Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Ballroom Dancing @ the Casa Loma

July 10: Ballroom dance with a 24-piece orchestra, Knights of Swing, at the Casa Loma Ballroom (3354 Iowa at Cherokee). Free dance lesson from 7:45 - 8:30 PM. Doors open at 7:30 PM. Dancing until 11:30pm. General Admission: $10. For more information or reserved seating call 664-8000.

For the complete July schedule go to www.casalomaballroom.com or call 314-664-8000.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Philip Hitchcock of PHD Gallery on "Cityscape".

On today's KWMU "Cityscape" gallery owners Ronnie Greenberg (Greenberg Van Doren Gallery), William Shearburn (Willam Shearburn Gallery) and Philip Hitchcock (PHD Gallery) discuss the challenges of owning a gallery in these uncertain economic times, and their upcoming exhibitions.

Listen to audio of the program here.

PHD Gallery is located at 2300 Cherokee Street.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Launch party for Glitch @ Fort Gondo

Glitch is a new art publication. It is a collective of writers/visual artists/noise makers/hopeful cynics and hopeless romantic robots.

We are celebrating the birth of the first issue by opening our doors to the public. In order to participate you must first see what we are. Please do so by visiting our online home here.

If you like what you see and would like to contribute work, please visit our blog. There you may see the next issue as it's being compiled.

All you need to do then is register and post your submissions directly via the blog. At the end of August all submissions on the blog will be compiled into Glitch 2 and published. All participants receive a free copy of the journal along with the feeling of accomplishment for seeing their work reproduced on the surface of a beautiful printed page alongside other happy participants.

We are hosting a Launch Party for Glitch next month. See the details below.

For any questions feel free to contact us at - mail at theglitch dot info

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Launch Party for Glitch:
Saturday July 11th @ Fort Gondo | 7pm
with sonic experiments by Dave Stone and OKI

Fort Gondo
3151 Cherokee Street (just east of Compton)
St. Louis, MO 63118
tel. 314.772.3628
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After party for Glitch:
Saturday July 11th @ Upstairs Lounge | 10pm
music by Jim K/ Caustik/ hard_drive ft. Rockwell Knuckles
video projection by freeformfilm.org

New extended deadline for City Art Supply t-shirt design contest

update 7.17.09 Contest canceled, see this post

The new deadline for entry: Friday, July 3rd

Entries can be submitted in any 2d format, no larger than 20" x 20" or on a CD in person at City Art Supply or online in JPEG/PDF format (email to zen_servo at hotmail dot com). The only requirement is that the phrase "City Art Supply" appears prominently in the design.

Include your name, your e-mail, and your phone# with your entry. Only one entry per person.

City Art Supply
3215 Cherokee St.
St. Louis, MO 63118

First Prize:
a screenprinting kit (3 inks, a screen, a squeegee, and Diazo chemicals), plus a $50 City Art Supply gift certificate

Second Prize:
$40 City Art Supply gift certificate

Third Prize:
$30 City Art Supply gift certificate

Saturday, July 18th- The T-Shirt Launch Party

The prizes are awarded, the winning T-Shirts are unveiled, and starting on the 18th through Sunday, July 26th, all screenprinting supplies are 25% off.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

PHD Gallery hosts Tom Bianchi/David Lancaster

Please join us
Saturday, June 27, 2009
7-10 p.m.
(after Pridefest)
for the opening reception of

Limited Edition Archival Prints from SX-70 Polaroids

From Paul Friswold of the Riverfront Times
Candid Camera - by Paul Friswold

"Tom Bianchi was not a professional artist when he began making photographs with a Polaroid SX 70 in 1976 — he was a young lawyer living a closeted life in New York and exulting in what he called an "invisible life in the gay paradise of Fire Island" on the weekends. Bianchi photographed fellow revelers, carefully keeping their faces out of frame. Being outed was career suicide in the real world, but those concerns were far away on Fire Island; there the homosexual population of the East Coast lived out fantasies of being who they really were. Skinny-dipping was accepted, nude sunbathing was common, but so were smaller achievements that perhaps mattered more: On Fire Island a same-sex couple could hold hands while strolling the beach. Bianchi photographed everything, compiling a historic record of a pivotal time and place in the gay revolution, and in doing so created art that celebrates the male physique with an eye as keenly appreciative as any classical sculptor.

