“St. Louis Weather”

July 8, 2008 at 7:16 pm | Posted in Environment, Matthew Hurst, Photo Essay, stl | 2 Comments
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Snow in the Springtime

Snow in the Springtime

Ever since I was a young lad I have heard people discuss this Midwestern city’s propensity towards extreme fluctuation in weather patterns, using the aforementioned quote in the title as a colloquial shorthand for this phenomena.  Like most Midwestern cities St. Louis is indeed to rapid temperature changes which often result in pressure changes – in the summer this brings in strong thunderstorms, and in the winter a sunny day could be the precursor to cold-air snowstorms (as seen in this photograph of snow fall on a sunny spring day).  Of course I still find it curious that people in the metro area like to treat this as a local phenomenon rather than a regional in their particular attempt to describe such everyday life as part of “St. Louis Weather”…

the sun is shining on the snow

Happy Birthday, America

July 4, 2008 at 1:47 pm | Posted in Matthew Hurst, summer | Comments Off on Happy Birthday, America
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Celebrating the way you chose and want to is only one of the ways to honor the freedoms laid out in the declaration of independence.  Where you will celebrate is a means of becoming a community, and respecting our shared history.

Breaking: Busch to be relocated

June 30, 2008 at 2:33 pm | Posted in Matthew Hurst, Sports | Comments Off on Breaking: Busch to be relocated
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Just as legendary announcer Harry Caray demonstrates in this commercial for Budweiser beer, eternal rivals St. Louis and Chicago continue to carry out their feud by poaching their best talent.  Looks like former baseball Cardinals owner Anheuser-Busch isn’t above pandering to Cubs fans, who also borrowed Cardinals talent off the field and in their bars.

As for the relocation, I was refering to the aforementioned talent and advertising dollars.

“Summer in the City” mixtape 2008

June 23, 2008 at 12:38 am | Posted in contest, Matthew Hurst, mixtape, summer | Comments Off on “Summer in the City” mixtape 2008
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mixtapeLast year 61revised.com jump started your summer with a mixtape.  Once again, for our loyal readers, we’ve decided to make a new “Summer in the City” mixtape.  Take a listen for yourself:
http://citysummer.muxtape.com/

You’ll notice that we only finished the A-side of our mixtape this year.  We want your help finishing the mixtape, so send in your suggestions (preferably with accompanying mp3s) to hwy61revised@gmail.com or to our last.fm group.  If you do, we’ll enter you in a drawing to win a hard copy of the mixtape.  We’ll make another post to congratulate the winners and link you again once the mixtape is finished.
Otherwise, feel free to use our A-side as the start to your own mixtape, and come back for the final copy of tracks that’ll help you get into the grove of high-humidity and charcoal smoke that we call summer in the city (of St. Louis).

The Great American Beer

June 23, 2008 at 12:23 am | Posted in Matthew Hurst | Comments Off on The Great American Beer
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Now in bottles! Michelob, the great amecian beer.  From the great american brewer, Anheuser-Busch…

Old News

June 9, 2008 at 1:39 am | Posted in Matthew Hurst | Comments Off on Old News
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Looks like buyout Saint Louis’ most famous brewery isn’t news so much as recently reported news; see this video posted over 1 year ago for evidence. Those interested in learning more already have sources, and those still concerned have constructed another avenue of information. Otherwise, feel free to leave your own comment here (in place of our own comments).

Film Geek Week – The Return

June 3, 2008 at 2:46 am | Posted in Film Student Fridays, Matthew Hurst, summer | Comments Off on Film Geek Week – The Return
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Although the closure of the Hi-Pointe Theater has limited the options for great independent film in St. Louis, there are still plenty of great theaters and screenings of film to look forward to this summer. From the St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase in July and the return of the Midnight Reel to the return of Frontyard Features in your own neighborhood and the Webster Film Series continung, there should be plenty more Film Geek Weekends to come. Here’s a preview of films this weekend:

