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he pain of the Cardinals’ playoff loss is fresh. Agony is everywhere, tears roll like red boulders and the hurt is reflected in the baseball-loving eyes of fans all over the county. We get it. We lost. But one unnamed Cubs fan just had to push the envelope, had to take the trademark Cubs dickery up a couple hundred notches. Indeed, Riverfront Times can now confirm the horrific reports are true: During the Cardinals’ October 13 loss, someone used an app to make local jukeboxes play “Go Cubs Go” on repeat, for hours on end, at several area bars and bowling alleys. Twitter user and Arizona native @ClueHeywood took credit for the prank, tweeting his plans about an hour before the first pitch. “I’m remote playing ‘Go Cubs Go’ at every St. Louis-area bar jukebox. I’m trolling Cardinals fans the RIGHT way,” he wrote. And Heywood, as it turns out, wasn’t full of shit. Oh no. His trolling was all too real. “It started about 12:30, one o’clock,” says Cheryl Crowl, a bartender at The Hanger in Belleville, Illinois. “Oh my God, it scared me at first, because our jukebox doesn’t usually

play like that. You have to put money in it.” Crowl says the infernal song played twice an hour, and it was still playing when she left the bar at 6 p.m. Tuesday. (Still, Crowl adds that the bar patrons didn’t seem bothered by the folksy strains of Steve Goodman’s 1984 hit. “People were so into the game that they ignored the jukebox coming on,” she says.) But it seems that @ClueHeywood may not have been working alone — or, perhaps, he was not the first Cubs fan to corrupt St. Louis’ innocent jukeboxes. A manager at West Park Bowl, in Columbia, Illinois, says the song began playing on that bar’s jukebox on Monday, although he also says he heard the tune playing on gameday. And Jean Manzelli, a bartender at Crestwood Bowl, says the song startled her on Wednesday morning, hours after the Cards went down to defeat on Tuesday evening, as she passed the jukebox inside the bar. “Nobody put money in the jukebox; it just started playing,” Manzelli says. “It was just blasting, just really loud.” After talking with the bartenders, we were left with more questions. Did @ClueHeywood take his plan on a test-run the day before? Did he copy the prank idea from someone else?

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Or did he inspire copycat pranksters who now prey on St. Louis jukeboxes for the sheer sadistic thrill of it? Alas, even @ClueHeywood doesn’t have all the answers. “I’m not aware of any co-conspirators,” he wrote in an email last Wednesday. “I started doing it yesterday morning...so if someone else precedes me, my hat’s off to them!” Despite his Western location, our friendly troll — who declined to give his real name — writes that he’s “had a soft spot for the Cubs since watching them growing up in the ’80s and ’90s,” adding that he traveled east to Chicago last month to catch an earlier Cardinals-Cubs series. But where did the idea for the prank come from? We’ll let @ClueHeywood tell the tale in his own words: A couple years ago I downloaded the AMI Barlink app to play tunes on the jukebox at my local bar here in Phoenix. After a while I started playing awful songs when I wasn’t there just to troll the other regulars...I’d play a song and immediately get hateful text messages. It turned into a give-and-take with my Twitter followers, where they’d tweet me with the bar they were in (anywhere in the U.S.) and I’d play

something awful for them on that jukebox…like Christmas songs in the middle of the summer, or Yakety Sax, or “Total Eclipse of the Heart.” You really have no idea who is in the bar (or if it’s even open) when you play a song, but it’s pretty funny to imagine it full of confused customers listening to “Feliz Navidad” in June. I was driving to work yesterday morning when I realized the app could be used for lighthearted evil. So a couple hours before the game I started playing “Go Cubs Go” at any St. Louis area bar that had an available AMI jukebox on the app. I did it for part of the game as well as after the Cubs clinched. I shared what I was doing with my followers, and it took off from there. The reactions from fellow Cubs fans, writes @ClueHeywood, have been uniformly glowing. “I’m just some dipshit who downloaded an app and used it for some lighthearted ribbing,” the prankster adds. “Most Cardinals fans I’ve heard from have been good sports. I’ve only had one bitter and obscene response, sent late at night by what I assume was a Cardinals fan who had drowned his sorrows a little too much. No hard feelings here.” — DANNY WICENTOWSKI


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n his way home from running errands, Robert Schmidt doesn’t appear to be in much of a hurry. The octogenarian pumps the pedals of the bicycle perhaps once per second, his trousered legs bending outward in a diamond shape around him. Four plastic grocery bags are strapped to his handlebars, two to a side, and the orange cap of a repurposed Gatorade bottle peeps out from his rear left pocket. Passing drivers, to their credit, afford him plenty of room on the neighborhood street. Along 12th Street, at the stop sign at Sidney Street in Soulard, Schmidt slowly leans down to pet a small dog that wags its tail with gusto. On Pestalozzi, beside the towering Anheuser-Busch brewery, he greets a young woman who stops jogging, pulls out her earbuds and engages him in conversation for a few moments. Near the middle of the overpass that cuts across Interstate 55, he smiles at me, scooting the bike over to the gutter when I say hello. “I like the bike because I can go down to the river and take my binoculars and look at the trains,” he explains over the whir of motors on the highway below. There are too many cars in St. Louis, he adds, but he has never driven one in all his years here. He enjoys the simple life he leads and thinks the bike — “a girl’s bike,” he chuckles, pointing at the frame’s telltale diagonal top tube — has kept him in shape. In a region where residents log an average of 32 miles on their odometers every day, Schmidt’s car-free habits are far from the norm. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, drivers in the St. Louis metropolitan area outpace U.S. cities of similar population, including Baltimore and Denver, by more than 5 trillion total miles per year. The wealth of highways skimming across or around the heart of St. Louis accounts for much of this. Why take a train, bus or bike when the freeways will get you there faster in most cases — and within the comfort of your own enclosed space? But Schmidt is not alone in his alternative approach to getting around. Nationwide, figures for total vehicle miles traveled have remained relatively flat in the last decade, coinciding with a frail economy as well as a significant uptick in the percentage of young adults opting out of car ownership. Locally, bike commuters are a growing presence along city streets, and Metro riders logged nearly 2 million more trips via public transportation last year than they did in 2013. Still, those are mere drops in the bucket in America’s steadfastly automobile-centered culture. As I listen to Schmidt and other non-drivers around town, many point to

financial and situational necessity, rather than ecological reasons, as the main impetus for getting around the way they do. “You want to know why people take the bus?” asks one woman, sitting on a painted cement curb at a bus stop. “It’s obvious. The bottom line is that it’s our only means of transportation.” Theresa, a senior citizen, echoes this sentiment: “I don’t really like taking the bus, but I don’t have another choice. You gotta do what you gotta do.” While I find it satisfying to consider the way that getting rid of my own car four years ago has reduced my carbon footprint, comments like Theresa’s are a reminder that for me, too, the primary incentive for going car-free was economic. When my ’96 Saturn bit the dust, I was living only a mile from the nearest MetroLink connecting station, and it simply made good financial sense not to replace the vehicle considering my close proximity and employer-subsidized access to public transportation. The thought of trading the stress of city driving for good exercise helped, too. For some, such lifestyle shifts result directly from the cultivation of an environmentally mindful conscience. David Ziolkowski, an architectural-lighting designer for HOK in downtown St. Louis, is a good example. He gave up his car about five years ago, a decision that required major changes for him and his family of four. Back in 2009, as Ziolkowski and his wife were contemplating a move, they set unique transit-oriented criteria for their search, deciding they would only consider homes within a mile of a MetroLink light-rail station and a quarter-mile of a bus stop, so that Ziolkowski could get to the train in a reasonable amount of time by foot, bus or bike. When they found a house that met those specifications in the Richmond Heights area, they purchased it, moved in and sold Ziolkowski’s car on Earth Day in April 2010. Over an early coffee at Kayak’s at the corner of Skinker Boulevard and Forest Park Parkway, Ziolkowski admits to feeling “a bit odd” for making such a shift. He has friends, he notes, who “don’t give a rat’s ass” about sustainability. But he’s always been motivated by accomplishing things, getting things done, he says, and sustainability issues have long been on his radar at work. HOK was an early adopter of the LEED certification system, and the company is serious about green design and efforts to significantly reduce lighting-related energy use in buildings. “Being part of the company has just instilled those values in me,” Ziolkowski says. “I think about what the world is going to be like in fifteen, twenty years.” Downsizing to a single car as a family has not been without its challenges, but he has no regrets. continued on page 12

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he Cardinals aren’t in town tonight, “something needs to be done about Metro.” so James Harrison has the day off — He has been issued several citations for riding from his line-cook shift at the Angry MetroLink without a ticket, and the penalty — Beaver near Busch Stadium, that is. as much as $85 a pop and eventually a warrant The Walnut Park resident and Metro for arrest if fines go unpaid, according to commuter faces another tall order this after- Harrison — strikes him as overkill. “Really, it should be free,” Harrison says. “If noon: making sure he can afford to travel to you’ve got an ID for your job, it should be free. and from the job. “If I can’t get bus fare, I can’t make no If you didn’t have a ticket and were trying to get money,” Harrison explains, blending our phone to work, you’d be jumping on that train, too.” Before we hang up, Harrison asks where conversation with Bluetooth-speaker sales I work — the University of pitches to fellow pedestrians. Missouri-St. Louis, I tell him. “I’ve been having a rough day “IF YOU’VE GOT AN ID I don’t mention that one perk so far.” When one passerby is a deeply discounted Metro turns him down, despite the FOR YOUR JOB, PUBLIC pass that saves me roughly contrast between the $50 $60 a month on bus and train that Harrison says Walgreens TRANSPORTATION fare. charges for the item and his For commuters such own stated price, Harrison SHOULD BE FREE. IF YOU as Harrison, a car would grows frustrated. certainly mean a lot less “I’m trying to get to DIDN’T HAVE A TICKET hassle and exhaustion. Punch work,” he tells the potential his commute into the default buyer. “I need a bus pass, AND WERE TRYING TO (automobile) tab of Google bro.” Maps, and the estimated oneGET TO WORK, YOU’D BE Getting around St. Louis way trip time frame is fifteen without a car has proved far from ideal in Harrison’s JUMPING ON THAT TRAIN, minutes flat. The transit options for the same trip ex p e r i e n c e. D u r i n g a TOO.” range from about 50 minutes Redbirds homestand, he to more than an hour — even typically works ten- to twelve-hour shifts at the downtown sports during the daytime, when buses run regularly. A car was America’s collective go-to solution bar, often wrapping up after midnight. By then MetroLink and MetroBus lines are nearing the earlier this year when the viral story of an older end of service for the night, and he’s frequently James (Robertson), in another American city, out of luck for several hours until the next bus detailed the factory worker’s roundtrip walking shows up between 4 and 5 a.m., long after his commute of 21 miles a day. Donors near and far two-hour transfer has expired. So he kills the funneled upward of $350,000 to Robertson — now better known as Detroit’s Walking Man time at the 24-hour Eat-Rite Diner. The layover itself — along with the company — plus a brand-new Taurus. The outpouring didn’t address the and food — is “cool,” he says. But when it comes to his commute as a whole, he thinks inadequate bus system continued on page 14


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to be respectful of the fact that everyone has and, sometimes, cowboy hat, he didn’t look their own personal timeline, preferences and miserable or weary, despite the brutal chill experiences. If we can each just worry about and lack of sidewalks in many places. It was ourselves, and ensure that we do one new thing his time to think, and he still considers walking the best way to enjoy a city to become more sustainable, or countryside. my feeling is that will be the “SOME HAVE FOUND “A s a p e r m a n e n t answer over time.” pedestrian, the pacing and Meanwhile, climate IT SHOCKING, TRULY appearance of life is more change looms eerily before deliberate, slower, and allows us, and a sense of urgency SHOCKING, THAT I HAVE for more attentiveness,” and impatience with the Clark says. “Living in west status quo feels appropriate. LIVED MY ENTIRE LIFE Laramie, I got to know on How is it possible, in the face of the sobering challenges WITHOUT OWNING A CAR which houses the owls stopped, where the lambs ahead, that so many of us still were being raised, how the AND HAVE ONLY RARELY consider doing without a car colt that lived next to the such a strange option? DRIVEN ONE.” highway felt most mornings, “It’s an American thing,” the mood of the red-winged says Jason Stenar Clark, a thirty-something poet and teacher who blackbird flocks, what freshly pressed rabbit became my friend when we were both graduate paw prints look like in untouched snow, and students in Laramie, Wyoming, before I moved what is happening at any given moment in the to St. Louis five years ago. “Some have found it day with friends and neighbors.” shocking, truly shocking, that I have lived my entire life without owning a car and have only he collective momentum for alternararely driven one.” tive transportation in St. Louis has It was Clark’s father who most influenced grown in recent years, with help from him to “walk lightly,” as he puts it. The Clark organizations such as Citizens for family explored, ranched, farmed, fished, Modern Transit, Trailnet and Great hunted, mined and wandered the West, with Rivers Greenway, as well as a responsive city his father providing a strong example of living government and the Metro system itself. These delicately, he says, “with care for animals, entities each make an effort to emphasize the plants, what Wallace Stegner called ‘all the health benefits of leaving the car behind, the little live things.’” positive impact on traffic congestion and air Clark regularly walked three miles from quality, and the affordability of such a choice. west Laramie, a more rural part of town with In addition, they all share a vision for making livestock and dirt roads, to the University of the region more convenient to navigate by nonWyoming campus. Several times I drove past automotive means, “allow[ing] more people him, in my then-not-yet-donated sedan, as he to become less car dependent,” as the mayor’s trudged through one of the coldest locales in Sustainability Plan Action Agenda succinctly the country, where snow regularly blankets puts it. the landscape as early as September and as One concrete example of this momentum late as May. Easy to spot with his lanky frame is the now-underway continued on page 18

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of their attention and budget just to court some pathetic purchase on a sliver of middleclass respectability that then vanishes almost completely the day after.” “The majority of cycling advocates also completely ignore the single largest group of cyclists in this town: working class and poor transportation-cyclists,” Fehler adds. “The folks who make up the most bicycle miles traveled here are poor folks on fullsuspension Wal-Mart mountain bikes, riding on the sidewalk, just trying to get to Point B. Local bike advocates don’t even pretend to care about them, and it’s shameful.”

