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April 2018

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April 2018



ARTS/CULURAL St. Louis Arts Experience Bach Society of St. Louis Center of Creative Arts (COCA) Commission for Access and Local Original Programming (CALOP) Contemporary Art Museum (CAM) Donald Danforth Plant Science Center Focus St. Louis Holocaust Museum and Learning Center International Institute of St. Louis Jazz St. Louis Missouri Botanical Garden Missouri Department of Conservation Missouri History Museum Missouri Humanities Council Museum of Transportation National Endowment for the Arts National Blues Museum Opera Theatre Saint Louis Regional Arts Commission Saint Louis Art Museum (SLAM) Saint Louis County Parks and Recreation Saint Louis Science Center Saint Louis Symphony Saint Louis Zoo The Sheldon Art Galleries and Concert Hall CIVIC Cortex Innovation Community Missouri Bar Association St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission St. Louis Economic Development Partnership St. Louis Regional Chamber EDUCATION Archdiocese of St. Louis 22 Area Universities and Colleges Education Plus 62 Elementary/Secondary School Districts in Metropolitan St. Louis

HEC-TV leadership Alan Winkleman, Acting President Ann Terry Johnson, Secretary James L. McHugh Sr., J.D., Treasurer Wayne Goode, Member Craig Larson, Member

HEC-TV team Dennis Riggs, President Boyd Pickup, Director of Operations Jayne Ballew, Director of Programming Christina Chastain, Marketing & Strategic Partnerships Manager Amanda Honigfort, Special Projects & Programs Producer Kristy Houle, Educational Opportunities Coordinator Tim Gore, Director of Educational Initiatives

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12/13 OPEN MIC W/director of “the factory” and “the poor farm”

14/15 EDUCATION SPOTLIGHT By: Kristy Houle Educational Opportunities Coordinator

We’ll investigate specific science and engineering concepts that are used in roller coaster design and maintenance, and give students the chance to share their own roller coaster designs and ask questions of roller coaster professionals April 19.



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Keep up with everything happening in St. Louis, from concerts, to art exhibits - we cover everything!


We’re springing into fun, educational, and entertaining new programming for April!

Local fashion designer Allison Mitchell, Arch Grant winner and member of the St. Louis Fashion Fund.

St. Louis Spotlight

The St. Louis Art Museum’s most recent exhibit, “Sunken Cities”, offers a rare glimpse into Ancient Egypt.





Monthly Planner...

St. Louis’ can’t miss events & celebrations


Born Yesterday Rep St. Louis brings Garson Kanin’s political comedy to a timely climate. www.repstl.org




GO! Marathon The largest competitive fitness event in Missouri includes races for all ages. www.gostlouis.org



Mat Kearney Mat Kearney is a #1 iTunes artist, whose third album debuted at #1 on the Billboard. www.thepageant.com


Byrne and Kelly The duo dives into combining genres like traditional Irish and Americana. kranzbergartsfoundation.org



Hamilton Hamilton premieres in St. Louis and anchors the Fabuous Fox’s season. www.fabulousfox.com


Natalie Hopkinson Left Bank Books welcomes Washington Post culture critic Natalie Hopkinson. www.left-bank.com


Je’Caryous Johnson Je’Caryous Johnson Presents Set It Off, based on the hit iconic movie. peabodyoperahouse.com

Jenna Fischer Left Bank Books welcomes actress and St. Louis native Jenna Fischer. www.left-bank.com

Sarah Kendzior Left Bank Books welcomes St. Louis journalist Sarah Kendzior. www.left-bank.com

22 David Sedaris

23 John Scalzi

24 Bach and Jazz

David Sedaris has become one of America’s favorite preeminent humor writers. peabodyoperahouse.com


Eddie Gomez Legendary bassist and twotime Grammy award winner Eddie Gomez. www.kranzbergartscenter.org

John Scalzi, one of the most popular authors in modern science fiction. www.slcl.org


The Talking Cure Kranzberg Arts Center hosts Melissa Stern’s acclaimed multi-media project. kranzbergartsfoundation.org

