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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Metro Theater Company
8:45 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Do Swirly Pink Skirts Go With ‘Clompety’ Boots? STL Play Says Yes To Gender Mixups

The Clothings resist sorting.
Credit Provided by Metro Theatre

Can girls have short hair that isn’t a hairstyle? Can boys try on tutus? In ways both overt and subtle, society often says they can’t, or at least, they shouldn’t.

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Metro Theater Company
8:45 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Playwright’s Struggles Informed STL Metro’s ‘Unsorted’ Play About Gender, Difference

Wesley Middleton
Credit Provided by Metro Theatre

As Metro Theater’s “Unsorted” debuts for public audiences this weekend, the playwright reflects on the personal difficulties that contributed to her exploration of gender.

When Wesley Middleton was growing up in Macon, Ga., she was shocked to learn that boys and girls had to play by different rules. She chafed under the pink-or-blue scenario.

“I always felt more like a person than a girl,” Middleton told St. Louis Public Radio.

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Missouri History Museum
10:23 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Missouri History Museum To Display Original Louisiana Purchase Treaty

Credit Wikipedia

Beginning this fall, St. Louisans will be able to see the actual document that made what is now Missouri part of the United States.

In 1803, the United States bought more 828,000 square miles of land from France for $15 million – roughly four cents an acre – in a deal known as the Louisiana Purchase.

The parcel immediately doubled the size of the country and eventually became part or all of 14 states from Louisiana to Montana, including Missouri, Iowa and Arkansas.

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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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