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shrinking our carbon footprints and waistlines, can the more uncomfortable realities also be part of the appeal, part of what makes going car-free worthwhile for those of us in less dire straits? Perhaps it’s a kind of “causal enjoyment of the world,” as Clark puts it. Several years ago, Fehler decided he would bike down every street in the city of St. Louis, partly in an effort to gain a deeper understanding of others. “It proved logistically much harder than I thought, but little by little I covered every stretch,” he says. “The things I saw and the people I met made me feel like I understood things better, and by that I don’t mean just ‘the city’ and ‘its people,’ but more fundamentally ‘cities’ and ‘people.’ That feels good, and I’m very thankful for it.” At the Civic Center MetroLink station in downtown St. Louis, the sun is high in the sky. Around 11 a.m., a westbound and eastbound train arrive at once. The doors snap open and a crowd of roughly 40 people spill onto the platform, all but one of them African American. Everyone seems to be in a hurry, or at least distracted by the idea of getting where they need to go. Charles Parker, a surprisingly youthful 73-year-old, is an exception. He flashes his senior Metro pass proudly and says it’s the most economical transportation he can get, at $20 a month. “And it’s good for my health,” he adds, puffing out a small cloud of smoke. “The cigarettes are not.” ■


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Manners and etiquette are the order of the day on PBS’ Downton Abbey, that popular show about upper-crust English folk and their ways. But you don’t need social niceties when you’re dead — even if you’re walking dead. Downton Zombie, Wade Bradford’s spoof of the series, centers on the maid, Petunia, who just left Downton Abbey to work for Lord and Lady Brampton. As dinner-party guests arrive, Petunia hunts down the most delicious-looking visitors instead of performing her duties, and it’s up to the rest of the servants to keep her from eating everyone in sight. Chesterfield

Community Theatre presents Downton Zombie at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday (October 22 through 24) at the West County Family YMCA (16464 Burkhardt Place, Chesterfield; 636-532-3100 or www.gwrymca.org). The show is recommended for ages six and older, and tickets are $5 to $8. — PAUL FRISWOLD [ART EXHIBIT]

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St. Louis is a town steeped in nostalgia — which is just another way of saying “fond memories.” Steven and William Ladd grew up here, engaged in the standard pursuits of youth sports and Cub Scouting. Those halcyon days inspired the duo’s new exhibition, Currents 111: Steven and William Ladd — Scouts

or Sports? The Ladds create their multimedia pieces as a pair (teamwork, just as both sports and Scouts taught them), combining paper, fiber, pigments and metal trinkets to make their paper landscapes. Their Cardinal Nation is a familiar red field studded with holes and pleasantly tactile rosacea of metal bits that add three-dimensional depth to the work. The layers of material mimic the way memories accrete in our mind, new piled on old in a steady growth of time’s passage. The show opens Friday, October 23, in gallery 250 of the Saint Louis Art Museum in Forest Park (314721-0072 or www.slam.org). The exhibit remains up through Tuesday, February 14, 2016, and the museum is open Tuesday through Saturday. Admission is free. — PAUL FRISWOLD

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Although the season is still young, every game counts for the St. Louis Blues, a team that made key off-season moves with hopes of drinking from Lord Stanley’s Cup for the first time. Led by Kevin Shattenkirk, Alexander Steen and scoring machine Vladimir Tarasenko, the Blue Note will be tested when they lace up their skates against the much-improved (101 points and a spot in the playoffs last year) New York Islanders tonight at 7 p.m. at Scottrade Center

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One of Oliver Cromwell’s greatest crimes against the English people was his closure of all theaters, which was the equivalent of shutting off the Internet in the modern era. In 1669 the restored English monarch reopened the theaters after seventeen years of darkness, with some notable improvements — one being that female roles could now be played by women. April De Angelis’ comic drama Playhouse Creatures is set in this era of England’s first actresses, including Nell Gwyn, Elizabeth Farley, Rebecca

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Marshall, Mary Betterton and the wonderfully named Doll Common. These women are shown onstage and backstage as they navigate this new world: Women can adopt multiple roles, but they must always adhere to the tightly constrained roles society allows them in their real lives. The Fontbonne University Theatre Department presents Playhouse Creatures at 8 p.m. Thursday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday (October 22 through November 1) at the Fontbonne University Fine Arts Theatre (6800 Wydown Boulevard; 314-719-8060 or www.mustardseedtheatre.com). Tickets are $10. — PAUL FRISWOLD

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mood at the Hoot & Howl at Powell. This concert, featuring very special guest Luna the Bat (from the Saint Louis Zoo), includes music from Night on Bald Mountain (part of the Fantasia suite) and from John Williams’ soaring score for the Harry Potter films. As an added bonus, this afternoon event allows you to introduce the kiddos to the splendor of the internationally acclaimed talent of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra. The performance starts at 3 p.m. at Powell Hall (718 North Grand Boulevard; 314-534-1700 or www.stlsymphony.org), and tickets are $8 to $19. — BROOKE FOSTER

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the Gateway Arch is turning 50, and your presence is present enough. Stop by the Arch 50th Anniversary Commemoration to enjoy a daylong celebration of our region’s most iconic landmark. At 11 a.m. today at the Old Courthouse (11 North Fourth Street; 877-982-1410 or www.gatewayarch. com) National Park Service leaders mark the exact moment the final piece of the Arch was fitted into place 50 years ago. Immediately after the ceremony, Sarah’s Cake Stop and Destination Dessert cupcake trucks distribute special 50th anniversary cupcakes to the first 1,000 people — for free. The Journey to the Top tram ride prices revert back to the original 1967 prices (the trams are a youthful 48 years old) of $1 per ticket, only for today. As if you need further incentive to take that trip, replicas of the original “Top of the Arch” lapel button and the “I went to the top” certificate will be issued to all those who get up there. Admission is free. — BROOKE FOSTER

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On October 25, 1978, one of the most successful independent films of all time opened with little fanfare on a single screen in Kansas City, Missouri. John Carpenter’s Halloween launched the 1980s slasher-film craze and (spoiler alert) defined the “final girl” trope as soon as star Jamie Lee Curtis survives to tell the tale of how everybody she knew was hacked and slashed by masked serial killer Michael Myers. Now a classic, Halloween gets a nationwide screening tonight at 7:30 p.m., with a brand-new introduction by John Carpenter. You can see it locally at the Wehrenberg Des Peres 14 Cine (12701 Manchester Road, Des Peres; 314-822-4903 or www.fathomevents.com). Tickets are $15. — M AR K F ISCHER

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MISSOURI’S MAD DOCTOR MCDOWELL

From Henry Jekyll to Victor Frankenstein, horror literature is filled with mad scientists whose dedication to their macabre craft knows no bounds. In the new book Missouri’s Mad Doctor McDowell, authors Victoria Cosner and Lorelei Shannon dissect the legends surrounding former St. Louisan Dr. Joseph Nash McDowell. This grave robber (for scientific purposes) ran a medical college located at Eighth and Gratiot streets, and also owned a cave in Hannibal, where he is said to have suspended his fourteen-year-old daughter’s corpse in an alcohol-filled, copper-and-glass cylinder. Cosner and Shannon celebrate the publication of their book with a launch party tonight at 6:30 p.m. at Subterranean Books (6275 Delmar Boulevard, University City; 314-862-6100 or www.subbooks.com). Admission is free. — M ARK FISCHER

From the left: Vodka2, the Playhouse Creatures in action, the Arch in 1965 and loving brother Michael Myers. TURN THE PAGE FOR A NIGHT + DAY EXTRA —- a full roster of fright-inducing festivities this weekend and next. Planning an event, exhibiting your art or putting on a play? Let us know and we’ll include it in the Night & Day section or publish a listing in the online calendar — for free! Send details via e-mail (calendar@riverfronttimes.com), fax (314-754-6416) or mail (6358 Delmar Boulevard, Suite 200, St. Louis, MO 63130, attn: Calendar). Include the date, time, price, contact information and location (including ZIP code). Please submit information three weeks prior to the date of your event. No telephone submissions will be accepted. Find more events online at www.riverfronttimes.com.

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Fright Night Festivities GOT HALLOWEEN PLANS? YOU DO NOW. HERE’S OUR LIST OF THE BEST SPOOKY STUFF AROUND TOWN THIS WEEKEND AND NEXT. Angel Street (Gaslight): The setting: a once grand but now forbiddingly dark London house in 1880. Within these unwelcoming walls live a married couple, Mr. and Mrs. Manningham. The wife fears she is losing her mind; her own mother died in an institution for the mentally ill and she worries the same fate awaits her — perhaps sooner rather than later, too. Fragile Bella Manningham is nearly at the end of her tether; her husband, Jack, assures her she's playing wicked tricks and pranks, none of which she can remember. Angel Street (Gaslight), by the ace English writer Patrick Hamilton, is a taut period thriller with a twist. The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis presents Angel Street (Gaslight) Tuesday through Sunday (October 14 through November 8) at Webster University's Loretto-Hilton Center (130 Edgar Road; 314-968-4925 or www.repstl.org). Tickets are $17.50 to $79.50. Wednesdays-Fridays, 8 p.m.; Saturdays, 4 p.m.; Tuesdays, 7 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m.; Saturdays, 4 & 8 p.m.; Thu., Oct. 18, 2 & 7 p.m.; Thu., Nov. 8, 2 & 7 p.m. Continues through Nov. 8. Loretto-Hilton Center, 130 Edgar Road, Webster Groves. Arika Parr's Costumes & Cocktails Halloween Party: Halloween is the perfect night to let your alter ego shine. Create who you wanna be at Arika Parr's Third Annual Costumes & Cocktails Halloween Parrty! Cash prize for best costume, free VIP swag bags for first 100 ladies, live music featuring Tish Haynes Keys and the yummiest cocktails ever! A portion of the proceeds benefits the mentoring program for nonprofit organization The Kwame Foundation. Sat., Oct. 31, 8 p.m.-1 a.m., $20, arika@ aparrfectidea.com, costumesandcocktails.com. Lumière Place Casino & Hotel, 999 N. Second St., St. Louis, 314-881-7777. Bevo Mill Halloween Pet Parade: Come join us for the Inaugural Bevo Mill Halloween Pet Parade on October 31. Dress your dog(s) up in his or her favorite Halloween

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costume. Register your pet(s) on the Bevo Mill patio starting at 10 a.m. The actual parade steps off from the Bevo Mill patio at 1 p.m. A suggested donation of $5 per pet will be collected at the time of registration. All proceeds will be donated to Gateway Pet Guardians. Pet treats for four-legged participants provided by Nature's Variety. Sat., Oct. 31, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., $5 donation, 314-8326776, graylingis@gmail.com, https://www.facebook.com/ events/878104092243768/885829501471227/. Bevo Mill, 4749 Gravois Ave., St. Louis. Central West End Halloween Party: Celebrate Halloween all day long in the Central West End. The neighborhood's 30th annual Halloween party includes a kids’ costume parade and trick-or-treating, a pet costume parade and the legendary adult costume contest at 8 p.m. Creativity is encouraged (and may be rewarded if your costume is truly inspired), and a small fee is required to enter the contest. Sat., Oct. 31, 10-midnight, free admission. Maryland and Euclid Avenues in the Central West End. 300, St. Louis, 314-345-1000. Dark St. Louis Halloween Seminar: The St. Louis Paranormal Research Society will present its Dark St. Louis Seminar at the Lemp Grand Hall. Come hear noted lecturers talk about the darker side of the paranormal in one of St. Louis' most haunted locations! Don't be afraid to be scared this talloween! Sat., Oct. 31, 8 p.m.-1 a.m., $20$25, 618-340-5526, stlprs@charter.net, www.DarkSTL. com. Lemp Grand Hall, 1817 Cherokee St., St. Louis. The Darkness: While those prone to seizures or heart attacks are forbidden entry to the Darkness, attendance has been skyrocketing among those with male pattern baldness, because America's scariest haunted house is more hair raising than ever! The chills begin right away with classic monster movies projected on the megascream movie wall, and to make the visit as uncomfortable as possible, brain-eating zombies have been imported from Pittsburgh and Haiti to torment attendees waiting in line. Those who make it inside will pass through ancient ruins filled with demons and giant man-eating worms, and the few who survive to reach the second story will want to check out the books of the dead in the all-new haunted library. The Darkness (1525 South Eighth Street; www.scarefest.com) is open nightly from Thursday, October 22, through Sunday, November 1. Tickets are $23 to $25. 314-631-8000. E'ville Indie: A Makers Market: Nearly 40 of the best

