Arts & Culture http://news.stlpublicradio.org en The Jazz History Of St. Louis-Part 9: The Early 2000's http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/jazz-history-st-louis-part-9-early-2000s <p>The Jazz Unlimited Sunday, August 31, will be the “Jazz History of St. Louis-Part 9: The Early 2000’s.”&nbsp; Even though 9/11 put fear into the nation, the St. Louis jazz scene continued to revive until the Great Recession that started in 2007.&nbsp; After that, gigs were few and far between for several years.&nbsp; Jazz at the Bistro became one of the great jazz clubs in the world.&nbsp; The Sheldon continued to bring local and national groups into St. Louis.&nbsp; The City Bank St. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 17:00:00 +0000 Dennis Owsley 26849 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org The Jazz History Of St. Louis-Part 9: The Early 2000's World Chess Champion Competes in St. Louis at Strongest Chess Tournament Ever http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/world-chess-champion-competes-st-louis-strongest-chess-tournament-ever <p>This year’s<a href="http://www.uschesschamps.com/node/499"> </a><a href="http://www.uschesschamps.com/node/499">Sinquefield</a><a href="http://www.uschesschamps.com/node/499"> Cup</a> chess championship is underway here in St. Louis and it’s billed as the strongest chess tournament in the history of the sport. The tournament features six of the top nine players in the world and takes place at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis. The compete for a first place prize of $100,000. Before the end of the tournament, each player will play every other player twice. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 05:11:28 +0000 Willis Ryder Arnold 39274 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org World Chess Champion Competes in St. Louis at Strongest Chess Tournament Ever Gateway Cup Bicycling Races Gain Professional Designation http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/gateway-cup-bicycling-races-gain-professional-designation <p>Cyclists from across the country gather in St. Louis this weekend for the 29<sup>th</sup> annual Gateway Cup cycling races. The popular, four-day event takes place in four St. Louis neighborhoods – Lafayette Square, Benton Park, The Hill and St. Louis Hills – and attracts anywhere from 5,000 to 10,000 fans per day.</p><p>The Gateway Cup has long been an attraction for top-level cyclists. But this year the race gained additional prestige because it has been added to the U.S.A. Cycling National Criterium Calendar (NCC), the premier series of 20 professional criterium races.</p> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 21:33:16 +0000 Shula Neuman 39265 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Gateway Cup Bicycling Races Gain Professional Designation On Chess: Super GM Caruana Comes Home http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/chess-super-gm-caruana-comes-home <p>Make no mistake, we want him back.</p><p>In for his first visit to the U.S. Capital of Chess is Grandmaster Fabiano Caruana, one of only three players in the world with a chess rating that has surpassed the 2800 watermark. He’s here to pick a fight with the other two, Armenian GM Levon Aronian and World Champion GM Magnus Carlsen, as part of the <a href="http://www.uschesschamps.com">2014 Sinquefield Cup</a> -- billed as the strongest chess tournament ever, for obvious reasons.</p><p></p> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 20:36:42 +0000 Brian Jerauld 39262 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org On Chess: Super GM Caruana Comes Home Free Concerts: The List Winds Down On Labor Day Weekend http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/free-concerts-list-winds-down-labor-day-weekend <p>The neighborhood free outdoor summer concert season is coming to the end. If you know of a free series that isn't on this list, still let us know, as we can get concert series on the list for next year.</p><p>Coming up: Fat Pocket at the Zoo on Friday, Salt of the Earth at the Kirkwood Farmers Market Saturday morning and Sarah Jane &amp; the Blue Notes at Benton Park Sunday.&nbsp;But they aren't the only performers at these neighborhood concerts coming up in the next few days. So check out what's coming this week:</p> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 02:07:46 +0000 Donna Korando 39235 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Free Concerts: The List Winds Down On Labor Day Weekend Missouri Arts Council Will Tour State To Paint Ideal Picture Of Next 50 Years http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/missouri-arts-council-will-tour-state-paint-ideal-picture-next-50-years <p>How can we ensure that the arts thrive in Missouri during the next five decades? The Missouri Arts Council is embarking on a statewide tour to find out.</p><p></p> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 02:06:38 +0000 Nancy Fowler 39236 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Missouri Arts Council Will Tour State To Paint Ideal Picture Of Next 50 Years David Isay On The Stories Behind 'StoryCorps' http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/david-isay-stories-behind-storycorps <p></p><p>For David Isay, who founded StoryCorps more than 10 years ago, the project isn’t about telling stories. It’s about listening.</p><p>“I think that what listening is about is remembering that it’s really not about you,” Isay said. “Just be present with another person, and concentrate and listen to them with respect. Any of us are capable of it.”</p> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 22:32:00 +0000 Erica Smith 39226 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org David Isay On The Stories Behind 'StoryCorps' Instead Of The Arch, The St. Louis Riverfront Could Have Had … This http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/instead-arch-st-louis-riverfront-could-have-had <p>Had things gone differently in 1947, instead of the majestic stainless steel Gateway Arch that is recognized around the world, St. Louis could have a rectangular stone&nbsp;gate standing tall on the riverfront today.</p><p>Or,&nbsp;a large, abstract monument signifying … something.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 03:17:06 +0000 Mary Delach Leonard 38723 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Instead Of The Arch, The St. Louis Riverfront Could Have Had … This Michael Brown Benefit Performers Connect Personally With Tragedy http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/michael-brown-benefit-performers-connect-personally-tragedy <p>The Aug. 24 benefit concert for Michael Brown’s family featured some of St. Louis’ best young hip hop talent. Organized by the S.L.U.M. Fest organizers and held at midtown club Plush, the public face of the concert focused on raising money for Michael Brown’s family. Yet event organizers wanted the event to be more than just a tool for gathering donations.</p> Mon, 25 Aug 2014 21:18:25 +0000 Willis Ryder Arnold 39181 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Michael Brown Benefit Performers Connect Personally With Tragedy Ferguson Events Inspire Artist Mary Engelbreit http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/ferguson-events-inspire-artist-mary-engelbreit <p></p><p>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.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">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.”</span></p> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 21:45:26 +0000 Erica Smith 39108 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Ferguson Events Inspire Artist Mary Engelbreit