but I've never captured it from this one until now. I took this from a balcony connected to my house, which I don't go out on very frequently (it's a bit precarious and dirty water puddles there), but the Chase and all its glory caught my eye so I had to capture it!
Mardi Gras came and went, but I'm still trying all the Creole food in town. Last night, we went to the Kitchen Sink, which recently moved to the bottom of the Westmoreland building on Union (next to the Congress and the Senate). I had shrimp and grits and it was delish! A few nights before, I wet my palate and whet my appetite at the Broadway Oyster Bar, which is pictured above. It's on...you guessed it, Broadway, in Downtown St. Louis. I love this place. The architecture is great, the bathrooms especially (the walls are covered in mosaiced mirror pieces), and theres an outdoor patio, which they cover when it's cold, two bars, and a stage! I got a pear salad that night, which was delightful.
I took this photo when Bob Kramer's Marionnettes performed at the Missouri Botanical Gardens last summer, but I'm posting it now since they are celebrating their 50th Anniversary this week (March 26, 2014). This wonderful marionnette studio and theater is a St. Louis staple. Last year, I was going through old photos and found one taken when I was 8 and my brother was 5 and we were standing with their puppets after a show. They hand make their marionettes in their workshop/theater, which is why they are so beautiful and detailed. I make sure to see one of their shows at least once a year. The last one I saw was the Christmas show, which was full of snow queens, silly elves, and Christmas joy.
Every year, there are two parades in St. Louis for St. Patrick's Day: The Downtown weekend parade and the Dogtown day-of parade. The real Irish people in St. Louis don't even recognize the Dowtown parade, so this is a very serious matter. I went to both parades this year so I could compare and contrast. Here is what I found:
I'm starting a new photoblog! I will be posting photo(s) and stories about all the fun things I do in St. Louis. Yay! Here's the first one. It's taken from the 4th floor window of the garage connected to the Culineria (AKA Schnucks) downtown. I really love downtown St. Louis architecture, and I think this picture captures a great array of the many beautiful buildings this city has to offer. We got lots of breakfast foods at the Culineria and used them to make French Toast, eggs, mimosas, and lots of fruits! Delicious and beautiful Sunday morning.
The music video I was a part of on December 26th for Souls of Liberty has been released! I didn't mention in my previous article that the reason I know about Souls of Liberty is because I went to high school with Ryan and Tenelle (Metro High School, because I know you're wondering)! But that doesn't mean they aren't really popular--they were the opening act for Kendrick Lamar and Wale! I really like their 10,000 campaign, based on the practice expounded in Malcolm Gladwell's Outliers, and I think it demonstrates their work ethic, which combined with their obvious talent and eye, has definitely set them on the path to become millionaires. And their video looks great!
I went to the outstanding Burning Love Festival on the night of Tuesday, Feburary 19th.
Souls of Liberty filmed their new music video today for their song Future Millionaires and I got to be a part of it! I was in the video, but also got some pictures of the whole production. It was filmed right across the street from Gateway High School!
We all walked slowly alongside the car:
According to the man I spoke with at the St. Louis Public Library, all governmental institutions are closed Christmas Day, yet everything else opens at 6pm. Well, that just is not true. So I wanted to provide all you lovely St. Louisans with an accurate list of what is open and closed on Christmas Day (there are some things you wouldn't have guessed!) If hours aren't listed, the location is observing regular business hours. Merry Christmas!