The contemporary art "buzz" in St. Louis is really, really good at the moment, and the friendly folks at Critical Mass want you to know about it. Once again they invite the public to spend one day touring any of fifteen participating art venues with a Passport to Contemporary Art in hand. Have your Passport stamped at three or more places, and you earn free admission (a savings of $5!) to what will surely be one of this season's coolest art events, "On and On 'Til the Break of Dawn," at Mossa Center, 1214 Washington Avenue, from 7-10 p.m. (314-664-5902).
Co-curated by artsy married couple Kim Humphries and Sarah Colby, "On and On..." features artworks that "blur the line between art and life." Humphries and Colby have selected artists from the region who work in all media (some of the more familiar names include Mel Watkin, Christina Shmigel and Carole Loeffler, whose "Binks" is pictured), but most of the art won't be in frames. Humphries even promises some "tricky, fun, subterfuge-type stuff" from DJ Adam Watkins.
St. Louis enjoys one of the most refreshing, least snooty art scenes anywhere. If you've been looking for a chance to check it out, consider yourself invited. -- Ivy Cooper
Island of culture?
Fresh from the debut of a dinner-theater performance about the vicissitudes of White Castles and the Midwesterners who love them (complete with a dinner of sliders), St. Louis looks ahead -- to Woofies. The Overland hot-dog stand and veritable time capsule (the walls are lined with autographed head shots of TV news anchors past, like Donn Johnson and Al Wiman) opens its doors for Howie Hirshfield's Who Stole Woofie's Hot Dog?, a dinner-theater experience complete with interactive murder mystery and hot-dog supper. Woofies owner Paul Fitzgerald, Overland cops and actors dressed like mobsters and molls get into the act at 6:30 p.m. (1919 Woodson Road, $25-$30, 314-426-6291). -- Byron Kerman
Students become the masters
Admit it -- after high school, you hoped you were done with homecomings. Suppress those anxieties over asking Marcy Hooper to the dance, though, because Webster's Film Series has a better homecoming planned. Webster's Film Department alumni will return to showcase their recent work to current students, their former professors and the filmgoing public.
The work comprises a highly diverse slate, including Aaron Crozier's Grumboon, a silent comedy about a caveman inventor, and Bill Davis' documentary The Nazi Lie: Propaganda of Evil. There's also a handful of music videos, including Ben Burke's clip for the Sun's "Carry It All," which has popped up on M2. The event takes place Saturday and Sunday, October 11 and 12, from 8-10 p.m. (different films will play on each night) at Moore Auditorium (470 East Lockwood Avenue), and tickets are $4-$6. For more information, call 314-968-7487. -- Niles Baranowski
Oh, My Goths
What exactly is a glitter whip? We have no idea, but sponsoring group Les Fleurs du Mal recommends you bring one to the area goth community's biggest annual party, the Armageddon Ball (9 p.m.-2 a.m., Berzerker Studios, 3033 Locust Street, $10, R.S.V.P. at www.lesfleursmal.com). Expect belly dancers, art, a cash bar and music by Malcolm's Bliss (yes, that's a reference to the former mental hospital), Tory Z. Starbuck and others. Shine up those patent leather pants and crack the whip. -- Byron Kerman