If you're itching to release your inner kindergartener's creative spirit, might I suggest the Munny doll -- the mini vinyl doll from kidrobot is a blank slate that can be drawn on, painted, molded and sculpted. For some major inspiration on how to get started, head to Star Clipper for the St. Louis Munny Show 4.0. Munny Show 4.0 opens with a free public reception at 7 p.m. at Star Clipper (6392 Delmar Boulevard, University City; 314-725-9110 or www.starclipper.com.) More details here! - Courtney Schilling
Featuring 7 Shot Screamers, The Hooten Hallers, The Monads, Pokey LaFarge and Doormat of Rum Drum Ramblers, this party costs $10 and is at the Jefferson Underground (2400 S Jefferson Avenue.) More details and directions here.
Jack London's novel Sea Wolf is a tale of the destructive potential of a single, domineering vision. For all his gifts, Alex Brown Church, who named his band after the parable, isn't one to go it alone. Were it not for his big canvas collaborations, he'd drown in Bright Eyes comparisons (and his voice does suggest a kinder, gentler Conor). Like all shows at the Saint Louis University venue, it's free. More details here! - Roy Kasten
Playing in the Dark: A Collision of Chess and Art features U.S. Women's chess champion Anna Zatonskih playing blindfolded chess against five opponents simultaneously. Women's Grandmaster Jennifer Shahade, author of Chess Bitch and all-around interesting person, performs hulachess, a live version of her collaborative film wherein two women play chess while hula-hooping. Free. Paul Friwsold has more details here.
Cure that void in your midsection at the Taste of St. Louis happening Friday through Sunday (October 2 through 4) at Soldiers Memorial Plaza (14th and Chestnut streets). Alison Sieloff has more details here.
The dark electro-musings of Tucson artist Shawn Foree (a.k.a. Digital Leather) have never sounded more spastic, insidious, and danceable than on Sorcerer. This 12-track album blends quirky art-pop influences like Devo, Plastic Bertrand, and Tubeway Army with layers of synthesized desolation, lyrical angst, and gothic intensity to create a morose, machinistic masterpiece. $8 at the Firebird. Nicki D'Andrea has more details here!
Great Godfrey Maze, you've outdone yourself this year! Last year's safari theme was cool and the cowboy maze of '07 was certainly tricky, but how you've grown your corn stalks into the shape of a knight on a horse with a castle in the distance for this year's fall fun is completely beyond us! This Saturday around the maze is the "Fall Corn Festival," which runs from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. in Godfrey's Glazebook Park. Alison Sieloff has more details here.
This street festival on a revived strip of asphalt in South City near Tower Grove Park runs from noon to 8:30 p.m. Saturday. For more information, check out morganfordinmotion.com
Two exhibitions open Saturday at the phd Gallery on Cherokee Street. First there is VESTIGES, which "depicts the evidence of time's passage
and the beauty that can exist in the legacy left behind. The exhibit
juxtaposes found wooden sculpture with photography." Secondly there is an exhibition of "kustom kulture" ink drawings by Mark Sheppard depicting the hot rod drawings made popular in the '60s. Both exhibitions are free. Vestiges info here and Bone Crusher info here.
Dogs, you see, are geniuses -- underperformance, bad news and uncertainty don't mean anything to them. Just fill the bowl, throw the stick and let them have the foot of the bed and they think the world is perfect. Learn from these Zen masters of life whenever you can. Say, for instance, at today's Canine Carnival from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Tilles Park (9551 Litzsinger Road, Ladue; www.apamo.org). Free. Paul Friswold has more details here.