We’re writing to invite you to a new used bookstore that has opened at 3215 Cherokee Street: The Archive. Several months ago, four local partners cooperatively decided to establish a new bookstore on Cherokee Street to augment the literary and artistic culture that is burgeoning on the south side of our city, and to forge a new community space. Have you been to Cherokee Street lately? Cherokee Street is on the verge of creating a new paradigm for what St. Louis City living can be. Our street runs through the most diverse neighborhood in the city. I don’t know of a better place to experience authentic Mexican food and chapbook madness, buy weird junk cheap, and brush shoulders with anarchists, dreamers, activists, revolutionaries, and little old ladies.
GRAND OPENING: UPCOMING EVENTS
EVENT: Three celebrated guest poets to read as we observe National Poetry Month.
READING: Saturday, April 3, 2010 – 7pm – FREE
KENNETH IRBY is an associate professor of English at the University of Kansas. He will read from “The Intent On: Collected Poems 1962-2006.” Irby is the 2009 recipient of the Poetry Society of America’s premiere award, the Shelley Memorial Prize.
CYRUS CONSOLE has published his first book of poetry/prose “Brief Under Water” from Burning Deck. He teaches at the Kansas City Art Institute and the University of Kansas. He resides in Topeka.
SIMON PETTET has lived on the Lower East Side of Manhattan for over thirty years. His most recent collection of poems, “Hearth”, from Talisman Press brings together all of his published work from that period.
EVENT: LOVE-O-RAMA TRANSFORMATOUR 2010
PERFORMANCE: Sunday, April 4, 2010 – 7pm – FREE
The LOR crew returns from a two-week tour through the southeast to lead us through Jesus Christ Super Star, a Shadow Puppet Spectacular. Featuring original music by CELIA, ZUPA VENU and FIRE DOG. Bring your flashlight, make a puppet, and your part of the show!
EVENT: Local Movie Night will host Chicken & Waffles: A City Fresh Method.
SCREENING: Tuesday April 6, 2010 – 7pm & 9pm – Free
STAGED FRIGHT MEDIA and HUGO FLEMING look into the urban wilderness to find a collective of artists gathered for a celebration in the dead of winter. An entertaining and informative picture, Chicken & Waffles outlines how to slaughter and butcher a chicken, set to a musical score composed and performed by RAT’S & PEOPLE MOTION PICTURE PROJECT. The short video offers a fresh look at the confluence of homegrown local food, music, art, and ritual gathering. The event was shot at the 2009ARTICA Festival on the Mississippi River Front. Get your popcorn and get ready!
At the beginning of December, CELIA’s Yuletide Express and FIREDOG christened our new space with Christmas Carols and rock ‘n roll. The same night we hosted the Winter Show Collective’s annual performance. Amidst the breathtaking acrobatics of WILLY ZEP and others, we screened portions of “Atnas Akinah: The Adventures of Sainta’s Daughter,” by KELSEY LAPOINT, shot and edited by REBECCA RIVAS of the St. Louis American. LYNDSEY SCOTT, the co-writer, one of our favorite Cherokee artists, and C.A.M.P. Outreach and Events Coordinator said it best: “Sunday morning hugs smelled like campfire…. everybody was still glowing from the embers shared. Packed out house shared harmonies young old….. I’ll go for that.”
Thanks to a nice RFT blog post, and a great blurb in Alive Magazine, our January preview night was packed! The vegetarian appetizers were top-notch! We featured the Hudson River landscape watercolors of JENNA BAUER, founder of South City Open Studio and Gallery and former St. Louisan who moved to New York last fall, and the intricate assemblage boxes by CHRIS VODICKA and “Alternate Life Forms” the digital prints of WILLIAM SCOTT. Their work is fantastic; we’ve left it up for a little bit longer!
We made it through the February cold to close the month with a performance by St. Louis blues musician BOB CASE. He came out to support his friend KEVIN BELFORD, author of the book “Devil at the Confluence: The Pre-War Blues Music of St. Louis, Missouri. It’s hard to get more local, more relevant, or more funky than that. We still have a few signed copies of his beautiful book, heavily illustrated and hardcover.
In March, just as spring arrived, food author SANDOR KATZ (“Sandorkraut”) came to visit from Short Mountain Sanctuary, a queer intentional community in the wooded hills of Tennessee, to talk about his old book, “Wild Fermentation,” and his newer book, “The Revolution Will Not Be Microwaved.” There’s a reason why Howard Zinn said that his book “points us not only to eating in a new way, but thinking in a new way. Here we see food with all its social and economic ramifications…” We sampled six month old sauerkraut, mingled with foodies, and got a little agitated at the state of our nation’s food. We have copies of both his books, a few signed!
On March 21, experienced Burning Man participants met under the auspices of THE GATEWAY BURNERS for their Town Hall Meeting. The Burners aim to “foster radical self-expression, radical inclusion, participatory art, and sustainable community.” We spent the day fire spinning, constructing hula hoops, barbecuing and conversing.
If you missed any of these events, join our Facebook group! Search for “The Archive,” click “Groups,” and select the group type “Businesses.” Or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org, and we’ll add you to our mailing list. We post the details of all of our events on our website, http://archivescribe.com
There are some huge changes coming to Cherokee Street. On May 8, the street will host CINCO DE MAYO, the RFT’s choice for Best Festival, calling it the “party that gets it right.” Lookout for more information on the Friday Night Party for the 2011 Southern Graphics Council Conference, a serious group of print fetishists, who will fit right in with our neighborhood. It’s going to be huge. In the meantime, please do visit us on Cherokee Street. We have thousands of books across hundreds of categories for academics and for the general readership. See you soon!
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