Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Lumberyard 6 Release Party at the Firecracker Press

We’ve been working hard on Lumberyard Magazine for three years now. With two issues per year… that makes this Summer’s issue, say, number six? That’s right, number six.

If you’ve followed Lumberyard’s short history you know that it’s gotten plenty of attention from the graphic design community and the poetry community as well (see the July issue of Small Business Monthly).

If you know nothing about Lumberyard it’s your lucky day. Saturday, July 31st at 7:00pm, The Firecracker Press will host “The Lumberyard Magazine #6 – Release Party.” We’ll have plenty of copies for sale, Kate from Beep Beep Boop Boop will DJ the night away, and Summer refreshments will be available.

Be seeing you.

SATURDAY, JULY 31st at 7:00pm

2838 Cherokee Street
St. Louis, MO 63118

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

3 bands Friday night at Foam -- no cover

Says Foam:

This Friday we are rocking 3 bands. Memphis Pencils (Fayetteville, AR), Messy Sparkles (Fayetteville, AR) and Humdrum (STL, MO) who are back from their extensive tour of the Midwest. No cover. Join in on the fun.

Friday at 8:30pm - July 31 at 1:00am

@ Jefferson and Cherokee

Created By

More Infow/ Memphis Pencils and Messy Sparkles

Thursday, July 22, 2010

"4 Artists: New Works by Mark Buckheit, Courtney Kennedy, Bridget Kraft & Jeff Robtoy" at Fort Gondo

August 6 · 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Fort Gondo
3151 Cherokee St.

Please join us for the opening of "4 Artists: New Works by Mark Buckheit, Courtney Kennedy, Bridget Kraft & Jeff Robtoy" on August 6, 6-9pm. The show will be up for the weekend only, so the opening will be the best time to check out the work.

For further information about the show and the artists, please check out Dana
Smith's interview with exhibition coordinator Liz Wolfson.

Samples of each artists' work can be viewed at!/event.php?eid=132493520123027.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Upcoming workshops at All Along Press


Thursdays JULY22 – AUGUST 12 6:30-9:30pm 


July 31st | 12 pm – 5 pm



August 21 & 22 | 12-5pm



Tuesdays, August 31 – September 31 | 6pm to 9pm



September 4th & 5th | 12-5pm

See the All Along Press web site for more details.

All Along Press
2712 Cherokee Street in Saint Louis, MO


Tuesday – Saturday  |  10AM – 6PM
Sunday and Monday |  Closed

Stirrup Pants Chapbooks collection to be housed at All Along Press

Says All Along Press:

We’re happy to announce that we will be partnering up with Stirrup Pants Chapbooks, and will host their wonderful collection of small press goodness in our shop.  We should have everything set up for your browsing/reading pleasure soon.

Says Stirrup Pants Chapbooks:

The chapbooks have landed in their new home, All Along Press, where a sweet pup lolls in the sun and amazing things are made every day. Visit visit. In the Stirrup Pants corner, one title each from presses all over the country will be there for you to discover. It’s so exciting that the chaps will be accessible whenever All Along is open (Tuesday thru Saturday) and that they will be mingling with all the excitements that take place there. Check back here for a semi-current list of what’s available and for mini-reviews of select offerings.

All Along Press
2712 Cherokee Street in Saint Louis, MO


Tuesday – Saturday  |  10AM – 6PM
Sunday and Monday |  Closed

Monday, July 19, 2010

Skekses and Horse Marriage at Foam

Horse Marriage out of Santa Cruz, CA bring their 90's influenced rock style to Foam along with our hometown favorites Skekses.

3359 S. Jefferson Ave. (at Cherokee)
St. Louis, MO 63118
July 24 · 9:00pm - 11:00pm

Video from a Skekses performance at Foam in May:

Friday, July 16, 2010

Mangez les Mots (eat the words!) hosted by the Cherokee Peach

A night dedicated to the
culinary and literary arts
Cocktails, appetizers and live music at 6:30 PM.
Followed by a locally sourced 3 course dinner
with wine pairings.
(includes a $20 gift certificate to the Archive)
Then lounge with us under the stars for
more live music and cocktails.
An interactive literary evening featuring
a game of exquisite corpse with the works
of Roald Dahl.

The Cherokee Peach’s vision is to become a neighborhood market to pick up fresh, seasonal foods and local offerings form artisans and farmers from Missouri and Illinois. Sharing space with the Archive, you are invited to mosey between delighting the mind with a great book (…or books) and tantalizing the palate with handmade sodas, bright and fresh soups, salads, sandwiches, pastries, truffles and more. With our roots in community agriculture and branches that reach for a sustainable future, we look forward to growing and blossoming with the unique culture that is Cherokee 

To purchase tickets click here.

Spirit Jam Drum and Dance at the Archive - Thursday, August 5

Join us for an evening of drumming and dancing at the Archive every FIRST AND THIRD Thursday of the month.

Our next event is Thursday, August 5th at 7pm

Bring your drums, rattles, and other percussion instruments and lose yourself in rhythm. Let's raise some positive energy! Share this invite with anyone you think would enjoy attending!

Dancing and Poi are welcome too!!!

We'll do this rain or shine, we have indoor space as well.

Be sure to bring your own refreshments!

the Archive is a fabulous used bookstore and so much more - remember to browse the collections and buy a few books!!!

Thursday, August 5, 2010
7:00pm - 10:00pm
the Archive
3215 Charokee Street
Saint Louis, MO

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

This FRI and SAT, ArtD Gallery Exhibits (2) Opening Event!

2 New Exhibits Opening July 16 & 17
At ArtD Gallery & Studios @2720 Cherokee
Summer Group Exhibit and Self-Portraits

Two Night Opening Reception
Friday July 16 and Saturday July 17, 2010
7 – 11 pm
2720 Cherokee Street   St. Louis, MO  63118

St. Louis, MO —ArtDimensions and 2720 present the opening event celebrating two new exhibits at ArtD Gallery & Studios.  Over 20 St. Louis area artists will exhibit work in one or both exhibits.  The Summer Group Exhibit is a multi-media group of work with no theme to limit the submittals.  Additionally, the Self-Portrait Show provides introspection into the artists themselves.  The Opening Event will feature live music, live art, artist demonstrations and a chance to meet the artists.

The venue at 2720 Cherokee Street was selected by St. Louis Magazine’s A-List as the best Creative Collaboration.  Come and see why.  ArtDimensions and 2720 work together to provide an art and music experience like none other.

Opening Reception Schedule
Friday, July 16, doors open at 7pm, enjoy live music and full bar on the first floor by 2720, and meet the artists in the gallery on the second floor.  Food samples from area restaurants will be offered.

The gallery will be open Saturday July 17 from noon – 4pm for free gallery hours.
Saturday, July 17, doors open at 7pm, enjoy live music and full bar on the first floor by 2720, and meet the artists in the gallery on the second floor.  Food samples from area restaurants will be offered.

There will be a $7 cover charge both evenings. If you choose to purchase art while at the reception, your $7 will go towards the purchase price of the artwork.

The Exhibits close August 28, 2010.

ArtDimensions’ Gallery will be open during gallery hours:
Friday & Saturdays, noon-4pm
And during select 2720 Events or by appointment.

More information:

The exhibition opening  September 3 and 4 will be “Seeing Green”, all works featured will celebrate sustainability. In addition to the exhibition and in collaboration with EarthDance Farms, there will be a Saturday Afternoon neighborhood farmers Market on September 4, 2-5pm..

ArtDimensions, a 501(c)-3 nonprofit arts organization, has been working hard for the past 10 years to unite St. Louis artists and art appreciators at events like this one.  Please support the arts! 

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Contemporary posts printable map for City-Wide Open Studios 2010

The Contemporary Art Museum has put up a PDF map of the City-Wide Open Studios next weekend.  Here are the artists who are scheduled to have open studios on Saturday, July 24 on Cherokee Street.  Don't miss them!

