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October 6, 2007 

Museum of Bad Album Covers 

A great collection of questionable record album art.

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October 4, 2007 

Next Classical Detour 10/18 

Save the date and take a trip to France with us! Join us for the Classical Detours pre-concert party and a musical "detour" to France at Powell Symphony Hall. Doors open at 5:30pm with complimentary beer sampling and happy-hour pricing on other drinks and appetizers.

For more information and tickets, please visit
or call 314.534.1700.



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Walkin' the Dog 

Looking to spend a little quality time with your 4-legged friend? Hoping to make a difference in the fight against breast cancer?

Join us for Celebrate Spot, a walk for dogs and their owners to benefit breast cancer research and programs. This 5k walk or 1-mile fun walk begins at 9am a
t the Upper Muny Parking Lot in Forest Park. Registration begins at 7:45am.

Can't make it to the walk? Become a virtual participant by donating online at

All proceeds from this event will benefit the Young Women's Breast Cancer Program at Siteman Cancer Center.

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Man charged with DUI after fleeing on riding mower  Michael Ginevan of Bunker Hill was driving a riding lawnmower on Runnymeade Road about a mile from his home when a Berkeley County sheriff's deputy attempted to pull him over. Ginevan, 39, allegedly sped away and Deputy J.H. Jenkins stopped his cruiser and gave chase on foot, according to magistrate court records.     More 

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Sammy Hagar 2007-08 tour info  Hagar's US roadwork begins Oct. 19 in Biloxi, MS, and the Red Rocker plans to keep pounding the pavement through a July 12, 2008 finale in St. Louis, a city in which Hagar has a particularly rabid following. So far, shows are confirmed in 20 cities.    More

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October 3, 2007 

'Secret' mall apartment goes undetected for 4 years 

AP:  Michael Townsend, 36, said he and seven other artists built the apartment in a 750-square-foot loft in the parking garage four years ago and lived there for up to three weeks at a time while documenting mall life.    More 

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Playhouse Announces Two New Holiday Shows 

The Playhouse at West Port Plaza is celebrating the holiday season in a big way - concurrently running two blockbuster holiday shows that will open back-to-back on Tuesday, November 12 with Sister’s Christmas Catechism – The Mystery of the Magi’s Gold, and Wednesday, November 13 with Every Christmas Story Ever Told. Both will run through the holiday season.

“These two shows will bring a lot of excitement to the Playhouse; we couldn’t decide which one we liked better, so we are bringing both of them to the stage, says Tom Clyde, managing partner of the Playhouse at West Port Plaza. After I read, Every Christmas Story Ever Told, I just about fell out of my chair laughing….it’s one of the funniest plays I’ve ever come across. And, Maripat Donovan, who wrote the Late Night Catechism series, believes Sister’s Christmas Catechism is the best yet.”

Opening on Wednesday, November 14 at 7:30 pm is, Sister’s Christmas Catechism – The Mystery of the Magi’s Gold. Performance times are: Tuesday and Wednesday at 7:30 pm, Thursday at 2 pm, Friday at 7:30 pm, Saturday at 1 pm and Sunday at 4 pm. Tickets for all performances are $41.

Written by Maripat Donovan, this is the third installment of the “Late Night Catechism” series. The play showcases sister’s talent as a sleuth trying to uncover the mystery of the missing gold from the stable in Bethlehem. Sister enlists the help of a local children’s choir, audience members and a life-size crèche to discover the culprit who stole the missing coins. Of course, sister steals the show with her antics and insights into our many mysterious and sometimes zany holiday traditions.

Then on Thursday, November 15, the stage will light-up with, Every Christmas Story Ever Told. Performance times are: Thursday at 7:30 pm, Friday at 10:30 pm, Saturday at 4:30 pm and 8 pm, and Sunday at 1 pm. Tickets are $29.50, with exception of Saturday’s 8 pm performance, which is priced at $35.

Written by Michael Carelton, Jim Fitzgerald and John Alvarez, Every Christmas Story Ever Told has become a beloved holiday classic. It’s the story of three actors whose intentions are to perform A Christmas Carol, but soon after the curtain rises, the production sort of goes off the rails. The actors lead us through a satiric romp filled with skits and songs about our holiday entertainment. Nothing is left unscathed including holiday songs, movies and plays, both traditional and pop-culture. This production has enjoyed successful runs in many regional theatres, receiving standing ovations after many performances.

