From The Editor: Inside The June Issue

By Jennifer Dulin Wiley
In Culture

PokeyCoverJune ALIVE has changed a lot during its 13-year history, but one thing has remained the same: our undying passion for the city of St. Louis. And this year, we’ve decided to take that passion one step further. We’re continuing our mission (with more enthusiasm than ever) to connect communities, support local small businesses and entrepreneurs and share the stories of civic progress and pride. We’ve added pages in the magazine dedicated to local makers and St. Louis startups, and we’ve created a brand-new issue theme dedicated entirely to our ongoing love affair with St. Louis. Behold the “We Heart St. Louis” Issue featuring our annual Best of the City Awards: twenty-two packed pages of all the local businesses, organizations and people we love in the areas of dining, shopping, arts, culture and everything in between. Because, really, what better way is there to pay tribute to our fair city than by highlighting all of the incredible individuals and destinations that make it great?

After exploring the nearly 200 Best of the City Awards chosen by both editors and St. Louisans themselves—our People’s Choice Awards raked in more than 12,000 votes—be sure to snag your tickets for the We Heart St. Louis Best of the City celebration,
presented by Bud Select, on May 29 at the Old Post Office Plaza. The ultimate outdoor fest will feature a special preview of the Missouri History Museum’s “Walk in 1875 St. Louis” exhibit, as well as an Iconic St. Louis Tasting area and tunes by The Free Years. And don’t forget to use #WeHeartSTL when you go to check out any of the spots on the Best of the City list for yourself.

There’s lots to love and celebrate on the local arts scene with the much-anticipated reopening of the Pulitzer Arts Foundation. Managing Editor Krystin Arneson followed the renovations and explored the new and improved space featuring exhibitions by Alexander Calder, Fred Sandback and Richard Tuttle. And Fashion Editor Sarah Stallmann dove head-first into the opening of projects+gallery, a new fashion-meets-art space in the Central West End launched by longtime arts advocates Susan Barrett and Dorte Probstein.

And speaking of fashion and artistry, I can’t think of a better cover subject for our “We Heart St. Louis” Issue than the one and only Pokey LaFarge. We caught up with St. Louis’ favorite hometown musician at his Cherokee Street studio during his quick stop home for back-to-back performances at Off Broadway (one of his favorite local hangouts). In between the impromptu jam sessions, jokes and other Pokey-isms, we traded stories on just about everything—from his band of Midwest musicians and heartland-focused new album to his relationship with Jack White and his “complicated” loyalty to both the Cardinals and the Cubs. You can find the mustread interview here, but don’t forget to head to for tons more from Pokey (including Online Editor Rachel Brandt’s detailed recount of the behind-the-scenes happenings of the interview and photo shoot). His fiery pride for St. Louis is something we certainly have in common. So, in the words of Pokey: “I’m livin’ on the Mississippi River where I like life the best … ’Cause there ain’t nothin’ goin’ to change my mind. I’m feelin’ fine, gettin’ by on Central time.”

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