Wanted: Jimmy Buffett, dangerous polarizer, last seen wearing a gooftastic perma-grin. Either you despise the man's music or, like this Night & Day scribbler and thousands of other fans, you love it, thank you very much. Seems the Mayor of Margaritaville will always have to patrol the DMZ separating the hostile factions of pro-Jimmyness and anti-Jimmyness. On the issue of stray dogs, though, there should be no division. Most people care about homeless dogs and the terrible fates they often meet; no one cares more than Randy Grim's Stray Rescue organization. If you want to help out the noble folks of Stray Rescue and have a fun time doing it, attend Wasting Away in Barkaritaville tonight at 7 p.m. at the Tower Grove Abbey (2336 Tennessee Avenue; www.strayrescue.org). The benefit event is the premiere of this original play written by St. Louisans Mary E. Martin and Sandra Eden. Along with the performance there'll also be free beer, beverages and food on hand, a Randy Grim book signing, raffles, Jimmy Buffett tunes (bueno!) and special guests the STL Parrotheads. All proceeds go to Stray Rescue. Tickets are $30 at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fri., Jan. 14, 2011