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Week of August 10, 2005

Wednesday, August 10

You don't want to cook tonight (even though "cooking" for you involves only three ingredients: a bowl, some cereal and milk). You're just too tired! So treat yourself: Head over to 609 Restaurant (609 Eastgate Avenue, University City; 314-721-9168), which raises money throughout the month of August (Sunday through Thursday evenings) for the ALS Association-St. Louis Regional Chapter and Hope Happens. With every special $30 three-course dinner you eat, fifteen percent of your total bill gets divided up between the two charities. So try the chilled summer corn chowder and the drunken seafood noodle bowl, then top it all off with the Chambord-syrupy lemon tart. Yum! And forget about your waistline and cooking for this month -- it's all for charity!

Thursday, August 11

Larry Matysik's Wrestling at the Chase: The Inside Story of Sam Mutchnick and the Legends of Professional Wrestling is, as the title implies, a love story. If you grew up in this town during the heyday of Wrestling at the Chase, you know how exciting it is to finally have a book that documents the rise and eventual fall of Sam Mutchnick's kingdom. The grapplers who worked the Midwest circuit during the '60s, '70s and early '80s were legends in their time -- now they're myths, half-remembered at best. Lou Thesz, the greatest technical wrestler to ever enter the squared circle; King Kong Brody, the terrifying giant with the heart of gold; Bruno Sammartino, the epitome of old-school; the Von Erichs, the Royal Family of the Ring: Matysik worked with all of them, and he shares the true stories of them as professionals and as people. Matysik discusses and signs copies of his book at 7 p.m. at Left Bank Books (399 North Euclid Avenue; 314-367-6731 or Admission is free, and absolutely no body slams or snap-mares will be tolerated.

Friday, August 12

It's time to head back to school! So get over to OfficeMax (4617 Chippewa Street near South Kingshighway) with your $35, buy a backpack filled with all the stuff you need, and head downtown. Your backpack (or $45) is your admission to this school, which is held from 5 to 9 p.m. at Selah Salon and DaySpa (1424 Washington Avenue; 314-588-1335). Here, you get to learn all about fashion, specifically "Urban Chic for Fall," from great places like Rock Star Rags, and enjoy snacks and drinks while doing so. All right, so this "Giving Back2School" Informal Fashion Show Benefit and Open House isn't school exactly, but it does help out local kids who need school supplies. Plus, all attendees receive coupons for discounts on spa services -- now that's something you'd like to learn a little more about! So go!

Saturday, August 13

For a frothy sex comedy, one can do worse than Shakespeare's Love's Labours Lost. Nutty King Ferdinand tells young lads Berowne, Longaville and Dumaine that they can stay and study in his court, but they must avoid all contact with women for the duration of their three-year visit, as well as fast weekly and only sleep three hours a night. For whatever reason, the three agree to the terms, and then things devolve into a series of secret romances, clever wordplay and social service (really). Now imagine it updated from the court of Navarre to the swingin' '60s. No sex for three stags during the sexual revolution? ¡Ay, chihuahua! Les Bourgeois Vineyards (14020 Highway BB, Rocheport, Missouri; 573-698-2133) presents the Mod Love's Labours Lost at 2 and 6:30 p.m. today as part of the Shakespeare in the Vineyard Festival. Tickets are $4 to $7, and you can bring a blanket and enjoy a bottle of wine on the lawn as you partake of a little theater.

Sunday, August 14

If you were not so fortunate to be born and bred in the South, as Mr. Night was, you may not have had the opportunity to enjoy an old-fashioned Southern wedding. So do avail yourself of the Hawken House's (1155 South Rock Hill Road, Webster Groves) Mimosas and Magnolias afternoon while you have the chance. A full re-creation of Southern nuptials takes place between 1 and 4 p.m., complete with light luncheon (served at the History Center Barn), a tour of the house and a display of vintage wedding dresses (courtesy of the Campbell House Museum). Admission is but $12, and Mr. Night shall be there in his modified Kentucky Colonel ensemble (it's like Colonel Sanders' outfit, but instead of being white, it's deep purple). Call 314-968-1857 for reservations, which are required. Decorum, you know.

Monday, August 15

Summer's winding to a close and your movie budget is totally cashed, thanks to the nonstop barrage of blockbusters the major studios have thrown at you. But still you hunger for cinema. Cinema and pizza, to be precise. Where can you turn for respite? Well, Lemmons (5800 Gravois Road; 314-481-4812) hosts the eponymous Lemmons Film Festival Mondays from 7 to 11 p.m., when the pizza buffet is free and the chicken wings are peppery. And, most important, the films are free. No cover whatsoever. Lemmons is an eating and drinking establishment, so you must be at least 21 to enter, but this rule is beneficial -- it keeps the cell-phone-chattering teenagers at the multiplex. This week's movie has yet to be determined, but you can count on it being a double feature with a theme. They play fast and loose with the rock at Lemmons, and they play fast and loose with the scheduling as well. But it's all good. Free pizza is reason enough to show up.

Tuesday, August 16

St. Louis is a town that loves to remember its past. And that's not a bad thing, because our past is pretty nifty. Bruce Marren captured a bit of our shared history in his documentary Gaslight Square: The Forgotten Landmark. Wait, "forgotten" landmark? How about "almost forgotten?" After all, Marren's first documentary raised enough response that he made a sequel, Gaslight Square: The Legend Lives On, to allow more people to share their memories of the famous entertainment district. This new film screens at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. at the Missouri History Museum (Lindell Boulevard and DeBaliviere Avenue; 314-361-7229) with additional screenings during the week (visit for a schedule; tickets are $3 to $5). This outing features commentary from Stann Kann and Dick Gregory, among others, reminiscing on the Square's glory days; at this rate, Gaslight Square will never be forgotten.

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