Watoto Children’s Choir from Uganda Africa

Posted by David Godbout on March 22, 2016 | Leave a Comment

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The Watoto Children’s Choir of Uganda will bring its “Oh, What Love” performance to 2720 Cherokee on Sunday evening, April 10th, @ 6:30 p.m.

The event is FREE and open to All Ages.

Experience the sound, energy and passion of Africa as these young people sing, dance and share their stories.

Watoto is a faith-based relief organization that has been working in Uganda providing systemic and strategic redevelopment among the population of widows and orphans.  By building holistic communities – providing housing, education, healthcare, nutrition and communal support – Watoto has developed a well respected reputation.

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Join us Monday, March 23, at 7pm at Irish Corner Pub (1900 Cherokee, at the corner of Cherokee & Lemp) for updates from our elected officials, representatives from the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, and the Neighborhood Stabilization Team St Louis. This month’s business spotlight will be Byrd & Barrel! We’ll post the agenda and last month’s minutes online soon for your review.

Tenacious Trivia starts at 8pm in the front bar at Irish Corner Pub, so you’ve really got no excusive to not show up. We’ll see you there!

Interested in making your business more bike friendly?

Posted by Anne McCullough on May 5, 2014 | Leave a Comment

What:The Business of Biking

When:Wednesday, May 7
7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Where:  Nebula Coworking
3407 S. Jefferson
St. Louis, MO 63118

May is National Bike Month and we are celebrating this beautiful, bikeable weather with the first Trailnet on Tap of the year.

Learn strategies to create a more bike friendly workplace and encourage car-free commuting among your colleagues. Help grow the number of local businesses that have received national recognition for their efforts by becoming a League of American Bicyclists designated Bike Friendly Business.

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Join us this Saturday, May 3 from 7 – 10 PM for the opening of two new exhibitions:

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Every Day Is A Beautiful Day

Itshanapa: An Artist Talk & Book Launch at beverly

Posted by Fort Gondo on March 31, 2014 | Leave a Comment


Join us this Saturday, April 5 from 2-4 PM for an artist talk, reading and book launch for Dail Chambers.

at beverly (3155 Cherokee Street)

Dail will discuss her current exhibition at beverly (Itshanapa: A Surreal Sankofa Experience, on view through April 19) as well as her overall studio practice. This event will also serve to launch her new book – Itshanapa published by Bailey Girls, LLC – from which she will give a reading.

For more information about Itshanapa the book – and to purchase an advance copy – visit:
http://www.baileygirls.com/#!dail-chambers/c1k9x. Books will also be available for purchase and signing at the event.

This weekend at the compound:


Tuan Nguyen


at fort gondo

March 29 – April 19, 2014

Opening reception Saturday, March 29, 7-10 PM


Dail Chambers

Itshanapa: A Surreal Sankofa Experience

at beverly

March 29 – April 19, 2014

Opening reception Saturday, March 29, 7-10 PM


Next weekend at fort gondo:

Saturday, March 8: Film Premiere of Sarah Paulsen’s feature-length animated documentary, Elegy to Connie

(Doors open at 7:30 PM; film begins at 8 PM)

Sunday, March 9: Animation Workshop with artist Sarah Paulsen, 4 PM – 6 PM

Join us for these two events, planned in conjunction with Sarah Paulsen’s current solo exhibition, Elegy to Connie.  Both are free and open to community members of all ages and skill-levels.

Call to Cherokee Street: Join the INSIDE OUT PROJECT!

Posted by Fort Gondo on February 28, 2014 | Leave a Comment


Cherokee folks: Be a part of this remarkable Cherokee street-wide initiative!


An exhibit and Cherokee Street-wide event
Saturday April 26, 2014, 3-8 PM
at beverly & along Cherokee Street

Join us in celebrating cancer survivorship in this display of portraits of young St. Louis women under 45 who have been diagnosed with breast cancer.

Created in tandem with artist JR’s global initiative INSIDE OUT, this project has two components: an exhibition of the original small-scale color photographs at beverly, and a street-wide presentation of the large-scale black-and-white portraits in storefront windows and facades along the length of Cherokee Street.

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This Saturday at beverly:

Kevin Harris’ birthday and oblivion: quantitative measurements of reality (metaphysical and otherwise)

February 22 – March 15, 2014

Opening reception Saturday, February 22, 7-10 PM

An immersive sound, video and sculptural installation by Kevin Harris that dismantles beginnings and endings through infinite, elusive systems.

Inspired by the teleological fantasies of conservative economic theorists such as Francis Fukuyama, who declared capitalism to be the historic end-point of civilization, this exhibit subverts the fundamental material of capital as well as linear narrative.

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About the artist:

Saturday: Sarah Paulsen’s “Elegy to Connie”

Posted by Fort Gondo on February 16, 2014 | Leave a Comment

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This Saturday at fort gondo:

Sarah Paulsen’s Elegy to Connie

February 22 – March 15, 2014

Opening reception Saturday, February 22, 7-10 PM

Elegy to Connie is a feature-length animated documentary by Sarah Paulsen that examines the events prior to and after the 2008 shootings at Kirkwood City Hall. As retold by a group of grassroots community builders who were close with the late councilwoman Connie Karr, the film was made partially in collaboration with these women and is based on their stories.


TONIGHT at 7 PM at fort gondo:

Join us for the release of Matthew Freeman‘s new chapbook,

“CHTHONIC MRI AND OTHER POEMS,” (Walrus Publishing, 2014)

Freeman will give a reading alongside poets Jennifer Goldring and Marisol Ramirez. Also, Cassandra Howard will give a musical performance.

Chapbooks will be available for $5.

