December 5, 2019 Volume 17, Issue 49
Good Weather Gallery a good getaway, page 4
People at the Party: ‘Psychic Ecology’ opening reception, page 9
Movie review: ‘Mister Rogers’ world, page 18 Food For Thought: Fix your sweet tooth, page 25
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DECEMBER 5, 2019 Cover Story: Good Weather Gallery . . . . . . . . . . 4 Religious Directory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 People at the Party . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Music calendar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 St. Louis Art Museum exhibits . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Arts calendar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Movie review . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 ‘Dutch Painting’ exhibit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Rod Stewart . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 ‘Shape of Abstraction’ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Food for Thought . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Classifieds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Questlove dinner party . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30
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ON THE COVER: Good Weather Gallery, co-owner and curator Brooke Peipert hangs glass mobiles from Grafton’s Benjamin Roundcount in window of the gallery, also co-owned by Amanda Thoron Walton. The gallery opened in mid-September at 301 N. Main St., across the street from The Wildey Theatre, in Edwardsville. (Photo credit Andrew Dobson|For The Edge)
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EDWARDSVILLE — Curator Brooke Peipert brought her expertise to Main Street for her own gallery following years of working for others in St. Louis and the Metro East. Good Weather Gallery opened in midSeptember at 301 N. Main St., across the street from The Wildey Theatre, in Edwardsville. “It’s my passion project,” said Peipert, who co-owns the gallery with Amanda Thoron Walton, both of whom also are artists. “This is something that is needed, especially in our community. This is a true art gallery and truly a dream come true.” The new business’ name is a creation influenced by the Simon and Garfunkel 1970’s song “The Only Living Boy in New York.” “That song has always resonated with me through many stages of my life,” Peipert explained. “’Good Weather’ is specifically a play off of a lyric in the song, ‘I get all the news I need from the weather report.’” Peipert brings artists to Good Weather Gallery for different levels of representa-
tion, including general, which means no exclusivity to Good Weather. No artists pay the independently owned gallery to be there, but the gallery makes a commission on artists’ work that is sold, unlike an artists cooperative, which is an autonomous visual arts organization jointly owned and democratically controlled by its members. Featured art is based on Peipert’s discernment, recruitment and perpetuating art from regional artists. The gallery recently installed the work of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville potter Daniel Price in his debut public exhibit. “We are looking for quality work, not necessarily based on resumes,” Peipert explained. “We give artists a broader buying audience. Everything here is for sale.” The gallery shows feature singular exhibits in its main gallery space, with artwork hung on its exposed brick walls, like, artist Ben Johnston’s work in Psychic Ecology, on view through Sunday, Dec. 29. The next solo exhibit is that of St. Louis’ Metra Mitchell, which will open Saturday, Jan. 4. Johnston, an Alton native who lives in Atlanta, returned for a homecoming, first solo exhibition, which illustrates a combination of the subconscious and the rational.
Good Weather Gallery’s main gallery space, which features singular exhibits, like that of artist Ben Johnston’s work in the gallery’s current solo exhibition, Psychic Ecology, on view through Sunday, Dec. 29. (Jill Moon|The Edge)
Alton artist opens Edwardsville gallery, promotes regional art
Good Weather Gallery co-owners Amanda Thoron Walton, left, and Brook Peipert, curator, in a photograph taken by photographer George McGilvrey for his ongoing project, “50 Faces in 50 Places.” (Photo credit George McGilvrey|For The Edge)