“Sister’s Christmas Catechism” and “Every Christmas Story Ever Told” will begin the week of November 12 and run through the holiday season. Shows are located at The Playhouse at West Port Plaza, 635 West Port Plaza, Maryland Heights, MO. Tickets are available at the Playhouse box office at (314) 579-5076 and all Metrotix outlets, online at, or by phone at (314) 534-1111 or (800) 293- 5949. Group rates for parties of 10 or more are available by calling Ellen at (636) 443-9736. Plenty of safe, well-lit parking is available. Two hours free garage parking with validation.

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October 2, 2007 

Troubles continue for Britney 

From MSNBC:   At crossroads, which path will Britney choose? 

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October 1, 2007 

'Best of Missouri Market' at Missouri Botanical Garden

Sat. and Sun., Oct. 6 and 7
8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., rain or shine

The sixteenth annual Best of Missouri Market® offers the wares of more than 120 outstanding Missouri artisans with entertainment for the entire family. It’s food-festival-fun! Browse under the big tents to discover edible and artistic goodies from all over the state—from apple butter to zebra-painted garden art!       More info here 

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September 30, 2007 

He doesn't like his own movies? 

AP: "Rush Hour" put Jackie Chan in Hollywood's major leagues, but the Hong Kong star isn't a fan of his successful action comedy franchise.    More

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September 28, 2007 

Tom Cruise building $10 million bunker to protect against ‘alien attack’ 

Daily Mail:  Hollywood star Tom Cruise is planning to build a bunker at his Colorado home to protect his family in the event of an intergalactic alien attack, according to new reports.

The Mission Impossible actor, who is a dedicated follower of Scientology, is reportedly fearful that deposed galactic ruler 'Xenu' is plotting an evil revenge attack on Earth.    More 

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Six Flags to add new roller coaster in 2008 

PRNewswire:  Continuing its tradition of providing park guests with new and exciting thrills each season, Six Flags St. Louis announced today plans for its latest addition: Evel Knievel. This $7 million wooden wonder is unlike any of the park's existing eight coasters. Evel Knievel, the park's third wooden coaster, is a compact twister by Great Coasters International, Inc. which will present an impressive visual from I-44 and a formidable challenge in person. 

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September 27, 2007 

2007-2008 Arts Season Kicks Off at Grand Center September 28th 

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 28 at Strauss Park in Grand Center -- across from the Fox Theatre, Grand Ave.
  • 11:15 am Rededication of Strauss Park Marks 25th Year Anniversary Tribute to Leon Strauss
  • Dine on Dance to Provide Noontime Performance of Arts, Live Music and Contemporary Dance
  • Sneak Peak Rehearsal of the Internationally Acclaimed Aerial Dance Troupe, Project Bandaloop, a Highlight of Saturday’s Street Festival, ‘Dancing In The Street & Off The Wall’
Press release 

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September 26, 2007 

A Guided Tour of the Modular Analog Synthesizer

Guided by Dr. Mabuse (aka Mike Murphy)
Wednesday, September 26, 2007, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Carpenter Branch Public Library, downstairs meeting room 3309 Grand Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63118
Tickets: Free

Do you own an analog synthesizer with “mystery knobs?” Languish no more in ignominy! Learn to make these oft cold machines “sing, squonk, and blorch” at your command with the help of analog synth veteran Dr. Mabuse. In addition to the hours spent noodling in garages and basements, Doc studied electronic music with Merrill Ellis at University of North Texas and software design at SLU. Mabuse currently composes and improvises music on instruments of his on making, and has appeared as a sideman in many St. Louis bands, including neXt rAdio, SCSI, and the tory z starbuck band. The Good Doctor aims to unravel the mystery of confusing labels and weird wiggly lines on the panel with a practical hands-on approach. Join him for this informal series where you can observe techniques on a demonstration synth, or bring your own! This seminar is the first in a series that continues on the third Wednesday of each month through December 2007 from 6 PM - 8 PM. 

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COCA Benefit Coming - Attendance Limited 

Join us for this limited attendance event to celebrate the Grand Opening of St. Louis' most unique wine experience, Robust.

Enjoy wine and beer tasting, hors d'oeuvres and live music. Tickets are $20 per person, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting COCA Center of Creative Arts. Please contact Robust at 314.963.0033 to reserve your tickets.

