Think Pink | St. Louis Events 09.22.13-10.05.13

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When I was in elementary and middle school, I distinctly remember a counselor coming into our classroom every couple of months to provide us with “valuable life tips.” One of those tips was time management. She would have us fill out daily time charts to give us an idea of how we spent our time. For me, this hour or so of lecture was just a much appreciated break from the monotony of the school day and, though I’d humor them by filling out their little worksheet, I don’t think I ever really listened to or understood the importance of anything they were saying on this topic. Well, now I wish I would have!

I’ve come to think of time management as a game as intricate, vexing, and as genuinely hard as a large Sudoku puzzle. It is a self-discipline that others can advise you on, but really you’re on your own to master, and if you live a busy life you have no choice but to try to manage your time on a daily basis.

Address at a Time is meant to save you the time of figuring out what is happening in St. Louis, but I’ve realized myself these past couple of weeks that figuring out how to make time to attend even one of these events, especially the ones on week nights, requires a pretty high level of time management.

And so this week, along with daily events, I have some tips for time management:

  1. Make a List.This aids organization and motivation.
  2. Limit your time spent on recreation: television, Internet, social networking, etc. Make these things a reward for accomplishing the higher priority tasks on your list.
  3. Stay organized. The longer you spend looking for something or deciding on that outfit, the more time you lose.
  4. Be ruthless with your prioritizing and learn to say “no.”
  5. Set deadlines for yourself. Set a timer on your phone if you have to.
  6. Give yourself time between tasks for a short break or as wiggle room in case a task runs over.
  7. Block out distractions.

Happy managing! Wishing you all and myself lots of luck with this!

Sunday

 

Art in the Park

With a high of 77 degrees, it’s going to be a gorgeous day to be outside. Art in the Park features more than 60 artists, food, music, and activities for the kiddos. The event is free and will be held in Francis Park here in St. Louis from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. I know event food can get a bit pricy sometimes, but profits go toward keeping the park alive as well as adding to it, so you don’t need to feel at all guilty about buying that extra hotdog!

Stephenson House 50/50 Antique Auction

I love antiques and auctions are totally entertaining (I challenge you to talk in an auctioneer voice, so much amusement!), so this sounds like a potentially wonderful combination! At 1820 Col. Benjamin Stephenson House in Edward, Ill., from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., you can bid on a slew of items including toys, furniture, jewelry, holiday décor, old pocket knives, fishing equipment, ceramics, jugs, and more! There shall be treasures to treasure, I am sure!

Alpaca Farm Day Open House to Benefit Autism Speaks

Have you ever taken a selfie with an alpaca? Big River Alpacas in Dittmer, Mo. is giving you the chance to pet, feed, and take photos with their wooly little buddies! The event is from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and includes a raffle to benefit Autism Speaks, information about owning your own alpaca, and products to buy. If I get to go, I’m going to want to take all of them home, just saying. So. Cute.

Monday

Community Table Night and remake @ Bailey’s Range

In honor of the great r’s — remake, reuse, recycle — 25 percent of your tab this evening will go to Perrenial from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Perennial will be providing a slew of project ideas and the opportunity to transform belts into a blanket carrier among other things, materials provided. Burgers, shakes, alcohol, and crafts? Should make for a very interesting Monday night! Cost is $5 at the door.

Soulard Blues Band Open Blues Night

I admit, I don’t know a ton about the band(s) that will be featured on this evening; however, having dined at Broadway Oyster Bar in the past, I can tell you that blues music could not be more fitting! The restaurant has a blues/jazzy feel about it, and their seafood is incredible; I guarantee you’ll be talking about it afterwards! Oh, and don’t even think about leaving without trying the alligator! Check out my review of Broadway Oyster bar here! The performance runs from 9:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.

Tuesday

Nine Inch Nails

Nine Inch Nails, plus special guest Explosions in the Sky, plays at Chaifetz Arena at 7:30 p.m. Ticket prices range from $37.50 to $100.00

Enough Said

Recently released, Enough Said is a film featuring Julia Louis-Dreyfus, James Gandolfini, and Catherine Keener. Louis-Dreyfus plays Eva, a single parent who begins a romance soon after her daughter leaves for college. She manages to befriend her new man’s ex-wife, who makes Eva question the entire situation. PLAYBACK’s Laura Hamlett reviewed this film, check out what she had to say about it!

Wednesday

Super Happy Funtime Burlesque

Allow me to share the description of this event as it appears on the Super Happy Funtime Burlesque site; paraphrasing wouldn’t do its fabulous wording justice!

“Super Happy Funtime Burlesque is a 12 member touring monstrosity. A live band, a burlesque troupe, a circus act, that is all together too contemporary, too modern, too bawdy, and too controversial to be defined just as ‘burlesque’. So, calling itself ‘burlesque’ for lack of a better term, SHFB is heading out for their 7th national tour this fall with its newest musical production.” SHFB will be here in St. Louis at The Crack Fox at 9:00 p.m. To gauge just how raunchy (and fabulous) the show can get, check out the group’s colorful photo page!

