Cherokee Street

Cat Lovers' Night Out
11:14 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Would You Like A Kitten With That Coffee? STL Cat Café Offers Felines, Free Drinks

Ready for a purr-fect night
Provided by Tenth Life

If your idea of a purr-fect evening (sorry, it was just too tempting) involves sipping steaming beverages and stroking cats, Thursday night is your cup of tea. Or coffee. Or hot chocolate.

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Cherokee Street
5:47 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

The Luminary Receives First National Funding; Eight Others Also Get NEA Grants

James and Brea McAnally during construction of the Luminary Center for the Arts.
Credit Nora Ibrahim | St. Louis Public Radio Intern

This fall the National Endowment for the Arts awarded nine St. Louis-based arts organizations a total of $250,000 in grants. But in the visual arts category, only The Luminary Arts Center on Cherokee Street got funding. Thanks to the new NEA grant the space will expand its international artist residency program. Brea McAnally runs the space with her husband, James. They say the award is a national spotlight for the space.

“Primarily we’re just grateful that the organization has been seen and validated on a national level,” said Brea McAnally.

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Local Venues
9:52 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Surviving The Nightlife — How Music Venues Stay Afloat in St. Louis

Kim Massie Live at The Beale on Broadway, Nov. 19, 2014
Credit Willis Ryder Arnold/St. Louis Public Radio

St. Louis is a music town. Luminaries like Chuck Berry and Tina Turner honed their craft here before hitting international stages. For music to thrive it needs a home, it needs live venues. This month, local venue the Gramophone announced it was closing as a concert space and reopening this spring as a bar. Although they’ll still occasionally have live acts, the venue’s shift is away from high-energy music and toward a relaxed food and drink emphasis.

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Music Technology
10:12 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

The Return Of The Cassette Tape — This Time Also As Work Of Art

Undercurrent 9 tapes featuring Frances With Wolves, Hylidae, Contrails and spoken word by Brett Underwood at Undercurrent 10 event.
Credit Willis Ryder Arnold/St. Louis Public Radio

Ask someone younger than 10 if he's ever heard a cassette and you may be met with a blank stare. Before CDs or the ubiquitous MP3, tapes were the go-to method for album releases. Major record labels stopped releasing cassettes years ago, but St. Louis is home to a dedicated tape community. Musicians turn to tape for artistic, creative and practical reasons.

An Affordable Method

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Kranzberg Arts Center
1:51 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

Voodoo, Christianity And Twitter Fuse In New Art Show

Musician, curator, and artist Damon Davis
Credit Jen Everett/Courtesy of the Artist

Voodoo and Twitter, Christianity and Facebook. The new visual art exhibit ALTrs draws inspiration from them all.

Damon Davis, participating artist, musician and curator, said he hopes to highlight the relationship between daily rituals and the tradition of grand ritual in religious practices.

“The basic idea is blending technology and social media, things of that nature, all the rituals we have now with older, for lack of a better word, archaic rituals,” said Davis.

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Experimental Music
9:05 pm
Sun October 26, 2014

Underground Music Institution Apop Records Closes Monday

Tiffany Minx
Credit File photo | St. Louis Beacon

Early this month Tiffany Minx announced on Facebook the closing of her independent music shop Apop Records. The store will close this Monday. Although Minx has stressed a desire to look to the future, some fans are mourning the loss of an integral part of the St. Louis music scene.

“It’s just a major loss,” said Matthew Stuttler, who runs a cassette tape music label distributed online and at Apop.

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Local Bands
9:35 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

Bruiser Queen Releases Its Second Album, Sweet Static

Morgan Nusbaum
Credit Willis Ryder Arnold | St. Louis Public Radio

Bruiser Queen is a pair of St. Louis residents that play catchy, scuzzy, rock music that lands somewhere between 1960s girl groups and 1990s riot grrrl punk. Morgan Nusbaum fronts the band, commanding both microphone and guitar.

She’s backed by Jason Potter on the drums. The duo practices in an old doctor’s office off Cherokee street. The walls are a faded bubble-gum pink and plastic bins for charts are still screwed to the wall near every exam room. The duo rehearsed for Friday’s record release show promoting their newest album Sweet Static.

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fort gondo
10:00 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

STL Art Game-Changers: Fort Gondo’s Cherokee Street Crusaders

Jessica Baran and Galen Gondolfi
Stephanie Zimmerman | St. Louis Public Radio

Making art transforms artists. It can also revolutionize the world around them. St.

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Cinco de Mayo
12:31 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Get Ready Now To Join The Amazing People’s Joy Parade

Detail from the Sam Washburn poster Cherokee Street
Credit Sam Washburn | St. Louis Beacon

Cinco de Mayo is one festival that can be counted on NOT to leave St. Louis, let alone the Cherokee Street neighborhood. Every year, St. Louisans have been adding new dimensions to this festival. In 2008, local artists began what’s become Cinco de Mayo’s official parade, the People’s Joy Parade.

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Gallery And More
10:54 pm
Sun March 30, 2014

New Luminary Takes Shape On Cherokee Street

James and Brea McAnally in the work in progress at the new Luminary Center for the Arts.
Credit Nora Ibrahim | St. Louis Public Radio Intern

In the heart of Cherokee Street, 2701 to be exact, The Luminary's new building is rapidly transforming.

The art gallery, incubator and performance venue (formerly the Luminary Center for the Arts) is moving from Reber Place into a 17,000 square-foot space that takes three different properties and melds the historic with the modern.

In only two weeks, a stage, office spaces and wall frames were erected. Over the next two weeks, the construction crew will install drywall and paint. And while its new location undergoes swift changes, The Luminary itself is rebranding.

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