Arts & Culture http://news.stlpublicradio.org en STL Art Game-Changers: De Andrea Nichols Wants To Hook You Up For A Better City http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/stl-art-game-changers-de-andrea-nichols-wants-hook-you-better-city <p></p><p>When you attend an event involving De Andrea Nichols, be prepared to meet your match. Not your romantic soulmate, although that <em>could</em> happen. More likely, your partner in community engagement.</p><p>Nichols, 26, is a community arts organizer, designer and social worker who’s the Education and Outreach Coordinator at the Contemporary Art Museum. When she’s not working at CAM, she’s entrenched in one of the many projects of <a href="http://www.catalystsbydesign.com/">her own nonprofit, Catalysts by Design</a>. Sometimes the twain does meet.</p> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 08:14:00 +0000 Nancy Fowler 38369 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org STL Art Game-Changers: De Andrea Nichols Wants To Hook You Up For A Better City The World’s Largest Catsup Bottle Could Use A Hand http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/world-s-largest-catsup-bottle-could-use-hand <p>Fans of the World’s Largest Catsup Bottle snapped keepsake photos of the iconic water tower in Collinsville Saturday morning and noted the sign posted beside it: Property For Sale. And Bottle.</p><p>“I just hope they can keep it -- that someone buys it who will take care of it,” said Adam DeLeon, a Jesuit seminarian who was on a road trip to St. Louis when he heard the news that the catsup bottle was for sale.</p><p>DeLeon is a fan of roadside attractions. “These things are significant to us,'' he said. "It’s funny. It’s classic Americana.’’</p><p></p> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 08:08:22 +0000 Mary Delach Leonard 38410 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org The World’s Largest Catsup Bottle Could Use A Hand Circus Harmony Members Home After Extended Stay In Israel http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/circus-harmony-members-home-after-extended-stay-israel <p><strong>Update July 29: </strong>The St. Louis Arches arrived safely in the city this morning. The nine performers and three adults had their stay in Israel extended for almost a week after flights in and out of that country were temporarily halted.</p><p>The trip was Arches' member Donesha Buhr’s first time out of the United States. She says, while she enjoyed the experience, she’s excited to be home.</p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 22:04:23 +0000 Donna Korando & Emanuele Berry 38334 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Circus Harmony Members Home After Extended Stay In Israel Local Artist Uses Zip Ties For Non-Vandalistic Vandalism http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/local-artist-uses-zip-ties-non-vandalistic-vandalism <p>St. Louis based artist Emby walks his dog past the stop sign on the corner of Theresa and Olive every day. Five months ago, he decided it could use some flair.</p><p>So he pulled a zip tie out of his pocket and fastened it to one of the perforated holes on the pole of the stop sign.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Today, it’s adorned with close to two thousand zip ties, all of different colors and lengths.</span></p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 02:02:01 +0000 Parth Shah 38302 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Local Artist Uses Zip Ties For Non-Vandalistic Vandalism Can Balloons Save Butterflies? Pulitzer Exhibit Artist Wants To Find Out http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/can-balloons-save-butterflies-pulitzer-exhibit-artist-wants-find-out <p>Activism can take unexpected forms. This past weekend, naked and nearly naked bicyclists took off from St. Louis’ Grove area to circle the city to encourage renewable energy use, positive body image and bike safety.</p><p>On Wednesday evening, a Chicago artist will hand out balloons in Grand Center in an effort to preserve the Monarch butterfly population. Milkweed seeds inside the balloons are the key.</p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 22:02:07 +0000 Nancy Fowler 38416 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Can Balloons Save Butterflies? Pulitzer Exhibit Artist Wants To Find Out Largest Craft Beer Week Yet Shows St. Louis' Continued Fascination For Unique Brews http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/largest-craft-beer-week-yet-shows-st-louis-continued-fascination-unique-brews <p>The largest St. Louis Craft Beer Week yet opened Saturday with B33r and Brats at 33 Wine Bar on Lafayette Square.</p><p>Kelly Herbst was in line outside the bar at 11 a.m., waiting with about 20 others to try one of the special beers being offered at B33r and Brats. She was looking forward to trying 2<sup>nd</sup> Shift’s Katy 15.</p><p>“They don’t have it everywhere, and it’s a sour beer,” said Herbst. “We like sour beers.”</p> Sat, 26 Jul 2014 22:54:07 +0000 Camille Phillips 38384 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Largest Craft Beer Week Yet Shows St. Louis' Continued Fascination For Unique Brews St. Louis Walk Of Fame Adds McCarver, Benton, Falk http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/st-louis-walk-fame-adds-mccarver-benton-falk <p>Three new stars are joining the St. Louis Walk of Fame.</p><p>Adding to the 140 famous St. Louisans already installed on Delmar Blvd. in the Loop will be 19th-century U.S. Sen. Thomas Hart Benton, a champion of manifest destiny; former Cardinal and longtime broadcaster Tim McCarver; as well as Lee Falk, who’s famous for his contributions to comics and theater.</p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 21:44:26 +0000 Joseph Leahy & Donna Korando 38367 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org St. Louis Walk Of Fame Adds McCarver, Benton, Falk Union Avenue Opera Presents 'Streetcar Named Desire' http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/union-avenue-opera-presents-streetcar-named-desire <p></p><p>St. Louisans have seen the play "A Streetcar Named Desire." Now they have an opportunity to see the opera.</p><p>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.”</p><p></p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:39:17 +0000 Erica Smith 38323 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Union Avenue Opera Presents 'Streetcar Named Desire' Dark Comedy Takes On Sex, Morality And Art http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/dark-comedy-takes-sex-morality-and-art <p></p><p>A dark comedy, "Quills" imagines the final days of French aristocrat and writer Marquis de Sade “somewhat fictionalized to my own nefarious purposes,” said playwright Doug Wright.</p><p>“It is a play that tackles provocative literature and sexuality and a host of other taboo topics in, I hope, a way that audiences find fiendishly entertaining.”</p><p>The marquis was confined to an asylum in Charenton, France.</p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:10:42 +0000 Erica Smith 38303 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Dark Comedy Takes On Sex, Morality And Art Prince, Stritch, Callaway, Maye Headline St. Louis Cabaret Festival http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/prince-stritch-callaway-maye-headline-st-louis-cabaret-festival <p></p><p>Of the cabaret singers participating in this year’s <a href="http://www.thecabaretproject.org/index.php" target="_blank">St. Louis Cabaret Festival</a>, two have ties to pop culture: Marilyn Maye holds the record for the most appearances on “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson,” and Ann Hampton Callaway wrote and sang the theme song to the ’90s sitcom “The Nanny.”</p><p>“It’s nice to be a part of pop culture,” Callaway said.</p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 19:17:15 +0000 Erica Smith 38336 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Prince, Stritch, Callaway, Maye Headline St. Louis Cabaret Festival