Friday, September 25, 2009

This Sunday at City Art Supply

From our friends at City Art Supply:


Sunday evening we’re having a very special show at City Art Supply, here’s the info…

Alexis Gideon, Shelley Short, .e, Mark Early, Eric Hall, and Jeremy Kannapell

8PM Sunday, September 27, 2009.


Alexis Gideon
From Portland, OR. Hip-pop electro folktales about liophants, ringtones, and medieval battle strategies; performed to homemade animated/stop-motion video projections.

Shelley Short
Portland, OR also. Gentle and sparse guitar/voice arrangements with breezy melodies. Her CDs will sit by your desk like a candy dish, ready whenever you need a bit of something sweet.

Delicate skittering beats, gazing synths, live-looping guitars, and vocal drifts; all delivered from one of Saint Louis's most lauded underground solo acts.

Mark Early
A rare solo performance from the synth/guitar/toy piano/noise wrangler for Glass Teeth, Tone Rodent, and Macro Meltdown. You have no idea what could happen, do you?

Eric Hall
The member of Grandpa's Ghost and N. Nomurai, plus several other projects, will be stirring up a droning psychedelic stutter-funk trance from manipulated field recordings and found sounds.

Jeremy Kannapell
Ghost Ice leaves his powerful bass cabs at home and instead brings you a different side of his contorted aesthetic: 8mm film projections.


This show is free, though donations for the touring act's expenses are kindly encouraged; and you can also show support by picking up merchandise. In return, we will provide refreshments. Fair enough?

City Art Supply
3215 Cherokee Street
Saint Louis, MO 63118
(314) 771-5375

Openings at PHD Gallery

Please join us at PHD Gallery
for the opening of
Saturday, October 3, 2009
7 - 10 PM

PHD Gallery hosts

VESTIGES: Found Wood Sculpture & Photography
MARK SHEPPARD: Bone Crusher Rat Rods

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


VESTIGES depicts the evidence of time’s passage & the beauty that can exist in the legacy left behind. The exhibit juxtaposes found wooden sculpture with photography. Susan Nanny & Marsha Sanguinette retrieve river wood & polish it, until it lives again in evocative biomorphic forms. David R. Hanlon's photographs record the fallen Monuments of Syria & Jordan. Jim Sabo reverses the notion of finding relics & instead digitally creates them. Mark Florida photographs contemporary urban decay. Dr. Ivy Cooper of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville observes that the works are: "captivating evidence — fleeting, tenuous, melancholy — of lives and structures once thought to be permanent and unchanging."

MARK SHEPPARD: Bone Crusher Rat Rods- With a nod to the West Coast "Kustom Kulture" of the 1950s & 60s, Mark Sheppard unveils 12 new "hot rod" ink drawings in PHD’s Portfolio Gallery. Inspired by Ed "Big Daddy" Roth’s grotesque caricatures, Sheppard creates an original crew of "creatures who won’t die driving cars that won’t break!" The artist has also released a limited edition print based on his ink drawings. Sheppard is an MFA graduate in painting from Washington University in St. Louis & works as an artist & instructor.

Theaster Gates at Boots

Missed the Theaster Gates opening at Boots?

All is not lost!:

The opening of the Theaster Gates exhibition, Holiness: In 3 Parts, was a night filled with 3 dynamic performances. Orron Kenyatta, started the evening off with lyrical poetry. The Zion Temple Baptist Church Choir, from St. Louis, then uplifted us with powerful gospel songs. Part three is when Theaster Gates and The Black Monks of Mississippi performed songs that told the story of Dave the slave potter. These performances were surrounded by Gate's minimal sculptures that were constructed out of objects that he found in his own backyard. Also included in the exhibit are two shoeshine chairs and a video of shining shoes accompanied by a Buddhist-like audio chant. Holiness: In 3 Parts will be on display until 10.16.2

If you missed the opening don't worry. You can view highlights from the evening on the Saint Louis Art Map Blog.

