Autor: Rhonda

~ 01/10/07

This girl is Kentucky born and bred. (Go Cats!) So, being from Louisville – I can say it shares a lot of similarities with our city – especially in the sense of revitalizing its urban center. In some ways, St. Louis can learn from a sister river city just four hours away off Interstate 64.

A friend of mine has put together Backseat Sandbar, a blog pointing out the music scene and culture within the ‘Ville. Instead of River City Professionals, Cory is targeting River City Scenesters. Check it out at http://backseatsandbar.wordpress.com/.

Also amusing are efforts in branding Louisville a “Possibility City” with quirky offbeat ads at www.sharelouisville.com. These spots – all over YouTube – are apparently airing on television in major metro markets. I find this interesting since our RCGA’s own “Perfectly Centered. Remarkably Connected!” brand of sorts seems dormant.

Take a peek …

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V3UPj0OIgmQ

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Autor: Jennifer

~ 29/07/07

Awestruck and drooling, I looked longingly at a photograph at a local gallery, wanting to take the work home with me. The price tag of $3,000 was quite reasonable (really), but not exactly in my price range and the large framed photograph wouldn’t discreetly fit in my bag.

The many events I attend have made a remarkable dent in my checking account, but have lightened the pain of my savings account – nothing has gone in, leaving nothing available to come out.  However, my arts addiction and event-going has also resulted in actually saving me a fortune in bad gifts for myself and friends, and re-channeling my spending cash towards purchasing several art works that I find both inspiring and enchanting.

If you want to check you inner Andy Stitzer and outfit your home with love and style, here are several tips: 

Tip one: Enjoy the gallery walks. They happen often (check out Wash Ave, the Loop, Cherokee Street, and Grand Center).  They usually feature complimentary wine and face time with the artists.   If you see something you like and the price is a bit more than you have in your wallet, many galleries will arrange payment plans (think layaway).   Cost of the evening: nada.

Tip two: Check out the Flat Files at the Contemporary.  Look through hundreds of pieces of original art with the price tags attached. Some start at $25 with most being under $500. You then give the artist a call and offer to buy one of the works. Cost of the day: nada.

Tip three: Mark your calendars for the art fairs this fall.  Art Outside at the Schlafly Bottleworks, which is the first weekend of September, features local visual and performing artists in addition to those exploring video and the written word.  Cost: nada.

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Autor: Leigh-Anne

~ 26/07/07

Just a reminder to stop by the Blu CitySpaces tonight to celebrate the 1st Birthday of Undercurrentstl.com. No cake and ice cream, but plenty of free beer and apps, entertainment and a chance to win some very cool prizes!

I know there is a lot going on around town tonight, so if you can’t make it before 9pm, just head straight to rBar for the afterparty and a nightcap!

Hope to see you tonight!

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Autor: Scott

~ 12/07/07

Why not have breakfast with the crew from the South City Open Studio and Gallary for Children (SCOSAG)? Kill two birds with one stone. Get good food, help kids. Sounds like a winning combo.

The Details:

SCOSAG’s Benefit Brunch
Sunday, July 15, 11:00am – 2:00pm.
Schlafly Bottleworks – 7260 Southwest Maplewood
Come on out for a nice Sunday nosh and show your support for the South City Open Studio and Gallery for Children (SCOSAG). Check out www.schlafly.com/bottleworks.menu.shtml and look to the bottom for the brunch offerings. SCOSAG folks will be in the house until at least 2pm so don’t be shy!  Eat some pancakes!

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Autor: Scott

~ 16/05/07

BODY WORLDS 3:The Anatomical Exhibition of Real Human Bodies is coming to the St. Louis Science Center starting October 19th! I have seen this exhibition featured on the Discovery Channel and was simply amazed.

From the press release:

Created by Dr. Gunther von Hagens, BODY WORLDS 3 is the culmination of the German scientist and physician’s 30-year career in anatomy. Like its predecessors, BODY WORLDS 3 presents more than 200 authentic specimens, including organs and whole body specimens, that have undergone Plastination—von Hagens’ groundbreaking method of halting decomposition and preserving the body after death for medical study, which he invented in 1977. But von Hagens says the St. Louis exhibition captures the evolution and refinement of his invention to its outer limits.

For more information about the exhibition, Plastination, or body donation, visit www.bodyworlds.com.

