If someone says free food and beer, I’m there. The fact that it was delicious craft beer, warm toasty sandwiches and Strange Donuts was just icing on the cake. My plus one, Abbie, and I made the trek from St. Charles to the Gramophone for the Lyft St. Louis Community Kickoff. Immediately upon entering the event, I was informed that I get two free weeks of Lyfts! I was thrilled. Abbie and I went straight to the bar, got a brew then walked around. Beats by the DJ were pulsing as excited young adults were chatting, snapping pictures and grabbing a bite to eat. It was great to see the community out to support Lyft’s launch. I had a blast at the event and am excited to use Lyft in the future. Good luck, Lyft!
My time at the Lyft launch was cut short because I had to quickly get back to St. Charles for the opening of NOISE. NOISE, a multimedia exhibition of printmaking, photography and sound, is a BFA Thesis Exhibition by artist Bethany Burton. Burton is a very good friend of mine; with that being said, we’ve attended university, lived and traveled together. Weeks leading up to the exhibition I saw little of my friend while she was working hard on her concept, so I was very excited to see her collection and her. And see the collection I did.
Walking into Studio West, an extension of Lindenwood’s St. Charles campus, you’re immediately met trying to decipher the sounds coming from the glass cups. This is NOISE. NOISE began in Florence, Italy, where Burton studied, and was inspired by the literary work of Susan Sontag. Burton’s work explores a certain type of neurosis caused by the all-to-common over sharing of our culture. Using printmaking, photography and audio, Burton explored concepts that work to deconstruct the image and reconstruct overlooked aspects of our physical world, such as discarded materials and atmospheric sound. The four components of NOISE are an investigation of human consumption, identity-formation and the cult of image sharing in contemporary society.
1) LISTEN: Patrons were asked to scan the QR code to play the set sound playlist, then place their device in the glass jars to amplify the atmospheric sound which is meant to be experienced through several mobile devices played at hone to create a cacophony of sound. 2) CONSUMERISM: Paper painted with discarded receipts to represent human consumption in today’s culture. 3) PUNCH: Patrons were invited to hole punch through the layers of the five large-scale prints to view vivid photographs underneath, simulating the visual chaos that encircles our daily lives in an era driven by the democratization of the camera phone. 4) TOUCH: Patrons were encouraged to touch the digital inkjet prints on acetate with dry erase marker, unlike most art where touching is prohibited.
I was absolutely astounded by the sheer profoundness that Burton revealed. It’s not just art that Burton produces; it’s a social statement. Burton hits the nail on the head when it comes to consumerism and technology in today’s society. Keep an eye out for this emerging artist and stop by Studio West while the exhibition is still up.
I really should just move to the city. Friday night brought the Dots Not Feathers album release with Volcanoes, Palace, Emily Otnes & the Weekdays and Amen Lucy, Amen show at Plush. Eric Peters of Volcanoes asked some friends and I to be in a kissing booth to raise money for their upcoming album. I was a little hesitant at first but then I realized the benefits of such an event. I only caught the Volcanoes and Dots Not Feathers sets, but they both rocked hard and sounded great! If you’ve never listened to these guys & girls before I definitely recommend it. The kissing booth was a hit! I got my fair share of kisses in and left my lipstick mark on some mugs while earning some paper for Volcano’s new album. If you’re interested in donating to the cause contact Jon or Eric. I’m sure they’d be happy to hear from you!
The party didn’t stop at Plush though. With Lyft fresh on the mind, I whipped out my app and found a driver to take us to Handlebar. Being my first Lyft experience, needless to say, I was excited! Plus, I wanted to use up some free rides. Our driver arrived, got out of the car to great us and then we proceeded. It was all really quite easy. Our driver asked what music we wanted to listen to, which I have never experienced in a traditional cab. At the end of the ride we rated each other and I redeemed my free rides. After dancing our hearts out to DJ TrashTalk, we lyfted back to Plush and trekked back to good ol’ Saint Chuck.
In preparation for the Spring Saint Louis Fashion Week, part of my volunteering duties was to put up flyers for STLFW and hand out invites to the fashion week after party (happening this Friday) in Central West End and the Loop. You see, I strategically chose the Loop for a couple of reasons: 1) Record Store Day/Vintage Vinyl and 2) Blue Bird’s sample sale.
It couldn’t have been a more beautiful day to be flyering neighborhoods, clear sunny skies and mid 70 degree temperatures. After hitting up all the stores, coffee shops and hot spots in CWE we headed to the Loop to do some damage. Bands were playing at Vintage Vinyl so we popped in to hang a flyer, which local band Nee will be playing, and listened to the live music for a hot minute. Then, of course, we stopped in Blue Bird to check out the sale. The place was packed! I snapped up a floral vintage top for $10 and a kimono cardigan I’ve been eyeing since the STLFW Blogger Lounge. It was a successful day, indeed.
Stay tuned to hear about my experience at STLFW as a volunteer. Until then!