1820 Cherokee Street, 3rd Floor (Lemp Arts Studio)
Jon Cournoyer, Sarrita Hunn (#308), Wonder Koch (#306), Ryan Thayer (#308)

2637 Cherokee Street (Cherokee Photobooth)
Juan Montana

2712 Cherokee Street (All Along Press)
Paul Coenen

2715 Cherokee Street
Peat Wollaeger

2720 Cherokee Street, 2nd Floor (ArtD Gallery & Studios)
Jenn Carter, Scott Ernst, Jennifer Hayes, Carla M. Steck, Bryan Walsh, Vivian B. Waters

2834 Cherokee Street  (AVD + EAVD Art & Design)
Jen Bradford, Amy VanDonsel

2838 Cherokee Street
The Firecracker Press

2847 Cherokee Street (Cranky Yellow)
David Wolk

3022A Cherokee Street, 2nd Floor
RJ Messineo

3026 Cherokee Street (CAMP)
Lyndsey Scott

3157 Cherokee Street (M.S.I.F. Studios)
Michael Stasny

3159 Cherokee Street (MADE Studios)
Jane Linders

Cranky Yellow on TV

Cherokee Street's own Cranky Yellow makes an appearance on local television station KSDK.  Way to go, David!

Watch it here.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Poetry Readings at The Firecracker Press

Join us for an exciting hybrid of poetry and printing. SATURDAY JULY 17 we’ll host readings of two St. Louis poets, Joe Sulier (of now dead Get Born), and Richard Newman (of River Styx). While they read we’ll be setting up and printing a broadside of their finest work on our antique presses. What’s more, you get one of these hand-printed works of art for the price of admission!

ONLY $5 per person. Space is limited, so reserve your seat today.  Register online here.

Saturday, July 17th at 2 PM at The Firecracker Press.

2838 Cherokee Street
Saint Louis, MO 63118
Phone: (314) 776-7271

Saturday, July 10, 2010

City-Wide Open Studios on Cherokee Street -- who's in?

Work by Dana Smith at the much-missed City Art Supply, Open Studios 2009

Are you participating in the Contemporary Art Museum's City-Wide Open Studios tour this summer -- and are you going to be in an open studio on Cherokee Street?  Let me know, so I can post about it here.

Last year I visited a few spots and saw terrific work, so if you are not in an open studio yourself, then by all means get out and see folks' work this year.  Studios south of I-44 (this includes Cherokee Street) will be open on Saturday, July 24, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

From what I can tell from the map on the Contemporary's web site, these are some of the open studios on Cherokee this year.  But I'm not as smart as the map so I have a feeling I'm missing people.  Plus, I'd love to let everyone know about the work of individual artists/studios, so if you have an image and/or description of your work and/or a link to a web site or Facebook fan page or additions or deletions or corrections or whatnot, please note that in the comments section and I'll try to get it posted.

Friday, July 9, 2010

JOE & JIM a short film at The Archive

Friday, July 30, 2010
7:00pm - 10:00pm
the Archive
3215 Cherokee Street
Saint Louis, MO


Sign of Merritt Productions proudly presents the short film: JOE AND JIM. The film captures a moving conversation between two brothers and the pending death of their father.

JOE AND JIM features the talents of John Foughty as JOE and Jeff Miller and JIM.

Please join us on Friday night July 30 from 7 - 10 pm as this film is presented before an audience for the first time at The Archive on Cherokee Street. Showings will occur at 7:15, 7:45, 8:15, 8:45, 9:15, 9:45.





Arriving from Denver with her car tightly packed with STUFF, artist Cara Peterson will mine the materially fertile basement of Fort Gondo to find more STUFF to ultimately yield her installation of, well, lots of STUFF.

ITEMS IN THE INTERIM is an installation of paintings, drawings, photographs and found sculpture that will run at Fort Gondo Compound for the Arts in St. Louis from July 10 - 31st. This is a diverse collection of Cara Peterson's work that explores the unique relationships created between our unwanted objects when they end up in junk stores across the country. Peterson uses the displays set up within these spaces as sorts of accidental still lives that provide her with an honest artistic opportunity to document objects past their prime and in transition to find renewed life.




