Starlight Concert Series continues!

June 1, 2014


The annual summer Starlight Concert Series is set for the 2014 season.  All concerts begin at 6:30 p.m. (except for the two special Saturday shows — see below) and will take place on the south side of Heman Park (Midland/Shaftsbury entrance). The concerts are free and open to the public. The Starlight Concert Series is sponsored by the Municipal Commission on Arts and Letters of University City (MCALUC) and the City of University City.

Traditionally, concerts are only on Monday evenings, but this year the MCALUC is introducing a new Saturday Concert Series on June 28 from 3 to 8 p.m. and July 19 from 4 to 8 p.m.

This year’s concert line-up:

June 9 — Tiffany Elle
June 16 — Melvin Turnage
June 28 — U City Jazz Band, Cheryl Brown and The Soulard Blues Band
June 30 — Coleman Hughes Project featuring Adrianne Felton
July 7 — Lajit
July 19 — Nikko Smith, Jeff Hardin & Theo Peoples
July 21 — Farshid Etniko
July 28 — FatPocket
August 4 — Rico

Food trucks will also be on the concert grounds, offering up their specialties for purchase. Grab your lawn chair, favorite beverage (reminder: no glass bottles in the park) and come up to enjoy the best of Blues, Jazz, and Contemporary music.

Questions may be sent to, or call Melcine Henderson at 314-863-6333 or Centennial Commons at 314-505-8625.

Special note to all amateur photographers:  If you’ve taken pictures of this year’s Starlight Concert series, please send us your best shots for possible publication on this website.  Email them to our address,

Public Art springs forward in University City

April 2, 2014

This year’s crop of Washington University’s Sam Fox School of Fine Art students who participated in the Public Sculpture Series for 2014. From left to right — Ambika Subramaniam, Ayesha Mohyuddin, Caitlin Penny, Nathan Childs, a mannequin, Michael Aaron Williams, Quamesha Brown, and Sea A. Joung.

Public Art takes the spotlight in a series of April events from the Municipal Commission on Arts and Letters of University City (MCALUC), including a celebration of University City’s Marvin Levy and his efforts to bring public art to the area.

First, an exhibit of two-dimensional art work and art models is scheduled Monday, April 7 to Sunday, April 27 at the University City Public Library, in conjunction with the 2014 collaboration between Washington University in St. Louis and MCALUC.

The two-dimensional works represent “Community Visuals:  A Student Exhibition in 2-Dimensions,” and the art models preview the 28th annual Public Sculpture series. Both have been prepared by students of the university’s Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts.

The longer showtime offers the public a chance to familiarize themselves with the works before the opening reception and awards program, which runs from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 12 at at the library’s Gallery and Auditorium.

Second, from April 12 through September 1, the public may visit the Public Sculptures on-site at Kaufman Park and on Wilson and Ahern, near Shaftesbury.  A digital map is available here.

Finally, a gallery talk with the community has been scheduled from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday, April 25 in the library’s Gallery and Auditorium.  The dialogue will not only include the Community Visuals and Public Sculpture artists, as well as Sam Fox School faculty, but will also feature neighbors, friends, and family of Marvin Levy in a memorial of his life and community service.  “Mr. Levy is affectionately referred to as the ‘Founder of the University City/Washington University in St. Louis Public Arts Series’” said MCALUC president, Adelia Parker-Castro.

Also scheduled for the April 25 celebration:  Proclamations from county, University City, and school officials; live music from the Gannon Quartet; and a reception with dessert and wine.

A commemorative catalog detailing the history of public art and Levy’s life in University City will be available at both the reception and the gallery talk events.

Questions about these events may be sent to the MCALUC email address,


Photo Show winners to be announced April 13

December 1, 2013


The entries are in so all that’s left is announcing the winners and  awarding the prizes.  Join us  for those revelations at a special reception from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 13, 2014 at the University City Centennial Commons, 7210 Olive Boulevard.

This year’s theme was “Stop Me In My Tracks”, which asked photographers to focus not just on their ability to create stunning images but also asked them to think about what their artistic vision could bring to whatever they might find before them.

The show was open to amateur adult and youth (twelfth grade and younger) photographers in the St. Louis metropolitan area.

A review of the complete rules and registration information is available here. Questions may be sent to


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