Posted by Anne McCullough on October 19, 2012 | Leave a Comment
If you have not yet made your plans for the weekend, then plan on spending some time on Cherokee Street. There is A LOT going on, whether you like music, art, or just looking for something different/creative/unique to do this weekend- head to Cherokee.
In its 4th year, the Chautauqua Art Lab or CQAL is a grassroots citywide DIT (do it together) experimental visual and sound festival, think tank, and autonomous university. This year’s CQAL will be an intensive 4-day weekend, starting on Thursday the 18th, activating artist-run-spaces, collectives, unlikely venues, and pubic spaces throughout the city of St Louis. If you have never experienced this public forum for innovative makers, thinkers and doers, then head down to one of the many events going on at various locations (Fort Gondo, C.A.M.P., Blank Space and Mushmaus) on and around Cherokee Street.
Like affordable, delicious, and literally home grown (like 5 blocks from where its sold) eats? Head to the Cherokee Street International Farmer’s Market on Friday from 4 to 7 at Texas and Cherokee. Network, chat and/or have a drink with entrepreneurs, innovators, and creative types at Nebula Coworking‘s Happy Hour on Friday from 5 to 7.
If parlour games, surrealist techniques, unconscious reality and mental contagion appeal to the ethereal spirit in you, visit The Archive Bookstore’s new location at 2903 S. Jefferson for an Exquisite Corpse Reading on Friday, from 7 to 10.
Cardinal’s games on 2 flat screen TVs AND live jazz music AND live dancers? The Big Muddy Dance Company will be performing with musical accompaniment by Miss Jubilee at Casa Loma Ballroom on Friday night- 7pm.
The Luminary Center for the Arts‘ very first exhibition on Cherokee Street is this Friday! How to Build a World That Won’t Fall Apart, part 1 is a solo exhibition exploring labor as it relates to institutions, featuring the work of The Luminary founders Brea and James McAnally under their collaborative artistic identity US English. Located at 2644 Cherokee, this exhibition will initiate a season-long exploration into how artists and alternative arts organizations sustain themselves in times of social and economic uncertainty, with a particular emphasis on projects that have developed in relation to the current economic recession.
On Saturday, starting at 2pm, head down to Apop Records for a rock and roll street party at Tower Groove Record’s Fall Informal! Tower Groove Records is an eclectic collective of St Louis-based artists and musicians dedicated to supporting each other’s endeavors. Through this common vehicle, they promote their projects and shows with a goal of encouraging St Louis culture. Following the smashing success of the Tower Groove Records Carnival last fall and the subsequent release of the TGR double LP compilation, Tower Groove Records is proud to announce their latest project: a 7” record singles club. Local Harvest is bringing food and Tower Groove Records musicians will be performing; including Trauma Harness, Accelerando, Kisser, Shaved Women, The Skekses, The Jungle Fire and Bug Chaser. Head East on Cherokee after the music ends for the after party at St Louis Curio Shoppe and Retro 101/Cherry Bomb Vintage.- Fred Friction and Banjo Kelly will be performing on the back patio starting at 8pm
Scarlett Garnet & For Strange Women present: Black Forest Amulets St. Louis Launch Party- this Saturday beginning at 5pm. Intricate scents concocted with all natural materials: be spellbound by the sights, and smells, of the the Black Forest series, enjoy herbal “potions” from the ReTrailer Tea Truck, and have your tarot cards read by an experienced medium.
Appearing on over 100 web sites, blogs, and on-line magazines in more than 20 countries, New York photographer Leland Bobbé’s Half-Drag series will be on view at PHD Gallery from October 20th through November 24th with an opening reception for the artist on Saturday October 20, 2012, from 7-10PM.
While you’re here…..Cherokee Street has been described as the “Mexican Food Mecca” by Sauce and the “Mexican food capital of St. Louis” by Alive Magazine- so there is NO excuse for you to visit Cherokee and not grab a taco, empanada or agua fresca at one of the many Hispanic groceries, restaurants and bakeries along the street!