Robust: where a passion for life, love, and wine comes alive!


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September 25, 2007 

'I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change' Extended Until November 11th 

'I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change', the musical comedy about relationships, covering everything from dating, marriage, kids, love, life, and death.

'I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change' is written by playwright/lyricist Joe DiPietro and composer Jimmy Roberts. Directed by Bobby Miller and featuring Musical Director Joe Dreyer and Violinist Laura Sexauer, the show features an ensemble cast of some of the area's finest and most seasoned performers. Rosemary Watts and Lee Anne Mathews, seasoned Playhouse actresses are joined by Laurie McConnell (from the Morning Showgram on K-Hits Radio), Alan Knoll, Chopper Leifheit and Michael Jokerst.

Tickets are available through Metrotix at (314) 534-1111 or (800) 293- 5949 or through the Playhouse box office at (314) 469-7529. Prices range from $39.50 - $44.50 per ticket. Group rates for parties of 10 or more are available by calling (314) 579-5076. Covered and free parking available.

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September 24, 2007 

Food Outreach Benefit This Week 

Join Food Outreach for an evening of great food, drink & music from some of St. Louis' brightest talent sponsored by Abbott Virology and Anheuser-Busch.

VIP: $100

Includes admission, complimentary valet parking, open bar and food by Lucas School House. Special VIP reception will be held from 6-8:30pm.

Young Professionals: $25 in advance, $30 at door

Includes admission and first complimentary beer or wine. Valet parking available.

MC: Gilberto Pinela
Live Auction at 8:30pm

Please visit us at or give us a call at 314.652.FOOD (3663) for more details.


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Michael Douglas talks politics asked the legendary Hollywood actor who he supports in the '08 election. His response:  Hillary. Right now, I'm supporting, financially, Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden, Chris Dodd and Governor Bill Richardson.     More 

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September 21, 2007 

Alicia Silverstone ad for PETA banned in Houston 

Too revealing?  Click here to see it.

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September 20, 2007 

50 Cent likes Hillary 

When asked if he supports a particular candidate for President he responded: "No, but I like Hillary. I think she was already our President once. [Laughs]."

See the entire piece at

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'Celebration of Science' 

BODY WORLDS 3: The Anatomical Exhibition of Real Human Bodies AT THE SCIENCE CENTER - OCTOBER 19

Gala and Extravaganza Events Coincide, Celebrate Exhibition Opening

With the highly anticipated opening of the acclaimed Gunther von Hagens’ BODY WORLDS 3: The Anatomical Exhibition of Real Human Bodies on October 19, the Saint Louis Science Center is hosting not one, but two Celebration of Science events – the Science Center’s biennial invitation-only black-tie Gala, and a new Extravaganza event geared towards a new audience.

The Science Center’s biennial Gala fund-raising event is moving to October from the traditional December time frame to allow supporters the opportunity to be among the first people in St. Louis to experience BODY WORLDS 3.

“We’re thrilled to be able to debut BODY WORLDS 3 to our loyal and generous contributors,” notes Doug King, Science Center President and CEO. Former Science Center Commissioners Donna Wilkinson and Jim Berges are serving as co-chairs for the Gala event. More

The Gala festivities will take place in the James S. McDonnell Planetarium and feature an elegant cocktail reception, gourmet sit-down dinner and dancing. This year’s Gala will feature private guided tours of BODY WORLDS 3 and Genome: The Secret of How Life Works, an exhibition sponsored by Pfizer that explores the impact of human genetics and breakthrough discoveries. The Gala event begins at 5:30 p.m. and will conclude at 9:30 p.m.

The Extravaganza, located in the Science Center’s main building, will also feature private tours of BODY WORLDS 3 and Genome. Guests can travel from venue to venue experiencing a delicious food and dessert buffet, dancing and music, as well as interactive science demonstrations. The Extravaganza event begins at 7:30 p.m. and will conclude at 11:30 p.m.

Both events will feature a variety of unique entertainment, including performances by Disney World’s Chinese Acrobats, who will perform especially for the Gala and Extravaganza. Other “bodies in motion” demonstrations will include modern dance companies such as The Slaughter Project and Tour de Force; African dance provided by Afriky Lolo; demonstrations from a variety of rhythmic gymnasts and sports acrobats; and local dance troupes from university dance programs to young ballerinas from the Alexandra Ballet Studio. Guests will also enjoy visual arts as several fine artists create works of art in a variety of mediums.

