National Endowment for the Arts awards Variety $10,000 grant

The Little Mermaid will swim free to delight St. Louis audiences thanks to a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

NEA Acting Chairman Joan Shigekawa announced earlier this week that Variety is one of 886 nonprofit organizations nationwide to receive an NEA Art Works grant. A $10,000 grant will help to support Variety Children's Theatre's production of Disney's The Little Mermaid in October.

"The NEA is pleased to announce that Variety the Children’s Charity is recommended for an NEA Art Works grant," Shigekawa said. "These NEA-supported projects will not only have a positive impact on local economies, but will... Continue Reading »

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 10:40
Old Salt Union plugs Night of the Rising Stars on FOX 2

Last week, the lads of Old Salt Union stopped by the "Tim Ezell at 9am" show on FOX 2 to share a tune and talk about Variety. 

The locally beloved bluegrass band is our opener for Night of the Rising Stars, a fundraising concert May 1 at the Pageant. "The Voice" finalist Nicholas David headlines the bill. The band got the chance to talk about the gig on FOX 2 before launching into a rendition of "Morning Song."

The Riverfront Times named Old Sald Union its Bluegrass Band of the Year in 2013. Since then, the Belleville quintet has brought its harmonies to venues ranging from local bars to the Daytona 500.

Watch their performance on Ezell's show below:

Tickets for the show are still available at the Pageant! Grab 'em here.

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 12:36
Anime St. Louis to donate proceeds to Variety

If you're a fan of Japanese animation (or have a friend or relative who is), be sure to roll out to Collinsville this weekend for the Anime St. Louis convention. In addition to some fun guests, crazy costumes and general electric ambience, the convention is donating part of its proceeds to Variety!

First presented at Maryville University in 2006, Anime St. Louis delves into all the fascinating facets of anime fandom, from popular series and characters to the aspects of Japanese history and culture that... Continue Reading »

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 16:54
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