#7: Legendary activist Percy Green got his start with the Jefferson Bank Protests and CORE (the Congress for Racial Equality); he has fought for Civil Rights and human rights in the River City for nearly 50 years. In 1964, he successfully campaigned to get 1,000 African-American workers hired onto the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial project – by scaling the then-incomplete Arch. In 1972, using an elaborate network of radicalized debutantes, his group ACTION managed to unveil the Veiled Prophet as a protest against the ongoing racism and sexism within St. Louis’ most powerful networks. And his landmark lawsuit against McDonnell-Douglas, which was argued up to the Supreme Court in the early 1970s, forever changed the way workplace discrimination was handled, not just in St. Louis, but everywhere in America. Now in his 70s, he is still participating in actions that further social justice and equality. http://amlives.artsci.wustl.edu/details_streaming.php?rid=935&fspkey=false
#6: If you talk about wrestling in St. Louis, you can’t not talk about Larry Matysik. Not only did he work for Sam Muchnick—the man who built St. Louis into the pro wrestling capital of the universe—but in the 1970s and ’80s, Matyskik hosted the legendary “Wrestling at the Chase.” In 2005, Matysik published “Wresting at the Chase: The Inside Story of Sam Muchnick and the Legends of Professional Wrestling.” He followed that up with “Brody: The Triumph and Tragedy of Wrestling’s Rebel”; “Drawing Heat the Hard Way”; and “From the Golden Era.” This January, he published what he called “the War and Peace” of pro wrestling titles, the nearly 500-page “The 50 Greatest Wrestlers of All Time.”
Herb Simmons has been promoting wrestling since the early 70s, booking cards with legendary wrestlers including Bruiser Brody and Lou Thesz; he created Southern Illinois Champion Wrestling (SICW) in the 1980s. Simmons organizes two shows a month with SICW (with proceeds often going to charity), and produces “SICW Wrestling Explosion,” which airs on cable Channels 8 and 89 every Sunday at noon. Simmons is also mayor of East Carondelet, Ill., and is very active in his community, at turns having serving as St. Clair deputy coroner, Parks Commission chairman and Transit District trustee; in May, he was promoted from St. Clair County’s assistant emergency management director to CenCom 9-1-1 director.
#5: Rats & People Motion Picture Orchestra (http://theratsandpeople.tumblr.com/) is a sort of loose, modern chamber orchestra with pop, punk, and rock influences; its members include Matt Frederick (brass), Robert Laptad (percussion), Matt Pace (piano, brass), Heather Rice (strings, piano), Brien Seyle (strings), and Emma Tiemann (strings). Though it’s kept mostly true to its moniker by writing music for local independent films and creating many, many original live scores for films of the silent era (including “Nosferatu,”"Go West,” and Erich von Stroheim’s “Greed,” which it performed at the Greater St. Louis Humanities Festival this spring), R&P has also scored a series of Wallace Stevens poems, which debuted at The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts’ Sound Waves performance series last fall. This summer, R&P wrote an original score for Shakespeare Festival of St. Louis’ production of “Twelfth Night,” and released *Revue* Songs, a CD of their Wallace Steven score. Check out the video for “Frogs Eat Butterflies Frogs Eat Butterflies. Snakes Eat Frogs. Hogs Eat Snakes. Men Eat Hogs.” here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ICYccBYV2dA&feature=youtu.be
#4: Sarah Rye Bliss of South Broadway Art Project. SBAP’s mission is to broaden the horizons of the community by providing a source of inspiration and creative outlet for children, residents, businesses, and visitors. They strive to build community through art by encouraging interaction among educators, artists, social service groups, businesses, and neighbors.
#3: Sayer Johnson sits on the board of the LGBT Center of St Louis is creator of the Locker Room, a Transmasculine support group. He recently helped organize St. Louis Metro Trans Umbrella Group, whose mission is to bring together trans, gender queer, and intersex in the St. Louis Region. His partner Sharon Burns Johnson is co-creator of the Family Room, a support group for Family and Friends of Trans folks. For years, he and partner Sharon Burns Johnson, have worked together on issues in the LGBT community and frequently participate in outreach efforts to raise visibility, awareness and acceptance.
