Cass Corridor has always been known for its cultural activities
and much of this spilled over into Union Street. Rick and Deb
Zuccarini opened The Union Street Gallery in 1987 after creating
a fresco showing a community spirit used in construction of
Running the gallery was true to their
vision, as all one had to do was ask in order to be included
in an exhibit. Michael Mikolowski continued running the gallery
from 1990 until “reconstruction” in 1996.
Openings were quite a party, no stale
cracker/cheese droopy vegetable dip/box wine here! The kitchen
and bar always put out some of the best. Performances were often
going on . John Sinclair, Jim Gustafson, Ron Allen among other
poets and musicians showed up frequently. Sinclair moved to
New Orleans and had some rough going ,injuring both knees in
that sort of weird ju-ju get used to this place sort of thing.
His wife Penny injured her hand around the same time.
Word got out and Union Street put on a
benefit during regular business hours. Imagine walking into
the joint to a few bands, a couple dozen poets and someone asking
for money for someone you didn’t necessarily know but would
before dinner. Without exception everyone gave something that
night and Brother John got through a hard time easier. Even
though The Gallery is no longer and most poetry is delivered
at the bar, a real artistic spirit still knocks around Union