Spotlight On St. Louis: Grand Center

The lights, the music, the crowds of people and battles for a good parking space –most nights it’s clear you’ve found St. Louis’ arts district the minute you get to Grand Center.

Over the last few years, numerous renovations and moves have put the district back on the city’s map – from the renovations of the Metropolitan Artists Lofts, the Sun Theater and the new .Zack incubator to the forthcoming Grandel Theater renovation, a lot is moving into the area.

Though The Fox and Powell Hall are the best known stakeholders of the district, you can also catch performances from Metro Theater Company, New Line and Upstream Theater, who are all based in the area among smaller spaces (like The Kranzberg Art Center, The Sheldon, and The Stage at KDHX) where you can catch a wide variety of performances, musical acts, and other arts & culture programs.

Galleries in Grand Center range from The Dark Room, which features live music and curated photography alongside appetizers and an extensive wine list, to exhibits at the Sheldon, The Contemporary Art Museum (CAM), The Pulitzer Foundation and The Saint Louis University Museum of Art.

Food is part of the arts experience when attending Jazz at the Bistro, or when considering the art deco surroundings of the Fountain on Locust. If those aren’t your style, there are plenty of other options, too. From the Stage Left Diner (previously City Diner) to Small Batch, from Urban Chestnut Brewing Company to Flying Cow Frozen Yogurt, from Curtain Call Lounge to the district’s newest addition (Anew Rooftop and Test Kitchen) and everything in between, there’s something for every taste.

And more will be coming with the City Foundry development project just to the south (stage one is expected to open in Fall 2018), and the next phase of Cortex’s development to the west. (Look for producer Kathleen Berger’s story about what the City Foundry development will bring at hectv.org in early 2017.)

If you want to learn more about the galleries, performances, and theater you can find in Grand Center, look no further than our website (hectv.org,) where you can find Scope packages on The Pulizter Arts Foundation, Bruno David Gallery, The Kranzberg Arts Center, .Zack, Metro Theater Company, CAM and more. You can also find Two On The Aisle’s bi-weekly theater reviews, and the best of arts and culture (much of it from Grand Center) on State of the Arts.

Maybe we’ll see you around Grand Center soon!

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