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MOURNING in AMERICA PHOTOS BY THEO WELLING

Every week, the RFT’s Theo Welling buttonholes people in St. Louis to get their thoughts on life. He’s talked to business owners, activists, even a pair of college students in giant furry rabbit costumes. Last Tuesday, he talked to area voters about their hopes and dreams as they cast a ballot in the presidential election. Many weren’t enthused about Hillary Clinton, but a majority stood strongly against Donald Trump. In the words of JD Leathers, who’s shown here, “Donald Trump stands for pretty much everything that’s anti- my life… Anti- my friends, my family.” By midnight, it was clear the results weren’t what voters like Leathers had hoped for — even though Clinton won 78.69 percent of the St. Louis vote, Trump handily won the state and the presidency. That makes these photos less a souvenir and more a timestamped postcard from a happier day — a day when Donald Trump was still just a joke, a day when Democrats thought the election was winnable. —SARAH FENSKE, EDITOR IN CHIEF

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t Gina’s Bar and Grill, an Old North drinking spot favored for its dance floor and billiards tables, election night begins with anticipation and no small amount of frayed nerves. Here, Rasheen Aldridge and his supporters gather to await the results of a contentious revote for a position on the St. Louis Democratic Party’s central committee, a political slugfest that pits the 22-year-old protester and former Ferguson Commissioner against Rodney Hubbard Sr., the incumbent committeeman for the city’s Fifth Ward. The bar area fills with the jostling bodies of well-wishers. But their eyes increasingly reflect the blue and red rectangles splashed across television screens mounted to the barroom walls. It is just after 8 p.m., and the national election results are starting to come in. “I’ve always been a Republican,” says Old North resident Kirsten Weaver, trying her best to contain the toddler squirming in her arms. This year, she says, she decided to vote Democratic for the first time. That decision had a lot to do with watching Aldridge challenge the results of an August vote in which Hubbard used questionable-at-best practices to deliver absentee ballots. Weaver was also inspired by Bruce Franks, who mounted a similar challenge against State Rep. Penny Hubbard (D-St. Louis) and later won a September revote in a landslide. Their efforts galvanized progressives who’d backed Bernie Sanders and are hoping, over time, to change the city’s Democratic Party. Tonight, Franks sits by the bar, mostly silent, hands clasped, Continued on pg 12 watching the

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eaten bloody in their front yard by a mob, a south St. Louis couple say they can’t return home — their attackers are still out there. “I don’t feel safe just going out to the car,” Rob Ludwig says. The 38-year-old says he was sucker punched from behind on September 25 as he tried to protect his girlfriend, Emma, from a crew of roughly fifteen assailants. The couple was punched, kicked and smashed with their own clay flower pots. Blood pooled on the stairs and splattered on the windows of their home. The brutality of the attack was shocking, even for Gravois Park, where violence is a regular occurrence. Police announced within days they had “strong leads” and had identified a 30-something woman who led

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the group of teen boys in the assault. Yet six weeks later, there have been no arrests. Ludwig and Emma say they feel let down by everyone from police to their local alderwoman. “We’re allowing teenagers to terrorize the neighborhood,” says 34-yearold Emma, who asked the Riverfront Times to identify her by a nickname. Emma had lived for ten years in the house in the 3700 block of Virginia Avenue. Since the attack, they’ve been staying with family as they look for a new place to live outside of the city. Emma believes police could have stopped the assault before it happened. She says she reported a large group of teens causing problems earlier that day. Later, she says she saw one of the boys harassing a teen girl who lived next door. The boy, who seemed to be about seventeen, yanked the girl down the steps of her own porch. “He grabbed her by the thigh, up by her private area, with both hands, and pulled her down four concrete

stairs,” Emma says. Emma yelled at him to stop. The girl said the young man was just fooling around, but she looked scared to Emma. The young man was furious. “Fuck you, you white bitch,” he said, according to Emma. She called the police again. Shortly after, a thin woman — five feet six inches tall, 130 pounds, with long braids and a dark complexion — stormed up to the couple’s home. The woman demanded to know why Emma was yelling at her nephew, Emma says. When Emma went down to meet her, the woman attacked. Police said she used a tree branch, but Emma says it was actually a metal plant stand. The woman cracked her in the forehead. “That was the first blow,” Emma says. Ludwig, who’d undergone three hernia surgeries just two weeks before, hurried down the walk only to be swarmed by boys, some who appeared to be as young as nine. Continued on pg 13


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ELECTION NIGHT Continued from pg 10 TV. Weaver says she’s feeling confident about Aldridge’s chances for winning the central committee “Obviously,” she adds, “I would never vote for Donald Trump. I’m honestly a little nervous about the presidential election, but I have high hopes.” The night will end badly for progressives. A political neophyte — a former Navy Seal campaigning as a conservative Republican — will take the governor’s office previously held by a Democrat. An arch-conservative will win the race to replace the moderate Democrat serving as the state’s attorney general. The secretary of state’s office will go to an Ashcroft. And Jason Kander will lose a hard-fought challenge to long-time incumbent Senator Roy Blunt (R-Missouri). And worst of all for the city’s true-blue Democrats, Hillary Clinton will go down to defeat — with Donald Trump taking more than 56 percent of the vote in Missouri and winning the presidency. Early in the night, though, there is still hope. Near Weaver, another Old North resident speaks glowingly about Franks and Aldridge. Travis Sheridan, an Air Force veteran and California transplant, notes the irony of celebrating the end to the Hubbard political dynasty while also voting for Hillary Clinton. “It’s not as much about the dynasty as it is about the person’s heart,” Sheridan muses. Aldridge and Franks, he explains, have the heart for the job, even if they lack experience. His eyes flick back to the TV, tuned to Fox News’ election coverage. “I get nervous when red is too bright and blue is too dim,” he says. “I still think that Hillary is going to win in the end. I’m a veteran, I’m an American, I’m going to live with the results either way. As much as I like Canada and Australia, I’m not going to move there. I’m optimistic that Hillary is going to be our president. If not I’m OK with it.” Sheridan may have already resigned himself to the possibility of a Clinton defeat, but the reports coming in from the national race — showing results much, much closer than Clinton supporters anticipated — are starting to poison the air in the bar. And across town, on Cherokee Street, the vibes are getting downright toxic. On a brick building across the 12

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The crowd at Yaquis watches election results with mounting horror. | DANNY WICENTOWSKI street from Yaquis — the restaurant whose owner hosted multiple street parties this year featuring giant Trump piñatas, which were torn apart by gleeful children — someone has set up a projector that splashes CNN’s election coverage for public viewing. The news is ominous. Michigan looks like it’s slipping to Trump. Florida is too close to call. And Pennsylvania suddenly looks vulnerable. Beneath the projection glow, baffled observers chainsmoke cigarettes and drink endless Busch tallboys. “At this point of the night, it’s our statisticians versus your statisticians,” one man says, in a halfhearted attempt at reassurance. The coasts haven’t been called. It’s barely 10 p.m. There’s no reason to panic yet. An hour later, panic seems entirely warranted. Projections are beginning to put Florida in Trump’s hands. Michigan appears ready to fall. “I’m terrified, and in disbelief,” says Keith Rose, who arrives at Yaquis close to 11 p.m. “I really didn’t think that this was possible.” Rose isn’t easily shaken. A longtime protester in Ferguson and St. Louis, he and a group of activists infiltrated a Trump rally earlier this year; they successfully disrupted the rally for a full ten minutes before security guards swooped in to restore order, allowing Trump to continue stirring his own brand of chaos in the minds of his Missouri supporters. “I’m from a rural area,” Rose

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says, “so I knew there was a heavy sentiment that was pro-Trump. But I didn’t realize how pronounced it was. I didn’t realize how much it had been ignored by the media, to the point that we went into this night wondering how big Hillary’s victory was going to be.” There is a widespread misunderstanding of working-class people, Rose explains. He pauses mid-sentence to watch as a white Toyota SUV rolls past. A man in the passenger seat is cradling a megaphone, but he doesn’t shout anything at the assembled election-watchers. “People in small towns are scared,” Rose continues, “because they’re seeing change, and historically change has never benefited them. They are seeing themselves as victims. When they hear about diversity, they think, ‘That means I’m losing power, I’m losing jobs...’” Before Rose can finish his thought, a megaphone pierces the air with an incoherent insult shouted from the passenger in the white Toyota. The words are garbled, and sound something like, “Well hello! Looks like a busted ass!” Rose scoffs at the weak insult — whatever it was — and tries to pick up his train of thought. But Rose is interrupted yet again, this time by a scuffle that’s broken out inside Yaquis. Near the bar, Franks — who is officially state representative-elect by night’s end — is being separated from a tall, bearded man by other election-watchers. The other man is clearly drunk, and he’s being led out of the bar in a headlock.