Live music will highlight the events, with performances by professional opera singers and accomplished vocal and instrumental soloists. In addition, a variety of local bands will perform throughout the evening, including the jazz techno sound of local favorites Mo and Dawn to the popular Motown, blues, and dance sounds of Arvell and Company. Both events promise to be an enlightening, energetic and fun experience for all in attendance.

Tickets for both the Gala and Extravaganza events can be reserved or purchased by contacting the Science Center Development Department at 314.289.4450, or by e-mail at [email protected]. For more information about the events, the public may visit

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September 19, 2007 

Grand Center Presents 'Dancing In The Street and Off The Wall' 

Saturday, September 29
2 - 10 pm
Grand and Lindell

FREE Outdoor Festival Celebrating the Art of Dance

With event headliner, PROJECT BANDALOOP. This internationally renowned aerial dance troupe will perform on the south face of the 25-story Continental Building. Show times are 4 and 7:30 pm.

Ballet . Hip Hop . Swing . Bhartantyan Indian . Clog . Tango . Irish Salsa . Modern . Belly . West African . Break . English Morris Ballroom . Tap . Flamenco . Jazz . Contra . Contemporary Musical Theatre . Traditional Bulgarian . AND MUCH MORE!

Learn Salsa, West Coast Swing and Tango or dance along to live DJs and bands including, the 19-piece orchestra of, Gateway City's Big Band performing from 8 - 10 pm.

Explore EarthWays' Green Homes festival opening at 10 am Tour the Fabulous Fox Theatre starting at 1 pm Visit District galleries and museums beginning at 1 pm.


For more information, or a complete schedule of events, visit us at:

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KDHX seeking theatre reviewers Would you like to be on the radio? KDHX needs theatre reviewers. If you're knowledgeable in this area, have practical theatre experience (acting, directing, writing, technical design, etc.), have good oral and written communications skills and would like to become one of our volunteer reviewers, send a letter describing your experience and interests to: Performing Arts, c/o FM88, 3504 Magnolia, St. Louis, MO 63118 or send e-mail to [email protected]. In either case, please include a sample review, approximately one page long, single-spaced. 

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September 18, 2007 

History of Jazz in St. Louis  City of Gabriels: The History of Jazz in St. Louis, 1895 – 1973 Extended through September 22nd, 2007!

The Sheldon Art Galleries illuminates the rich history of jazz in St. Louis and its impact on the national scene through the exhibition and book City of Gabriels: A History of Jazz in St. Louis 1895-1973, the first-ever full length book on jazz in St. Louis. Archival photographs, posters, period advertisements, artifacts such as a trumpet used by Clark Terry and a costume worn by Miles Davis, along with other instruments played by influential musicians, printed ephemera, a video station featuring historical film clips and listening stations with important historical recordings, tell the story of the individuals, places and other conditions that helped to shape the development of jazz music in the St. Louis area.

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September 17, 2007 

Gore gets an Emmy 

AP:  Former Vice President Al Gore took home an Emmy on Sunday night for creative achievement in interactive television for Current TV, his youth-oriented television channel.   More 

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September 16, 2007 

Catch the Tour of Missouri Downtown Today 


The Tour of Missouri bike race will wrap up its 600th mile in downtown St. Louis today. The sixth and final stage will start and finish at Union Station at 1p.m.

Riders will wend a 74 mile loop around the central corridor; stretching from downtown to Forest Park.

The much-lauded Discovery Channel team, former home to the dominant rider Lance Armstrong, is fielding the current leader, George Hincapie. Hincapie leads by one-minute and foty-seconds with team Slipsteam/Chipotle's Will Frischkorn in second.

The race should run from 1 p.m. to just before 3 p.m. 

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September 14, 2007 

A flying car? "The market for this flying automobile will be far greater than a conventional light plane"    More

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September 13, 2007 

Joe Chesla Artist's Salon & Public Lecture this Sunday 

From email -- this is open to the public:

Please be our guest at an artist's salon and public lecture featuring internationally exhibited SLCC  Professor Joe Chesla.

