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With Buxton!

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SAT 6/26

With all this talk of terrorists, nary a word is mentioned about the bad ol' ravers who were "ruining" the country. Yeah, you still see a bizarre, misdirected anti-drug commercial sometimes, but the apocalypse of our youth failed to materialize. Whew! That was a close one.

So spend $10 to celebrate already, and let Marc Buxton provide the soundtrack. Sure, he's fancy now and plays in Chicago clubs, but he hasn't lost his St. Louis underground-party roots. Now Buxton's taking house heads beyond the club scene: He's playing at the beach in St. Louis. But before you pack your bag and arrive on the banks of the Mighty Mississip, stop short at Velvet at 1301 Washington Avenue (314-241-8178 or at 9 p.m. There, party planners have created an indoor beach (with sand and everything!) for Buxton's second Lou-side visit this year.

Of course, appropriate attire is expected -- for boys, that means board shorts, and ladies should be in bikinis (if you dare). And you've heard of coat check, right? Well, because this is the beach, Velvet's offering shoe check. Dance the night away without worrying about your sandals matching your swimming suit -- it's easier to dance barefoot anyway (especially when you're trying to prove the government wrong). -- Alison Sieloff

Book 'Em, Dan-O
Two counts of pillow-fighting

FRI 6/25

"Go to bed!" "Did you do your reading?"

Sound sorta familiar? Since the dawn of the nuclear family, the bedtime/literacy conflict has raged between parents and children. Can't we all just get along?

Children's author Sally Cook attempts to mend the gap with her new book, Good Night Pillow Fight. And this evening at 7:30, all feuding families are invited to celebrate their nightly bedtime wars with the free Good Night Pillow Fight pajama party taking place at Borders in Ballwin (15335A Manchester Road). Kids are encouraged to wear their PJs, bring their favorite pillow and enjoy story time. The first 25 children to bring a new white T-shirt will receive a Good Night Pillow Fight iron-on decal. For more info, call 636-230-2992. -- Rose Martelli

The Bourbon Kings
They're right on the Beam

Famed attorney Lionel Hutz once gazed lovingly at a bottle of bourbon and purred, "Mmmm, bourbon; brownest of the brown liquors" with a passion that was entirely justified. A measure of sweet, smoky, spine-stiffening bourbon is one of the most human of pleasures. It's damn patriotic, too; according to the Jim Beam Distillery, bourbon is America's "native spirit."

Frederick Booker Noe III, scion of the aforementioned Beam family and seventh-generation distiller, visits St. Louis this week to thank the city for being such a great market for his family's high-end, small-batch bourbon. That's mighty neighborly of him. Noe will pour Booker's, Baker's, Knob Creek and Basil Hayden's while sharing family stories at Aqua Vin (16125 Chesterfield Village Parkway; 636-532-9300) from 8 to 11 p.m. on Wednesday, June 23; at Lukas Liquors (15921 Manchester Road; 636-227-4543) from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, June 25; and at Helen Fitzgerald's (3660 South Lindbergh Boulevard; 314-984-0026) from 9 to 11 p.m. on Friday, June 25. There's no charge for listening, but you'll probably end up buying a drink or two. So set a spell and remember to say, "You're welcome." -- Paul Friswold

Chutney 'n' Stag

MON 6/28

Who hasn't dreamed of kicking back at Frederick's Music Lounge (4454 Chippewa Street; 314-351-5711) with a bowl of spicy mango chickpeas while watching marathon Bollywood comedies? It's the perfect summer respite, really. RFT workhorse John Goddard provides a little background before each movie (Hum Kisise Kum Nahin and Hera Pheri are on the schedule), but honestly, as long as you enjoy slapstick comedy and bombastic musical numbers, you'll have no trouble following the action. Admission is free, and the show starts at 5 p.m. -- Paul Friswold

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