It’s a Charlie Brennan doubleheader!
Brennan’s KMOX/Fontbonne University Book Club, the only book club where the author has to show up, features two books and two authors this month.
William R. Pogue
Col. William R. Pogue, author of “But for the Grace of God,” and former Navy SEAL Eric Greitens, author of “The Heart and the Fist: The Education of a Humanitarian, The Making of a SEAL,” will be Brennan’s guests at the next book club meeting from 9-11 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 25. The event, which will be broadcast live on KMOX, will be held at the Missouri Athletic Club, 405 Washington in downtown St. Louis.
Col. Pogue, a former astronaut, piloted Skylab Four, the longest manned flight in the history of manned space exploration.
Greitens, a former Navy SEAL, was deployed four times during the global war on terror.
This event is free, but registration is required.
Get ready to rock! The Big Muddy Blues Festival is around the corner.
In its 16th year, the Festival brings 30 bands on three stages to Laclede’s Landing from 1-11 p.m., Sept. 3-4.
According to the Landing’s website: “This year’s main stage acts are a tribute to the varied sounds and styles that Blues music continues to pervade and influence. From the California rockabily/boogie of Big Sandy and His Fly-Rite Boys to the spirted hyms of the Psalms Gospel Quartet, from the passionate and throaty soul singing of Cee Cee James to the classic Blues/Rock mix of Kim Wilson (of the famed Fabulous Thunderbirds), the 2011 edition of Big Muddy Blues Festival offers a distinctly different flavor for each performance.”
Sonny Landreth closes out the festival at 9 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 4. “ The website says, “Landreth is known for his dynamic slide guitar style and is a highly regarded songwriter, having collaborated with Eric Clapton, Mark Knopfler, Jimmy Buffett and others.”
Sets from 73-year old Bluesman Roy Gaines are on tap at 9 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 3. Gaines last year released the acclaimed Tuxedo Blues.
Ronnie Baker Brooks, son of the Lonnie Brooks and a talented Blues musician in his own right, performs at 7 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 4.
See the complete festival schedule.
BritBeat, a Beatles tribute band, will perform on at 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26, 2011, at the Town Center Plaza in Wildwood.
The Town Center Plaza is located on the north side of Plaza Drive, west of Fountain Place. People also can reach the plaza via a multiple-use trail along the south side of Highway 100.
Kettle corn, water and soft drinks are available. The city will give away 600 hot dogs as well as chips, and shaved ice treats on a first-come, first-served basis. Concert goers can bring food and non-alcoholic beverages; glass containers are prohibited.
People should bring a lawn chair or blanket, the city says.
The New Invaders, a ’60′s tribute band, will play in the Town Center Plaza on Sept. 16 and The Best of Stovall’s, the best bands that appeared at Stovall’s Grove, will play on Oct. 7.
The Blues Racket band will perform at 7 p.m. Aug. 26, 2011, at the Plaza at 501. It is at 501 Florissant Road at Suburban Avenue, Ferguson.
Blues Racket plays traditional and modern blues.
The city says people should bring a lawn chair or sit at one a picnic tables. The event includes a food booth. The city allows coolers, but no glass.
Other concerts in the series include performances by Jeanne Trevor on Sept. 9 and Pat Liston of Mama’s Pride on Oct. 14.
If the struggling economy has got you down and you’re looking for advice on surviving it, you’ll be interested in this offer.
Financial guru Suze Orman is giving away subscription to her newsletter “The Money Navigator.” The regular price for the subscription is $63.
The newsletter covers the economy, stock, real estate and bond markets as well as information on the job market, tax law and policy changes.
To order, go to the website and enter “NODEBT” in the Gift Code box. You will have to give your mailing address and email to get the deal.
Need a mid-week break from the kitchen?
Between now and Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2011, you can get $5 off your tab of $15 or more at T. G. I. Friday’s with this coupon. The coupon is actually reusable.
The coupon cannot be used with any other sale, promotion, coupon or discount and is good for dine-in only.
Friday’s is calling the promotion “Savor. Save. Share” and encourages you to share the coupon with your friends.
Have you been itching to try some downtown restaurants but don’t have the dough for a pricey tab?
Downtown Restaurant Week gives you a chance to try some of St. Louis’ best restaurants for a song–well, almost. The tab is $25 per person plus tip and tax but that’s for a three-course meal.
Downtown Restaurant Week begins today, Monday, Aug. 22, 2011 and runs through Sunday, Aug. 28.
The program is in its seventh year and boasts that there are “no passes to buy, coupons to carry or cards to punch.” Just show up at the restaurant of your choice and select from a special three-course menu. You also have the option of adding “extra helping” donations in $5 increments to Operation Food Search.
Reservations are recommended. You can view each restaurant’s Restaurant Week menu at the Downtown Restaurant Week’s website.
Restaurants participating in Downtown Restaurant Week:
Starbucks recently introduced its new starbucksstore.com, an online way to shop for your favorite teas, coffees and items to help you make iced drinks.
And, the company is giving you 10 percent off your first order if you sign up for their email newsletter.