The ultimate composer’s most familiar melodies presented in a unique jazz style! www.bachsociety.org



Wildflower Blues Jolie Holland and Samantha Parton joined forces to create Wildflower Blues. www.kdhx.org


SLSO Live @ Pulitzer Led by co-artistic directors Peter Henderson and Gemma New. www.pulitzerarts.org


Harry Potter in Concert Relive the magic of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets with SLSO. www.slso.org


Or What You Will III A choose-your-own-adventure of sketches inspired by Shakespeare’s Richard III. www.sfstl.com


Meet Me In... The Big Muddy Dance Company presents a production about its roots. thebigmuddydanceco.org


Cinderella Cinderella is one of the most popular ballets in Saint Louis Ballet’s repertoire. www.stlouisballet.org



Norm Lewis Don’t miss this Tony nominated star of Phantom of The Opera and more! www.thesheldon.org


Judy Garland Award-winning dynamo Angela Ingersoll superbly captures Judy Garland. playhouseatwestport.com

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Willie Nelson With a 6 decade career and 200 plus albums, this iconic Texan is a creative genius. peabodyoperahouse.com

25 Scofield & Lovano

One of the most popular groups of the 90s, Scofield and Lovano perform together again. www.jazzstl.org




Circus Flora Circus Flora transports audiences to the famous, mysterious Balding Hotel. www.circusflora.org

The Scenic Route CKDC presents an evening of dance demonstrating themes of adventure. www.ckdc.org

Earth Day Festival Free and open to the public. Muny grounds in Forest Park. Rain or Shine. www.stlouisearthday.org


27 Leslie Jones

28 Variety’s Dinner

Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson A rowdy take on populism, politics and policies. www.slu.edu

Join UMSL in celebrating Mirth Week by attending comedian Leslie Jones. www.touhill.org

with John Legend Children’s Charity of St. Louis’ premier black tie gala. www.varietystl.org

Go to www.hectv.org/events for a full listing of st. louis events and sign up for our newsletter at info@hectv.org to get a weekly update of event reminders.


what to watch

HEC-TV Magazine

technology in athletics We’ve recently brought you two stories about how science and technology is helping athletes train. First, MyStrenthBook works with athletes to create specialized training programs and provide advice from experts in the sport. They recently moved to St. Louis from Canada after winning an Arch Grant. The company stems from the founders experiences as competitive powerlifters and coaches. Second, a researcher at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, is working with the Cougars baseball team to study how athletes can use imagery-assisted virtual reality to increase their confidence and performance.

blueberries as cancer treatment


One of the most common treatments for cervical cancer is radiation. While radiation therapy destroys cancer cells, it also destroys nearby healthy cells. University of Missouri School of Medicine researchers studied in vitro human cancer cells to show that combining blueberry extract with radiation can increase the treatment’s effectiveness.

the small theatre group with big issues The name might sound familiar, but Tesseract Theatre is not part of Marvel Comics; it is an artistic home to and ensemble of Saint Louis talent, with a mission to start conversations by tackling big ideas in a small way. Their goal is have patrons talking about the issues presented long after leaving the theater, be it pharmaceuticals, health, race, gender, or any other big issue.

find the full schedule at hectv.org/tv-schedule

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how to watch who to watch HEC-TV is the leading producer of local arts, cultural, and educational programming in St. Louis - reflecting our mission statement, “to strengthen and promote the education, arts, and cultural communities of the St. Louis Metropolitcan area.” HEC-TV is affiliated with the St. Louis County for Educational Media. As a three-time winner of the prestigious Station of Excellence Award from the Mid-America Emmy Association, HEC-TV is committed to producing television designed to engage and challenge viewers, and to illuminate topics that will “Make You Think!” In addition to providing local programming for the general audience, all HEC-TV productions are available free of charge to teachers, along with corresponding curriculum and classroom materials.

