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Superheroes, Chess and Comics at the World Chess Hall of Fame!

strange suspense stories-1The World Chess Hall of Fame (WCHOF) in Saint Louis proudly debuts an interactive new exhibition, Pow! Capturing Superheroes, Chess & Comics on Thursday, March 23, with a special public opening reception from 6-8 p.m. This exhibit will be on view through September 17, 2017.

With Pow! Capturing Superheroes, Chess & Comicsthe WCHOF is delighted to present a family-friendly exhibit geared toward visitors of all ages. This colorful and interactive exhibit is sure to wow even the most seasoned museumgoer.

Visitors will enjoy:

  • Over 200 chess-themed comic books
  • Dressing up like their favorite superheroes
  • Taking a selfie in the photo booth
  • Perusing favorite comics in the reading room
  • Illustrating in a drawing room
  • Playing chess on fun boards featuring Spiderman, Batman, Wonder Woman and more.

The historic comics collection includes rare editions, such as the earliest chess-related cover, DC Comics’ More Fun Comics 76, released in 1942; and a 1947 DC Action Comics Superman in The Cross Country Chess Crimes. Additionally, objects will be on view for comic and chess aficionados to appreciate, including limited edition, collector comic-inspired chess sets. This novel exhibit is designed to bring out the kid in everyone!

ComicsEventGraphic“We are thrilled to introduce this new exhibit. In Pow! Capturing Superheroes, Chess & Comics, the fantastical worlds of superheroes, chess and comics come to life in an interactive and educational way. We look forward to welcoming visitors of all ages,” said Shannon Bailey, chief curator.

All works in this exhibit are from the collection of WCHOF and on loan from Bernice and Floyd Sarisohn. Written contributions are by Michael Tisserand, author of Krazy: George Herriman, A Life in Black and White and Roy Thomas, former Editor in Chief at Marvel Comics.

This year commemorates the fifth anniversary of the WCHOF. The organization has welcomed more than 60,000 visitors since it’s opening. Its widespread acclaim has been complemented by the efforts of its sister organization, the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis, an educational institution that focuses on teaching and promoting the game of chess. The combined efforts of the Saint Louis chess campus led the United States Senate, in 2014, to declare Saint Louis the national capital of chess.

Admission to exhibit is complimentary with a suggested donation of $5.

WCHOF Hours: Monday–Tuesday and Saturdays (10 a.m.–5 p.m.), Wednesdays–Fridays 
(10 a.m.–9 p.m.) and Sundays (noon–5 p.m.)

Proceeds from Q Boutique, the gift store of the WCHOF, support the exhibitions and education programs of the WCHOF.

For more information, please visit the World Chess Hall of Fame online at www.worldchesshof.org or call (314) 367-9243(WCHF).

Visit the WCHF social channels: Facebook (@WorldChessHOF), Twitter (@WorldChessHOF), Instagram (@worldchesshof), and YouTube (www.youtube.com/worldchesshof).

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See St. Louis in a New Way

IMG_7908Saint Louis is a great place to be and a great place to explore. There are so many things that you can do that it may even be too much to take in all at once. There are also some great pictures of St. Louis that are floating about on the Internet but what if you had a different view. Let me introduce to you Modern Map Art.

Modern Map Art reached out to St. Louis Dad and wanted to send over a print of a map of St. Louis. If you mention St. Louis and art, I am interested in checking it out. I must say, these maps are amazing. They are very artistically detailed and have a few different styles available depending on the city. St. Louis for example has a two awesome black and white options, as well as a blue and yellow, and blue and red, which could represent the Blues and the Cardinals.

IMG_7935I asked if they could send over one of the black and white prints and I was very surprised that they sent over a full sized poster. There are options for smaller prints but having the options for full size posters is just as awesome. Once the poster arrived I carefully removed it from it’s shipping tube and noticed that the paper was of excellent quality. This poster was not like the posters your kids hang on their walls. This print is a lot heavier in material and demands to be framed. Printed on museum quality matte paper and using UltraChrome water based HDR ink-jet technology to print to the edges on every poster, brings a this beautiful print to life. It’s not necessary to frame if you really don’t want to, but I do, so I did.

I hung this amazing print in my home office and I am very happy with how it looks. It just looks incredible and brings a smile to my face seeing my home city in this artistic way. I highly recommend checking out the various St. Louis designs on Modern Map Art. If St. Louis isn’t your city, check out some of the other city map art options. There are a bunch and are all worth a click.

Modern Map Art provided St. Louis Dad with a complimentary print in exchange for an honest review. Check out Modern Map Art’s website for more amazing artistic prints of maps!