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makers in the Midwest have put their hearts and souls into creating a wide array of merchandise for all ages from hand-built furniture to modern ragdolls. Join us for Edwardsville’s first Halloween-themed indie craft show. Housed on the second and third floors of the Wildey Theatre, we will kick off the event Friday night with an exclusive catered VIP costume party, crowd-free shopping, drinks by Recess Brewing, and appetizers from 222 Bakery. The fun continues Saturday and Sunday with free admission. Fri., Oct. 23, 6-10 p.m.; Sat., Oct. 24, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun., Oct. 25, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., VIP Costume Party $15, Saturday & Sunday free, 618-541-2389, evilleindie@gmail.com, evilleindie.com. Wildey Theatre, 254 N. Main St., Edwardsville, Illinois. Falling Awake: Costumes highly encouraged! Escape artistry by Dr. Judas Lynch, burlesque by Lola Van Ella, music by 18andCounting, the Only Ensemble, Kid Scientist, the River Kittens and Bobby Dazzlers. Food and cocktails! Thu., Oct. 29, 7 p.m., $25 in advance, $30 at the door. https://www.facebook.com/events/839475836166358. City Museum, 701 N. 15th St., St. Louis, 314-231-2489. Glow with Vino van Gogh: Paint, drink and be merry with Vino van Gogh. October events feature glow-in-the-dark paint — add it to your canvas to make eyes glow, the stars twinkle or any other touch you like. Vino van Gogh teams up with restaurants across the city, so you can enjoy their great food and drink while you relax and paint. Advance registration at www.VinoGogh.com — use online promo code "GLOWstlouis" to save $8. Thu., Oct. 29, 6:30-8:45 p.m., 866-390-9917, vincent@vinogogh.com, vinogogh. com/StLouis/Calendar.aspx. Cafe Ventana, 3919 W Pine Blvd., St. Louis. Halloween 2015: Halloween falls on a Saturday this year, and Pepper’s Bar and Grill is throwing the best Halloween party in St. Louis! Join us all day for a scary good time! Grab your best costume and all your friends and enter our costume contest for fun prizes! Sat., Oct. 31, 9:30 a.m.11:45 p.m., free, 314-352-9909. Pepper's Bar & Grill, 5452 Gravois Ave., St. Louis. Halloween Comic Fest and Sale: Halloween Comic Fest starts Saturday during the Halloween sale. Come out and get a free comic from selection. Show up in costume and get an extra 10 percent off of sale prices. Free comics Friday and Sunday, too. Fri., Oct. 30, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sat., Oct. 31, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun., Nov. 1, 11 a.m.-8 p.m., free. 636-940-1244, comicbookrelief@aol.com, comicbookrelief.com/slider/Halloween2015.jpg. Comic Relief, 2224 N. 3rd St., St Charles. Halloween Costume Party Cruise: Dance the night away on a Halloween cruise featuring a DJ, costume contest, hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar. The costume contest winner receives two tickets to the New Year's Eve cruise. Must be 21 or older to board. Sat., Oct. 31, $26. Gateway Arch Riverboats, 11 N. 4th St., St. Louis. Halloween Movie Commons: The Young Friends of St. Louis Public Radio and the Nine Network join forces to bring you a fun and spooky movie night under the stars. We'll be showing Little Shop of Horrors (1960) and Night of the Living Dead (1968) on the Public Media Commons’ two-story screen. The Fortune Teller Bar will bring a signature drink and a tarot card reader. Costumes optional. No masks or weapons. 21 and up only. Cocktail hour starts at 6 p.m. Little Shop of Horrors screens at 7 p.m., and Night of the Living Dead at 8 p.m. Fri., Oct. 30, 6-11 p.m., $10 ticket includes one drink ticket and one food ticket, www.stlpublicradio.org/events/index.php. Public Media Commons, 3653 Olive St., St. Louis. Halloween Story Night: Join the Book House for an evening of hair-raising tales of horror from local authors and writers, including Jon Beidelschies, Stephen La Chance, Debbie Kupfer, Esther Luttrell and more. To add to the chilling atmosphere this evening, author Patrick Dorsey (Haunted Webster Groves) will be introducing the group to the supernatural Japanese parlor game Hyakumonogatari Kaidankai, or "A Gathering of One Hundred Supernatural Tales." As each storyteller tells their tale, a candle is extinguished, making the room darker and darker, drawing the spirits of the season closer. Fri., Oct. 30, 7-10 p.m., free admission, 314-968-4491, info@bookhousestl.com, www.bookhousestl.com. The Book House, 7352 Manchester Road, Maplewood. Hell Razor's Ball: Come one, come all, to the Hell Razor's Ball! Hosted by your favorite St. Louis paranormal team, 3 Girls in the Dark! Come hang in the haunted jail cells of Mad Art Gallery, get your fortune read by Shona of Divine Intuition, or take your chances communicating with the souls of the dead still lurking in the halls of the third precinct by playing with one of the many spirit boards available. This event is 21 and up. 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Glenshaw’s talk will cover how he discovered these owls, basic facts about the species, and the different behaviors he has seen and documented with photos and videos to illustrate these behaviors. Bring the whole family! Admission is free. Thu., Oct. 29, 7-9 p.m., Free, 314-645-6202, tlyons@rhmlibrary.org, rhml.lib. mo.us. Richmond Heights Community Center & Memorial Library, 8001 Dale Ave., Richmond Heights. Peanuts the Great Pumpkin Patch Express: PEANUTS™ The Great Pumpkin Patch Express arrives at St. Louis Union Station for 2015! The excursions, which are themed after Charles M. Schulz's classic story It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, depart from from historic Union Station’s train tracks. Guests will experience great views of St. Louis including Busch Stadium, the Gateway Arch and the Mississippi River. Riders will listen to themed music and hear the narration of Schulz’s story by one of the PEANUTS™ crew members as the train travels along the rails. Fridays through Sundays. Continues through Nov. 1. $35-$65. 314-690-1105, info@stlpumpkinexpress.com, www.stlpumpkinexpress.com. St. Louis Union Station, 1820 Market St., St. Louis. Rocky Horror and a Little Bit More!: Enjoy the hits of that cult-classic musical, Rocky Horror Picture Show in revue! Join the cast as they bring you the hits you love as well as a few other fabulous spooktacular favorites! Soon to become a Halloween tradition, get your tickets while you can — your Halloween experience awaits you at the Emerald Room! Oct. 30-31, 7-8:30, 9-10:30 & 11 p.m.12:30 a.m., 22.00, 314-932-7003, www.buzzonstage. com/st-louis/the-cabaret-at-the-monocle-emerald-room/ rocky-horror-and-a-little-bit-more. Emerald Room, 4510 Manchester Ave., St. Louis. Slay Me! A GlitterBomb Halloween Spooktacular: This horrifyingly fierce show is packed with the city's most frightening and delightful entertainers! STL's favorite bearded queen, Siren, will be your hostess with performances by Rydyr, Kenadie St.James, Maxi Glamour, Princess DiAnal, Pinko, Gypsy Havoc, Jenna Cydal, Duchess, Aiden Control and Marquis Saturn Sanchez! DJs Charlie Buttons, Haunter, and CoCo Buttons will be mixing it up all night. Fri., Oct. 30, 9 p.m.-3 a.m., $5 with a portion donated to PAWS/EFA, 314-4799729, buttons@glitterbomb.net, www.facebook.com/ events/936178273124194. JJ's Clubhouse, 3858 Market St., St. Louis. Spirits from the Past: Walk the lantern-lit paths and explore a pioneer village filled with superstition and doubt. Watch as tales and stories from the 1800s are brought to life, and learn why townspeople were always cautious, especially at night! Sat., Oct. 24, 6-10:30 p.m., $6-$10, 636-798-2005, boonehome@lindenwood.edu, www.danielboonehome.com. Daniel Boone Home and Boonesfield Village, 1868 Highway F, Defiance. TWR's Halloween Party & Costume Contest: The tradition is back for a seventh year! The Waiting Room Bar & Venue hosts our annual Halloween party and costume contest on Oct. 30, starting around 9 p.m. We have cash prizes for first through third places again this year, with first place taking home $100 and an amazing trophy by Todd Fischer, a mixed-media sculptor and artist. Second place pockets $50 and bragging rights, while third place gets a bar tab to drown out their sorrows. Fri., Oct. 30, 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m., 314-890-8333, james@waitingroombar. com, www.facebook.com/events/162782434066957. The Waiting Room Bar, 10419 St. Charles Rock Road, St. Ann. WILDE: Witches and Ho's: Calling all butches, trans girls, bi kids, kinky punks, cross dressers, queer folx, sassy fatties, qtpoc cuties, riot grrls, sissy bois, lipstick lesbians, poly divas, gender queers, leather mommies, hairy bearbies, gay dandies, fags, softball teams and pals! Don your sickest costumes to party Halloween style at WILDE, a monthly radical queer underground party! DJ Jillian will spin the beats. 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film The Holocaust as Legal Procedural Labyrinth of Lies Directed by Giulio Ricciarelli. Written by Elisabeth Bartel and Giulio Ricciarelli. Starring Alexander Fehling, André Szymanski and Friederika Becht. Opens Friday, October 23, at Landmark Plaza Frontenac Cinema, 1701 South Lindbergh Boulevard, Frontenac. 314995-6285 or www.landmarktheatres.com.

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he biggest problem with Labyrinth of Lies, the fictionalized account of the behindthe-scenes legal events leading up to the 1963 trial of former Auschwitz guards, is that it’s earnest, well-intentioned and even polite to a fault. You can probably guess exactly where Labyrinth leads BY even if you’re only slightly familiar with the historical ROBERT background, but you’ve probHUNT ably never seen the subject treated quite so bloodlessly. The film, which is Germany’s official selection for the Academy Awards this year, follows Johann Radmann (Alexander Fehling), a young prosecuting attorney in Frankfurt who believes crusading journalist Thomas Gnielka’s (André Szymanski) claim that a

Perfect, Ugly Genius STEVE JOBS CAPTURES BOTH THE BRILLIANCE AND THE ABRASIVENESS OF ITS SUBJECT Steve Jobs Directed by Danny Boyle. Written by Aaron Sorkin. Based on Walter Isaacson’s book. Starring Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen and Jeff Daniels. Opens Friday, October 23, at multiple locations.

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local schoolteacher was a guard at Auschwitz. Radmann faces the ridicule of his coworkers, but after hanging out with the journalist’s

bohemian friends and gradually comes to the conclusion that thousands of ex-Nazis are living freely in post-war Germany. And although Radmann is successful in building cases and uncovering past crimes, the

film maintains a cautious arms-length distance from the horrors of the past. Director Giulio Ricciarelli (who also co-wrote the film) offers post-war period flavor and lots of images of institutional architecture, index cards and

that personality was mainly Breathtakingly Narcissistic Jerk, all raging arrogance massively overcompensating for past rejection — but also a personality of dazzling brilliance and foresight and imagination. You’ve never seen such a compelling and entertaining and insightful movie about a genius jerk. Ever. Steve Jobs is as smart and as sleek and as essential as...well, as the unibody aluminum Macbook Pro I composed this review on. And it’s funny in that snarky, let’s-change-the-world-while-we-walk-andtalk Aaron Sorkin way. Sorkin has adapted Walter Isaacson’s biography of Jobs in a way that only Sorkin would — by showing us an insider’s perspective on three very public Jobs-Apple events: the 1984 launch of the Macintosh, the 1988 launch of Next computer (which Jobs founded after he was booted from Apple), and the 1998 launch of the iMac. We meet Jobs (beautifully embodied by Michael Fassbender, who doesn’t much look like him yet manages to be eerie in the impersonation anyway) and

become immersed in his unique view on the world during these last-minute preparations for the moments many of us are familiar with (probably most especially the 1998 one, by which time Jobs had morphed into the now-iconically black-turtlenecked figure introducing to us the latest techno-doodad we’d soon discover we couldn’t live without). Steve Jobs is almost a stage play, except that virtuoso director Danny Boyle renders it all so cinematically that it could never be mistaken for one. Boyle uses real Jobs locations (such as the San Francisco opera house Jobs used for the Next launch) to glorious effect, letting them make marvelous statements on the outsizedness of Jobs and the mad beauty of Jobs’ vision. But there’s a stage-intimacy to how we eavesdrop on the interactions between Jobs and a small handful of people before each event, most importantly his head of marketing and best platonic friend Joanna Hoffman (Kate Winslet); and his daughter, Lisa (played, respectively, at ages five, nine, and nineteen

by Makenzie Moss, Ripley Sobo, and Perla Haney-Jardine). Much of what we overhear relates to engineering and marketing and corporate governance, and Sorkin and Boyle do not hold our hands through it. We get it anyway. Much of the rest of it relates to what a monster he was to his daughter, wrapping the family side of Jobs’ life up with the work side; it’s the same impulses driving everything he does. Which is perfectly understandable. Yet I can’t recall a film that so beautifully gets right the complicated yet still creative mess that one person’s life can be, or that manages it in such a deeply satisfying way. And then there’s this: All of what we witness has a certain impact only via what we bring with us into the movie. Steve Jobs assumes that we understand how important Jobs was to how we live today. It assumes that we have a long and intimate relationship with the Mac and with Apple products such as the iPod and the iPhone, or with the various non-Apple products that have raced

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wrinkled files, but the actual discussion of events within the camp is kept to a minimum: There are no flashbacks, no archival footage, just snippets of Radmann’s interviews. It’s enough to give us a sense of what the Nazis did without ever taking a close look at it. As mild as it is, Labyrinth of Lies could easily have been an innocuous period piece, but it ultimately lacks the coherence to work even as a simple history lesson. Having already made the error of making the fictional Radmann’s story — his eventual success in winning over colleagues — more prominent than the material he uncovers, the film goes seriously out of control near the end when the disillusioned hero briefly abandons his mission in a contrived series of scenes that

pull the film off-course, only to return to his senses just in time to wrap things up neatly in the final fifteen minutes. Labyrinth of Lies is not the first film in which post-war Europeans uncover and confront the crimes of the Nazi era, but it’s the first one I can think of that treats the subject so gingerly and half-heartedly. Is it possible that the Holocaust, once regarded as the darkest event in a frequently dark and violent century, has become little more than a plot point dragged into films as a signifier of a hero’s moral compass? Labyrinth of Lies would have us believe that it lifts a curtain on an entire post-war society, but it lacks the courage to confront its villains, turning the horrors of Auschwitz into a historical MacGuffin. ■

to catch up with their innovations. None of that is in the film, and yet it is there all the same. There is nothing in Steve Jobs that is mythologizing of the man, and nothing in the film that is about the cult of the Mac.