Ben Rector & Tyrone Wells

Benny and T will be performing at The Pageant at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $18 at the door, with a $2 minor surcharge.

Stroller Tours

Let me speak for a moment to the parents out there with really young children: Parents, if I suggested you take your infant to a quiet museum, a place typically full of breakables, you would most likely call me crazy, but this is exactly what stroller tours encourage. The Contemporary Art Museum invites you and your little one (infant to 24 months) to come on a private tour! Their words: “Vocal babies are encouraged!” The tour takes place from 9:00 a.m to 10:00 a.m. and is free!

Thursday

Top Dog/Underdog

Top Dog/Underdog will be performed at The Gaslight Theater at 8 p.m. PLAYBACK’s Andrea Braun reviewed it, and I haven’t been able to stop thinking about the concept of the play since reading it! I think the premise is brilliant. There’s two main characters named Lincoln and Booth (immediate intrigue) and from the sounds of it, the two brothers represent these men of history figuratively (literally, in Lincoln’s case!) Check the theater’s website for prices!

We Came as Romans – Tracing Back Roots Tour

This tour features several bands: We Came as Romans, Silverstein, Chunk! No Captain Chunk!, The Color Morale, and Dangerkids! The performance begins at 6:30 p.m. and costs $22.50 at the door, with a $2 minor surcharge.

Twelfth Night

Twelfth Night, in my opinion Shakespeare’s best play (along with Hamlet, of course), is an absolute riot once you can manage to switch your brain over to Willy’s by-our-standards-wonky-dialect! If you’ve ever seen Amanda Bynes’ She’s the Man, it’s actually a modern day twist on this play. Essentially, girl pretends to be her twin brother causing nothing but chaos and confusion, especially upon his return. Pure entertainment! It will be performed at 7:30 p.m. at Roberts Orpheum Theater. Check out their website for ticket prices.

Friday

Lewis Black

Grammy Award-winning stand-up comedian Lewis Black will be at Peabody Opera House, set to perform at 8:00 p.m. Black is truly renowned. According to this event’s description, “he performs over 200 nights a year to sell out audiences throughout Europe, New Zealand, Canada, and United States. He is one of a few performers to sell out multiple renowned theaters including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Brooks Atkinson Theatre…” and the list goes on. In addition to stand-up, Black is also an actor and an author. I leave you with a few of his words of wisdom: “All the candy corn that was ever made, was made in 1911.” Tickets range in price from about $49 to $70 a piece.

Think Pink Trivia Night

It’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month and you can help the cause by attending Think Pink Trivia Night at The Sheldon Concert Hall. With a team of 10, tables cost $300, so $30 a person, and 100 percent of the proceeds go to the St. Louis University Cancer Center. Beverages and snacks will be provided, and outside food is allowed as well.

Haunted Paintball Park

I first learned of this attraction last year, and though I didn’t make it out there, I’m just as excited by the idea of it this year! Let me give you the event’s rundown: “You will begin your journey at the seemingly innocent Creepy Carnival. You can take a few practice shots, place some bets, & more. Then, join other victims as you grab a paintball gun & jump on the Haunted Hayride to defend yourself against LIVE zombies & other dreadful monsters (without retaliation)! When that’s over, you must make it down the Haunted Trail, where you will encounter all the creatures you thought existed only in your nightmares.” YES! And how often can you play paintball with no retaliation!? General admission is $15 and the event takes place at Xtreme Paintball Park in Milstadt, Ill.

Saturday

The Twenty-Second Annual Best of Missouri Market

Every year the Missouri Botanical Gardens hosts this market, which is full of what the event refers to as “Missouri’s hidden treasures.” There will be stands full of everything from plants to nuts to candies to meats and cheeses, seasonings, salsa, etc., and, of course, a slew of hand-crafted items like wreaths and carved wooden birds. If you come hungry, I’m sure you’ll come ready to buy. Admission for adults is $12. Kids 3-12 and garden members are $5.

The St. Louis Bra Crawl for the Fight Against Cancer

Guys and gals, wear a bra over your shirt to the following bars to show your support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Prime 1000, Dubliner, Flannery’s, and Sidebars! The event runs from Noon to 5:00 p.m. and there will be drink specials at each location. Check out the event’s website for more information.

Chris Tucker

Funny man Chris Tucker will be at The Fabulous Fox Theatre at 8:00 p.m. Tickets range from $35 to $100. You may know Tucker from the Rush Hour movies and most recently, Silver Linings Playbook.

Taste of Egypt Annual Festival

There is one Egyptian church in Missouri — St. Mary & St. Abraam Coptic Orthodox Church — and they just so happen to be located near St. Louis! In addition to sampling authentic Egyptian food, visitors can tour the church and learn about how Christianity began in Egypt. The church is located at 1843 Ross Ave. Maryland Heights, Mo. The event runs from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

St. Louis Blues vs. Florida Panthers

I’ve yet to include a St. Louis Blues game on my list of event opportunities, so I thought it was about time! They play the Florida Panthers at 7:00 p.m. at the Scottrade Center. | Megan Washausen

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