“Finding the Liminal Place” Sunday afternoon, September 16, 2007
12:00 - 2:00 p.m. at phd gallery, 2300 Cherokee Street , St. Louis, MO 63118

Chesla will discuss his methods and influences, and offer insights into his unique “rust” monoprints and wood and metal sculpture. A question and answer session will follow. Champagne and hors d’oeuvres will be served. The event is free but space is limited. RSVP (314) 664-6644 to reserve a space! 

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September 12, 2007 

Experimental Art Thursdays at Mad Art Gallery Mad Art Gallery presents Experimental Art Thursdays. On the second Thursday of each month, Mad Art Gallery opens its doors to all local artists and audiences for a unique art experience.

Experimental Art Thursdays (E.A.T.) provides a platform for artists and art audiences to socialize, network, discuss, collaborate, and experiment with art from all disciplines. E.A.T. invites artists to present their current projects, ideas, and initiatives in an informal setting. Rather than focusing on the output, E.A.T. emphasizes the artistic process. Bring your current project to Experimental Art Thursday. See what other artists are creating. Receive commentary on your work. Gain new perspective from a gathering of diverse and creative people. E.A.T. welcomes performances, poetry, readings, music, theater, film, and visual art.

E.A.T. also provides a unique art experience for art audiences. This is the audience's opportunity to view work in progress, talk to artists about their process, and experience art that may not otherwise be shown in St. Louis.

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Grove Fest This Weekend 

Grovefest - An Urban Celebration

Forest Park Southeast... on Manchester between Sarah & Boyle

Saturday, September 15
3 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Sunday, September 16
Noon to 6 p.m.

View our sponsors

expand sectionRFT - Music stages featuring 20 of Saint Louis's best local bands.

2 Concert stages in the streets featuring Riverfront Times sponsored bands showcasing all kinds of Live Music all Day & Night from the Best of St. Louis.

expand sectionArch Rival Roller Girls

Down n’ Dirty Exhibition Roller Derby featuring the sexy Arch Rival Roller Girls…3 matches are scheduled for Saturday the 15th 5:00pm, 7:00pm, & 9:00pm and 2 matches Sunday the 16th 3:00 p.m. & 5:00 p.m. There is a $3.00 admission charge. This is an Adults Only Attraction (you must be 21 years of age or older to enter).

expand sectionNight of the Fashionably Dead

You won’t want to miss this bonus attraction to the Roller Derby Exhibition matches…Retail Fashion store Masulla Boutique presents Rock n Roll T-shirts & RFT readers choice Best Adult store Spanky’s presents several lines of sexy lingerie. 3 shows are scheduled for Saturday the 15th 5:00pm, 7:00pm, & 9:00pm and 2 shows for Sunday the 16th 3:00 pm & 5:00 pm. just before the Roller Derby matches. This is an Adults Only Attraction (you must be 21 years of age or older to enter).

expand section"Taste of the Grove" Food Court

Join the areas best dining establishments for some tasty treats including; Novaks, Churchkey, Atomic Cowboy, After Diner, Everest Café, and others. Whatever you are looking for Lunch, Dinner, or snacks…it can all be had during the festival.

expand sectionArtist Village

All sorts of fun art activities, beautiful original creations, and arts organizations will be on hand to show the wonderful diversity of creative energy right here in our own backyard. Including Body & Face Painters, Temporary & Henna Tattoo artists, Giant Mural Painting and much more.

expand sectionStreet Performers

Pandora's Matchbox Fire Performers will amaze…Stilt Walkers, Dancers, and all sorts of other peculiar performance artists will be in the streets raising an eyebrow or a smile.

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September 10, 2007 


World stats updated in real time.

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September 8, 2007 

Ebay is great for selling your stuff, but.. Using the public/commercial space of the online trading community Ebay in conjunction with his online catalogue, John Freyer catalogued and sold nearly everything that he owned, from his kitchen cutlery to his personal hygiene products, his Star Wars sheets and finally even the domain name itself. (Now owned by the University of Iowa, Museum of Art).

To date he has sold more than 600 items including his false teeth, a full size office copier, personal photographs, and his winter coat (in the middle of the winter).    More

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Experience the "Amazing Challenge" at the Saint Louis Science Center 

The Saint Louis Science Center is inviting St. Louis to take part in the “Amazing Challenge”, a competitive and unique experience offering both mental and physical puzzles and challenges in the ultimate team-building exercise.