Once outside, the man whips off his shirt as his wife, a skinny woman in a red tank top, begs him to stop. More than a dozen people pour outside. Some attempt to dissuade the man from going back inside Yaquis. Others offer to lay his ass on the street. Was the scuffle related to the election? Was the man a Trump supporter? Bystanders agree that the answer is no. According to Franks, the drunk man had thought Franks was making some kind of move on his wife, and tried to grab him. Franks says he defended himself. It’s an account echoed by others who saw the incident. Outside, the drunk man and his wife finally are convinced to back off. (He’ll later get kicked out of the Fortune Teller Bar as well.) But now it’s almost midnight, and people are going home. The projector is finally turned off, leaving the brick wall opposite Yaquis mercifully blank. Florida went to Trump. Pennsylvania went to Trump. In a matter of hours, the result will become official: The United States went to Trump. Eight months ago, Trump walked onto a stage in Peabody Opera House to roars of “Build that wall!” and “Lock her up!” He gloated and preened. He looked like he enjoyed the hell out of it. And when protesters were able to strangle that noxious joy with chants of their own, it felt like a meaningful blow against the forces Trump represented, a moment of resistance that halted — if only for ten minutes — Trump’s wave of populist political ascendancy. Instead, though, the wave continued, building and rolling and snarling its way across the country. On November 8, it crashed back down on all of us. Yet there is still fight in St. Louis. Outside Yaquis, Rose and a handful of others mount an impromptu protest, marching and chanting down Cherokee Street. They march past the remaining electionwatchers, urging the crowds inside the bar to get into the streets, to fight back. The people are tired. They sit and drink. They sulk with an unfolding understanding of what has been done. There is still fight left, for those who choose it. Aldridge — who wins the revote election in a landslide of his own — is in. Protesters and activists like Rose have made their decision as well. To fight. But it’s a hard night in St. Louis.n


Rob Ludwig and his girlfriend, Emma, were both hospitalized after a brutal beating. | IMAGES VIA ROB LUDWIG

GOOD SAMARITANS Continued from pg 10 “People were pounding on me, beating on me,” Ludwig says. “I think I might have blacked out.” Emma couldn’t even see Ludwig. The woman and her band of attackers, which now included another adult woman, knocked her down and smashed large, dirt-filled flower pots on the back of her head. Emma was beaten across the back with a broom stick until it broke, she says. Someone grabbed a shard of a pot and sliced her leg just above the knee, opening a wound that would take 36 stitches to close. The frenzy didn’t end until a neighbor shouted that the cops had been called. Then, the attackers scattered. “The neighbor saved us,” Ludwig says. He spent most of the next week in the hospital with a brain bleed. In addition to the more recent hernia surgeries, he’d undergone a kidney transplant two years before. He says he was lucky that his head, and not his mid-section, took the majority of the abuse. Emma was treated and released from the hospital. Photos of the two show the pair covered in blood. In one, Ludwig’s eyes are swollen shut, and even his tongue is bruised to a sickening shade of purple. A police spokeswoman confirmed they had received a call at 6:18 p.m. for “suspects calling the victim foul names.” A second call from a neighbor at 6:22 p.m. warned there was an argument on the street. But officers weren’t dispatched until after a third call — at 6:27 p.m. — about an assault. Officers arrived at 6:30 p.m.

By that time, Emma and Ludwig were dazed and bloody. Their attackers had fled. They assumed the suspects would be quickly apprehended, because they claim police were provided with addresses and even names for at least a couple of the suspects. A surveillance camera up the block recorded the suspects pass by before the confrontation, although the footage didn’t show the actual attack. As the weeks pass without arrests, Ludwig and Emma have grown frustrated. The detective assigned to the case told them the woman and seventeen-year-old who started it all had gone on the run, according to Ludwig. When they pressed the detective for updates, the couple says, the officer told them he had a pile of other cases to worry about. A police spokeswoman tells the RFT that detectives have identified two “people of interest” in the case, and investigators are still working to find them. The situation is all the more aggravating, because Emma and Ludwig say they were just trying to do the right thing for a neighbor. “Some people say that’s stupid, but that’s ingrained in my DNA,” Emma says. Ludwig has finally returned to work, and most of the couple’s injuries have healed. But their lives have been drastically altered. The teens who beat them are scarred too, Emma believes. “I feel sorry for everyone except the adults in this situation,” she says. “I would like that little kid to get his butt kicked, but if he would apologize and he meant it, I would let bygones be bygones.” —Doyle Murphy

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originally sought out Soulard because my business partner and I were opening Fleur de Lilies, a restaurant with a Creole concept. That made the neighborhood kind of a no-brainer — it has such a French feel. I’d actually never been to Soulard before we looked at the building. I’m a Central West End girl at heart. OK, I’d been to the market a few times, but that was my only reference. So once we signed the lease I had to discover everything, and that was really cool. When we first looked at the Fleur de Lilies building, the neighbors immediately came over and started talking to us, and it just felt right. There is so much character, so many beautiful places. You could go get your food from the Soulard Farmers Market or Vincent’s. Really, you could live your whole life there, with everything you need. The Porch (1700 S. 9th Street, 314-436-0282) is one of those places. It’s a really unique wine and gift shop that’s diagonal from Bogart’s in the heart of Soulard. They have everything. We spent a lot of time there looking at trinkets, books, some really good pictures. I got some candles and a really old cookbook called The Encyclopedia of Cookery that is going to come in handy. It has everything in it, like it breaks down different apples and compares them to each other, talks about the difference between ground and cracked pepper and just a lot of things that are good for me to read. I can cook my butt off, but I’m not a trained chef, so that book helped validate some of the stuff I already thought, and now I can see why it made sense to me. Continued on pg 17


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After the Porch we went to Soulard Spice Shop (730 Carroll Street, 314783-2100), which is inside the market. I had never been there before, but my shopping companion, our chef, Ceaira Jackson, had. But even she didn’t know everything they had. We looked around and got some ground coffee, some loose tea, a tea ball and the “Soulard Grill” seasoning mix, which is amazing. It has a real smoky flavor, and I put it on some salmon yesterday. That store is awesome because they are really sweet and informative about things, like different ways to grind the coffee and how to make it stronger or weaker, or the tea and how many times you can use the tea ball. Vincent’s Market (2400 S. 12th Street) is a local grocer and they’ve been in Soulard since the early 1900s. You wouldn’t believe the wine selection they have at this local market. I got some wine and Champagne there and spent time looking around, which was nice because usually I am running in there to grab something really quickly. It was nice to go in and have the chance to walk around and see what all they really have — some cheeses and charcuterie and a really nice beer selection and local ice cream. It’s a really nice place. The last place I went was La Belle Histoire (2501 S. 12th Street, 314-5560156); it’s almost like a witch shop. The owner makes custom handmade Mardi Gras masks, candles and handmade Chinese lanterns. They also sell voodoo books and books on praying away bad spirits. The owner is really sweet, and it’s just a really unique place. They have some really good smelling lotion, perfume and lip balm. She makes some of them, and others she brings in from small distributors. There is a company called Tokyo Milk that I really like that makes perfumes and lotions, and they have really good artwork on their stuff — the lotion comes in a painter’s tube, and each different scent has different artwork on it. They have it in Sephora and at the mall, but I didn’t know they had it in a local place. The store also has tons of things with the fleur de lis on them. I don’t know if that store would work anywhere else, but here in Soulard, it fits right in. — as told to Cheryl Baehr

ietnamese cuisine is popular in St. Louis, but the newest kid on the block isn’t sticking to the same playbook. VietNam Style (6100 Delmar Boulevard) is bringing some modern Vietnamese dishes to the trendy Loop neighborhood. Owners Thao Truong and Yun Vu are interested not in recreating traditional Vietnamese-American menus to the letter, but rather in giving a taste of something new. “We offer the new style of steak that’s really popular in Vietnam that no one offers in St. Louis yet — sizzling steak,” Truong says. A choice cut of filet mignon is topped with an fried egg and served on a sizzling hot plate, along with a few artfully chosen side dishes. Many customers are already singing the steak’s praises. “It’s a new thing that they haven’t had anywhere in St. Louis before,” Truong says. “The taste is very flavorful — it’s a mix between a French style and a Vietnamese style of cooking and served with pork patties and pork pate.” The sizzling option can also be had with scallops or squid if you’re in the mood for seafood. VietNam Style offers a cheerful dining experience, with brightly colored walls and big windows facing Delmar. In addition to the excellent pho and some terrific vegetarian options, the restaurant also specializes in real fruit smoothies, mixed right at your table. Getting the taste right is what makes VietNam Style stand out. “When you taste something in Vietnamese, it’s more balanced in flavor. You can have something that is a little sweet and a little spicy — it’s not too extreme on one side or another,” Truong says. “If it’s a pho soup, it should not be a flat taste. It should be just like a circle.” – Kevin Korinek

