Concert Series Ain't Dead

Not yet anyway

Seems like summer in St. Louis is synonymous with "concert series." You always know when the bestest (and sweatiest) season is coming to a close (sniff), because all these free outdoor series end. Send 'em off in style this year with a brave face to fall! The Ultra Violets finish out the Parties Under the Dove this Thursday, September 2, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Westfield Shoppingtown West County (Interstate 270 and Manchester Road; 314-821-4161). Wear comfy shoes as blister prevention, and don't party too hard at the Dove, because the Ralph Butler Band plays the grand finale for Fridays at Frontier Park at the St. Charles riverfront (636-946-7776) the next night. Thursday should help you build endurance -- the St. Chuck party goes an extra hour (from 5 to 9 p.m.).

And that's it until next year! But wait, don't cry in your beer just yet...here's some breaking concert-series news: Twilight Tuesdays (pictured) start up on September 7! Summer is saved! (Or at least prolonged until October 12, when this series ends.) Come by the Missouri History Museum at Lindell Boulevard and DeBaliviere Avenue (314-746-4599 or www.mohistory.org) for our last reprieve to cure the back-to-school mopes. From 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Hudson and the HooDoo Cats perform jump blues and rockabilly. And for this, cool weather will have to wait a bit longer. -- Alison Sieloff

Don't be afraid to get close to the band at the Missouri 
History Museum's Twilight Tuesday Concert Series.
Don't be afraid to get close to the band at the Missouri History Museum's Twilight Tuesday Concert Series.

Teacher's Pet Project
Faculty5 at Mad Art

Most everyone has an abusive teacher in their past, but whether you were beaten over the head with an algebra book or forced to conjugate on the blackboard until you peed in front of the class, it's the teachers in the spotlight now. Those saints at the Mad Art Gallery (2727 South 12th Street; 314-771-8230) give all of us the opportunity to exorcise childhood demons while scrutinizing the work of teachers in Faculty5, an exhibit of photography, sculpture, digital multimedia and "visual one-liners" from five faculty members of area schools and universities. The show opens with a 7 p.m. reception on Friday, September 3, and remains up through October 29. -- John Goddard

Bring Your Dimepiece
To Club Isis

It's no coincidence we first heard about ozone depletion in the 1980s. But the whole global-warming thing is a small price to pay for the rad hairdos Aqua Net helped create throughout the decade. If parachute pants make you weepy, and you think Splash really could happen, then you should, like, totally be at Flipside NewsZine's Dimepiece Party-'80s Edition at Club Isis (1204 Washington Avenue) the first Saturday of every month. The dance floor yearns for the Worm. It seeks your shoulder pads and your skinny ties. It's begging you to do the Hammer. (Grabbing your crotch, à la Jacko, is purely optional.) So go already! This month's party is this Saturday, September 4. Be one with fellow friends who also want VH1 to come out with just one more clip show about the '80s. Doors open at 9 p.m., and ladies, you're in free until 10:30 p.m. -- Kristie McClanahan

Keep the Torch Lit

Have the Olympics left you hanging? If you still have torch feva, come by the St. Louis Public Library's Julia Davis branch (4415 Natural Bridge Avenue; 314-383-3021) for more of the five rings. First Civilizations presents a free weekly film series about black Olympians, and the first film, Black Olympians 1904-1984: Athletics and Social Change in America, plays Friday, September 3, at 11 a.m. and Sunday, September 5, at 2 p.m. (a talk with Earl Austin Jr. follows Sunday's showing). -- Alison Sieloff

 
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