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Tatyana Telnikova is the owner of HandleBar in the Grove neighborhood and an organizer of St. Louis' World Naked Bike Ride.
Tatyana Telnikova

Nearly a decade ago, HandleBar owner Tatyana Telnikova began heading up the after-party for St. Louis’ World Naked Bike Ride.

She’s now even more deeply involved as an organizer of the annual event, which gets going at 4 p.m. Saturday in the Grove neighborhood.

On Friday’s St. Louis on the Air, Telnikova talked with guest host Jim Kirchherr of the Nine Network about this growing St. Louis tradition. Twelve years running, the ride aims to raise awareness about oil dependency, body positivity and cyclist vulnerability.

From left, Joe Hess and Daniel Hill joined Friday's talk show.
Evie Hemphill | St. Louis Public Radio

St. Louis’ biggest local music festival gets underway Friday evening and all day Saturday with a lineup that the Riverfront Times has billed as its best yet. Featuring more than 100 performances by St. Louis-based bands across 11 venues, ShowcaseSTL 2019 aims to match that quantity with quality, and organizers have taken a collaborative, input-heavy approach to planning.

On Friday’s St. Louis on the Air, guest host Jim Kirchherr of the Nine Network talked with RFT music editor Daniel Hill and with Joe Hess, who has spearheaded the curation of the lineup.

This year’s theme is the idea of discovery. The festival presents both long-established artists and emerging ones, in all sorts of musical genres, for concertgoers.

This week's episode of "We Live Here" shares stories of St. Louisans based in the Grove, which has seen a lot of change lately.
Chad Davis | St. Louis Public Radio

The Grove neighborhood is in a part of St. Louis that has seen an increase in new housing and business activity, and while many in the area welcome the uptick in development, there are concerns that rising housing costs are pushing out longtime residents.

This week's episode of We Live Here, set to drop Thursday, highlights stories of those who live, work, worship and teach in the neighborhood.

On Wednesday's St. Louis on the Air, host Don Marsh caught up with two of the St. Louis Public Radio people involved in its production: Tim Lloyd and Chad Davis.

The central corridor illumination art project on these grain elevators was tested briefly on Dec. 12.
Provided | Raven Fox

Many St. Louisans pack the family into the car, drive around, and ooh and ah over lighting displays during the Christmas season.

They might want to do it again in February.

That’s when the next phase of a huge, colorful, illumination art project will be briefly visible in St. Louis’ central corridor — and for miles around. The “canvas” consists of a series of grain silos that sit less than 200 yards from the IKEA store between Sarah Street and Vandeventer Avenue.

Lewis Claybon has been standing on a corner along Tower Grove Avenue in St. Louis for "a long, long time. About 14, 15 years," he said, waving to passers-by.
Ryan Delaney | St. Louis Public Radio

It would be just another stop sign in St. Louis if there wasn’t this man on the corner of Tower Grove and Vista avenues, his hands in the air, waving and hollering greetings at every passing car, cyclist and pedestrian.

For brief moments, commuters slow down and the daily grind eases. Everyone waves back.

Organizers of the Black Pride Festival set up a tent on Sunday in St. Louis' Grove neighborhood.
Jason Rosenbaum I St. Louis Public Radio

President Donald Trump’s words and actions were at the forefront of people’s minds on Sunday at St. Louis’ Black Pride Rally.

One of the longest-running black LGBTQ community events in the nation, this year’s gathering coincides with a summer in which the president announced on Twitter that transgender people were banned from serving in the military and, more recently, assigned some blame to counterprotesters for violence at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

A 2016 New Haven, Connecticut, exhibition is seen in this file photo. It's called “As in the Light of Marielle” and involves the work of artists Faring Purth and Raven Fox and is similar to what they plan to show in St. Louis Friday night.
Provided | Faring Purth and Raven Fox

St. Louis drivers going north on Jefferson Avenue who pass Cherokee Street can’t miss the 100-foot long mural of a nearly-naked crouching woman, called “Prime.” On Friday night, it will be more visible than ever.

“Prime” will be lit up with different colors and adorned with projected photos, as part of a pop-up exhibition at 3401 South Jefferson Ave. called “The Other Girls.”