Thursday, July 8, 2010

July 19th: Spelling Bee, Glass Teeth, Haii Usagi at Cranky Yellow

Monday, July 19, 2010
8:00pm - 11:30pm
Cranky Yellow
2847 Cherokee St.
Saint Louis, MO


Show starts at 8 PM. $5.00

Spelling Bee:
*last chance to catch Spelling Bee before their East Coast Tour
*two piece rowdy guy/girl band

Glass Teeth:
*highly professional
*often imitated, never duplicated

Haii Usagi:
*electronic music
*with live drums

Drawgasmic Art Exhibition and Book Release Party this Saturday

Start Time:
Saturday, July 10, 2010 at 7:00pm
End Time:
Sunday, July 11, 2010 at 1:00am
2720 / Art Dimensions Gallery
2720 Cherokee Street
Saint Louis, MO



We've brought together the work of 1000 international artists, illustrators, and designers in an exhibition and book unlike anything ever created before! We're showing off the edgy creative talent that is tipping the institutionalized art world on its head! You'll be gasping in wonder as you view piece after piece of the best independent art around!

Join us for this ONE NIGHT ONLY EVENT!

- View and buy affordable ($150 and under) art from hundreds of insanely awesome artists!

- First chance to buy the full color limited edition Drawgasmic art book!

- Check out Awesome Bands/D.J.'s all night long (tba)

- Browse handmade accessories, clothing, art, plushies, paper-goods and more in the Craft Shanty Town! Organized by the Saint Louis Craft Mafia!

- Donate leftover art/craft supplies (from this wishlist: and get a discount off your craft or art purchase!

- Watch live art being created by the Art Dimensions crew!

- See outlandish side-show acts, performers, and weirdos!

- Drink at the cash bar (courtesy of 2720)



Don't miss this unique ONE NIGHT ONLY art event! You'll want to kick yourself in the face if you do!


For More Information:

Or network with our Facebook page for updates:
Drawgasmic Art Exhibition - The Art, Illustration, and Design Compendium

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Some July Events at Foam

See Foam's Facebook page for more information:

  • Friday July 9th Billy Wallace, We're Wolf, Amanda Kofron
  • Saturday July 10th So Much Closer and Brian Sowinski
  • Saturday July 17th Cowboy and Indian (Austin, TX)

  • Thursday July 29th Joel Madigan, Roman Ships, Jake Austin and the City Limits 
  • Friday July 30th Humdrum (STL), Memphis Pencils (Fayetteville, AR), Messy Sparkles (Fayetteville, AR)


Saint Louis, MO, 63118

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

ArtD Artist Networking Meeting & Art Submittal tomorrow night

All are welcome to attend!

wed, 7-9pm

@2720 Cherokee St. 63118

Meet artists, promote your art event, Submit artwork for the upcoming exhibits at ArtD Gallery (download forms at )

Print your own t-shirt at Firecracker

’Cause nothing is cooler than wearable art. Bring a t-shirt & we’ll help you create a unique print from a selection of the same woodcuts we use to print our posters. Pre-printed t-shirts will also be available. $25 for printing on the spot, $30 for pre-printed.
The fun starts at 2 and goes till 4 on Saturday, July 10.


Phone: (314)776-7271
2838 Cherokee Street
Saint Louis, MO 63118

Friday, July 2, 2010

Big band ballroom and swing at the Casa Loma July 4th

July 4: Big band ballroom and swing with 20-piece orchestra, Knights of Swing at the Casa Loma Ballroom (3354 Iowa at Cherokee). Doors open at 7:30 PM with a complimentary dance lesson from 7:45 PM—8:30 PM. Admission: $10. For the complete calendar of events call 664-8000 or go online to

July 15: Spirit Jam - Drum and Dance at the Archive

Thursday, July 15, 2010
7:00pm - 10:00pm
The Archive
3215 Cherokee
Saint Louis, MO


Join us for an evening of drumming and dancing at the Archive every FIRST AND THIRD Thursday of the month.

Our next event is Thursday, July 15th at 7pm

Bring your drums, rattles, and other percussion instruments and lose yourself in rhythm. Let's raise some positive energy! Share this invite with anyone you think would enjoy attending!