“I’m interested in creating a space where those combine to create dynamic new worlds,” said Johnston, whose exhibit opened last Saturday with a reception at Good Weather Gallery. His process begins with a series of automatic marks and layers of color, as described in his artist statement. “A kind of rhythmic tension is created, which sets the tone of the piece,” he wrote. “Out of the chaos a theme begins to emerge. It’s here that the internal and external dialogue combine to create something new. Each piece serves as a moment in time. A new universe open for contemplation and exploration.” Mitchell’s artist statement described her work as psychologically-charged dramas exploring intimate conflicts between content and form through archetypes whose identities are based upon context. “The arrangement of bodies may frame/fragment these identities,” she wrote in her statement. “This ‘visual surgery’ is described in three stages: con-
On the Edge of the Weekend • Thursday, December 5, 2019 • 5 frontation, negotiation and collaboration. Casting these archetypes seeks to create a unique and critical image.” Peipert keeps some artists’ work as general artists, including Edwardsville’s Linda J. Miller; Alton’s Sarah Neal, Michael Snider and Vincent Fleming; Metro East-based Gesso magazine’s Jake Bishop; Grafton’s Benjamin Roundcount; Staunton’s Jim scheller; Troy, Illinois’ Randall Jordan; St. Louis’ Andrew Rola; Fenton, Missouri’s Craig McCullough and Tracey Ippolito; and, several more. These artists tend to have work for sale for longer periods of time in the gallery. Good Weather’s Collection Room contains some of Peipert’s favorites from past solo exhibits and general artists. “This gallery is about giving local art the recognition it deserves,” she said. “We are a professional gallery and we have no censorship in this gallery.” “Prepare for art to be in your face here,”
Artist Michael Snider as seen through his “Kaleidoscope” on display at Edwardsville’s Good see GOOD WEATHER GALLERY, Page 7 Weather Gallery. “Kaleidoscope” is for sale at the new independently owned art gallery at 301 N. Main St. (For The Edge)
Whimsical artwork by Ben Johnston, whose work is currently in a solo exhibition through Sunday, Dec. 29, at Good Weather Gallery in Edwardsville. (Jill Moon|The Edge)
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said Peipert’s husband, Adam, who helps with the gallery’s installations and also is a musician. Good Weather Gallery also has plans for different programming, such as poetry slams and live fiction readings, like the one held in early November with Master of Fine Arts writing students from SIUE, SIUC and University of Missouri St. Louis. Peipert also currently holds figure drawing “meet ups” and other activities. Good Weather Gallery’s website will launch next week at goodweatherartgallery.com where upcoming events and activities will be listed but in the meantime visit Good Weather Gallery’s Facebook page for those dates. “If someone has an idea, we are open to it. The community has been very welcoming,” she said. “It’s about building relationships for a common goal of sharing experiences and art.” Good Weather Gallery also is available for private events, such as corporate team building, intimate parties and gatherings. Good Weather Gallery also will hold its inaugural Christmas Art Bazaar from noon to 4 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 14, when 13 artists’ works, at all price points, will be for sale from sculpture to small glass standing Christmas trees. Local artisan vendors will be set up alongside the gallery’s represented artists for a day of singular gift shopping. Good Weather Gallery is holding the bazaar not only in support of local artists but also in support of small businesses this holiday season. “There will be something for everybody,” said Peipert, who lives in Alton with Adam and their two daughters, Hazel, 4, and Juniper, 1. “You’ll often walk in to the gallery with both of my girls at the gallery,” Peipert noted. “It’s very much a family effort.” Good Weather Gallery’s hours are from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday; 5-9 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday; and, by appointment. Visit Good Weather Gallery’s Facebook page or call 618-477-9323 for more information.
Artist Ben Johnston, an Alton native who lives in Atlanta, at the installation last week of his homecoming solo exhibition, Psychic Ecology, at Good Weather Gallery in Edwardsville. (For The Edge)
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Some of the items that will be for sale at Good Weather Gallery’s inaugural Christmas Art Bazaar Dec. 14. (For The Edge)
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Good Weather Gallery, 301 N. Main St., in Edwardsville held an opening reception for solo exhibition, Psychic Ecology, with artist Ben Johnston, an Alton native who lives in Atlanta, last Saturday at the city’s newest independently owned art gallery.
