Stefene Russell

Out of the Blue

by honcho


A unique experience cultivated by merging  poetry with abstract music and video

 October  22, 7 :30 p.m.

The Luminary , 2701 Cherokee Street

$10  general admission, $5 students and artists


Stefene Russell, Anna Lum, Katherine Mitchell and Treasure Shields Redmond

will read selections from their works.

This event features creations from digital artist Thomas Sutter

and electronic musician Nathan Cook. 


ooblumAnna Lum has been teaching Tai Chi since 1973.

She evolved from computer programming to poetry/design. The Urge to Play God, published by MoonShadow Press led to performing her poetry nationally and internationally.  Her poem “Sitting Down for Yourself” has just been selected for the new anthology “Crossing the Divide” edited by St. Louis poet laureate Michael Castro.  Volunteering excessively on numerous arts boards she was named St. Louis Woman of Achievement in cultural awareness in 2002.

oobtsrTreasure Shields Redmond is a St. Louis metro based poet, speaker, diversity and inclusion coach, and social justice educator. Her book, chop: a collection of kwansabas for fannie lou hamer (Argus house press, 2015) focuses on the life of civil rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer. Over a 20 year educational career,  Treasure has facilitated dialogues about poetry, pedagogy, and justice. Combining her gifts (writing, coaching, and presenting) with her passion (diversity and inclusion), Treasure is able to lead strategic plan writing and facilitate beginning dialogues about race, gender, class, and ability. Presently, Treasure divides her time between being an assistant professor of English at Southwestern Illinois College and doctoral studies at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Treasure writes about issues of social justice on her website at


oobkatKatherine Mitchell‘s poetry was nominated by The Southern Review for the 2016 Best New Poets anthology. Katherine works as an Alexander Technique teacher and gives movement for writers workshops across the country.


oobsteStefene Russell is a St. Louis-based poet, actor, and arts journalist. She is also a member of Poetry Scores a collective dedicated to translating poetry into other mediums, including visual art, film, and music. Her books include the poem/essay/CD art book Go South for Animal Index (Poetry Scores, 2007) and a chapbook, Inferna (Intagliata Press, 2013), and The Possum Codex (Otis Nebula, 2015). Find her online at


oobtwsTom Sutter is a spectralist composer and devil-may-care fop, visual artist, and silly old codger, well-known to local audiences for his embarrassing contributions to bands like neXt rAdio, the St. Louis Free Jazz Ensemble, the Swingin’ Love Corpses, and White Suburban Youth. Mr. Sutter has been handing out thousands of cassettes and CDs of his sound projects over the course of the last thirty years, much to the dismay of his creditors. He has a YouTube channel featuring over 100 videos of his sonic actions, and a Facebook page which serves as a cheap outlet for his paintings, some of which will crop up in tonight’s performance.


A multi-disciplinary sound and visual artist, Nathan Cook runs Close/Far Recordings cassette label and the Bruxism concert series. Regularly performing in St. Louis he has shared programs and/or collaborated with regional artists such as Regicide Bureau, Ghost Ice, Kingston Family Singers, Chris Smentkowski, Kevin Harris, and Raglani. Recent public projects have been collaborations with the Laumeier Sculpture Park for Site/Sound, the World Chess Hall of Fame for a performance of John Cage’s Reunion, the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis for Audible Interruptions, a performance for the Oscillations concert series at Experimental Sound Studios (Chicago), a commissioned composition for Alarm Will Sound (NYC) in 2014, and last year he performed at Worm (Rotterdam), with Nyfolt, and recorded in their Klangendum studio. According to The Wire magazine, in a review of his latest solo release (Bl)end User, “Nathan Cook is a distinctive voice in this crowded field [of analogue electronics].”oobnat

In the Mood for Food
Friday, Oct. 24 – 6:30 p.m. (Cooking Class)
Murphy Residence
Tickets: $40

Saturday, Oct. 25 – 6:30 p.m. (Dinner and Performance)
O’Donnell/Lum Residence
Tickets: $50

HEARding Cats’ 2014-15 season is here with great events on back to back nights! In the Mood for Food is a multidiscipline event combining the culinary, musical, and poetic arts, featuring Oakland, CA-based master-vegetarian chef, Philip Gelb. In addition to being a fantastic chef, Gelb is a top shakuhachi (Japanese flute) player. Several of us cats have been to Gelb’s loft in Oakland to experience his fine cuisine – and trust us – you don’t want to miss this!

Gelb maintains a blog with information on his cooking classes, and the popular food/music series he operates in Oakland. Photos and more info on Gelb’s work can be found here. An introductory video is available at this link.

FRIDAY, OCT. 24 – COOKING CLASS – Join Gelb for a special vegetarian cooking class at the Murphy Residence! Space is limited to 8 people, so contact as soon as possible to make reservations.

Philip Gelb is a master vegan and vegetarian personal chef. Learn how to use high quality, fresh, local, seasonal and organic ingredients to create delightful, tasty and nutritious cuisine. His expertise covers a gamut of regions from Japanese, Thai, Italian, Mexican, Middle Eastern and fusion styles.

SATURDAY, OCT. 25 – DINNER & CONCERT – Join master chef Philip Gelb at the O’Donnell/Lum Residence for an evening of scrumptious vegetarian cuisine. Space is limited to 30 people, so contact for reservations. The evening features dinner combined with a performance from artists Anna Lum (poet), Stefene Russell (poet), and Venus Slick (electronics). Playing off Gelb’s popular Oakland, CA-based “In the Mood for Food” series, which combines delicious meals with world-class improvising musicians, HEARding Cats will use the same imagination to produce a St. Louis spin on his concept.

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