Brick By Chance and Fortune: A history of St. Louis' brick and its endangered future
In 1900, St. Louis had more than 100 brick manufacturing plants in the city, spurred by a city ordinance that required structures to be built of non-flammable material and a regional abundance of clay. Thus, today, St. Louis is populated by thousands of brick buildings. But as the city loses residents and buildings are not maintained, brick thieves, or "brick hustlers," are picking apart the housing stock of the city for its resale value for historic redevelopments across the country.
This dynamic makes up the foundation of Bill Streeter's "Brick by Chance and Fortune," a documentary that tells the story of a history and a future, spinning its tale in the confluence of construction and destruction. Artchitectural enthusiasts, politicians and local historians, including notorious, bow-tied preservationist Michael Allen, fill the majority of the film's interviews. The soundtrack is a treat as well, with original music provided by Americana extraordinaires Pokey LaFarge and the South City Three.
The film played at film festivals and theaters last year, but people now have a r chance to view it at a perfect price: Free. The Missouri History Museum will screen daily showings of the film as part of its exhibit "Fire!: Friend and Foe."
Brick by Chance and Fortune
Where: Missouri History Museum, Lindell and DeBaliviere in Forest Park, St. Louis
When: Noon and 3 p.m., daily
How much: Free
Also coming up, the carousel at Faust Park will be the backdrop for a puppet show, Shakespeare in the Park continues outdoor performance of "Othello" and indie-darling Wes Anderson's newest film "Moonrise Kingdom" arrives in St. Louis.
Where: Faust Park Foundation, 15189 Olive Blvd., Chesterfield
When: 9:30 - 11 a.m. Friday, June 8
How much: $5 advance, $7 at door
Where: Tivoli Theatre, 6350 Delmar Blvd., University City
When: Opens Friday, June 8, daily
How much: $9
Shakespeare in the Park
Where: Shakespeare Glen, Forest Park, St. Louis
When: 8 p.m. nightly (except Tuesdays), through June 17
How much: Free