Three options for Friday night (May 22)

May 20, 2009

This morning I heard Michael Pollan on KWMU’s St. Louis on the Air. As usual, he was eloquent and full of surprising and thought-provoking info. It made me wish all the more that I could make it to his appearance at the St. Louis County Library headquarters at 7 p.m. on Friday (May 22), where he’ll be talking about In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto. While the talk itself may not be suitable for kids, the topic definitely is — M. and S. know all too well which delicious-looking packaged foods I simply will not buy because they have too much sugar, too much fat, too many “chemicals” (that is, they’re highly processed), or all of the above. And my ongoing effort to educate them about gardening is going well this year. We’re eating lettuce, spinach and radishes (OK, they’re not really eating much of those, but they’re exicted to pick them!) and we’re watching in high anticipation as the pea pods grow longer and fuller each day.

More exciting for kids than hearing some old-as-their-parents bald guy talk about food is the summer’s first Jungle Boogie at the Zoo from 5 to 8 p.m. Admission is free to the Friday night series, which runs weekly (excluding June 19) until Sept. 4. This week’s band is perennial outdoor favorite Ralph Butler.

The third option for Friday night is to head over to the Central West End, where the merchants are sponsoring strolling street entertainers from 5 to 10 p.m. Last week’s Fabulous Friday had a wet conclusion, but this week the fire-eaters, jugglers, guitarists, artists and others should be able to spend the whole evening entertaining outdoor diners and shoppers at Euclid and McPherson. For more info you can call 314.361.4870.

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