Chronology, I

Factor in these bits. All factual.

You live in an region that’s recently had an earthquake. When it occurs, you, like thousands of others, wonder what’s happening, jarred and somewhat, for lack of a better phrase, “goofed up” at the moment of impact.

You have a pair of glasses. The left lens, for whatever reason, tends to fall out. It has just fallen out. And it sits, without one lens, on a shelf.

You have a phone, the Verizon EnV, which isn’t a good phone. These phones break. Constantly. Tonight, your latest (third) EnV is broken. Not just sporting the recently-acquired cracked face, but also a battery problem, which seems to require hours of charging for minutes of use.

You live on a block which has given you trouble recently. A few shots here. An attempted bum-rush there. Enough activity of a nasty nature to what you wonder what’s next.

Despite this, your green light bulb, which illuminates your front porch (you have a green awning; somehow the two seem sympathetic, what with the green awning, the green bulb), has just burned out, which draws only a shrug and “a something-to-do tomorrow” vibe.

Put the combination together. Sequence this. Or not. As you see fit.

52nd City : Saturday

What’s classier than Playboy and Maxim and much easier to hide under your mattress or in your sock drawer? SEXY–52nd City Magazine’s ninth issue. Join us at the Snowflake on Saturday, April 26 from 4 to 7 p.m. for some delightfully cheeky food, drink, music, and entertainment. This issue includes a free CD from the SOUND issue–and a party at Snowflake never disappoints.

Sexy brings to mind love and 52nd City is is a labor of love for us; each issue, we cover our print costs by the skin of our teeth. Hence we currently have a little PayPal button on our homepage so that those who would like to support the cause with $1, $5 or, with glitter and blessings upon your soul, $25, you can donate to our general print fund. Our only costs are for the printing of the magazine. We don’t pay ourselves, and unfortunately, can’t pay our contributors at this point either (someday, oh someday). We will gladly accept your donation to our print fund. Any amount is appreciated and we will acknowledge you on our friends page (unless you ask us not to).

ALSO – this will be our last issue with a cover price. As of our summer issue (FOOD), 52nd City will be distributed free of charge – look for us in venues across the city, including ones thatcarry us now. We are looking forward to widening the exposure of the St. Louis artists and writers who contribute their work to our pages.

Again, everyone is welcome this Saturday, no donations required, and we hope you’ll make it out. For more info on the party, the SEXY issue or all things 52nd City related, pop over to our site.

Where: Snowflake, 3156 Cherokee Street
When: Saturday, April 26, 2008
Time: 4:00-7:00pm
Admission: Free

Hey, DJ

So lazy, I am! Forgetting to post up DJ gigs, like this week’s dual spin with Jim Utz at the Halo. Oops.

So, uh…

Tonight!: The Royale, 6-10. So windy, only CDs will make the cut. That’s how windy it is, really.

Friday, April 25: The Royale, 10 p.m.-1:17 a.m. Records and CDs, yo. And is there an iPod in my future? Someone send me to some bargain buys!

Thursday, May 1: The Halo Bar, 10:30 p.m.-2:27 a.m. Only records, for celebration on the day of contemplation and lamentation for all International Workers of the World. Not sure what band will be in the Pageant on this evening, but I’m hoping for something more sympatico than this week’s Musiq Soulchild. Let me tell, his fans were not digging me, particularly.

April's 13

Cultural event, Catholic school picnics: Checking the calendar. It’s about that time of year, yes, indeed. A time for marginal $2 food items, crazy-looking rides, crazier-looking ride operators and a guaranteed good time… as long as the local teens don’t start a gang fight. Yeah-uh!

Newspaper, The Vital Voice: At the risk of slighting any other newspapers fitting the description, my favorite bi-weekly publication formerly targeting the GLBT audience, but now morphing into a wider, progressive niche has to be… The Vital Voice. Especially since editor Lucas Hudson’s on-board and because they started writing me checks. If you’ve not picked up the paper recently, or clicked on the website, please do. One or the other. Or both. Thanks.

Challenges, The AFI Top 100: After a couple of disappointing films in a row and a Netflix membership that’s lapsed, I’ve found myself raiding the stacks of Webster U’s Emerson Library for videos, informed by the twin American Film Institute Top 100 Film lists, from 1998 and 2007. Can’t say all the films to date have been a joy — “The Searchers” is something more than a dull, two-hour excursion into mid-20th century racism? really? — but the process has been vaguely enjoyable, despite the lack of foreign films and docs. But enough qualifiers. The AFI list is fun to work through, especially if you’re an obsessive completist.

Magazine, “Relevant”: Like to think I know a few magazines, but I’d never heard of “Relevant” until now. The mag’s centered around “God. Life. Progressive Culture.” and I’m totally cool with two of those ideas. Despite a few editorial pieces not particularly up my alley, I have to say that the newest Relevant is well-designed, very readable and a real surprise, which is always fun when searching the mag racks.

Reality show, “Split Ends“: Two hair stylists. Swapping places. Meeting new people. Working with new systems. Maybe learning something along the way. What a stupid idea! And what a perfectly enjoyable waste of an hour!

Flickr user, Monstromo: Until recently, I didn’t realize that my neighbor took photos, let alone loaded them onto photo-sharing services. Glad I know, now. Some wacky stuff in here. Moon Mullins? I mean… really. What?

Wacky theatre, “Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park”: Do not miss this show. Why would you even consider that possibility?

Christmas gift opportunities, Historic Soccer Videotapes: Would love those STL Stars vids, definitely; you’re the best!

YouTube oddity, “Flintstones Sell Cigarettes“: Every semester, during advertising class sessions, this video brings on the chuckles, from students too young to reasonably appreciate the full cultural impact of “The Flintstones.” If you’ve not seen Fred and Barney out back o’ the house, lighting up, please enjoy.

Coffeehouse, Cairdeas: I’m not a Dogtown resident, but since my car keeps breaking down and my mechanic’s in the neighborhood, I’m now a quasi-regular at this joint. I even can ID some of the other, weird regulars, including one mean Irishman that I’ve run into on each visit. A charmer, that one. At any rate, I like the spot and like it even more when a postmodern horror film star is behind the counter.

Used book rack, Apop: What the hell is playing in that shop? Ever! That’s my question. Seriously, what the hell? Just check out that book rack, though. Some nutty selections up thurr.

South Broadway gay bar options, Korners: Walked in. Took a minute to sort out what was happening. Somehow, it actually took a minute, instead of three-seconds. How amusing. And how loud! Ten people making the sound of a thousand, so happy were they.

KDHX pledge opportunity, “Topic A”: Wouldn’t you know it? The spring membership drive is nigh. And what better opportunity to give than at 7:30 p.m. CST on Monday, April 21? The station, Amanda, Amanda’s unborn baby and I all thank you for your consideration and loose purse strings.

RFT

I’ll be starting a new adver-feature(tte) for the RFT in a couple issues, most likely April 17. More details as they become available.

Check back tomorrow, for the wildly-popular monthly Thirteen feature.