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Allison Mitchell By: Amanda Honigfort, Special Programs and Projects Producer

It all started with an oversized marigold yellow calfhair clutch. Allison Mitchell created it for herself to use at networking events, but people kept asking to purchase one. As the clutches took off, Mitchell realized she could build a career as a designer and, after focusing on perfecting the product and what she wanted the business to be, she decided to pursue developing her line full time. About a year and a half later, Mitchell was convinced she was set, basing her two year-old namesake luxury handbag line out of Dallas, and didn’t need to consider the St. Louis Fashion Fund proposal seriously. She’s glad she did, now, Michell says.


Meeting with the Fund’s founders lead her to become one of the inaugural class of six designers at the St. Louis Fashion Fund, and keeping St. Louis as her home base positions her perfectly to grow.



That growth is aided by winning a highly competitive Arch Grant - a $50,000 equity-free grant and priceless support services in exchange for keeping her company based here in St. Louis for at least another year.






With her accolades, a new showroom deal, and a new core collection, she’s certainly positioned to grow - and the small St. Louis Fashion community with her. Learn more about Mitchell and other local designers in our arts programing at hectv.org


Wendell Covington Jr.

President and CEO, Mathews-Dickey Boys and Girls Club, conducting interview of Jackie Joyner-Kersee. With more than 15 years of experience working with youth and at-risk populations, Wendell has special expertise in program design and education.

Phillipe Mercier, MD, PhD

Pediatric neurosurgeon at the Saint Louis University School of Medicine. Dr. Mercier is at the forefront of medical advancement and is eager to share his approach to deep brain lesion treatment.


CaveofswordS is a synthesizer-based group with a warm beating heart at its center, making for a powerful live set. You won’t want to miss their performance.

Jackie Joyner-Kersee

Jackie Joyner-Kersee is an Olympic legend, gold medalist, and living woman wonder. Jackie is ranked as one of the greatest athletes of all time, especially when it comes to the heptathlon and long jump.

Dave Mini f ie

Chief experience officer at Centene Corporation. Minifie brings an “engagement and experience” perspective into healthcare. He uses his tried-and-true leadership and marketing skills to set strategy and growth at Centene.

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THINK WELL healthcare out loud Meet the Speakers Sharon Deem

Wildlife Veterinarian and Epidemiologist at the St. Louis Zoo who has been published in 100+ articles, 25 book chapters, and has researched in 30+ countries. Her focus is on diseases shared between domestic animals, wildlife, and people.

Jeremy Goss

Co Founder and President of the St. Louis Metro Market and Link Market, two deliciously colorful, nonprofit markets. He’s an advocate for low-income communities on issues related to food justice, hunger, and health.

Doug Lindsay

Doug became sick with a rare autonomic-adrenal condition at age 21 and spent the next 11 years homebound and bed-bound until he developed the surgery that fixed him. Doug uncovered and adapted a 1920s animal surgery into a modern, human surgery.

Jo Pang

As a mindfulness expert at Slalom Consulting, Jo Pang is on a mission of mindfulness. He transforms organizations with an integrative, human-centered approach. He helps people consciously cultivate seeds of compassion, wisdom, and happiness.

Abby Cohen

Co Founder and CEO of Sparo Labs, a digital health company known for Wing, a chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and asthma management app with medical-grade accuracy. Named Forbes 30 under 30 list in 2017.


