Empower. Change. A Service-Learning Fundraising Event

Posted by Anne McCullough on February 18, 2016 | Leave a Comment

Global Ethos presents Empower Change! A Fundraising Event to support STL student-artists attending a service-learning experience in San Ramon, Nicaragua this summer! February 26th, 6-10PM at Blank Space. Live Art. Performances. Silent Auction. Raffle. Good. Fun. We love your moral support, but need your financial support, so please bring your checkbooks too! And BIG THANKS to DJ Boogieman for keeping it funky on the 1s and 2s! It’s gonna be a blast!

CSBA Meeting Tomorrow February 18th 5:30pm at Nebula

Posted by Anne McCullough on February 17, 2016 | Leave a Comment

REMINDER: Cherokee Station Business Association Meeting is tomorrow 5:30pm at Nebula All business owners, residents, property owners, and anyone with an interest in Cherokee are welcome and encouraged to attend.


STL Youth Jobs
Accepting Applications
NOW through May 31
Contact for more information:
Patrick McCulloch 314-982-8950 or pmcculloch@mersgoodwill.org

Opportunity to hire and mentor local youth this summer! STL Youth Jobs employees provides an opportunity for youths 16-24 from 10 St. Louis neighborhoods to receive job readiness training and they are paid through generous grants that fund the program. (no out of pocket costs to the businesses) The program runs from early June – Mid August and is roughly 20 hours/week. The targeted neighborhoods are: Penrose, O’Fallon, Mark Twain, Baden, Walnut Park East, Walnut Park West, Dutchtown, Gravois Park, Tower Grove East, and Bevo-Mill. Employers can be in the targeted neighborhoods or adjacent neighborhoods.
Application will be housed at: http://stlyouthjobs.org/
(Businesses like Bespoke on Cherokee participated last year.)

Lo-Fi Cherokee 2016

Posted by Anne McCullough on February 9, 2016 | Leave a Comment

Lo-Fi Cherokee 2016 is a cross between a massive music video shoot and a music festival – on Cherokee Street! The public is invited to come watch LO-FI SAINT LOUIS produce eighteen live music performance videos in as many locations in a single day. Now in its’ fifth year, they will begin at 9am and shoot a new video about every half hour until we’ve captured eighteen performances from some of the most interesting and diverse musical acts you’ll see anywhere. It will be a day of discovery, celebration, and fun! Join this event to get regular updates on acts that will appear and other announcements.

THE Book | Signing | Exhibit | Red Chair Studio

Posted by Anne McCullough on February 6, 2016 | Leave a Comment

The Research

In 2012, as one of 12 artist fellows at the Regional Arts Commission, I began to re-search and map my community arts practice over the last 20+ years.  I wrote mostly at the big white table in my studio. I learned I could draw/doodle/make marks.

Three days a week.  Early early a.m.   Interacting with my past inside the door at 2319 Cherokee and those who present themselves outside or come in that door.


The Result

I had mentors and supporters and a very kind muse.  I worked with a book designer who was patient and practical.  The process has been long but somewhat dream-like.

American Female Book Launch

Posted by Anne McCullough on February 4, 2016 | Leave a Comment

American Female: a true tale of adventure is “The Devil Wears Prada,” meets “Eat, Pray, Love,” while “On the Road,” and filled with action, adventure, passion, scandal, and self-actualization.

- Teamwork Makes the Dream Work

When more than 300 literary agents rejected the American Female manuscript, Emily resolved to make it happen herself, and teamed up with a talented group of creatives to bring the next Great American Novel to life. From filmmakers to music producers, animators, small businesses, and more, Emily has created jobs and provided opportunities for the creative and entrepreneurial community to put their expertise to work.

Mardi Gras on Cherokee Street

Posted by Anne McCullough on February 3, 2016 | Leave a Comment

The People Party Gras Masquerade Ball on Cherokee

Friday Feb 5th, 2016
@ 2720 Cherokee
Doors 8pm

Here we GEAUX!!! The biggest Mardi Gras ball that Cherokee Street has ever seen. Featuring the southern cooking of Chef Turtle and the music of St. Louis Boogie Brass Band as they finish up a great Mardi Gras season. They will crown the 1st ever REX (king) of Cherokee street Mardi Gras that will be featured in the Cherokee Street parade on Sunday. All for an amazing cause. They are raising funds for 4 local music programs and  Cherokee Street Reach.

Bespoke Valentine’s Jewelry Trunk Show

Posted by Anne McCullough on January 28, 2016 | 1 Comment

Connie Copley’s jewelry, like a diamond redeemed from the pawnbroker, finds its way into new hands and second chances.In Copley’s studio, antique closures, old buckles, and broken strands of once-cherished beads wait their turns for fresh life. Here, among the boxes and jars of vintage goods, new purposes are imagined for old treasures.


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Please join us for a trunk show from 12-4 showcasing Connie’s signature pieces, which pair beautifully with Bespoke’s clean lines and classic tailoring.


Where We Stand
Economic Growth & Racial Equity: How can St. Louis compete in the global economy?
Wednesday, January 27, 6:30-8 p.m.
at Central Library Auditorium

1301 Olive Street

Where We Stand (WWS) is a series of publications produced by EWG that provide objective, reliable and verifiable data on the St. Louis region and comparable metropolitan areas.

On January 27th, panelists will explore the complex interaction of orkforce development, regional competitiveness, and racial equity in the St. Louis region with a focus on two questions: 1) Does the region have the human capital it needs to compete in the world economy? 2) How can the region ensure that opportunities in the new economy are shared by all?

