A frigid Fat Tuesday in the CWE

A bitterly cold Fat Tuesday meant fewer people joined the 2nd Line Parade led by the Saint Boogie Brass Band and Jennings High School Marching Band as they traveled along Euclid from Washington to Maryland Plaza. There, the bands joined the McCluer South-Berkeley High School Band for a group performance. The Fat Tuesday event, the first of what we hope will become a tradition in the neighborhood, ended at 1764 Public House at Euclid and West Pine.

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The parade route started at Evangeline’s at Euclid and Washington where the Saint Boogie Brass Band performed before marching to Pi at the corner of Euclid and McPherson.

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There they were joined by the Jennings High School Marching Band.

 

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Some of the hardy souls who joined in the 2nd Line Parade.

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At the corner of Maryland and Euclid the bands converged with the McCluer South-Berkeley Band, below. Nicki's Central West End Guide Events, Sightings Food and Drink For Children  Saint Boogie Brass Band Pi Pizza McCluer South - Berkeley High School Band Jennings High School Marching Band Evangeline's

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The high school band members were troopers to battle the cold as they entertained the crowd that had gathered for their group performance, above and below.

Finally, I wanted to share a favorite moment featuring one of Jennings High School’s Band Members during last holiday season’s Window Walk.

Thanks to Kate Haher, Executive Director of CWENorthCID, Erica Lembo, Marketing and Communications Director, and intern, Ellie Stuhlreyer for producing this fun event. And special thanks to all the band members who braved the elements to celebrate Fat Tuesday in the CWE.

The CWE’s gearing up for Fat Tuesday

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CWE Scene has announced details for Tuesday’s Fat Tuesday Celebration in the neighborhood. Starting at 3:30 p.m., three local high school bands will perform on various street corners throughout the CWE. In addition, the Saint Boogie Brass Band will lead a Second Line Parade starting at Washington & Euclid and ending at 1764 Public House. Everyone can join in the fun at any point during the parade.

The following photos and video show the Jennings High School Marching Band during last holiday season’s Window Walk. They are one of the bands performing Tuesday.

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Featured Performances | 3:30-4:30 p.m.
– Jennings High School Band- Washington & Euclid
– McCluer South-Berkeley High School Band- McPherson & Euclid
– Riverview Gardens High School Band- Maryland & Euclid
Group Performance featuring all 4 Bands | 4:45 p.m.
Maryland & Euclid

Saint Boogie will start at the corner of Washington and Euclid, and boogie down Euclid, stopping to play with each high school band along the way. After the groups play together, Saint Boogie will parade (on the sidewalks) around the CWE, ending at West Pine and Euclid. They will encourage people to join in from the start at Washington all the way to 1764 Public House, stopping to enjoy all the music along the way. They will also be judging each band for an unofficial “battle of the bands” between the 3 groups.

Many neighborhood restaurants will be offering Fat Tuesday specials too. Be sure to get out and enjoy the celebration.

Snapshots from February 15th’s gallery openings

As yet another band of snow and ice moved through the area last Friday afternoon, proprietors of the art galleries on McPherson were sending out plaintive messages on social media reminding followers that the evening’s openings were still happening, no matter the weather.Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture  Vicki Friedman Stefanie Kirkland projects + gallery Philip Slein Gallery Kit Keith Houska Gallery Duane Reed Gallery Christopher Reuss Benjamin Lowder Belinda Lee Arthur Osver

The sidewalks were practically deserted as we walked over thinking there was probably going to be a light turnout.  But contrary to our assumptions, we were delighted to discover that the galleries were packed with people bundled up for the occasion in their down coats and knit caps, and the evening took on a surprisingly festive air. Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture  Vicki Friedman Stefanie Kirkland projects + gallery Philip Slein Gallery Kit Keith Houska Gallery Duane Reed Gallery Christopher Reuss Benjamin Lowder Belinda Lee Arthur Osver

As Duane Reed, above left, said, “The neighborhood has really turned out in force tonight.” Though there were a lot of familiar faces in the crowd, the mix included much more than just CWEnders.

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Duane Reed Gallery’s current exhibition, Constructs of Meaning, includes works by artists Belinda Lee, top photo left, Stefanie Kirkland, right, and bottom left, Benjamin Lowder.

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Also exhibiting is special guest artist Vicki Friedman, top photo left, whose Sharing the Process is based on classical pen-and-ink drawings, examples above. A percentage of Friedman’s sales will be donated to Sharsheret Supports.

Constructs of Meaning will remain on view until March 23.

Duane Reed Gallery, 4729 McPherson Ave.

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At Houska Gallery, an exhibition titled Temporal Contexts features the works of artists Kit Keith, above, and Christopher Reuss, below.

Keith, a former CWEnder, is aptly described on Houska’s website: Kit Keith’s paintings and collages are unmistakable – nostalgic portraits and handwritten sayings over thrift shop paintings, canvas tarps, and antique maps – allowing a glimpse into Kit’s unconventional, artistic life.

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Christopher Ruess is photographed with artist Belinda Lee (both former students of Arthur Osver, see below) who skipped out of her exhibition at Duane Reed Gallery to say a quick hello. Ruess’ paintings ” explore a visual language inspired by marine shapes and their contexts – particularly vernacular shapes indicative of water and terrestrial forms.”

Temporal Contexts is on view until March 3o.

Houska Gallery, 4728 McPherson Ave.

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Philip Slein, top photo right, needn’t have worried about the turnout to view Arthur Osver A Retrospective. His gallery was packed as well. The gallery presented Osver’s Retrospective in conjunction with the publication of  Arthur Osver: Urban Landscape, Abstraction, and the Mystique of Place, produced by the Mildred Lane Kemper Museum in the Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts at Washington University.

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Paintings above left include Osver’s The John Hayes Building, 1941.

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Osver (1912 to 2006) was a professor of art at Washington University from 1960 to 1981. Learn more about Osver on the gallery’s website.

The exhibition runs through March 30.

Philip Slein Gallery, 4735 McPherson.

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projects + gallery’s spare exhibition, sky every day, is aptly named after a 1968 poem by Aram Saroyan, known for his one word or minimal poems. The group exhibition was curated by Jessica Baran.

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The current exhibition includes Christine Corday’s Spacewalker, far right. In conjunction with Barrett Barrera Projects, projects + gallery’s founder Susan Barrett’s consulting company, the designer has created unisex Spacewalkers, —WE ARE THE HUMAN UNIFORM, which are now available in a variety of colors in the gallery’s shop. Learn more here.

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Reflecting on yet another rewarding outing in the neighborhood, I know I am not alone when I say that I can’t imagine living anywhere else.