Thursday, September 13, 2012

Where have you gone, Cherokee Art Happenings blog?

Hello blog!

Where have I been?  Obviously there was nothing going on on Cherokee Street for the past 2+ months, or I totally would have posted about it.  Heh. 

This blog was born out of what I perceived to be a need at the time — a one-stop-shop for art-related happenings on Cherokee Street.  I was getting e-mails from one place, word-of-mouth information from another, seeing blog posts from another.... And thought it would be useful to have everything in one place, to help to tell the story of how vibrant the arts are on Cherokee Street.

In the past couple of years, it's been much easier to find this information than it once was: like many people, I keep up with lots of Cherokee Street events and art news on Facebook now, and I've seen less of a need for this blog.

But:  I hate to let it die altogether.  After all, not everyone is on Facebook, and not everyone wants to be.  So I'm recommitting to making an effort to keep this blog updated when I see art-related stories and events related to Cherokee Street.  We'll see how that goes!

In the meantime, as always, there is great information on Cherokee Street News, so be sure to visit there!


Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Keith Mosier's MIAMI CENTERFOLD opens at PHD this Saturday, 6-30-12

Please join us
Saturday, June 30, 2012 from 7-10PM
for the opening reception of

Silver Gelatin, Architectural Photography by

"...a series of carefully considered black-and-white, silver gelatin photographs"
~ Mark Fischer, Riverfronttimes

Come for the photography, stay for the MIAMI NIGHTS STREET PARTY with refreshments and music by the SAXQUEST JAZZ ENSEMBLE

(Your $10. donation benefits FOOD OUTREACH)

If buildings could pose for the camera, Keith Mosier’s photographs would be centerfolds!  In them he captures the glamorous Streamline Moderne buildings of Miami’s Art Deco District.  Even when these gorgeous, wedding-cake concoctions are shabby and neglected, they’re sleek, modern, and undeniably sexy in Mosier’s photographs.  More than 20 prints are on view from June 30 - August 11, 2012 with an opening reception for the artist on Saturday, June 30, from 7-10PM.  

“Miami Centerfold” is Keith Mosier’s first solo exhibition.

PHD Gallery
2300 Cherokee Street
St, Louis, MO 63118
(314) 664-6644

Friday, June 15, 2012


STATIC: Sex, Lies & Watergate Tapes

Curious about her grandfather’s insistence that Nixon was framed,
artist and writer Wonder Koch began listening to the Watergate
recordings. Koch now believes that Nixon was INDEED framed. “By those
diabolical framers of the Constitution.”

On Sunday, June 17, 2012, the 40th Anniversary of Watergate, Koch will
present a work of fiction in which audio from the Watergate tapes
serves as the backdrop for a narrator with Watergate problems of her
own. The cadence and tone of Nixon's voice had wormed into my brain. I
could hear Nixon in my head, barking orders. The thing was, this new
Nixon was usually right. When Nixon bellowed, “Time to get out of bed,
Diamond Crutcher!” I knew it really was time.

The reading will take place at Fort Gondo Compound for the Arts, 3151
Cherokee Street, St. Louis, MO 63118. Doors open at 7 PM, reading will
begin promptly at 7:30.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

The Firecracker Press's Summer Reading Series 2012...

... kicks off this Saturday, June 16, 2012 at 2:00 p.m.

Says Firecracker:

Two poets - Two presses - Two broadsides.
Our Summer Reading Series is kicking off this Saturday with two readers, Kelli Allen and Kristin Sharp, and we'll be printing broadsides for each of them while they read. Everyone gets a set of fresh prints and the pleasure of hearing two wonderful readers for the price of admission - $5.

The Firecracker Press
2838 Cherokee St.
Saint Louis, MO 63118

Friday, June 8, 2012

"Dream City" by Kara Clark Holland, at Fort Gondo

Saturday, June 16, 2012, 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Fort Gondo Compound for the Arts

You are invited to the opening reception of "Dream City", an exhibition by Kara Clark Holland.

Kara lived in Tampa, Florida in the years leading to the peak of the Florida housing bubble and photographed the area extensively, exploring ideas of progress, utopia, commerce, and home. A selection of these photographs will be on display for Dream City, featuring images of urban and suburban landscapes and architecture.

June 16 - July 1, 2012
Opening reception Saturday, June 16, 7-10 pm

Fort Gondo Compound for the Arts
3151 Cherokee Street
St. Louis

Other hours by appointment only.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Architectural Promiscuity at Fort Gondo

Don't miss Angelo Olegna's debut solo show, Architectural Promiscuity, opening June 2, 2012 at Fort Gondo.

Event page on Facebook

Fort Gondo
3151 Cherokee Street
Saint Louis, Missouri  63118

  • Saturday, June 2, 2012
  • 7:00pm

Says Angelo:Sexy city-scapes for the scandalous urbanist pervert! I'm going to be putting on display never-before-seen works; including a little something different than usual.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Tomorrow: Nathaniel Farrell, Keith Newton & Matvei Yankelevich read in Gondo Poetry Series

The fort GONDO POETRY series is pleased to present:

Nathaniel Farrell
Keith Newton
Matvei Yankelevich

TOMORROW, April 28 at 7 P.M.


