It's so important to me to only feature things on this blog that I really care about and believe in. I am a big supporter of local art so when I was asked if I wanted to participate in "Friends of the Pulitzer" I was absolutely honored. The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts has provided an intimate space to view and explore fine art in St. Louis since 2001. On January 17 they are launching a new programming series, Reset. It will run for 9 days and include an array of audience engaging performance art including a B-Boy Championship Open, live bands and DJs, collaborations with COCA Dance and the St. Louis Symphony, video and nail art, and a collaboration with Glitterbomb Productions featuring drag artist Raja and St. Louis' own Siren. People, this is going to be rad. There are so many events that I can't even list them in one blog post so check out the full calendar here.
I am especially excited about the St. Louis Symphony performing John Cage's Thirty Pieces for Five Orchestras. This will take place on Wednesday, January 22 at 7:30. This is a United States premiere and a great example of what the Pulitzer is really known for; bringing special exhibitions to St. Louis that no one else can offer. David Robertson will be directing and, unlike other St. Louis Symphony and Pulitzer collarborations, the musicians will be walking around the entire gallery and engaging with the audience as they play. John Cage was a pioneer in post-war avant-garde and non traditional music. His work was so important in breaking the mold of what traditional and classical music should sound like. He was an artist, a jokester and an incredibly controversial musical figure. This is not to be missed.
I'm also thrilled that The Pulitzer is embracing the history of hip hop and bringing a break dancing competition to Grand Center. This event will be emceed by Mr. Freeze and the legendary Rock Steady Crew. It is an open event that anyone can sign up for and there will be cash prizes. There will also be be film screenings about b-boy culture and style classes taught by Mr. Freeze. Meet me there on Sunday, January 19th.
One of the best things about this 9 day showcase is that almost every opportunity to engage with these amazing artists is FREE. From Friday, January 17-Saturday, January 25 you will find me at The Pulitzer. For more information visit Reset's website here. This is an all ages event, bring your kids!
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