A new downtown plaza’s stealth opening (Apr. 4-5)

April 4, 2009

It’s hard to understand why the city throws parties without publicizing them. I mean, you’ve got the $8.16 million Old Post Office Plaza opening this weekend, and a freebie junkie like me only heard about by complete accident this morning? So if you’ve got time to make it downtown for today’s activities for kids and live music shows (which started 15 minutes ago, at 1 p.m.), you’re in luck. Tomorrow (Apr. 5), there’ll be more live music — the Rum Drum Ramblers, St. Louis Brass Band and our perennial favorites, Alvin Jett and Phat NoiZ.

The 30,000-square-foot plaza used to be a parking lot, but its makeover includes benches, a three-story waterfall, a huge sculpture called “Torso di Ikaro” and, eventually, extensive landscaping. Planned uses include lunchtime and evening concerts (and frankly, it’s about time the downtown added a lunchtime concert series!), street performers, weekend markets, open-air films, etc. Unfortunately, info on those is scanty as well … but I’ll let you know what I find out.

The plaza is right next to the Roberts Orpheum Theater, at Ninth and St. Charles, right smack downtown. This weekend’s bound to be fun downtown in general, what with the women’s NCAA games at Scottrade and the weather being so lovely today — and, of course, the thrill of the Cardinals’ season opener in the air.

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