HEC-TV Magazine

The Distiller in Pink Boots By Angie Weidinger, Producer


Forget all the attention the whiskey, gin and vodka is getting at Restless Spirits Distilling in the form of awards. Overlook the partnership it’s formed with Irishman John Teeling, the father of the Irish whiskey renaissance, to import and bottle some of his whiskey under their Sons of Erin label. Instead, focus on the incredible distiller of this two-year-old craft distillery; a former high school science teacher and grandma in an industry dominated by men. Her story, like the distillery and her spirits, is unique. Benay Shannon is easy to spot when visiting Restless Spirits Distilling. She’s the one in pink steel-toed, rubber boots. In fact, the boots have become part of her identity and are even commemorated in the artwork of the distillery’s newest single malt whiskey release, GullyTown (although, they’re not obvious – it’s a fun “Where’s Waldo”-like game to try to spot them). You have to move quickly to keep up with this Grandma. She’s regularly up and down stairs checking on the fermentation process, lugging hoses over to connect to her 500-gallon copper pot still and expertly driving the forklift around the distillery. No wonder she tells her friends at the gym, “This is like distillery boot camp!” Shannon believes it’s perhaps the physicality of the job that makes it a male dominated profession. She is the only female distiller in Missouri and one of only six in the nation. She sees that as one of her many advantages, “I think women make better distillers because we have a more defined palette, we have a better sense of smell. So, if anyone is going to make a good product, it’s going to be a woman!” she says. Mike, Shannon’s husband, has years of experience in product development and brand management. Mike and a friend actually had the idea to start a craft distillery. “So, they got themselves a little equipment to start to make some whiskey at home and realized they had no idea how to make whiskey and it was a little more complicated that they thought,” Benay says. Ultimately, they left the distilling to Benay, who didn’t drink alcohol, but knew her way around a lab thanks to her degree in biology and high school science teacher background. Her husband took to developing intriguing names and labels for Benay’s products that feature his family’s Irish heritage. In fact, his great-great grandfather’s immigration papers are in the background of the Stone Breaker whiskey bottle. Restless Spirits Distillery also altered that same ancestor’s photo to hold a whiskey barrel, Paul Bunyon style. It’s now featured on many of the distillery’s items. You can learn more about Benay Shannon and Restless Spirits Distilling in Angie’s segment at hectv.org.

April 2017


“Sunken Cities: Egypt’s Lost Worlds” at the Saint Louis both daily life in Egypt and obscure rituals such as the Art Museum combines never before seen treasures with Osiris Mysteries, a celebration of life and death and the a rich archaeological research that offers a rare glimpse cycles of the seasons. into life in ancient Egypt. On the forefront of modern archaeology, Franck Goddio’s work excavating the lost Underwater excavation is a relatively new discipline cities of Egypt has been extraordinary. With the goal of which incorporates both scholarly study and new rediscovering the portion of Alexandria buried under the technologies. Previously, underwater discoveries were a Mediterranean Sea, Goddio approached the process with matter of chance where a deep sea diver or a fisherman a scientific mindset. He might happen upon a wreck adapted and combined or ruins. Archaeologists advanced technology to mainly concentrated on paint a portrait of long land discoveries where they ago. Buried in time, the were able to use landmarks cities kept their secrets to pinpoint dig sites. free of treasure hunters Proceeding from ancient By Kerry Marks, Producer and other destructive stories, Goddio adapted forces until Goddio nuclear magnetic resonance led a team in 1992 to magnetometers and first survey the bay of various sonar equipment Alexandria. Later Goddio to locate precisely where would discover Thonisto dig using a systematic Heracleion in 1999 and approach. then Canopus in 2001. Goddio’s fascination with East of Alexandria, in the history buried beneath what is now the Abu Qir the sea started in childhood. Bay, lies the remnants In 1987 he created the of the buried cities. European Institute for Formerly lost in the Underwater Archaeology, annals of history, Goddio an organization dedicated searched vast stretches of to discovering and the Mediterranean to find excavating sunken sites what once served as the with an emphasis on gateway to Egypt before cross-disciplinary study the rise of Alexandria. and restoration of artifacts. Scholars speculate that The institute works closely unstable foundations with local governments combined with natural and authorities and funding catastrophic events such comes from both the as floods and earthquakes public sector and private to liquefy the ground. Soil institutions. liquefaction is a process where the saturated “Sunken Cities” is ground beneath the cities supported by the Hilti suddenly behaved like Foundation and the a liquid, leading them Ministry of Antiquities of to swallow the cities above whole. Situated on the Nile the Arab Republic of Egypt, with local sponsorship from Delta, the ruins have remained untouched for over a the William T. Kemper Foundation and Edward Jones. thousand years under meters of sea water, sand, and silt. It consists of more than 250 pieces from the dig sites, supplemented by artifacts from museums in Cairo and The artifacts discovered retain a remarkable amount of Alexandria. It is co-curated by Goddio and Lisa Çakmak, detail, but more important are the stories they tell. The associate curator of ancient art at SLAM. preserved nature of the archaeological sites means that the relics reveal much more collectively than individually The exhibit at the Saint Louis Art Museum is the first in by their placements in relation to one another. The sites the United States and will run until September 9, 2018. have allowed scientists to reconstruct a clearer picture of

