ST. LOUIS (AP) Reports that U.S. District Judge Catherine Perry ruled that the fee of $100 not be enforced until it can be considered on July 12th when the motion for preliminary injunction is resolved. See the full document on Scribd.
There was no mention of the new rule concerning auditions but the American Civil Liberties Union indicates that is still a part of their suit against the city.
St Louis is the latest city with politicians who want to be talent judges of the masses charged with the responsibility to decide, who will be able to perform on the oh so important city streets, which is their charge.
But the same thing goes on in other cities as well, New York City, London UK, Australia New Zealand, Malaysia, all over. At this early stage of the intensified interest in Street Culture, it would be preposterous to to assume that this current crop of politicians wants to control the politics of the messages of street artists. But what if one of them did and had the power to do it? Setting the precedent now will create the future that a free street needs in order to survive. Unfortunately there is no way to keep a politician from telling you what is bad once you have given them the power to tell you what is good.
The street can be a wild place sometimes so keep it safe out there.
The City of St Louis has a law that makes it a problem to perform on the streets of St Louis that two performers have decided to challenge. The performers are Fred Walker, 70, of St. Louis County, and Nick Pence, 21, who is a Webster University student. The fee for the permit is $100 and the City if St Louis wants to make anyone who performs on the street audition.
The Carnival season is the best example of individuals and organizations transforming the street and creating art and spectacle one by one and together through ritual, music,dance costumes parades, floats, art, food and countless other expressions of personal joy and organized art.
We hope that the spirit of Carnival/Mardi Gras will carry forward and inspire people to create art, beauty and freedom on the street in their daily lives as well as group events large and small throughout the year throughout the world, transforming the street from merely a functional utility of transportation and shopping, into a perpetually changing and evolving medium reflecting the best in human public creative expression.