Friday, October 04, 2019

All You Can Drink

We started the night at the Public Media Commons.

There was a lot going on there, so I'll let them explain it:

Dance, live jazz, Shakespearean verse and theater, and breathtaking lighting and video is the backdrop for a tempestuous love story set to Duke Ellington’s 1957 album based on the work of William Shakespeare.

In the summer of 1956, Duke Ellington was influenced by the Stratford Shakespeare Festival while on tour in Canada to delve more deeply into Shakespeare’s sonnets and plays. The following year, Ellington and his jazz orchestra recorded the Such Sweet Thunder album and titled it after a line from Hippolyta in A Midsummer Night’s Dream: “So musical a discord, such sweet thunder” (Act 4, Scene 1). The suite, which has been described by NPR as “one of the most remarkable orchestral pieces in all of American music,” includes titles like “Sonnet for Caesar,” “Lady Mac” and the “The Star-Crossed Lovers.”

Such Sweet Thunder is a collaboration between Nine Network, Jazz St. Louis, Shakespeare Festival St. Louis and The Big Muddy Dance Company."

We then headed over to the newly opened Bluewood Brewing. I don't recall being too impressed by anything I tried there. I may be a beer snob at this point.

Last but not least we went to Open Concept's grand opening. I hardly believed that this place was even real before I saw it with my own thirsty eyes. For $10, the legend went, you could drink as much as you wanted for an hour. Spoiler: I wanted to drink a lot.

Some of my thirsty comrades were already destroying the bar when I arrived. We were intent on putting this place out of business. Hey you throw out the chum and you're going to attract the sharks.

I wasn't even trying my hardest and I ordered 6 drinks. They had AB products and some decent cocktails. I would recommend checking it out.

Ya, ya grill ya, ya, ya grill.

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