Two St. Louis-area churches are planning a different kind of Ferguson event this weekend: a Hope for Ferguson “BUYcott.” The opposite of a boycott, the idea is for people to go out of their way to spend money in Ferguson and Dellwood Saturday, with special attention paid to the businesses that were looted or otherwise hurt by unrest in the region.
Dorothy: A Publishing Project is small literary press that’s making big waves in the literary community. The press publishes only two books each fall. This year Dorothy released Nell Zink’s "The Wallcreeper" and Joanna Ruocco’s "DAN." Critical acclaim continues to grow for Dorothy. "The Wallcreeper" is reviewed in the influential New York Time’s Book Review this weekend.
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon announced Friday that he's releasing $3.3 million previously withheld from the state budget, which will go toward local-level public health agencies around the state. St. Louis Public Radio reported this week that local health officials were concerned that withholding the funds would affect their ability to prepare for the Ebola threat.
The area-wide art show "Hands Up, Don’t Shoot — Artists Respond" opens this weekend. The show was conceived by Salon 53 owner Freida L. Wheaton and will feature national and local artists’ responses to the shooting death of Michael Brown and subsequent protests in Ferguson.
“All art galleries, especially ones located on universities, have a responsibility to address topical issues that are going to be important to their community and their students,” said Gallery 210 Director Terry Suhre, 61. He chose photography for display at the University of Missouri-St. Louis’ Gallery FAB.
Actress and singer Karen Mason may be best known for playing Norma Desmond in “Sunset Boulevard” on Broadway, but this weekend in St. Louis her focus is cabaret.
Mason, a former Florissant resident, will perform at the Gaslight Cabaret Festival on Friday and Saturday. In her show, “Secrets of the Ancient Divas,” Mason will pay homage to Judy Garland, Peggy Lee and Barbra Streisand.
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For pianist Lang Lang, Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 is special.
“Tchaikovsky’s piano concerto is a classical music workhorse — everybody plays it,” Lang Lang said Thursday. It’s also the first piece he played, at age 17, with the Chicago Symphony, and he credits it with making his career.
Lang Lang will play that piece again Saturday at the St. Louis Symphony’s Red Velvet Ball.
St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay met Thursday with youth activist leaders to address a set of demands presented to him on Monday, when protesters stormed City Hall.
The demands include a civilian review board for police and independent reviews for officer shootings resulting in fatalities. Protesters also want all city police to be equipped with body cameras, and for police to give up any military equipment acquired through the Pentagon's 1033 program.