#2: PIECRUST is a contemporary art magazine founded in 2011 that is interested in works on paper, including drawings, photos, prints, sculptures, books, writings and interviews.
Their goal is to foster a new perspective on art by providing a foundation for artists to build upon visually, mentally, and physically in their practice. A themed, letterpressed issue of PIECRUST is released twice annually. Co-Founders are Lauren Cardenas and Megan Collins and editors are Lauren Cardenas and Jennifer Baker.
· Piecrust Tumblr: http://piecrustmagazine.tumblr.com/
· Piecrust Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/piecrustmagazine
#1: Patty Maher, a green developer with a great track record of bringing dead, South Side buildings back to life. Her Tiger Lily Development recently transformed a long-abandoned laundromat at the corner of Wyoming and Arkansas into two, market-rate, LEED certified condos. In addition to her work efforts, Maher is an avid musician and singer, peace activist, mother of two, and advocate for various causes.
We’re set for the 10th Annual Kick Ass Awards, in terms of venue and time:
Thursday, October 24, 2013
The Heavy Anchor
5226 Gravois Road, 63116
7 p.m. event, 5 p.m. doors
We hope to see you then.
Winners and sponsor info will be updated as we go.
Sponsored by 4 Hands Brewing Company!
The 9th Annual Kick Ass Awards just wrapped up at The Heavy Anchor on Gravois, which was a fantastic venue. The event always delivers surprises, and this year was no different – treats thrown out to the audience from Pint Size Bakery, procreation jokes, beat boxing, improvisational accompaniment by Kick Ass alum Raven Wolf, and a slam poetry (?) introduction by Thomas Crone. Again, we honor the recipients and thank everyone who had a part in the event this year. Thanks for all you do. Photos on our Facebook page.
1. Juan William Chavez and Kiersten Torrez of NorthSide Workshop (NSW), a community center dedicated to cultural and community issues in North St. Louis. NSW’s programming focuses on incorporating the studio practice with education and mentorship with the goal of fostering significant social progress in North St. Louis communities. http://www.facebook.com/northsideworkshop
2. Emily Piro, founder of St. Lou Fringe Festival, which boasts Brave Artists, Bold Audiences is also an actor and currently the Community Engagement Manager for the acclaimed Metro Theatre Company. Em also has experience in “non-traditional case management”, the practice of creatively exploring the role of learning styles and social perceptions for problem solving and personal growth. You may find Emily stilt-walking in Tower Grove Park on Sunday mornings.
3. With the belief that all individuals have the right to, and need for, opportunities for creative self-expression, Turner Center for the Arts is a multi-use art studio space offering programming for adults with disabilities, and classes, camps, and open studio time for kids and teens. http://www.turnercenterforthearts.org
4. Minerva Lopez, superdynamo of Cherokee Street: owner of Gooolll Soccer Apparel, Organizer of the Cherokee Street Latino Business Owners Association and the Mexican Cultural Center, and co-operator (with Ben West) of WasabiNet, neighborhood-scale Wireless Internet Service Provider (WISP), operating low-cost Wifi in the St. Louis area. http://gowasabi.net/
5. Aaron Pritchard, Vice President of the Killer Blues Headstone Project, provider of headstones for blues musicians in unmarked graves; they have also recently partnered with the Friends of Greenwood Cemetery to facilitate the removal of overgrowth covering much of the historic and neglected African-American cemetery. http://www.killerblues.net
6. Nicole Hudson Hollway serves as the general manager of the news site the St. Louis Beacon, but also finds time for other civic outlets in her free time, including St. Louis for the love, “which organizes all the love people share for St. Louis and all the energy being focused on this dynamic and innovative city.” http://www.stlbeacon.org, http://www.facebook.com/stlftl
7. Tabari Coleman heads up the local A World of Difference Institute, a part of the Anti-Defamation League. In doing so, he teaches and conducts workshops on bullying and diversity along with peer-training in the same fields, not only in St. Louis, but around the nation and the world. A resident of Tower Grove East, he’s also a great neighbor! http://regions.adl.org/missouri/programs/a-world-of-difference.html
