Thursday, August 17, 2006

Hoobellatoo's Experiential Auction

There are some great items in here and even better that are not listed:

Hoobellatoo's First Experiential Auction
The evening of Sunday, August 27, at The Royale

On the evening of Sunday, August 27, from 6 to 9 p.m., the arts collective Hoobellatoo will host its first Experiential Auction in the back-yard beer garden of The Royale, 3132 South Kingshighway.

The items for auction will be experiences with interesting local people. Admission is $10, which pays for your first bid. All bidding starts at $10, and there will be a category of "First Bid Buys It" experiences, so everyone will have the opportunity to purchase an experience for the price of admission.

Experiences on-auction will include: a private lunch with Loop developer Joe Edwards at Blueberry Hill; a round of golf with former comptroller Virvus Jones; a ride about town with entrepreneur Steve Fitzpatrick Smith in his vintage Cadillac; a guided tour of the St. Louis Art Museum and a trip to a St. Louis Cardinals home game with St. Louis American Publisher Donald M. Suggs; one song by your band recorded and mixed by local rock star Jason Hutto; an ice cream with Fire Chief Sherman George; a romantic dinner for two overlooking the Mississippi River, prepared by KDHX poetry host Ann Haubrich of Hoobellatoo and local blues veteran Art Dwyer; a mentoring session on how to compose and record contemporary gospel music by local hip-hop gospel star Praiz' in his home studio; your Tarot read for you, by the poet Stefene Russell of Hoobellatoo; your astrological chart read for you, by the poet K. Curtis Lyle of Hoobellatoo; a night of dancing and drinks in St. Louis' lesbian clubs with hip-hop mix master Adam Long of Hoobellatoo; a tour of the state capitol and lunch in
Jefferson City with state Rep. Maria Chappelle-Nadal; a sad song about you, by the artist Robert Goetz of Hoobellatoo; a happy song about you, by the songstress Heidi Dean of Hoobellatoo; a portrait of you, by the artist Andrea Day of Hoobellatoo; a printmaking demonstration, drawing lesson and dinner at home with the artist Jenna Bauer of Hoobellatoo; a case of craft beer brewed especially for you, to your tastes, and with your picture (or whatever image you choose) right there on the label, by the poet and brewer Joe Esser of Hoobellatoo; and a bowl of homemade West African fish pepper soup and a beginner's yoga lesson from the writer Chris King of Hoobellatoo.

Proceeds from the Experiential Auction will benefit Hoobellatoo, an arts collective based in St. Louis. They will be used to fund the group's fall release of Blind Cat Black, an eclectic CD in the genre of "poetry score" -a long poem scored as one scores a film. Blind Cat Black will be released Friday, October 13 at Mad Art Gallery (2727 So. 12th St., in Soulard), in conjunction with an Art Invitational of pieces that respond to the poem.

Blind Cat Black was written by the Turkish poet Ece Ayhan (1931-2002) and translated by Murat Nemet-Nejat, a Turkish Jewish rug merchant who lives in Hoboken. The poetry score, produced by Chris King, features All-Ireland piper Michael Cooney, the guy who wrote the Hall & Oats hit "Private Eyes," local bluesman Tom Hall, raconteur and KDHX on-air talent Fred Friction, Pops Farrar, unreleased post-progressive rock from Los Angeles (circa 1981), the poet laureate of Australia, a Sufi oudist from Santa Fe, and assorted pop stars from the Nashville scene (including members of Lambchop) playing jazz on their secondary instruments.

The previous Hoobellatoo poetry score, Crossing America by Leo Connellan, was featured on NPR, BBC Radio 3 and in most local media.

The Royale (314-772-3600; is located at 3132 South Kingshighway, just south of Arsenal, across from the Courtesy Drive-In. It is a full-service restaurant with a fine selection of beers and spirits, including specialty drinks named for each of the city's political wards. For more information on Hoobellatoo or the Experiential Auction, email, call (516) 314-7364 or visit



Anonymous A city firefighter said...

I bet that Sherman George will over look 8 or 9 winning bids in order to take a lower and less qualified bid. Firefighters out there, you know what I mean.

2:58 PM  
Blogger Hans Gerwitz said...

"take a lower and less qualified bid."

I hope so. That Steve Fitzpatrick Smith fellow was insistent on outbidding me for lunch with the Chief.

7:18 PM  

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