Maybe for you Mondays are meeting days. Those interoffice conferences are good for catching up, but let's face it, sometimes these "synergy" sessions can drive you to a liquid lunch. Trust that Night & Day Global Industries understands -- we have meetings about our meetings -- and that's why N&D recommends you take MetroLink downtown for Lunch on the Landing (www.lacledeslanding.org). The capital "L" in "lunch" means that from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. (through September 2) you can drink (and dine) outside at Hannegan's Restaurant & Pub, Jake's Steaks, Morgan Street Brewery and Joey B's on the Landing without worrying about any car traffic on Second Street (between Lucas and Morgan streets) -- very safe for your midday-multiple-marys shuffle. And remember: Since you have to go back to work after lunch (it is only Monday), it might be a good idea to wash down those drinks with some food.
Bed, breakfast and beyond: the Beall Mansion in
Alton, Illinois (see Sunday)
Peter Falk is, for better or for worse, forever identified as television detective Columbo. But he's got more range than just a slow-talking, quick-witted dick. John Cassavetes coaxed a different sort of performance out of Falk in his film A Woman Under the Influence, screening at 8 p.m. at the Moore Auditorium (470 East Lockwood Avenue; 314-968-7487; $5 to $6) as part of the Webster Film Series. Falk plays Nick, a man whose wife, Mabel (Gena Rowlands), ebbs deeper and deeper into mental illness. As in most of Cassavetes' films, there is a flinty reality at work: This is no beautiful mind in need of a savior; this is the inexorable creep of life pulling people apart despite their best efforts. And while it's no walk in the park to watch it happen, there's a certain pleasure to be had in seeing the honesty and humanity of both Falk and Rowlands captured so eloquently.