8. Christy Augustin and Pint Size Bakery specialize in small batch baking using the best quality ingredients available. The treats in the case and the love that abounds from the confines of this former pizzeria are magical. Tiny but mighty. http://www.pintsizebakery.com
9. Amanda E. Doyle has created the books “Finally, A Locally Produced Guidebook to St. Louis by and for St. Louisans, Neighborhood by Neighborhood” and “To the Top!: A Gateway Arch Story.” Brian H. Marston has recently co-created a startup for web development education named Codesteader. Together, they’ve created a city boy named Milo, with whom they share a home in South St. Louis. www.reedypress.com; www.codesteader.com
10. Julie Hageman has spent her entire adult life giving to our community with her service. She is one of those people who never ever toots her own horn, but as you get to know her you realize how many things she is involved in and how much she gives. Founding Board member and longtime volunteer at Stray Rescue http://strayrescue.org/, Volunteer Guardian ad litem for St. Louis City Juvenile Court, Board member of the Warriors Heart Foundation http://www.warriorsheartfoundation.org/About-Warriors-Heart.html, volunteer extraordinaire at Animal House cat rescue http://animalhousefund.org/ , and Board member of Bark Park @ Unger Park http://www.barkparkatunger.com/ to name just a few of her activities.
11. For 30 years, St. Louis Volunteer Lawyers and Accountants for the Arts (VLAA) has supported the creative community by providing free legal and accounting assistance and a wide variety of affordable educational programs. With the solid leadership of executive director Sue Greenberg, the agency serves artists of of all stripes, nonprofit cultural organizations and small arts-related businesses. Due to the resources and support of VLAA, the St. Louis region boasts an enhanced cultural fabric and artists can remain focused on bringing their vision and work to our community. http://vlaa.org/
12. Pam Ross has spent a lifetime defending the rights of women, promoting equality, and getting in people’s faces to do it. She might actually kick your ass! Pam has represented women as Missouri State Coordinator for the National Organization for Women, and also a Board member of the NOW PAC. She has marched and lobbied for years and has never been afraid to speak truth to power either in a group setting or as an individual. Pam has also used her considerable talents on behalf of progressive candidates for office at the local, state, and federal level. She is always involved, always advocating for people who need it, and never shrinks from a fight. This behavior has not always made her popular, but it has gained her the respect of people who agree with her and also the people who don’t. Never a dull moment with Pam!
Special Presentation: Holly Schroeder has adapted a Spike Gillespie effort called The Office of Good Deeds, bringing it to St. Louis within just the last month. As the KA’s are of Spike lineage, too, we’ll hear about Holly’s local Office, which has begun with a communal dining experiment at Washington University. We thank her for taking on the project and speaking about it with us on the 25th.
The ninth annual Kick Ass Awards are being held in 2012 at The Heavy Anchor, 5226 Gravois, in the Bevo neighborhood. Please note that this year’s event will be our first 21-up event, no exceptions. The event will begin at 7 p.m., with doors open for daily business two hours prior.
We will roll out the names of winners in this space in coming days, one per weekday until our list of 12 is complete. Check back and see who’ll be feted this year.
Hello. Welcome to the official site for the St. Louis Kick Ass Awards, held locally for the past seven years. We thank you for stopping by and getting a sense about our annual celebration of the STL community’s unsung muses, heroes and gadflies.
Our most recent event took place at the venerable Joe’s Cafe. A summary of the event can now be found in the 2010 section, available here. You can read about the history of the series, meanwhile, here.
We anticipate holding our eighth party in the fall of 2011, in late October or early November. If interested in supporting the event in some, way, shape or form (not limited to financial support, though that’s more than welcome), please contact: thomascrone @ yahoo.com.
Meanwhile, we’ll add updates here, as developments merit.
We’ll leave you with some video from our 2010 event, as captured by Brian Villa. Musician Raven Wolf, take it away: