When: Mon., July 11, 7 p.m. 2016
Dave Holmes got his start in show-biz on MTV as part of the Wanna Be a VJ contest. In true MTV fashion, gangly walking calamity Jesse Camp won the contest and the gig, but Holmes' quiet confidence, voluminous knowledge of music and affable, guy-next-door personality landed him a job as well. After MTV, Holmes found work as an on-air personality at a number of networks and as an Esquire contributor. But before all that happened, he was a closeted gay kid in a St. Louis family full of jocks, then a closeted gay kid at a Catholic college. How does a kid who feels like he's on the outside of everything cope with being an adult on the outside of fame, looking in after almost two decades of hard work? Music. His new book, Party of One: A Memoir in 21 Songs, discusses the artists that sustained him through hard times and the value of music, always more music. Think of it as a guidebook for the weird kids of any age — you know who you are. Holmes discusses Party of One with Steve Potter (St. Louis on the Air contributor) at 7 p.m. tonight at UMSL at Grand Center (3651 Olive Street; www.left-bank.com). Admission is free but reservations are requested. Only books purchased from Left Bank Books will be signed, and there will be a cash bar.
Price: free admission