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Autor: Jennifer

~ 11/05/07

Okay, the Factory is THE party of the year at the Contemporary. Simply said: you have to be there.  I just picked up my super-styling dress from Masula (Marcia, don’t you dare sell another one like it), and you should head down there for an outfit – unless of course, you truly want to channel Warhol with a dress made of aluminum foil (wouldn’t that hurt?).

Saturday, May 12
9:00 pm-12:00 midnight

DJ Andrew will play the beats, and you’ll enjoy complimentary Bud Select and delicious food by by Mihalas, Savor, and Mike Shannon’s. Continue reading “Aluminum Foil” »

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Autor: Jennifer

~ 02/05/07

The tech guy is at my work and just installed the memory I waited ever so patiently for (I drove everyone so crazy by complaining of my slow computer which resulted in my computer getting the upgrade FIRST.  See, it pays to be persistent!).  Even with the new memory, the gadzillion press releases I’m currenlty sending out is making things a bit slow.  The all important news I’m blasting is about the Contemporary’s Art and Wine Auction Preview Party (everyone is invited. It’s free. It’s fabulous. Bidding starts at $100).  You can place bids.  Or, you can play “What would I buy if I had more money?”  Both are good exercises as far as I’m concerned. The party is this Friday, 6-8pm, complimentary valet, and wine and cheese. Good stuff.  But, what’s also great is Select Night tomorrow (Thursday, May 3) at the Contemporary.  The evening will give you the opp to check out the rockin’ fashions at many of the Lou’s boutiques (including items from our fellow blog writer, Marcia’s store, Masulla), while you sip on very inexpensive, delicious beer. And you get to see Marcia, who I see is the Undercurrent’s very newest dating expert.  A perfectly lovely evening, in all respects.

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Autor: Jennifer

~ 09/04/07

 I apparently missed a beautiful exhibition opening at White Flag Projects – framed over a two day period. I’m wondering if it was a 2 day show or if it’s on view longer. Unfortunately the website doesn’t have anything listed under current exhibitions, so I’m assuming it was a two-time opportunity. However, I did make it down to Ellen Curlee’s and Phil Slein’s on Friday night for their gallery openings.  After having some delicious wine at Copia, two of my workmates joined me in a stroll to look at the art on Wash Ave. I found Phil Slein’s artists especially appealing. Both Tom Reed and James Barsness have a fairy-tale like appareance to their pieces.  Barsness’ work is in the back room and two have made my personal “The Favorites” list.  However, after picking up the price sheet I had to move both pieces to my “The Favorites I Cannot Afford” list as both hold price tags of more than $30,000 each. Their work is on display through May 5, so you have some time to check it out for yourself. One thing to do this week on the more inexpensive side of supporting art includes Venus Envy this weekend. There’s a $5 entrance fee for the Friday and Saturday night events located at 3001 and 3016 Locust St. The evenings promise an array of art, music, dancing, food arranged by many of St. Louis’ women artists. Also this week, WashU is snuggling up at the Tivoli in efforts to host a free festival of contemporary German film to complement their current exhibition, Reality Bites.  There’s four films debuting this week, starting on Wednesday, and additional information can be found at the Kemper Museum’s website.

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Autor: Daanesh

~ 28/03/07

No, this post isn’t going to praise this blog’s ineffably praiseworthy founder. I like to cover the less obvious.

I’m quoting Doc Emmett Brown from Back to the Future. If the movie conjures up as many good memories for you as it does me (I still sometimes yell out “88 miles per hour!” as I wail through the tunnels of Forest Park Parkway) , you might want to read this piece. It’s supposed convey what it’s like to drive a Delorean DMC12, but has other interesting tidbits for trivia buffs such as:

“The script called for the time machine to be built out of a fridge, but director Zemeckis didn’t want small children around the world getting stuck in the family Hotpoint, hence the switch.”

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Autor: Scott

~ 27/03/07

What is better than seeing a work of art? Watching the artist in the process of creating that work of art! Now multiply that by 40, add a lively venue like 3rd Degree Glass Factory, plus music, good food, drink, and an eclectic crowd, and you get Wall Ball! The premise is amazing and this has become one of St. Louis’ most anticipated and unique events. Take 40 of our areas best contemporary artists and put them through out a great party to work their magic. All works will be part of a silent auction, with the proceeds benefiting programming at the South City Open Studio and Gallery for Children and The Potters Workshop. As an added note, yours truly is one of the co-chairs this year!

Tickets are $35 in advance or $50 at the door. The past few years the event has sold out so be sure and take advantage of the $35 price tag. For more info or to purchase tickets, visit online at www.scosag.org. See you there!

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