Discover America Tonight at SLSO

December 12, 2008 at 5:53 pm | Posted in Chris Maue, Concert, music, SLSO | 1 Comment
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cdbigThis is a little bit last minute, but if anyone’s looking for something interesting and fun to do tonight, SLSO is continuing their ongoing Classical Detours series at Powell Hall, with tonight’s theme – Discover America.    Enjoy several pieces by American composers Bernstein, Copland, Rodgers, and even John Williams.      In SLSO’s own words: 

“No “Jingle Bells.” No “Rudolph.” The SLSO offers holiday relief.”


And, as always, the performance is prefaced with free beer sampling courtesy of Schlafly. 




Although it may be too late to use this info tonight, RFT vetran and current SLSO blogger Eddie Silva sent me this info on how to get FREE TICKETS to SLSO shows.    Read on:


50 Free Ticket Program:

The Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra offers 50 free tickets to the public for all of its regular Orchestral concerts (except Coffee Concerts). To receive your free ticket you must have a 50 Free Membership Card. To get your card simply stop by the Saint Louis Symphony Box Office and sign up for your free card. The card entitles you to a free ticket to six  orchestral concerts per season. To redeem for your ticket, present your card and a valid picture ID at the Box Office window 2 hours before a valid concert.  Tickets will be handed out for 30 minutes or until all 50 tickets have been distributed.  Cards will be punched each time you receive a ticket. Tickets are given to valid free ticket card holders on a first come basis. One free ticket card per person per season.


Rivers and Music at the Tap Room Tonight

May 28, 2008 at 11:45 am | Posted in Concert, Environment, Events, Movies | Comments Off on Rivers and Music at the Tap Room Tonight
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OSC LogoBackstory:

During the day, I work for a non-profit organization called The Open Space Council that works for land and water conservation in the St. Louis area. One of our biggest projects is Operation Clean Stream, a volunteer stewardship program that has gotten thousands and thousands of volunteers to clean up the Meramec River for the last 41 years. Pretty amazing. Well, we just produced a documentary called Meramec River: Miracles and Milestones documenting the success of this cleanup project in restoring the Meramec from a dumping ground back into a beautiful river.

What this means to you:

Tonight, we are showing our film at the Schlafly Tap Room at 7:00pm. The documentary is about half an hour long, and following the film we will have live music from local alt-country / folk bands Auset and Rough Shop. We are asking for a $5.00 cover charge, which will include one free beer and snacks. Proceeds will go to continued conservation work on the Meramec River. And if you have ever floated on the river (and chances are you have) then you can surely give a little back!

Stout Fishermen, Sober Farmers

March 5, 2008 at 1:33 pm | Posted in Matthew Hurst | Comments Off on Stout Fishermen, Sober Farmers
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It’s no secret that our contributors like to keep up with what’s in season, whether it be mixtapes, produce, or beer.  So we’d hate for our readers to think that we’re just a mouthpiece for a local brewer just because we get hooked into their parties like a drunk fish on the hook.  But some of these stories just write themselves, and Schlafly has ongoings at each of their brew-pubs this weekend that merit a piece of their own.

At the Tap RoomStout and Oyster Festival 2008Schlafly flies in over 25,000 oysters and prepares them every way you could imagine (except rocky mountain we think), and then pairs them with one of 3 stouts they know how to brew.  While there you can talk to the oyster shuckers in person, who will demonstrate their prowess and help you find the perfect raw oyster.  For extra credit stick around to watch the east/west coast war reignite as rival coasts compete in the 4th Annual Oyster Cup Competition.  It starts on Friday March 7th from 5pm-Midnight, and restarts from Noon-Midnight on Saturday, in the Schlafly Tap Room.

At the BottleworksGood Gardening, Good Food Workshop Series kicks off on Saturday morning at 10am until 1pm, giving you plenty of time to go back across town for seconds at the Oyster Festival.  Those who wake up early on Saturday will be imparted the wisdom of Mark Trela who will teach a class in Biodynamic gardening, so we can “Learn how to grow healthy, energized food in your backyard garden using these easy, effective, natural methods”  just in time for the global seed bank to open.  Later next week a free screening of a film that would be right at home in the Strange Brew series as well; “The Real Dirt on Farmer John” is a documentary telling the story of a misunderstood farmer, shunned from his community, who tries to make good on his family’s name by beginning an organic farm right here in the Midwest.  And we can keep you up to date with the rest of the events in this series of “organic gardening workshops, films and lectures presented by Brick City Gardens and Schlafly Bottleworks” over the coming months using the Highway 61 (revised) calendar.

Cod piece

February 7, 2008 at 12:53 am | Posted in Concert, Matthew Hurst | 3 Comments
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Within the last week my friend described Cod as the least desirable, most tasteless of all catch fish after seeing it on the menu of a local restaurant.  And considering that it’s the most likely fish you’ll see battered in beer and deep fried, that reputation would seem well deserved.  I’d like to be proved wrong.

Just such an opportunity to be proven wrong has presented itself within this same week, as the Schlafly Tap Room presents their Cod & Cask festival.  “You’ll believe in cod once you’ve enjoyed the talents of Icelandic Chef Hakon Oervarsson, who is flying in for the occasion,” promise the fine PR staff from the Saint Louis Brewery.  But in order to compliment an event that their would be understandable doubt in the power of this exceedingly affordable catch, Schlafly is offering Real Ale that is carbonated in the cask, hand pumped at the bar, and will be served at cellular temperature to compliment the fish and chips. 

And should the Icelandic experience alone not be authentic enough, award-winning musician Petur Ben and his band will be performing his unique sound straight outta Reykjavík.  They’ll be joined by local favorites Walkie Talkie USA on Friday night, and on Satuday night by Gentleman Auction House.  It’ll all take place from 5-12pm on Friday-Saturday February 8th and 9th, with Petur Ben (of “White Tiger” fame) playing a solo set this Thursday February 7th around 8pm.

So besides rethinking the least considered fish on the plate, we’re sure the servings of Icelandic flavor ought to catch your attention as they had ours.  Something is indeed fishy about Cod’s reputation (to say nothing about Iceland’s use of geothermal energy), so bring a friend this weekend and an open mind (or at least an open growler).

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