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About the author:

The fort gondo poetry series is pleased to present a reading by:

Jeff Hamilton & Dan Poppick

Friday, January 24 at 7 PM

Jeff Hamilton teaches writing at Washington University. Born in Chicago, raised in West St. Louis county, he was educated at Denison University, the University of Iowa (MFA 1986) and Washington University (PhD 2001). He has worked as a journalist, and edited Delmar, a literary journal he co-founded with Scott McKelvie, for fifteen years. His poems and essays have appeared in The Denver Quarterly, FENCE, Pleiades, The Chicago Review, and Natural Bridge, while his scholarship is included in RE: Working the Ground: Essays on the Late Writings of Robert Duncan. Recently, he served as a co-curator of Observable Readings, with Bob Lowes.


John Steven Cummins & Aron Fischer
January 18 – February 8, 2014
Opening reception Saturday, January 18, 7-10 PM

at fort gondo (3151 Cherokee Street)

Conversed began as a six-month-long public conversation in sculpted and poetic form. One artist’s work responded to the other’s until a progressive blurring occurred — between the palpable and the metaphoric, the shared and the singular. Using text, wood, ceramics, found objects and textiles, the work increasingly concerns itself with the economy of meaningful exchange — as a producer of wasteless ephemera and better tools for discernment.

About the artists:


Mary Jo Bang & Buzz Spector
January 18 – February 8, 2014
Opening reception Saturday, January 18, 7-10 PM

at beverly (3155 Cherokee Street)

After that, of course, he could write no more. Green in nature is one thing, green in literature another. Nature and letters seem to have a natural antipathy; bring them together and they tear each other to pieces.
– Virginia Woolf, from Orlando: A Biography


fort gondo presents, in collaboration with The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts:

“Learning from Donald Judd”

December 7, 2013 – January 4, 2014

Opening reception – an OFFICIAL REOPENING OF BEVERLY – Saturday, December 7, 7-10 PM

An exhibition of Judd-like artwork by:

Rebecca Bodicky, Dan Brewer, Jen Burris, Alex Early, Jesse Firestone, Kristin Fleischmann Brewer, Ryan Forman, Blair Johnson, Carrie Keasler, Cole Lu, Philip Matthews, Joseph Rater, Edo Rosenblith, Judith Shaw, Emmeline Solomon, Laurencia Strauss and Daniel Stumeier (among others).


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This Saturday, December 7, 7-10 PM:

Kirk Nachman: Without Opus

December 7, 2013 – January 4, 2014

Without Opus is a graphic translation of select texts at their most structural. Golden Age comics, genre films, and classic animation inform these drawings’ gestural method, which also employ the angular compositional strategies and shadow-riddled palette of early noir cinema. Disregarding linear plot and context, the work supplements unnamed, incidental characters for known protagonists. Each piece is open-ended and fragmentary — an installment in a slapstick Queneau-esque exercise that borrows from forgotten detective novels (John MacDonald’s “The Brass Cupcake”), experimental science fiction (J. G. Ballard’s “The Atrocity Exhibition”) and The Book of Genesis (King James version), alike. Assuming that all narratives are fundamentally familiar, this silent collection of imagery triggers the irrepressible impulse to simply finish the story.





This Friday, December 6 at 7 PM

The fort gondo poetry series is pleased to present a reading by:

Graham Foust & E. Tracy Grinnell

Graham Foust is the author of five books of poems, including Necessary Stranger (a finalist for the Northern California Book Award in 2007) and To Anacreon in Heaven and Other Poems (Flood Editions, 2013). His poems, essays, translations, and reviews have appeared in numerous magazines and journals, including Poetry, The Nation, Conjunctions, TriQuarterly, Ploughshares, Boston Review, American Letters and Commentary, A Public Space, Gulf Coast, New Ohio Review, Verse, and Fence. With Samuel Frederick, he has translated three books by the late German poet Ernst Meister, including In Time’s Rift (Wave Books, 2012) and Wallless Space (forthcoming in 2014).


fort gondo presents, in collaboration with The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts:

A tour
A workshop
An exhibition

Who hasn’t longed to have a Donald Judd of their very own?

This event series invites artists and community members to look closely at The Pulitzer Foundation’s current exhibition, “Donald Judd: The Multicolored Works”; collect household materials to create their own Judd-like objects; and have an opportunity to exhibit their hand-made Judds at beverly, a new fort gondo compound for the arts project space.


The fort gondo poetry series is pleased to present a reading by:

Lynn Melnick & Prageeta Sharma

Friday, November 15 at 7 PM

Lynn Melnick is the author of If I Should Say I Have Hope (YesYes Books, 2012). Her poetry has appeared in BOMB, The Brooklyn Rail, Guernica, Gulf Coast, jubilat, The New Republic, The Paris Review, A Public Space, and elsewhere. Her fiction has appeared in Opium and Forklift, Ohio, and she has written essays and book reviews for Boston Review, Coldfront, LA Review of Books, Poetry Daily, and VIDAweb, among others. She teaches at the Unterberg Poetry Center/92Y and is the Social Media Director for VIDA: Women in Literary Arts. She grew up in Los Angeles and currently lives in Brooklyn.



fort gondoThe Luminary Center for the Arts and Temporary Art Review present:

“Meditations in an Emergency: Ekphrastic Poetry on Demand by Henry Goldkamp”

Saturday, November 9, 12 – 8 PM
With a musical performance by Zak Marmalefsky, 6 – 8 PM

at fort gondo (3151 Cherokee Street)

An extension of an on-going series of programs organized by the three host organizations about the problem of art criticism in St. Louis, this event offers artists in the community an opportunity to have ekphrastic poems written about their artwork.

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