Nancy Fowler

Arts Reporter

Nancy Fowler is a veteran journalist with 28 years of experience in print, online and broadcast media. Her passions include the arts, social justice and the intersection of the two. She won an Emmy Award for news writing for her work at WXYZ-TV in Detroit, and received Pride St. Louis' Felton T. Day Award for service to the LGBT community as editor of the Vital Voice newspaper.

Follow her on Twitter: @NancyFowlerSTL

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Zoo-Museum District
4:57 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Conflict-Of-Interest Allegations Lead To ZMD Board Resignation And Push For Stronger Regs

The Zoo-Museum District supports the St. Louis Art Museum, St. Louis Science Center, Missouri History Museum, Missouri Botanical Garden and St. Louis Zoo
Credit File photos and Wikipedia

New Zoo-Museum District board member Pat Whitaker resigned this afternoon following allegations of ethics violations.

Whitaker is chairman of St. Louis’ Arcturis design firm, which recently won a contract with the St. Louis Science Center. The Science Center is a subdistrict of the ZMD and receives about $10 million each year in tax dollars from the district. She had resigned as an employee of Arcturis, but still owns 37 percent of its stock.

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Circus Harmony
4:56 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

St. Louis Circus Kids Enjoy Union Station Trapeze — And So Can You

Ari Maayan (left), caught by trainer Jason English
Jessica Hentoff

Ari Maayan flies through the air with the greatest of ease, a daring young man on the flying trapeze — in the parking lot of St. Louis’ Union Station.

Maayan, 14, is the chief unicyclist with Circus Harmony, an organization with the goal of teaching kids circus skills and life lessons. He’s been with Circus for three years but on Wednesday, he enjoyed his first trapeze swing, complete with a back flip into the net below.

“It was really cool, it’s really like flying,” Maayan said.

Safety First

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'Wizard of Oz'
3:36 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Could Your Fido Be The Next Toto, Too? SIUE Seeks Four-Legged 'Wizard Of Oz' Star

Is your dog headed for a career in theater?
Credit Kelsey Proud

Originally published Monday, April 14. Updated Friday, April 18 after Cityscape to include audio from the show and the Name the Dog quiz.

Does your dog enjoy the spotlight? Can he or she endure a few flying monkeys and a simulated tornado?

Congratulations – you may be the proud pet parent of not only a special pup but the next Toto, too. Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is seeking a dog to play Dorothy’s canine sidekick in its summer production of “The Wizard of Oz.”

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Pulitzer Foundation
9:28 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Can Art + Science Solve Climate Change? STL’s Pulitzer Seeks Collaborations

Installation view of the Main Gallery, "Art of Its Own Making,"The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, 2014
Credit The Pulitzer, photographer David Johnson

What is St. Louis doing to combat climate change? And how can art and design move those plans forward?

The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts wants to publicize ongoing efforts and encourage new collaborations in its Marfa Dialogues competition. Winners will receive $2,500 and the opportunity to display their ideas in a public forum, which may take many forms, including exhibitions, readings, concerts and film screenings.

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7th Grade Poetry Foundation
10:48 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

STL Croquet Art May Be A Gateway For Seventh-Grade Poets Nationwide

"Croquet Anyone," 1988, Lonnie Busch
Aaron Williams

When St. Louis attorney recruiter Aaron Williams became interested in croquet 30 years ago, it was about partying, not poetry. Getting some friends together to play croquet in Forest Park was just “something to do.”

“It was an opportunity for everyone to wear white and bring a bottle of champagne,” Williams quipped.

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7th Grade Poetry Foundation
10:34 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Poetic Warriors: STL Seventh Graders Changing The World With Words

Kalise Harris
Credit Stephanie Zimmerman | St. Louis Public Radio Intern

A South City Prep student who wrote about her best friend’s death set a high bar in the 7th Grade Poetry Foundation contest, created by St. Louis attorney Aaron Williams. But this year’s school winner seems ready to carry the mantle.

On Wednesday, 83 seventh-graders will perform an exercise in courage: reading their original poems at the Missouri History Museum in front of an audience. It’s the final event of the 7th Grade Poetry Foundation, called “Poetry on Their Own Terms.”

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Mustard Seed Theatre
11:44 am
Mon April 14, 2014

St. Louis Can Start ‘Falling’ For Mustard Seed’s Signature Play All Over Again

Michelle Hand as Tami and Daniel Lanier as Josh in "Falling"
Credit Mustard Seed Theatre

“Falling” was supposed to play for two weeks. But Deanna Jent’s little drama-that-could was extended again and again in fall 2011 and then chugged ahead to Off-Broadway a year later for a three-month run. It also made its way to Los Angeles and is heading to Brazil next year.

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Author Appearance
11:12 pm
Sun April 13, 2014

Author Brings Story Of Disney Characters Saving His Autistic Son To STL

Owen Suskind with his parents, Ron Suskind and Cornelia Kennedy
Credit Disney Publishing Worldwide

Washington, D.C. author Ron Suskind and his wife Cornelia Kennedy were devastated when 2-year-old Owen stopped talking and began walking with a drunken gait.

When, how did their son’s regression begin? “It’s like reviewing clues to a kidnapping,” Suskind writes in “Life, Animated: A Story of Sidekicks, Heroes, and Autism.”

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Fox Theatre
10:44 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Reflection: Belly Up To The Stage In STL’s Fox Theatre’s ‘Once’

Credit The Fabulous Fox

Ever dreamed of appearing onstage at St. Louis’ Fox Theatre, basking in the lights, beaming at the audience – even once?

Thank you, Fox and the musical “Once” for helping me cross that off my bucket list. Through April 20, you, too, can stand in the very space where giants – including Nat “King” Cole, Mae West and Elizabeth Taylor – have planted their feet since 1929.

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Fair St. Louis
5:31 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

The Fray, Bonnie Raitt, The Band Perry To Headline Fair St. Louis' Foray Into Forest Park

Bonnie Raitt
Provided by Fair St. Louis

Fair St. Louis gave the area “something to talk about” today with an announcement that Bonnie Raitt is among the top acts for this year’s Fair St. Louis. The Fray and The Band Perry round out the list of headliners for this year’s annual Fourth of July festival.

The Band Perry will play Thursday, July 3 at event, which moves to Forest Park this summer because of construction at the Arch Grounds.

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