Sunken Cities:

Egypt’s Lost Worlds

Now On View At SLAM



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Joshua Pardon n e p O ic: M Director, the poor farm & the factory



have found that every community has someone with insight into a compelling story.

If you look hard enough, there are always great documentary storytelling opportunities in these places. My work in documentary film takes a “microhistorical” approach to social institutions that were once commonplace, even central, to American life in the recent past. These films focus on a singular location that played an important role in a local community - such as an old factory, or a now-defunct poor farm. Through rigorous archival research, and the conducting of interviews of primary sources and historians, I hope to show how these specific institutions are emblematic of all such factories, poor farms, etc. of their historical era. The process begins by networking with local archives, historical societies, and non-profit foundations. After a story idea is discovered, the next step is conducting research. The process is two-fold: finding potential interviewees with meaningful insight into the story who are willing to talk on camera, and spending time in libraries and archives to find old photographs, documents, and press clippings. Of course, no mention of “research” would be complete without

offering gratitude to these librarians and archivists who truly are the gatekeepers to these resources. This research process culminates in a script, which is the basis for the production.

The next step is to secure shooting locations and scheduling details for the interviews. In addition to producing and directing, I am also the cinematographer for these interviews. With the help of a few dedicated production assistants, and using my own camera and lighting equipment, great care is taken to craft a strong visual look, and a dozen or so interviews can be produced over a few days.

Editing these interviews together with archival materials, voiceover narration, and a musical score takes several weeks to months, resulting in the two documentary programs showing on HEC-TV this month: “The Factory” and “The Poor Farm”. “The Factory” is a documentary film that focuses on the importance of factory work to 20th Century small-town America by detailing the rise and fall of what the locals called “The Factory” on South M-66 in Ionia, Michigan. Although Ionia initially rose to prominence in the 1800s due to its lumber economy, this small Michigan town became a factory town when the Ypsilanti Reed Furniture Company relocated there in the early 1900s. This world-renowned reed and wicker furniture company was perhaps the most significant employer on the Grand River

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between Lansing and Grand Rapids. The factory underwent several iterations as times and ownership changed - it went from fabricating jeep seats and tarpaulins for the American war effort in WWII, manufacturing the “Woody” station wagon, and assembling “muscle cars” such as the Shelby Cobra and Corvette Stingray. More important than the goods manufactured was the camaraderie and community spirit engendered by this institution — in its time, it truly was the focal point of the community. Sadly, like so many older manufacturing facilities, “The Factory” was demolished in the 1990s after a run of almost a century. Ionia today is known mostly for its prison economy, due to the numerous state correctional facilities in the surrounding area. Ottawa County, Michigan saw a similar story. “The Poor Farm” is a documentary film that tells the story of the Eastmanville Poor Farm in Ottawa County, Michigan. Founded in 1866, it was the longest continually operating institution of its kind in the United States, serving its community for more than 130 years. “Poor farms” were one of the first organized government-sponsored social welfare institutions in the United States, and were based upon a simple idea: local counties would support residences on working farms to take care of those who could not take care of themselves and had no one else to care for them. Across

13 the American Midwest, Poor Farms became havens for indigent people who, due to the happenstance of birth, misfortune, or poverty, were in dire straits and needed a place to call home — a sanctuary staffed with people who could nurse them to better health.

from serving the indigent to serving other populations in need. Long after most poor farms across the country had closed their doors for good, the Eastmanville Poor Farm housed residents with developmental disabilities and addiction issues until its closure in 2000.