Susan Scroggins and artist Ben Johnston. (For The Edge)
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Saint Louis Art Museum opens new ‘Currents’ exhibition
ST. LOUIS — A presentation of new works by artist Dave Hullfish Bailey — the 117th installment of the Saint Louis Art Museum’s popular “Currents” series— features works inspired by the Missouri River watershed and the aquifers of the high plains. The free-to-the-public exhibition includes Bailey’s piece “Model (Monk’s Mound), Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site Interpretive Center, Collinsville, Illinois, 2018” other familiar images to Metro
East art enthusiasts and of interest to regional historians. The exhibition will be on view in the museum’s gallery 250 through Sunday, March 8. Bailey seeks to disrupt the way the viewer thinks about human interaction with the environment in the Anthropocene age, the current geological era, which is marked by significant human impact on the earth’s environmental systems and climate. In “Currents 117,” he takes the Missouri River watershed and the aquifers of the high plains as a starting point to investigate the connections among art,
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Dave Hullfish Bailey, American, born 1963; “Model (Monk’s Mound), Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site Interpretive Center, Collinsville, Illinois, 2018”, 2019; archival pigment print 2019.333; Courtesy of the artist; Dave Hullfish Bailey. (For The Edge)
On the Edge of the Weekend • Thursday, December 5, 2019 • 13 geography and the environment through photographs, drawings and large-scale sculptures. Bailey is the recipient of the 2018–2019 Henry L. and Natalie E. Freund Fellowship, which includes a residency at the Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts at St. Louis’ Washington University and an exhibition at the Saint Louis Art Museum. “Currents 117: Dave Hullfish Bailey” is curated by Hannah Klemm, associate curator of modern and contemporary art, with Molly Moog, research assistant. The exhibition is supported in part by the Henry L. and Natalie E. Freund Endowment Fund. Founded in 1978, “Currents” serves as a laboratory for emerging and mid-career artists to create and exhibit new work. Featured artists have included Matthew Buckingham, Dale Chihuly, Leonardo Drew, Brian Eno, Ellen Gallagher, Frank Gehry, Donald Judd, Julie Mehretu, Richard Serra and Cindy Sherman. The Saint Louis Art Museum is one of the nation’s leading comprehensive art museums with collections that include works of art of exceptional quality from virtually every culture and time period. Areas of notable depth include Oceanic art, pre-Columbian art, ancient Chinese bronzes and European and American art of the late 19th and 20th centuries, with particular strength in 20th-century German art. Admission to the Saint Louis Art Museum is free to all every day. For more information visit slam.org or call 314-721-0072.
Dave Hullfish Bailey, American, born 1963; “Crashpad (Jefferson Boulevard and Route 66)”, St. Louis, 2018, 2019; archival pigment print 2019.323; Courtesy of the artist; Dave Hullfish Bailey. (For The Edge)
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Thursday, Dec. 5 • Dine and Donate for Habitat for Humanity, La Casa Mexicana, Edwardsville IL, 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. • Bingo, Global Brew, Edwardsville IL, 7 p.m. • StagePlay Learning presents “A Christmas Carol,“ Edwardsville Public Library, Edwardsville IL, 6:30 p.m. • Garden Glow, Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis MO, 5 to 10 p.m., runs through Jan. 4 • “Wicked,” The Fabulous Fox, St. Louis MO, 1 p.m., runs through Dec. 29 • Jingle & Mingle Holiday Dinner Cruise, Riverboats at the Gateway Arch, St. Louis MO, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6 • “A Christmas Story” Live Play, The Wildey Theatre, Edwardsville IL, 7:30 p.m. • Fish Fry, Knights of Columbus, Edwardsville IL, 4:30 p.m. • Friday at the Movies, Glen Carbon Library, Glen Carbon IL, 11 a.m. • Snowflake Festival, Glazebrook Park, Godfrey IL, 6 p.m. • A Dickens of a Killing Mystery Dinner, Pere Marquette Lodge & Conference Center, Grafton IL, 6:30 p.m. • Brewery Lights, Anheuser Busch Brewery, St. Louis MO, 5 to 10 p.m. • Get Looped – First Fridays, The Delmar Loop, St. Louis MO, 11 a.m. to Midnight. • First Fridays in Grand Center, Grand Center Arts District, St. Louis MO, 5 to 9 p.m. • Public Telescope Viewing, McDonnell Planetarium at the St. Louis Science Center, St. Louis MO, 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7 • Santa at City Park, Edwardsville IL, 1 to 4 p.m., Runs through Dec. 21st. • “Downton Abbey” Themed Christmas Tea, Queen’s Cuisine Tea Room, Edwardsville IL, 12 p.m.
