Oftentimes, the best date nights pay homage to high-school memories but with a grown-up twist. Grab your best guy or gal, and make plans for a classic burger with all the fixings and then go see a flick. Only now, rather than heading to the Megaplex, jump in the car and head to the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis' hip courtyard for Concrete Cinema, an open-air experience that explores the connection between cinema and performance.

Before the movie starts, hit up Dooley's Beef-n-Brew House. This St. Louis classic is reimagined and reopened within walking distance of the Contemporary Art Museum.

Dooley’s is the ideal place to kick it old school and eat like you did back in the day. Start off with Louie Wings. Yes, they are fried – skin on – and are offered with either hot or barbecue sauce from Pappy’s Smokehouse.

Of course, Dooley’s is renowned for its hamburger. Grow it up a bit and order The Hill. The 6-ounce grilled burger is covered in zesty marinara sauce and served on a garlic cheese baguette. Pair The Hill with an order of onion rings for a savory, crispy little-something-extra.

Once you and your date are satisfied, walk up to the Contemporary Art Museum for the Concrete Series, which on Sat., July 7, will feature Madness and Genius. The director, Ryan Eslinger, will be on hand to answer questions when the film is over. What’s more, this film serves to kick off the St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase that runs through Thu., July 12.

Dooley's is one of 11 restaurants in Grand Center taking part in a newly launched passport promotion with rewards including $100 and $50 gift certificates to the notable entertainment venues in St. Louis' cultural arts hub. More details here


Dooley's Beef-n-Brew House, 601 North Grand Blvd., 314.531.7600, dooleysbeefandbrewhouse.com.


Concrete Cinema, Madness and Genius, Sat., July 7, Contemporary Art Museum, 3750 Washington Blvd., camstl.org. The event is free and open to the public. The doors open at 7pm with the screening to begin at 8pm (dusk). A cash bar will be available.

Every Thursday, Amy Burdge recommends a restaurant to attend before a local cultural event for a great night out. Missed one of her Dinner & A Show columns? Get them all here. Outside of FEAST, Burdge writes Eat It, St. Louis!, a blog dedicated to the pure love of food, the artistry and passion of those who create it and the sheer experience it provides.

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