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.

“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).

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).

Awesome! I shot that! (The Lot revisited)

September 2, 2007 at 2:52 pm | Posted in Concert, Events, Matthew Hurst, Photo Essay, summer | 1 Comment

It’s been nearly a week since The Lot festival took place in front of the Schlafly Tap Room, but in that week that started with our post of a video from the festival has ended with the posting of more videos from the music performances.  In breakneck turn around time, our friend Bill Streeter has edited together (at least) 2 performances from two of our favorite local bands – Jumbling Towers and the 7 Shot Screamers.  Of course that wasn’t easy, considering that he had four cameras to sync and edit together, one of which was my angle.

Music performances weren’t the only festivities drawing such a thick crowd to the festival, so I thought I’d share some additional perspectives of The Lot with this photo essay.  Individual shots, tagged bands, and larger versions of the photos shown above are available in our FlickR Photoset.

Make sure not to get too hung up in the past though, as the Big Muddy Blues Festival enters its second night this Sunday.  The streets were packed and the drinks were full when we were there last night, and the Landing was once again filled with sweet sound reverberating through the brick alleys and down the stone roads.  We suggest paying your respect to the blues highway this weekend.

Afterparty

August 28, 2007 at 5:00 pm | Posted in blogs, Gabe Bullard, Matthew Hurst, Photo Essay, summer | Comments Off on Afterparty
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For those of you who couldn’t make it out to our Blog Party last Friday, our condolences.  We thought it’d be nice to let in on our fun with this slideshow, of which individual pictures can be inspected on a FlickR photoset.  If you have any pictures from the event yourself, might we suggest using the appropriate Flickr tag or at least adding it to the event page on Facebook?

Although I must admit that attendance was lower than expected, the blog party was a definite success.  On what turned into one of the busiest social nights of the year, we finagled just enough friends and well-wishers to eat through a couple pizzas.  Thanks everyone.

Since we first announced the Blog Party we’ve generated quite a bit of interest (or at least conversations) on the Meetup (remember those) ideas.  And we agree: a blog party should be more like a block party, celebrating the neighborhood with our neighbors.  Consider this the alpha preview, and any potential follow-up a beta release.

Bulletin Board (system)

August 22, 2007 at 4:09 pm | Posted in blogs, Editorial, employment, Matthew Hurst, Media, meta, Rants, staff, summer | 2 Comments

bulletin board with flyers on itWith a bulletin board that looks like this, no wonder this blog might fall behind in sharing the best shows, events, and nouns around town (see previous post for details).  It’s hard enough to filter through the flyers to find something worthwhile, much less stumble across the right dead-tree media.  It’s easy to understand why kids in the county don’t know what’s going on in the city, and vice versa.  To say nothing about the uselessness that MySpace has become in spite of it’s ubiquity (browsing through the same profiles with the same regularity of routine around your neighborhood).

Fortunately this medium gives us the opportunity to do something about it ourselves.  Thanks to technology we can cast the widest net, while delivering the specific content people are searching for.  For instance, if I wanted to announce an event, let’s say a Blog Party, I could publish an articlelist an event others can add to their calendar, and let people invite their friends within my control.  In that same process, I have created driving directions, made a collective photo album, and helped set up the next activity.  And we can’t say enough about The Circuit, which gives us the local community connection that other Social Networks have lost.  Which helps make sure people don’t just hear about your event, but actually helping you make sure they show up for it.  Oh, and then published pieces like this are made after we find out about your concert/show/venue/store/blog/etc…

Highway 61 (revised) is not just a blog, so much as it is a community that brings attention to worthwhile people and places.  We use social bookmarks to share the news we find, pool photos that inspire us, tune each other in to good tunes, keep each other up to date on events, and put Saint Louis back on the map.  Occasionally, we publicly post articles to make sure that word is spread, but with your help it could be much more…

If you are interested in becoming a contributor/author to Highway 61 (revised), we’re interested in helping your voice be heard.  So far we’ve used our multiple contributor format share different perspectives and earn readers with regular updates.  Since you’re appearantly among that audience, you probably have a good idea what we’re about.  So if you’re still interested in becoming a contributor to our blog, please contact us either via The Circuit or myself directly @ skewgee at yahoo dot com.  And check back here soon for an announcement you’d probably expect as the first thing we’d be working on…