And yet it is all about how that happened anyway. If history is all about fi nding the roots of the present in the past, then this is one of the more compulsory bits of modern history I’ve ever seen.— MARYANN JOHANSON

and over again. For example, during a series’ run, there's often an episode about an old intern: In Seinfeld it was Jerry's dad working for J. Peterman, while Chandler got stuck with the honor in Friends. (“Oh, thank you, sir…or man-who’s-twoyears-younger-than-me.”) The Intern, starring Robert De Niro in the title role and Anne Hathaway as the boss, stretches this particular trope out for 121 minutes — four Seinfelds worth! — to teach us the valuable lesson that “Experience never gets old.” Consequently, that’s also the film’s tagline, which provides much the same takeaway. You are welcome. ● It takes a lot of guts to call a movie Pan. Film critics and their editors cross their fingers that it kind of sucks — it’s a headline that writes itself, for God’s sake! So newspaper types everywhere are overjoyed with Warner Bros. latest, but they’re the only ones. Prequels are so often superfluous, and this is a particularly wretched example: Peter Pan’s most defining quality is that he’s ageless. We’ve never wondered about his origin story, because who cares about a younger version of a character who doesn’t grow old? A prequel about Richard Gere will never be made for precisely this reason. Early estimates have the film — which stars Hugh Jackman and Rooney Mara — losing some $150 mil. ● With a roster of voice talent that reads like a who’s who of SNL fan favorites from the ’90s onward (Sandler, Samberg, Shannon, tonsmore),Hotel

Transylvania 2 has a lot going for it. But that doesn’t guarantee success: The script needs to be solid as well (N.B.: Bill Murray in Garfield: A Take of Two Kitties). It is. In human families, the elders start to worry when teens start moping around, wearing all-black clothes and too much eyeliner; here, Dracula (Sandler) worries when his grandson, Dennis (Asher Blinkoff), doesn’t — might he just be a mortal? Relatedly, which would be worse: a vampire teenager, or the garden-variety kind? Surely the former. — Kristie McClanahan riverfronttimes.com

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Eddie is the protagonist (and certainly the antagonist in the early going), but Rose is Dogfight’s soul. After she discovers the rules of the game, she directs her anger only at herself in the song “Pretty Funny.” Cothran acts the hell out of it, her face wounded and her eyes hollow as she tries to find the upside of the night — at least she finally had her first date — and then scolds herself for being positive about anything. It is the highlight of the show, and also the turning point; Eddie returns, suffering the pangs of a conscience he doesn’t understand, and the two come to an uneasy agreement to go to dinner. The second act follows the pair as they try to figure out why they agreed to resume their date. There is something otherworldly about it all. Ochs plays Eddie as a cocked fist waiting to strike, and yet despite that he has moments of kindness. Is Rose desperately lonely for attention, or does she see a good man somewhere inside the boy who humiliated her? The dreamlike quality of Act Two is enhanced by the ensemble, who cycle through multiple roles as the couple passes through the nighttime city. (Jason Meyers deserves special notice for his work as a snooty waiter, a gruff tattoo artist and a smarmy lounge singer.) Rob Lippert’s set also lends a fairy-tale quality as it evokes a bygone San Francisco. A balcony with streetlights looms high over the stage, with the silhouette of a distant bridge and the city’s skyline in the background. Underneath are a

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he rules of the dogfight are simple. Each Marine chips in $50 and brings the ugliest girl he can find to the party — winner gets the pot, and maybe the losers get lucky. It’s less bloody than the dogfighting done with actual dogs, but no less damaging to the combatants. It’s an unusual set-up for a musical, but Dogfight is an unusual musical. Originally a 1991 film starring Lili Taylor and River Phoenix, it was BY adapted for the stage by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul PA U L (music and lyrics) with Peter F R I S W O L D Duchan (book). Stray Dog Theatre’s production, under the direction of Justin Been, focuses on the opposing worldviews of its leads — one a warmonger, the other a pacifist — rather than the propriety of its distasteful central game, which is a good choice. Been’s Dogfight is a story about people on the precipice of a major social shift, rather than one of misogyny run rampant. Eddie Birdlace (Brendan Ochs) is an eighteen-year-old Marine who has one last night in San Francisco before shipping off to Vietnam. It’s November 21, 1963 — the night before President Kennedy will be killed — and Eddie is eager to win the dogfight planned with his friends Boland (Luke Steingruby) and Bernstein (Kevin O’Brien) before they settle that little conflict in southeast Asia. The boys anticipate a quick victory and a hero’s welcome when they return — but first they have to humiliate some women. Of course, none of them think of the dogfight that way. So when Eddie finds Rose (Shannon Cothran), a shy young waitress playing her guitar near the end of her shift, he says all the right things through his remorseless ladykiller’s smile to persuade her to come to the party. They make a strange pair. Eddie looks for any reason to fight, so jacked up on Marine training and his own confidence that he explains to Rose, “If you want to change the world, start shooting.” Rose is a folkie, a pacifist and a songwriter who lacks the self-esteem to perform in front of other people.

large pair of mirrored doorways. The ladies often check their hair and makeup in these, but Eddie never once looks — self-reflection is not his strong suit. But it’s not really America’s, either. At times the audience is dimly visible in those mirrors, but never recognizably so. In 1963, as the country slides deeper into war and a president is killed, there isn’t time for introspection. The results are calamitous. It is a lesson we never remember. Young men are trained to kill, women are there for the taking and the world races ever onward to some uncertain destiny. And yet two people can find one another in that chaos, and come to understand each other, if only they care enough to look deeply into themselves. ■

orget about the kiss in The Kiss. The great power of that brief moment of human contact — and it is a great power — is nothing compared to that which precedes it. Ger Thijs’ drama about two strangers meeting unexpectedly in the woods builds to that act, but there’s more to be gained from the journey than there is in how that journey ends. In Upstream Theater’s production, Lisa Tejero is the unnamed woman; Eric Dean White is our mystery man. The pair form an immediate dislike over a bench in the Dutch forest. She got there first, and he had hopes of sitting on that bench in solitude. White keeps up a steady flow of complaints about their situation, which Tejero suffers in silence. She tells him to sit, but he can’t let it go — to his way of thinking, she owns the bench by dint of being there first. Both are unhappy with the situation. But as The Kiss proceeds, it becomes clear that each of their lives have greater sadness than their unwanted acquaintanceship. Director Kenn McLaughlin keeps the couple from getting too chummy by locking them into opposite sides of the stage. White is always on Tejero’s right, whether sitting on the bench or standing to walk away, the shadow that won’t leave her be. But Tejero doesn’t need another shadow; another has already cast its pall via a medical scan of her right breast. She’s on her way to the hospital to find out what it means. As for White, he came out here to the woods of his youth to find inspiration for his next stand-up show — or so he claims. “You seem the sort of person who makes things worse,” Tejero tells him, but he’s surprisingly unfazed by this snap judgment, but when she tells him she can see his deep melancholy, his face falls to stillness. He, too, has regrets about himself and his life; there is the strong implication that he came to the woods for the very last time. Thijs has included a great deal of Christian mysticism in The Kiss, a Dutch play making its U.S. debut in this production. Tejero is praying when White first finds her, while tiles depicting the fourteen stations of the cross ring the platform stage, designed by Michael Heil. There are repeated references to Tejero’s journey being a pilgrimage, and White chides her for hoping an angel will come and take her shadows away. The Kiss is the sort of unexpected delight Upstream Theater specializes in giving to audiences. It chases the philosophical questions of life in a manner both compelling and entertaining. Tejero and White disappear in these nameless people, sublimating themselves in the ritual characters of Thijs’ medieval mystery play. What makes The Kiss magical is that the audience participates in this journey, and gets to bask in the reflected glow of their transformation. —PAUL FRISWOLD


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cafe Meet the New Boss AT THE LIBERTINE UNDER MATT BESSLER, JUST ABOUT EVERYTHING HAS CHANGED The Libertine 7927 Forsyth Boulevard, Clayton; 314-8622999. Tues.-Thurs. 4-9 p.m.; Fri.-Sat. 4-10 p.m.; Sun. 5-9 p.m. (Closed Mondays).

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Above: The Libertine’s trout saltimbocca, short rib and bone marrow, the tableside-prepared polenta with mascarpone and “Audra’s Ragu.” Left: Maple-bacon bread pudding with a sugar waffle, bacon challah, maple custard and housemade apple-butter ice cream.

rived with a wooden board and two stainless-steel pots: one filled with steaminghot mascarpone-laced polenta and the other with “Audra’s Ragu.” She placed the board on the table and spread it with polenta — as the velvety mixture cooled, it solidified to a pillowsoft consistency that was more like delicate pizza dough than grits. Then she smothered it with the ragu, an old family recipe that Audra Luedde keeps as closely guarded as the Coca-Cola formula. Calling it a “sauce” does not quite do it justice; the ragu is about a one-to-one meat-totomato ratio. Bison meatballs, fork-tender short ribs and salsiccia simmer in a pool of crushed plum tomatoes for what must be an eternity, resulting in a sweet, meaty nectar as rich as P H OTO S B Y M A B E L S U E N

t’s fitting that my first visit to the revamped version of the Libertine was the day after Trevor Noah’s Daily Show debut. After all, the restaurant’s former chef, Josh Galliano, was our culinary voice, our master of Southern cooking, and in many ways, our food dad. And now it feels like the family has a new stepfather. His name is Matt Bessler. It’s debatable who has the least enviable position: Is it Noah, who took over an anchor chair so formed to Jon Stewart’s derriere that it’s nearly BY impossible to imagine the C H E RY L Daily Show without him? Or is it Bessler, the former Schlafly BAEHR Bottleworks executive chef who was tapped to take over the “kitchen that Josh built” this past June? While not an owner, Galliano had become synonymous with the Libertine: the fried-chicken Sundays, the “Crispy Pig Tails,” that housemade Cheez-Whiz. His departure sent shock waves through the city’s dining community when the news broke that he would be leaving the restaurant to work for Companion Bakery. Then his sous chef Josh Poletti left, followed by front-of-house managers Nate and Victoria Weber. How could the Libertine stay the same amid so much change? It couldn’t, which is exactly how Bessler decided to approach his new gig. When owner Nick Luedde reached out to him about the position, the long-time friends sat down over (at least) a case of beer and brainstormed a new direction for the Libertine. No one could do Galliano better than Galliano, so they decided not to try. Instead, the pair scrapped the entire menu (except for the “Diner Burger,” our pick for Best Burger in this year’s Best Of St. Louis issue) and started over, as if they were opening a new restaurant. Under Bessler, the Libertine has tilted away from the southern United States and toward the Mediterranean. It’s not an Italian menu per se, but the number of Italian-inspired dishes sprinkled among seasonal American items hints at Bessler’s influences. Roman arancini, for instance, are a well-executed interpretation of the classic rice dish. Two mammoth Arborio balls, filled with fresh mozzarella cheese,

are coated in breadcrumbs and deep-fried to a crisp, golden brown. The accompanying tomato-basil sugo, or sauce, is so rich and tangy it would make nonna proud. (I have interacted professionally with Nick and Audra Luedde on numerous occasions, and they were aware of my presence on my first visit. On a subsequent visit, I went unnoticed.) For the “Tableside Polenta” our server ar-

pot-roast gravy. This is the best addition to the Libertine’s menu. It’s not the only great one, however. As if roasted bone marrow weren’t decadent enough, here Bessler tops it with braised short ribs and Medjool date jam. The effect is as rich as slathering a rib eye with butter and preserves, but the accompanying frisée and red-apple salad provides necessary brightness. To add to the debauchery, diners are encouraged to order shots (Cognac seems to be the most popular) and repurpose the halved beef bones as a liquor luge. The Libertine certainly did not lose its sense of humor. I had assumed the “Libertine Poutine” would be equally decadent, but I found myself wanting more. Rich foie gras gravy, peas and garlic cheese curds covered a generous portion of housemade fries. Perhaps spoiled by the gluttony induced by the previous dishes, I expected the potatoes to be drenched; instead, the toppings covered only about a third of the plate. I thought I’d need a fork, but I ended up eating the fries with my hands. continued on page 36

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ding. Apple-butter ice cream melts over the top and mingles with the custard to form a rich continued from page 35 sauce. He garnishes the plate with two pieces Like the first courses, entreés at the Liber- of praline bacon — they’re basically pork loltine run the gamut between rustic American lipops, meant to be used as dipping sticks for and Italian fare. The “Duck and Pie,” a recent the gooey pudding. Then there are the “Peaches & Cream” fall-inspired menu addition, is like a deconstructed pot pie-meets-chicken wings. Crispy beignets — basically the richest doughnuts maple-glazed duck legs are served alongside a known to man. They’re huge — the size of baseballs — and filled with warm apple and cheddar cheese pie sprinkled with duck confit. cream cheese and blackberI’m not sure how a dish could The Libertine ries. But of course a creamRoman arancini ........ $12 more perfectly represent a seacheese-filled beignet isn’t Tableside polenta .... $22 son than this. enough. Bessler serves “Aqua Pazza” ............ $27 The “Aqua Pazza,” meanthem swimming in a bowl while, was more evocative of of peaches and bourbon, summer on the Bay of Naples. crowning them with crème An olive-oil-poached red snapper filet sits in fraîche ice cream and basil sorbet. The sorbet a bowl of delicate tomato broth. Tart blistered was overkill, though I was too focused on the tomatoes, shaved garlic and a few chile threads beignets to pay anything else much attention. are gloriously mouth-puckering. A small fennel Perhaps that is Bessler’s plan: to throw folks frond subtly infused the dish with anise. It was into such a stupor of decadence they’re too simple and perfect. dizzy to focus on Galliano. Trout is presented saltimbocca style. The But we can’t forget him. Much like when filleted, skin-on fish is wrapped in prosciutto Stewart announced his departure, many in the and sage leaves, dressed with olive oil, lemon St. Louis food and beverage community began and herbs, and then cooked “al cartoccio” (more writing the Libertine’s obituary when Galliano commonly seen in French as “en papillote,” the left. And much like Noah, many (though they term means “cooked in paper”). The fish arrives would never admit it publicly) were assured at the table wrapped up like a package — the that his virtually unknown replacement was server pierces the paper tableside releasing destined for failure before his first plate left an aromatic plume of steam and revealing the the kitchen. Bessler isn’t Galliano — after all, remarkably moist fish. Galliano is a James Beard nominated, Food & And the Libertine’s riff on carbonara may Wine award winning chef. He’s a veteran of be the best in town. Instead of the usual hunks Commander’s Palace, for God’s sake. There’s of pancetta, a delicious cacio e pepe linguini is no one in town who can top that résumé. topped with four large pieces of sumptuous And under Bessler’s direction, the Liberpork belly. tine is no longer an envelope-pushing Galliano Desserts are no less decadent. Bessler uses theme park. But that’s OK. The food coming out bacon challah bread and waffles drenched in of his kitchen is still good enough to give us our maple custard for his maple-bacon bread pud- moments of Zen. ■

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rowing up, I didn’t ever imagine being a chef,” recounts Nick Blue, the executive chef at Brasserie (4580 Laclede Avenue; 314-454-0600). “But looking back, food was a big part of my life. Family dinner was something that we did together every night of the week. We’re a social family, and the kitchen was the center of that. It was like hosting a party for each other every night.” Though Blue was comfortable in the home kitchen, he admits that his first foray onto a professional line wasn’t as easy. After graduating from college, the Hannibal native moved to St. Louis and got his first cooking gig at 15, Jim Edmonds’ now-shuttered downtown steak house. “I had been bussing and waiting tables, and when I went into the kitchen, I didn’t feel really at home at first,” Blue recalls. “But I was lucky to be surrounded by the right people. They taught me how to work in a kitchen and gave me a really solid base of knowledge.” Blue used that base as a jumping-off point for his career with Gerard Craft’s Niche Food Group — first as part of the opening team for Taste. He eventually moved to Niche, where he met his wife, pastry chef Sarah Osborn: “We worked the same station together. It was a lot of fun.” Still, he wanted to push himself further out of his comfort zone. After two years with Niche, Blue packed his bags and moved to Chicago to work at the acclaimed Blackbird restaurant. “I’d never lived anywhere but Hannibal and St. Louis, so I wanted to see if I could do it,” explains Blue. “Really, I think some amount of tension and stress if good for you.” The young chef was never far off Craft’s radar, however. When an opportunity came up for him to return to Niche as sous chef, Blue and Craft began a conversation by joking about it. By the time they finished talking, Craft asked him, “Why don’t you just go ahead and come back now?” Now executive chef at Craft’s Brasserie, Blue is focused on creating classic French comfort food that he hopes will make patrons feel as though they have been transported across the pond. But that is not his only priority. “Hospitality is really important to me, and I carry that through to the employees,” Blue says. “Sometimes chefs are stereotyped as being angry people. That’s not me. I’m a pretty happy person. Sure, I have my moments, but we are in the kitchen because we are doing what we love. It takes more energy to be angry all day. And besides, I think when you’re happy you create better food than if you walk around in

a bad mood all day.” Blue took a break from the kitchen to share his thoughts on the St. Louis food and beverage scene, his embarrassing Mountain Dew habit, and why it’s fine for you to call him a mamma’s boy. What is one thing people don’t know about you that you wish they did? I have never been to France. This makes it super important for me to constantly be reading and learning everything that I can about France and its food. I want our guest to get lost while they are here and feel as if they are in France. What daily ritual is non-negotiable for you? Calling my mom. I call my mom every day on the way to work. Its nice to talk to her before I start my day. And yes, I realize this makes me a mamma’s boy and I’m fine with that. If you could have any superpower, what would it be? I would want to be able to fly. I love driving, but I despise sitting in traffic. What is the most positive thing in food, wine or cocktails that you’ve noticed in St. Louis over the past year? The most positive thing we have going right now is that so many people are talking about our food scene. A lot of great young people are opening up some really cool spots. Who is your St. Louis food crush? Sarah Osborn. I have really loved watching her come into her own as a pastry chef. She has a lot of challenges with only local ingredients.

