Spotlight: Bookstores, Butterflies & Pokey LaFarge

    HEC Media’s Spotlight program airs every Sunday at 9:30 a.m. on Channel 11, and showcases St. Louis’ finest contributions to art, education, and culture.

    In this week’s episode learn why breaking the rules is a good idea, discover all of the ways local bookstores got creative during COVID, meet St. Louis Art Fair artist Cheryl Mackey Smith, go inside the circus themed event at the butterfly house, learn how much Keep Live Alive was able to make through their video special, and get to know St. Louis star Pokey LaFarge.

    “Rebel Talent”–Why It Pays to Break the Rules
    Harvard Professor Francesca Gino and Pixar co-founder Ed Catmull have a lively discussion of the benefits of being a constructive rebel in work and life.

    Bookstores and the Pandemic
    With COVID forcing businesses to close their doors, bookstores had to get creative in figuring out how to do business in ways that had never been done before.

    Meet the Artist: Cheryl Mackey Smith
    Cheryl’s current body of hand-formed ceramics speaks directly to her love of the natural world. Each and every small piece of clay is handcrafted carefully to depict aspects of nature, whether real or abstracted. As she applies the fired ceramics to the archival backings, her knowledge of composition and feel for the random occurrences in nature develop into the finished framed fine art ceramic wall pieces.

    Under the Big Top at the Butterfly House
    This summer the Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House presents Under the Big Top, a fun circus themed event showcasing amazing arthropods and fabulous flora.

    Keep Live Alive St. Louis
    Local and national entertainers come together to put on a show to raise money for behind-the-scenes workers affected by the pandemic.

    Pokey LaFarge, Just a Plain Ole Midwestern Boy
    In Pokey LaFarge’s 31 years, he’s played his unique style of music for fans around the world. His style isn’t an act; it’s who he is.

    HEC Media is excited to put our high-quality, award-winning work on display every Sunday at 9:30 a.m. on Channel 11. Tune in, set your DVRs, and stream all of our content free any time on