Work tasks were delegated to residents based on ability: the able-bodied residents were given farm work to perform, and those with mobility issues were given other meaningful work inside the residence. When the Eastmanville Poor Farm received its first residents shortly after the American Civil War, no one could have imagined the benefits it would provide to those in need over the ensuing decades.

These films question and challenge the thoughtful and attentive viewer: What was the value of these places to their local communities, and to American society as a whole?

However, with the establishment of Social Security benefits in the 1930s, these institutions began to slowly disappear from society. Those few that endured transitioned

Why did such institutions become unfashionable or impractical, and why today are these institutions nonexistent or greatly diminished? Would we be better off today if these past institutions were reconstituted and returned to prominence? Find out on HEC-TV Fridays at 8 p.m. (“The Poor Farm”) and 9 p.m. (“The Factory”).



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JOIN US THURSDAY, April 19 for The Science Behind Roller Coasters By: Kristy Houle, Educational Opportunities Coordinator

The smell of freshly made funnel cakes, the dinging bells of arcade games and the hum of excited children and adults are just a few of the things that come to mind when I reminisce about my childhood visits to amusement parks. One memory that still excites me to this day, however, is the sound of the whirring roller coasters as they dive and dip above the treetops. The sound of the metal tracks sliding smoothly against the coaster cars carrying happily screaming occupants, the wooden roller coasters with their clickety-clack as they creep up the steep incline, only to come rushing down the other side at speeds reaching more than 50 mph feature in my memories of amusement parks. I spent almost every summer at an amusement park in the nearby city of our small town, and now I am making the same memories with my children. In all the memories I have stored over the years of my roller coaster days, there is one aspect I never thought much about: how do those roller coasters work? When you are in the middle of a thrilling roller coaster ride, the details of the mechanics and machinery barely weave a thread through your mind. Surprisingly enough, the things we rarely contemplate are the things that are undoubtedly the most important. Engineers work tirelessly to attempt new feats with longer, faster roller coasters - which offer more twists and turns than the last. One major scientific factor plays a vital role in their design - physics. A roller coaster is a machine that uses gravity and inertia to send a train of cars along a winding track. Roller coaster designers and engineers push the safety limits as much as possible, so knowing how much force the body will experience on the ride is a key factor when deciding how fast, how high, or how big a radius is required. What you may not realize when you are cruising down

the track is that the coaster has no engine. The car is pulled to the top of the hill at the beginning of the ride, but after that the coaster must complete the ride on its own. You aren’t being propelled around the track by a motor or being pulled by a hitch. The conversion of potential energy to kinetic energy is what drives the roller coaster, and all the kinetic energy you need for the ride is present once the coaster descends the first hill. You may be wondering how these coasters initially launch the train of cars since we know that gravity doesn’t take over until after the ride descends down the first hill. There are two main ways roller coasters get you started on your thrill ride. Most roller coasters start off with something called a lift hill, which mechanically lifts you to the top of the first and tallest hill. But other roller coasters start a little more suddenly; they are rapidly propelled forward using hydraulics, which act like a slingshot using cables and a giant wench. Once these methods get you to the top of the hill, gravity takes over and you begin accelerating toward the earth. The world of roller coasters can not only be an exhilarating way to spend an afternoon, but also an opportunity to explore the world of physics. Educate. Today will be doing just that on April 19th, as we dive into the topic of how roller coasters and physics go hand in hand. The students of Hancock Place School District will join us for this program, as we explore the big picture question: What makes a roller coaster work? We’ll investigate specific science and engineering concepts that are used in roller coaster design and maintenance, and give students the chance to share their own roller coaster designs and ask questions of roller coaster professionals. So, join us on April 19th for The Science Behind Roller Coasters!


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Meet the speakers at TEDxGateway Arch's Think Well Event and dive into the newest exhibit at the Saint Louis Art Museum.

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Meet the speakers at TEDxGateway Arch's Think Well Event and dive into the newest exhibit at the Saint Louis Art Museum.

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