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CWE’s Children’s and Pet Parade cancelled due to rain, tonight’s party is still on

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The legendary Halloween street party in the CWE is scheduled for Saturday, October 26.  Here is the line-up of activities:

11 a.m. | Children’s costume parade and party
noon | Trick-or-treating at neighborhood businesses
1 p.m. | Dog parade and costume contest
2 p.m. | Live music and entertainment, featuring Jason Garms and Saint Boogie Brass Band
6 p.m.- midnight | Adults-only street party
8-10 p.m. | Infamous adults-only costume contest

Halloween in the CWE is one of our best neighborhood traditions and something people from throughout St. Louis look forward to every year,” says Kate Haher, executive director of the CWE Business Community Improvement District. “The costumes continue to get more elaborate, the festivities more outrageous — the Central West End is definitely THE place to be this Halloween.”

Registration for the adults-only costume contest begins at 6 p.m. Individuals and groups are encouraged to register for a chance to win as much as $2,500.

The Legendary CWE Halloween party is produced and presented by the CWE Business Community Improvement District, and presented by Budweiser and BON & VIV, with additional support from Johnny Brock’s Dungeon, Washington University Redevelopment Corp., St. Louis Earth Day, Shriners Hospitals for Children, Busey Bank, AT&T, State Farm, and numerous neighborhood restaurants and retailers.

For more information, including a complete schedule of events and costume contest rules, visit www.cwehalloween.com.

 

Michael Drummond’s “Being Played” at World Chess Hall of Fame

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Last evening at the opening of Being Played at World Chess Hall of Fame, designer Michael Drummond, below, commented that his year-long effort to create a narrative about the effects of the fast fashion industry on the environment “almost killed him.”

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In this exhibition Drummond, a veteran of Project Runway Season 8, has connected the issues surrounding climate change with the stresses the fashion industry places on the environment, and arranged them as a chess game. To illustrate the challenges climate change poses, Drummond looked for a famous chess game as inspiration. He found it in Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 sci-fi film 2001: A Space Odyssey when Dr. Frank Poole plays against the supercomputer Hal 9000.

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I have to admit that I was so engrossed in how beautiful Drummond’s creations are that I was not thinking about a chess game at all.

In the handsome exhibition catalog published by WCHOF, Drummond says that “It’s a tricky predicament to simultaneously give yourself over to the glamor and fantasy of fashion and yet be repelled by the industry’s excess and its hold on the public psyche.”

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Drummond used a “variety of fabrics in his creations both natural and man-made including laser-cut synthetics, clothing spun from steel, hand-crafted shoes (see Drummond’s own which I assume are handmade, below), and digitally-printed accessories.”

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Being Played remains on view at World Chess Hall of Fame until March 22, 2020. I suspect you’ll want to return often (as I do) to study Drummond’s craft, it’s quite amazing. Perhaps on one of my visits I’ll figure out the game Being Played as well.

WCHOF, 4652 Maryland Ave., (314) 367-9243, Mon&Tues. 10 to 5, Weds.-Fri. 10 to 9, Sat. 10 to 5, Sun. 12-5.

inktober2019 to the rescue!

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photos courtesy of Carson Monetti

Exhausted by the news and the recent hot weather? Take your mind off all that by joining in inktober2019, a sketch-a-day exercise using the 31 prompts shown on a board at St. Louis Art Supply, above.

Utah-based artist Jake Parker dreamed up inktober 10 years ago as a way to increase his drawing skills. The idea spread and now  artists around the world post their work on social media during the month of October.

Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Shop News  St. Louis Art Supply inktober2019 Carson Monetti   St. Louis Art Supply co-proprietor Carson Monetti  shared some of the sketches that have been posted on instagram since yesterday, October 1. The prompt for the first day was “ring.”

Why don’t you give it a go. Use your favorite ink pen—St. Louis Art Supply has a great assortment of fountain pens, which are back in vogue (some contend they have never disappeared), and follow the prompt for each day. More instruction can be found on the inktober website.

Post your drawings on your instagram account and tag #inktober2019 and @stlartsupply.  Monetti will gather them together and select a winner.  I’ll be keeping mine under wraps, but for those more talented, consider what a stress reliever this daily exercise will be, and then there’s the prospect of that $100 gift certificate.

St Louis Art Supply, 4532 Olive St., (314) 884-8345.