"Tom Bianchi: Memories of Fire Island, a selection of 24 limited-edition archival prints from his collection of 9,000 images, opens with a free public reception from 7-10 p.m. Saturday, June 27, at the phd gallery (2300 Cherokee Street; 314-664-6644 or www.phdstl.com). Bianchi will attend the opening reception, and Memories of Fire Island remains up through Saturday, August 15. The gallery is open Thursday through Sunday."

.....In the Portfolio Gallery.....

Oil on studded aluminum paintings and sculpture

"Please God, Make Me Not Queer"

"Give me chastity ... but not yet." St. Augustine (354-430), Bishop of Hippo and one of the major figures of early Christianity, uttered this famous prayer in his struggle to gain mastery over his earthly desires. In the spirit of brazen honesty with which Augustine addressed his deity, David Lancaster proposes a collection of modern prayers, painted in oil on aluminum, designed to explore and question the nature of communication with the divine. Sad, bold, frank and funny, the prayers challenge our collective notions of supplication and gratitude -- what we should ask of an omnipotent God and for what we should give thanks -- and the very idea that prayer is a catalyst for divine action.

Ten of Lancaster's studded aluminum paintings and sculpture will be on view in PHD's Portfolio Gallery. The text of each prayer, rendered without vowels or word breaks (in the manner of early biblical manuscripts), surrounds the nude supplicant, painted in oil on aluminum, the whole nailed to a plywood substrate with brass escutcheon pins, reminiscent of Christian icon paintings and stained glass windows.

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

A New Currency at Snowflake, Friday 7-10 pm

Please join us Friday, June 26 from 7-10 pm for our newest exhibition:
A New Currency.

3156 Cherokee Street
St. Louis, MO 63118

Artists Respond to Market
St. Louis Joins Cities Around the Globe to Be Host of the Exhibition A New Currency

Art often acts as a sign of the times and the effect of today’s economy on the art market seems to be no exception. The current recession has hit it hard, affecting the actions of artists, curators, critics and buyers. Directed by curator Dan Cameron (Prospect New Orleans), a group of thirty-one MFA students at the School of Visuals Arts have developed the exhibition A New Currency as an artist’s response to these changing economic circumstances on the contemporary art community.

A New Currency in St. Louis will be a part of the global impact of the exhibition, joining cities around the world such as Los Angeles, D.C., Seoul and Taipei, to explore the current trends and feelings of artists in each city. Opening on June 26, 7 – 10 pm at Snowflake, the exhibition will feature the art of several artists who are working to make a career in this tough economy.

Works by Bruce Burton, Nate Chung, Eric Hall, Mike Schuh and Jennifer Wilkey are featured in the exhibition.

Curated by Cole Root and Amy Blomme, A New Currency aims to explore today’s artists, as they begin to develop their own careers and respond to the newest trends in the contemporary art community. As the galleries that could once jumpstart a career struggle during this recession, the weight is now left more heavily on each individual artist. All of the pieces in the exhibition give an artist’s insight into their perception of what currency is to them and how it affects their work.

Looking at each of these artists’ perspective of what is current in our artistic community; A New Currency shows the power of the individual artist to define his or her own career and share with the rest of us a sign of the times.

For more information visit the website: www.anewcurrency.com or contact Cole Root or Amy Blomme.

Where: Snowflake 3156 Cherokee Street, St. Louis, MO 63118
When: Opening Reception Friday, June 26, 2009 – 7 pm-10 pm,
Runs through July 20
Hours: Saturdays, 11 am to 3 pm
Cost: Free and Open to the Public

Contact: Cole Root or Amy Blomme
314.629.8769 / 314.497.5795
c.cole.root at gmail dot com / amy.blomme at gmail dot com

Last chance to see Bill Chott in STL

One last week to see Bill Chott in action here in St. Louis. Three, if your schedule permits this week. Listen to us live on John Carney's show on KMOX tonight around 10:30 or so.

1. HAROLD NIGHT AND LONGFORM JAM - Bill Chott (Saturday Night Live, The Ringer, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia) and St. Louis' hottest improvisers perform longform improv, an artform with roots in St. Louis history. Tuesday June 23rd (tonight) at The Improv Trick Comedy Underground 2715 Cherokee St. 8:00 pm.

