New Venue Is Making the Most of (Blank) Space; Kaveh Razani's Cherokee Street Venue Is Home to Music, Poetry, Film, Art and More; MUSIC+NIGHTLIFE

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The new (blank) space at 2847 Cherokee Street is making its name by letting its patrons make it whatever they want.

Owner Kaveh Razani was content letting the address speak for itself. But convention ruled, and the mixed-use community space was named (blank) space.

"That was a huge phobia of mine," he says. "I was hesitant to name it, but I had to bite the bullet."

Razani kicked around ideas for a name with rapper-producer Black Spade of Hawthorne Headhunters, and Spade came up with (blank) space.

Since opening in March, (blank) space has been home to rock and punk concerts, Nappy DJ Needles' Turn It Up! event, DJ Willpower's Afro Beat Down party and Corey Black's Poetic Justice poetry set, along with film screenings, art openings, lectures, and community and organization meetings.

Poetic Justice is on the books for the last Sunday of each month, while Bump & Hustle, an all-vinyl funk-and-soul DJ spin, is every second Friday.

"The atmosphere is organic, and there is a great energy inside there," Corey Black says. "The whole ambiance is perfect for people to be creative and caters to people expressing themselves."

The 3,600-square-foot (blank) space is best described as homey - so much so that concerts can feel more like house parties.

Razani also describes the venue as a comfortable and approachable place where people of different cultures can interact without issue.

The main-level room is an open space with an intricate tin ceiling, exposed brick and hardwood floors.

"It's a classic St. Louis building in its beautiful form," Razani says. "We didn't have to do anything."

Razani filled the space with some of his own stuff, and his love of books is evident. …