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Book lovers of all ages can celebrate St. Louis’ literary heritage at the inaugural BookFest St. Louis, Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017, in the Central West End. The event is presented by the Central West End, Left Bank Books and the Left Bank Books Foundation.

The book festival will bring a diverse mix of locally and internationally renowned writers, with appearances by award-winning authors such as Sherman Alexie, Ann Leckie and many more. Link to schedule.

Festival-goers will be able to enjoy panels highlighting the best of contemporary literary fiction, poetry, memoir, science fiction, young adult fiction, mystery and history, as well as participate in family-friendly activities including book sales, literary crafts, live music and more within the McPherson Avenue festival zone and at other venues throughout the Central West End.

All BookFest St. Louis activities are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted.

In between BookFest St. Louis author events, be sure to check out the McPherson Avenue festival zone, featuring live music, demonstrations, book sellers, local artisans and more! Open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 23.

William Burroughs in London, 1989

Celebrate CWE’s Literary Legacy at Writer’s Corner
Beat Generation writer William S. Burroughs will join busts of other one-time CWE residents Tennessee Williams, T.S. Eliot and Kate Chopin at the intersection of Euclid and McPherson. Burroughs’ sculpture will be installed on the southwest corner, outside Left Bank Books, and will be unveiled at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23. Link for more info.

More events this weekend on and off campus:

In “Raindropped,” Scott Greenberg, a senior in Arts & Sciences, explores the idea of tumbling from grace, both figuratively and literally. This weekend, “Raindropped” will receive its world premiere staged reading at Washington University in St. Louis as part of the annual A.E. Hotchner New Play Festival.

Greater St. Louis Hispanic Festival
Friday September 22-Sunday September 25
Soulard Market
The annual event will feature Hispanic Folkloric dancers, over 70 booths and the Los Ninos Kids Corner with piñatas and traditional Hispanic games.
Link to more information.

It’s quite a sight as the sun goes down and dozens of hot air balloon owners fire up their burners to inflate giant balloons in the middle of Forest Park. It’s called the Balloon Glow and part of a beloved St. Louis tradition that signals the end of summer and a 45 year old race across the sky of colorful hot air balloons.

The festivities begin Friday, Sept. 15 at 7:00 p.m. on Art Hill. Boogie Chyld will be performing on the mainstage and fireworks are set to light up the sky at 9:15 p.m. You can also walk around the grounded, inflated balloons and see they glow before they take off for the race on Saturday.

The organizers claim the Annual Great Forest Park Balloon Race  is “the oldest and most well-attended FREE Hot-Air Balloon Event in the World.”

Saturday, September 16, 2017, Festivities begin at Noon
Great Forest Park Balloon Race – Art Hill
Maryville University Main Stage
Featuring STL’s Ultimate Mash Up Cover Band – Super Majik Robots plus performances by The Muny Kids, IGNITE Theater Company and Pazazz Performers

PURINA Children’s Entertainment Area
activities for kids of all ages – inflatables, games, Mural painting with St. Louis Children’s Hospital, performances by the Purina Pro Plan Performance Team and much more!

Enterprise Family Picnic Area
3:00 P.M. — Miller Lite Skydivers
3:30 P.M. — Opening Ceremonies at The Maryville University Main Stage
4:30 P.M. — “Hare” Balloon Launches – PNC Bank’s Orange Blossom
4:45 P.M. — “Hound” Balloons Launch

Link here for map, parking, directions


Soak up some sun, music, and art this weekend in Forest Park and nearby Clayton. Starting tonight, there will be a free prequel to LouFest just for college students in Forest Park. Student Life reports on the event called, LouFestU :

“a new initiative geared toward showing St. Louis college students what all the city has to offer them, LouFest will be launching LouFest U this Friday from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., the night before the festival’s official start. In the spirit of catering to college students, the event will be completely free, with five musical artists performing and dozens of St. Louis businesses present to meet and network with students.”

Weezer, Snoop Dogg, and Cage the Elephant are the headliners at LouFest that starts on Saturday and runs for two days. The LouFest gates will open at 11:00am each day and close at 10:00pm each day. Tickets and more info available here: FAQ.