Boots Contemporary Art Space
2307 Cherokee St. • St Louis, MO
63118 • 314.773.2281

CheroFlea Market at CAMP

From CAMP's Outreach Coordinator, Lyndsey Scott:


Saturday October 3, 8am-3pm

3026 Cherokee Street

A la dream interpretation website:

*Basement* The house generally represents your psychological and emotional self. Each part of the house may deal with a different part of you. The basement is built first. It is often below ground (or at least some parts of it), and is essentially the foundation of the house. Dreaming about a basement and understanding the dream, may provide you with valuable information which may lead to greater self-awareness. A recurring dream about basements (i.e. being in a basement, a basement, furnishing a basement, etc.) should not be ignored. These dreams may be symbolic of your unconscious, instincts and intuition, and degree of awareness of a current situation or a problem.

I recently had some really stellar basement dreams, straight up dancing with brooms in subterranean clouds, spacious, mysterious. More recently than that, I’ve spent many love-labor hours alongside other collective members giving the underbelly of CAMP, the Community Arts and Media Project, a great scouring – in keeping with the current effort to regenerate the project’s vision and efficacy in engaging creative, socially-responsible strategies for community building on Cherokee Street. For sanity, I engaged with this work of schlepping, sorting, and disposing the ruins as play -- a treasure hunt performance piece remix of Whachoogondowithallthatjunk, while envisioning what it is we hope to make space for.

Whereby, You are duly invited to come browse the oddities unearthed and celebrate this milestone of shapeshifting with us. Together with neighbors’ stuff, a hodgepodge including books, bikes, furniture, costumes, mirrors, shelves, toys, et al awaits you, and we look forward to raising funds for the bike shop, youth art, and other programs.

If you’re falling in love with Cherokee but have not yet been to CAMP, make your way thru. I think you’ll find we are developing into a site that can nurture a uniquely expressive and honest dialogue with the neighborhood. It’s piqued my creativity for months….

Saturday October 3, 8am-3pm
3026 Cherokee Street

For more on CAMP click here.

For more on the CheroFLEA MARKET visit Cherokee Street News

To volunteer in setup/cleanup or with CAMP in general, call (314) 827-4730.

Love from

Lyndsey Scott

CAMP Outreach Coordinator

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Art and architecture at the Chatillon-DeMenil House

September 19, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m., Sketch workshop with Emily Hemeyer. Come draw architecture with us! You don’t have to be an artist to create an individualistic work of art. We’ll focus on looking at details as well as the whole, and creatively expressing your observations on paper. All ages welcome! Materials will be provided (or feel free to bring your own favorites).

September 27, 2:00 p.m., Greek Revival Architecture and the DeMenil House, illustrated talk by Esley Hamilton. Greek Revival became a national style that captured the political idealism of a young nation. Find out how the Chatillon-DeMenil House does (and doesn’t) reflect the dominant architectural classicism of the mid-19th century.

Both events take place at the Chatillon-DeMenil House, 3352 DeMenil Place (at the far eastern end of Cherokee Street)

Boots Fall Opening Exhibition this Friday

Boots Contemporary Art Space
Fall Opening Exhibition
Holiness: In 3 Parts
A solo exhibition by Theaster Gates

Opening reception: Friday, September 18, 2009 - 6:30 - 10 p.m.

Holiness: In 3 Parts, a solo exhibition at Boots, will give Theaster an opportunity to work through ideas surrounding the psychic space of the back yard. On opening night, with help from his performance ensemble, The Black Monks of Mississippi, Gates will bring charismatic structures of the black church into brief conversation with the formalities of City Planning Policy.

Performance will begin at 7:42 and last till 8:53

Part 1: The Westside Piece (Front Space) 7:42- 7:52 (Theaster and possibly Orron Kenyatta-poet)

Part 2: The Glorious Picnic (Front of the back) 7:52- 8:40 (Black Monks of Mississippi)

Part 3: Stairwell to heaven and Other things from my backyard (Back of the back Space) 8:40-8:53 (Monastic Funk Band)

"Holiness in three parts could be thought of in the following way: Heaven, Hood and the City - using sculptural objects made from things in my backyard, we will move between these three loosely prescribed categories. With 'The City' representing hell and the hood being somewhere between paradise and the underworld, I hope to consider three different presentation formats, in three different parts of the space in what would appear to be a Joseph Beuys-styled performance that uses the black religious form to deliver thoughts on new urbanism, slave labor via the embodiment of Dave the slave potter and the history of the racialized body through performance. Holiness in three parts is literally a trinity of confusion and urban rumination. Lots of stones will be left unturned, but those turned will get a good shining"