• “A Christmas Story” Live Play, The Wildey Theatre, Edwardsville IL, 2 p.m. • Gingerbread Workshop, Edwardsville Children’s Museum, Edwardsville IL, 9 a.m. • Holiday Market, St. John’s United Methodist Church, Edwardsville IL, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. • Light Up Parade, Uptown Collinsville IL, 5:30 p.m. • Santa Fest, Village Fire Department, Maryville IL, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. • Frosty Frolic 5K, Drost Park, Maryville IL, 8 a.m. • Breakfast with Santa, Masonic Lodge, Alton IL, 9 a.m. • Santa’s Chocolate Express, town-wide, Grafton IL, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. • Christmas at the Laborer’s House, Jefferson Barracks Historic Site, St. Louis MO, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8
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‘A Beautiful Day In the Neighborhood’ the kind of medicine moviegoers need
By Robert D. Grubaugh Contributing columnist For The Edge
It could have seemed strange to me that I would see now three films in three successive years that focus on Fred Rogers and the great work he did as host of a children’s television show to help kids grow into their emotional selves and grapple with what it means to become a person of whom you can be proud. But this year’s tribute, “A Beautiful Day In the Neighborhood,” is a different take. “It’s You I Like,” a fantastic 2017 PBS special that gave a glimpse of Rogers’ inner world in that PBS way it captures a subject. Last year’s “Won’t You
Be My Neighbor?” was a traditional theatrical documentary that I’ve now told you multiple times was the best movie I saw last year. Yet, “A Beautiful Day In the Neighborhood” is a fictionalized account of a series of interviews conducted by a magazine writer just a few years before Rogers died. It’s serious and sweet and funny and melancholy. It will really hit home for a lot of folks and a perfect holiday counter-programming option to Disney’s “Frozen II.” And, we see America’s favorite, Tom Hanks, in another landmark role. “A Beautiful Day In the Neighborhood” is based on Tom Junod’s Esquire Magazine article “Can You Say… Hero?”
see MOVIE REVIEW, Page 19 Tom Hanks as Fred Rogers in a scene from “A Beautiful Day In the Neighborhood.” (Lacey Terrell|For The Edge)
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featuring an interview with Rogers. In the movie, Junod is replaced by Lloyd Vogel (Matthew Rhys), a new father with a young wife (Susan Kelechi Watson) and a lot of deeper family baggage. Vogel is in a funk when he meets Rogers for a magazine profile, having just come from his sister’s (Tammy Blanchard) third wedding where he had to engage with his long-absent father (Chris Cooper) for the first time in many hate-filled years. The unpleasant encounter puts a cloud over Vogel for the first day of his “hero” assignment. It’s unfair to think of this as a “Mister Rogers” movie or a “Tom Hanks” movie, but both are true. The plot focuses
squarely on Vogel’s family and how his encounter with the great teacher helps ease his pain that his own anger held over him for years. The relief helps him be a better spouse and dad. It strengthens his relationship with his sibling and, especially, his father. If you watch reruns of “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” today, you’ll note that it was limited in production value, but gave kids what they needed, in the same way something like “Dora the Explorer” or “Blues Clues” would in later years. “Mister Rogers” gave support and instruction while ultimately letting kids figure it out for themselves. I’m sorry that I can’t offer a more contemporary analogy because I don’t watch a lot of kids TV. Vogel needs the same kind of hand holding and Rogers gives that in the form of a quiet ear, an unflinching honesty and with homemade puppets (King Friday and Daniel Tiger
get plenty of screen time). “A Beautiful Day In the Neighborhood’s” unexpected delivery is the kind of medicine American moviegoers need and far be it from me to sing anything other than the film’s praises. Hanks is positively masterful in a big supporting role opposite a small lead. As my favorite working actor, and one of the most trusted in Hollywood, I’ve long wondered what his performances would be like as he ages. Forrest Gump, Andrew Beckett, Jim Lovell, Sheriff Woody and John Miller were all guys in the formidable primes of their lives. What can we expect to see now that he’s (hopefully) far beyond the years of “Bachelor Party” and “Turner & Hooch”? Great, great things for many, many more years, it would seem. ”A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” runs 108 minutes and is rated PG for thematic material, a brief fight, and some mild language. I give this film three stars out of four.
