The new year has been a flurry of activity in the St. Louis arts community. This week we caught up with several of our grantees and tenants to see what they've been up to. 

In our visit with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis (OTSL), we had a mouth-watering conversation about their Opera Tastings event series. Now in its third year, Opera Tastings introduces first-timers to the artform through unique menu pairings created by St. Louis's best chefs and sommeliers presented alongside live performances of the opera music that inspired them.

"Not all opera is a large lady with horns and a breastplate," said Joe Gfaller, OTSL director of marketing and public relations. "Opera Tastings is great for people looking to taste test the arts."

We also sat down with Equally Represented Arts (ERA) Theatre, one of our newest tenants here in the Centene Center for the Arts. Founder Lucy Cashion caught us up to speed on their first few months here and what's on the horizon for ERA.

"Moving into the Centene Center has reinforced my enthusiasm for producing theatre in St. Louis," Cashion said. "We can create in the same building as Slightly Askew Theatre Ensemble and YoungLiars, which is not only inspiring, but also convenient since our three companies have a lot of cross collaboration." 

For more on these stories and all the grantees we caught up with recently, check out our next issue of Happenings, available early March. A&E members receive Happenings delivered right to their mailbox or inbox. Become a member today!