Father's Day and ties. The two go together like liver and onions, and we all know how popular that combo is. Still, there are great numbers of young men who have no offspring, and who don't wear neckties. For this generation, Father's Day means celebrating the man they call "sir," (who often wears a tie), and they themselves receive no gifts or gratuities. It is this left-out, childless, necktie-less man we now address: Go to the 1200 to 1300 block of Washington Avenue and revel in your unencumbered lifestyle.
Between 6 and 10 p.m., Wash. Ave. will be thick with splendid artists, DJs and thousands upon thousands of neckties all gathered for the Tied2Art 2004 extravaganza ($10 suggested donation). If you arrive promptly at 6 p.m., you can have your shoes shined outside Gus' Fashions and Shoes (1201 Washington Avenue); your shiny shoes will serve you in good stead at Farrago (1212 Washington Avenue), where you can enjoy sidewalk Salsa lessons at 9 p.m.; after working up an appetite, head to Wasabi (1228 Washington Avenue) for sushi until 10 p.m. Marvel at the 3,000-necktie art installation at Capoeira Brasil Studio (1317 Washington Avenue), and be grateful that you've never worn one yourself, and that nobody gave you an ugly one this year. Then head to Velvet (1301 Washington Avenue) for the massive tie-themed fashion show (featuring designs by Ben Sherman and corsets by The Other Woman) and after-party, which doesn't end until 3 a.m. Check out www.hypespot.com for details. -- Paul Friswold
Torch, Kolache and You Together at last
Picture this: It's a summer evening and you're sitting on the cool grass, waiting for the Olympic flame to pass through the streets of your beloved Lou (one of only 34 cities worldwide on the Athens 2004 Olympic Torch Relay route). There's a smile on your face, a kolache in your hand. "Wait," you say, "a what?" A kolache -- a delicious, fruit- or meat- or cheese-filled Czech pastry available at the Kolache Factory (2604 South Brentwood Boulevard; 314-968-2253). Have a seat outside the Factory from 6 to 8 p.m. and enjoy giveaways from relay sponsor Coca-Cola, purchase vintage souvenir Coke bottles and, of course, get ready to see history run right by you. For more on the free event, visit www.stlouissports.org. -- Brooke Foster
Fun(draising) Friday It's good for everyone
Is "happy hour" really happy when all you and your friends do is go out and bitch about your jobs (or you go out with your co-workers and silently lament your lack of friends)? Maybe you should change that around, and Keystone of St. Louis would like to help. The members of this socially aware young professionals group host periodic fundraisers for a variety of charities (like Faith House and Sunshine Ministries). This time around, Legal Advocates for Abused Women gets the donation. Stop by Bar Napoli (7754 Forsyth Boulevard) for the benevolent event, which runs from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. The night costs only $20 to $25 (call Martha at 314-517-2283 for tickets) and includes beer, wine and appetizers -- cheap replacement for your typical fuming Friday-night outing! Meet some people that care about others for a change, and start your weekend off on a good foot. For more information on Keystone, check out www.keystoneofstlouis.org. -- Alison Sieloff
Platters That Matter
Jazz hounds, rejoice! The International Association of Jazz Record Collectors' convention is in St. Louis on Friday, June 18 (from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.), and Saturday, June 19 (from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.) at the Viking-Holiday Inn (Watson Road and Lindbergh Boulevard), and the public is invited to attend both days. Dozens of dealers and thousands of CDs, LPs and 78s will be available for purchase (can you get a second mortgage on such short notice?), or you can just look longingly at things out of your price range. Check out www.euclidrecords.com for info. -- Paul Friswold