2. COMEDY STAGE MATCH - St. Louis's top comedy improvisers match wits in The Stagematch, a no-holds-barred, knock-down, drag out head to head bout. Imagine if Wrestling at the Chase broke out at a Whose Line Is It Anyway improv show! Cheer your heros, boo your villains, and you'll laugh till you're down for the count. Funds from this show will benefit local at-risk kids and adults in the Cherokee area. Wednesday the 24th (tomorrow) At The Stable 1821 Cherokee 9:00pm

3. COMEDY ROAST - Bill Chott's 40th Birthday Roast. Bill's comedy friends and family will rip him a new one, and the public is invited. This will be every bit as raunchy and rowdy as a Friar's Club or Comedy Central Roast. Don't miss this once in a lifetime event! $8.00 ticket includes beer! At The Improv Trick Comedy Underground 2715 Cherokee 9:00pm.

Online ticketing is available for all these events...The Roast may sell out early, so buy your tickets now. For info, click here.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Letterpress Class Last Chance!

Hey all,

This week is the last chance to sign up for the next letterpress class at All Along Press.... This Saturday and Sunday from noon until 4 pm.

The class comes with a full month of access to the letterpress and all of our type, and is only $55.

Also, our class schedule for July is up here:

All Along Press
3155 Cherokee Street
Saint Louis, MO 63118

City Art Supply T-Shirt Design Contest Deadline Has Been Extended!

update 7.17.09 Contest canceled, see this post

(See earlier info on t-shirt design contest here.)

The deadline is now Friday, June 26. Email zen_servo at hotmail dot com for more info on entry. The date for the T-Shirt Launch Party will also changed, TBA.

See new extended deadline and Launch Party info here.

Jeremy Rabus ... 4 places to see his artwork

Lots of Jeremy Rabus paintings available ... some at St. Louis City Hall (for only a week and a half longer), 2 pieces in Sans Le Motif at 3rd Floor Gallery (1214 Washington Ave), some at Hoffman LaChance Contemporary, still others at my studio (3213 Cherokee Street) ... various sizes, all different prices.


Monday, June 15, 2009

Opening at Boots -- Bazuco, DrumKit, and Dead Druglords

On June 19, Boots Contemporary Art Space will be the next hot spot for the art collective Bazuco. This exhibition will include a storefront headquarters filled with t-shirts, skateboards, zines, posters and stickers from the American Flags collection, Professor Bazuco's latest book, CDs and singles by Juan-ex-Band, DrumKit, Nofuturo and Los Famosos. Plus a special release of a limited edition vinyl single by the band DrumKit, both for sale and visual delight.

Behind this storefront a continuous rotation of video projections will feature live shows by Bazuco Bands, clips from the BZC TV web show and video commercials. Opening night will feature a double shot of Bazuco live music: American band DrumKit will bring their casual pop-punk style while the Colombian Latin mash-up duo Dead Druglords will finish the party with their narcotic ensemble.

Dead Druglords is a one-night party/event involving a DJ set, Latin mash-up and live performers with a visual and interactive show. The presentation develops a narco-aesthetic language, heavily influenced by imagery of the Latin drug lords of the '80s and '90s in the USA. Visiting dead drug lords Pablo Acosta and Amado Carrillo Fuentes will dance from the dead while an airplane piñata waits to be smashed down by the St. Louis crowd. Live video projections of animated sequences and DJ sets of Salsa and Reggaeton-mashups will entertain and engage the public.

Dead Druglords video link.

About Bazuco
Bazuco started in Bogotá, Colombia in 2005, as a response to a lethargic art scene full of victimization and false folklore. Aware of a cultural trend based on the business of selling "exotic" and misery-based images by the South to the North, and realizing how this cultural tourism was only a reformulation of third world subordinates and neo-nationalism, artist Juan Obando and designers Juan Rios and Juan Ospina decided to flip the coin and present their work under the ultimate icon of first-world domination: a media company.

Deterritorialized, ubiquitous and free, Bazuco has ventured into fashion, radio, prints, music, and video production, creating a variety of live and web shows. These products speak clearly to and about a new hybrid, deterritorialized generation defined by consumption and commercialism. After being selected for Colombia's "Salon Nacional de Artistas" in 2008-2009, Bazuco now tours the US in hopes of putting its flag on the land of the free.

