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3:35 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

‘Lovely Friendship’ Backbone To Album

Elizabeth Futral
Credit K Cadel / Colbert Artists Management

Soprano Elizabeth Futral and composer Philip Lasser can thank pianist Margo Garrett for their friendship, which spans nearly a decade.

“There was a third party that gave my songs to Elizabeth,” Lasser said. “Then as fate would have it, she was collaborating with Margo Garrett, who happens to be a colleague of mine at Juilliard and who had a studio at the time right across the hall from my studio. We met over these songs.”

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1:31 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Thousands Expected For Jazz And Blues Festival

Thousands are expected to attend Saturday's Old Webster Jazz and Blues Festival.
Credit Courtesy Old Webster Jazz and Blues Festival

Webster Groves’ largest music festival returns for a 14th year Saturday.

“Great musicians continue to develop here, and it’s really wonderful to give them a chance to get exposure on a big stage in front of up to about 12-, 13,000 people every year,” said Terry Perkins, the festival’s music director.

Streets will be closed and performances will take place on two stages at Allen and South Gore avenues, just north of Lockwood Avenue. The festival starts at noon.

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1:29 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Rep Opens Season With Larger-Than-Life Comedy

Raymond McAnally stars as as Francis Henshall with Jack Fellows as Stanley Stubbers in the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis' "One Man, Two Guvnors."
Credit Jerry Naunheim Jr. / The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis

“One Man, Two Guvnors” is part British comedy, part chaos.

“It runs like a mix between rock ’n’ roll show and a bit stand-up comedy and improv because there is so much audience interaction and there are so many wild cards,” said Raymond McAnally, who stars in the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis production.

McAnally plays Francis Henshall, a man who has taken on two jobs for two different bosses, or “guvnors.”

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2:56 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Shakespeare In The Streets Finds Inspiration In Desegregation Program

The third annual Shakespeare in the Streets starts Sept. 16.
Credit Shakespeare in the Streets

Each Shakespeare in the Streets production starts the same way: Interviewing people in the community where the play will be performed.

“We never know what play we’re going to adapt; we never know what we’re going to find,” playwright Nancy Bell said. This is the third year for the Shakespeare Festival St. Louis program.

“We find out why (residents) live there, why they came, why they left and what they want,” director Alec Wild said. This year, those interviews led to Clayton High School.

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1:26 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Sound Bites: St. Louis Sommeliers Debunk Wine Myths

Credit Slack12 via Flickr

It turns out wine may not be as highfalutin as many believe.

Wine has only been part of American culture for the last 30 years, sommelier Patricia Wamhoff said, while in Europe it’s part of everyday consumption. More people are looking at wine as a hobby, sommelier Andrey Ivanov said. “It’s very accessible nowadays.”

So we put these experts to the test:

Do you look down at a $5 bottle of wine?

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1:23 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

St. Louis Symphony Kicks Off Season-Long Party Tonight

St. Louis Symphony music director David Robertson is celebrating his 10th season with the symphony.
Credit St. Louis Symphony

When the St. Louis Symphony’s 2014-15 season starts tonight, it will mark music director David Robertson’s 10th season. To celebrate, he’s throwing a party.

“I love celebrations with parties,” Robertson said. “The more people you have at a party, the more fun and diverse it becomes.”

This party, however, isn’t a one-night-only affair: It will last the entire season and will spotlight 50 musicians.

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4:15 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Plein Air Artists To Paint Riverfront City

A painter works on a scene overlooking the Mississippi River in Louisiana, Mo., at the 2013 plein air event.
Credit Golden Hills of Louisiana, Mo., Plein Air

Artists are heading to the small Pike County city of Louisiana, Mo., to paint the town.

On Sept. 13, Louisiana will host its third plein air event. “En plein air” is a French expression meaning “in the open air,” and generally describes the act of painting outdoors. Organizers are expecting more than 25 artists from three states.

“They set up their easels and they paint the town — literally,” said Dennis Babbitt, co-chairman of the plein air committee. “They’ll paint pictures during the day, and then in the evening we have a reception and showing for the public.”

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2:06 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

LouFest Returns To Forest Park

Justin Johnson and William Godfred of Pretty Little Empire perform Thursday at St. Louis Public Radio. The band will perform Sunday at LouFest.
Credit Alex Heuer / St. Louis Public Radio

LouFest returns for its fifth year at Forest Park this weekend.

The festival features big-name headliners Outkast, Cake and Arctic Monkeys, as well as local groups, including Old Salt Union, Big Brother Thunder and The Master Blasters, and Pretty Little Empire.

On Friday, we talked to LouFest founder and organizer Brian Cohen and two members of Pretty Little Empire: Justin Johnson and William Godfred. 

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1:36 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Brewer, Martin To Debut Work At 9/11 Commemoration

Christine Brewer
Credit Christian Steiner

Soprano Christine Brewer, jazz pianist Peter Martin and jazz vocalist Denise Thimes will perform Sunday with ensembles from various faith communities in an annual 9/11 commemoration concert. 

Related story: Sept. 11 Concert Focuses On Uniting Community

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4:45 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Ferguson Events Inspire Artist Mary Engelbreit

Credit Mary Engelbreit

St. Louis artist Mary Engelbreit is known for her quaint illustrations, often with cheerful slogans. “It’s a pretty cute business I’m in,” she said.

On Monday, she posted a drawing inspired by the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson on her Facebook page. “I knew when I posted that that I would catch some flak,” she said. “But no, I wasn’t expecting this.”

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