  • So far we have yet to find anyone who would dare defy the appeal of Frontyard Features, who is expanding their operation this summer statewide including their own new film series in an act of “Defiance“. It all begins with that aforementioned film this Tuesday June 3rd at 9pm, and continues with the support of Cinema Saint Louis every other Tuesday night in June and July. The screenings will take place on the parking lot outside the Schlafly Tap Room, although the events will surely be BYOB for those that dare defy the appeal inside the brew pub.
  • Care for an encore performance from Frontyard? The performers of Rocky Horror Picture Show seem to relish every encore screening, and they’ll get another chance this weekend. On the lake stage outside Union Station on Friday June 6th around dusk (9pm?), you can expect people living out their dreams, just as fans of this cult film have for the past 30+ years. You can leave your wallet at home for this free show, although you will require an open mind for the uninitiated.
  • Instead of taking a camping trip to the humid backwoods of Missouri and Illinois, why not enjoy your campfire stories of the Ozarks like “Shotgun Stories” from inside the comfort of the air-conditioned Winifred Moore Auditorium.  This film about a feud between brothers ought to get your mind of your own feuds since you moved back in with your folks, as part of the Webster Film Series and will run Friday-Sunday June 6-8th at 8pm.  And though like camping there will be a fee to grab your own grounds, students can still get in for $4 (free for Webster University students).
  • (Insert a Caddyshack joke here.)  If you have picked out one such line, you’re probably interested in seeing a screening of the film this weekend.  As part of the Midnight Brew & View series at the Moolah Theater & Lounge catch this flick on Friday and Saturday June 6-7th at what other time but midnight.  For $6 it’s cheaper than a day on the course, and if you bring your boss to this flick you won’t have to fake your losing game or contend with turf destroying varmints.

If you’re alright, we’ll let you know about more screenings this summer as we learn about them.  Until next Film Geek weekend (Fin).

Take a Clue from Mr. Magoo

June 2, 2008 at 10:27 am | Posted in Matthew Hurst | Comments Off on Take a Clue from Mr. Magoo
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Who knew that Mr. Magoo’s favorite beer was made in the Saint Louis area? It might just explain why he’s always getting lost. In these retouched ads for Stag beer it’s clear they’re made from recycled cartoon spots. Yet with the new dubbing and the stenciled in Stag beer logo, these ads almost resemble more modern video mashups. In any case, it’s another creative local phenomenon for Hair of the Dog Mondays.

Yellow Posts

May 28, 2008 at 1:51 am | Posted in Matthew Hurst, Photo Essay, stl | 6 Comments
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Does anyone know the purpose served by these yellow posts erected around the city of Saint Louis?  You’ve probably noticed these 5 foot high pieces of infrastructure posted around street corners throughout the city, as I have.  And yet despite my research into it over the last year, I have yet to discover the purpose of these urban posts in any literature online or off.

Do they serve some sort of emergency warning infrastructure, or do they stand as a legacy to an early fire department system the community developed?  Although I am not sure the answer is on Wikipedia, WikiLou, or anywhere on the internet, I’m sure the purpose served has got to be interesting.  And if you know, I’m sure our readers would be interested.

(I have many more photos of these posts around town if anyone else is interested in this local phenomenon)

Commencement

May 28, 2008 at 1:37 am | Posted in Editorial, Matthew Hurst | Comments Off on Commencement

You might have wondered why updates have been so slow in April and May.  In the last month 61Revised.com contributors Matthew Hurst and Chris Maue have graduated from college, joining fellow Webster University graduate (and  61revised.com contributor) Gabe Bullard and Maryville University graduate Amy Butz in our endeavors post-graduate world.  Like many current students we got a little caught up in finals, but we hope to continue contributing to our community as we had the summer before.

Things have changed much over the year that this blog was created; for one Highway 61 is becoming 61revised.com in a short time.  But we hope that along with our readers we can continue contributing to the local dialog in accordance with our original mission.  As ever we are dedicated to discovering the Saint Louis metro community (on both sides of the river), often discovering the area for the first time, and passing along the latest cultural ongoings so that we know what’s going on.

We hope to contribute to a community online and off, giving the hat tip to those among us who do the same, so that the media community in Saint Louis has a direct means to bring up the relevant stories that might not be provided through a single source alone.  And so as we join the working community around Saint Louis, we hope to continue our own contribution to that landscape along the Highway 61 corridor whilst we discover it along with you for the same ride.  Thanks for your support; we’ll keep writing on 61revised.com as long as you keep reading and writing.

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