Category: Culture
Here is St. Louis Part Two

The guys from Grain have done it again. After last year’s video “Here is St. Louis” it was time for a sequel: “Last summer, thousands of Saint Louisans fell in love with their city all over again, through our video Here is Saint Louis. We showed scenes of life and explored places that are often overlooked by outsiders, and even [...]

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Gentle Garden Gets Killer App
There's an App for that

Citygarden, downtown St. Louis’ gem on the Gateway Mall,  is so pleasing and attractive that it’s easy to experience it without mining all it has to offer.  That’s why a new app the garden introduced May 1 is going to be so significant for thousands of visitors. The new app, which is free, is downloadable from the iTunes App Store [...]

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Cinco De Mayo on Cherokee 2013

Last Saturday the latest installment of Cinco de Mayo took place on Cherokee Street. One of St. Louis’ premier photographers, Ben Evans, was there to shoot this truly multicultural event. We let the photos speak for themselves. Tip: If you want to wind down after a busy day we suggest checking out the hundreds of awe-inspiring photos of St. Louis’ [...]

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St. Louis and Chicago: Fiction vs. Reality
CDOT rendering Chicago Riverwalk

Chicago is working on connecting itself to its riverfront. CDOT Commissioner Gabe Klein touted the Chicago Riverwalk as an addition to the city’s sustainable transportation network, breaking down the barriers between Wacker Drive and the waterway. The pedestrian walkway will help connect people to water taxis, bike-share kiosks, buses and trains, as well as recreational boating, he said. “This will be [...]

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Downtown is Moving Up with MX Movies

Last night the new MX Movies in the Mercantile Exchange (MX) development opened up for a festive preview. The official opening is scheduled for today. The theater will start its run downtown with “Les Misérables”, “Lincoln” and Quentin Tarantino’s “Django Unchained”, which we had the privilege of seeing last night and if we may say so, it was excellent.  The [...]

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A Sneak Preview of the Central Library
The main south entrance

The completely renovated downtown Central Library will be opening to the public on Sunday, December 9.  The downtown gem underwent a $70 Million renovation and finishing touches are still being made. Over 4 million books were displaced during the construction but they have now carefully been returned to their home on Olive Street. Soon, almost a century after it first [...]

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A Summer Night At The Central Library
From the park

The renovated Central Library, which will be opening late November/early December, has recently begun to show off its new lighting system. It looks fantastic. It’s simply amazing to see the transformation that has happened to the library and the park just to the south of it. Time for a nighttime tour of Library park and its surroundings. Related: CBS Radio [...]

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Lucas Park Closing for Improvements
Lucas Gardens

Lucas Park, the somewhat hidden gem bound by St. Charles, 13th, Locust and 14th Street, will be closing in June for a comprehensive renovation project. During the renovations, which will include burning off the old grass and seeding and regrowing new grass in August, the dog park on the north side of the park will stay accessible. Among the improvements [...]

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Portrait of STL Artist Erin Laine Beckman

Recently, we ran into a familiar face during the inaugural Downtown St. Louis ARTWalk. None other than Erin Laine Beckman was one of the artists whose work was highlighted at the Leather Trades Artists Lofts, starting point of the ARTWalk tour.  As frequent patrons of downtown’s hip music lounge LOLA, we already knew Erin was one of downtown’s best bartenders. She [...]

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Downtown St. Louis ARTWalk Review
The walls have eyes

The inaugural Downtown St. Louis ARTWalk was held last night under perfect weather conditions. The walk’s starting point was downtown’s artist hotbed Leather Trades Lofts on 1600 Locust. All floors were open to the public, from the ground floor studio spaces, to the dance studio, music studio and community room on the higher floors. The hallways were adorned with art, [...]

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Downtown St. Louis Art Walk
Art Walk

After six months of living and working together, the residents of Leather Trades Artist Lofts are showcasing their talent at the Downtown STL ARTwalk. They are opening their doors to the public and partnering with local businesses to celebrate Downtown St. Louis’ vibrant art scene, food, shops and bustling nightlife. On Thursday, April 19, the Downtown STL ARTwalk kicks off [...]

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The Arch Grounds’ French Connection
Eiffel Tower from Trocadero

Last Wednesday, the CityArchRiver 2015 Foundation presented their latest update about the plans to renovate the Arch Grounds.  It wasn’t good. Most lacking in the presentation was energy. It almost felt like the speakers had to be dragged onto the stage to speak about their part in the total effort. The crowd seemed generally bored, and despite the notion that [...]

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Arch Plans Quietly Remove Connections
Pine Street bridge

The CityArchRiver 2015 Foundation presented its second update to the community Wednesday night, its first in 12 months. There wasn’t a lot of news, nor the typical enthusiasm this time. There were no specifics offered regarding design, no mention of Cathedral Square, or the south end. Final design for a new Kiener Plaza is reported to have been completed, but [...]

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Brick by Chance & Fortune at Orpheum

  Bill Streeter’s film Brick by Chance & Fortune will be showing at the Orpheum Theater in downtown St. Louis this Saturday, December 17th at 3:30 PM. St. Louis is a city with a rich and unique hsitory of brick architecture. Home to some of the largest amd most innovative companies of the 19th and 20th centuries, the city boasts some of [...]

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Art at the Loft
Art at the Loft

This Saturday, December 10th, from 1 till 8 PM, the third annual Art at the Loft Exhibtion is held at the Syndicate Lofts at 10th and Olive Streets in downtown St. Louis. Art at the Loft offers a chance to interact with the artists in a gallery setting and purchase hand made art. Featured Artists Include: Kara Zipprich Hayes – Irie’ [...]

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Library Progress at Renovated Park
The library and the park

UPDATE: Four artists impressions added to story.   The $79 million renovation of the St. Louis Central Library on Olive, between 13th and 14th Streets is in full swing. Work is slated to be completed in the summer of 2012. In the meantime, the park just to the south across Olive has received a makeover. The newly-laid concrete walkways and [...]

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Local Art at New 10th Street Gallery

10th Street  Gallery opened its doors last week, next door to another downtown favorite, Park Avenue Coffee. Situated on the corner of St. Charles, owners Pat and Solomon focus on regional artists. Paintings, lithographs, photographs and more adorn the walls of this inviting, bright space. 10th Street Gallery also offers exhibits, art classes, lectures, book signings and open mic events. Whether [...]

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AIA Bookstore

This bookstore is operated by the American Institute of Architects. You can find a great collection of books about St. Louis and its architecture and history. AIA Bookstore is located at 911 Washington Avenue. Phone (314) 231-4252 Share

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