Saint Louis Art Museum’s ‘Dutch Painting’ exhibit features Dutch Golden Age masterworks
ST. LOUIS — “Dutch Painting in the Age of Rembrandt from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston” features many of the subjects for which the Dutch are well known, from landscapes to still lifes, portraiture to scenes of everyday life, as well as paintings of biblical
and mythological subjects. The exhibition includes 70 paintings by artists working during the Dutch Golden Age, including Rembrandt van Rijn, Frans Hals, Gerrit Dou, Jan Steen and Jacob van Ruisdael. “The Dutch paintings collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston has long been renowned for its extraordinarily high quality
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Jan Havicksz. Steen, Dutch, 1626–1679, “An Elegant Company Playing Cards”, about 1660. oil on panel. 18 × 23 3/4 inches. Promised gift of Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo, in support of the Center for Netherlandish Art. Courtesy, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. (For The Edge)
Frans Hals, Dutch, c.1582/83–1666, “Portrait of a Man”, about 1665. oil on canvas. 33 3/4 × 26 3/8 inches. Gift of Mrs. Antonie Lilienfeld in memory of Dr. Leon Lilienfeld. Photograph Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. 66.1054. (For The Edge)
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EXHIBIT continued from Page 19 and works by major artists,” said Brent R. Benjamin, the Barbara B. Taylor Director of the Saint Louis Art Museum. The Dutch Republic gained independence from Spanish rule in the Eighty Years War (1568-1648). Although small in size and mostly near or below sea level, the young republic quickly rose to international prominence. At home, allegiances to local towns persisted, and specializations in the arts developed in regional centers. Dutch prosperity fueled the market for portraiture across the republic. In the early 1630s, a young and ambitious Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669) moved from his native Leiden to the rapidly expanding port city of Amsterdam. There, he quickly established himself as the city’s preeminent portrait painter. An extraordinary painting from this period is featured in the exhibition, the luminous 1632 portrait of Aeltje Uylenburgh. A leading portraitist, in the nearby city of Haarlem, also will be on display in his painting of a gentleman wearing an elegant silk dressing gown. Other celebrated 17th-century Dutch artists are represented, including an elegant self-portrait by Rembrandt’s pupil, Gerrit Dou, one of many works reflecting this artist’s influential career. A still life by Rachel Ruysch foregrounds species imported from abroad, highlighting Dutch prominence in world trade.
Pieter Jansz Saenredam “The North Transept and Choir Chapel of Sint Janskerk, Utrecht 1655,” oil on panel. 19 15/16 × 16 in. (50.6 × 40.7 cm) framed: 31 3/4 × 28 × 3 3/4 in. (80.6 × 71.1 × 9.5 cm). Courtesy, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. (For The Edge)
Rachel Ruysch “Still Life with Flowers,” 1709, oil on canvas. 30 11/16 × 25 3/16 in. (78 × 64 cm) framed: 40 × 34 1/2 in. (101.6 × 87.6 cm). Courtesy, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. (For The Edge)
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On the Edge of the Weekend • Thursday, December 5, 2019 • 21 Frans Post documented the Dutch colony in Brazil: his painting bears witness to the transatlantic slave trade, but avoids reference to the massive human devastation caused by that trade. Jan Steen was a leader in the development of the subject now simply called “genre painting,” in which stories — with a moral — are set in the Dutch world of the time. Finally, artists such as van Ruisdael turned landscape painting into a national specialty, with careful observations of the natural world and the activities taking place within it. The exhibition is organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and presented in St. Louis by the Betsy and Thomas Patterson Foundation. Additional funding is provided by the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts. The St. Louis presentation of the exhibition is curated by Judith Mann, curator of European art to 1800; Elizabeth Wyckoff, curator of prints, drawings and photographs; and,
Heather Hughes, senior research assistant in prints, drawings and photographs. Tickets for “Dutch Painting in the Age of Rembrandt” are available at the museum and from MetroTix. Ticket prices are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and students, and $6 for children age 6 to 12. The exhibition is free for museum members. Frans Post documented the Dutch colony in Brazil: his painting bears witness to the transatlantic slave trade, but avoids reference to the massive human devastation caused by that trade. Jan Steen was a leader in the development of the subject now simply called “genre painting,” in which stories — with a moral — are set in the Dutch world of the time. Finally, artists such as van Ruisdael turned landscape painting into a national specialty, with careful observations of the natural world and the activities taking place within it. The exhibition is organized by the Museum
see EXHIBIT, Page 24
Willem Kalf “Stil Life with Fruit in a Wanli Bowl,” 1664, oil on canvas. 20 7/8 × 18 1/8 in. (53 × 46 cm) framed: 26 1/8 × 23 3/4 in. (66.4 × 60.3 cm). Courtesy, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. (For The Edge)
