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6:43 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Arianna String Quartet Celebrates 15th Season In St. Louis

Arianna String Quartet

Founded in 1992, the Arianna String Quartet (ASQ) moved from Michigan to St. Louis in 2000 and became the Quartet-in-Residence at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Initially the quartet split its concert schedule between the Ethical Society and the Sheldon Concert Hall but was concerned that the audiences were completely separate. But with the opening of UMSL’s Touhill Performing Arts Center in 2003, the quartet found a new home in the center’s Lee Theater.

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4:45 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

St. Louis Musicians Mobilize To Draw Attention To Michael Brown’s Death

Track Artwork for Mvstermind's “#OPFERGUSON II WAVE 1 & 2 (Westfall)”
Credit Image Courtesy of the artist Mathew Theron

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The day after Michael Brown was shot, Muhammad Austin, known musically as Mvstermind, left a protest in Clayton, returned home, sat down in his room, and produced a song addressing the tensions and frustrations he felt regarding Brown’s death. Austin is one artist among many painters, graphic designers, actors, and musicians producing work to give voice to their thoughts on the shooting of Michael Brown.

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3:36 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Restaurant Owners In Ferguson Unite, Seek To Return To Sense Of Normalcy

To show support for the Ferguson community, the St. Louis chapter of the U.S. Bartender's Guild organized a lunchtime outing Wednesday at Ferguson Brewing Co.
Credit Sauce Magazine

While the turmoil in Ferguson has switched from the death of Michael Brown to the police presence and now back to Brown, the area's residents are trying to return to a sense of normalcy.

Among them are several locally owned restaurants and businesses, which are "vital to communities," said Ligaya Figueras, executive editor of Sauce Magazine, for our monthly SoundBites segment.

Many of the restaurants along Florissant Avenue in Ferguson decided together to close on Monday.

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3:38 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

If The ‘Car Talk’ Guys Played The Harmonica, They Might Sound Like This

Phil Sardo, left, and his brother Tony Sardo practice Friday morning at St. Louis Public Radio before "Cityscape."
Credit Alex Heuer / St. Louis Public Radio

If Tom and Ray Magliozzi of “Car Talk” fame played the harmonica, they still wouldn’t be able to rival fellow Boston natives Phil and Tony Sardo.

The Sardo brothers, who are in St. Louis for the annual Society for the Preservation and Advancement of the Harmonica convention, love to trade barbs, push each other’s buttons, and, of course, play harmonicas.

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3:01 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

Yoga, Beer Enthusiasts Come Together In St. Louis

Yoga Buzz STL is combining beer and yoga at St. Louis' craft breweries.
Credit Véronique LaCapra / St. Louis Public Radio

Yoga is supposed to take place in a quiet, secluded studio with peaceful music, right? Maybe not in St. Louis. Lately, yoga groups have been meeting in breweries, on paddleboards and under the Gateway Arch.

Yoga Buzz STL introduces yogis to local craft beer and wine, and introduces beer and wine fans to yoga. It is an hour-long all-levels yoga class followed by a tasting at the brewery.

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5:06 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

Amy Page Found All 251 Cakes, And So Can You

One of stl250's cakes is at the Annie Malone Children and Family Service Center in St. Louis.
Credit Provided by STL250

Amy Page loves cake.

Forget the fluffy white or rich chocolate bakery versions — the cakes Page is interested in are 4 feet tall and scattered across the St. Louis region, part of STL250’s Cakeway to the West to commemorate St. Louis’ 250th anniversary.

“I first found out about the cakes when I saw some of my friends posting pictures on Facebook,” said Page, a music teacher in the Wesclin School District in Trenton, Ill.

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4:27 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

Symposium Spotlights Midwest Environment, Sustainability

"30 Days of Demolition," a brick installation, outlines the footprint of residential property that stood from 1879 to 1971 at 3719 Washington Blvd.
Credit Michael Allen / Preservation Research Office

A five-day symposium with a funny name wants to promote environmental and sustainability awareness in the Midwest.

The Marfa Dialogues, which ends Sunday at the Pulitzer Arts Foundation, includes several activities to highlight creative approaches to addressing environmental issues.

Architectural historian Michael Allen and installation artist Carlie Trosclair are creating an installation today that highlights urban demolition in St. Louis, “30 Days of Demolition.”

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3:20 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

St. Louis Children's Film Festival Returns

LAIKA animation supervisor Brad Schiff displays two of the puppets used to film "ParaNorman." "We design the faces in the computer first, so it’s modeled in the computer, all of the expressions are built in the computer. Then they’re printed out on a 3-D printer.”
Credit Kyle Jacoby / St. Louis Public Radio


The St. Louis International Children's Film Festival not only showcases kid-friendly films, but teaches them how to create their own movies and shorts.

In its second year, the festival will feature 19 films over two weekends at six venues, with workshops throughout the week.

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1:40 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

Citygarden Sculptures Inspire Musicians

"230.5 Degree Arc x5" by Bernar Venet at Citygarden in St. Louis.
Credit Ben Kaplan / Commonwealth

A group of local artists are taking the real estate mantra “location, location, location” and making it their own.

“Commonwealth is a way of making art that’s inspired by location, that’s inspired by the city,” said Commonwealth co-founder Ben Kaplan. “It wasn’t so much about the name of the place, it was about the location.”

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3:39 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Union Avenue Opera Presents 'Streetcar Named Desire'

Union Avenue Opera's production of "A Streetcar Named Desire" debuts Aug. 1.
Credit Ron Lindsey

St. Louisans have seen the play "A Streetcar Named Desire." Now they have an opportunity to see the opera.

Quoting an original 1947 New York Daily News review of Tennessee Williams’ play, director Chris Limber said the reviewer pointed out “the tragic overtones of grand opera.”

Nearly 50 years later, composer André Previn was asked to turn the play into an opera. According to soprano Katherine Giaquinto, who plays Stella Kowalski in the Union Avenue Opera production, Previn responded: “The time it’ll take me to say yes is as long as it takes for me to hang up the phone.”

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