Argumentative types like to point out that, as an artistic movement, minimalism is a whole lot of nothin'. It's the least amount of work an artist can do and still claim to be making something. Ah, but on a clear day the sky is a minimalist masterpiece -- go ahead and reproduce that limitless beauty if you can, Mr. Argues-Too-Much-and-Looks-Too-Little.
The idea of representing the massiveness of something in the fewest possible strokes or with the cleanest possible line is more difficult than the finished piece implies -- and yet the masters of the style make it look deceptively easy. The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts (3716 Washington Boulevard; 314-754-1850 or www.pulitzerarts.org) hosts a broad selection of works by minimalist maximizers such as Rachel Whiteread (that's her Untitled [Gray], pictured), Donald Judd and our old pal Richard Serra in the new exhibit Minimalism and Beyond. Representing artists who made their mark in the '60s as well as current minimalists, the show features many pieces that come from local collections. St. Louisans, it seems, have a fondness for more of less. Minimalism and Beyond opens with a free public reception from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, October 14, and the show remains up through April 26 -- that should be ample time to enjoy several visits. -- Paul Friswold
One fantastic street
There are two activities that Ms. Day loves even more than letting you fine people know about fun stuff around town, and those things are eating mass Mexican food and shopping, specifically for items from a bygone era. Luckily for her, Ms. Day lives in St. Louis, where, on Cherokee Street, the Mexican food flows like tequila and the antiques are piled Arch-sky-high (or something like that). Join her in celebrating all things Cherokee this Saturday and next (October 15 and 22), when NiNi Harris (for Maryville University) heads up history and architecture walking tours of the area. This week, the focus is on Antique Row; next week, tour-goers will learn the history of what is now a primarily Mexican area. Tours run from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and tickets for each tour cost $20 and can be purchased by calling Maryville at 314-529-9488. -- Ms. Day
Velvet's a goldmine
What'd you do on your tenth b-day? Host your first slumber party, play Truth or Dare, and maybe listen to that rad new Bon Jovi song? Cool. Well, Velvet (1301 Washington Avenue; 314-241-8178 or www.velvetvibes.com) turns ten this year, and we don't think the party's music will be much different, at least on Friday, October 14. See, the soon-to-be-closed Washington Avenue mainstay (see page 61 for details on that) is bringing in Napoleon Dynamite's Pedro, who delivers '80s music to the masses as host and DJ on his "Vote for Pedro" tour. Let's just hope that the dancing at the club is a little more dynamic than that at the Preston High School dance.
But the anniversary fun doesn't stop there! On Saturday, October 15, the evening starts with Marc Buxton -- yep, the one who left for windier winters farther north. He's back to get you ready for headliner Sandra Collins, a woman who needs no introduction.
Tickets for Friday's show are $5 to $15, and Saturday night's festivities cost $10. The first 100 guests on Saturday receive free Champagne flutes and access to a fountain of bubbly to make the toasting all the more celebratory, but no matter when you get there, be sure to raise a glass or ten to Velvet -- the club deserves it. -- Alison Sieloff
Gigging with Garlic
Much like the Garlic Guru (a.k.a. Tom Reed), you adore garlic enough to wear a hat like he does. Sadly, society has chastised you both -- mostly for your, um, fragrant breath -- but now you two can celebrate garlic out in the open with other bulb-oholics at the Builders Home & Remodeling Show, held Friday through Sunday (October 14 through 16) at America's Center (Broadway and Washington Avenue; $3 to $7). The Guru appears several times throughout the weekend; visit www.stlhomeshow.com for details on his appearances, the other special guests and the show's 500-plus booths. -- Alison Sieloff