Dancing and Poi are welcome too!!!

We'll do this rain or shine, we have indoor space as well.

Be sure to bring your own refreshments!

the Archive is a fabulous used bookstore and so much more - remember to browse the collections and buy a few books!!!

Friday night at 2720

Start Time:
Friday, July 2, 2010 at 8:00pm
End Time:
Saturday, July 3, 2010 at 1:00am
2720 Cherokee
2720 Cherokee St.
Saint Louis, MO


Residing in University City, a suburb of St. Louis City, the members of Illphonics have all been involved in the creation of music since early childhood. Members include Larry "Fallout" Morris (emcee), Kevin "Killa K" Koehler (guitarist), Tim Edwards (guitarists), Keith "Bizkits" Moore (keys), Simon "Spanky" Chervitz (bass) and Chaz "CB" Brew (drummer).

With their live show being described as "P-Funk meets Pink Floyd", Illphonics wraps its sound around the most diverse crowds. In addition to delivering the blending and bending of music genres, they deliver what music started out as, a good damn show. While relatable, Illphonics challenges the music listener to hear something different than what has become the norm. The stomach churning of Jimi Hendrix’s riffs and the heavy groove of Thelonious Monk still live through this melting pot of souls known as Illphonics.

The Illphonics have opened for National Recording Acts including Lupe Fiasco (2007), The Roots (2008) and Everclear (2008). They earned second place in the Southern Comfort Tasty Band Competition, played The Taste of St. Louis, Playback:STL Music Festival and Rockin for Barack Election Benefit.

Since 2006 Illphonics has refined and redefined themselves as artists and as musicians. They've committed their lives to their dreams and are making hopes realities with the commitment to be better today than they were yesterday and sharing that with whoever will listen.

Doors: 8pm
Show: 9pm
$7 ($10 for minors) for advance tickets

**For more info on many more quality live music & art events in and around St. Louis, visit

Thursday, July 1, 2010

So Much Closer @ Foam

From So Much Closer:

Saturday, July 10, 2010
8:00pm - 11:30pm
3359 South Jefferson Avenue
Saint Louis, MO


Hello All,

Originally this show was going to be at the Library, but that venue closed its doors on June 30th, so we had to make some quick moves and do some begging to get another venue on July 10th. Luckily Foam came through for us. This will be a more intimate show for sure, but trust when we say we are still bringing the rock.

Remember, this show kicks off Eric's Birthday week, which ends on July 17th at the show at St. Charles Coffee House. So come spend an evening with the band and wish Eric Happy B-Day.

As always, please invite you friends, family, enemies, anyone you know that like good live music ------------------------------------------------------------------->

July Events at MADE Studios

July 11th - Gaga-Craft - Lady Gaga-themed craft party!
Wanna make something fabulous before the Lady Gaga concert in July?
Want to spread your fashion wings with the help of MADE?

We’re planning some super-fly make-and-take projects for all you fans out there:

Hair extension hair bow, Screen printed t-shirt (Bring your old tees or anything you want to screenprint), Blinged out bra – (BYOB! Bring your own bra!), Super fly sunglasses, etc.
For a $15 fee, you can stay all day and make and take as many projects as you like. Music, fun, super-cool fashion crafts.
Made Studios, 3159 Cherokee, STL, MO 63118
All-day event - $15 - street parking
July 24th - Mad(e) Men Retro Craft Party  
It's a 21+ event, with a retro vibe.  10 am to 8 pm.  3159 Cherokee, STL, MO 63118
Come to our Mad Men-themed craft party with make & take project stations featuring funky retro craft projects like: DIY cocktail jewelry, alternative embroidery with retro designs, a screenprinting station for updating ties & tees, etc.  Come enjoy music from the Mad Men soundtrack and other music from the same era.
There's a small entrance fee at the door, but it gets you in all day long and you can make and take anything you want from the offered projects for free.  We'll be offering cocktails all day (limit 2 per person) and MADE staff will be on hand to guide the takeaway projects. 
Made Studios

3159 Cherokee St.Saint Louis, MO