Despite the heat, the humidity and the questionable air quality, St. Louisans still love to eat outdoors. Our fondness for al fresco dining is indulged in new ways with Celebrate 2004's take on the practice, the Eats Bridge. Beginning on Friday, July 16, the beloved Eads Bridge is given over to hardy gourmands every weekend (5 to 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays) through August 22, weather permitting. Candicci's, Super Smokers, Syberg's and Under the Sun Catering, among others, will set up shop on the bridge, serving hungry St. Louisans their finest fare while said St. Louisans enjoy a unique view of the city skyline from their perch.
If you can't beat the heat, you may as well eat -- and
the Eads Bridge is open for dinner.
Food and beverage tickets will be used on Fridays and Saturdays and will work on a dollar-for-dollar basis. Prices range from $2 for soft drinks to $6 for a glass of wine to $20 for a full meal. Tickets can be purchased on- site or at the Big Wheel in Forest Park (that's a sneaky way to avoid the lines that are sure to form on the bridge). Unused tickets can then be used to ride the Big Wheel at a later date. Very sneaky, indeed.
Sunday brunches bypass the tickets and cost $15 to $25 per person. Reservations for brunch can only be made by calling 314-416-8327. Check out www.celebrate2004.org for more info. -- Paul Friswold
South City Strumming Balkan-style
Anyone who lives on the south side of the city or county probably has a Bosnian neighbor or two. You already know that these recent immigrants left their war-torn homeland to find a better life, but what else do you know about these new Missourians? Maybe you should show them you're interested in learning about the old world by inviting them to the Bosnian restaurant Grbic (4071 Keokuk Street; 314-772-3100) for the Balkan Cabaret's special $15 performance. This musical ensemble presents Eastern European songs from Croatia, Serbia, Macedonia, Bulgaria and, of course, Bosnia at 8 p.m. Stop by to take a musical and culinary journey without leaving St. Louis, and bring your neighbors a little bit closer to home. -- Alison Sieloff
Ice Wish You wouldn't scream
Aaaaiiiieeee! We love ice cream! We scream about it; do you? How could you not?! (Well, maybe you're lactose intolerant or vegan or something -- if that's the case, then you're guaranteed a front-row seat in Heaven. God bless you.)
Anyway, today is National Ice Cream Day, and HearthBeats Vintage Kitchen Wares (2001 Cherokee Street) is hosting a party from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Because everyone loves ice cream, the place is gonna be packed. But you know you'll show up anyway with the whole family in tow, because everyone loves ice cream! Aaaaiiiieeee!
Plus, Popsicle the Clown will be there! And, also for the kids, there will be a coloring contest and demonstrations on how to make ice cream. Admission is free, and all ice cream sales benefit SSM Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital. Visit www.hearthbeats.com or call 314-771-2600 for more info, but try not to scream into the phone. -- Guy Gray
The Devil You Say
What would you do for carnal pleasures? Would you sell your soul for the chance at eternal youth and love? Faust would and did, and the story of his consequential mortal peril continues to fascinate people years later. Charles Gounod's opera, Faust, is presented in its original French (with English supertitles) by the Union Avenue Opera Theatre at 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays (July 16 through 24) at the Union Avenue Christian Church (733 North Union Boulevard; 314-361-2881). Tickets are $20 to $30. --Paul Friswold