Tuesday, November 18
Daniel Bowers must have taken one look around Gus Torregrossa's store, Gus's Fashions and Shoes, and realized that it would make a great subject for a short film. Take one ageless, earthy, generous-to-a-fault Italian-American owner; one diminutive, chain-smoking, costume-wearing roughneck employee (that would be Jimmy Doyle); and the neighborhood kids and young rappers who buy their gear (and occasionally perform) at Gus's Washington Avenue location, and you get a unique subject. Gus also includes the story of the golden Reeboks that Torregrossa made for Pope John Paul II and plenty of great stories about Doyle. It seems that the longtime employee once shaved a stripper's legs in a barber chair at Gus's salon, and -- get this -- he also supposedly pooped in the back of then-Mayor Vincent Schoemehl's ride. See the fun documentary as part of the St. Louis International Film Festival lineup, at 7:30 p.m. at the Tivoli, 6350 Delmar Boulevard ($8). Call 314-454-0042 or visit www.cinemastlouis.org for more.