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Rod Stewart: Rocker turned model railroad builder
By GREGORY KATZ Associated Press
LONDON — Rod Stewart, known for decades as a consummate crooner, rocker, fashion plate and tongue-in-cheek sex symbol, is adding a new element to his image: serious model railroad builder. The former front man of the Faces who has hits dating back to the 1960s has put the finishing touch on a 23-year project that has landed him on the cover of Britain’s Railway Modeller magazine. It’s a far cry from Rolling Stone, whose cover he has graced many times. The model is an ambitious portrayal of a gritty American city in 1945, representing a
combination of New York and Chicago. It’s an artistic success, one that Stewart didn’t outsource but designed and constructed from start to finish, with some help with the electrical and computer connections. “It’s the detail that I’m proud of,” Stewart said in an interview with The Associated Press. Stewart is modest about hits like “Maggie May” but proud of his railway design skills. “Absolutely amazing detail,” Steward said. “There’s garbage in the streets, the windows are filthy, there’s everything you can imagine in real life is on the railroad.” He grew up in London across the street from a railroad line and has been fascinated by trains ever since, taking mental notes on his
extensive world travels. When he got around to building a house in Beverly Hills, he added a room at the very top for his oversize model railroad. He would typically go up there for three or four hours at a time, quietly stepping away from his family and his musical responsibilities. “It wasn’t a whim, it took a bit of planning, and 23 years later it’s finished,” Stewart said. Now that the project is completed, he’s got more time for music. The 74-year-old singer says that for some reason it’s easier for him to write songs than it used to be. He’s promoting a new record — his best-known songs backed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra — and traveling in
style, arriving for interviews in a chauffeurdriven Rolls-Royce with a hair stylist standing by to help with shape and volume. If pressed, he can come up with a few new artists that he likes, but Stewart readily admits he’s “old fashioned” and prefers to listen to classics by Otis Redding, the Temptations, and Frank Sinatra, who he started paying attention to when he was nine or ten because his parents were big fans. “The greatest,” he said of Sinatra. “Probably the only white singer I’ve ever listened to and really studied his technique. And I’ve actually met him a couple of times...and his daughter is the godmother of my children. Pretty good, huh?”
‘The Shape of Abstraction’ at Saint Louis Art Museum
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Free exhibit recognizes accomplished black abstractionists
ST. LOUIS — “The Shape of Abstraction: Selections from the Ollie Collection” presents paintings, drawings and prints by five generations of black artists who have revolutionized abstract art since the 1940s. The exhibition includes Norman Lewis’ gestural drawings, Sam Gilliam’s radically shaped paintings, James Little’s experiments with color and Chakaia Booker’s explorations in printmaking, among many others. Despite their significant contributions, many of these accomplished artists have remained largely under-recognized and omitted from the existing narrative of art history. However, the reexamination and celebration of this history is underway. The exhibit will be on view through Sunday, March 22. In 2017, St. Louis native Ronald Ollie and his wife, Monique, gave the Saint Louis Art Museum a transformative collection of 81 works by black abstractionists. Ronald Ollie spent decades collecting, often befriending the artists and forming long, collaborative relationships. He grew up visiting the museum with his parents, who nurtured his deep appreciation for art. This exhibition draws from and celebrates the Thelma and Bert Ollie Memorial Collection, which was named in honor of Ollie’s parents. “The Shape of Abstraction” is curated by Gretchen L. Wagner, Andrew W. Mellon Fellow for Prints, Drawings and Photographs; and, Alexis Assam, 2018–2019 Romare Bearden Graduate Museum Fellow.
James Little “Double Exposure,” 2008, American, oil and wax on canvas, paintings, 39 × 50 in. (99.1 × 127 cm) Rights June Kelly Gallery / James Little. The Thelma and Bert Ollie Memorial Collection, Gift of Ronald and Monique Ollie. (For The Edge)
Frank Bowling “Fishes, Wishes and Star Apple Blue,” 1992, British (born Guyana), paintings, acrylic on canvas. 39 1/2 × 40 in. (100.3 × 101.6 cm). Rights Frank Bowling. The Thelma and Bert Ollie Memorial Collection, Gift of Ronald and Monique Ollie. (For The Edge)
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continued from Page 21 of Fine Arts, Boston and presented in St. Louis by the Betsy and Thomas Patterson Foundation. Additional funding is provided by the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts. The St. Louis presentation of the exhibition is curated by Judith Mann, curator of European art to 1800; Elizabeth Wyckoff, curator of prints, drawings and photographs; and, Heather Hughes, senior research assistant in prints, drawings and photographs. Tickets for “Dutch Painting in the Age of Rembrandt” are available at the museum and from MetroTix. Ticket prices are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and students, and $6 for children age 6 to 12. The exhibition is free for museum members.
