Love Tester @ Happy Joe’s

July 31, 2007 at 3:29 pm | Posted in Lauren Reid, Matthew Hurst, staff, Video | 2 Comments
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With summer flings in full swoon this summer, you might need a means to test the veracity of your lover.  Fortunately there is in fact a machine that will scientifically measure the strength of your love, the Love Tester.  As demonstrated in the above video by yours truly, the Love Tester was also used by fellow Highway 61 contributor Lauren “Hot Stuff” Reid (check out her video on youtube).

This amusement machine is among many others at Happy Joe’s family restaurant (see more with FlickR photos here), which wouldn’t be a bad place for a date with your summer fling.  In fact, Happy Joe’s is just one of many popular pizza parlors in this slice of St Louis County, including my old favorite Fortel’s Pizza Den.  And if your date is on a diet, just remind them that the games are “harmless” (heh).

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Mothership Lands Again

July 30, 2007 at 8:34 pm | Posted in Gabe Bullard, music | 8 Comments
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Faithful reader Patrick Vacek recently saw someone at the Webster University Center looking suspiciously funky. Mr. Vacek approached the visitor and found out he was George Clinton’s bass player, who was visiting Webster to pick up someone who was using the swimming pool.

Vacek then snapped the photo you see above.

Note: George Clinton once again refers to the forefather of funk and not the actual forefather.

Links with Your Coffee – 7/29

July 29, 2007 at 4:25 pm | Posted in blogs, Coffee links, contest, Etcetra, Matthew Hurst, stl | 1 Comment
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We love sharing some of our favorite links with you so much we couldn’t wait for it earlier this week.  But while these links would have to wait, let that not detract from great work from some of our favorite local blogs.  For those of you taking a lazy sunday, here’s some links with your coffee when you wake up in the late afternoon.

Thrift Store Diskettes

July 29, 2007 at 12:24 am | Posted in Matthew Hurst, shopping | 2 Comments
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Because some days you never know what you’ll find at your local thrift store, here’s one of the offerings we found this last Saturday afternoon.  These floppy diskettes, safely enclosed in their original shrink wrapped box, have survived like a time capsule sitting on the shelf of the Salvation Army’s store on the Forest Park Expressway in St Louis.

Should this increasingly rare find inspire you to try a little thrift shopping, consider using this completist’s list of St. Louis thift stores.  And for the more internet enabled among you, we hear Craigslist still has some interesting finds availible as well.

STL Comic-Con (sort of…)

July 27, 2007 at 4:30 pm | Posted in blogs, comics, exhibition, Matthew Hurst | Comments Off on STL Comic-Con (sort of…)

image of a previous comic show, provided c/o stlcomics.comJust because you couldn’t get a date to Nerd Prom this weekend doesn’t mean you have to get stood up.  St. Louis is having it’s own comic convention of sorts, albeit a little more comic centric. 

The Spector Club Comic Show, now in its 30th year of operation, has it’s next show this Sunday, July 29th from 10:00am-2:30pm at the American Legion Post #111 in Shrewsberry.  There you’ll find sci-fi collectible, toys, and of course a large selection of collectible comic books to buy/sell/trade.  To say nothing of all the new friends you’re sure to make who won’t look at you funny when you’re making a joke about the Tick.

And while it may have slipped under our radar in the past, this ongoing show series has more dates coming up, which can be found on the STLcomics.com blog .  More info on the event can be found on the Upcoming event page for the show as well as in the Highway 61 Upcoming group.

Film-Geek Fridays: Springfield edition

July 27, 2007 at 2:05 pm | Posted in Film Student Fridays, Matthew Hurst | Comments Off on Film-Geek Fridays: Springfield edition

avatar of MattHurst, made using the simpsons avatar generatorAnother weekend has come, but this time I don’t need to tell you what the big movie is.  And while some people seem determined to see it fail (like they argue, the last few seasons), you know they’ll be seeing the film anyway.  In the meantime I’ve been playing with my Simpson’s avatar (I wrote about it earlier) and posting aerial photos of Springfield, MO (sans monorail system).

But since this weekly feature is meant to emphasize the best film screenings taking place in St. Louis, I’ll have to put aside this blockbuster in favor of some more local flavors. But for future reference, I don’t need permission to geek out (see above title).

Reel Late @ the Tivoli

  • A Clockwork Orange @ midnight Friday & Saturday July 27, 28th and 10PM on Sunday July 29th ($6)Welly, welly, well my droog friends. If you’re feeling a little buzzed after leaving the bar, “this would sharpen you up and make you ready for a bit of the old ultra-violence”.  This 1971 Stanley Kubrick interpretation of the Anthony Burgess novel is a perfect midnight movie, filled with loads of mindless sex and violence and a relatively amoral ethos.  And for a double feature, why not come early and check our Labyrinth (hey kids, it’s David Bowie).  So you’re keen on film?  Yes!

Continue Reading Film-Geek Fridays: Springfield edition…

What is wrong with this picture?

