Signs Of Spring

Finally. It got up to 76 F / 24 C yesterday. (I, of course, was encased in an office building.) These pix are from the botanical garden on Sunday. Above, the first buds of the cherry tree blossoms, and below, a robin finding plenty to munch. Listen to today’s background music here.      

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What To Do In St. Louis This Week

Let’s finish out the month of March strong, shall we? We’ve rounded up the very best in food, art, music and adventuring from March 26 to April 1.

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Image courtesy of Katherine Simóne Reynolds.

New Exhibition: “Willie and Pat Do a Slow Dance” by artist Katherine Simóne Reynolds

Kat Reynolds is one of the most prolific artists creating work in St. Louis right now. She recently contributed to the NYC gallery group show “Overview is a place,” at the SPRING/BREAK Art Show in Times Square, alongside several other incredible local artists. Her newest exhibition, “Willie and Pat Do a Slow Dance,” explores her grandparents’ relationship and delves into themes of history and mortality.

When: March 23-April 20

Where: Cecille R. Hunt Gallery, located on Webster University’s campus

Price: Free

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Image courtesy of Crispy Edge.

Potsticker Wine Pairing at Crispy Edge

In preparation for their grand opening on April 6, restaurant Crispy Edge hosts a six-course tasting menu featuring their creative, global interpretations of potstickers. Each course is accompanied by a wine pairing developed by a local wine professional.

When: March 26, 6 p.m.

Where: Crispy Edge restaurant: 4168 Juniata St.

Price: $47

Live Music

There are some awesome performers landing in St. Louis this week. Indie-pop husband-and-wife duo Matt and Kim come to The Pageant on Tuesday, and the following evening, Chicago-based garage-rock band Twin Peaks performs at The Ready Room. If you can’t make it to those, check out the venue Off Broadway in South City for more stellar shows.

Matt and Kim

Where: The Pageant on Delmar

When: March 27, 8 p.m.

Price: $30

Twin Peaks

Where: The Ready Room on Manchester in The Grove

When: March 28, 7 p.m.

Price: $15 advance tickets, $18 day of show

New Exhibitions at SLAM

Saint Louis Art Museum unveils not one but two new exhibits this week. “Sunken Cities: Egypt’s Lost Worlds,” on view from March 25 through Sept. 9, showcases artifacts and sculptures collected during an underwater exhibition that discovered two ancient cities. “Chinese Buddhist Art, 10th-15th Centuries,” open March 30 through Aug. 30, emphasizes the evolution of rare Chinese Buddhist art over time.

Where: Saint Louis Art Museum

When: “Sunken Cities: Egypt’s Lost Worlds” on view March 25-Sept. 9

“Chinese Buddhist Art, 10th-15th Centuries” on view March 30-Aug. 30

Price: Free

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Image courtesy of Saint Louis Art Museum.

SLAM Underground: Epic

Celebrate the opening of “Sunken Cities: Egypt’s Lost Worlds” and explore SLAM’s Ancient Greek, Roman and Chinese collections through art, music and cocktails. This month’s theme centers on heroes and adventurers, including an ancient superheroes scavenger hunt and a chance to invent your own at their Create Lab.

Where: Saint Louis Art Museum

When: March 30, 7-10 p.m.

Price: Free

May’s Night Market

If you’ve ever poked your head inside May’s Place, a treasure trove of vintage clothing, accessories and tidbits, you know that this event will be cool. May’s brings several local vendors to The Ready Room in the Grove for a night of shopping and mingling.

Where: The Ready Room

When: March 30, 6 p.m.

Price: Free

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Image courtesy of SweetArt.

Soulful Saturday: A Vegan Soul Food Pop-Up by Sweet Art

The team from Sweet Art Bakeshop & Café will be cooking up some of their delicious vegan fare for one evening only. The night ends when they sell out (and no reservations), so get there early to snag some Chick’n-Fried Cauliflower and peach cobbler.

Where: ANEW, 519 N. Grand

When: March 31, 6-9 p.m.

Price: a-la-carte menu items

 

Enjoy your Easter and Passover celebrations this weekend, everyone!

A Perfect Bread Recipe At KNEAD Bakehouse And Provisions In St. Louis

Proprietors of KNEAD Bakehouse and Provisions A.J. and Kirsten Brown started their artisan bread-making business first by selling at local farmers markets, once they’d perfected their recipe. Then, they took the next step with an ambitious Kickstarter campaign to raise $30,000, and ended up bringing in $31,087. The successful campaign allowed them to open a brick-and-mortar setup of their very own in late 2017, located between the Lindenwood Park and Northampton neighborhoods of South City.

The team has fixated on how to craft bread and baked goods in the historical tradition of bread bakers for years, using only five ingredients: organic, non-GMO and locally-sourced flour; sprouted ancient heirloom grains; water; sea salt and KNEAD’s three-year-old sourdough starter. The result is miles away from what you’d find at a traditional supermarket, with the craft and dedication of the maker immediately apparent from the first bite.

Better yet, KNEAD offers a full lunch menu, as well as donuts and morning buns for breakfast. Try the kale and kefir salad, served with breadcrumbs, puffed wheat berries and Parmesan, the grass-fed smoked brisket sandwich or the pasture-raised smoked turkey sandwich. Grab a loaf of bread on your way out to enjoy the fruits of KNEAD’s labor all week long.

KNEAD Bakehouse And Provisions

3467 Hampton Ave

St. Louis, MO, 63139

Cover image courtesy of KNEAD Bakehouse And Provisions.

Armory District Launches Video & Logo Outlining Plans for the Historic Building

Local

Here’s an interesting project trying to gain some momentum at the same time that City Foundry STL is working to create a similar, but much bigger offering right next door. Check out the NextSTL Article to get a more in-depth look.

They also launched a logo for the endeavor last year. Pretty straightforward and suitable, although we’re puzzled as to what the streaks are leading down into the shape that mimics the roof of the building. With retaining the name ‘ARMORY’, the first thing that comes to mind is missile strikes or launches; not exactly a positive connection.

Chemical Building from Across Olive

I went to a panel discussion in the Laclede Gas Building, and took the opportunity to take some pictures of the Chemical Building across the street.

The contrast with the Old Post Office creates one of my favorite street corners in the city.