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ecause of the timing of the shopping trip I decided to set a theme of buying décor for the Fortune Teller Bar — our four-year anniversary party was coming up and we wanted to contribute to our more eclectic style of decorating. I took my friend Nicole, who is a bartender and does maintenance and decorating and management stuff for the bar. The first place we went was Refab (3130 Gravois Avenue, 314-357-1392), one of my favorite places in St. Louis. They are few blocks off Cherokee at Michigan and Gravois — a nonprofit organization that deconstructs buildings, then sells the things they deconstruct. It’s just multiple floors — probably football fields — of cool architectural supplies. We were looking for stuff that would look cool just hanging on the wall, so we went to the second floor where their smaller items are and we found this really cool old metal steering wheel, from a 1940s international pickup truck, that we thought would make a really cool accent piece at the bar. It was a piece after my own heart — I have a soft place in my heart for old pickup trucks. That was $20. So after Refab we went by STL-Style (3159 Cherokee Street, 314-8980001). The Vines boys over there do a really cool thing where they turn some of their top Instagram posts into postcards. We bought like fourteen postcards, with the idea in mind that we would later hit up the old antique shops on Cherokee, trying to find an old window that we could put the postcards on the back side of the glass and hang it on the wall. I always look for a way to support the Vines. It’s easy to do; Jeff and Randy Vines are some of the best cheerleaders St. Louis has ever had, and they just do a really fantastic job of representing the city through merchandise they design and create in-house. It’s a really easy place to buy something for

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someone that is kind of hard to shop for. If you’re buying something for someone outside of St. Louis, you can share your own civic pride very easily and affordably, or if you’re buying something for someone who lives in St. Louis, it’s a no-brainer. You can make custom t-shirts there or you can pick from 100 different designs that are St. Louis-specific. It’s one of my favorite places to shop; I go there as often as I can. This time I spent $15.22 on the postcards. From there we just started walking down Cherokee and we stumbled on a flea market, which has been happening lately in Love Bank Park (2851 Cherokee Street). We met a rad guy who runs the flea market named Antoine; he’s open Saturday and Sunday from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. We found this pair of really cool small lamps. We are always on the lookout for little lamps because they can make a great gift or look really cool in the bar — we like everything to be a little bit different. We don’t have any matching chairs or anything; it’s a very eclectic taste, and the lamps fit perfectly. They cost $15. Shopping is really fucking exhausting, so we stopped at Yaqui’s (2728 Cherokee Street, 314-400-7712) and we split a shot of Old Overholt with a Coke back — with tip that was six bucks. From there we kept walking east. My phone was dying and I habitually lose my phone chargers — like once a week. I lose phone chargers faster than I lose sunglasses. So I ran over to Communication Depot (2629 Cherokee Street, 314-771-0000) and got a phone charger for $5. Then we went across the street to El Chico Bakery (2634 Cherokee Street, 314-664-2212) and each had a tamale and a soft drink. Saturdays and Sundays only they have the best damn tamales you can imagine. I was a little bit worried because they sell out pretty early, but they had two greens left. So we each had a green tamale — they’re just absolutely incredible. There we spent $6.30. Then we went to Flowers to the People (2317 Continued on pg 20

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SHOP LOCAL Continued from pg 18 Cherokee Street, 314-762-0422) because I wanted to get some stuff for the monkey shrine at the bar, but they were closed for a wedding. So we went to Lady Jane’s Antiques (2110 Cherokee Street, 314-225-5519) — this is where we were hoping to find a window for the postcards we got from STL-Style. We looked around at everything and saw some really incredible stuff. They’ve just got a whole plethora of really cool old windows where the paint is chipping, and we found one we liked. We tried to give the owner some money but he refused to take it and said we owe him some beers at the bar instead. On the way back we saw another flea market in the City Kitty Courtyard (2125 Cherokee Street). STL City Kitties is a nonprofit organization that promotes creating habitats for feral cats so that they can be trapped, then neutered/spayed and released. So they were having this massive flea market, and we ran by there and got some little cloth Indian elephants on a string for the monkey shrine. That cost us a $10 donation. Then we stopped by Saint Louis Hop Shop (2606 Cherokee Street, 314261-4011), our last stop. If you’re looking for cool craft beer, that’s the place to go in St. Louis. I got a four-pack of Schlafly Proper Cider — it’s really awesome. It’s made in collaboration with brewers in Devon, England, and it’s a traditional cider made with a straw press. They put straw down on this giant wooden table, then they put the apples, then more straw and more apples, and they mash it down with a giant tree trunk. Pretty rad, really good stuff, and the guys at Hop Shop are awesome, really knowledgeable. They can package gifts, they can do gift cards and you can taste beer there. They’re not partnered, but their store opens up to a nonprofit bakery next door. I had to dig into my pockets for the four-pack and wound up spending about $102 total on the entire trip. Honestly, this was one of the most challenging things I’ve done. There are so many amazing places on Cherokee to shop, it’s hard to figure out where I would spend $100. There are dozens and dozens and dozens of places, which is rad, and you can do all your Christmas shopping in one stretch. I do it every year. I take one afternoon, get drunk, go down one side of the street and come back down the other. By the end of it I have the list done and a good buzz too. — as told to Daniel Hill


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am 110 percent a city person and am obsessed with St. Louis architecture. But while I lived at the corner of Laclede and Sarah in the historic Central West End for three years while attending SLU law, I really didn’t buy much in the neighborhood other than things like food and drink and froyo. My shopping excursion was like exploring my old neighborhood again for the first time — and it was nice to get re-acquainted. I started at Bowood Farms (4605 Olive Street, 314-454-6868) because one of my first experiences when I moved back to the city after college was going to brunch at Cafe Osage next door. Bowood Farms is a cute little store that has anything you could ever need for plants, as well as home goods, natural self-care products and a small kids section. While I was there, I found a smudge brush, which you burn to put good energy in your home. It was perfect for my mom and only set me back $16. Plus, it’s something you wouldn’t see in a typical store. I browsed the fashion options at Living Collective (4703 McPherson Avenue, 314-932-5665) and Enchanting Embellishments (4732 McPherson Avenue, 314-361-5300) before moving on to Left Bank Books (399 N. Euclid Avenue, 314-367-6731). I was most excited to go there because I’d read that the store has a coloring book of famous places in St. Louis. It was $16 as well — and now I’m not sure if I’m going to give it to someone or keep it for me. I also found a $20 watercolor of the Muny by this really great artist named Marilynne Bradley, whom I’d previously met at the Shaw Art Fair. I get my mom and I season tickets to the Muny every Continued on pg 24


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staff to ask the right questions and make sure we sell the customer the right product for them.” And if you’re an old pro, Mid America Arms can work magic in getting you set up quickly. “Sometimes people come in and they know exactly what they’re looking for and we have it — they pass the background check in 30 minutes and are out the door,” Rothweiler says. In addition to a wall of shiny new shotguns and hunting rifles, the shop also provides an array of special services, such as transfers on antique and out-of-production firearms and returns to manufacturers, helping customers bypass the difficulties of returning a defective purchase. Though the shop doesn’t specialize in clothing or tactical gear, it does feature a wide array of ARs, Benelli shotguns and Ruger and Sig Sauer handguns. Looking for something with a more subtle bang? As a licensed SOT carrier, Mid America Arms also carries suppressors and short barrel rifles. Check out the highly anticipated Black Friday/Saturday sale after the holiday. – Kevin Korinek

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year as part of her Christmas present, so it was another perfect find for her. It was nice to be surprised by having a local artist’s work there for me to purchase. After that, I went down farther into the heart of the Central West End to Fauxgerty (228 N. Euclid Avenue), which specializes in vegan leather. It also has clothes, purses, jewelry, natural body care products and other curated items. From there I got sea salt spray in a pretty glass container for $20 for my sister-in-law, who is always doing fun stuff with her hair. I’d never noticed Fauxgerty before, but it was a very calm space, with no clutter and pretty typography on products. After Fauxgerty I went to Bissinger’s (32 Maryland Plaza, 314-3677750). I bought a quarter-pound of malted milk balls, which sell for $20 a pound. (Fast-forward a day, and they’re already gone between my boyfriend and me.) I also got a couple of macaroons at $3.50 each as a little treat. I think I’ll be back there to pick up chocolate closer to Christmas for my dad; he’s the reason I like malted milk balls so much. Let’s just say this stop was taste-testing research for Christmas. — as told to Elizabeth Semko


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live Downtown, so I know that the neighborhood has more to offer than just the financial district. There are so many start-ups and local businesses, I barely had to walk a block for this shopping trip. I always try to support these places with my business, especially those that are struggling or just now up-and-coming, to keep the area vibrant and moving forward. I started at DNA (Dictate Never Accept) Clothing and Apparel Boutique (1308 Washington Avenue, 314825-5757). They specialize in men’s fashion, offering tons of options in urban streetwear. Nate Brown, the boss of DNA, has been called a “styleologist,” and always keeps up with fresh changes in hip-hop fashion. I shop here often, so I am pretty well-stocked with whatever clothing in is in vogue nowadays. But DNA has its own stylish, signature “St. Louis” snapback hat, so I thought I’d add that to my wardrobe for $44. We then went right over to MacroSun International (1310 Washington Avenue, 314-421-6400), a variety store with fair-trade goods and gifts from around the world. They specialize in art pieces, home décor, and just about anything else you could think of from places as far away as Mali and Thailand. Everything they sell is high quality. Continued on pg 27