Hendrick Avercamp “Winter Landscape near a Village,” about 1610–15, oil on panel. 21 × 37 1/4 in. (53.3 × 94.6 cm) framed: 33 5/8 × 49 5/8 × 3 1/2 in. (85.4 × 126 × 8.9 cm). Courtesy, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. (For The Edge)
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EDWARDSVILLE — Sherry’s Snacks is reminiscent of bygone candy stores, and you know the saying – “I was like a kid in a candy store” when I walked in and discovered treats I had totally forgotten about. Take “Nik-L-Nips” for example. Though I had no idea that was the name they went by, they are the little wax “soda” bottles filled with colored liquid. You bite off the top and drink the yellow, green or orange “soda.” Wax lips are another item that had slipped my mind, but of course, I picked up a pair, and that evening, my family and I had a lot of fun with them. I didn’t eat them. The package said play with them now, chew them Vicki later. What? No. They were just fun to Bennington play with, laugh about and to take pictures with (but I’ll spare you the photos). Jelly Bean Nougats and Lemonheads are a couple of more candies that I remember now, but had forgotten until I saw them in the store. Salt-water taffy is available in several flavors. Tootsie Rolls, Sweetarts, Razzles – are any of these ringing a bell? The bulk candy can be purchased by the pound at a cost that seemed very reasonable. Nestle’s Chunky, Zero bars, Chuckles (jellied candies), Snow Caps and Bazooka Bubble Gum – wow, hadn’t seen any of them in a long time. So … if you have a favorite treat you haven’t been able to find in recent years, Sherry’s just might have it. Or even if you can find it elsewhere, Sherry’s gives you the opportunity to mix-and-match a few of your favorites. To stay in line with the old-fashioned soda fountain aspect, hand-dipped ice cream is available in a variety of flavors. For the most part, mainstays like vanilla, chocolate and strawberry are always there for the choosing, but there are several more bins that rotate flavors. I tried
the “Almond Joy,” and, “Oh, my, gosh,” it was so good. I would go back for that alone. My husband had the triedand-true strawberry, which I also sampled, and that was good, too. Another that I sampled was the blueberry crunch — very different and very tasty. And talking about nostalgic — they make ice cream floats, too. I haven’t tried one — yet — but the flavors and, just, the idea of it are calling my name. Or, you can try a shake. They’ve even went beyond the sweets to bring in some savory snacks, like hot dogs, chili cheese nachos and pretzels, so theoretically, you could have lunch (or dinner) and dessert there. In this column, Vicki Bennington shares her love of food and all that involves, from special dishes at local and regional restaurants, to chef conversations, new trends and fads, and things to try at home. Contact her at vbennington@sbcglobal. net with comments, ideas, questions or suggestions.
