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Come to your senses: The Schlafly Bottleworks (7260 Southwest Avenue, Maplewood; 314-241-2337) has certainly established itself as a taste-sensation destination for beer lovers. Now the brewpub flexes its facilities by hosting the Observable Poetry Benefit Concert, where for $15 ($10 for students), audience members can hear local bands Say Panther, Berlin Whale, and Bob Reuter & Thee Dirty South. The benefit supports this fall's fourth annual Observable Reading Series, an organization that allows spectators to see writers and poets perform their works. Smell the aroma of altruism on Saturday, June 17 at 7:30 p.m.

It's all about sole: On American Idol, the top prize is a recording contract and a hug from Ryan Seacrest. On Rock Star: INXS, the first prize is lead-singer duties with INXS. But at Journeys Backyard BBQ Tour, the prize is truly ultimate: more than $500 in cash and a year's supply of Converse shoes for each band member! The Westfield Mid Rivers Mall (northeast parking lot near Sears, 1600 Mid Rivers Mall, St. Peters; 636-970-2610) hosts the free Converse All-Star Battle of the Bands at noon on Sunday, June 18. Local acts the Marquette Weekend, Zamudio and TGL battle it out for high-top supremacy, although fans can walk away winners (of Journeys gift cards or Converse products) as well. Pro-skateboard and freestyle-motocross athletes hit the 60,000-square-foot skatepark until headlining band Hit the Lights takes over at 5:30 p.m. Best of all: It's free! — Kristyn Pomranz

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