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SHOP LOCAL Continued from pg 26 From their jewelry and clothing to prayer bowls and incense, you could spend $5 or $2,000 and get really high-quality gifts. It’s too bad that such a nice shop is going out of business now, but I enjoyed looking through everything they had to offer. Since they’re closing soon, MacroSun has a sale of 25 percent off all purchases, and I snagged a brass bracelet with “I love Nepal” on it and also a ring, totaling only $15 after the reduction. Next up was the Taba Company Smoke Shop and Novelty Store (1300 Washington Avenue, 314-436-8588). I don’t smoke, but those who do would be set, considering all the different kinds of products Taba sells. They also supply high-quality merchandise and clothing made locally in St. Louis. I actually took a more pragmatic approach and eventually decided on a pair of super-potent candles for $8.95 each. My loft has high ceilings, so normal scented candles usually don’t cut it, but these ones from Taba completely fill my space. I also thought I’d search out for something I could buy for my mom. She collects all kinds of bags, to display and to use, so I found her this cute owl backpack for $24. I ended the shopping spree across the street at Blondie’s Coffee and Wine Bar (1301 Washington Avenue, 314-241-6100). They have the most homey, welcoming atmosphere that’s always friendly and open, exactly what you want for a brunch-based restaurant. They’re open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day, but serve breakfast and lunch items off a diverse menu, suitable for all eating habits, throughout the day. I’m personally a dessert guy, so I ordered a brownie with whipped cream and ice cream, which, though simple, was amazing. The Brownie Sunday was $6 and finished off the trip on yet another high note. — as told to Harry Hall

here’s a reason “wine” gets lumped in with “women” and “song” in the trio of great things in life, and there’s no better place to get a great varietal than at Starr’s Wine (1135 South Big Bend, Richmond Heights). Bud Starr has carved out a mouthwatering niche in the wine and specialty foods industry by offering wine, beer, fine cheeses and imported fish, as well as nearly 300 pounds of Starr’s roasted coffee every week. Between Starr and his business partners, John Nash and Valerie Starr, the shop boasts a collected 100 years of experience in wine tasting and fine foods. “We spend a lot of time tasting this wine. We do try to get things that are not mass-marketed, and usually that does equate to better-quality product,” Starr says. “We’ve built quite an eclectic collection of great wines.” The shop offers bottles at price points ranging anywhere from $5 to $500. “We have a very vast selection, one of the nicest ranges in the country,” Starr says. And the shop’s specialties extend to other gourmet items, including house-made trout spread and hummus. “We have fresh fish on the weekend and one of the nicest cheese departments in the city.” Starr’s also boasts a diverse spirits and beer selection, with many local brews, and its bourbon and scotch selection is one of the best in St. Louis. “Well-made bourbon is all the rage, and I agree with that rage,” Starr says. “I think well-made bourbon kicks well-made scotch’s ass.” Starr’s offers a free wine tasting every Saturday and reasonably priced wine dinners twice a month. Visit the shop’s website (www.starrs1. com/) to sign up for its newsletter. – Kevin Korinek

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FRIDAY 11/18 Route 66: The Land of Many Colors Route 66 has been romanticized as the road that gave Americans freedom, but for most of the twentieth century the open road wasn’t too friendly to minorities. Black motorists used the Negro Motorist Green Book to find businesses that would welcome non-white customers. If a hotel wasn’t in the Green Book, you kept driving. Charis, the St. Louis women’s chorus, presents a concert all about both sides of

the Mother Road. Route 66: The Land of Many Colors includes songs about the open road, cities located on the 2,448-mile highway and songs about the uglier truths of America’s past. The Land of Many Colors is performed at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday (November 18 and 19) at the Missouri History Museum (Lindell Boulevard and DeBaliviere Avenue; www.mohistory.org). Tickets are $13 to $20.

boom Jo is a journalism major currently working on project arguing that random sex is the last bit of hope in our troubled society. So of course she replies to an internet

ad for a brief sexual encounter that will “change the world.” Marine biologist Jules placed that ad, and their assignation takes place in his basement apartment, which is also his lab. But how does the woman in the corner manipulating a series of levers figure into their hook-up? Peter Sinn Nachtrieb’s comedy boom is about a mismatched couple whose one-night stand suddenly becomes open-ended thanks to forces beyond man’s control. R-S Theatrics closes its season with boom. Performances take place at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday (November 18 to December 4) at the Chapel (6238 Alexander Drive; www.r-stheatrics.com). Tickets are $15 to $20. riverfronttimes.com

Tony Conrad: Completely in the Present Tony Conrad was present at seminal moments in music history. He helped shape dronecloud soundscapes with La Monte Young and a young John Cale in the early ‘60s in the Theatre of Eternal Music. A few years later he was in the band the Primitives with Lou Reed and Cale; Reed and Cale’s next band the Velvet Underground was formed in Conrad’s living room. Conrad also recorded a

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CALENDAR Continued from pg 33 much-sought-after minimalist album with krautrockers Faust. He has an equally impressive track record in film, stripping the medium down to its essence in projects including The Flicker. Comprising frames of black and white arranged in a specific pattern intended to induce hallucinations, The Flicker allowed each individual viewer to see their own unique film. In between all these achievements Conrad made field recordings of New York City, television broadcasts, his musician friends and whatever caught his fancy. And yet the artist is little-known outside the world of avant-garde music or high-art filmmaking. Director Tyler Hubby wants to rectify that with his documentary Tony Conrad: Completely in the Present. Utilizing archival footage and films made by Conrad and his friends, the documentary seeks to explain the creative genius of an artist who never stopped working. Tony Conrad: Completely in the Present screens at 7:30 p.m. Friday through Sunday (November 18 to 20) at Webster University’s Moore Auditorium (470 East Lockwood Avenue; www.webster.edu/film-series). Tickets are $4 to $6.

SATURDAY 11/19 Big Muddy Dance Company The year may be winding down, but Big Muddy Dance Company is just getting started. The contemporary dancers embark on their sixth year of public performances with the company’s season kickoff tonight at 8 p.m. at Washington University’s Edison Theatre (6465 Forsyth Boulevard; www.thebigmuddydanceco.org). The show features two world premieres and two company favorites, with choreography by Autumn Eckman, Bryn Cohn and artistic director Brian Enos. Big Muddy’s Elevate Student Project opens the night with a piece by Erin Prange. Tickets for the show are $20 to $25.

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Of all the family holiday traditions in St. Louis, Gardenland Express at the Missouri Botanical Garden (4344 Shaw Boulevard; www.mobot.org) might be the most relaxing. This exhibition of G-scale trains coursing through a tiny forest of poinsettias and greenery offers a respite from the bright lights and animated displays of most Christmas-related activities. Even Santa Claus, that terror of privacy-conscious children everywhere, is absent; at worst he’s reduced to a minimus, barely visible in one of the looping trains. Gardenland Express is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily (November 19 to January 1; closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day). Admission is free for garden members and $5 for all others (in addition to the regular garden admission fee).

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Just like not everybody who has an iPod is a DJ, not everyone with a tattoo gun is an artist. It takes natural talent, hours of practice and an inner drive to improve on every piece to rise to the top. The Old School Tattoo Expo is full of tattoo artists attending seminars, swapping tips and plying their trade. It features dozens of artists from both coasts and all points in between, including right here at home. This year’s Old School Tattoo Expo takes place from 2 to 10 p.m. Friday, noon to 10 p.m. Saturday and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday (November 18 to 20) at the Holiday Inn Downtown (811 North Ninth Street; www.old-school.com). All three days include contests for everything from small color pieces up to full back illustrations. There’s even an award for the best tattoo done at the show. Tickets to the

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If it’s the night before Thanksgiving, it means some fights are going to break out it’s tradition. The Budweiser Guns ‘n Hoses boxing matches return for the 30th time at 6:30 p.m. at Scottrade Center (1401 Clark Avenue; www.stlgunsnhoses.com). Firefighters and police from the city and county departments square off in fifteen three-round bouts. These fights will raise money for St. Louis Backstoppers, the charity that aids families of officers and firefighters killed in the line of duty. Because of this year’s nice round anniversary number, the evening has a retro theme celebrating Guns n Hoses 1980s origins, so wear your neon and make your hair big. Tickets are $15 to $30. 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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enkatesh Sattaru doesn’t understand how other Indian restaurants do it. Sub-continental cuisine, after all, requires time, involves complex spice blending and has so many sub-genres it’s hard to keep them all straight. Yet the majority of Indian spots in the U.S. offer multipage menus with enough variety to make your head spin. Promising such a staggeringly long roster of dishes makes about as much sense as saying you have a barbecue brisket recipe that can be done in an hour. “Where do they find the time?” Sattaru wonders. He ponders this question as he arrives at Absolute BBQ Indian Wish Grill, usually by 7 a.m., to prepare the day’s offerings. The menu at his two-month-old restaurant is roughly one-tenth as long as what you’d find at the average Indian restaurant — but he doesn’t use packets or prepared spice blends. Every day, he grinds all of the spices fresh. It’s a lot of work and takes a good deal of time. He won’t come out and say how he thinks the others do it, but you can read between the lines. Sattaru bucks the conventional Indian restaurant playbook with more than just menu size and hand-ground spices, though. At Absolute BBQ, his first foray into the restaurant business, he pres-

Highlights include a biryani, pani puri, Arabian kebobs, egg-fried rice, “Chicken 65,” samosas and Tandoori kebabs. | MABEL SUEN

The tang from yogurt, lemon and bright chilis makes the chicken impossible to stop eating, no matter how on fire your mouth may be. ents a side of Indian cuisine often overlooked in the U.S., namely its barbecue culture. Sure, we’ve all had the candy-apple hued tandoori chicken legs and thighs at all-you-can-eat Indian buffets, but at Absolute BBQ, those are only the beginning — and when you bite into one of his five shockingly flavorful kabob styles, you’ll realize how much more they have to offer than you’d ever imagined.

