At the Downtown Now! building (1533 Washington Avenue), where the night's main reception takes place, complimentary table massages accompany the displayed works of eight artists. Down the street at 1430 Washington Avenue, the building's typically empty storefront is converted into a massive installation exhibit and window display for this event. Rue 13 (1313 Washington Avenue) gets into the action with a lineup of all-female musical performances (and a delicious free dessert buffet -- let's hear it for the food arts!); Velvet (1301 Washington Avenue) debuts new artwork installed over the club's main bar; Yoga on Washington (1210 Washington Avenue) entertains with free yoga demonstrations; and Farrago (1212 Washington Avenue) features poetry readings and live stenciling demonstrations by Peat Wollaeger. After all that street-level fun, take the night up a notch to the rooftop of the Merchandise Mart building (1000 Washington Avenue) to view Justin Tolentino's new work (like what's pictured).
For more information or advance tickets, call 314-497-5356 or visit www.artdimensions.org. -- Rose Martelli
Get a Life (Again)
The Bakari Institute can help
The clubbing Saturday nights of your youth were carefree times (not counting, of course, your late-night pizza-delivery worries). But today you have something else that keeps you worrying at home on weekend nights: kids. The Bakari Institute (www.bakariinstitute.org) understands. Come by the Regional Arts Commission (6128 Delmar Boulevard) on Saturday, October 2, for Bakari's first Family Affair from 6 to 9 p.m. For $8 to $10 (free for those 21 and younger with a student ID), hear Nubian Rootz play a little R&B, and let Steel Jammin' take you and your family to the Caribbean; the Soundz of Sankofa (pictured) do a little dancing, too. For more info about the institute or this recurring event (on the second Saturday of each month following October), call 314-414-0202. -- Alison Sieloff
We never cease to be amazed -- and more than a little saddened -- by how some remarkable films barely make a blip on the popular-culture radar. The Webster Film Series brings 21 such films to light in its "Indigenous Cinema" series. Native American films screen throughout October, beginning with the fabulous Smoke Signals Friday, October 1, at 8 p.m. Based on short stories from Sherman Alexie's The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven, Smoke Signals is a coming-of-age tale that's short on schmaltz and long on poignancy. After the film have a discussion with one of its stars, Evan Adams. And take note of the full schedule (www.webster.edu/filmseries): You won't want to miss Michael Apted's stunning 1992 documentary about the Pine Ridge Reservation shootout, Incident at Oglala (October 12), or Bruce Beresford's drama about Jesuit missionaries, the brutally beautiful Black Robe (October 24). All films screen in Webster University's Moore Auditorium (470 East Lockwood Avenue; 314-968-7487). Tickets are $4 to $6. -- Brooke Foster
Big ups to the University City Loop (6000 to 6800 Delmar Boulevard), world headquarters of Night & Day Industries. The annual Loop in Motion Festival kicks off here at 6 p.m. on Friday, October 1, then picks up again from noon to 8 p.m. on Saturday, October 2. In addition to food, live music, dance performances and the U. City Eclectic Art Show, you can also watch the famous "Circus Chicken" (pictured) perform stunts and tricks. Admission is free; call 314-727-8000 for info. -- Paul Friswold