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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Gallery Show at Koken Art Factory to Honor the Late Steve Truesdell

Posted By on Tue, Sep 19, 2017 at 12:17 PM

Steve Truesdell, who passed away at age 55 in June, was many things. A devoted husband. A loving father. A great friend. But in addition to all those things, the man they called "Screwy" was a terrific photographer, the RFT's go-to guy for everything from the protests in Ferguson to...

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Monday, September 18, 2017

Paint for Peace Brings Artistry to Broken Windows in the Loop

Posted By on Mon, Sep 18, 2017 at 6:01 AM

On Saturday night, an hour after a peaceful protest of 1,000 or more in the Loop disbanded, a smaller group battled with police — breaking a dozen storefronts in the heart of the commercial district. But store owners worked through the night to clean up the damage, and by morning,...

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Friday, September 15, 2017

Yes, the Forest Park Balloon Race is Still Happening This Weekend

Posted By on Fri, Sep 15, 2017 at 1:31 PM

In anticipation of protests, a number of St. Louis events planned for this weekend have been canceled since Judge Timothy Wilson found ex-St. Louis police office Jason Stockley "not guilty" in the death of Anthony Lamar Smith. Which has left many, many people wondering, "Is the Great Forest Park...

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

The Best Things to Do in St. Louis This Week, September 14 to 19

Posted By on Thu, Sep 14, 2017 at 8:35 AM

Since you're all St. Louisans, you're no doubt checking the weather every morning to see if you need a sweater (or a rain coat). Have you looked ahead at this weekend's weather? Back up into the 90s. Bring your sunscreen on Saturday, because there's a lot of stuff to...

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Food-Focused Mural in the Grove Leads to Questions About Race — and Erasure

Posted By on Thu, Sep 14, 2017 at 6:06 AM

In July, a new mural was unveiled in the Grove. The painting, created by artist Phil Jarvis, depicts two figures melded and twisted together with an assortment of food-related objects—a handful of silverware, a wine glass and a wooden pizza peel. On first glance, it appears to be a...

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Friday, September 8, 2017

Ellie Kemper Bragged to HuffPo About St. Louis, and We're Totally Flattered

Posted By on Fri, Sep 8, 2017 at 6:48 AM

Aww shucks, Ellie, you're making us blush. St. Louis native-turned-Hollywood-actress Ellie Kemper, who is the star of Netflix's Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, told the Huffington Post in an article published on Tuesday all about why she loves her home city so much. Fittingly titled "To Explain Ellie Kemper’s Brand Of Kindness,...

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Thursday, September 7, 2017

The Best Things to Do This Week, September 7 to 13

Posted By on Thu, Sep 7, 2017 at 6:33 AM

There's a chill in the air, a spring in my step and a flask in my back pocket; it must be Autumn in St. Louis. Pretty soon the Christmas lights will be up at Target. But let's not rush things — let's enjoy this weather while it lasts. Get...

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New NFL Player Has a Surprising Alma Mater: Division III Greenville University

Posted By on Thu, Sep 7, 2017 at 6:19 AM

College football season kicked off this past weekend, with millions of fans across the country packing into massive stadiums, many larger than the NFL stadiums that most players strive to play in one day. Most of those games are televised to many more millions watching at home. Then there...

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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Kinloch Park's Basketball Courts Are Now a Work of Art

Posted By on Tue, Sep 5, 2017 at 6:52 AM

For the past five years, the Sunday closest to Keri Gilyard's birthday has marked an annual basketball tournament for players across St. Louis. The tournament in Kinloch Park reunites not only Gilyard's friends but more than 200 people — including many who have been forced to move out of Kinloch. But...

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St. Louis' Only Legal Outdoor Skate Park Prepares to Unveil a Huge Upgrade

Posted By on Tue, Sep 5, 2017 at 6:39 AM

The moonshine comes as a complete surprise. Bryan Bedwell has just sat down on the edge of the Peter Mathews Memorial Skate Garden, which is currently under major construction in the Bevo Mill neighborhood, when a colleague shows up with a clear glass mason jar. The man is proud of...

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