At first glance, Sattaru seems like an unlikely vehicle for revolutionizing the St. Louis area’s Indian cuisine. The proud Army veteran has his hands full with his (other) full-time job as owner of the technology firm Keysoft IT. However, Sattaru’s entrepreneurial spirit, instilled in him by his venture capitalist father, has kept him on the prowl for new business opportunities. When travels around the world opened his eyes to the void in local Indian restaurant options, he set out to do something about it — deciding to open a place himself. Sattaru draws his culinary inspiration from his family’s native Hyderabad, a large city in the south of India that is the nation’s second largest technology hub. The area, and by extension its cuisine, is cosmopolitan, which explains why even with the comparative brevity of Absolute BBQ’s menu, everything from Arab-influenced kabob marinades and Indo-Chinese dishes is on offer. Kabobs here come either boneless or as bone-in leg quarters and riverfronttimes.com

can be served in five different styles, ranging from not-so-spicy to melt-off-your-face. More than just marinade, the different spice blends are glazed over the meat like a wet paste; you’ll want to lick your fingers as if you were eating Buffalo wings. The “Malai” version, the style recommended for those who prefer a mild taste, has subtle notes of baking spices and garlic that allow the savory char from the scorching tandoor oven to shine through. After this, however, all bets are off for the spice level. Though the servers tell you that the “Hariyali Tangdi” is mild to medium, it’s hot. Searing hot. However, the tang from yogurt, lemon and bright chilis makes it impossible to stop eating, no matter how on fire your mouth may be. And it’s nothing compared to the Arabian kabob. The searing hot chili glaze on this chicken is more scorching than the summertime desert in Saudi. You’ll have tears streaming down your face, but through the pain you can Continued on pg 40

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ABSOLUTE BBQ Continued from pg 39 still detect flavor — a testament to Sattaru’s prowess with spice blending. Thankfully, they sell mango lassi to soothe the burn. Even the biryani has a kick. The rice, flecked with vegetables and scented with cardamom, has a pocket of seasoning that, when mixed in, infuses the dish with cumin and chili heat. Ladle some of the butter chicken over the top, and it’s a magnificent combination of flavors. Here, the ubiquitous Indian dish has the texture of a Thai peanut sauce, but the warm flavor of garam masala. There’s a gentle heat on the back palate that cuts through the richness. On a cold, late fall day, nothing could be more comforting. “Chicken 65,” a vibrant red dish that originated in Chennai, is lightly battered, fried and smothered in a tart lemon and chili spice mixture. The breading is delicate — barely there, in fact — and acts more as a binder for the seasoning than a full coating. The same treatment is given to cauliflower on the “Gobi 65”; the piquant spice flavors compliment the vegetable’s earthiness. Tender goat meat simmers in luscious cardamom and cumin-forward green curry sauce. Though enjoyable (save for the couple of bone fragments in the mix), it is overshadowed by Absolute BBQ’s signature dish: the goat haleem. Sattaru says he makes no money on this dish, but that he feels it’s his duty to serve it so that people can know what true Hyderabadi haleem is all about. He’s certainly done us a service. Goat meat, lentils and a seemingly infinite number of spices — among them cloves, cardamom, cumin, nutmeg, cinnamon and coriander — are simmered and almost con-

Tandoori kebobs have a yogurt base, spicy red chilis, tomatoes and Indian spices. | MABEL SUEN tinually stirred for seven hours. The result is a rich, porridge-like concoction that pops with flavor as you encounter pockets of spice. Many of Absolute BBQ’s regular customers come in strictly for this dish — and those who have had the real deal elsewhere (including in Hyderabad) say it’s an outstanding

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restaurant was out of numerous items that I would have liked to try — the namesake “ABQ Chicken,” the goat burger, the Manchurian chicken. As Sattaru explains, the dishes he serves are labor-intensive, and when they run out, they run out. However, things aren’t actually that clear cut. Upon arrival, diners are presented with two different menus. One is small, comprising mostly kabobs, a few starters, some naan, a section for the Indo-Chinese wok and a few different different curries. The second is a takeout menu that varies significantly in both size and substance (and I struggle to understand why it advertises a prime rib sandwich on cheese garlic bread and curly fries). The confusion continues, as both menus deviate from what’s listed on the online menu. The conflicting information makes it difficult to understand exactly what Absolute BBQ actually serves. I gave up trying to figure it out myself on one visit and just asked the server what was available that day. Tellingly, he was prepared, and actually had a cheat sheet of a menu he kept in his back pocket. Perhaps the three different menu directions suggest that Sattaru toyed around with the idea of a larger, more traditional Indian restaurant menu when he first envisioned Absolute BBQ. Once he realized all that is involved in preparing fresh, authentic food, I can understand why he had to scale back. Fortunately, you won’t miss what isn’t there — you’ll be too enamored with the thrilling dishes right in front of you. n

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ryan Russo, the sous chef at Público (6679 Delmar Boulevard, University City; 314833-5780), didn’t know how good he had it. Growing up with Italian grandparents, he was always eating fresh, from-scratch food. Only later did he realize how special that was. “I remember going to the grocery store and getting the canned biscuits — the ones that pop when you open them,” Russo recalls. “They were nothing like my grandmother’s and I would think to myself, ‘What’s the difference?’ Then it hit me that the difference is they were fake and processed and fortified with all sorts of crap and hers were made with real ingredients. The more and more I realized this, the more I knew that this was what I wanted to do.” Russo worked at Red Lobster for a year after high school, thinking it would teach him something. It wasn’t the lesson he intended. “I learned how to work in a super-fast environment and just get by pushing out food,” says Russo. “And I knew that wasn’t what I wanted to do.” He enrolled in Le Cordon Bleu culinary school and worked at Nordstrom’s bistro and then at a health food restaurant. Through the latter, he met Público’s executive chef Brad Bardon, who was then the chef de cuisine at Harvest. Bardon hired Russo, and that’s when the young chef’s eyes really opened. “I think there were maybe two cans in the entire place,” recalls

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you be doing? Definitely a musician or something in the music industry. I’d like to be in a band, but it’s hard to make it doing the music that you want to do, so I’d probably be in the studio business or represent a music-affiliated product like guitars. Name an ingredient never allowed in your kitchen. There are several, but the top two for me would be margarine and food dye — too many weird health-related links to both. What is your after-work hangout? When I do go out after work, definitely the Crow’s Nest. I’m a huge metal fan so it suits me there. What’s your food or beverage guilty pleasure? A buffet — doesn’t matter what kind. What would be your last meal on earth? My grandma’s soup. It was always an Italian wedding-style soup with whatever she had around the kitchen. Little meatballs, whole chicken, couscous or pasta — just fresh ingredients and not overly salty like out of a can. I didn’t realize it as a kid, but now I think, oh man, this is real food! n


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f you’ve ever dreamt of eating a cupcake-stuffed strawberry, you might want to head on over to Contrary Cupcakes, the shop in Southampton that proudly proclaims itself “St. Louis’ only mini cupcakery.” There, owner Danielle Anderson isn’t just baking delicious flights of mini cupcakes. She’s also crumbling up red velvet and cream cheese cupcakes, inserting them into hollowed-out strawberries, and then dipping the tip in a layer of chocolate. It’s quite the dessert. A St. Louis native who’d provided cupcakes and cakes for special events for years, Anderson found that her baking business was increasingly consuming her time — to the point that she got fired from her job at AT&T. “I just didn’t have time to go to work,” she admits. “It was the push I needed where I realized, ‘I’ve got something here.’” It took more than a year, but on the day before Valentine’s Day 2016, she opened Contrary Cupcakes (4904 Devonshire Avenue, 314-797-8128) in a small shop just one block west of South Kingshighway. The space, which has previously served as a pizza shop, a barbecue joint and a bar, is light

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4. Mediterranean and Mexican food are quite similar. “Before Nixta, Tello and I would always have conversations about how similar Mediterranean and Mexican food are — he calls Mexico the ‘American Mediterranean.’ When you think about it, Mexican food has all of these colonial influences, but then it influenced Europe back, with ingredients like potatoes and tomatoes. We would use chiles and spices like cinnamon and cumin and talk about how much North African flavors are like those in Latin America. We’d always say that this would make for a good restaurant, and when Ben Grupe came on at Elaia and Old Standard closed, it was the logical thing to do.”

