Beemer Me Up

Drive for the cure

In the interest of full disclosure, Ms. Day doesn't drive a minivan (it seems that some were misled by one of her writings the other week). But, to be perfectly honest, she doesn't drive a BMW either. Or anything remotely close to a luxury ride. Oh, but she's dreamed about feeling the buttery softness of a BMW's leather seats against her thrift-store slacks, gripping the steering wheel tight with her calloused hands (typing can give you callouses, too!) and putting the pedal to the metal with her worn tennis shoes. How fancy she would look zipping around town in such a snappy, expensive car! Alas, a girl can dream, can't she?

But what good is a dream if you can't make it come true? Well, as luck would have it, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday through Sunday (August 12 through 14), Ms. Day can fulfill her little dream (at least for a few moments) during BMW's ninth annual Ultimate Drive Program for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. When she visits Plaza Motor Company (11830 Olive Boulevard, Creve Coeur) on Friday, Autohaus of Clayton (8455 Maryland Avenue, Clayton) on Saturday and Suntrup West County BMW (14417 Manchester Road, Manchester) on Sunday, Ms. Day will get to drive special BMWs (yes!) and help others get closer to achieving their dream: finding a cure for breast cancer. See, every mile driven in one of these special pink-ribboned cars prompts BMW to donate $1 to the Komen Foundation, which supports breast-cancer research, among other programs. To join Ms. Day and realize your dream alongside her -- and, most important, to help the Komen folks out -- register to drive by visiting www.bmwusa.com or calling 877-423-7483. -- Alison Sieloff

Art of Dreams

"In dreams begin responsibilities," wrote Delmore Schwartz. What sort of responsibilities, then, might ensue from separate dreams twinned through intuitive affinity -- especially if the dreamers themselves are of entirely different cultures? That's one of the themes artists Sharon Kilfoyle (an American) and Reiko Murai Hamada (from Japan) explore in Parallel Dreams, their joint exhibit in textile, paint and video, which opens at 1 p.m. Sunday, August 14, at the St. Louis Artists' Guild (2 Oak Knoll Park, Clayton; 314-727-6266). "I hope we'll find diversities and commonalties of feeling and expressions of ourselves. I dream such a beautiful dream in Missouri," Hamada writes. We, too, are beckoned into this ocean-canceling reverie, which runs through October 8. -- Alex Weir

Step on It!

SAT 8/13

The Alpha Eta Chapter of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. cordially invites you to the 23rd annual Midwest Marchdown Charity Stepshow at the Roberts Orpheum Theatre (416 North Ninth Street) at 6 p.m. The stepshow, a tightly choreographed and highly percussive dance routine perfected by African-American fraternities, is an ultra-competitive event that spurs one-upsmanship to new levels, as each chapter attempts to top the previous group. Ultimately, two area high school students are the real winners, as the proceeds from the show go toward a pair of college scholarships. Tickets to the Stepshow are $15, and $25 gets you VIP access to the Stepshow and the "Black Ice" afterparty at the Union Station Hyatt Regency. For more information call 314-484-1684. -- Guy Gray

Tables Turned

THUR 8/11

The Celebrity Waitresses & Waiters Night, held at Monarch (7401 Manchester Road, Maplewood; 314-644-3995 or www.monarchrestaurant.com) from 5:30 to 10 p.m., is rife with potential hijinks. Will a perfectly coiffed news anchor announce, "First the news, then the lobster macaroni and cheese"? Might a referee blow his whistle before chucking a plate of short-rib ravioli across the dining room? Who knows? One thing is certain, though: All of the tips earned by the celeb waitstaff go to the Saint Louis Crisis Nursery, so be sure to give generously. And if your server happens to be a journalist, ask to place your order on double-super-secret background. Reporters can't get enough of that joke. -- Brooke Foster

 
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