A lot of us were looking forward to the Design Walk on Upper King Street last Thursday, and it proved to be the best night of the week. Like the Art Walks around Broad Street, local shops opened their doors and their wine bottles and invited a diverse group of pedestrians to see what goods they had to offer. It was also the official opening of the beautiful new streetscape as Mayor Riley cut his first ribbon ever. I hope he has his own pair of oversized scissors. Most everyone ended their night at The Trusted Palate, a fantastically friendly wine bar, workshop, and gallery situated near O’Malley’s, Torch, 52.5 Records, and SuperBad.

Down the street, the crowds showed up in force for the premiere of Movies in Marion Square and a showing of Night at the Museum. Next week, it’s Bond night with a screening of Casino Royale.

Saturday evening, I basically walked in and right back out of Redux Art Factory because there was no parking, people, or direction, except to the ticket booth. Maybe I should have gone later because it’s usually a lot of fun. Later, at the Lush Row Train Wreck Party I mingled with such faux-celebrities as Angelina Jolie, Courtney Love, and Anna Nicole Smith-Marshall-Stern.

The Reading Day Pre-Party at the Visitor’s Center Bus Shed relieved college studying woes and work stress with an always upbeat performance by The Secrets. For once, I was actually glad someone put an obnoxious flyer under my windshield wiper.

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