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Ben Poremba’s much-anticipated Nixta opened November 11. | BEN POREMBA rant and having everyone ask if it’s going to be a pizza joint. We’re starting with a foundation of authenticity but are peeling back the preconceptions people have of what a Mexican restaurant is. It’s hard. I still feel uncomfortable calling it a Mexican restaurant for that reason. I say it’s ‘upscale Mexican,’ but then people think that just means expensive. Once they see the menu, though, they’ll see things that aren’t usually in a Mexican restaurant, or if they are, they are served in a totally different way.” 2. Nixta is a chance for the unsung heroes to shine. “In this industry, everyone has a superstar Mexican, or Latin American, cook who is equal to three line cooks — and they always

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make the family meals that everyone gets the most excited about. At Nixta, there are no white people in the kitchen — it’s just a team of amazing folks in the kitchen who are the most talented cooks and who are getting the chance to cook food from where they are from.” 3. It’s time for St. Louis to know Tello Carreon. “Tello is a very accomplished chef and has worked at a number of restaurants around town like Terrine, Portabella and, many years ago, at Pueblo Solis, when it was regarded as some of the best Mexican food in town. He began working for me as a daytime sous chef and would do all of the prep for Elaia, Olio and Old Standard — he ran it all. He started picking up evening shifts, and when Josh

5. Nixta’s Bar Limon is going to transform nightlife in Botanical Heights. “When I was in college I used to hang out at Club Viva, the salsa bar in the Central West End, and remember the sheer fun of the music, dancing and drinks. We want Bar Limon to be a nightlife destination. Bar Limon isn’t going to be that cerebral experience you get at some of the great cocktail bars around town. The drinks will be well-crafted but easy to drink and will give you a good buzz. The late-night menu will be fun, with things like fried items and ceviche. We all said to each other, ‘Let’s just make fun drinks that aren’t that expensive, a menu of easy foods, dim lights.’ We’re going for a big city lounge ambiance. There isn’t really room for it, but who knows — maybe people will make a space n and dance.”


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f you’ve ever lamented St. Louis’ lack of a proper Korean barbecue restaurant, your cries have been heard. Last month, Wudon (1261 Castillons Arcade Plaza; 314-628-1010) quietly opened in the Castillons Arcade Plaza in west county — and if the aroma of grilled meat wafting out of its front doors is any indication, the three-weekold restaurant is well on its way to becoming the go-to place in town for authentic Korean cuisine. Wudon is the brainchild of Victor Jang, a former salesman from New York City who left behind a lucrative career to bring Korean barbecue to the Midwest. Though based on the East Coast, Jang’s job brought him to the area for business, and he was struck by the absence of Korean barbecue in a town of St. Louis’ size. He immediately saw a business opportunity, and before he knew it, he and his wife, Moon, were uprooting their lives to become first-time restaurateurs in an brand new city. Though this is their first restaurant, the Jangs were able to draw upon their family’s deep experience in the business. Moon Jang’s mother and father have owned a Korean

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barbecue restaurant in Seoul for twenty years, and they helped the daughter and son-in-law develop the concept and provided them with the recipes. This authenticity is apparent the moment the banchan, or small side dishes, arrive. All diners are treated to a seemingly endless array of kim-

chi and various salads. Spicy tofu soup (soondubu jjigae) and a souffle-like egg casserole (gyeran jjim) are also part of the feast. And that’s only the beginning. Diners can choose from a massive selection of barbecue options and combination platters that include everything from pork belly and pork jowl to kalbi and ribeye. This may be their first time in the restaurant business, but the Jangs have nailed down the details: They change out the tabletop grill after each different type of meat and make sure to cook un-marinated dishes before the marinated ones to keep the flavors separate.

Wudon captures the lively atmosphere of a Korean barbecue spot with that part-restaurant, part-nightclub vibe that will be familiar to anyone who’s dined in Koreatown in Los Angeles or New York. K-pop and American pop music blare over the sound system, and a large flat-screen television plays Korean music videos. The dining room has a lively feel to it with black walls covered in red and white pop art, all painted by Moon Jang, who has a background in fine art. Wudon is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. until 10:30 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. until 9:30 p.m. On weekends, expect a packed house — reservations are suggested. n

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Dazzling Killmen, one of St. Louis’ most wide-reaching and influential acts, reflects on 22 years of its most seminal album. | MARK BUCKHEIT

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im Garrigan joined Dazzling Killmen, the now-defunct St. Louis powerhouse credited as a pioneer of math-rock, in the

early ‘90s, after the band had already been established as a power trio, with one full-length and two singles. After playing as a guest on 1993’s Medicine Me EP, he was brought into the band proper, and promptly started on songs that would make up the band’s seminal release, Face of Collapse. Garrigan lived in what he calls “the middle of nowhere, Illinois” with bassist Darin Gray. He distinctly remembers the smell of gas, heavy in the air from a nearby refinery, while the two hashed out guitar and bass parts. Between studying music at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and the band’s day-long practices, he and Gray spent time carving out songs with a scalpel — and a laser focus. Most of 1993 he recalls as a year spent with tunnel-vision. “I felt like the band was on this

mission,” Garrigan says. “In my world, there was very little going on outside of going to school and studying records. Music was just everything.” Decades later, thanks to that hard work, Dazzling Killmen enjoy even more accolades than in the band’s heyday. In 2013, Dillinger Escape Plan’s Ben Weinman penned a piece for UK magazine The Skinny claiming that “most of the great progressive underground bands of the ‘90s would not exist if it weren’t for them.” Alternative Press’ Loud Life section even declared Face of Collapse the top album of the ‘90s. On November 11, Face of Collapse saw a re-release through Skin Graft Records — the same label that released the first pressing, in March 1994. But to call this simply a reissue, or even a remaster, riverfronttimes.com

would be misleading. The record will come in a full-color gatefold sleeve with a bonus LP containing the band’s “Medicine Me” single, an alternative version of “My Lacerations” and a cover of Public Image Ltd’s “Poptones.” Side four features silkscreen work from cover artist Paul Nitsche. The book inside (twelve inches by twelve inches) offers an oral history of the band, along with deluxe art from Rob Syers, Mark Buckheit and others who helped establish early Skin Graft releases with comics and illustrations. For label founder Mark Fischer, Dazzling Killmen has been in Skin Graft’s DNA from day one. “The first Skin Graft Records release was a seven-inch and comic book set with Dazzling Killmen, and then a few years later, Skin Graft’s Continued on pg 50

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first full-length was Face of Collapse,” he explains. “[The album] had been on my short list of LPs to reissue for years, but when I realized that 2016 was going to mark the label’s 25th anniversary, doing something special with it felt like the perfect way to mark the occasion.” Face of Collapse was recorded in September 1993 by no less than Chicago’s Steve Albini, who by this time had made a name for himself engineering records for luminaries such as PJ Harvey, the Pixies and the Jesus Lizard. In fact, the group was in town the very same weekend that Albini received the master for an album he recorded earlier that year — Nirvana’s In Utero. Albini had worked with Dazzling Killmen one year prior on Dig Out the Switch, the band’s debut album, produced by Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy. This time around, Albini offered the group a discounted rate if its members would help assemble records for the debut of his new band at the time: Shellac. “We were so much more of a live band than we were a studio band, so we basically just got set up in the studio and played,” says drummer Blake Fleming, who helped kickstart Dazzling Killmen at seventeen years old. “Maybe 80 percent of what you hear on the album is first takes. And to my knowledge, there were no overdubs, no patching in or fixing mistakes.” Says Albini, “Harmonically, they were more sophisticated than a lot of the bands that they were peers with. They had a more intricate rhythmic sense, and the guitars weren’t just playing the framework of the song. They were putting up this screen of sound, and the bass supplied the structure underneath.” Fleming credits the group’s strict practice schedule for the smooth studio process. But for all the band’s preparedness, guitarist, singer and founding member Nick Sakes admits to writing much of the album’s vocals there in the studio. Since he didn’t own a P.A., rehearsals were mostly instrumental. “I kind of had an idea of what I wanted to do, but I remember waking up in the morning before everyone else in a cold sweat like ‘Oh shit, I really gotta finish these fuckin’ lyrics,’” Sakes says. “Yes, I

thought about them a long time, but I hadn’t really cemented them.” From the visceral grunts and mouth sounds on “Agitator” to the stark declarations of never forgiving (and never forgetting) on “My Lacerations,” many of the lyrics feel cryptic — made no less confusing by the lack of a proper lyric sheet. Yet Sakes’ performance has stuck with Albini, even to this day. “The singing wasn’t super tuneful, but that was typical of the day,” Albini says. “They didn’t fall into the trap of having an ejaculatory sound — there was an emotional arc to the singing.” Of the band’s four members, Fleming had the heaviest hand in the reissue, helping to coordinate audio needs for two separate remasters. He counted on Jason McEntire of Sawhorse Studios in St. Louis to restore the original analog tapes so the vinyl release adheres to the original sound. The digital version received a more liberal remaster, as Andris Balins of Dryhill Studios in New York worked to boost the volume while retaining a wide dynamic range. “I’m just glad that the material survived,” Albini says. “There was a changeover in the studio business from the analog era to the digital era. So it’ll be difficult to impossible for something like this to happen in another twenty years for bands whose masters weren’t analog. So I’m pleased that my commitment to the analog methods have proven themselves useful to another band.” Formed in 1990, Dazzling Killmen called St. Louis its home base until its members parted ways in 1995. They would drift away from the city, playing in bands such as the Mars Volta, Tweedy, Sicbay, Laddio Bolocko, Grand Ulena and Xaddax, among many others. But 25 years later, the group that bound them together remains influential. “Dazzling Killmen were, and remain, something very special,” says Fischer. “And maybe more than anyone, I can say that they changed my life. I think it is pretty safe to say that there wouldn’t be a Skin Graft Records if not for Dazzling Killmen, and that’s what I wanted to celebrate with this album.” “Listening to Face of Collapse, it still feels fresh to me,” Garrigan says. “There’s something about the record that sounds timeless, to some degree. It has an immediacy about it that still resonates.” n