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But I feel like she really embraces that and does great with it. Who’s the one person to watch right now in the St. Louis dining scene? Matt Daughaday. He just opened up Reeds American Table, and I’m super excited to see everything he does. Which ingredient is most representative of your personality? Carrot. A carrot is a very versatile ingredient in the kitchen. I like to feel that I’m the same way. If you weren’t working in the restaurant business, what would you be doing? I honestly have no idea. I think I would be completely lost. Name an ingredient never allowed in your kitchen. A bad attitude. Yeah, we all have our moments, but we are all in the kitchen because we love it! Just walking around grumpy all the time wouldn’t work for me. What is your after-work hangout? Home with my wife and dog. What’s your food or beverage guilty pleasure? Mountain Dew. I know. I know. It’s horrible, but there is something about an ice cold can of Mountain Dew that is super refreshing to me. What would be your last meal on earth? Probably would have to be fried chicken, mac & cheese, mashed potatoes and a strawberry rhubarb pie. — CHERYL BAEHR

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hen it came to growing fresh food, downtown St. Louis used to be something of a desert. “There are over 200 community gardens in St. Louis, but not one is downtown, in the neighborhood that needs it the most,” Mary Ostafi, the founder of FOOD ROOF, explained in a TEDx GatewayArch presentation in 2014. It took Ostafi ’s organization to change that. After meeting with other downtown dwellers to gauge interest, Ostafi , who was previously in interior architecture, realized quickly that there was overwhelming interest in “growing food where we live” and nurturing a healthy community. At first, that took shape as a street-level urban oasis on Delmar Boulevard, just north of the Washington Avenue strip. Beginning in 2011, a rough site of clay and buried construction debris was transformed into a fertile garden, as well as a community and family gathering place with a waiting list of residents eager to join. After two years the lease expired, and Ostafi embarked on the next phase of the project — the city’s first rooftop urban farm as part of the greater local food system. The 10,000-square-foot space sits atop the selfstorage facility Wave Storage, just a half block from the old site near the City Museum — only now it supports an all-organic farm, beehives and a chicken coop. continued on page 40


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Sturdy farm tables provide a gathering hub for breaks from gardening and a rest for tour groups, while a sink allows for produce washing and a catering setup. A robust volunteer program offers workshops on the unique challenges and benefits of rooftop farming and organic gardening. Twenty community gardeners lease ten plots on a sliding scale that take up a quarter of the growing space. The rest of the space provides produce for charity (80 percent) and local restaurants (20 percent). McMurphy’s Café, a restaurant at St. Patrick’s Center that trains and employs the homeless and mentally ill, features produce from the farm daily — much of it donated. That’s just one way FOOD ROOF lives up to its mission: providing everyone access to healthy and serving as a model for urban rooftop agriculture. The remainder of the rooftop harvest is sold to downtown restaurants (and delivered by bike!) for a hyper-local addition to their menus. Over the summer a total of twelve restaurants purchased produce — including such heavy hitters as DeMun Oyster Bar, the Libertine and Tony’s. FOOD ROOF will also supply produce to A2, the new gluten-free restaurant downtown, when it opens in November. FOOD ROOF’s primary crop is a unique “spicy” blend of microgreens — arugula, pea, radish and a lettuce called Tokyo pekana. A large greenhouse, used for seedlings in the spring, houses the microgreens in the summer and through the winter. The farm’s first client was a very eager chef Andy Huang from Hiro Asian Kitchen. Huang visits weekly to purchase microgreens and other specialty produce. He appreciates being able to walk the farm and hand-select fresh and gorgeous produce for weekly specials, such as salmon, pork belly, meatballs and a Kamayan-style dinner from the Philippines. His selections have included tomatillos, eggplant, red bell peppers, hot peppers, indigo rose tomatoes and a variety of microgreens, which top most Hiro dishes. Next to sign up was Mango’s chef Sergio

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itale’s Deli (425 North Sappington Road, Glendale; 314-966-9912) has only been open for a little over three weeks, but owner Mike Vitale already has a legion of regulars — most of whom greet him with a hug after they walk through the front door. “I love it here,” says Vitale of his Glendale neighborhood. “It’s like I stepped back in time and am brought back to my childhood on the Hill. There’s a real sense of community here. There are families out walking and kids on their bikes who come in to grab sodas out of the cooler. It already feels great.” A Hill ex-pat, Vitale moved to suburban Glendale about seven years ago. He and his wife had always wanted to open a classic Italian deli and had their eyes on a storefront on North Sappington Road, across from the Glendale City Hall. When it came up for rent this year, the pair tossed around their idea with the neighbors. The sentiment was unanimous: Please open, and do it soon. If the name Vitale sounds familiar, it should. Vitale is the son of Pete and Grace Vitale, founders of Vitale’s Bakery on the Hill. His brother Pete continues the family legacy at the original location, which served as the jumping-off point for Vitale’s Deli — and provides its bread. “I just wanted to do a classic Italian deli,” Vitale explains. “We use bread baked daily from the Hill, and high-quality Boar’s Head meets and cheeses. We get here at 6:30 a.m. and will stay until the bread runs out.” Vitale’s Deli is tiny — there are no tables, making it an exclusively takeout operation. The only decorations are a baker’s rack of bread, a soda case and a gelato cooler. Large windows make up the two front walls of the space, offering a view of tree-lined Glendale streets that could have been plucked from a Leave It to Beaver episode. Vitale’s offers nine different sandwiches, all named after members of his family — except for the “Glendale Club,” a turkey sandwich

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topped with BLT salad, which is his homage to the neighborhood. “The Pete” Italian sandwich is his version of what he grew up eating on the Hill: ham, salami, roast beef, mozzarella, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles and housemade Italian dressing. Other signatures include “The Gracie,” a mammoth cheese-covered meatball sandwich; and “The Mikey,” a muffaletta and a caprese sandwich. Three entrée-sized salads, and classic potato or macaroni salad, are also available. The restaurant opens at 11 a.m. Monday through Friday and serves until it runs out of bread, or 6 p.m. — whatever comes first. On Saturdays, business hours are from 10:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. That doesn’t mean that Vitale gets to sleep in, however. “I get here at 6:30 every morning so I can start slicing the meat,” he says. “It’s hard work, but I’m having fun. I’m lucky. I get to be happy coming to work every morning.” — CHERYL BAEHR


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801 Chophouse 137 Carondelet Plaza, Clayton; 314-8759900. 801 Chophouse’s super-size steaks are the most expensive meal in town — and that seems to be the point. The restaurant peddles opulence to holders of corporate cards, as well as regular folks who want to feel like royalty. For the price tag, diners will receive impeccable service, fine wines and shamefully large cuts of beef. Bone-in selections are the best offerings: The strip, rib eye, pork and veal all benefit from the extra flavor (and thicker cut). 801 Chophouse offers a variety of steak enhancements, from Oscar-style with crab and béarnaise to a bone-marrow bath. However, the high-quality steaks and chops are delicious enough on their own. Seafood is incredibly fresh, and the oysters taste straight from the coast. Side dishes are served à la carte: The creamy scalloped potatoes and lobster macaroni & cheese are excellent options — just make sure to ask for a half order so you can save room for the Grand Mariner soufflé. $$$$ Avenue 12 North Meramec Avenue, Clayton; 314-727-4141. The long-time patrons who lamented the closure of Bryan Carr’s Pomme Restaurant and Pomme Café & Wine Bar can find respite at Avenue. The Clayton bistro, located just a few blocks away from its popular predecessors, combines the two concepts under one roof, but also allows Carr to up the ante on his classic French-influenced fare. The veteran chef keeps some of Pomme’s favorites on Avenue’s menu but also adds several successful new dishes, such as authentic cassoulet with white beans, duck confit, sausage and pork shoulder. The pork schnitzel, topped with brandy-sautéed apples, is another standout dish, and appetizers such as wild mushrooms served with buratta over crusty bread demonstrate Carr’s culinary prowess. Avenue has an excellent brunch, with offerings such as blueberry and lemon pancakes and an overstuffed ham, egg and Gruyere crêpe that doubles as a hearty breakfast wrap. Pomme may still be on everyone’s mind, but Avenue is a worthy followup. $$ Cantina Laredo 7710 Forsyth Boulevard, Clayton; 314725-2447. Cantina Laredo in Clayton is the first St. Louis location of the Dallas-based upscale Tex-Mex chain. The restaurant’s large contemporary bar has quickly become a happy-hour hot spot, pouring stiff drinks for the area’s business clientele. On the food side, diners can expect modernized, fusion versions of Mexican and Tex-Mex dishes, anchored by a large selection of fajitas and enchiladas. The restaurant’s signature appetizer, the “Top Shelf Guacamole,” is prepared tableside, with accoutrements added to your preferences. The “Enchiladas Veracruz” features two tortillas stuffed with a Mexican version of chicken spinach dip, and the “Costillas Con Fajita” is a gigantic, searing hot platter of ribs, steak and chicken, large enough for three diners. A must-try is the “Torta de Carnitas,” smoked pork topped with goat cheese, apricot jam and an over-easy egg. Though it’s difficult to save room for dessert, find a way to manage: The Mexican apple pie, finished with brandy butter tableside on a searing-hot cast-iron skillet, is a scrumptious end to the meal. $$-$$$ Niche 7734 Forsyth Boulevard, Clayton; 314-773-7755. Acclaimed restaurateur Gerard Craft has relocated his flagship restaurant, Niche, from Benton Park to a brand-new, stateof-the-art space in downtown Clayton. The menu from Craft and chef du cuisine Nate Hereford remains true to the ethos that made Niche so beloved among local diners: progressive modern cuisine with an emphasis on local, seasonal produce — and also with a playful side. Diners can order from the à la carte menu, but the new Niche also features a special chef’s table with an more extensive tasting menu. While drop-in diners might find an empty seat at the bar, reservations are strongly recommended. $$$-$$$$ Pizzino 7600 Wydown Boulevard, Clayton; 314-240-5134. Pizzino owner Jim Zimmerman comes from a line of Lithuanian bakers dating back to the 1700s, so it’s no surprise

that he has perfected not one, but two types of crusts for the fast-casual eatery. Pizzino serves two different styles of pies: thin, crispy and grilled; or the thick Roman-style pizza al taglio. The grilled pizzas are made to order; diners either customize one from a list of toppings or choose from a list of suggested versions. Specialties include the “Margherita,” a take on the classic Neapolitan dish that consists of tomatoes, basil and fresh mozzarella. The “Cantina” is a satisfying steak pizza, topped with spicy whole tomatoes and Gorgonzola and Reggianito cheeses. The pizza al taglio is baked in advance in large sheet pans then sliced in large squares to order. The focaccia-like crust comes in three different styles: a vegetarian; a take on pepperoni; and the capicola and caramelized onion topped “Royal.” Pizza is becoming an increasingly crowded field in this town, but Pizzino stands out by offering something a little different. $ Whitebox Eatery 176 Carondelet Plaza, Clayton; 314-8622802. Whitebox Eatery elevates daytime eating for busy Clayton diners with its upscale take on breakfast and lunch fare. The restaurant offers breakfast and lunch on the weekdays, and Saturday and Sunday brunch, with items such as turkey meatloaf, brioche French toast and smoked-salmon tartine. Pancakes, covered with housemade granola, fresh berries and whipped cream is a must, as is the breakfast salad — arugula, potatoes, bacon, feta cheese and crispy onions are topped with creamy herbed dressing and poached eggs. Whitebox Eatery’s freshly baked pastries are the restaurant’s highlight. Doughnuts, chocolate croissants, cheese Danishes and savory scones are a perfect end to the meal — or a tasty grab-and-go snack. $$

