A special exhibit hosted by Project ARK (AIDS/HIV Resources and Knowledge) at the Duane Reed Gallery (7513 Forsyth Boulevard, Clayton; 314-862-2333 or is sure to rouse the giving spirit in even the most disillusioned, tunnel-visioned scrooge out there. Instead of watching Bono or some other celebrity use the power of fame and a set of shiny veneers to get the message out, AIDS patients are using their own talents -- expressing themselves through art. Hope Is Vital features pieces created by pediatric AIDS patients at St. Louis Children’s Hospital, including one by AIDS advocate Josh Pillman. The event takes place from 5 to 8 p.m. and features light refreshments and a silent auction. All proceeds benefit Project ARK in its mission of assisting the HIV-affected and at-risk of all ages and genders. For more information on Project ARK, visit
Fri., July 27