Join Riverfront Times Press Club. Because No News is Bad News.

SAT 1/22

You've probably seen the members of the Banana Bike Brigade riding their whimsical art-bikes in a few Soulard Mardi Gras and St. Patrick's Day parades. In addition to providing fun and kinetic color to local celebrations, the sainted clowns are also quite active in charity work. Whether the group's restoring bikes for underprivileged kids (locally and globally) or donating money to worthy causes, the BBB makes doing good a hell of a lot of fun for everyone. Each and every member of the group should be knighted with excessive pomp and ceremony.

The Banana Bikers also know how to party heartily, but they can't even do that without giving something away. And if you join them at the sixth annual Banana Bike Brigade Charity Costume Ball from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the South Broadway Athletic Club (2301 South Seventh Street), you'll also be partying for a secret charity (the Brigade keeps it under wraps until the donation is made). The Broadway musical Hair is this year's theme, but as long as you wear some sort of costume and are older than 21, you'll be allowed in. Tickets are available in advance for $15 at The Framery (2027 South 11th Street; 314-436-8889) or at the door for $20. For more information visit or call 314-621-3210. -- John Goddard

Lay of the Land
The paintings of Katherine Bowling

Painter Katherine Bowling draws her inspiration from the landscape of upstate New York. And while landscape painting may seem so two centuries ago, Bowling's work is no nostalgia trip. Her paintings, created with oil paints over industrial spackle on wood, feature a distinctly modern mood and sensibility. But even if you care little for where she stands in the school of landscape artistry, the beauty of Bowling's work cannot be denied. Her Blossom possesses an interior luminescence that must be seen. So go to the Greenberg Van Doren Gallery (3540 Washington Avenue; 314-361-7600), for the opening reception of Katherine Bowling: Paintings, from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, January 21. The show remains up through March 19. -- Paul Friswold

Beer in Mind
And in belly

SAT 1/22

Your friend beer has been a part of your life for many years. You know which beers you like and which you like a little less, but you've never met a beer you hate -- and you've sampled several. Even still, we bet there's at least one Schlafly beer you haven't tried. Maybe you've been scared to taste the Scotch Ale or the Bourbon Stout -- those brews kinda sound like that drink-mixing nightmare of your last birthday. Perhaps you've not had the ESB. What do the letters stand for? What does the ale taste like? Find out the answers to these questions and more from 1 to 5 p.m. at Cabin Fever, Schlafly's tented winter beer festival outside the City Museum (701 North 15th Street; 314-231-2489). For $17.50 to $20, you get museum admission, a tasting glass to keep and eighteen samples of Schlafly beer. Eighteen!? You're bound to make some new "friends" here! -- Alison Sieloff

Bluegrass Beginnings

FRI 1/21

We bet that when you read "Can the Circle Be Unbroken," you automatically continue singing the chorus of the old song popularized by the Carter family. You have to hear the whole tune now to escape it, so at 8 p.m. go to the Barter Theatre Touring Company's performance of Keep on the Sunny Side: The Songs and Story of the Carter Family at the Florissant Civic Center Theatre (Parker Road and Waterford Drive, Florissant; 314-921-5678). Tickets cost $21 to $23. -- Alison Sieloff

Riverfront Times works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of St. Louis and beyond.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep St. Louis' true free press free.

Latest in Night & Day

Most Popular

No recently-read stories.

Visit the archives…

Read the Digital Print Issue

February 24, 2021

View more issues


Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Best Things to Do In St. Louis

© 2021 Riverfront Times

Website powered by Foundation