THE LOOP Peacock Loop Diner 6261 Delmar Boulevard, University City; 314-721-5555. The latest feather in Joe Edwards’ (Blueberry Hill, Pin-Up Bowl) impressively plumed cap, Peacock Loop Diner serves breakfast and lunch staples 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The bright, retro-themed restaurant is outfitted with a dizzying array of 1950s kitsch and boasts a curtained, rotating circular booth called the Carousel of Love. The menu offers everything from omelets and biscuits and gravy, to burgers and corn dogs. On the breakfast side, the “Finals Breakfast Sandwich” is a good one: an egg, griddled ham, bacon, sriacha and mixed-berry jam are sandwiched between two malty waffles. Ask for a side of maple syrup, and the dish becomes a quirky take on a Monte Cristo. Another standout is the chicken curry salad melt with Muenster cheese. And don’t leave without trying at least one of the seventeen different varieties of spiked milkshakes. They are break-up cures in a frosty glass. $-$$ Salt + Smoke 6525 Delmar Boulevard, University City; 314727-0200. Salt + Smoke infuses the Loop air with the unmistakable smell of barbecue. The scent may draw diners in, but the delectable barbecue taste will keep the crowds coming back for more. The latest venture from restaurateur Tom Schmidt, best known for Franco in Soulard, Salt + Smoke features Texas-style barbecue, a huge bourbon selection and comprehensive craft-beer offerings. Fried pickles and hush puppies dipped in honey butter are standout appetizers, and the falafel sandwich — though a surprise at a barbecue place — is the closest thing a vegetarian can get to barbecue. St. Louis-cut ribs are dry rubbed and fall off the bone. Those who order the brisket are given the option of the fatty part, the lean part or the burnt end. The lean part is tender and needs no sauce. The thick-sliced smoked bologna, flecked with fat, jalapeños and cheddar cheese, is more like salami than the thin-sliced Oscar Mayer deli slices. Be forewarned: A little goes a long way. Salt + Smoke offers thoughtful side dishes like white-cheddar-cracker mac & cheese, coleslaw tossed with apples and fennel, and sweet creamed corn. And make sure to save room for the chocolate pie. The flaky crust and bittersweet pudding-like filling make it an excellent ending to a great meal. $$

M I D S T. LO U I S C O U N T Y Fort Taco 8106 Manchester Road, Brentwood, 314-6472391. Owner Gabriel Patino and company transformed the former Brentwood Rally’s into Fort Taco, a homage to the food they grew up on. The restaurant calls itself traditional, but it’s not exactly Mexican. Patino uses the recipes of his great-grandparents, who brought their native cuisine with them when they emigrated to Fort Madison, Iowa. Fort Taco’s menu consists of just three main items. Traditional soft-shell tacos are its signature; the large, puffy, deep fried flour shells are stuffed with either beef or chicken and simply dressed are a feast in themselves. Enchiladas — vegetarian, beef or chicken — covered in a rich, ancho-chile-based sauce are equally delicious, and the handmade tamales are as authentic as anything you’d find on Cherokee Street. $ Fozzie’s Sandwich Emporium 1170 S. Big Bend Boulevard, Richmond Heights; 314-932-5414. Though a small restaurant, Fozzie’s follows the “more is more” principle. There are twenty sandwiches, almost all of them overstuffed, as well as burgers, hot dogs and gyros (and salads, appetizer dips and milkshakes, too). There is the B.A.B.T.L. (bacon and bacon, lettuce and tomato) with a half-pound of bacon, and the awesome “Big Bend Mafia,” with Italian-seasoned beef and salsiccia. The signature dish might be the Juicy Lucy, a Minneapolis-St. Paul specialty that consists of a cheeseburger with the cheese stuffed inside the patty. The salads, featuring with vegetables from the restaurant’s own garden, are very good. $


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Stranger” is the only one that was written in the United States. Fisher remembers sitting in a cabin on his family’s farm, one he built with his father, and feeling like no matter where he goes, he will always be an outsider. “This is kind of one of the cons that comes with being gone all the time. It’s one of the things you lose,” he says. “Maybe it’s something you gain, too. But it often feels more like a loss when you feel like, no matter where you go, the average person you meet is instantly going to not be able to relate to you.” In some senses, Fisher is living the dream. Even when making ends meet is a struggle, he’s still surviving as a touring musician, sharing his music and exploring the far corners of a foreign continent. But the thing about living a dream is that once it becomes real,

IAN FISHER RETURNS TO HIS HOMETOWN ST. LOUIS, MORE THAN 500 EUROPEAN GIGS LATER Ian Fisher Record Release 9 p.m. Friday, October 23. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue. $10. 314-773-3363.

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he year was 2008. George W. Bush was working through his second term, and St. Louis singer-songwriter Ian Fisher decided he’d had enough of American politics. In fact, he’d had enough of America. So that year, as he finished BY up his studies at Webster University, Fisher enrolled DEREK in a study-abroad program S C H W A R T Z based in Vienna, Austria. Except when the semester ended, Fisher never came home. Instead, he set out on what very well may end up being the longest European tour in history. Seven years and more than 500 concerts later, Fisher still isn’t looking back. Today, the Missouri native has addresses in both Berlin and Vienna, but he estimates that in the seven years he’s been in Europe he hasn’t accrued more than a year, cumulatively, inside those homes. It’s a hard lifestyle to maintain, but Fisher doesn’t see any other way. “Touring, for me, is a kind of searching,” he says. “It’s going out there and making something happen and not just waiting for it. I know a lot of artists who wait around for things to happen to them, and most of them never get anywhere. Some of them get lucky, but I’ve always been a restless soul, and touring sort of suits that restlessness — it sort of feeds me, somehow. When I’m on tour I feel like I’m accomplishing something, even if I’m just going around in circles.” On Fisher’s latest album, Nero, the indiecountry musician explores the emotional effects of a life on the road. On Friday, October 23, Fisher will return to St. Louis to play a record release party at Off Broadway before setting off on his first real American tour. Nero is named after the Roman emperor who is commonly believed to have started the Great Fire of Rome in an effort to clear crops and build a palace. “I don’t think it’s healthy to destroy everything you once were, but sometimes destruction is construction too, on a personal level,” Fisher says. “I feel like over the last six

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years that I wrote this album, I destroyed a lot of the things that made me me, and there’s some kind of nostalgic loss that comes with that. There’s this nostalgia of looking back on something that you’ll never have again — which is youth. Which is being a naïve young 21-year-old American coming to Vienna for the first time. I know I’ll never have that again; I know that my hometown will never be what it was when it was my only hometown. I know that Vienna will never be this royal city of endless opportunities that I once perceived it as — this place that I threw so much meaning onto. “There’s something sad about that,” he continues. “But I think that it’s also something that I kind of like — this nostalgic looking back — because it makes me aware of the things that I’ve had and this path that I’ve blazed for myself. It makes me proud, to a certain extent, of what I’ve accomplished.” Fisher grew up on a farm in Ste. Genevieve. These days, he rarely makes it back to the United States, but he says that Ste. Genevieve,

his farm and his family will always be his primary base. Still, after seven years abroad, Fisher appears to be losing track of what it feels like to be truly “at home.” On “Just Like a Stranger,” Fisher sings: I’m always wondering how it’d be, To move back to Ste. Genevieve, To start a little family and do some settling down. But I got sidetracked making contact, With every point and place and face and town, I did some living, did some thinking, And did my fair share of rambling ’round. And when I got back they’d say, “Get back in your place, boy, This ain’t the city, now go back to where you came from.” And I’d say, “Man, I came from here, And though I may seem a stranger, Our stories are quite the same, But I can understand you, I’m a stranger everywhere.” Of the ten tracks on the album, “Just Like a riverfronttimes.com

“Touring, for me, is a kind of searching. It’s going out there and making something happen. I’ve always been a restless soul, and touring suits that restlessness.” it loses its dreaminess. The romance and the luster are drowned in the mundane and the everyday-ness of it all. There are moments when Fisher revels in the beauty of his chaotic lifestyle, but there are also times when he misses staying in one place. He misses Missouri. He misses small talk, naiveté and smiling at strangers on the street. He misses hot wings, stock-car races, pulled-pork sandwiches, having a larger selection of films on Netflix and being able to easily find books in English. Most of all, he misses his farm and his family. Despite the nostalgia and the occasional homesickness, Fisher is adamant that he has no regrets. He imagines that five years from now, he’ll probably still be doing what he’s doing. “It is exhausting, but it’s also pretty entertaining,” he says. “When you tour like this it seems to stretch out time, to where a day becomes a week and a week becomes a month and so on and so forth. And I kind of like that. It’s the closest you can get to immortality.” ■

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accolades from NPR and the New York Times. But while Paper Back Bones and Down Wires were recorded alone and in his room, D’Amato knew he wanted an outside producer for the third release. “Before I started recording, I knew I wanted to work with Sam Kassirer,” he says. “I kept on seeing his name turn up in the liner notes of albums I really loved. Josh Ritter, David Wax Museum, Joe Pug and lots of others. I’m

a huge fan of pretty much everything this guy touches. So on a whim, I contacted Sam and he said yes. Pretty soon after, we recorded the album in his studio in Maine.” Even though D’Amato revered Kassirer’s taste and judgment, it was tough to give up the producer’s seat at first. “It was scary. I like to be in control over everything when it comes to my music,” he explains. “The first few times Sam would

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n the two years since Little Big Bangs’ self-titled debut, the punkleaning quartet has only intensified its grasp on how to wrest life from two- and three-minute rock songs. On its second LP, Star Power, the band detonates snide, tuneful bombs that are pressure-loaded with errant melody and lyrical fearlessness amid topics both blasé and bold. Across these twelve tracks, the band works through proto glam-rock, sludgy Pavement riffs, perverted surf-rock jams and many songs that occupy the grungiest corners of pop-punk. Working with Brian Scheffer at Firebrand Recording has given the songs a certain sonic directness while retaining the right amount of grit; this batch of tracks has an expansiveness that’s missing from earlier recordings. As on previous efforts, the vocals are shared communally among instrumentalists Lucy Dougherty, Ryan Macias and Eric Boschen; the album was recorded with the fuss-free and propulsive drumming of Drew Gowran, though he has since left the group. For her part, Dougherty continues to grow into her power and the possibilities of her voice; “Kennel” finds her challenging authority and hierarchy 48

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amid a T. Rex groove, while the bruising “Rotten Blood” pushes her into a fury only intensified by the tape hiss that coats her vocals. Macias and Boschen can range from slacker-aping laconic to indignant; “Situation” does both nicely, using suburban ennui as a catalyst for existential escape and some of the LP’s chunkiest riffs. The whiplash from genre-hopping, even within songs, makes it hard to pigeonhole this band, but that’s probably by design. It speaks to Little Big Bang’s method of ripping it up and starting again that the rangy, squalling album closer “Aftermath” dissolves in the band’s most gentle moment to date, a fadeout colored by tender drums, plaintive electric piano and piled-on vocals. This coda is as unexpected as it is affecting as the three singers coo and harmonize over a pretty good summation of the punk M.O.: “Fuck their world/we’re all we’ve got.” Like Sonic Youth’s quieter excursions, the album’s final moments serve as a foil to the noise the precedes it, a recasting of the same message with a distinctly different energy. —CHRISTIAN SCHAEFFER Want your CD to be considered for a review in this space? Send music c/o Riverfront Times, Attn: Homespun, 6358 Delmar Boulevard, Suite 200, St. Louis, Missouri, 63130. Email music@riverfronttimes.com for more information.

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hat happens when a couple breaks up but stays in the same apartment because rent is too expensive to pay alone? Some would seethe together, others would cringe apart. Either way, someone is bound to sleep on the floor. Anthony D’Amato chose to write songs, and the music of his heartache became his latest album, The Shipwreck From the Shore. “There was this relationship I was in,” he says. “We’d been living together in New York City and neither one of us could afford to leave and pay for another apartment. So we ended up staying in the same space together. I started writing music and lyrics as a way of processing the weirdness of it all. I would test out the songs as I wrote them. I was playing some live shows, and it was really helpful for me to road-test the new material. “I was amazed by the reception for some of the songs,” he continues. “People would come up to me and ask to buy whichever CD had the song ‘If It Don’t Work Out’ on it. And I would tell them I wrote it two days ago. I guess these songs were striking a nerve with people because they were coming from such a raw and unfiltered place.” Prior to The Shipwreck From the Shore, D’Amato had released two albums and received

suggest something different, my immediate reaction was to doubt it. I had such a specific idea of how I wanted something to sound. But the reason I picked Sam in the first place is because I love all these records that he’s done. I allowed myself to let go of my own ideas, to trust him, and we started to see really cool results.” D’Amato managed to persuade not only Kassirer to help him put together the record, but also Matt McCaughan of Bon Iver and Brad Cook of Megafaun. “Earlier on, Matt was filling in with Josh Ritter’s band, and Sam and Matt hit it off. Once Sam was on board with Shipwreck, we showed Matt some of my stuff and asked him if he wanted to help out with the album,” D’Amato says. “He was into it. We wanted a rhythm section that had played together before, so Matt invited Brad, who’s a buddy of his from North Carolina. I’m a huge Bon Iver fan and a huge Megafaun fan, so I was really lucky to have these guys helping out. “We would all sit down and listen to my acoustic demos,” he continues. “Matt would hear a certain vibe, Sam would hear another vibe, and Brad would hear it another way altogether. We would discuss all these ideas. And the end result was often very different from what I expected.” D’Amato is no novice when it comes to seeking out the assistance of talented individuals. When he was a student at Princeton, he convinced Paul Muldoon, winner of the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, to help out with his lyrics. “Paul is a huge rock & roll fan, and he played in a band too. I proposed this idea where I would bring songs to Paul and we would talk about them and work them through,” D’Amato says. “Every couple of months, I’d send something over to him. He’d say something like, ‘This turn of phrase doesn’t feel like it’s connected with the other line.’ He taught me a lot about lyrical structure. Now, when I write lyrics, I think about what he would say. In that way, he’s still helping me write today.” D’Amato is planning on recording a new album for 2016. This time, he’s bringing on Mike Mogis, noted producer of Bright Eyes, to help out. “When we were getting ready to make decisions about the upcoming record, Mike was at the top of my dream list in terms of producers I wanted to work with,” he says. “I asked my manager to reach out to him to see if he was interested. We ended up spending the afternoon together in Omaha, and he’s on board for the upcoming album. “For now,” D’Amato adds, “I’m really excited to play in new places. I’ve never played in St. Louis before, and I’m definitely eager to be coming through. It’ll be cool to come back in the future and see who comes back for a second show.” —AARON DAVIDOFF


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8 p.m. Friday, October 23. Fubar, 3108 Locust Street. $12 to $15. 314-289-9050. If third-wave ska songs about killing cops are your thing, you probably already know all about Leftover Crack. The punk-leaning New York act has been at this since 1998, born out of the ashes of Choking Victim and attracting legions of fans with its extremely left-of-center political views. Police brutality has long been the subject of the band’s ire — alongside homophobia, the war on drugs, religion and capitalism in general — so it will be interesting to hear what singer Scott Sturgeon has to say in St. Louis in the wake of last year’s Ferguson protests. Assume it won’t be a glowing review of the state of American policing. Cracktoberfest: Leftover Crack will hit town in the midst of a three-week tour to support its upcoming Constructs of the State, the band’s first full-length effort since 2004. Watch for that on November 27 via Fat Wreck Chords.—DANIEL HILL