The Amazing Challenge is a cross between an “amazing race” and a community-wide scavenger hunt, celebrating St. Louis’ historic landmarks and emphasizing the livability factors of the St. Louis region. The Challenge includes activities and questions, which are focused on local area history, people, places and attractions.

Two or four-person teams move across St. Louis and the downtown region on a quest to answer clues and finish physical activities utilizing MetroLink trains and MetroBuses, as well as their own personal mode of ambulating: feet, wheels, or whatever. ClueMasters wait at designated locations along the Challenge to document correct answers and the completion of required tasks in order. Clues are based on local institutions and attractions. Some places that have been included in previous events include Washington University, the St. Louis Zoo, Busch Stadium, and activities featuring everything from answering riddles to solving Sudoku puzzles or even playing Frisbee Golf in Forest Park.

The Challenge is also designed to build awareness regarding the availability, convenience and affordability of using public transportation within the St. Louis region, which is a key philosophy for the Science Center. “Using public transportation not only makes good sense environmentally, but also from a safety perspective,” comments Frieda Smith, Senior Director of Public Programs for the Science Center. She notes, “By requiring teams to travel via public transportation, the experience is safer and more equitable for all participants and their teams.”

Amazing Challenge registration is available at the Science Center or by contacting Science Center Reservations at (314) 289-4424. For more information about the Amazing Challenge, the public may call (800) 456-SLSC or visit

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September 7, 2007 

Internationally Recognized Contemporary Artist Christopher Martin Returns To St. Louis’ Kodner Gallery With New Show “Mosaic" 

Martin Show Opening Nov. 1 from 6-9 p.m. - Special Canvas Created with Children from Ranken Jordan to be Auctioned to Benefit Kodner Gallery Art Therapy Program

Internationally recognized for his abstract expressionism, using his acrylic on acrylic method, Christopher Martin returns to St. Louis and Kodner Gallery with his new exhibition, “Mosaic,” Nov. 1- Dec. 1. He will present his new works and guest host a reception Nov. 1 from 6 – 9 p.m. In addition, a special canvas created with children from Ranken Jordan Pediatric Specialty Hospital will be auctioned with proceeds benefiting the Kodner Gallery Art Therapy Program. Admittance to the reception, as well as daily viewing of the month-long showing, is free and open to the public. Kodner Gallery is located at 9650 Clayton Road in Ladue. For additional information, call 314-993-4477.

Christopher Martin burst onto the national art scene in the early 1990s, rising quickly from a self-taught and unknown artist based in Dallas to an internationally acclaimed, contemporary abstract artist. His works currently hang in corporate and private collections – including Anheuser-Busch, Starbuck’s, Boeing Aerospace and Former President George Bush Sr. – throughout the United States, Mexico and Europe.

Martin is known for his use of brilliant colors and intriguing shapes to create a dynamic synergy that captivates viewers. He is well-known in the art world for his self-taught technique of layered reverse acrylic painting on sheets of acrylic. This method allows him to achieve a depth and luminosity that is not seen in other paintings.

Martin’s 2001 and subsequent 2005 St. Louis shows at Kodner Gallery received an enthusiastic reception by the St. Louis community, and his upcoming exhibition is expected to be just as successful.

“Chris is an extremely talented artist,” said David Kodner, vice president, Kodner Gallery. “We’ve known Chris for many years and we’ve watched him develop into an internationally recognized artist. Chris possesses a raw talent and is able to capture color, work with different mediums and create pieces that really speak to collectors, art dealers and those who just love and recognize great art. We’re thrilled to continue our relationship with Chris and we look forward to continue to watch his success.”

In conjunction with the show, Martin created a canvas with children from Ranken Jordan Pediatric Specialty Hospital. In August, Chris visited the hospital where he and 10 kids worked together to create a special painting, full of imaginative expression. Martin then returned to his studio in Dallas where he finished the canvas in the spirit of the children’s vision. The final piece, titled “Petals of Paw-sabilities,” will be auctioned off the evening of Nov. 1 with proceeds benefiting the Kodner Gallery Art Therapy Program at Ranken Jordan. Martin was actually the first artist to initially launch the Kodner Gallery Art Therapy Program at Ranken Jordan, in 2005. That first painting was also auctioned at the Kodner Gallery during a Chris Martin show and through the generous donations of the buyer was then re-donated back to Ranken Jordan where it currently hangs for children to enjoy.

