This weekend, two of St. Louis' tonier neighborhoods are holding "Taste" festivals. The Central West End's Art Fair and Taste (centered around Maryland and Euclid avenues; 314-361-2850) takes place on Saturday, June 5, from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. and on Sunday, June 6, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Taste of Clayton (in Shaw Park, at Brentwood and Forsyth boulevards; 314-290-8474) takes place from 2 to 9 p.m. on Sunday, June 6, which raises a very thorny question: This Sunday, which should you attend?
Both are nice neighborhoods, with many fine restaurants and businesses to choose from; both will have kids' zones and many free samples; and both offer thrills galore. There's only one way to settle this: TASTE DEBATE!
Racanelli's New York Pizza will be available at the CWE event; pizza is the perfect "eat-with-one-hand-while-standing" food, and Racanelli's is awesome. Take that, Clayton. Boo-ya!
Well, the tapas restaurant BARcelona offers totally funtastic finger foods. And everyone knows that Barcelona (Spain, that is) knows how to party! Shazam!
Oh yeah? Well, Michelob Ultra is an official sponsor of the CWE Art Fair and Taste, and the CWE has MetroLink access, too. That means you don't have to sweat drinkin' and drivin'. Party on, dog!
Ha! Partying at the Taste of Clayton benefits local charities including St. Vincent's Ministries to the Poor, Lift for Life Gym and La Clínica. All the boozing and munching helps more people than just your selfish ass. Top that!
Granted, charity is rockin'. But so's Mystic Voyage and Fairchild, and they're both tearing it up on the CWE Main Stage. Put that in your charity pipe and smoke it!
Smokin' is exactly what the daytime chef's demonstrations will be. And for the nighttime jam, the Taste of Clayton is lighting its stage on fire with the Ralph Butler Band. Not to mention the fireworks show. Sizzlin'!
For real? Fireworks? Damn. That is sizzlin'. But the CWE Art Fair and Taste is gonna have Graffiti Global Grill --
In addition to magnificent Miso and the resplendent Ritz-Carlton, Clayton also has the Graffiti Global Grill.
In the final analysis, the debate is moot. Attend one or the other, or both, and wear sunscreen. It's gonna be a hot weekend. -- Ms. Day & Mr. Night
An Animated Family
Celebrating the Hubleys
John Hubley, the art director of Bambi and Pinocchio, was Disney's top man -- until his pro-union activism and refusal to rat out his friends won him a place on our country's blacklist. Though he was forcibly removed from the commercial world, Hubley's art didn't suffer; in fact, it grew stronger. No longer consigned to child-friendly singing animals, he and his wife, Faith, produced 22 astounding films, and you can catch some of their groundbreaking work at the Webster Film Festival this weekend. Their daughter, Emily Hubley, will speak about her parents' work on Friday night; the films will run Friday, June 4, through Sunday, June 6, at 8 p.m. in the Moore Auditorium (470 East Lockwood Avenue; 314-968-7487). Tickets are $4 to $6. -- Mark Dischinger
Grand Slam: a home-run hit with three runners on base; a hearty breakfast platter; an intense performance-poetry event. At 8 p.m. the Grand Slam to witness isn't happening at Busch Stadium or Denny's: It's in the Duck Room at Blueberry Hill (6504 Delmar Boulevard; 314-727-0880). There 30 slam poets will compete to represent St. Louis at the 2004 National Poetry Slam, which has been won by Taylor Mali a record six times. And guess who's hosting this year's National Slam in August? STL, baby. Bring $5 to witness this poetry knock-down as poets rhyme, sing and shout their way toward the nationals. Since judges are picked right from the audience, you have the power! Call 314-776-7370 or 314-443-4357 for more information. -- Amy Helms
Saturday's Alright for Dancin'
Is there anything worse than being a teenager with a well-developed party drive and no place to party? If the many hours spent watching Disney Channel movies have taught us anything (anything other than the extreme smoking hottiness of Lindsay Lohan, that is), it's that the vast majority of these kids are good kids who just want to hang out somewhere cool with their cool friends while listening to cool music. And now the City Museum (701 North 15th Street; 314-231-2489), with a little help from Louie (the magazine for high schoolers, by high schoolers and about high schoolers), brings you $5 City Saturdays Dance Party, an all-ages, alcohol-free dance on the first Saturday of the month. So all you teens and tweens, come down and get down. -- Paul Friswold