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Learn the secrets to a perfect dinner party from Questlove
By MARK KENNEDY AP Entertainment Writer
NEW YORK — If you’re lucky enough to be invited to a dinner party hosted by Questlove, be aware that nothing has been left to chance. The guest list has been carefully chosen, as have all the dishes. The music starts off with piano-heavy tunes and then builds as the evening goes on. The amount and quality of the booze is also carefully staged. “I think now I have it down to a science. You have to start off mellow and go to your climax,” said Questlove. “Usually my parties start at 7 o’clock. By 10 o’clock, it’s at its height. And then when it’s filtering out around 12:30, then usually the 10 of us left go out to get pizzas and burgers.” If you’re one of the stragglers, there’s a good chance you’ll be hanging with a celebrity. Questlove attracts an eclectic fanbase, from musicians like Q-Tip and David Byrne, to foodies like Padma Lakshmi and Eric Ripert, to actresses like Gabrielle Union and Zooey Deschanel, and artists like Tom Sachs and Dustin Yellin. Now the drummer of the hip-hop group The Roots, as well as a DJ, a producer, author and radio host is revealing some of his secrets in his new book, “ Mixtape Potluck.” It includes crowd-pleasing recipes from more than 50 friends and advice on how to organize the music, food and guests. “For me, the whole goal of ‘Mixtape Potluck’ is to serve as a guide to have better social functions. Oftentimes, I meet artists that are islands on their own and I tell them all the time, ‘Find your flock, gather your flock,’” he said. “We live in such a singular society now that really doesn’t encourage the idea of collaborating or even social gatherings anymore.” The hope is that the party’s guests will mingle and learn about each other, sparking partnerships and alliances. He likens it to high-level speed dating. “For me, the result is when people the next day say, ‘Hey. I exchanged numbers with this particular artist or this particular singer, this particular writer or this particular architect, and now we’re going to work and collaborate together,’” he said. Included in the book is Marisa Tomei’s grandmother ’s recipe for charred red peppers, Carla Hall’s pimento cheese dip, Jessica Biel’s blueberry cake and Carol Lim’s Korean fried chicken. A mac and cheese from Q-Tip contains no less than five cheeses. “In most black households, if it’s less than five cheeses, it’s not legit,” Questlove jokes. Questlove, born Ahmir Thompson, said the seed of the book sprouted more than 20 years ago when The Roots were trying to
lure musicians to collaborate in Philadelphia. The best bribe turned out to be food, “the proverbial pie on the windowsill that drew everyone in.” They even convinced their record label to add a chef to the budget. “For me, music and food and creatives go hand-in-hand. So, some 20 plus years, later, I just now call them food salons. And instead of using food to attract musicians to create music, I’m kind of doing the opposite where music is now in the background.” To inspire his “Mixtape Potluck” celebrities on picking out their recipes, Questlove sent along a song that he felt best captured their unique creative energy. Martha Stewart got a Snoop Dogg tune, while vegetarian Natalie Portman got “Vegetables” by The Beach Boys. Jimmy Fallon, who works with The Roots on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” got Bruce Springsteen’s “Hungry Heart” and, in turn, offered his recipe for Air-Fried Chicken Burgers. “Giving him a Bruce Springsteen song is very easy because in his heart, there’s a Jersey boy dying to come out in Jimmy Fallon’s soul.” Questlove relied on his astounding knowledge of music. He admits to being a little ADD and is obsessed with making lists. He has dozens of Spotify playlists and challenges himself to compile things like 100 songs about the color blue or 100 songs in which the title is never sung. His deep insight has led him to produce the AMC show, “ Hip Hop: The Songs That Shook America.” To create the book, Holly Dolce, the executive editor at Abrams Books, said Questlove was involved in every aspect: the fonts, the photography, even the metallic sheen of the cover. “He’s like a really great director. He’s interested in every part of making the book,” she said. “He goes off and really makes it all happen.” In many ways, although Questlove doesn’t really cook himself, he assembles the ingredients for a good party like any good chef — music, chefs, lighting, drinks and guests. “I’m not into randomness and throw the noodle at the wall and see what sticks, because often that can be a disaster,” he said. In the book, one of the strangestsounding offerings is for Chocolate Chili from Maya Rudolph, which combines Fritos, chili powder, beans, tomato, cheddar and chocolate. Questlove said despite the combination of seemingly odd flavors, the dish ended up one of his top five favorite recipes. “It’s 2019, the idea of taboo mixing — be it socially, culinary, music-wise, in our entertainment, or politically — shouldn’t really shock anyone. I mean, we commonly
have accepted the idea of salty caramel, right? Yeah. I’m certain back in 1984, like, ‘Wait, you want to put salt and chocolate together? No way.’” Dolce, who works in the world of food full-time, said she’s impressed by Questlove’s knack for knowing what are the interesting dishes and who are the chefs to watch. “He just has his finger on the pulse in a way that is almost mind-blowing,” she said.
Questlove hopes readers will be inspired to host their own potlucks and offers some advice for good partying: Use multiple music speakers, throw out some unexpected songs, offer guests games and keep the lighting low but not too low. And be flexible. Once, the singer Bjork came an hour early for one of his parties. Questlove was stunned to see her helping the waiters set up the tables. “She was like the best wait-staff ever.”
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