STEVIE WONDER 8 p.m. Sunday, October 25. Scottrade Center, 1401 Clark Avenue. $36.50 to $146.50. 314-241-1888. If you’re generally lukewarm about “classic album” concert tours, your fears are not unfounded; while it’s edifying to hear a seminal LP played front to back, the format takes some of the fun out of the normal setlist-guessing. (Plus, wasn’t Bryan Adams’ 30th anniversary tour behind 1985’s Reckless more than a little sad?) Stevie Wonder, though, gets a free pass for his Songs in the Key of Life tour: The double LP remains the clearest document of his astral-soul genius, with singles and deep cuts that cover the breadth of Wonder’s range. He hits on social ills (“Village Ghetto Land”), nostalgia and its dangers (“I Wish” and “Pastime Paradise,” respectively), the reclamation of African American history (“Black Man”) and more across these seventeen songs. It’s certainly more than enough to fill a concert setlist, and showgoers get the guarantee of hearing Stevie’s most perfect song, the eternal and undeniable “As.” Few albums sound this alive and universal at nearly 40 years old. Music of His Mind: If previous concerts are any guide, don’t expect a straight run-through of the album’s cuts. Wonder and company have been known to divert into cover songs by the likes of En Vogue, John Lennon, the Weeknd and Bruno Mars. —CHRISTIAN SCHAEFFER 50

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NAPPY ROOTS 8 p.m. Tuesday, October 27, Cicero’s, 6691 Delmar Boulevard, University City. $15. 314-862-0009. Since forming in 1995, Bowling Green, Kentucky hip-hop act Nappy Roots has bounced around rap’s underground, seemingly unable to live up to the promise of its early output (or, at least, to capitalize on that promise). It’s no matter though: The classics are still classic. 2002’s Watermelon, Chicken & Gritz produced the group’s most well-known singles, “Awnaw” and “Po’ Folks,” while Nappy Roots was still signed to Atlantic Records. The album’s followup, Wooden Leather, failed to attract the same level of buzz, and was the last record the group would release on a major label. But don’t fret about that either: Nappy Roots has been independently releasing its own music since 2007, including 2015’s The 40 Akerz Project. Diehards Only: Credit Nappy Roots’ “relatively forgotten” status for the fact you’ll be seeing this show at a venue as intimate as Cicero’s. Sure, its members probably wish they were performing at an arena, but the event will assuredly be a far better experience this way. —DANIEL HILL

FRUIT BATS 8 p.m. Tuesday, October 27. The Old Rock House, 1200 South Seventh Street. $15. 314-588-0505. In the Sub Pop stable, the Fruit Bats, led by wiry-voiced singer and songwriter Eric D. Johnson, fit alongside the likes of the Shins and Fleet Foxes, at least in theory. With folk intuitions and stuttering, pretty ambiance, the band has been making accessible yet elusive records that peers admired but few bought since 2001. That sub-cult status hardly changed with Johnson’s best album, 2011’s Tripper, which glows with synthesizers and dreamlike arrangements that are often as unexpected as they are finely imagined. The piano-plinked and guitar-chimed melodies still shine like shards of carnival glass, with the lyrics still as sharp and forsaken as the best bedroom pop can be. Silvery Screens: For the last five years Johnson has found success in soundtrack work, scoring Sundance-friendly films including Our Idiot Brother and After Tiller. —ROY KASTEN

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5 Seconds of Summer: Fri., Aug. 19, 7 p.m., $25-$79.95. Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, I-70 & Earth City Expwy., Maryland Heights, 314-298-9944, livenation.com/VerizonWireless-Amphitheater-St-Louis-tickets-Maryland-Heights/ venue/49672. ABK: W/ Big Hoodoo, Bonez of AMB, tha Havknots, Broly, Thu., Nov. 19, 8 p.m., $12. Fubar, 3108 Locust St, St. Louis, 314289-9050, fubarstl.com. Adam Lambert: W/ Pentatonix, Rachel Platten, Wed., Dec. 16, 7 p.m., $29.50-$89.50. Peabody Opera House, 1400 Market St, St. Louis, 314-241-1888, peabodyoperahouse. com. The Alley Tones: Wed., Nov. 18, 10 p.m., $5. BB's Jazz, Blues & Soups, 700 S. Broadway, St. Louis, 314-436-5222, bbsjazzbluessoups.com. Angel: Mon., Nov. 16, 8 p.m., $10. BB's Jazz, Blues & Soups, 700 S. Broadway, St. Louis, 314-436-5222, bbsjazzbluessoups.com. Anthony Gomes: Sat., Dec. 12, 8 p.m., $20-$25. Cicero's, 6691 Delmar Blvd., University City, 314-862-0009, cicerosstl.com. Big Rich & the Rhythm Renegades: Wed., Nov. 4, 7 p.m., $5. BB's Jazz, Blues & Soups, 700 S. Broadway, St. Louis, 314-436-5222, bbsjazzbluessoups.com. J.W. Jones Band: Fri., Nov. 13, 7 p.m., $10. BB's Jazz, Blues & Soups, 700 S. Broadway, St. Louis, 314-436-5222, bbsjazzbluessoups.com. Benefit Concert for Tom Ballman: W/ Rikers Mailbox, Javier Mendoza, Sun., Nov. 8, 4 p.m., $15. The Bootleg, 4140 Manchester Ave., St. Louis, 314-775-0775. Big George Brock & the New Houserockers: Fri., Nov. 6, 10 p.m., $10. BB's Jazz, Blues & Soups, 700 S. Broadway, St. Louis, 314-436-5222, bbsjazzbluessoups.com. Big Rich & the Rhythm Renegades: Wed., Nov. 11, 7 p.m., $5. Wed., Nov. 18, 7 p.m., $5. BB's Jazz, Blues & Soups, 700 S. Broadway, St. Louis, 314-436-5222, bbsjazzbluessoups.com. Billy Barnett Band: Thu., Nov. 5, 7 p.m., $5. Thu., Nov. 12, 10 p.m., $5. BB's Jazz, Blues & Soups, 700 S. Broadway, St. Louis, 314-436-5222, bbsjazzbluessoups.com. Boo Boo Davis & the Bumblebee Trio: Sat., Nov. 7, 10 p.m., $5. BB's Jazz, Blues & Soups, 700 S. Broadway, St. Louis, 314-436-5222, bbsjazzbluessoups.com. Cody Canada & the Departed: Wed., Dec. 2, 8 p.m., $14$16. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Ave., St. Louis, 314-7733363, offbroadwaystl.com. David Dee & the Hot Tracks Band: Fri., Nov. 13, 10 p.m., $5. BB's Jazz, Blues & Soups, 700 S. Broadway, St. Louis, 314-436-5222, bbsjazzbluessoups.com. David Mayfield & Sean McConnell: Wed., Nov. 4, 8 p.m., $8-$10. The Bootleg, 4140 Manchester Ave., St. Louis, 314-775-0775. Delta Sol Revival: Sun., Nov. 8, 4 p.m., $5. BB's Jazz, Blues & Soups, 700 S. Broadway, St. Louis, 314-436-5222, bbsjazzbluessoups.com. Dreaming in Color: Sat., Nov. 14, 7 p.m., $10. BB's Jazz, Blues & Soups, 700 S. Broadway, St. Louis, 314-436-5222, bbsjazzbluessoups.com. Dropkick the Robot: W/ Adult Fur, DJ Agile One, Fri., Nov. 20, 9 p.m., $8. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Ave., St. Louis, 314-773-3363, offbroadwaystl.com. El Monstero: Fri., Dec. 18, 7 p.m.; Sat., Dec. 19, 7 p.m.; Wed., Dec. 23, 7 p.m.; Fri., Dec. 25, 7 p.m.; Sat., Dec. 26, 7 p.m., $27.50-$50. The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Blvd., St. Louis, 314-726-6161, thepageant.com. Gina Sicilia Band: Thu., Nov. 5, 9 p.m., $10. BB's Jazz, Blues & Soups, 700 S. Broadway, St. Louis, 314-436-5222, bbsjazzbluessoups.com. Give Her a Lizard: W/ Whoa Thunder, Town Cars, Sat., Nov. 28, 8 p.m., $10. The Firebird, 2706 Olive St., St. Louis, 314535-0353, firebirdstl.com. Good for the Soul: Sun., Nov. 1, 6 p.m., $10. BB's Jazz, Blues & Soups, 700 S. Broadway, St. Louis, 314-436-5222, bbsjazzbluessoups.com. Goodbye, Goodnight: W/ Fight to Remain, Pure October, This Is Our Dance, the Great Expectations, Mon., Dec. 21, 7 p.m., $10-$12. Cicero's, 6691 Delmar Blvd., University City, 314-862-0009, ciceros-stl.com. Guitar Masters: Sun., Nov. 15, 6:30 p.m., $10. BB's Jazz, Blues & Soups, 700 S. Broadway, St. Louis, 314-436-5222, bbsjazzbluessoups.com. Ian Mcgowan and the Good Deeds: Ruth Acuff, Letters to Memphis, Sun., Nov. 15, 8 p.m., free. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Ave., St. Louis, 314-773-3363, offbroadwaystl.com. Joe Metzka Band: Thu., Nov. 12, 7 p.m., $5. BB's Jazz, Blues & Soups, 700 S. Broadway, St. Louis, 314-436-5222,

bbsjazzbluessoups.com. The John Kadlecik Band: Sun., Nov. 22, 8 p.m., $15. The Bootleg, 4140 Manchester Ave., St. Louis, 314-775-0775. John Lisi & Delta Funk: Wed., Nov. 11, 10 p.m., $10. BB's Jazz, Blues & Soups, 700 S. Broadway, St. Louis, 314-4365222, bbsjazzbluessoups.com. Josh Garrett Band: Thu., Nov. 19, 8 p.m., $10. BB's Jazz, Blues & Soups, 700 S. Broadway, St. Louis, 314-436-5222, bbsjazzbluessoups.com. King Louis' Revenge: W/ Javier Mendoza, the Monolithic, Fri., Nov. 27, 8 p.m., $10. Cicero's, 6691 Delmar Blvd., University City, 314-862-0009, ciceros-stl.com. Kingdom Brothers Band: Sun., Nov. 15, 4 p.m., $10. BB's Jazz, Blues & Soups, 700 S. Broadway, St. Louis, 314-4365222, bbsjazzbluessoups.com. Koa: Sat., Dec. 19, 8 p.m., $10. The Demo, 4191 Manchester Ave, St. Louis, 314-833-5532, thedemostl.com. Ky-Mani Marley: Fri., Nov. 13, 9 p.m., $20-$25. 2720 Cherokee Performing Arts Center, 2720 Cherokee St, St. Louis, 314-276-2700, 2720cherokee.com. Leroy Jodie Pierson: Fri., Nov. 6, 7 p.m., $5. BB's Jazz, Blues & Soups, 700 S. Broadway, St. Louis, 314-436-5222, bbsjazzbluessoups.com. Leslie Sanazaro & Sharon Bear: Tue., Nov. 10, 7 p.m., $5. BB's Jazz, Blues & Soups, 700 S. Broadway, St. Louis, 314-436-5222, bbsjazzbluessoups.com. The Lion's Daughter Record Release Show: W/ Black Fast, Fister, Hell Night, Sat., Jan. 9, 8 p.m., $8-$10. The Firebird, 2706 Olive St., St. Louis, 314-535-0353, firebirdstl. com. The Lonely Wild: W/ Young Buffalo, Holy Posers, Fri., Nov. 13, 10 p.m., $8. The Bootleg, 4140 Manchester Ave., St. Louis, 314-775-0775. Love Jones "The Band": Sun., Nov. 8, 8 p.m., $10. Sun., Nov. 15, 10 p.m., $10. Sun., Nov. 1, 10 p.m., $10. BB's Jazz, Blues & Soups, 700 S. Broadway, St. Louis, 314-4365222, bbsjazzbluessoups.com. Night of the Funky Dead: W/ the Grooveliner, the Scandaleros, the Provels, Thu., Oct. 29, 8 p.m., $5. The Bootleg, 4140 Manchester Ave., St. Louis, 314-775-0775. Old Wounds: W/ Reaver, Tue., Nov. 24, 8 p.m., $10. Fubar, 3108 Locust St, St. Louis, 314-289-9050, fubarstl.com. P.O.D.: W/ Hollow Point Heroes, Mon., Nov. 16, 8 p.m., $20. The Ready Room, 4195 Manchester Ave, St. Louis, 314-8333929, thereadyroom.com. Reverend Horton Heat: W/ Unknown Hinson, Nashville Pussy, Igor and Red Elvises, Sat., Feb. 6, 8 p.m., $25. The Ready Room, 4195 Manchester Ave, St. Louis, 314-8333929, thereadyroom.com. Reverse Order: W/ Get At Me, Bring on the Fall, Chad Randall Band, Sun., Dec. 6, 6 p.m., $10-$12. Cicero's, 6691 Delmar Blvd., University City, 314-862-0009, ciceros-stl.com. Scottie Miller Band: Sat., Nov. 14, 10 p.m., $10. BB's Jazz, Blues & Soups, 700 S. Broadway, St. Louis, 314-436-5222, bbsjazzbluessoups.com. Screaming J's: Tue., Nov. 3, 11 p.m., $5. BB's Jazz, Blues & Soups, 700 S. Broadway, St. Louis, 314-436-5222, bbsjazzbluessoups.com. Silky Sol "The Red Afro Queen": Mon., Nov. 9, 8 p.m., $10. BB's Jazz, Blues & Soups, 700 S. Broadway, St. Louis, 314-436-5222, bbsjazzbluessoups.com. Spine: W/ Blindside USA, Perfect People, Meth Dealer, Freak Out, Skinner, Thu., Nov. 19, 7 p.m., $10. Fubar, 3108 Locust St, St. Louis, 314-289-9050, fubarstl.com. Spirit Caravan: W/ Elder, Path of Might, Van Buren, Wed., Nov. 18, 8 p.m., $12. Fubar, 3108 Locust St, St. Louis, 314289-9050, fubarstl.com. St. Louis Social Club: Tue., Nov. 3, 8 p.m., $5. Tue., Nov. 17, 8 p.m., $5. BB's Jazz, Blues & Soups, 700 S. Broadway, St. Louis, 314-436-5222, bbsjazzbluessoups.com. The Stag Night All Stars 10th Annual Tribute to The Last Waltz: W/ Sadie Hawkins Day, Wed., Nov. 25, 9 p.m., $10. The Ready Room, 4195 Manchester Ave, St. Louis, 314-833-3929, thereadyroom.com. STS9: Fri., Feb. 12, 8 p.m., $27.50-$30. The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Blvd., St. Louis, 314-726-6161, thepageant.com. The Nightmare Police: Get At Me, Struck Down By Sound, Wed., Nov. 18, 7 p.m., $8. The Demo, 4191 Manchester Ave, St. Louis, 314-833-5532, thedemostl.com. Third Sight Band: Wed., Nov. 4, 10 p.m., $5. BB's Jazz, Blues & Soups, 700 S. Broadway, St. Louis, 314-436-5222, bbsjazzbluessoups.com. Tom Byrne & Erika Johnson: Mon., Nov. 2, 8 p.m., $5. BB's Jazz, Blues & Soups, 700 S. Broadway, St. Louis, 314-4365222, bbsjazzbluessoups.com. Tory Lanez: Wed., Dec. 2, 8 p.m., $15-$18. Blueberry Hill, 6504 Delmar Blvd., University City, 314-727-4444, blueberryhill.com. Trigger 5: Sat., Nov. 7, 7 p.m., $5. BB's Jazz, Blues & Soups, 700 S. Broadway, St. Louis, 314-436-5222, bbsjazzbluessoups.com. TY Da Fly Guy: W/ J-Ron Black, Beezy Rack$, Beautie Bang, Bank Shed, Fri., Dec. 4, 8 p.m., $10. Fubar, 3108 Locust St, St. Louis, 314-289-9050, fubarstl.com. We the Victim: W/ Valley, the Engineered, Nothing Set In Stone, Fri., Nov. 13, 8 p.m., $8-$10. The Firebird, 2706 Olive St., St. Louis, 314-535-0353, firebirdstl.com. Welcome Home: W/ Sidelined, Secondary, Which Way, Fairway, Sat., Nov. 28, 7 p.m., free. The Demo, 4191 Manchester Ave, St. Louis, 314-833-5532, thedemostl.com. The Word Alive: W/ Ecclesiast, Alice Alive, We Are Descendants, Play the Hero, Sun., Nov. 22, 6 p.m., $16-$18. Fubar, 3108 Locust St, St. Louis, 314-289-9050, fubarstl.com.