The LouFest band lineup includes:

Run the Jewels • Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats
Spoon • Huey Lewis & the News • Marian Hill • Lizzo
Houndmouth • Lecrae • Robert Randolph & the Family Band
Hippo Campus • The Record Company • ZZ Ward • Rainbow Kitten Surprise
Mondo Cozmo • Noname • Future Thieves • Middle Kids • Mvstermind
Ron Gallo • Jonny P • OKEY DOKEY • Jess Nolan • Chris Bandi • Jack Grelle
18andCounting & theOnlyEnsemble • Beth Bombara • Mathias & the Pirates • Starwolf
Daily Performances by Robot+Bike on the LouKidz Stage

To the west of campus in Clayton, the streets will be closed to traffic and pedestrians can wander for miles around the tents full of artworks by local and national artists. The Fair opens Friday night, Sept. 8, and runs through Sunday, Sept. 10. No entry fee.

The Saint Louis Art Fair was founded in 1994 and is ranked among the top ten art fairs and festivals to visit in the US.

There’s a whole city block of food vendors and two live music venues.

Fair hours:
Friday      5 – 10:00 PM
Saturday   11 AM – 10 PM
Sunday      11 AM – 5 PM

Ever been to a Native American Pow Wow? You can this weekend and it’s right here on campus. The 26th annual Pow Wow, a celebration of American Indian cultures, will be held Saturday, April 9, starting at 10:00 a.m. in the Field House. The theme of this year’s Pow Wow is “Honoring Our Language to Strengthen Our Future.”

Joe Masters, MSW ’13 (Biidwewiigun Mukwa, Thunder Bear), says language is an essential part of Native American cultural identity. In this video, he sings a native song — an invitation to dance.

Hosted by the Kathryn M. Buder Center for American Indian Studies at the Brown School, the event is free and open to the public. Visitors and participants at the Pow Wow will be able to enjoy dancing, singing, drumming, arts, crafts and food. Grand entries will take place at noon and 6 p.m. Traditional arts and crafts booths, and community information booths, open at 10 a.m. Click here for more info.

Link to more events this weekend recommended by the staff of Student Life.

Image: Participants in the 2007 Buder Center Pow Wow held in the Washington University in St. Louis Fieldhouse, by Joe Angeles, WUSTL Photo Services

Weekend Bender [wiːkˈɛnd /ˈbɛndə/] noun: A three day, 1.5 credit hour class that takes place from 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday, and noon – 3 p.m. on Sunday. Also known as the weekend from h***.

Alright, I’m being dramatic. Not only was my first (what I’m calling) “weekend bender” not bad, it was incredibly interesting and the sense of accomplishment when you walk out of class on Sunday is unparalleled in business school to date. Except maybe completing the Managerial Statistics final …

Even before you start business school, you’ll hear about “accelerating” in the info sessions, which means that you take more classes per semester than what’s required of you to complete the program in the allotted three years. Essentially, you set yourself up to finish sooner than anticipated.

There are many ways There is one way to do that and it’s by taking more classes. Your options are an increase in evening classes during the week (no, thank you – two evenings a week is enough), a week-long class (do they think I’m made out of PTO days?) or a “weekend bender.” These are the most popular because, as mentioned two paragraphs above, you can knock out 1.5 credits in three days (three days!!!!). As you might expect, these classes fill up quickly, so if you don’t register for them within a couple of hours (and I’m being generous) from when registration opens, then the odds of you getting in are slim.

Are they worth it? Absolutely! Let me repeat: 1.5 credits in three days. However, they don’t come without their caveats:

  • You have to prepare: For the particular class that I participated in this past weekend, we had close to 200 pages of case/article reading to do before the first day, followed by more reading between days. That’s a lot to juggle with work and your regular class load, so the week leading up to the class isn’t without its sacrifices.
  • The days can get long: Luckily for me, the class was not only interesting, it relied heavily on class participation, which means you stay engaged. Just remember to grab a coffee on your way back to class from lunch so that you don’t succumb to that early afternoon drowsiness. By day three, it’s more powerful than you think …
  • You have no weekend to recuperate: You know that weekend where you need an additional weekend to make up for it? Well, this is that type of weekend, except that instead of cursing your Mardi Gras decisions, you’re in a daze from 21 hours of class. But, you know what? It’s OK (1.5 credits in three days!!!).

As you can tell by now, I’m all for this type of format. I’m signed up for another “weekend bender” in April and I can’t wait to continue this pattern every semester moving forward. Seriously, the feeling that you’re that much closer to graduating is a high that will keep you soaring until you walk into Managerial Economics on Tuesday.

To my fellow PMBAs out there, any advice for how to survive this type of weekend? How would you approach the workload?

Image: Starbucks Addict, Spry, Flickr Creative Commons