Anybody else hear about Madonna getting that special half-time gig and wonder to themselves, What’s Going On? If she doesn’t bust out that pointed bra deal then there’s no hope for this civilization.
Thursday, February 2nd
Is this not a fantastic photo? Golly!
Jubilee is not only a badass player in the X-Men game, but the stage name for another righteous lady coming to STL to bring a special blend of authentic hot jazz and swing music. Miss Jubilee combines playful stand-up bass with vocals that sound like they come right off your record player. Songs like “All of Me” bring energetic vocals akin to Miss Patsy Cline (think “Stupid Cupid“) with a the constant rhythmic trotting of a Hackney Pony.
Friday, February 3rd
The Skekses are a duo of Elly and Evan who bring the sleepy-pretty to Nashville sound. Acoustic compositions like “Mattress Truck” have the quiet composure of timeless country music without the cacophonous twang associated with contemporary songs. Just don’t ask me how to pronounce that name! Need more music? Peep their 9-track album, Collapse of an Alternate Universe here.
Saturday, February 4th
Bo and the Locomotive have garnered a lot of attention from STL music connoisseurs. To site a few recent instance: they make a video for STL.today’s LISTEN, their drummer Steven “interviews” Pretty Little Empire for KDHX as part of the ongoing Show Me Shows project,…oh!, and some publication I’ve never heard of called The Riverfront Times deemed their album “On My Way” as one of the best local releases of 2011. Not to mention, some of us (OKAY ME) at Eleven have this super professional propensity for getting drunk and seeing them live while simultaneously having the time of their lives…but whatever. Passionate, loud, exciting, and pretty damn talented, the group has a relatability and pervasive energy that make you feel at so at home, that you forget they’re not your house.
If you haven’t seen them live, you kinda owe it to yourself to get on the bandwagon and get down to The Firebird at 8 PM. It’s a $5 show so bring enough money for beer and celebrate The Firebird’s 3rd Anniversary with Bo and the Locomotive, Mutts, The Blind Eyes, and Sleepy Kitty.
Are you a fan of Drew Barrymore‘s feature length directorial debut, Whip It but always questioned the legitimacy of roller derby? Pontificate no more. STL’s Arch Rival Roller Girls are heading into their playoffs and demand you to come screaming and cheering for the packs of women haulin’ around a rink crackin’ skulls and scorin’ points in order to make their championship dreams come true.
See the action in Queeny Park’s Midwest Sport Hockey Rink around 7:30 PM for $15. No one said watchin’ chicks sweat and kick ass was free!
Sunday, February 5th
Head on over to CAM to check out Christodoulos Panayiotou‘s One Thousand and One Days exhibit. Themed on what cultural ceremonies says about a place, the exhibit of mainly black and white photographs (including some stunning full-color sunsets) explores different rituals of our domestic cultures and those foreign to us.
The photos are strikingly literal, you’ll wander around and see some familiar faces (Santa Clause, for instance), and moments of foreign tendencies that’ll make you scratch your head. A little incongruous, mostly intriguing, the photographs spark a conversation about how our cultures can relate to one other through what were commonly thought of as idiosyncratic moments of custom.