PrideFest, happening Saturday and Sunday (June 23 and 24) in Tower Grove Park (4256 Magnolia Avenue), is a special time of year, not only for the GLBT community in St. Louis, but for all residents as well. It's a time for parades (there's a pet parade on Saturday at noon at Morganford Road and Arsenal Street, and the big parade moves down South Grand Boulevard beginning at noon on Sunday), it's a time to catch some concerts (Jordan Knight plays at 6:45 p.m. on Saturday), and, most important, PrideFest is a time to revel in our diversity. To learn more about the goings-on going down from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. both PrideFantastic days, visit Pride St. Louis' Web site at

And if you're looking for something to do after the 'Fest on Saturday night, drive east down Cherokee until you arrive at the beautifully restored building that houses the new phd gallery (2300 Cherokee Street; 314-664-6644 or Here, you can attend the free opening reception for Body/Building from 7:30 to 11 p.m. In this exhibit the serene architectural photographs by Ken Konchel and Jeff Palmer's, um, smokin'-hot images of the nude male body are displayed together to show the similarities between the structures of both natural and man-made forms. Forty-four black-and-white images in all are shown, and if you miss opening night, the show is up through Saturday, August 11; the gallery is open Thursday through Sunday.
Thursdays-Sundays. Starts: June 23. Continues through Aug. 11

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