Where on Cherokee am I?!

 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!

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The Word on the Street: ArtBar STL

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.


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Bernie Sanders speaks at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

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!


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A Party on Cherokee?? No…

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…

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Yaquis on Cherokee – A fine place to be!

2015, spring is on it’s way!  We’re happy to bring to you another Cherokee Scene.  Yaquis on Cherokee evenings are full of spectacular atmosphere, the best Saint Louis bar staff in the business, the most amazing Neapolitan pizza and the most extensive wine collection available.  And who knows what owner Francis Rodriquez will have up his sleeve for entertainment during the evening.  You will definitely not be disappointed with a visit to Yaquis on Cherokee.  Here’s a sample of what they have to offer, music by: TJ Muller (Trumpet) , Nick Pence (Guitar), Adam Hoskins (Guitar), Matt Meyer (Drums) and Ethan Leinwand (Piano).  Enjoy!  Cover art by Stephen McClenahan.


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Ert Night. Entering it’s 5th year in The Cherokee Art District.

Ert Night was begun in the dungeons of Camp Jessop by genuine South City working artists and the goal and purpose of Ert Night was to give individuals with a common passion for creating, a decent time of week to congregate into one place, create, and exponentially let the flow and inspiration take over. You never know what you’ll find during any one particular Ert Night. You may find painters of all media (on any media), drawers, tinkerers, sculptors, cooks, singers, writers, songwriters, instrument players, video makers, stained glass makers, woodworkers, knitters, massage therapists… The rule for Ert Night is to participate. If you’ve been passionate enough to want to show up, this is your opportunity to create YOUR passion. That’s what the time was set aside for. Ert Nights are free from judgment, ego, exclusivity and negativity. So feel welcomed to show up with your own bag of tricks and get in the groove with a TON of fabulous artists and genuine people. …and don’t forget to tip your bartender. 🙂

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