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T H U R S DAY 1 0 / 2 2 Birdcloud: w/ Blaine Cartwright 8 p.m., $10. The Demo, 4191 Manchester Ave, St. Louis, 314-833-5532. Edward David Anderson: w/ Anthony Crawford, Falling Fences, Chicago Farmer 8 p.m., $10. The Bootleg, 4140 Manchester Ave., St. Louis, 314-775-0775. The Fuck Off and Dies: w/ the Haddonfields, Ashes and Iron, Sidelined 8 p.m., $4. The Firebird, 2706 Olive St., St. Louis, 314-535-0353. Go!Zilla: w/ Stone Hen 8 p.m., $5. Foam Coffee & Beer, 3359 Jefferson Ave., St. Louis, 314-772-2100. The Riverside Wanderers: w/ Julia Lucille, Hazel Ra 9 p.m., free. Schlafly Tap Room, 2100 Locust St., St. Louis, 314-241-2337. Seratones: 8 p.m., $10. Blueberry Hill, 6504 Delmar Blvd., University City, 314-727-4444. Sirens: w/ Taking Dreams 6 p.m., $10-$12. Fubar, 3108 Locust St, St. Louis, 314-289-9050. That 1 Guy: 8 p.m., $13-$15. Old Rock House, 1200 S. 7th St., St. Louis, 314-588-0505.

F R I DAY 1 0 / 2 3 7 Shot Screamers: w/ Hillbilly Casino, Bruiser Queen 9 p.m., $10. The Ready Room, 4195 Manchester Ave, St. Louis, 314-833-3929. Bill O'Reilly and Dennis Miller: 7:30 p.m., $55-$125. Peabody Opera House, 1400 Market St, St. Louis, 314-2411888. Billy & the Jets: w/ the Potomac Accord, Bagheera 9 p.m., free. Schlafly Tap Room, 2100 Locust St., St. Louis, 314241-2337. Davina & the Vagabonds: 8 p.m., $10-$12. Old Rock House, 1200 S. 7th St., St. Louis, 314-588-0505. In the Valley Below: 8 p.m., $12-$14. The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Blvd., St. Louis, 314-726-6161. Leftöver Crack: w/ Days N Daze, All Torn Up! 8 p.m., $12$15. Fubar, 3108 Locust St, St. Louis, 314-289-9050. Macabre Messenger: w/ Pure October, Jay Putty, Mandy Pennington 7 p.m., $8-$10. Cicero's, 6691 Delmar Blvd., University City, 314-862-0009. Matisyahu: 8 p.m., $27-$32. The Sheldon, 3648 Washington Blvd., St. Louis, 314-533-9900. More Than Blue: 7 p.m., $5. BB's Jazz, Blues & Soups, 700 S. Broadway, St. Louis, 314-436-5222. Patrick Junior: 8 p.m., free. Cicero's, 6691 Delmar Blvd., University City, 314-862-0009. Yelawolf: w/ Meg Myers 8 p.m., $29.50-$59.50. The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Blvd., St. Louis, 314-726-6161.

S AT U R DAY 1 0 / 2 4 Arms Aloft: w/ Guerilla Poubelle 8 p.m., $10. The Demo, 4191 Manchester Ave, St. Louis, 314-833-5532. Drive-By Truckers: 8 p.m., $25-$27.50. The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Blvd., St. Louis, 314-726-6161. Foxing: 1 p.m., free. Vintage Vinyl, 6610 Delmar Blvd., University City, 314-721-4096. Hylidae Tape Release Show: w/ Rip Rap 8 p.m., $5. Foam Coffee & Beer, 3359 Jefferson Ave., St. Louis, 314-7722100. James Armstrong Band: 10 p.m., $10. BB's Jazz, Blues & Soups, 700 S. Broadway, St. Louis, 314-436-5222. The Many Colored Death: w/ Inner Outlines, the 45, Down Side Up 8 p.m., $10. Cicero's, 6691 Delmar Blvd., University City, 314-862-0009. Poi Dog Pondering: 8 p.m., $20. Blueberry Hill, 6504 Delmar Blvd., University City, 314-727-4444.

The Sheepdogs: w/ Radio Moscow 9 p.m., $12. The Bootleg, 4140 Manchester Ave., St. Louis, 314-775-0775. The Sweetest Thing: w/ Tok, Endora 9 p.m., Free. The Heavy Anchor, 5226 Gravois Ave., St. Louis, 314-352-5226.

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S U N DAY 1 0 / 2 5 Alejandro Escovedo: 8 p.m., $25-$35. BB's Jazz, Blues & Soups, 700 S. Broadway, St. Louis, 314-436-5222. Halloween Ghouls and Goblins Concert: 9 p.m., $10. Fubar, 3108 Locust St, St. Louis, 314-289-9050. MAMA: 8 p.m., $5. Foam Coffee & Beer, 3359 Jefferson Ave., St. Louis, 314-772-2100. The Mizzerables: w/ Captain Dee and The Long Johns, Murphy and the Death Rays 8 p.m., $8. Fubar, 3108 Locust St, St. Louis, 314-289-9050. Ought: 8 p.m., $10. The Demo, 4191 Manchester Ave, St. Louis, 314-833-5532. Portland Cello Project: 8 p.m., $15. Blueberry Hill, 6504 Delmar Blvd., University City, 314-727-4444. Stevie Wonder: 7 p.m., Stevie Wonder. Scottrade Center, 1401 Clark Ave., St. Louis, 314-241-1888.

M O N DAY 1 0 / 2 6 Blind Willie & the Broadway Collective: 9 p.m., $5. BB's Jazz, Blues & Soups, 700 S. Broadway, 314-436-5222. Deafheaven: w/ Tribulation 8 p.m., $16-$18. The Ready Room, 4195 Manchester Ave, St. Louis, 314-833-3929. The Hotelier: w/ Runaway Brother, Oso Oso, Spirit of the Beehive 7 p.m., $12-$14. The Demo, 4191 Manchester Ave, St. Louis, 314-833-5532. Patrick Cain: w/ Dave Stone 10 p.m., $5. Foam Coffee & Beer, 3359 Jefferson Ave., St. Louis, 314-772-2100. Soulard Blues Band: 9 p.m., $5. Broadway Oyster Bar, 736 S. Broadway, St. Louis, 314-621-8811.

T U E S DAY 1 0 / 2 7 Emancipator: w/ Wax Tailor 8 p.m., $20. The Ready Room, 4195 Manchester Ave, St. Louis, 314-833-3929. Gorgon City: 8 p.m., $25/$30. The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Blvd., St. Louis, 314-726-6161. Have Mercy: w/ Transit, SoMoS, Microwave 7 p.m., $15. Fubar, 3108 Locust St, St. Louis, 314-289-9050. Jamaica Live Tuesdays: w/ Ital K, Mr. Roots, DJ Witz, $5/$10. Elmo's Love Lounge, 7828 Olive Blvd, University City, 314-282-5561. JD McPherson: 8 p.m., $18-$20. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Ave., St. Louis, 314-773-3363. Nappy Roots: 8 p.m., $15. Cicero's, 6691 Delmar Blvd., University City, 314-862-0009. Rocky & the Wranglers: 7 p.m., $5. BB's Jazz, Blues & Soups, 700 S. Broadway, St. Louis, 314-436-5222. Soul Sistahs: 9:30 p.m., $5. BB's Jazz, Blues & Soups, 700 S. Broadway, St. Louis, 314-436-5222. Wild Child: 8 p.m., $12-$15. The Firebird, 2706 Olive St., St. Louis, 314-535-0353.

W E D N E S DAY 1 0 / 2 8 The Alley Tones: 10 p.m., $5. BB's Jazz, Blues & Soups, 700 S. Broadway, St. Louis, 314-436-5222. Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness: w/ New Politics, the Griswolds, Lolo 7 p.m., $27.50-$30. The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Blvd., St. Louis, 314-726-6161. Big Rich & the Rhythm Renegades: 7 p.m., $5. BB's Jazz, Blues & Soups, 700 S. Broadway, St. Louis, 314-436-5222. Bob "Bumble Bee" Kamoske: 8 p.m. Beale on Broadway, 701 S. Broadway, St. Louis, 314-621-7880. Coin: w/ Colony House 8 p.m., $16. Blueberry Hill, 6504 Delmar Blvd., University City, 314-727-4444. Jarabe de Palo: 9 p.m., $30-$40. Fubar, 3108 Locust St, St. Louis, 314-289-9050. Lamar Harris: Nina Reloaded: w/ Anita Jackson 7:30 & 9:30 p.m.; Oct. 29, 7:30 & 9:30 p.m., $15. Ferring Jazz Bistro, 3536 Washington Ave, St. Louis, 314-571-6000. Lamar Harris: Nina Reloaded: w/ Anita Jackson 7:30 & 9:30 p.m.; Oct. 29, 7:30 & 9:30 p.m., $15. Ferring Jazz Bistro, 3536 Washington Ave, St. Louis, 314-571-6000. Shorty Da Prince: 8 p.m., $12-$15. Fubar, 3108 Locust St, St. Louis, 314-289-9050. Tesla Rossa: w/ Tok, Apex Shrine 8 p.m., $10. The Demo, 4191 Manchester Ave, St. Louis, 314-833-5532. Twiddle: w/ the Werks 9 p.m., $10-$15. Old Rock House, 1200 S. 7th St., St. Louis, 314-588-0505. Vintage Trouble: 8 p.m., $20-$22. The Ready Room, 4195 Manchester Ave, St. Louis, 314-833-3929.

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savage love One Last Time Hey, Dan: I’m a straight guy, married for sixteen years, kids in school. My wife cannot find a way to be intimate with me. We’ve had therapy individually and together. I nearly divorced her, but we decided to stay together — we do love each other, and the economics and child-rearing favor it. After I asked for a divorce, she fucked the shit out of me for the first time in ten years. That was the last time she fucked me. She’s “broken” — her word, not mine, and her final answer. When the subject of BY affairs came up in the past, she said, “I wouldn’t blame DAN you.” I could jack off only so many times before I cracked. S AVA G E I went online and met a very sexual woman with a strictly NSA thing for married men, and we fucked. I plan on doing it again. I know this could go all kinds of bad ways, but divorce just isn’t realistic. We had that one conversation, but we do not have an explicit understanding. I don’t want to head into my fifties with ten-plus years of celibacy behind me and decades of celibacy ahead of me. But I want to keep my marriage. Which kind of idiot am I? Help Understanding Boundary-Breaking Yearnings

If I were required to answer particular types of questions based on the percentage of the mail they constitute, I would answer two questions like yours every week, HUBBY. The majority of the mail I receive is from unhappy people in sexless marriages they either don’t want to end (they have kids, they do love each other, everything besides the sex is working) or can’t afford to end (they don’t have enough money for lawyers or two households, one depends on the other for income/health insurance/ caregiving). So which kind of idiot are you? The most common kind, I’m afraid. I’m going to take a break from questions like these — from questions like yours, HUBBY — because I’m sick of the subject and my regular readers must be, too. But for you, HUBBY, and one last time, here’s my advice for people in your situation: Do what you gotta do to stay married and stay sane. Have a convo with the wife about the accommodation you require — permission to get it elsewhere — to stay in the marriage. Reassure her that you’re prepared to spend the rest of your life with her while emphasizing that you refuse to be celibate for the rest of your life. So every now and then, for your own sanity, and for the greater good, you’re going to have sex with other women.

You’ll do it discreetly, rarely, and NSA-ly, but you’re gonna do it. If this isn’t something your wife can accept, HUBBY, then your only other option is divorce. Hey, Dan: These are things I (28, gay, male, single) did last night, and they show how fucked up I am. (1) I hooked up with a guy off Craigslist. It was lame, he wasn’t cute, I was bored. (2) I came home and went on Tinder (which says I’m looking for an LTR, despite that hookup). I saw a guy from the gym — but he didn’t swipe right, and I was devastated. (3) I went online and sold a pair of my used undies. I don’t know what I’m doing with my life. I could use some advice. I’m sure what you say won’t be nearly as bad as what the voice inside my head is yelling at me.

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