Monday, May 27, 2013

Wu-Tang Clan - It's Yourz

This is a song during the "Golden Age" of Hiphop performed by a group that was spittin conscious lyrics.
I'm reminiscing right now.

Wu-Tang Clan are 5% ers who told the media what was goin on in their neighborhoods in New York.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

A few new construction projects going on in Saint Louis City

Driving around the City of St. Louis is exciting and bewildering (because of all the signs and detours). It feels good to see improvements in our communities. All of the following pictures were taken in the Central West End area of St. Louis.

This is 4510 Delmar, west of Taylor

I wonder what type of facility this will be? The Central West End is represented by three aldermen as it sits partially in the 17th, 18th, and 28th Wards. The alder-persons are Joseph D. Roddy, Terry Kennedy and Lyda Krewson respectively.
This looks like a Career Resource Center

Beautiful home redone plus a big addition in the back 

This is a very interesting piece of real estate. I saw the construction going on throughout the whole process. I'm not sure what the owner had in mind but it looks like the back part will be some sort of educational or training facility. It could also be a meeting place for small business owners and entrepreneurs.
Hmmm, private parking for constituents maybe?

Everywhere you turn there is new construction going on.This is at the corner of Delmar and Academy where this construction group is building this structure at blazing speed. I'll post the latest pics on the next blog.
Corner of Delmar & Academy

Right behind me, after I took the above pic, I turned around to see what the hoopla was about. I observed some men trotting on this steeeep roof top. They were singing some sort of folk tune while they were working. The guy hanging from the rope was singing as well while he flailed his free hand and clinched the rope with his other hand.
These brave roofers were energetic on the job 
 These photos were taken on Apr. 13, 2013 9:35am.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Twilight Tuesday 4-26-2011

On Tuesday April 26, 2011 Twilight Tuesday kicked off with bang!(I'm ready for this spring of 2013). The well known band Dr. Zhivegas performed and perform they did. The place was packed, the atmosphere eager and party-ready. The weather...a perfect spring evening of 70 degrees. Dr. Zhivegas, pronounced “Doctor-zhi-vaygiss” was the first band to kick off a series of spring to summer outdoor concert series in 2011. This high energy band will have you groovin' to all of your favorite disco, club and party songs from the '70s up to the present!

Here we go, the first song.

The two vocalists rockin the crowd.

Lead guitar player rocks a solo backed up by the drummer

Dr. Zhivegas, is one of the most sought out dance and rock acts in the United States, performing over 200 shows a year. The band's music is the intersection of a hard pop, dance-party rock with a touch of r&b.
Rockin the crowd...the lady singer has a big strong beautiful voice
The crowd dancing, grooving and partying it up!

There is a nice big open space designated as the dance floor right in front of the band so don't be shy to cut a rug with people of all ages and race who come out to enjoy themselves.
The early birds get poolside priviledge

The kids rrreally enjoyed themselves

Beautiful sunset below the tree line in beautiful Forest Park
Time for the second set
Party at dusk into the night
The decorative Missouri History Museum in the background
The band kept the high energy going strong.
Night time party!!!
A Dr. Zhivegas show is a multimedia nonstop dance party event. Using the latest technology, incorporating (optional) video back drops, lighting and pyro effects, Dr. Zhivegas brings a larger than life concert experience to your private event. Your audience will always be dancing as the live sets segue seamlessly into the VJ breaks and back to the live show.
Hands up party people!
A beautiful night with a beautifully lit pool.
Crowd having a good time, the dance floor is packed
One more time..... hands up party people!!
Kool transportation for over the road travel in comfort.
Twilight Tuesday concerts are outdoors on the front lawn of The Missouri History Museum on Lindell Blvd., so bring blankets or lawn chairs for 2013.  Limited seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.  Picnic baskets are welcome.  Food and drink will also be available for purchase from Butler's Pantry Catering. Oh, and by the way... the event is free to the public! Concert times are from 6:00pm to 8:30pm every Tuesday (weather permitting) until the series is over which usually 7 to 8 weeks. The concert series then breaks for July and the first half of August and then kicks off again from late August to early October. Each concert series features a wide variety of music styles including jazz, rock-n-roll, reggae and country. So it's two in one fun twice a year. This is a very popular St. Louis Attraction. At this time the 2013 line-up has not officially been posted.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

8th Annual St. Louis Ice Carnival

Every year businesses and organizations of the Delmar Loop come together and throw a winter festival known as The Loop Ice Carnival. This year the Ice Carnival took place on January 18 & 19, 2013.
The Loop Ice Carnival 2013

A crowded corner at Delmar & Skinker Blvds.