Nathaniel Farrell was born and grew up in Western Pennsylvania before moving to New York City, where he lived for fifteen years. A recent arrival in St. Louis, he is currently completing a dissertation on modern poetics at Columbia University and teaching at Washington University. A collection of two unpublished long poems — "Newcomer" and "The Republic" — is forthcoming from Ugly Duckling Presse.

Keith Newton’s writing has appeared in Denver Quarterly, 1913, Harvard Review, Konundrum Engine, and Typo, among other journals, and his chapbook of poems Sent Forth to Die in a Happy City was published in 2009 by Cannibal Books. He is co-editor of "The Harp & Altar Anthology" (Ellipsis Press, 2010), a selection of writing from the magazine Harp & Altar, which he founded in 2006. He lives in Brooklyn.

Matvei Yankelevich is the author of "Boris by the Sea" (Octopus Books), and the translator of "Today I Wrote Nothing: The Selected Writings of Daniil Kharms" (Ardis/Overlook). His new collection of
poems, "Alpha Donut," has just been released by United Artists Books. He is a member of the writing faculty at the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College and one of the the founding editors of Ugly Duckling Presse, a Brooklyn-based nonprofit publishing collective.

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This is the last reading in this season’s series. Please check our website soon to hear more about next season, which will begin in Fall 2012!

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Readings are sponsored in part by All Along Press.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

BPW Design Contest

Call for artists

Benton Park West Neighborhood Association (BPWNA) is requesting t-shirt design submissions to use as a fundraiser for the neighborhood association.  The winning design submission will be produced on t-shirts and sold at neighborhood meetings, events, and online.  Proceeds from the sale of the t-shirts will enable BPWNA to fulfill its mission and enhance our community.

  • Artwork should include “Benton Park West” text 
  • Artwork should capture the energy, diversity, and excitement of Benton Park West
  • Artwork may include, but not limited to Benton Park West architecture, people, culture, landmarks, institutions, etc.
  • Creativity and originality are required
  • Artwork should be appropriate for all ages: children through senior citizens
  • Artwork may be photos, painting (all mediums), collage, pen & ink, graphic design, computer generated
  • Color or Black & White; if color, please limit to 4 color.  
  • 2 dimensional and sizeable up to 16in x 20 in

Submitted artwork must be reproducible. Selected artwork may be used in the following methods:
• T-shirts
• Promotional postcards
• Promotional posters
• Print media ads 
• Other uses as determined by BPWNA

Please note: By entering this contest, the artist (if selected) agrees to provide a release waiver authorizing Benton Park West Neighborhood Association to reproduce the submitted image for the above usages. The printer may adjust the image for reproduction.  No prize money is awarded, but the artist will receive recognition on the BPWNA website, social media sites, The Porch newsletter, press releases, and any media interviews related to the design contest.

This request is open to all artists located within 100 miles of St. Louis.  All ages and skill levels are encouraged to submit their work.  BPWNA is not required to make recommendations or selections from the submissions if, in its opinion, qualifications are not appropriate.

Must be received/postmarked by 5PM, Monday, July 2, 2012.  All entries will be displayed at the Benton Park West neighborhood meeting on Thursday, July 19 at 7PM.  Attendees of that meeting will vote for their top choices.  Finalists will be notified by Monday, July 30, 2012.  Finalists may be asked to show their original work to the August neighborhood meeting, Thursday, August 16. The designer of the winning artwork will be notified by phone/email by Friday, August 24, 2012. The voting schedule is subject to change and all contestants would be notified in advance of any scheduled changes.

DO NOT SUBMIT ORIGINAL ARTWORK.  Your submissions will not be returned. After reviewing submissions, we will keep your application on file for future considerations.
All submissions should include the following information: 
• Name
• Address
• Contact phone number(s) 
• Titles & Descriptions of artwork images submitted
• Website information if applicable

Email Submissions: 
Please submit up to 6 artworks/images in JPEG format (no larger than 500KB each) as attachments to secretary(at)bentonparkwest(dot)org.

Please Note: If you have a website, instead of sending attachments, you may simply send us the URL of the images you wish to submit and the link to your site.

Postal Mail Submissions: 
Please submit up to 6 artworks/images/photos (sizes 3x5 to 8x10) to:

Benton Park West Neighborhood Association
Attn: T-Shirt Design
P.O. Box 18671
St. Louis, MO  63118
For confirmation of receipt of submission, enclose a Self Addressed Stamped Postcard with your submission.

Please contact Scott McIntosh by calling (314)719-6507 or emailing secretary(at)bentonparkwest(dot)org.
Please be sure to visit our site,

Thank you for your submission!

Shakespeare in the Streets -- this weekend

Local Benton Park / Gravois Park / Cherokee Street business owners and residents will be appearing alongside professional actors in a play artfully adapted from William Shakespeare╩╝s The Tempest titled The New World, as part of the inaugural Shakespeare in the Streets, April 27-29. The event is underwritten by PNC Arts Alive and the National Endowment for the Arts.

