Grand Center

Lindell to Washington
3:30 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

NEA Grant To Add Art And Walkability To Grand Center

Rendering of part of the revamped Grand Center
Credit Christner + Hoerr Schaudt

A new $50,000 grant will help make St. Louis’ Grand Center more pedestrian-friendly.

The midtown arts and cultural district received the money Wednesday from the National Endowment for the Arts’ “Our Town” grants program.

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Contemporary Art Museum
5:01 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

No Charge To Visit Contemporary Art Museum Through Next Summer — Or Longer

A recent show at the Contemporary Art Museum
Credit Contemporary Art Museum

The Contemporary Art Museum in Grand Center has joined the ranks of St. Louis’ free cultural institutions, at least through next summer.

CAM has charged no admission fee since early May, thanks to a donation by the local Gateway Foundation, a nonprofit organization supporting art and urban design. Now Gateway has increased its funding to cover the five-dollar cost through August 2015.

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First Friday
10:11 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Visually Appealing: Art & Air, Peat Eyez, Dogs, First Friday

Credit Provided by SLUMA

The first weekend in June always has a star on my calendar: Lafayette Square House Tour. But many others have noted the better-than-average chance for good weather that prompted the neighborhood to select that date. Add the tradition of galleries being open in the evening on the first Friday of the month and no one has an excuse to stay indoors (barring storms, that is).

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Cityscape
4:37 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

The 100-Year-Old Sun Theater In Grand Center Reopens After A Major Renovation

The exterior of the Sun Theater, 3625 Grandel Square, after renovation.
Credit Amanda Honigfort / St. Louis Public Radio

The Sun Theater in Grand Center has reopened after nearly 40 years of neglect and abandonment.

On Grandel Square near Powell Hall and the Fox Theatre, the Sun Theater is being leased by the Grand Center Arts Academy. The Lawrence Group, a St. Louis-based design firm, spent $11.5 million on the theater’s renovation.

Lynne Glickert, executive director of the Grand Center Arts Academy, said she was always hopeful the school would be able to use the Sun Theater for its 535 students. The school is the Beaux Arts Building, which is next to the Sun.

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Commentary
3:33 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Grand Center Arts District Widens Its Horizons

Nancy Kranzberg

It's time for my yearly update on Grand Center. What a happening and hopping place it has become. There have been dozens of additions to the arts district and still more are about to open.

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Grand Center
12:26 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Richard Baker Bids Farewell To The Fox, Shares Thoughts On Local Arts Scene

Richard Baker
Credit Provided by Richard Baker

Richard Baker, president of Fox Associates since 2001 and a member of the Fox Theatre staff in a variety of capacities since 1986, is leaving to become president and CEO of the Starlight Theatre in Kansas City on March 17.

Earlier this week, Baker sat down for a lengthy interview that looked back on his eventful 27-plus years at the Fox, the evolution of Grand Center during that time, and an unpredictable career path that took a young boy who loved theater and Broadway from dreams of becoming a doctor, to a degree in accounting, and then full circle to the Fox.

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Art Openings
9:37 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Art Events On The Table, Some Literally, In STL This Weekend

Table and Chairs
Credit Duet Gallery

A table can connect families, foster discussion or encourage a game of cards. This weekend, a table in Grand Center also provides a canvas for artistic and cultural expression.

“Table” opened Thursday night at the new Duet art space, 3526 Washington Ave., with an evening of drinks and folk music. Friday night at 7, the custom wood design by Martin Goebel becomes the stage for a new media performance.

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Contemporary Art Museum
10:27 pm
Mon January 20, 2014

Artist ‘Killed Kenny’ But Is Mainly Having Fun At CAMSTL; Eisenman Brings 'Nemesis'

Nicole Eisenman, Breakup, 2011. Oil and mixed media on panel, 56 x 43 inches. Collection of Robert and Bonnie Friedman, Los Angeles. Courtesy the artist and Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects. Photo: Robert Wedemeyer

Our preview of the exhibits opening Friday at CAM includes video of artist Joyce Pensato doing what she loves most: playing with paint, and a look at the work of  Nicole Eisenman.

The title “I Killed Kenny” smacks of death in its reference to the recurring demise of the "South Park" icon. But the exhibit's more about Brooklyn artist Joyce Pensato bringing new life to animated characters ranging from Homer Simpson to Mickey Mouse.

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The Pulitzer
10:49 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Pulitzer Brings In Breakdancing, Drag And Nail Art To ‘Reset’ Image

Britney Tokyo's nail art will be featured in a Jan. 24 program at the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts.
Vanity Projects

Using words like “play” and “permissiveness” in its promotional materials, the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts wants to make sure St. Louisans know it's operating on a different frequency in the upcoming “Reset” program.

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First Night
9:04 pm
Sun December 29, 2013

St. Louis’ ‘First Night’ Celebration: Broader And More Extreme

Credit Courtesy First Night

Grand Center has a two-pronged approach for luring more revelers to its “First Night” New Year’s Eve party this year.

Organizers look to active entertainment to bring in the families and a wide spectrum of participants. And they hope a more mature late-night lineup will attract teenagers and adults without children.

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