Upcoming and Ongoing (in STL)

August 22, 2007 at 1:00 am | Posted in Concert, Etcetra, Matthew Hurst, meta, summer | Comments Off on Upcoming and Ongoing (in STL)
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Full disclosure: I used one of those kids mumbling that “there’s nothing to do in this town”.  I am proud I can now be counted among the cheerleaders of this city and give dirty looks to its detractors.  In the short span of time I’ve been writing this blog, I have collected a list of things to do long enough that I cannot attend so much as half of the events I recommend, much less write about them.  As a result I have collected a backlog of Upcoming events in the calendar, which I am now compelled to list in a digest format to make sure you know about them too.  Each of them still warrant a post of their own, but this will have to suffice.  So if you find the time to make it out this weekend, here’s some cool shit to do:

And did we mention our party this Friday evening, August 24th?  Oh yeah, we posted about that already.  Well since “nothing is going on around here these days”, we’re sure you’ll drop by.  Or at least for the after-party.

Links with Your Martini Monday – 8/20

August 20, 2007 at 4:31 pm | Posted in blogs, Coffee links, Matthew Hurst, summer | Comments Off on Links with Your Martini Monday – 8/20
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Yes, we know it’s back to school season (*cough*mixtape*cough*) because some of our contributors went to class and some moved in this weekend.  Others of us are looking for jobs, while some of us made student films.  But just because summer is drawing to a close doesn’t mean we won’t be your loyal bloggers, since this started with a classLinks with your Coffee Sunday will resume, sometime shortly after we help film The Lot this Saturday (see you there).

News Flash: Hot sale @ Star Clipper

August 14, 2007 at 3:54 pm | Posted in comics, Matthew Hurst, shopping, summer | 1 Comment

Although you wouldn’t have learned about it reading their blog, we just got notice that Star Clipper is having a one-day 20% sale today, August 14th.  Why?  They seem to think it’s because it’s too damn hot to get us customers in there doors; according to their message –

Come in to Star Clipper today, August 14th, and get 20% off books, comics and magazines! Finally, global warming is paying off!!
There’s no better way to keep cool than with great savings. Just be sure to mention this message! Sorry, not combinable with any other offer.

Could be a good way beat the heat as their site suggests, but those less interested in comics, graphic art, manga, etc available at this UCity mainstay might still try our previous tips out instead.  But for those of you brave enough to fight off a heat index over 100 degrees, we suggest you keep your cool this afternoon inside the store as long as possible.

August 25th and The Lot (plus a pre-party)

August 13, 2007 at 1:02 am | Posted in Concert, Matthew Hurst, staff, summer | 3 Comments

poster for the lot festival, august 25thMark your social calendars now (if you haven’t already): August 25th is bound to become the busiest weekend of your year.  Between international festivals, bike rides/flash mob, and the glorious return of the Webster Film Series, you probably would have trouble dropping existing commitments.  Fortunately for us @ Highway 61, the choice has been made exceedingly simple – we’ll be helping Bill Streeter make documentary video of The Lot.

If you haven’t heard about The Lot already, you will soon from your favorite bands (or at least in a note slipped in recent Schlafly 6-pack deliveries).  This 9th annual, one-day festival promises to deliver the best in local music in less than 24 hours.  And for FREE.  We’ll trust that you can find out for yourself all the reasons you’ll want to make plans to attend the show, although we’ll mention a few of our faves: Jumbling Towers, 7 shot screamers, and belly dancing.  But we’re obligated to mention (for calendar marking purposes) that the show will take place in the parking lot of the Schlafly Tap Room on 21st & Locust from 5:00 pm-1:30 am on August 25th.

And if for some reason you are unable to attend the Lot (or are just as impatient as us), you can attend a preview/pre-party this Wednesday August 15th.  Taking place in the Lucas School House on 1200 Allen Ave. between 8 pm and midnight, this set will include local band favorites Sex Robots, Upright Animals, and Grand Beauty, for a cover of $5 that includes a specialty drink.  Of course that free drink means the show will be 21+, but don’t let that get in the way of helping support the free show taking place 10 days later.  We suspect that if you’ve read this far, we’ll see you there, but if now you can’t say we didn’t tell you so.

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