Donna Korando

Arts & Culture, Voices Editor

Donna Korando started work in journalism at SIU’s Daily Egyptian in 1968. In between Carbondale and St. Louis Public Radio, she taught high school in Manitowoc, Wis., and worked at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. She was the copy editor and letters editor for the editorial page from 1973-77. As an editorial writer from 1977-87, she covered Illinois and city politics, education, agriculture, family issues and sub-Saharan Africa. When she was editor of the Commentary Page from 1987-2003, the page won several awards from the Association of Opinion Page Editors. From 2003-07, she headed the features copy desk.

She was part of the original staff of the St. Louis Beacon where she worked with features and commentary articles, combining her experience at the Post-Dispatch. Those areas remain her focus.

In addition to a journalism degree from SIUC, Donna earned a master of studies in law from Yale Law School. Her son and daughter took to heart her advice to go away to college and live far from St. Louis. Two cats rule the house.

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Work by Edo Rosenblith
Provided by Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis

First – remember First Friday. The tradition of art galleries being open in the evening on that date is well established in Grand Center and spreading. For instance, Space at 4168 Manchester, will be opening "Visions of a city: A solo exhibit" by Timothy Wagner from 6-9 p.m.

The neighborhood free outdoor summer concert season is now in full swing. If you know of a free series that isn't on this list, let us know.

The St. Louis Arches perform at Circus Flora in 2010.
Provided by Circus Flora

Update July 29: 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.

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.

Tony La Russa gives his Hall of Fame speech.
Screen shot from Major League Baseball telecast

In his Hall of Fame speech, former Cardinals manager Tony La Russa saluted the support he's had from the management of all three clubs — the Chicago White Sox and the Oakland A's in addition to the Cardinals — he worked for. He singled out some players, including Dennis Eckersly (who ended his career in St. Louis) and Albert Pujols. The "spectacular" tradition in St. Louis and the presence of hall of famers walking around the club made "you feel this obligation to go forward ... motivated to be caretakers" of that tradition, he said.

Lee Falk and The Phantom
Bill Greenblatt | UPI

Three new stars are joining the St. Louis Walk of Fame.

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.

The neighborhood free outdoor summer concert season is now in full swing. If you know of a free series that isn't on this list, let us know.

You can read more about Brian Owens, the Funky Butt Brass Band and Bill Forness and One More Round, A Tribute To Johnny Cash. Or just check out what's coming this week:

The neighborhood free outdoor summer concert season is now in full swing. If you know of a free series that isn't on this list, let us know.

You can read more about Javier Mendoza and Miss Jubilee and the Humdingers. Or just check out what's coming this week:

World's Largest Catsup Bottle
Provided by Catsup Bottle Restoration Group

What’s coming up this weekend? There’s the Celebrate Again art show and sale at the Regional Arts Commission (July 11), La Traviata at Union Avenue Opera (July 11-19), the 2nd Annual LaBute New Theater Festival (July 11-Aug.

Miss Jubilee is proving that she is a favorite of the neighborhood concert scene. Over the next seven days, she will be at Bluebird Park in Ellisville, Eckert's in Belleville and Music on Main in St. Charles.

Emanuele Berry
Provided by Berry

St. Louis Public Radio is pleased to announce that four new voices are joining the journalistic team.

Starting today is Emanuele Berry, who is coming to St. Louis from East Lansing, Mich. Berry will be the second person to hold a fellowship that centers around regional race matters, as well as diversity and culture. Her predecessor, Erin Williams, is now with WMUK , Kalamazoo, Mich.

Bridgeton Landfill
Véronique LaCapra, St. Louis Public Radio

We know that you listen to us on air and check our website for news and information about our region. We hope that you look at our website every day, but we know that's not always possible. So, once a week, on Friday, we will highlight some of the website's top stories.

Fair St. Louis is the biggest of the free outdoor concerts this week, but check the list for other festivities in neighborhoods and at the Zoo. 

We recently added Ellisville and Eckerts to the list. If you know of a free series that isn't on this list, let us know. It should be outdoors, and we aren't including all the interesting music that can be found at the patios of your favorite drinking establishments.

Check out what's coming this week:

Even before Citygarden opened, the rabbits -- ones who actually hop and eat -- had discovered the park. No visitor ever got to see the hollyhocks.
File photo | Rachel Heidenry

A birthday party will be held Wednesday for St. Louis' youngest urban treasure: Citygarden. In honor of its fifth birthday, the lunchtime concert featuring DJ Nune, will run from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. and refreshments will be served.

Five years ago, a St. Louis Beacon article said:

"Build it and they will come? Most definitely.

"Citygarden, which opened today, was full of curious visitors ready to explore. Even skeptics came away with enthusiastic reviews.

Courtesy of Duane Reed Gallery

The very first thing that has to take place before a person can find a visually appealing show is for the artist to have the means to create.

The neighborhood free outdoor summer concert season is now in full swing. If you know of a free series that isn't on this list, let us know.

The neighborhood free outdoor summer concert season is now in full swing. If you know of a free series that isn't on this list, let us know.

Compton Hill Water Tower
Wikipedia

Some of the art in St. Louis is available all day every day but may not be open to explore, This Friday night, however, by the light of a full moon, you can climb the 198 steps to the top of the Compton Hill Water Tower.

This is the youngest (built in 1898) of the city’s three historic and distinctive standpipe water towers. The others are the Corinthian column (1871) at 20th Street and Grand Avenue and the Bissell Water Tower (1885) at Bissell Street and Blair Avenue.

Part of the Flying Wallendas
2009 Circus Flora photo

The Grand Basin at the foot of Art Hill will play a more important role than provide the reflective image for fireworks photos. The Fair St. Louis organizers announced Wednesday that water skiing and wakeboarding will take place on the water, and Tino Wallenda will walk a wire above it, stretched more than the length of a football field.

Rick Dildine
Shakespeare Festival St. Louis

Rick Dildine, who has expanded the scope of Shakespeare Festival St. Louis in the five years that he has been in charge of it, is leaving. He will become executive director of Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, Mass.

Rene Barbera as Nemorino and Susannah Biller as Adina
Ken Howard | OTSL

A few years – well, decades – ago, I happened across opera. On public television, I found America’s opera sweetheart, Beverly Sills, in “Daughter of the Regiment.” The performance was joyous, beautiful and fun. And the composer was Gaetano Donizetti.

Now Opera Theatre of St. Louis is presenting another Donizetti opera that is equally engaging: “The Elixir of Love.” And this one matches “Daughter” in actually fitting the oft-made promise of being a perfect first opera.

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