This Week's Day-by-Day Picks

Week of May 18, 2005

Monday, May 23

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.

Tuesday, May 24

Bed, breakfast and beyond: the Beall Mansion in 
Alton, Illinois (see Sunday)
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.

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