The hour-long play will be performed at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, April 27-28, and at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 29, at the intersection of Cherokee Street and California Avenue. All performances are free.

Creative team members Tlaloc Rivas (director), Nancy Bell (playwright) and Justin Barisonek (set designer) spent the past four months in the neighborhood collaborating with the residents, immersing themselves in the culture.  The three attended neighborhood events, met with residents, business owners and the community leaders in an attempt to get to know one another and to simply understand the history, the stories and the current concerns of the neighborhood. 

The resulting script draws upon Shakespeare, real conversations with the residents, and the playwright’s own impressions. For example, the character Gonzalo says: 
 “The people here in City South, in Louis Saint,
 They do be different, that much is sure.
 Some immigrants, some working class
 Some artists and many others, too.
 But here they are.  Together.  Every day.
 And basically, they’re...
 Pretty chill
 With one another.....
 I would not change it.

Friday & Saturday, April 27-28 at 8PM and Sunday, April 29 at 3PM. It’ll be a block party. Get excited!

More on this exciting event here

Thursday, March 29, 2012



will be having a combined event for our participation in
'Cherokee Street Saturday Night' Street Party
Saturday, April 14

Live Music by


Art Opening for STL Artist




“Cherokee Street Saturday Night” – celebrates how the arts have helped revitalize this St. Louis neighborhood. Free and open to the public, from 6 to 8 p.m. stores and galleries on Cherokee Street will be open from Indiana Ave. to Virginia Ave., with music venues, art openings, food trucks and street entertainment. At 8 p.m. the party moves to Art Dimensions, 2720 Cherokee St. and the public is invited. This event has been planned in conjunction with Cherokee businesses and artists, led by Randy and Jeff Vines of StL-Style (

Let them know you are coming!!!

Issue 9 of Lumberyard has appeared

And it looks like a beauty!  Details and ordering information on the Firecracker Press's website here.

Cherokee Street Saturday Night (Saturday, April 14, that is)

Saturday, April 14, 2012, 6:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Art. Shop. Eat. Drink. Dance. Create. Party.

As part of Rustbelt to Artist Belt : At the Crossroads, Arts-Based Community Development Convening at the Chase Hotel April 12-14, 2012, we introduce Cherokee Street Saturday Night.

This event will feature all that we love about ART in COMMUNITIES. Extended business hours, live music, street performances, art installations, participant art, improv, food trucks, restaurants, drinks, people, culture.

Get out in the street and pARTicipate!

More info:

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Jennifer O'Connor/Tim Foljahn/Alexa Wilding at Foam, March 19

Monday, March 19, 2012
  • 9:00pm until 12:00am

  • You’ve probably heard Brooklyn Indie Folk artist Jennifer O’Connor, as she’s had songs appear on numerous television shows and films such as Parenthood, Sons of Anarchy, The Ghost Whisperer, The Strangers and Private Practice. O’Connor has toured the United States many times over, playing alongside bands such as Wilco, Cass McCombs, Silver Jews, The Mountain Goats, Damien Jurado, Feist and Yo La Tengo. She graces the Foam stage with a special Monday night performance.

    3359 S. Jefferson Ave. (at Cherokee)
    Saint Louis, MO 63118
  • Friday, March 9, 2012

    Book Release Party for Sermons and Lectures TONIGHT at Firecracker

    Book Release Party

    Friday, March 9th from 7-9pm
    We've just finished Matt Hart's new book/boxed set, Sermons and Lectures Both Blank and Relentless. It's a letterpressed edition of 50 copies, containing three books of punk-rock poetry, and a full-length CD. Come by the studio Friday, March 9th to hear Matt read (it's FREE) and purchase one of these limited editions while they last. More info HERE.

    The Firecracker Press, LLC
    2838 Cherokee St.
    St. Louis, MO 63118


    Cbabi Bayoc - Birds & Words opens at Aisle 1 Gallery TONIGHT

    Cbabi Bayoc
    Birds & Words

    Opening Reception
    Aisle 1 Gallery
    Friday, March 9, 2012

    Cbabi (pronounced Kuh-bob-bi) Bayoc is an artist who has always known, and lived, his calling: creating art which reflects his love of music and family. Bayoc, 39, lives in south St. Louis with his wife and three kids. He grew up in O'Fallon, IL and is an alumnus of Southwestern Illinois College and Grambling State University. Cbabi's defining project this year is his impressive resolution of "365 Days With Dad." While surely very busy painting a father a day in 2012, Cbabi will be also be completing a new body of work sure to please lovers of birds and words for this exhibition at Aisle 1 Gallery.

    Aisle 1 Gallery is extremely excited to bring Cbabi Bayoc's work to Cherokee Street.

    Join us to celebrate this bird-filled body of work from 7 – 11 pm on March 9, 2012.

    Read more about the Artist :
    Find Cbabi on Facebook

    Cbabi and his "365 Days with Dad" project have recently been featured in The St. Louis Beacon, Fox 2 News, and the Belleville News Democrat.

    Aisle 1 Gallery is located at 2627 Cherokee Street, at Texas Ave. just one block west of Jefferson Ave.