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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Missouri History Museum
4:02 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

History Museum’s Celebration Of St. Louis’ 250th May Be Record-Breaker

Dancing in the streets -- 1920s style
Provided by Missouri History Museum

The Missouri History Museum’s “250 in 250” exhibition is on track to make history, itself.

The exhibit promises to break attendance records, with more than 54,000 people having already visited the display highlighting 250 images, people, places, objects and moments in St. Louis history. That’s more than half the number who came through "The Civil War in Missouri” – the most recent exhibit originated by the museum – during its entire 18-month run.

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Theater Circle Awards
1:04 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Mustard Seed, Actors' Studio Sweep STL Theater Circle Awards But Many Are Winners

From "All Is Calm," produced by Mustard Seed Theatre
Credit Mustard Seed Theatre

Mustard Seed Theatre Company was the big winner at the second annual St. Louis Theater Circle Awards, held Monday night. But everyone there seemed to find reason to celebrate.

The COCA theater in University City drew a full house for local theater's special event, an evening of hearty applause, warm camaraderie and good-natured ribbing.

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Same-Sex Marriage
7:56 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

STL Same-Sex Couples Consider Legal Implications As They Prepare To Marry

Melodie Heberer (left) and Kelsi Davis
Credit Provided by the couple

While same-sex couples in Missouri ponder the uncertain impact of marrying in Illinois, one St. Louis pair plans to say "I do" across the river as another heads in the opposite direction.

As 29-year-old Kelsi Davis of south St. Louis plans to wed her partner Saturday in Illinois, her favorite romantic movie since the age of 4 is etched in her mind — and on her body: she has a “Princess Bride” tattoo on her hip which includes the film's signature line, "As You Wish."

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Union Station
5:15 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Mural Mystery Solved, But Fabled Clock Still Missing From St. Louis' Union Station

Mural panels come out for the first time in decades.
Stephanie Zimmerman | St. Louis Public Radio intern

Beginning in 1942 and for around three decades – no one seems to know for sure – a massive mural depicting a flurry of commercial activity along the St. Louis riverfront peered down upon the ticket counter at Union Station.

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Same-Sex Marriage
8:47 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Missouri Same-Sex Couples Should Think Twice Before Marrying In Illinois

Credit Wikipedia

Same-sex couples in Missouri may not want to rush across the river to tie the knot.

Even though some counties in Illinois are beginning to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, Jeffrey Mittman, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri, says marriage licenses granted to two men or two women from Missouri may not prove valid.

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'365 Days with Dad'
9:31 am
Wed February 26, 2014

St. Louis Artist Cbabi Bayoc’s ‘365 Days With Dad’ Draws To A Close

Cbabi Bayoc
Stephanie Zimmerman | St. Louis Public Radio intern

*On Thursday, Cbabi Bayoc completed the final piece in his "365 Days with Dad" project. On Friday, he spoke about the project on St. Louis Public Radio's arts and culture talk show Cityscape. This article has been updated to include the audio from Cityscape.

Tonight, St. Louis artist Cbabi Bayoc plans to finish his masterpiece: the “365 Days with Dad” project.

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Salon 53
12:55 pm
Sat February 22, 2014

‘2-5-Oh!’ Exhibition Tells Story Of ‘Surprise, Sadness and Struggle' In St. Louis

Cannot Be Contained by Edna Patterson-Petty
Salon 53

Perseverance and triumph in St. Louis history will be explored in a new exhibition, opening today at Salon 53, a private art gallery in north St. Louis.

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Therapy Rabbits
10:58 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

St. Louis Rabbits Live A Therapy Dog’s Life With A Mardi Gras Flair

Support rabbits are gentle visitors to residents of Tower Grove Manor.
Mary Delach Leonard | St. Louis Public Radio and the Beacon

Some St. Louis rabbits are working like dogs as service and therapy animals. On Sunday, one will also don another hat – more of a crown, really for the Mardi Gras Pet Parade.

It’s not uncommon to see service dogs assisting vision- or hearing-impaired individuals. But a St. Louis woman named Nisha Full Moon uses a Flemish Giant rabbit as a service animal.

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Facebook
10:07 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

St. Louis Facebook Users 'Like' And 'Dislike' New Gender Options

Sterling Waldman
Credit Provided by Sterling Waldman

For many people, selecting “male” or “female” on their Facebook profile is an easy choice. But for those who identify differently, Facebook now provides 56 gender selections.

Listen to Nancy's story on how different St. Louisians reacted to Facebook gender identification options.

Last week, Sterling Waldman of Chesterfield turned 17 and received a perfect birthday present: the option to identify as “genderqueer” on Facebook.

On Friday, Facebook expanded its drop-down menu to offer a “custom” selection of genders that provides more than four dozen options, a cause for celebration for many who identify in a nontraditional way.

“It was very exciting to have that happen,” Waldman told St. Louis Public Radio and the Beacon.

Fifty-six Choices Not Enough?

Born and raised female, Waldman always felt different from friends and schoolmates.

“I didn’t really fit in with the girls and I didn’t fit in with the boys,” Waldman said. “I wanted to be both.”

For years, Waldman struggled with the feelings but lacked the language to describe them.

“I didn’t have the words, but I learned the terminology at the end of my freshman year,” Waldman remembered.

Waldman, who prefers the pronouns “them” and “they” to “him, his, her or hers,” has parental support and a community of like-minded people, outside of school and within Parkway Central High.

“In my grade, there are two others who identify as gender-non-binary,” Waldman said.

Facebook's menu also includes "transgender," "trans," "androgynous" and "cisgender," which is another way of saying you identify as the gender you were assigned at birth.

But are 56 choices enough? When it comes to politics and religion, Facebook users don’t have to pick from a list. They can write in their beliefs using words of their choosing. The profile form looks as though you could write in what you want, but it only accepts one of the 56 terms.

Despite the glee over being able to identify as “genderqueer” on Facebook, Waldman knows that not everyone will find the right term to describe such a personal and integral part of themselves.

"I have some friends whose identities are not on that list," Waldman said.

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Gaslight Cabaret Festival
10:04 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

Acclaimed Tom Waits Singer And Locals Ken Page, Tim Schall Kick Off Cabaret Festival

Marissa Mulder
Credit Gaslight Cabaret Festival

The nine-week Gaslight Cabaret series includes Marissa Mulder’s “The Songs of Tom Waits,” lauded by the New York Times as “the best of the season.”

St. Louisans who like to gorge themselves on entertainment may already indulge in movie marathons and TV binge-watching. Beginning Thursday, Feb. 20, they can also get their fill of cabaret performances.

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