Flickr user Ann010, Creative Commons

Love her, hate her, replicate her—there’s no denying that Joan Rivers was a force in American comedy. The first woman to host a late night network television talk show, the host of the critically-acclaimed “The Joan Rivers Show” and the co-host of the controversial E! fashion show “Fashion Police,” Rivers always kept people talking.

Organizer Leon Braxton at the site of the Transgender Memorial Park.
Nancy Fowler | St. Louis Public Radio

A sliver of land in St. Louis’ Grove neighborhood is getting a makeover to become what may the country’s first Transgender Memorial Park.

It’s a cooperative effort between the city and community members. Leon Braxton got the idea when he heard about the city’s “Plant4Peace” project, a program that gives out free trees for local gathering spaces.

“I thought about this would be a great opportunity for something in the LGBT community,” Braxton said.

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.

Bruno David
Provided by Bruno David

Bruno David Gallery in Grand Center will open a second location in St. Louis' Grove area, focusing on women artists.

The new spot, called Bruno David Projects, will be located at 1245 South Vandeventer Ave. Its first exhibit, which opens Oct. 30, will feature the work of local painter Cindy Tower.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, July 9, 2013 - Only two days after it closed its doors on PrideFest Sunday, Novak’s bar reopened under the same name but a different owner.

The establishment in The Grove threw a farewell party Sunday, June 30, after nearly 17 years as a watering hole and gathering place for LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) people and their friends.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Dec. 12, 2012 - The data have been tabulated, the options debated and the results are in.

The steering committee of the Kresge St. Louis embedded arts grant has agreed on the four neighborhoods to receive help in discovering programs and funding that can be set up specifically for each area. The committee chose Old North St. Louis, Midtown, the Garden District and the Loop in part for their mix of existing arts organizations, high walkability and economic and racial diversity.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Nov. 15, 2012 - There was a time when visiting the gay and lesbian clubs of Manchester Avenue came without a lot of branding or fanfare. If memory serves correctly, the Strip was a mixed bag of venues between Vandeventer on the east and (roughly) Tower Grove on the west. There were no neon signs to greet you, no high-profile bike races, no GroveFest.

No laws set the names of the 79 neighborhoods crammed into the 66 square miles of the city of St. Louis. Some grew from urban legends, others from a distinctive landmark. Some date back decades and are instantly known to any St. Louis resident. Others have changed as landmarks fell, highways reshaped boundaries, or people felt the need for a fresh start.

The Grove's Better Block deserved better weather

May 15, 2011

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, May 15, 2011 - May can be a rough month on event organizers, as Saturday's nasty combination of cold, wind and rain demonstrated. There might not have been a local, outdoor event more affected by the weather than the Tour de Grove in mid-town St. Louis City.

True, cyclists from around the region, and nation, were still able to take to the 1.7-mile, looped course for a full day's worth of rain-dampened races. But organizers hoped that St. Louisans without a direct tie to the racers, themselves, would pack the Grove neighborhood to watch. 

The Grove builds a Better Block

May 11, 2011

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, May 11, 2011 - For the past decade, if not longer, the stretch of mid- city Manchester known as the Grove has won many small battles, if not the complete war of an urban turnaround. A new restaurant moves in here, a small retail business there. A homeowner, or two, buy shells on neighboring blocks, rehabbing their spaces and providing foot traffic. A seasonal event, or themed street party, brings in hundreds of partygoers. All of it's been happening against an economic backdrop that's been cruel to many rebounding urban neighborhoods.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Sept. 27, 2010 - Despite the rain, the fifth Grovefest went on as planned Saturday. The Grove's annual street party celebrates "the eclectic sights, sounds and unique flavor" of the neighborhood on Manchester Avenue between Kingshighway and Vandeventer. Restaurants opened their doors, painters brought their easels out, and musicians played music for the crowds strolling up and down Manchester Avenue.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Feb. 15, 2010 - During these frigid February days, the basement of Catholic Charities Midtown Center looks like little more than a place to spread out and eat your lunch without distraction. But during the warmer months ahead, the room will be filled with budget grocery shoppers looking to pick up their favorite produce.