July 26, 2007 at 5:16 pm | Posted in contest, Matthew Hurst, stl | 6 Comments

Found in the newspaper vending stand in Terminal A of Lambert Airport.  First comment to indentify the problem illustrated above wins a PhotoHunt contest at a bar of your choosing.  All apologies to the Riverfront Times magazine.

Music venue overload

July 26, 2007 at 3:38 pm | Posted in Matthew Hurst, music, venue | 1 Comment

Jumbling Towers playing @ Cicero's during the RFT Local Music ShowcaseJust when support for the local music scene was reaching it’s breaking point, comes even more good news on the horizon.  Beyond the realm of mere bumper sticker patronage, proud citizens and local bands are stepping up to fill in the void of venues we so desperately needed.

Our friends at A to Z blog (by way of the RFT) have the scoop (as usual) on two new local venues.  Brothers Brandon and Nate Drexeler (of Jumbling Towers) are bringing local music downtown again @ 2 Cents Plain on Olive Street, which will open in September according to Annie Zaleski’s interview.  Annie also gave us the heads up on Foam, a coffeehouse/bar or sorts crafting its shows like it’s original brews (or so we understand) right on the corner of Jefferson and Cherokee, putting it in the heart of the continuously emerging Cherokee Station.

And while your support for the local music scene might be best exemplified by these fine cultural contributors, our friends from Cruisin’ Route 66 have a few casual methods to support the local scene.  With all these new venues, now we just wonder which ones Beatle Bob will patronize each week.

52nd City Events

July 25, 2007 at 11:51 am | Posted in blogs, Etcetra, Events, Gabe Bullard | 5 Comments

Due to some domain issues, our friends over at 52nd City are unable to get the word out about two of their upcoming events. It’s time now for Highway 61 to do its civic duty.

Go to these events:

52nd City “Sporty” Release Party
Where: Riley’s, 3458 Arsenal, 314-664-7474
When: Saturday, July 28, 3-6 p.m.
No cover, free food and drinks, all ages

This afternoon will mark the release of our fifth print issue, along with our previous effort, the CD “Sound.” The new mag features a variety of St. Louis writers, illustrators and photographers musing on the topic of “Sporty” and will be on sale for $8, with all previous issues available, as well. Expect a few sporting events to be held in-and-out of Riley’s on Saturday. Owner Bill Kapes is generously offering some free food and drink… while supplies last. Our new web issue will also go live on this day.

Chippewa Chapel BBQ Benefit
Where: Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp, 314-773-3363
When: Thursday, August 2, 8-10 p.m.
No cover, BBQ for sale, 21-up after 10 p.m.

The hosts of the Chippewa Chapel and Off Broadway have generously offered to host a BBQ benefit for 52nd City. Bring a few dollars for BBQ and your guitar: enjoy a bite, then sign up for the Chippewa Chapel’s open mic, the most-popular open mic and jam in South City. The open mic ordinarily kicks off at 9 p.m., but we’ll have music on the gorgeous Off Broadway stage beginning at 8 p.m. this evening. Some 52nd City giveaways will be peppered through the evening.

Xmas in July mixtape

July 24, 2007 at 2:56 pm | Posted in Matthew Hurst, mixtape, music, summer | 5 Comments
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Every year we hear the same set of songs playing continuously between Thanksgiving Day until December 26th.  This July we decided to do something about it.

By offering a list of songs that includes entirely original Xmas tunes alongside the unique interpretations of holiday standards, we hope we’ll inspire you to explore holiday songs of all musical and religious traditions.  And while you needn’t any particular set of spiritual beliefs (or at all) to enjoy them, here’s our offering at the altar of seasonal music, hoping maybe it will prod on a new inclusion to the musical canon of the holiday season.

  1. Bright Eyes – Blue Christmas (1)
  2. The Walkmen – Christmas Party (2)
  3. Magnet – Let It Snow (3)
  4. Mike Nicolai – Christmas is for Losers (4)
  5. Snowden – Happy Christmas (War is Over) (5)
  6. Sufjan Stevens – That Was The Worst Christmas Ever! (6)
  7. Death Cab for Cutie – Christmas (Baby Please come Home) (7)
  8. The Next Door Neighbors – How to make Eggnog  (8)
  9. Tom Lehrer – Hanukkah in Santa Monica (9)
  10. Yukon and You – Marxist Christmas (10)
  11. Arcade Fire – Winter for a Year (11)
  12. James Brown – Santa Claus is Definitely Here to Stay (12
  13. Beck – Chanukah Funk (13)
  14. Steve Martin – 5 Christmas Wishes (14)
  15. Arcade Fire – Jinglebell Rock (self-hosted)
  16. DJ John – The Charlie Brown Christmas Massacre (15)
  17. JoolsMF – Havana Good Christmas (16)
  18. Darren Hanlon – Spend Christmas Day with Me (self-hosted)

Extra credit – Share your favorite holiday tunes in our last.fm group (like that John Denver and the Muppets Christmas Special we’re not supposed to share with you).  We’ll have another raffle among members our last.fm group in a week’s time to win a physical copy of our Xmas in July mixtape.  Sign up for your stocking stuffer now.

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