This Week's Day-by-Day Picks

Week of June 23, 2004

Wednesday, June 23

If there is a better descriptor in the entire English language than "wee," don't tell us. Wee implies a smallness and a sweetness and a feeling of old-timey goodness that words such as "tiny" or "dinky" just don't connote. The Eugene Field House and Toy Museum (634 South Broadway; 314-421-4689) specializes in displays of wee, and its current exhibit, Quilts from the Land of Lilliput and More, is no exception. What could be more sweet and old-timey than a display of quilts that measure no more than four square feet in size? They're little baby comforters, only smaller, and they were all created especially for this juried show! The "more" in the title refers to a new collection of exquisitely detailed "travel toys," which were designed to fit in a child's pocket, and some of them date back to the 1880s. Wee! Wheeeee!

Thursday, June 24

For the young, edgy reveler, Soulard offers everything -- everything except a golf course. Golf's edginess quotient has risen meteorically in recent years (thanks, Tiger), but the true Links Heads know any game that's cool enough for both Iggy Pop and Alice Cooper is, well, cool. And for one night only, Soulard has a golf course, thanks to Soulard Nights (and the RFT, but that's not why we mention it; it's the Iggy Pop factor). From 7 p.m. to 3 a.m., eighteen of Soulard's gin joints will host one hole each of the Putt-Putt Pub Crawl. Enter to win prizes at each location (check out for the full list and for essential information), hear live music at each stop, quote liberally from Caddyshack and try to double-eagle in between Jäger shots. It ain't how Tiger does it, but Iggy can probably do it in his sleep.

Friday, June 25

Can we all just get off Dustin Diamond's back now? Sure, he played "Screech" Powers on the seminal/awful preteen show Saved by the Bell, but he's never cashed in on his child-star fame in that sad, pathetic, "remember when I was on TV?" way like some not-so-young-anymore actors have (yes, we're looking at you, Barry "Greg Brady" Williams). OK, so he left the show and then reprised his role on the even worse Saved by the Bell: The New Class, but once that got the ax, Diamond went cold turkey. Now he has a standup comedy act, and he doesn't wear the Disney-on-acid shirts or speak in the creaky adolescent voice to get his laughs. See the all-growed-up-and-willing-to-swear Dustin Diamond at the Comedy Forum (4141 North Cloverleaf Drive in St. Peters; 636-498-1234 or at 8 and 10:15 p.m. Tickets are $15.

Saturday, June 26

Mmm, pancakes. Some people call them flapjacks, or griddlecakes, or "round happiness with syrup." It's one of the few foods with enough universal appeal to force the creation of a restaurant chain that claims to have branches around the world (do they all have the blue roofs?). Whatever you call the little bastards, be sure to attend the Confluence All You Can Eat Pancake Breakfast at the Black Bear Bakery (2903 South Jefferson Avenue; 314-773-1985). From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., your $6 to $10 suggested donation gets you all the organic pancakes your elastic-waistbanded eatin' pants can endure. And for anyone who left hungry last year, the nice folks at Confluence, the locally produced journal of environmental and urban issues, assure us they've doubled their pancake-making capacity this year. That's all we ask.

Sunday, June 27

Hey, remember last week, when you got the whole family together for Father's Day, and you kept saying how nice it would be if you could do this sorta thing more often? Well, the Family Day in the Park is a great way to keep that togetherness ball rollin'. Hometown celebrity Joe Torry has lined up R&B singers, rappers, gospel vocalists and dance groups to entertain at Poelker Park (Tucker and Market streets) between noon and 6 p.m., and there's no admission charge. Torry has also arranged for concessions and kids' activities, and he's got some great prizes and giveaways, because he's that kind of guy. All of the proceeds go to the Joe Torry Foundation, which uses the money to help area kids. Check out for more info, or call 'em direct at 314-389-3133.

Monday, June 28

We here at Night & Day are staunch advocates of child literacy; we were literate children once, but eight years of college and the rise of digital cable have steadily chipped away at our, uh, our, um, "word talking." Cripes, a refresher course might be in order. If only we were young enough to qualify for the Whiskers and Tales: Furry Reading Mentors program at the University City Public Library (6701 Delmar Boulevard; 314-727-3150). From 1 to 2:30 p.m., certified dogs (and their friendly people) will sit and listen with loving canine attentiveness while your youngster practices his reading-aloud skills. The idea here is that dogs and kids are natural friends, and the kids will relax a little and thus read with greater ease. Sounds good to us. Whiskers and Tales is free, and if you miss this session, there's another in two weeks.

Tuesday, June 29

If you think it's difficult finding dinosaur fossils, you should try searching for fossilized insects. A T. Rex is way bigger than a dragonfly, and the dragonfly doesn't even have bones to fossilize. Of course, back in dinosaur times, a dragonfly had a two-and-a-half-foot wingspan, so they were a little easier to spot than the modern ones. The Blast from the Past exhibit at the Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House in Faust Park (15193 Olive Boulevard; 636-530-0076) will not only teach you how ancient insects have been preserved in the fossil record, it'll also give you the chance to "dig" for your own bug fossils. Or you can just build your own dream bug at the "bug bar." The Butterfly House is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission is $4 to $6, and there's no additional charge for the dig or the bug bar, so make as many trips as you like. Just use a clean plate every time.

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