Alex Heuer http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Why Are Lunchtime Dance Parties Popping Up Around St. Louis? http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/why-are-lunchtime-dance-parties-popping-around-st-louis <p>On the third Wednesday of every month there’s a unique gathering in St. Louis during the lunch hour. Dozens of people gather for Lunch Beat St. Louis to dance, eat and get away from their normal routine.</p><p>Andrew Warshauer is the organizer of Lunch Beat St. Louis, which he started last June.</p><p></p><p>“I like to say it’s a chance to slip away from the every day,” said Warshauer.</p><p>Lunch Beat started in Stockholm, Sweden in 2010 and has spread to more than a dozen cities worldwide.</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 17:51:16 +0000 Alex Heuer & Kyle Jacoby 37978 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Why Are Lunchtime Dance Parties Popping Up Around St. Louis? How Facebook Brought Together Two Local Strangers And Led To The Return Of A Stolen Stopwatch http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/how-facebook-brought-together-two-local-strangers-and-led-return-stolen-stopwatch <p>About 10 years ago, a silver-plated stopwatch was stolen from the St. Louis home of Mike St. Vrain’s mother during a home invasion.</p><p>Thought long lost, St. Vrain of rural Franklin County received an unexpected call earlier this week. The call was from a family friend who saw a post on the public Facebook group, <a href="https://www.facebook.com/groups/Vintage.stl/?fref=ts" target="_blank">“St. Louis History, Landmarks &amp; Vintage Photos.”</a></p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 21:08:43 +0000 Alex Heuer 36797 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org How Facebook Brought Together Two Local Strangers And Led To The Return Of A Stolen Stopwatch The 100-Year-Old Sun Theater In Grand Center Reopens After A Major Renovation http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/100-year-old-sun-theater-grand-center-reopens-after-major-renovation <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Sun Theater in Grand Center has reopened after nearly 40 years of neglect and abandonment.</span></p><p>On Grandel Square near Powell Hall and the Fox Theatre, the Sun Theater is being leased by the Grand Center Arts Academy. The Lawrence Group, a St. Louis-based design firm, spent $11.5 million on the theater’s renovation.</p> Fri, 16 May 2014 21:37:35 +0000 Alex Heuer 36212 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org The 100-Year-Old Sun Theater In Grand Center Reopens After A Major Renovation First Evidence Of French Colonial Homes Discovered Under Poplar Street Bridge http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/first-evidence-french-colonial-homes-discovered-under-poplar-street-bridge <p>Archeologists from the Missouri Department of Transportation are ecstatic over a discovery beneath the Poplar Street Bridge in St. Louis. They’ve uncovered the first physical evidence dating to when the French founded St. Louis in 1764.</p><p>The findings help confirm written documentation of St. Louis’ earliest European settlers and shed new light on the people who live here.</p><p>Michael Meyer is an archeologist with MoDOT and the principal investigator of the department’s work in St. Louis.</p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 12:02:00 +0000 Alex Heuer 34935 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org First Evidence Of French Colonial Homes Discovered Under Poplar Street Bridge Belleville Celebrates Its Bicentennial http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/belleville-celebrates-its-bicentennial <p><em>Updated following the show.</em></p><p>St. Louis is not the only local community celebrating an important milestone this year. Founded in 1814, Belleville, Illinois is turning 200.</p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 22:12:01 +0000 Amanda Honigfort, Camille Phillips & Alex Heuer 34126 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Belleville Celebrates Its Bicentennial St. Louis Is A Hot Spot For Sex Trafficking: A Discussion About Efforts To End The Trade http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/st-louis-hot-spot-sex-trafficking-discussion-about-efforts-end-trade <p>Sex trafficking is not just an international problem, or even a national one. It is also a problem here in St. Louis. <a href="https://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/ojjdp/228631.pdf" target="_blank">According to the U.S. Department of Justice</a>, St. Louis is a hot spot of sex trafficking activity, one of the top 20 in the country.</p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 23:56:44 +0000 Camille Phillips & Alex Heuer 34065 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org St. Louis Is A Hot Spot For Sex Trafficking: A Discussion About Efforts To End The Trade Alternative Funding For St. Louis Businesses: From Local Harvest To TrackBill http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/alternative-funding-st-louis-businesses-local-harvest-trackbill <p>About two weeks ago, Local Harvest Grocery, Café &amp; Catering launched a $120,000 crowdfunding campaign that co-owner Maddie Earnest says was necessary to restock the grocery store and pay off debts acquired as a result of a failed expansion in Kirkwood.&nbsp; The community responded and fully funded the campaign in six days.</p><p>We talked with Maddie Earnest about the overwhelming response and how she plans to move forward after the failed expansion.</p> Thu, 13 Feb 2014 23:49:10 +0000 Alex Heuer & Camille Phillips 33666 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Alternative Funding For St. Louis Businesses: From Local Harvest To TrackBill Encore: Missour-ee Or Missour-uh? Talking About Talking In St. Louis And Beyond http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/encore-missour-ee-or-missour-uh-talking-about-talking-st-louis-and-beyond <p><strong><em>Originally aired Feb. 13, 2013</em></strong></p><p>Is it&nbsp;Missour-ee&nbsp;or&nbsp;Missour-uh?</p> Mon, 20 Jan 2014 18:27:55 +0000 Alex Heuer 33120 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Encore: Missour-ee Or Missour-uh? Talking About Talking In St. Louis And Beyond Filmmaker And St. Louis Native Screens Feature Film At Webster University http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/filmmaker-and-st-louis-native-screens-feature-film-webster-university <p>Local filmmaker and St. Louis native Nathan Sutton and his wife, Elisha Skorman, star in <a href="http://www.autumnwanderermovie.com/"><em>Autumn Wanderer</em></a>, a feature film about a man struggling to deal with his father’s schizophrenia, and the possibility that he may inherit the disease himself.</p><p>The film debuted earlier this year at the Hollywood Film Festival, where Sutton was awarded the “Emerging Filmmaker” award.</p> Fri, 27 Dec 2013 22:41:59 +0000 Alex Heuer 32613 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Filmmaker And St. Louis Native Screens Feature Film At Webster University The Midwest: 'God’s Gift To Planet Earth' http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/midwest-god-s-gift-planet-earth-0 <p><em>Encore (Original Air Date: 12/20/12)</em></p><p>The Midwest sometimes gets short shrift from people on both ends of the country.&nbsp; They often call it “flyover country.”&nbsp; In other words, they ask, “Why would anyone want to stop in the Midwest?”</p><p>Native Midwesterners or transplants might take exception to the term, “flyover country.”</p><p>One man who certainly takes exception to the term is Mike Draper.</p> Fri, 27 Dec 2013 01:19:53 +0000 Alex Heuer 32592 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org The Midwest: 'God’s Gift To Planet Earth'