Get ready, because one of the best Halloween parties ever thrown Downtown is coming back for 2016. The Sinners for Saints Ball will happen Saturday, October 29 from 9 PM to 3 AM at Stop 345 at the corner of Madison and Danny Thomas. There will be plenty of music to go around: Americana roots-rock band The Dead Soldiers will perform, as will party band The Super 5. Bringing his smooth tunes to the ball will be local favorite Charvey Mac, and Lil’ Egg Roll will be the DJ spinning the tunes. There will be an open bar including complimentary beer, wine, mixed drinks, punches, and Hipner’s legendary craft Jello shots. There will be food as well from your favorite local restaurants.
Costumes are strongly encouraged, and there will be a costume contest with over $1000 worth of prizes.
There will be free photos from the Amurica photo booth, and you’ll have access to Tad Pierson’s famous indoor trailer park. Tickets are $40 in advance, $50 at the door, with all proceeds benefiting the Church Health Center. Buy tickets here. 21 and up only.
I went to this party last year, and had a blast. There are three different rooms plus an outdoor area in which to mingle. Because people are bound to ask me, yes the party drew a LOT of hot girls. Food was excellent, craft Jello shots were outstanding. Well worth the price of admission and you’re helping a good charity besides. The only thing I hope they change is that they need to announce the costume contest loudly in every room and outside before it begins, and let the judges do their job independently. I WILL BE THERE and I already have a costume in mind. The costume will be an extension of my personality, according to some people.
A new movement called The Artery will reclaim public pathways as corridors for experience and inspiration. The DMC is calling for artists and creative types to create an outdoor gallery experience in Barboro Alley between Second and Front. (That’s the alley bordering Aldo’s Pizza Pies and Local among other businesses.) A variety of media will be selected including murals, lighting, sculpture, video projection, and more. Art is to be installed by November 17, 2016 (which I will mention is the day before my birthday if anyone is in the mood to buy presents). For interested artists, there will be an alley exploration party Thursday, September 1, from 5 to 7 PM.
BreakFest 901 is a festival celebrating breakfast and brunch on Saturday, September 24. It isn’t Downtown – it’s at the water tower on Broad Avenue – but I am happy to promote it because it is in support of an excellent cause, the Urban Bicycle Food Ministry that does so much to feed those who are hungry in Downtown and Midtown. There are a couple of spots for cooking teams still open, so apply before September 10 if interested.
As far as I’ve been told, my team The Moody Ques are not entering this one. There are some BBQ regionals in the weeks around BreakFest that we may have our eyes on instead.
Did you know that there are FIFTEEN hotel projects in various stages of development Downtown right now? If all of them make it through to completion, the number of rooms Downtown would double to about 6000. That would be a big help attracting conventions!
Local startup The TapBox is expanding. They bring their own taps to pour local and regional craft beer at events around the city. They are expanding the number of taps as well as the number of tap units, and they will soon be hiring more professional bartenders to pour the beer.
Craig Brewer and Black Lodge’s Pandemonium Cinema Showcase comes to the Cossitt Library at Front and Monroe from 4 to 11:30 PM today. These events will be interactive and will go way beyond just sitting there and watching movies. This first event will be a video game movie meltdown, featuring Tron, Super Mario Bros.: The Movie, and other classics. Free for the public to attend.
Farmers Market is up first today. I am going to embrace this weekend to the fullest!