Paint The Loop is a community program where artist paint boarded up businesses along The Delmar Loop to beautify University City. The most popular painting so far in the portrait of George Floyd next to The Vault and Which Wich Sandwich Shop which by the way has delicious turkey sandwiches.
The painting has been a daily routine for local artist for the last four days. When they don’t finish, they just come back the next day. The business owners really appreciate the artists making their store fronts look better.
The painting event was organized by Jessica Bueler, a contractor for University City and Allison Bamberger, Director of Communications for University City.
I asked Ben what inspired him to do this. He so eloquently said…..
A friend shared that a bunch of people were coming down here to U City to paint the boarded up windows. And as an Artist myself, I thought it would be a good opportunity to contribute, to help the movement in any way possible, to bring attention to what’s going on in the country lately.
I mostly paint portraits and I thought a portrait of George Floyd would be appropriate. I see him as a symbol for the injustice that people across the country are facing and then to bring attention to the police and their treatment of African Americans.
by Ben Angelly
Ben’s words were moving. I thought as long as we have people like Ben in the world, there will always be hope for a better future. God Bless Ben and all that join the fight for Black Lives Matter. You can follow Artist Ben Angelly at: Instagram @angelly701
Mrs. Bush’s speech covered her experiences as a protester from Michael Brown, killed in 2014 by a Ferguson police officer to the most recent tragedy, George Floyd who was murdered by a Minneapolis police officer.
The tears started when Mrs. Bush yelled out, “Why wont they stop killing us?” It’s a question that no one seems to have an answer to, a question that is now being asked around the globe, a question that has spark world wide protests.
Cori Bush did a speech about Michael Brown at the steps of St. Louis City Hall on June 7, 2020. I uploaded this in honor of Michael Brown who was unjustly killed on August 9, 2014, by Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson. The video contains Cori’s speech on June 7 with footage of Michael Brown’s memorial on August 9, 2020.
At least 2000 protesters marched down Main Street in St. Charles yesterday in memory of George Floyd who was killed by Minneapolis police. The protesters yelled in perfect cadence with popular phrases like: “Black Live Matter,” “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot,” “No Justice, No Peace.”
St. Charles police contacted March organizer James Jones so they could march together to protest police brutality.
It was a peaceful yet powerful protest and the message was clear: stop police brutality and racism. The protest ended around 6:50 PM.
The Pageant concert venue in The Delmar Loop is getting new letters on the outside sign while live streaming free concerts during the Pandemic.
The Pageant along with other venues in the area have been closed since mid March and are patiently waiting to mark an official opening date.
The next show on the calendar will feature The Mighty Pines who will live stream the concert for free on June 6th from The Pageant concert hall to our favorite devices where we all can watch with peace of mind.
Salt & Smoke restaurant opened its sidewalk dining once again for hungry customers on The Delmar Loop. All four locations opened the outside dining areas on May 29 and people are loving it.
It’s good to see The Loop come back to life with restaurants starting to open. I wanted to say thank you to the smiling faces for letting me practice taking street portraits. This is my passion, really. I love street photography and I always try to include portraits whenever possible.
Tavolo Italian Restaurant on the Delmar Loop opened in 2012 and closed its doors permanently in 2020 due to the Covid-19 Pandemic. Before the quarantine, Tavolo was a highly successful business owned and operated by Michael Del Pietro Restaurant Group The menu featured Italian plates, Neapolitan pies along with hand made cocktails in an industrial styled space.
Tavolo posted the following on their Facebook page on May 13 at 4:41 PM. “Thank you all for the many years of love and support!!”
This historic building was completely redone by the family who kept everything as original as possible. Along with sidewalk seating, it came with high ceilings with wooden beams, exposed brick and a glass garage door that opened up depending on the weather. One of the luxuries of this property was its very own parking lot which is worth its weight in gold on The Loop.
The Urban League of Metropolitan Saint Louis presented its 8th Drive Through Food Pantry that served approximately 3000 families today behind the Victor Roberts Building at the North St. Louis Community Empowerment Center at 1330 Aubert.
The Urban League has been doing the food drive every week so follow them on Facebook so you don’t miss it. The next one will be held May 30th at Old Jamestown Mall in North County.
There were turkeys, 3 types of greens, sweet potatoes, celery, apples, bananas, cabbage, onions, lunch meat, bread, yogurt, non-perishables, eggs, milk, masks, gloves, light bulbs and a host of other items that were given away.
The video above show the volunteers working hard and fast to keep the line of cars moving cutting down on the wait time for each car to get loaded.
Drive Through Food Pantry Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis, Inc. May 23, 2020 12:00 PM to 2:30 PM https://www.ulstl.com/
Brennan’s Restaurant is doing delivery only while it’s still in the middle of moving to the other side of the building from the Maryland side to Euclid side where Cassie’s once resided in the Central West End neighborhood of St. Louis.
I had the pleasure of meeting Artist Phil Jarvis and Mr. Brennan during our visit. I couldn’t get my camera to work and asked the worst questions ever. But being that they were both gentlemen I managed to get some footage.