Openings @ Fort Gondo

Posted by Anne McCullough on January 22, 2016 | Leave a Comment


This Saturday

gondo poetry 33:
Paul Legault & francine j. harris
Saturday, January 23 at 7 PM
at beverlyStephen Proski

January 23 – February 20, 2016
Opening reception Saturday, January 23, 7-10 PM
at fort gondo Rachel Stern

New Perfumes
January 23 – February 20, 2016
Opening reception Saturday, January 23, 7-10 PM
at beverly

The Luminary January Exhibitions + Events

Posted by Anne McCullough on January 19, 2016 | Leave a Comment

New Exhibitions: Know Yourself + Basil Kincaid Open this Friday 

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Basil Kincaid, Reclamation II

Join us this Friday, January 22nd from 7 to 10pm for the opening of our new exhibitions, a solo exhibition by Basil Kincaid in the entry gallery and Know Yourself, a ghostwritten group exhibition featuring Conrad BakkerChris BradleyMarianne LauryEva and Franco MattesEdra SotoJulia Weist in the main gallery.

Opening Reception: Friday, January 22nd from 7 to 10pm
Open through Saturday, February 27th

Basil Kincaid, Reclamation II

A Bit of Cherokee Street History

Posted by Anne McCullough on January 4, 2016 | Leave a Comment

Deichman Music store, on Cherokee, between Texas and Jefferson was a high school hang out as the local “record shop” (as in phonograph records).  We also had a big following with the nurse trainees at Lutheran Hospital, a couple blocks away.  I worked after school from Roosevelt High and weekends.

I worked there as a salesman, selling the old 78 rpm, shellac phonograph records. This would have been 1950-1955.  If you were a “people watcher” you would have been in heaven walking around Cherokee as it was a mixture of all south side peoples.  We had four restaurants, a Velvet Freeze ice cream shop, two auto supply (Western Auto & J&R), J. C. Penny’s, and many shoe stores. Also an outside fruit/veggie stand, and 3 (count them 3) 5 and 10 cent stores (Woolworth, Kresge, Neisner), all whom employed many young women.

Town Hall Meeting to Discuss Proposed Halfway House by Dr. Syed

Posted by Anne McCullough on December 28, 2015 | Leave a Comment


This is an Informational meeting, hosted by Marine Villa Neighborhood Association regarding the possibility of a Transitional Housing Program at St. Alexius Hospital, presented by Juniad Syed, M.D.

Make a difference in the lives of the youth of the community and the future of the city by partnering with “28 to Life.”

Check out this EVENT at 2720 Cherokee.
Come out and drop some money at the door and at the bar.


Events and Resources


Go Local Saint Louis Lunch and Learn Series
Competing with the Big Boys: 20 Marketing Tips Every Shop Owner Should Knowt TREX, 911 Washington Avenue
Thursday, December 10, Noon – 1 p.m.


What do you do as a small, independent retailer when a major food chain, big-box store or national franchise becomes a direct competitor? Learn what makes the shoppers shun the big national chains and shop on their town’s main street.

Panelists: Luis Ortiz, SBDC; Lori Coulter, Lori Coulter Swimwear; Barry Coziahr, Response! Targeted Marketing   To register. Email Lynette Oliver, beckld@umsystem.edu314-657-3768

For more info, visit the Go Local St. Louis website

20th Ward newsletter from Alderman Cara Spencer

Posted by Anne McCullough on December 17, 2015 | Leave a Comment

New Crime Plan

The city of St. Louis has announced a new crime and I will continue to push for focused efforts in our neighborhoods. Over the past few months, I have worked with Mayor Slay and others to ensure that areas of the 20th Ward that see the most crime are part of the city’s new plan. You can learn more about it here and here.

CSBA December Meeting Agenda
CSBA November Meeting Minutes

Please email anne if you have any changes to or anything you would like to add to the agenda before 1pm, tomorrow December 17th. 

Anne McCullough
Cherokee Street Liaison

We Gather: Cherokee Street Thanksgiving 2015 Toast Poem

Posted by Anne McCullough on December 10, 2015 | Leave a Comment

We gather

And we feast

Giving thanks for those who have come before

With open hearts and wild compassion

With all we can imagine we look towards

What lies ahead

While breaking bread

Sharing our stories in this magnificent present

We gather and we gave thanks

For all the lessons

Learned through challenges

That challenge what balance is

Taught us tolerance

Through our own acknowledgement

That we are all in this together

We gather

And give thanks

Beneath the light of full moons

December at Fort Gondo compound for the Arts

Posted by Anne McCullough on December 2, 2015 | Leave a Comment


Print Bazaar on Cherokee
An annual holiday printmaking event
Saturday, December 5, 10 AM – 6 PM
at the compound & other venues
along Cherokee Street

The Spectacle 
Magazine Launch & Reading
Sunday, December 6 at 7 PM
at fort gondo

gondo poetry 32:
Steven Schroeder & Farid Matuk
Friday, December 11 at 7 PM
at beverly

Peter Pranschke
Watch Out: This Might Hurt
December 12, 2015 – January 9, 2016
Opening reception Saturday, December 12, 7-10 PM
at fort gondo

Ken Wood
Each to Other
December 12, 2015 – January 9, 2016
Opening reception Saturday, December 12, 7-10 PM
at beverly

Casa Loma Events for the Holidays

Posted by Anne McCullough on November 20, 2015 | Leave a Comment


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