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Since Aquitaine was formed partly as a result of its members’ love of Brit-pop, it was perhaps inevitable that the band would pay tribute to the two figureheads of that genre sooner or later. For the annual Under Cover Weekend tribute shows, Aquitaine tackled Oasis in 2013 and Blur last year, and while the songs on Transformation were already in development, the experience of working through a set of Blur songs left its mark on the sometimes counter-intuitive structure of this new material. “I was amazed at how complex the Blur songs were,” says Collett. “Some of those structures were not so intuitive, and that might have rubbed off on us. We kind of experimented outside of that 4/4 time.” Collett points to one such song that Day co-wrote with Hildebrandt called “Leave U Behind,” which trades the band’s normal use of big, bright chords for a thin, needly riff and some slight atonality. “That song essentially has three or four very distinct parts — I compare it to ‘Band on the Run’ or something like that,” says Collett. By the time the band kicks into a syncopated groove near the end, Aquitaine has traversed the loose structures and self-deprecation of early Pavement to the compressed funk of A Certain Ratio. Closing track “Supermoon” — a nice nod to Aquitaine’s former band name — likewise benefits from having multiple songwriters and influences. Its sparse production is unmoored in the verses but snaps with syncopation in the chorus as the guitars snake around Hildebrandt’s performance. “I just love the interplay between the bass and the main guitar riff,” says Collett of the song. He credits the songs spearheaded by Day and McMahon with “turn[ing] the album into something it otherwise wouldn’t be. Will and I have similarly tendencies, and Graham and Bob added a different element.” –Christian Schaeffer


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OUT EVERY NIGHT

THURSDAY 17

TREG: 7:30 & 9 p.m., $10-$12. Kranzberg Arts

IAN ETHAN CASE: 7 p.m., $10-$15. Kranzberg

BAD CASE OF BIG MOUTH: w/ Settle Your Scores,

APEX SHRINE: w/ Comrade Catbox, Chalk,

Center, 501 N Grand Blvd, St. Louis, 314-533-

Arts Center, 501 N Grand Blvd, St. Louis, 314-

Sails Through Storms, Weather Hill, Rachel

Famous Losers 9 p.m., $7. The Heavy Anchor,

0367.

533-0367.

Lauren 7 p.m., $10-$12. The Firebird, 2706

5226 Gravois Ave., St. Louis, 314-352-5226.

THE URGE: 8 p.m.; Nov. 19, 8 p.m., $25-$35. The

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Olive St., St. Louis, 314-535-0353.

BILLY BARNETT BAND: 10 p.m., $5. BB’s Jazz,

Pageant, 6161 Delmar Blvd., St. Louis, 314-726-

RIENCE: 8 p.m., $12-$15. Delmar Hall, 6133

DARK TRANQUILITY: w/ Enforcer, Swallow The

Blues & Soups, 700 S. Broadway, St. Louis, 314-

6161.

Delmar Blvd., St. Louis, 314-726-6161.

Sun, Starkill, Throes Eternal 7 p.m., $17-$50.

MEEK MILL: 9 p.m., $40-$60. Ambassador, 9800

Fubar, 3108 Locust St, St. Louis, 314-289-9050.

Halls Ferry Road, North St. Louis County, 314-

JUSTIN HOSKINS: 5 p.m., $10. BB’s Jazz, Blues

436-5222. GRIZ: w/ Haywyre, Brasstracks 8 p.m., $20-$30.

SATURDAY 19

The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Blvd., St. Louis,

ALKALINE QUARTET: TRIBUTE TO ALKALINE TRIO:

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314-726-6161.

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SOULARD BLUES BAND: 10 p.m., $5. BB’s Jazz,

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JOE METZKA BAND: 7 p.m., $5. BB’s Jazz, Blues

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Blues & Soups, 700 S. Broadway, St. Louis, 314-

LOVE JONES “THE BAND”: 8:30 p.m., $10. BB’s

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ALL STARS SHOWCASE: 6 p.m., $10-$12. Fubar,

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Jazz, Blues & Soups, 700 S. Broadway, St. Louis,

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3108 Locust St, St. Louis, 314-289-9050.

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HD Reeves 8 p.m., $10. Fubar, 3108 Locust St,

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2847 Cherokee St., St. Louis.

Maness Brothers 8 p.m., $10. Old Rock House,

St. Louis, 314-289-9050.

833-3929.

TOM HALL: 7 p.m., $5. BB’s Jazz, Blues & Soups,

1200 S. 7th St., St. Louis, 314-588-0505.

THE PACK AD: 8 p.m., $12. The Firebird, 2706

EMBRACER: w/ Gardens, Chapters, Angelhead,

700 S. Broadway, St. Louis, 314-436-5222.

THE SOIL & THE SUN: w/ Owel 7 p.m., $13. Off

Olive St., St. Louis, 314-535-0353.

Ursa Major 7 p.m., $12-$14. The Firebird, 2706

THE URGE: Nov. 18, 8 p.m.; 8 p.m., $25-$35. The

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Olive St., St. Louis, 314-535-0353.

Pageant, 6161 Delmar Blvd., St. Louis, 314-726-

3363.

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EXMORTUS: w/ Oni, Fistula, Robot Army 7 p.m.,

6161.

THE RAGBIRDS: 8 p.m., $10-$12. Old Rock

$12-$13. Fubar, 3108 Locust St, St. Louis, 314-

House, 1200 S. 7th St., St. Louis, 314-588-0505.

289-9050.

SUNDAY 20

RÜFÜS DU SOL: 8 p.m., $18-$20. Delmar Hall,

GREYHOUNDS: 9 p.m., $10-$13. The Bootleg,

ASEETHE: w/ The Gorge, Path of Might 8 p.m., $8.

& Soups, 700 S. Broadway, St. Louis, 314-436-

6133 Delmar Blvd., St. Louis, 314-726-6161.

4140 Manchester Ave., St. Louis, 314-775-0775.

Fubar, 3108 Locust St, St. Louis, 314-289-9050.

5222.

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MUSIC UNLIMITED: 8 p.m., $5. BB’s Jazz, Blues

SOULARD BLUES BAND: 9 p.m., $5. Broadway

way, 3509 Lemp Ave., St. Louis, 314-773-3363.

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MONDAY 21

621-8811. STANLEY CLARKE BAND: 8 p.m., $25-$59.

CAVEOFSWORDS: w/ Gypsy Moonshine, Seash-

Blanche M Touhill Performing Arts Center, 1

ine, Town Cars 9 p.m., $7. The Heavy Anchor,

University Dr at Natural Bridge Road, Norman-

5226 Gravois Ave., St. Louis, 314-352-5226.

dy, 314-516-4949.

DRACK PAC: 8 p.m., $5. The Firebird, 2706 Olive

VEKTOR: w/ Black Fast 8 p.m., $10-$12. The Fire-

St., St. Louis, 314-535-0353.

bird, 2706 Olive St., St. Louis, 314-535-0353.

EMAROSA: w/ Anarbor, Cold Collective, Rebelle,

VIVA ITALIANO: 7 p.m.; Nov. 22, 7 p.m., $38. The

The Greater Good 7 p.m., $15. Fubar, 3108

Sheldon, 3648 Washington Blvd., St. Louis,

Locust St, St. Louis, 314-289-9050.

314-533-9900.

HERENOWHEAR: 7 p.m., free. The 560 Music Center, 560 Trinity Ave., University City, 314-

TUESDAY 22

421-3600.

EAST SIDERS REVIEW: 9:30 p.m., $5. BB’s Jazz,

JASON BOLAND & THE STRAGGLERS: 8 p.m., $25.

Blues & Soups, 700 S. Broadway, St. Louis, 314-

Blueberry Hill - The Duck Room, 6504 Delmar

436-5222.

Blvd., University City, 314-727-4444.

JAMAICA LIVE TUESDAYS: w/ Ital K, Mr. Roots, DJ

LEROY JODIE PIERSON: 7 p.m., $5. BB’s Jazz,

Witz, $5/$10. Elmo’s Love Lounge, 7828 Olive

Blues & Soups, 700 S. Broadway, St. Louis, 314-

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436-5222. LES GRUFF AND THE BILLY GOAT: w/ Scarlet Tanager, The Good Deeds 9 p.m., $10. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Ave., St. Louis, 314-773-3363. MARC COHN: 8 p.m., $40-$45. The Sheldon, 3648 Washington Blvd., St. Louis, 314-533-9900. MARQUISE KNOX: 7 p.m., $5-$10. National Blues Museum, 601 Washington Ave., St. Louis. MIKE GORDON: 8 p.m., $25-$27.50. The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Blvd., St. Louis, 314-726-6161. MILLER & THE OTHER SINNERS: 10 p.m., $10. BB’s Jazz, Blues & Soups, 700 S. Broadway, St. Louis, 314-436-5222. SAINTS IN THE CITY: A TRIBUTE TO BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN AND THE E STREET BAND: w/ The Riot, One More Round 8 p.m., $10-$15. The Ready Room, 4195 Manchester Ave, St. Louis, 314-833-3929. THE TRAVELIN’ MCCOURYS: w/ Nick Forster, Danny Barnes 8 p.m., $20-$25. Old Rock House, 1200 S. 7th St., St. Louis, 314-588-0505.

