First, the bad news: PrideFest isn't spreading cheer and acceptance throughout Tower Grove Park until the last weekend of this month. The good news? The PrideFest kickoff event takes place tonight at the Mad Art Gallery (2727 South 12th Street; 314-771-8230 or, thereby bringing the celebratory, inclusive good times to the community a few weeks early! Fantastic! At this evening's affair, dubbed "Out in the Open," the drinks are free, the hair and fashion show will impress and entertain, and the silent auction items will make you feel like treating yourself — everything from framed artwork to Cards and Blues tickets are up for the bidding. Admission to the party costs $10 to $20, and proceeds benefit Pride St. Louis, the group that organizes the end-of-June extravaganza. "Out in the Open" begins at 7 p.m.; learn more by visiting
Fri., June 11, 2010

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