The 3rd annual Easter Jamboree was held in Gravois Park last Saturday, hosted by South Side 4 -Ever. Here are some shots looking back to last Saturday highlighting the event. Special thanks to South Side 4 – Ever, Cherokee Street Reach, C.A.M.P., Yeyo Arts & ALL the people who make this possible. Enjoy and spread the word of kindness & love!
Five years ago, in March of 2011, I made a photo album on my Camp Jessop FaceBook page called “The Cherokee Scene (Official Publication)”. The photos in the album were intended to be comprised of events/outings/normal-days-walking-down-the-street-type photos. This idea came about after spending the prior two years just kind of hanging out around Cherokee Street once in awhile, checking out live music venues and absorbing the life vibe on the street. The photo below was taken the morning after my first visit to Cherokee Street (July 26, 2009). It was a visit to O’Malley’s Irish Pub at the corner of Lemp and Cherokee, directly across from the Lemp Brewery. I can’t remember the name of the guy playing guitar and singing for tips was that night but I do remember having an epiphany, a personal one. After having a nervous breakdown of sorts, contemplating a life of working-to-pay-the-rent-to-have-a-place-to-sleep-while-I-get-rest-to-go-back-to-work-and-pay-for-the-car-to-get-there… I could see past my blinders and witness people living more, in the moment so to speak. Doing the thing they loved. No matter what it was, just to take time to do it. Doing things you enjoy, for a profession, for fun, for enjoying living and doing what you enjoy while living… it’s a fairly simple idea. I remember that night, feeling that I did not want to continue in that machine. If it took sacrifice of not having all the things, then fine. What were all those things for anyway? Or to still build and create something for yourself. Taking every waking moment of life to do. If that’s what you want to do. I wanted to document it, build it, be a part of it and experience it. This happened to me and began this night. Life has changed dramatically for me, my mind and the experiences I’ve had seem to have meaning. “Fluxus Maximus” – it’s just a title that seems catchy to me for this “throw-back” section of The Cherokee Scene. The Cherokee Scene is the title of this blog and is a reflection of my personal experiences on Cherokee Street and the immediate surrounding neighborhoods. I hope you may enjoy seeing what I have.
True to Cherokee standards, art pops up seemingly overnight. “Where on Cherokee am I?!” is a new segment designed to encourage you to explore your neighborhood. Answer, “Where on Cherokee am I?!” with the most accurate and descriptive story you can muster and be crowned King or Queen (your preference) of Cherokee Street for the day. Winners will be crowned on Mondays. Have fun exploring!
The word on Cherokee Street is that ArtBar STL will be closing it’s doors March 31, 2016. After just two years the space, the brainchild of Tatyana Telnikova, will serve its final drinks the evening prior to April Fool’s Day. ArtBar was formed from Telnikova’s vision to have an art gallery/bar fill the void at 2732 Cherokee Street where local artists could congregate, have a sip and invent the future of the Saint Louis art scene. The bar’s manager, Tom Halaska has always had an interesting event planned for the evenings and kept a lively following or regulars in attendance providing Cherokee Street with colorful and lively acts, open mic nights, Sip & Sketch (live model drawing), art shows and musical acts. The space itself was designed by Jamie Jessop of Jessop Design Co. in collaboration with Telnikova’s vision of a sharp & classy watering hole for local artists and features a 50 ft. long bar with inset art utensils encased in two-part epoxy. Under-lit with RGB LEDs, a back bar with curves reminiscent of the Saint Louis arch built on the frame of an up cycled trampoline frame, ArtBar has provided a space of creativity and reflection for many local artists. ArtBar STL also boasts two large murals, commissioned by Telnikova, by Saint Louis artists Lana Camp and Craig Downs and a 10ft glass mosaic of the solar system created by Saint Louis mosaicist Kathy Rickermann. Approximately 20 tons of scrap granite harvested from granite fabricator dumpsters around Saint Louis make up the very unique floor that in some ways is the centerpiece of the space. No word yet as to what the future holds for the space containing ArtBar, according to Telnikova’s personal FaceBook page the bar is no longer viable and closure is the only option.
On Friday March 4, 2016 Bernie Sanders, Democratic candidate for the office of President of the United States spoke to a crowd of 5000. The capacity plus overflow crowd were very eager to hear Sanders speak about the issues that he supports. Bernie seems to speak truthfully about the current state of many disastrous affairs currently plaguing Americans from true healthcare reform to requiring multi-billion dollar companies such as Wal-Mart to pay their workers a fair enough wage that many of them will not need to continue to seek assistance from the United States government for support. This form of wage control currently – mathematically – is impossible in it’s possibility to sustain, even decently, one hard working American Family. Thus, effectively setting the United States government as the payor of welfare to Wal-Mart. Make sense? It does to many and has for far too long. Bernie now has a campaign office located at 2626 Cherokee Street, right in the heart of the Cherokee Art District in South Saint Louis. Stop by and find out how YOU can help or visit the website at http://www.stl4bernie.com to find out more. Below you can find Bernie’s entire speech from SIUE and enlighten yourself to the new possibilities, enjoy!
WILL there be Mardi Gras on Cherokee Street?? Will the world EVER BE THE SAME? Find out, on some future episode, hopefully, of The Cherokee Scene.
If you are interested in seeing more from The Cherokee Scene, keep us in mind. We have 7 years worth of video and photo documentation of Cherokee Street starting in 2009. It’s been the goal of the documentation to bring current Cherokee Street/Gravois Park/West Benton Park area news, events, music performances, neighborhood meetings/notices/info, etc. etc. to view using the internet to a wider viewing audience. The purpose therein being to show a representation of the area that one doesn’t get the chance to see even on our own local daily news except on special occasion. It is our belief in documenting that having good, growing and prosperous news subjects every day can help a neighborhood’s self-esteem and benefit it’s self-worth instead of continually delivering doom & gloom. So, here’s to an amazing, diverse and amazingly artistic area – full of life as well…