Weekly Porch: Area Activities, February 4-13, 2016

Below is a list of upcoming activities for Benton Park West area residents.

Exhibit KEEPING TIME with artists ELYSIA MANN & JOSEPH PINTZ

Friday February 5 from 6:00-9:00 pm, Reese Gallery, 3410 Wisconsin

Please join us for the artists opening reception of KEEPING TIME: MEASURING THE IMMEASURABLE. This show brings the work of poet and printmaker, Elysia Mann, in conversation with ceramic artist and sculptor Joseph Pintz. In "Keeping Time," two artists observe the moment by counting, stacking, measuring and collecting. Pintz, with an abacus as tall as the human form, reminds us to have presence in our more methodical tasks. Artist | poet Elysia Mann writes, "Slow down, slow down. The word to the letter, the image to the line." The work of Pintz and Mann allow us to contemplate the idea of distinct units within the context of undivided spacelessness. This event is free and open to the public. See more at: www.thereesegallery.com

Miss Cuttenclip: February's First Friday Event

Friday February 5 from 7:00-10:00 pm, South City Art Supply, 1926 Cherokee

Miss Cuttenclip's collages make challenging juxtapositions without relying on the chaos that is often associated with this medium. Cuttenclip soothes tragedy with calm beauty and pollutes the pastoral with the sublime. BEER! WINE! SNACKS! Facebook Invite

The People Party Gras Ball on Cherokee

Friday, February 5 at 9:00 pm, 2720 Cherokee

Here we GEAUX!!! The biggest Mardi Gras ball that Cherokee street has ever seen. We will feature the southern cooking of Chef Turtle and the music of Sb3 as they finish up a great Mardi gras season. We will crown the 1st ever REX (king) of Cherokee Street Mardi Gras that will be featured in the Cherokee Street parade on Sunday. Amazing cause, raising funds for for local music programs and the Cherokee Street Reach. Facebook Invite

2016 Soulard Mardi Gras

Saturday, February 6 from 9:00-7:00 pm, Soulard

Parade starts at 11am on Broadway. For details, please visit www.mardigrasinc.com

South City Community Mixer

Saturday, February 6 from 11:00-3:00 pm, Dunn-Marquette Rec Center, 4025 Minnesota

Come mingle with your neighbors as this is a family oriented event that will include music provided by DJ B BEasy, free pizza from Master Pieza, live painting from Cherokee Street Reach art camp participants, and other youth entertainers. Everyone is welcome! Facebook Invite

Puppy Bowl XLL Party & Supply/Fund Drive for Stray Rescue STL

Sunday February 7 at 1:30 pm, Art Bar, 2732 Cherokee

Help raise funds and supplies for Stray Rescue. 20% of sales will be donated to Stray Rescue. We will also be collecting supplies for the shelter. We will begin collecting supplies starting Thursday 1/14/16. Facebook Invite

First Annual Cherokee Street Mardi Gras Parade

Sunday February 7 at 2:30 pm, Cherokee at Nebraska

Come join us in the Cherokee Street Mardi Gras Parade! This will be a walking parade we'll gather at 2 pm at the corner of Cherokee and Nebraska. At 2:30 pm, we'll walk down Cherokee to Texas. The Saint Boogie Brass Band and many local business will have walking and human-powered vehicles participating. The Soulard School Krewe of Shewe will be pulling their homemade shoebox floats and showcasing their sweet high-steppin' dance moves. Everyone is welcome to join the parade and walk down Cherokee to celebrate Mardi Gras in a neighborhood that loves a parade. Costumes encouraged but not required, sense of whimsy mandadtory.

Zumba Classes

Mondays at 6:00-7:00 pm, Curby Memorial Presbyterian Church, 2621 Utah

Curby Church will host Zumba classes on Mondays from 6-7 pm with a suggested donation of $1-5.00 a session. For more info 314-771-0242.

NOTE TEMPORARY CHANGE OF VENUE: As of Thursday January 21st, the Thursday Zumba instructor from Curby Memorial Presbyterian Church will hold Thursday Zumba classes at the Dunn-Marquette Recreation Center @ 4025 Minnesota Avenue @1:00 PM, for 6 weeks. Due to Curby's low turn-out on Thursdays, the instructor is hoping that the venue change will attract other enthusiastic Zumba-ers who attend the class at recreation center to join us at Curby after those 6 weeks!! The Thursday Zumba classes at the recreation center are FREE.

Adventures and Experiments: A Photography Exhibition

Friday, February 12 from 6:00-8:00 pm, Yeyo Arts Collective, 2907 S. Jefferson

An exhibition of work by student photographers at STLCC Flo Valley.

Intended, A Wedding Trunk Show

Saturday, February 13 from 12:00-5:00 pm, Ruby Francis and Photomaton, 2310 and 2308.5 Cherokee

The stores will transform into a wedding shopping wonderland for a day. There will be light refreshments, custom photobooth by Photomaton, prizes, handmade local wedding goods available for purchase and the debut of the new 2016 Intended by Ruby Francis wedding gown collection.

St. Wenceslaus Trivia Night

Saturday, February 13 at 7:00 pm, St. Wenceslaus Parish Hall (school basement), 3022 Oregon

Have an early Valentine's celebration with us! Trivia Night proceeds to benefit St. Wenceslaus. Trivia Night inclues 10 rounds of 10 questions, soda, water, beer and wine, popcorn and pretzels. You're welcome to bring your own food! Doors open at 6:15 pm and trivia begins promptly at 7 pm. Cost is $20 per person; tables limited to 10 players. Call Kathy (314-588-0770) to reserve your table.

SAVE-THE-DATES

"Art. Work." Opening Reception, Saturday, February 20, Westminster Press

SPONSORS

A special THANK YOU to The Porch sponsors:

Five Star Senior Center

Curby Memorial Presbyterian Church

Lafayette Park United Methodist Church

Auto Bargain Center - Used Cars and Trucks

Nadar's and Sons

MELT

Rob Rumble - Tutoring

Buddha Body and Bath

As The Porch Review (BPW newsletter) is printed quarterly, we'll post upcoming activities on Thursdays through the "Weekly Porch." If there's an area activity that you'd like to have included, please send your activity details to scottwmcintosh@yahoo.com.

Photo: Flyer for Intended, A Wedding Trunk Show

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