Local Scenery | 04.06

MTV’s “Gauntlet 2” featured Die Symphony’s “My Disease” and “Making the Scene” from their album The Everlasting Shame; the episode is available on iTunes. Die Symphony’s Christian DeVein has been asked to score two films, one a werewolf thriller entitled Lycan. Both films are slated for release next fall. Christian will be launching a new Web site (www.devein.com) featuring his non–Die Symphony projects. www.diesymphony.com

There are a couple of things springing up at the Missouri Botanical Garden this month: The Doris I. Schnuck Children’s Garden: A Missouri Adventure will open its gates; the St. Louis County Library will offer a program and craft each Saturday at 12:30 p.m.; “Glass in the Garden,” an exhibition of glass sculpture by artist Dale Chihuly, begins April 30 and runs through Oct. 31. www.mobot.org

Rolling Stone magazine has picked local guitarist Mike Schmidt and his band Krimzen to compete in a national contest for “Best New Unsigned Band.” The contest will invite visitors to Rolling Stone’s Web site to pick a winner from a group of four artists. www.krimzenmusic.com

This month at Mad Art: Friday, April 7, the second annual Mad Arf Exhibition and Art Auction to benefit Stray Rescue. And later in the month, April 21–29, is the SIUE MFA Exhibition featuring the work of Nick Lang, Benjamin Stern, and Jennifer Holt. www.madart.com

Plum Tucker will host “STL Unplugged” at Magee’s (4500 Clayton Ave.) the second Saturday of every month. Doors at 8:30 p.m., show at 9:30; 21+, $5.

The Butterfly House now boasts The Arachnid Wall exhibit inside the Grand Hall. www.butterflyhouse.org

Dead Drive Fast have new T-shirts, new songs they are taking into the studio, and free songs at www.myspace.com/deaddrivefast

Raw Sugar spoken-word performances and lyrical improvisations take place every Thursday night at the Improv (located on the upper level inside Union Station). Doors open at 7:30 p.m.; half off admission before 9.

The $50,000 Sudoku Champions Tournament begins May 6–7 in St. Louis. The tournament is the first national face-to-face Sudoku competition and the largest Sudoku tournament to date. Info and registration at www.sudokuchampions.com.

The SpeakEasy spoken-word poetry continues Tuesday nights at Club Dreams. Doors at 7:30 p.m., $5 cover, hosted by 104.9’s Cinnamon.

The Red Bull Music Lab is coming to St. Louis. The company is renting a loft, outfitting it with state-of-the-art music computers, and giving 10 applicants a chance to learn reason from a professional. Each student makes a track and a release party at a club will debut all the music. www.redbullmusiclabs.com

Slightly Beneath the Surface, featuring some of the best-known MCs in St. Louis (Tef Poe, Spaide Ripper, Rockwell Knuckles, Ebony Eyez, Family Affair, Ruka Puff, and more), is available free from Tech (www.myspace.com/techproductions).

Richmond, Va.’s RPG played a strong set this past month at the Hi-Pointe. The band has hooked up with the St. Louis band Shame Club for several tour dates.

Minutes to Midnight have a CD available, and the Upright Animals CD, produced by the band and Jon Jon of Cicero’s fame and mastered by Roger Seibel (Death Cab for Cutie), will be available this month. The two bands have played a number of shows together and now have recordings to go along with the live gigs.

Modern Red has invented a drink called “the Modern Red Shot.” Ask for it the next time they play at Cicero’s.

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