About Theaster Gates
Sculptor and performance artist, Theaster Gates works with the sacred city found just below its forgotten and often abandoned exterior. With parts of old buildings and visions of grand rehab projects, Gates, a believer in the possibility of place, begins to release some of the resonate beauty of the city's under belly in a way that is both contemplative and frenetic

Boots Contemporary Art Space
2307 Cherokee St. • St Louis, MO • 63118 •

Firecracker exploding all over the place (heh)

  • Go see our friends from The Firecracker Press this weekend at the Mosaics Art Festival in St. Charles and get a free custom-printed poster (whoa, did I just say free? I believe I did!) The event? Also free! This is an offer you can't refuse. Firecracker will be up and running at the festival Saturday, September 19 from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday, September 20 from 12 p.m.-4 p.m. Festival information here.

  • I meant to mention this before but I must have spaced out (I am on fire today!) Did you know that Firecracker has got a poster going out into space? Well, it's true! Way cool. Read more about it here.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Opening night at Snowflake and Drive-By

September 12th, 7:00 - 10:00 @ Snowflake and Drive-By

On June 1, 2009, Chicago musician Stephanie Morris died unexpectedly and tragically, leaving behind too many questions for her friends and family.
We Are Here — a collaboration between her husband, artist Nathan Keay, and friend, writer Jonathan Messinger — is a first attempt at addressing the aftermath. St. Louis native Keay’s photos, taken in the weeks after Stephanie’s death, evoke the itinerant loneliness felt after the loss, and the sense of community that has come together since. Messinger will read several stories inspired by Steph's life, and her untimely death.

Jonathan Messinger is the co-founder of featherproof books, and author of the short-story collection
Hiding Out.

Nathan Keay lives and works in Chicago.

Opening at 7:00 p.m., reading begins at 8:30 p.m.

Bryan Eaton will be revealing his Drive-By installation, "Nothing Lasts Forever", during the same event.

The show will run through October 28, 2009.

Snowflake is open Saturdays from 11:00 - 3:00.

Drive-By is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

3156 Cherokee Street (at Compton)
St. Louis 63118

3408 S. Compton Ave
St. Louis 63118

*FREE TIX* WED 9/9 - Improv Comedy Show

From BJ "Honkey" Lane, of the Improv Trick:

Friends of St. Louis Improv, Talent, and Artists –

Come See Why The Improv Trick Won an RFT Masterminds Award, and why BILL CHOTT/Improv Trick was featured in This week's RFT cover feature!!

Our last stage match at The Stable.... An all-ages event.

St. Louis' top comedy improvisers 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 heroes, boo your villains, and you'll laugh till you're down for the count at The Stable (St. Louis's hottest new brewhouse and distillery) to play games and share new games. Teams of 2 players set comedy records, bring home the gag trophy and bash wits for your comedy enjoyment.

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

Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Doors Open at 9:00pm

The Stable
1821 Cherokee Street (at Lemp)
St. Louis
(Benton Park by Lemp Brewery)

Looking forward to seeing you at the show. Good food, drinks, laughs and memories, let me know how many free tickets you need.

Bringing improv back to St. Louis ,

BJ “Honkey” Lange

Student/Performer, The Improv Trick


info at theimprovtrick dot com

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Duet -- A Show of New Prints

Duet is a show of prints and drawings by Steven Brien and Elysia Mann of All Along Press.

Please come down to Fort Gondo on Saturday, September 12 at 6:00pm to see some new artwork.

Fort Gondo Compound for the Arts is at 3151 Cherokee Street (just east of Compton) in Saint Louis, MO 63118.

Contact All Along Press:
All Along Press
3155 Cherokee Street
Saint Louis, MO 63118

Art Dimensions gallery and concert venue

The Riverfront Times is featuring a sneak peek at the Art Dimensions gallery and concert venue coming soon to a Cherokee Street near you.

See here.

New web site and sale this month at City Art Supply

From Dana Smith:


A quick note to let you all know about our new website. It's finally up and ready, take a look around and visit back for updates.

The website features a blog where I'll be updating on a regular basis regarding events, sales and new product arrivals.

Speaking of which, throughout the month of September we're having a sale on a number of different products in the store. Also on the 12th we'll have a small opening for photographer Bob Reuter.

Stop on in for a visit and say hello.

Thank you.
Dana Smith
City Art Supply

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