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Alanna Royale 8 p.m. Saturday, November 19. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue. $10 to $12. 314773-3363.

The power of ‘70s soul — as Motown and Stax (and dozens of other labels) began experimenting with the sounds and concepts of rock, especially of the psychedelic variety — has a fresh-voiced champion in Alanna Quinn-Broadus and her band Alanna Royale. With smoky echoes of both Joss Stone and Amy Winehouse, Quinn-Broadus shivers, struts and purrs around every song

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on last year’s debut album Achilles, as her Nashville-based band hits hard with smart horn charts, spunky backup singers and a furiously slinky groove that would have had Curtis Mayfield and Tower of Power doing double-takes. If you’ve recently gotten hip to the likes of Charles Bradley and Orgone, Alanna Royale should be your next funky discovery. Get Soul-Psyched: Local newcomers Grooveliner and Vandeventer open with funky soul and psychedelic grooves, respectively. – Roy Kasten

VIVA ITALIANO: Nov. 21, 7 p.m.; 7 p.m., $38. The Sheldon, 3648 Washington Blvd., St. Louis, 314-533-9900.

WEDNESDAY 23 10TH ANNUAL LAST WALTZ CELEBRATION BY THE STAG NITE ALL-STARS: 8 p.m., $15. The Ready Room, 4195 Manchester Ave, St. Louis, 314833-3929. AARON KAMM & THE ONE DROPS: 9 p.m., $13$16. The Bootleg, 4140 Manchester Ave., St. Louis, 314-775-0775. BASSAMP & DANO’S NIGHT BEFORE THANKSGIVING BEER-A-THON & TURKEY TOSS EXTRAVAGANZA: w/ The Jag-Wires, Grave Neighbors, The Fighting Side, Bassamp & Dano 9 p.m., $7. The Heavy Anchor, 5226 Gravois Ave., St. Louis,

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9 p.m. Saturday, November 19.

p.m., $5. BB’s Jazz, Blues & Soups, 700 S. Broadway, St. Louis, 314-436-5222. THE BLUES CRUSHERS: 10 p.m., $5. BB’s Jazz, Blues & Soups, 700 S. Broadway, St. Louis, 314436-5222. BOB “BUMBLE BEE” KAMOSKE: 8 p.m. Beale on Broadway, 701 S. Broadway, St. Louis, 314-6217880. FRAGILE PORCELAIN MICE: w/ NIL8, Superfun Yeah Yeah Rocketship 7 p.m., $10.57-$15. Pop’s Nightclub, 401 Monsanto Ave., East St. Louis, 618-274-6720. JJ GREY & MOFRO: w/ Parker Millsap 8 p.m., $25-$30. The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Blvd., St. Louis, 314-726-6161. SPRINGSTEEGER: TRIBUTE TO BRUCE SPRING-

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The Bootleg at Atomic Cowboy, 4140 Manchester Avenue. $10. 314-775-0775.

Keyboardist Anthony Farrell and guitarist Andrew Traube have logged countless hours on the road backing up the hard-touring JJ Grey as part of his band, Mofro. But the music that the two make together as the Greyhounds drips and simmers with a different brand of soul, so much so that Memphis-based Ardent Music has been releasing the duo’s albums of late. On the recent Change of Pace, the Greyhounds settle into

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slippery breaks, charged guitar licks and burbling keys, but vocalist Farrell doesn’t shy from modern lyrics despite the vintage glow of the band’s sound. Lead single “Before BP (The War is on for Your Mind)” tackles toxic ideology and bi-partisan stratifications with a call for listeners to stay alert. It’s a call we need to hear now more than ever. It’s the Holliday Season: Al Holliday and his crew will warm the stage with their characteristic boisterous soul revue.

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ket St, St. Louis, 314-241-1888. THE BEACH BOYS: W/ the Temptations, Sun., April 23, 7 p.m., $45-$125. Family Arena, 2002 Arena Parkway, St Charles, 636-896-4200. DAWES: Wed., Feb. 1, 8 p.m., $25-$27.50. The

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Since 2002, Vektor has been peddling its brand of highly technical thrash metal — with more than a splash of progressive metal influences — all across the U.S. and Europe, earning itself legions of fans around the globe. The band’s Earache Records debut, Terminal Redux, was released to wide acclaim in May, a 70-minute concept album with sci-fi themes and the same

blisteringly fast guitar work for which the band is known. Borne of the early aughts’ massive thrash-metal revival, Vektor is one of the few new-thrash bands that remains active and popular with metal purists — for good reason. Terms of Arrival: It would behoove fans of Vektor to arrive in time to catch Black Fast, who will be opening the show. Similarly fast, thrashy, riff-laden and technical, the St. Louis act is a perfect fit for this bill. – Daniel Hill

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SAVAGE LOVE FUCK THIS. FUCK ME. BY DAN SAVAGE Hey, Dan: I’m part of the 47 percent of white women who did NOT vote for Donald Trump. To say I’m disappointed, horrified, scared and mad about the election is woefully insufficient. That being said, I wanted to share that I had one of the most weirdly charged, hottest and sexiest orgasms. One thing led to another, and before I knew it, my boyfriend and I were fucking as Trump came on the TV to give his acceptance speech. As that orange blowhard spewed more bullshit about being our president, I rode my boyfriend’s big, beautiful dick until I came. It was the perfect way to say, “Fuck this. Now fuck me.” I encourage all your readers to fuck out the stress from this election. Yes, we should donate and volunteer and speak up and protest and vote and not give up hope, but we should also keep doing it and taking care of each other. Because love trumps hate, and fucking trumps… well, I’m not sure what fucking trumps. But it sure makes life better. Justifiably Unsettled Lass Intensely Emoting It’s important to practice good selfcare in the wake of a traumatic event — the election qualifies as a traumatic event — and going by the definition of self-care at GoodTherapy.org, fucking the living shit

out of someone qualifies as selfcare: “Self-care [includes] activities that an individual engages in to relax or attain emotional well-being, such as meditating, journaling, or visiting a counselor.” They’re too polite over at GoodTherapy.org to include “fucking the shit out of someone” on their list of examples, JULIE, but what you did on election night — which just so happens to be the exact same thing I did on election night — certainly meets all the criteria. And if anyone out there who did the same on election night is feeling the least bit guilty, please know that millions of Americans did the exact same thing after 9/11. We used a different term to describe all that post-9/11 fucking: “terror-sex.” Sex, partnered or solo, makes life better — and people shouldn’t feel guilty about fucking someone else and/or fucking/jacking/dildo-ing themselves at this uncertain and fearful moment in our nation’s history. Yes, we must donate and volunteer and protest and vote. But we must make time for joy and pleasure and laughter and friends and food and art and music and sex. During the darkest days of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, queers organized and protested and volunteered and mourned. We also made music and theater and art. We took

care of each other, and we danced and loved and fucked. Embracing joy and art and sex in the face of fear and uncertainty made us feel better, and it had the added benefit of driving our enemies crazy. They couldn’t understand how we could be anything but miserable, but we created and experienced joy despite their hatred and despite this awful disease. We turned to each other and said, “Fuck them. Now fuck me.” We didn’t eradicate HIV/AIDS, but we fought it to a standstill and we may defeat it yet. The disease that now sickens our nation is different. We may never eradicate racism and sexism and hatred. But fight it we will. And don’t listen to anyone who tells you that music and dance and art and sex and joy are a distraction from the fight. They are a part of the fight. Hey, Dan: My boyfriend is undocumented. His sister married a U.S. citizen and may receive a green card. We had hoped to someday do the same. But next year, the extreme right will control all three branches of the federal government. Deportation will surely come for my boyfriend. Additionally, we’re a gay couple, and Donald Trump has pledged to repeal marriage equality, if not ban it outright. So if we were to marry now, the timing would look suspicious. And even if we did

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marry, that marriage is likely to be invalidated in the coming years. Is it still worth it to try? What do I do if the government takes away the love of my life? Keep Him Home You should marry your boyfriend immediately, KHH, and do so with confidence. “There is no realistic possibility that anyone’s marriage will be invalidated,” said Shannon Minter, legal director for the National Center for Lesbian Rights. “The law is very strong that if a marriage is valid when entered, it cannot be invalidated by any subsequent change in the law.” And Minter says the court is unlikely to overturn Obergefell, the decision that legalized same-sex marriage across the country. “The Supreme Court very rarely overturns an important constitutional ruling so soon after issuing it,” said Minter. “Even the appointment of an anti-marriage-equality justice to replace Justice Scalia would not jeopardize the Supreme Court’s 2015 ruling on marriage equality, and the great majority of Americans still strongly support the freedom of same-sex couples to marry.” Listen to Dan’s podcast at savagelovecast.com. mail@savagelove.net @fakedansavage on Twitter

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