I can’t wait to show this off! Find out what it is on the blog Monday!

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Meet Anew Nature

anewnature2With the election behind us and many trying to find some sort comfort in the results should know that not everyone in this world is as crazy as the news being shown on T.V. or on your Facebook feed makes it out to be. There are actually companies and people out there that are making a difference. They put themselves out there and do what they can do make someone else’s life better. That’s why I want to introduce my readers to Anew Nature.

Anew Nature is a furniture restoration and custom design company. There are many companies out there that do this sort of thing, but Anew Nature has an unique way of going about this, each piece is carefully crafted with artistic details, which makes their pieces look different from any other.  They specialize in taking old furniture and infusing that piece with new life and a modern look. Additionally, they create custom pieces that begin with a customer vision and end with an unique and beautiful product. But that’s not even the best part…

Anew Nature is in partnership with Mission St. Louis, a local non-profit. Mission St. Louis provides job and leadership classes as well as internships to previously incarcerated men. It is Anew Nature’s privilege to be one of Mission St. Louis’ internship locations.

anewnatureFor six weeks, they work side-by-side with these men, using every minute to help encourage, give direction, and provide crucial vocational and social skills they need in any future job they may receive. The men are not only given the dignity of a paycheck and positive feedback but new relationships that will help them transition into their next stage of life.

Currently, Anew Nature has started a Kickstarter fundraiser that would help generate revenue to grow their business and hire more men who complete in the program. These men are fathers, sons, brothers, and friends. They have a good heart and are working to better themselves, their community, and of course, your living room. I typically do not write about a company or project unless I truly see their value and what Anew Nature and Mission St. Louis is doing with these men is a benefit for all of mankind. The skills provided can translate to many opportunities well into the future. Check out their Kickstarter page and see what rewards are available and if you feel like dropping something in the bucket for Anew Nature please do.

This video is a great introduction to Anew Nature and what their mission is here in St. Louis.

Check out Anew Nature at their website AnewNature.com or over on Facebook and Instagram!

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Worlds of Enchantment with Disney on Ice!

disneyoniceDisney on Ice is back in St. Louis at the Chaifetz Arena! This time the Worlds of Enchantment are coming to the home of Saint Louis University’s Billikens. Join many of your favorite Disney characters as they skate in fantastic choreographed fashion in an awesome family friendly event September 23rd through the 25th! That is plenty of time to pick up tickets to a show that fits into your schedule. Check out Disney on Ice’s website for even more info!

We will be at the show. Both of my kids love every single one of the characters Disney has brought to life. Disney on Ice is a great opportunity for the entire family to see some of their favorites come together in a really cool show. We have been to a few Disney shows and we have never been let down by the work put into such an awesome production. I love the look on both of my kids’ faces when the curtain lifts and the show begins. Like I said we will be there, and if you see me, say hi! I love meeting my readers.

For St. Louis Dad readers I have a special discount code you can use when you purchase your tickets. Save $5 by using the code GDAD when purchasing your tickets!

Discounts are ONLY valid on Friday at 7pm, Saturday at 7pm, and Sunday at 5pm.

Click HERE and enter offer code GDAD to purchase discounted tickets on Friday, Sept. 23 at 7pm.

Click HERE and enter offer code GDAD to purchase tickets discounted on Saturday, Sept. 24 at 7pm.

Click HERE and enter offer code GDAD to purchase discounted tickets on Sunday, Sept. 25 at 5pm.

Enter the dazzling world of Disney magic LIVE ON ICE! Rev up for non-stop fun with four of your favorite Disney stories at Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Enchantment. Thrill to high-speed stunts as Lightning McQueen and the crew of Disney•Pixar’s Cars race across the ice! Dive into adventure with Ariel and The Little Mermaid’s undersea kingdom. The toys are back in town with heroic action when Buzz, Woody, Jessie and the Disney•Pixar Toy Story gang escape Sunnyside Daycare in their most daring adventure! Plus, enter the wintery world of Arendelle with sisters Anna and Elsa and pals Olaf and Kristoff from Disney’s Frozen as they learn that true love comes from within. Get warmed up for the show and be your best with exclusive moves taught by the mouse that started it all at Mickey’s Dance-Along Pre-Show. From wheels to waves, icy wonderlands to infinity and beyond, your family’s favorite Disney moments come to life at Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Enchantment.

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SHOW DATES SHOW TIMES
Sep 23, 2016 07:00PM
Sep 24, 2016 11:00AM , 03:00PM , 07:00PM
Sep 25, 2016 01:00PM , 05:00PM

TICKET INFO

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Purchase tickets by phone: (314) 977-5000 | Group Sales Info: (314) 977-5008

 

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