Washington University has plans for an $80 million project consisting of stores and apartments for about 550 students. The project comprises a four to six-story building of retail space and apartments on Delmar Boulevard at Eastgate Avenue and three new mid-rise apartment buildings on Enright Avenue nearby. Design work has started and construction  began in January 2013 and should be open with occupancy in August 2014, university officials said.
Ice sculpture of the proposed $80million storefront and student apartments

Mom and child enjoying their day out

The beautiful historic Tivoli Theatre.

St. Louis' beloved Tivoli Theatre features the finest in independent film and foreign language cinema. Architecturally and historically, the Tivoli Building is the most prominent edifice in The Loop area of St. Louis. It has a street frontage of 180 feet, is four stories tall, houses seven specialty shops in addition to the theatre, and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch described the theatre as having "luxury and splendor eclipsing that of any other St. Louis theater" and "the piece de resistance of glorified beauty."
(On May 24, 1924, the ornate Tivoli Theatre opened to the public.)

This stilt walker entertains the crowd and amazes the kids with juggling and slight of hand magic tricks.

Crowds of visitors enjoying the price specials at local shops

A juggling demonstration to entertain on-lookers

Father taking a pic of his son for a cherished memory

Noodles ice sculture

Kids ready to pose in the whimsical wooden cut-outs

Many of the kids got a very cold hands on experience with the ice sculptures by running their hands on the frozen art work.
The DJ played some good music for several hours and kept it entertaining

Interesting ice sculpture

The Pinup Bowl

The Moonrise, a luxury boutique hotel
Opened in April 2009 by Joe Edwards as part of his vision for adding vibrancy to the Delmar Loop neighborhood, the eight-story Moonrise Hotel serves as a destination hotel for St. Louis locals, Washington University visitors and out-of-state travelers alike. Its prime location next to The Pageant attracts musicians and concertgoers from across the nation.

The Moonrise Hotel also is home to the award-winning Eclipse Restaurant, a St. Louis leader in casual fine dining. Eclipse Restaurant's talented chefs serve up a menu of fresh, contemporary American dishes made from locally sourced, seasonal and organic ingredients, and skilled bartenders mix up classic cocktails with a modern twist.

The Moonrise Hotel had a packed house with visitors, patrons and overnight guests. "Cosmonauts on Ice" features two Moonrise Hotel Rooftop vodka sampling stations. If you look closely at the top of the building there was a big crowd partying on the hotel rooftop sampling vodka cosmopolitans. They were delicious I must say!!!

Good Works Home Decor sculpture

A couple of penguins passing out event brocures.

The ladies just love this sculpture!

The Pageant
The Pageant Nightclub is a live music venue and opened for the first time on October 19, 2000. The name is the only remnant from the long-gone Pageant movie theater which was located about 3 blocks further east on Delmar from the present location.
The Halo Bar is a club/hangout spot located on the first floor of the Pageant and is a great place to be before and after a show, or just any time you want to relax and people watch. The Halo Bar is open 7 days a week until 3am.

Norman the Gnome sculpture for Ice Visions

One of the many cocktail bars for adults
Events included family-friendly ice slides, human dog sledding, the 5-hour "Putt-Putt Bar Crawl", 5 & 10K frozen buns run, live ice carving demonstrations, the 11-bar long, stilt-walkers and jugglers and penguins walking throughout the loop. The evening ended with live art performances at the Regional Arts Commission. Also to end the evening with a bang were 10 live bands which performed at 10 different clubs that evening. I'm so looking forward to next year already!