From time-to-time, I launch some type of crazy idea, usually foisting it upon the world via the web. I also have a bit of a collaboration issue. These are the past, present and future works of note.
The Kick Ass Awards: For the better part of a decade, I’ve been part of a collective that nominates folks for this unconventional awards ceremony. We host a live event every fall, at varying, fun locations. You can find former winners and event info via the link. Serving, too, on our advisory group: Stefene Russell, Andrea Avery, Brandyn Jones and Ann Haubrich. Good people, every one, no lie.
The Magic Door: For one year, beginning in December of 2012, I’m photographing people in front of what I’ve dubbed The Magic Door. There’s lots of info in two places: at St. Louis Mag’s website; and at The Curator.
Second Set/Encore: During 2012, I’m enjoyed the opportunity to write about St. Louis music, as heard over the past couple decades, in a series called Second Set. Over 52 weeks, I was able to pen 52 stories about bands, venues, artists, record stores and various contributors to local music culture. A quarter of those stories, plus another 30, new clips, will be compiled in an e-book published by the Beacon in late-2013. During this year, I’ve maintained the coverage with Encore, published every-other-Thursday and featuring the same type of content. All the clips are accessible here.
Thomas Crone Clips: Um. My clips. Very occasionally updated.
The Same Five Questions: For one year, I attempted to ask 100 people the same five questions. Turns that few of those folks were reachable or wished to talk to me. That said, others did, many of them quite unexpectedly. And the results live on, indefinitely, in web amber.
The South Side of Luck: Originally created as a summer-only project for 2011, more content came to this site in the fall of the same year. Working with students of mine at Webster University, this site spawns the creation of original web video and web audio. Updates aren’t flowing at this second, but you never know. We’ll call this one sleepy, but not asleep.
52nd City: A magazine, an online publication, a blog… over a couple-year period, 52nd City was a multi-platform approach to covering St. Louis civics and culture. Co-founded by Stefene Russell, Andrea Avery and I, the bones of the site remain.
The Commonspace: For years, Amanda Doyle, Brian Marstona and I created a nice web magazine dedicated to “grassroots civics and culture in St. Louis.” The duo kept it running for a bit after that, establishing a physical presence in Grand Center. The content remains online, featuring some pretty good writing.
Half Order Fried Rice: Having civic fun is healthy. While this video web series was principally intended a summer-of-2012-only joint, there’s a chance that some occasional, themed shows might pop back up. This one was a trip. So worth the time.
STL Graffiti: In the summer and fall of 2013, I pursued a series on St. Louis’ graffiti culture. I won’t say that I exactly found what it was I was looking for, but it was an interesting attempt. Funded by nextstl.com and a Kickstarter grant from the masses.