Grand Center

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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Grand Center Arts Academy
5:03 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

Glickert Will Fill New Leadership Post At Grand Center Arts Academy

Lynne Glickert
Credit GCAA website

Lynne Glickert, who was ousted as principal of Grand Center Arts Academy, then brought back as interim principal after a storm of parental and student protest, has been named to a newly created leadership position at the school.

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Arts & Culture
4:27 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

The Black Rep Finds New Theater Home At Harris-Stowe State University

(l-r) Justin Ivan Brown, Ron Himes, and Ronald L. Connor in the Black Rep's production of "The Whipping Man," which the company performed in last year's season at The Grandel Theatre. This year the company will be housed at the Emerson Performance Center on the campus of Harris-Stowe State University.
Credit Courtesy of Stewart Goldstein

After being ousted from their home at The Grandel Theatre in Grand Center, The Black Rep theater company has found a new place for its productions at Harris-Stowe State University.

The company will now hold its performances at the Emerson Performance Center on the school’s campus, which seats over 200. The Grandel Theatre was owned by Grand Center Incorporated, which sold it earlier this summer.

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Grand Ave. Bridge
1:25 pm
Sat August 25, 2012

Officials celebrate opening of refurbished Grand Ave. Bridge

Officials prepare to cut the ribbon on the refurbished Grand Ave. Bridge.
Tim Lloyd St. Louis Public Radio

Members of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra serenaded officials and more than 40 onlookers as the ribbon was cut on the refurbished Grand Ave. Bridge.

Dignitaries said the bridge will be a critical link in the heart of the city, connecting cultural institutions at Grand Center with St. Louis University and Harris Stowe State University.   

Alderwoman Marlene Davis expects the $22 million bridge project and the adjoining $7 million Metro Scott Ave. Transit Project to yield an economic boost.

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Steffen indictment
3:05 pm
Mon May 9, 2011

Former head of Pyramid Cos. re-indicted on fraud charges

The Metropolitan Building in Grand Center. John Steffen, the building's former owner, was re-indicted today on federal fraud charges connected to plans to redevelop the building.
(via Flickr/Paul Sableman)

The federal government has filed a new indictment against former St. Louis real estate mogul John Steffen for allegedly misusing funds he had promised as collateral for a bank loan.

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St. Louis Public Radio at Grand Center
4:52 pm
Fri April 15, 2011

St. Louis Public Radio breaks ground on new facility

St. Louis Public Radio and the University of Missouri-St. Louis broke ground on a new midtown facility at Grand Center today.

The new St. Louis Public Radio is being built on a parking lot currently being used by the Fox Theater.

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