Since 2001, Martin has been painting with groups of children to help further their cause. Now known as “Kidz Creations,” his cause began with a client of Chris' art gallery, who requested he paint with a group of children from a special needs school for their auction. "Kidz Creations" is now targeted at hospitals and charities that help sick children. Children's hospitals such as St. Louis’ Ranken Jordan Pediatric Hospital and St. John's Children's Cancer Center have benefited as well as Dallas hospitals, Scottish Rite and Our Children's House at Baylor Hospital. In addition, Martin has worked with The Make a Wish Foundation, The March of Dimes, Bryan's House, and multiple other schools and charities over the past six years, earning over a quarter of a million dollars to date.

Kodner Gallery is located at 9650 Clayton Road in Ladue and is open Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more than 40 years Kodner Gallery has been the source for fine and rare art in St. Louis. For more information, contact Kodner Galley at 314-993-4477, or visit the gallery’s web site at

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September 6, 2007 

Latest Exhibit at phd Gallery, “Hand to Hand” Gives New Meaning to “Meet Me In St. Louis” 

Artists Who Collaborate Via US Postal Service to Meet for First Time at October 13 Show Opening

40 Original Works to be Displayed

Although artists David Wallace and Rebecca Trawick have known each other since early 2004 and have been collaborating on collages since early 2005, they have never actually met. But on Saturday, October 13 at 7 pm, Wallace and Trawick will meet in person for the first time when they greet the public for their show opening at phd gallery, located at 2300 Cherokee Street. phd gallery will present 40 of Wallace and Trawick’s finest works from the “Hand to Hand” collection, with each piece flanked by photos showing the stages of creation. The exhibit will run October 13 through December 1.

Because Wallace and Trawick live on opposite coasts – he in Pittsburgh and she in Southern CA - they send pieces back and forth through the mail, adding to each piece every time it changes hands until both artists agree the work is complete. The method is unique not only by virtue of making a traditionally solitary activity a collaborative one, but also because each artist surrenders artistic control every time he or she licks a stamp and drops the updated collage in the mail.

While the artists share many pieces in various stages of completion, the two have never met in person…until now. When Wallace and Trawick attend their gallery opening at phd gallery, they will meet in St. Louis for the first time in their relationship of more than three years.

“Hand to Hand” which debuted in Pittsburgh in January, 2007, brought raves from Janera Soloman, visual arts critic for the Pittsburgh City Paper. She says, “This beautiful collection of collages holds no specific thematic intentions; there are no hidden messages to interpret. Each piece offers its own vocabulary, images for which viewers can create their own meanings. Or one can simply appreciate the image for its aesthetic value as a beautiful work of art.”

Wallace and Trawick recall feeling a sense of excitement and trepidation every time they would open a box containing the latest development of a work-in-progress. Their responses varied each time, ranging from “What was he/she thinking?” to “Hmm I never would have thought of that,” to “I couldn’t have done it better myself.”

For the artists, working together has been a way to communicate on a purely creative level. They know very little of one another outside their creative, collaborative relationship. They were not interested in becoming “pen pals,” but rather in seeing how their two styles could combine to create work that was not completely Wallace, not completely Trawick, but something new and surprising to them both. Now the artists are preparing for their lives and their art to converge all at once in St. Louis.

Sharing the spotlight with “Hand to Hand” is the exhibit "Lost and Found," mixed media paintings by Rebecca Eilering. Eilering works by herself but deliberately introduces the wild card of the unknown by purposefully setting out to get lost in her work (and sometimes her environment) and creatively finding her way home through her medium. She works intuitively, without structure, perusing a creation to its unknown ending. Maps, which are symbols of direction, are integrated into much of her works. Eight mixed media paintings will be on view.

Artist and gallery owner Philip Hitchcock of phd gallery says he is “in awe” of Wallace, Trawick and Eilering. “These artists are examples of intuition and assurance at its finest,” he remarks. “When I create, I visualize a piece finished and work backwards. They, however, are process directed. They concede creative control over outcome and trust in the process. They secure in that process a dynamic, spontaneous and original art form…but one not fully under their rein.”

phd gallery is located at 2300 Cherokee Street in St. Louis. Hours are noon to 4 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. 314-664-6644. For more information about phd gallery, or to schedule an interview with the gallery owner, Philip Hitchcock, or the artists, contact Image Works at 314-367-7376.

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