Nancy Fowler

Arts and Culture 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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Dance Legend's Legacy
4:28 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Katherine Dunham Museum In Jeopardy Over Death And Taxes

Leverne Backstrom at the Katherine Dunham Museum
Credit St. Louis Public Radio File Photo

An East St. Louis museum dedicated to a renowned activist and dancer faces an uncertain future.

The museum honoring the late Katherine Dunham owes $7,000 in back property taxes. A delinquent tax sale is set for Nov. 10 in the hopes that someone will pay the bill as an investment.

When Dunham died in 2006, the dancer and activist apparently willed the museum to her assistant, as well as the organization. The assistant has since died, but her heir now has an interest.

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Curtain Call
9:46 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Edison’s Ovations Series Prepares To Take Final Bow But Not Before Debuting Ira Glass

From Ira Glass' "Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host"
David Bazemore

Click through slideshow to view Edison offerings through the years.

Where’s a not-quite-ready-for-The-Fox performer supposed to break a leg in St. Louis? For four decades, it’s often been the Edison Theatre at Washington University.

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The Muny
2:24 pm
Sat October 25, 2014

2015 Muny Season Takes Us 'Into the Woods' And Out On The Plains

Credit The Muny

The St. Louis Muny has announced its 2015 season, which includes three shows that are new to its stage.

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Art After Ferguson
2:27 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

African-American Art: It’s Not Just For February Anymore, In St. Louis

Kehinde Wiley, detail, ‘After Titian's Penitent Mary Magdalene,’ oil wash on paper, 90 x 60 inches, Courtesy of Susan and David Sherman
Credit Provided by Philip Slein Gallery

Black-owned galleries display African-American art all year long. Many others tend bring out such work only during February, Black History Month. But that’s changing.

Recent shows bucking the trend include an exhibit opening Friday at the Philip Slein Gallery in the Central West End. African-American-themed work from private St. Louis homes comprises “Other Ways, Other Times: Influences of African-American Tradition from St. Louis Collections.”

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Opens Nov. 13
8:40 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

St. Louis’ Annual Film Festival Puts Focus On Race

Credit Cinema St. Louis website

The 2014 St. Louis International Film Festival will emphasize a topic that’s now foremost in the minds of many in our area: race.

Recent local events prompted Cinema St. Louis' SLIFF to create the “Race in America: The Black Experience" program in its Nov. 13-23 festival. Its offerings include discussions as well as film screenings.

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Theater and Society
10:30 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

Upstream Play 'Antigone' Has Unanticipated Parallels To Ferguson

Upstream Theater presents Antigone
Credit Peter Wochniak

The themes of Sophocles' "Antigone" are timeless. They're also timely, resonating with issues around a Ferguson police officer shooting and killing unarmed teenager Michael Brown this past August.

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Opera Demysitified
5:53 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

Swashbuckling ‘Pirates’ Will Introduce STL Kids To Opera

From the 2012 Opera on the Go program that worked with "Marriage of Figaro."
Credit Opera Theatre of St. Louis

Many St. Louisans know about “The Pirates of Penzance” because of the 1983 movie version starring St. Louis native Kevin Kline or its more recent iterations on The Muny stage.

This month, Opera Theatre of St. Louis is using the Gilbert and Sullivan opera of the same name to introduce elementary, middle- and high-school students to a genre they may not be as familiar with.

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Public Art Matters
9:22 pm
Sun October 5, 2014

How Murals Help Define, Strengthen St. Louis And The People Who Live Here

Dragon mural in progress in the Grove
Provided by the artist

Fifteen years ago, the area of St. Louis now known as The Grove was a place many people avoided.

“It was ‘Roll up your window and drive really fast,’” muralist Grace McCammond remembered.

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Riverfront Mural
9:04 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

Artists Transform Abandoned Building Into 'Welcome To Missouri' Sign

The mural takes shape on the Cotton Belt building.
Nancy Fowler | St. Louis Public Radio

An abandoned building with broken windows may seem nothing more than an ugly blemish. But to a mural artist, it’s a beautiful opportunity, a waiting canvas.

Two St. Louis muralists are nearing completion of the first phase of their project to transform the vacant Cotton Belt Freight Depot into a kind of welcome sign for commuters heading into St. Louis on the new Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge.

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Response to Ferguson
3:45 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

'Hands Up' Exhibit Features 101 Artists, Includes City Of Ferguson Among Venues

Artwork by Lenard Hinds
Provided by Hands Up, Don't Shoot

An upcoming exhibit responding to the killing of Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer won’t be your typical art show.

The “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” exhibit will open Oct. 17 and 18 in more than a dozen galleries — and one entire city.

The Ferguson Public Library and the city of Ferguson as a whole are listed among the exhibition spaces. That’s because the burned-out QuikTrip and the monuments to Michael Brown can also be seen as living works of art, according to curator Freida Wheaton.

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