There's no doubt about it: Cancer sucks. It ruins lives and destroys families. But the more we know about cancer and the ways to prevent it — and the more money we can donate to research causes — the less cancer can weasel its way into our lives. And that is what's most important. You can help out the cause by dropping by the Trade, the new bar underneath the Complex (3515 Chouteau Avenue; 314-772-2645 or www.myspace.com/thetradebar
), during the Melanoma Research Foundation benefit
, held there from 5 p.m. to 3 a.m. this evening. At this fundraiser hoosier games are played (including wiffle ball and washers), a tattoo contest is judged, a car show is planned, bands play (starting at 9 p.m.; that's Gassoff pictured), and everyone has a rockin' time. The event has been organized in memory of Shelia Faye Smith, the beloved mother of one of the Trade's owners, and all of the proceeds go to the Melanoma Research Foundation, which works to find a cure for this deadly skin cancer. Admission is $5, but if you gave a little more, we're sure it would certainly be appreciated.
Mon., Sept. 15, 2008