Delirious Nomad | 11.06 Highlights

A typical glance at The Growler yields a history lesson in kings, queens, torture, war, Papal edicts, enlightened nobles and the current state of beer.

 

Calling an owl in the forest and actually hearing it hoot back is not just gratifying…it's confirmation that, despite our best efforts, we haven't killed Mother Nature dead quite yet. They'll teach you how to get callbacks from the birds at the Owl Prowl at the World Bird Sanctuary, now through March '07. Dress warmly for these night hikes (636-861-3225, www.worldbirdsanctuary.org/).

Visitors to the Gallery at the University City Library have to wonder – are those big, huge 6-foot oil paintings of…vaginers? Well, yes, they are. Jamaican artist Ebony Patterson writes in her artist's statement that she's fascinated by her own tweeter as babymaker, waste dock and orgasmic carnival ride. You can practically step inside her love cavern, through Nov. 29 (314-727-3150, http://www.ucpl.lib.mo.us).

Speaking of those miraculous womenfolk, caustic comedienne Kathy Griffin touches down at UMSL's Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center just long enough to insult every celebrity who isn't in attendance. The Andy Dick look-alike gets my vote for funniest lady who isn't Sarah Silverman (Nov. 6, 314-516-4949, http://www.touhill.org).

The two best parts of documentary on political hopeful Jeff Smith, Can Mr. Smith Get to Washington Anymore?: Smith cussing out his overbearing Jewish mother on his cell phone; and Smith, his optimism finally crumbling, breaking down in front of his campaign volunteers the day after the election. See the surprising little film and meet Smith and director Frank Popper afterward at Webster Films (Nov. 8, 314-968-7487, http://www.webster.edu/filmseries.html).

You don't have to like the taste of beer to like the taste of the Schlafly Brewery monthly newsletter, The Growler. Owner/editor/tastemaker Tom Schlafly writes a rambling column that somehow manages, in the style of James Burke's defunct TV show Connections, to draw a line connecting seemingly disparate historical events to their modern effects. A typical glance at The Growler yields a history lesson in kings, queens, torture, war, Papal edicts, enlightened nobles and always, somehow or other, the current state of beer. That's why the new book by Schlafly, A New Religion in Mecca: Memoir of a Renegade Brewery in St. Louis, may just be more than just barley and vanity. There's a reading and signing at Left Bank Books Nov. 9 (http://www.left-bank.com, 314-367-6731).

How lucky are we that tattooing pioneer Lyle Tuttle has fallen in love with the Lou? Charmed by the uberweird melange that is the City Museum and the 1950's appeal of our ungentrified burg, Tuttle has made the Gateway City the perennial site of his Old School Tattoo Expo. Now we can get inked by the top tattooists in the land, and enjoy parties, exhibits, banquets, slide shows and more, all about the indelible iniquity (at the City Museum, Nov. 9-12, http://www.oldschooltattooexpo.com).

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