Soul food, soul music: I'm not sure what your lifestyle is like, but mine certainly involves lots of meatless eats, swanky drinks and jazzy leisure. Well, OK, that wasn't exactly my routine -- until I went to the Loop's new LifeStyles Café & Jazz Club (5917 Delmar Boulevard; 314-863-5700). See, they offer a "Backroom Buffet" every Friday night, complete with a vegetarian soul-food buffet, a complimentary cocktail and a private jazz performance by Jon Thomas & Friends. With 7 p.m. reserved seating and a prix-fixe of $18.95, you and your S.O. won't have to argue, "Where are we gonna go for dinner?! What time?! What if it's crowded?! Why don't you love me?!" ever again. Now that's the good life.
Gene Kelly was singin' in the rain: Just singin' in the rain; it was a glorious feelin', and he was happy again. Not so for Columbia-based Emergency Umbrella Records (www.emergencyumbrella.com). They have ducked the rain, said "screw that 'glorious feelin'" and gotten down and dirty with their rockin' bands. Many of their artists are St. Louis regulars, but for the first time, the label will be hosting an EUR showcase at Frederick's Music Lounge (4454 Chippewa Street; 314-351-5711). On Saturday, October 22, catch the Foundry Field Recordings (think Jesus and Mary Chain toning down the distortion around a campfire), Witch's Hat (if Interpol ditched Joy Division for Dischord Records) and Paradise Vending (like a folksy Built to Spill). The extended forecast is predicting precipitation that weekend, so go grab that Emergency Umbrella.
What the @#$%!, indeed: In the wake of devastating recent events, stlpunk.com and the Creepy Crawl (412 North Tucker Boulevard; 314-621-9333) are taking an all-important stand. They're hosting the aptly named What the @#$%! Is Going ON in This World Show?! on Friday, October 21. Admission is $8 for the 21-and-older crowd and $10 for those underage, with a request for canned food and/or spare-change donations at the door; 100 percent of the proceeds will go to aid the victims of Hurricane Katrina and contribute to the STLPUNK Erin Mace Memorial Fund (in honor of the sixteen-year-old Lindbergh High School girl who was murdered earlier this month). The show starts at 5:30 p.m. and features ten STLPUNK faves, including When Sorrow Falls, Novella, Harlot and Ava Waits.