Opening reception: Friday, June 19 6:30 - 10pm
Boots Contemporary Art Space
2307 Cherokee St. • St Louis, MO • 63118 • 314.773.2281

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Lumberyard #4 Magazine Release Party at Firecracker

Lumberyard #4 Magazine Release Party "Hollywood Western Disco"
Friday, June 19, 6:00-10:00 p.m.
at The Firecracker Press

2838 Cherokee Street
Saint Louis, MO


We’re celebrating the release of the fourth issue of Lumberyard Magazine with a Hollywood Western Disco party. What’s Lumberyard Magazine you ask? It’s only the hottest magazine for swinging poetry and totally wasted design. Roll on over and check it out! DON’T MISS the KEY PARTY RAFFLE.

Poets in this issue include: Elizabeth Bradfield, Matthew Dickman, Heather Jacobs, Gabriel Freid, Karyna McGlynn, Jamieson Ridenhour, Jay Rubin, and Jeffrey Skinner.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Last Chance for All Along Press T-shirt Class

This is your last chance to sign up for this month's t-shirt screen printing class at All Along Press... $45 for an 8-hour class plus one month of access to the shop! Saturday-Sunday | June 6-7 | 12pm to 4pm

Students will learn the basics of screen-printing 1-color images onto t-shirts, using the photo-emulsion process. They will learn how to coat and expose screens using a hand drawn image or a digital print-out, including getting the proper exposure for creating very detailed images. They will also discover the best methods for keeping t-shirts flat, placing the image correctly on the shirt, using the proper ink for fabric, as well as how to properly set the ink into the shirt using professional methods as well as at-home techniques. By the end of the class, students will have produced wearable 1-color t-shirts.

All Along Press
3155 Cherokee Street
Saint Louis, MO 63118

City Art Supply----LOW PAINT PRICES----CHECK IT!

City Art Supply's All-the-time LOW PRICES on PAINTS

We price our paints well BELOW suggested retail list prices...

Compare and SAVE:

Liquitex Series One Heavy Body Acrylics...THEY want $7.47, WE have them for $6.24!
LeFranc & Bourgeois Designer's Gouache...THEY want $ 5.25, WE have them for $4.19!
Golden Fluid Acrylic-Pthalo Blue...THEY want $6.09, WE have it for $4.43!!!

Visit us for more DEALS on items like Rives BFK paper sheets, Crayola products, Higgins Inks, and then some!!!

South City artists NO LONGER have to travel far for art supplies, we're in YOUR neighborhood...

City Art Supply
3215 Cherokee Street
St. Louis, MO 63118

Store Hours:
M-Sat, 12-6
Sun, 12-4

Stage Match TONIGHT ... June 3rd at The Stable.

Bill Chott (Saturday Night Live, The Ringer, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia) hosts this hilarious opening night benefit for a new St. Louis comedy tradition.

St. Louis's top improvisers will match wits in The Stagematch, a no-holds-barred, knock-down, drag out head to head bout. Audience suggestions are spun into pure comedy gold in this evening of competitive improv.

Imagine if Wrestling at the Chase broke out at a Whose Line Is It Anyway improv show! Cheer your heros, boo your villains, and you'll laugh till you're down for the count.

Funds will be raised for scholarships for local improv students, and this party will go on way into the night.

At The Stable 1821 Cherokee Street (at Lemp)
Doors Open at 9:00pm
June 3

Suggested Donation $10

Freezer Burn aka MR. BEN @ City Art Supply

Saturday, June 6, 2009
6:00pm - 9:00pm
City Art Supply
3215 Cherokee St
Saint Louis, MO


...Mister Ben. from his Myspace page

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Crafts and photographs at DeMenil Mansion

From the cherokeeneighborhoods e-mail list:

Next Sunday at the DeMenil Mansion - down at the end of Cherokee by I-55. 11am - 4pm. actual demonstration of hair-work, folks! full notice below.

Lynn Josse


Come enjoy live period parlor music and exhibits and demonstrations featuring ladies' crafts including crochet, knitting, tatting, hair-work, embroidery, spinning, patch-work quilting, cameo carving and more. Craft items made by our volunteers will be available for purchase in the gift shop.

Special wet plate photography demonstration by Doug Harding.

Admission for this event is by donation. For more information or to volunteer for this event please call 314-771-5828.

The Chatillon-DeMenil Mansion is at Cherokee Street and I-55.

3352 DeMenil Place
St. Louis, MO 63118
Phone: (314) 771-5828
Fax: (314) 577-3475