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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Slein & 14th Street
9:56 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Arts Rundown: International Flare Provided by Wole Soyinka, Won Ju Lim And More

Wole Soyinka
Credit Wikipedia

An international flare can be found in St. Louis this week.

The Black Rep is presenting “The Trials of Brother Jero” as its last offering of the season. The show will run April 9-27 at the Emerson Performance Center at Harris-Stowe State University. For details and information go to the website www.theblackrep.org/.

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Visual Arts
10:21 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Arts Rundown: 'Intergalactic,' First Friday And More

Mical Trejo, Shana Merlin, Christopher Lee Gibson, Buzz Moran, Graham Reynolds -- Artwork by Tim Doyle
Credit Provided by the production

Ah, first Friday and galleries are open. There are lots of things to see, including Carmon Colangelo and others at Bruno David, Maurice Meredith at Portfolio, Gail Cassilly at the Bonsack and the formal opening of the Shearburn Gallery. The Vaughn Center is hosting the Faces Project, which showcases portraits of child victims of gun violence.

Hap Phillips and Nita Turnage’s work can be seen at SOHA Studio and Gallery; and the Creative Exchange Lab is putting up a show that examines the redevelopment of Old North St. Louis.

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Historic Preservation
4:38 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Millstadt Water Tower, Hotel Belleville Make Illinois Historic Endangered Structures List

The Tin Man style of the old Millstadt Water Tower used to be ubiquitous.
Credit Frank Butterfield, Landmarks Illinois

Three southern Illinois structures are among those identified as endangered by Landmarks Illinois. This year’s list includes the Hamilton Primary School in Otterville (Jersey County); Hotel Belleville, which last was used as a retirement home by the Belleville diocese; and the Old Millstadt Water Tower.

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Variety
8:59 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Arts Rundown: Shinohara Kazuo at Kemper

Shinohara Kazuo, Interior, Repeating Crevice, Ota Ward, Tokyo, 1969-71. Photo by Taki Koji, c. 1971.
Credit Courtesy of Tokyo Institute of Technology

The Kemper Art Museum is hosting the very interesting “On the Thresholds of Space-Making: Shinohara Kazuo and His Legacy.” The exhibit, which runs through April 20, includes photos, original drawings and sketches. It is the first U.S. museum exhibit on an architect who helped reinvent architecture in Japan.

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Fred Bronstein
11:09 am
Mon March 24, 2014

Symphony Chief Executive Going To Peabody Institute at Johns Hopkins

Fred Bronstein
Credit Dan Dreyfus | St. Louis Symphony

Fred Bronstein, who has led the St. Louis Symphony since 2008, is leaving to head the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University.

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Henry Gerecke
9:43 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Reflection On A Pastor Who Ministered To Nazis

Credit Wm Morrow

When I saw that Tim Townsend had written a book centered on the Lutheran chaplain at the Nuremberg trials, I knew I would read it.

The Rev. Henry Gerecke ended his career in Chester, Ill. There he was assistant pastor of St. John Lutheran Church and the chaplain at the state prison and mental hospital. I graduated from the church’s grade school and relatives work at that prison.

But I have no personal memory of Gerecke. He died the year before we moved from the farm into town. And when we lived on the farm, we went another direction to church.

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Wadsworth Jarrell
9:43 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Arts Rundown: African-American Art At SLUMA, New Exhibits

Jazz Player II. Acrylic on canvas. 1990. Artist: Wadsworth A. Jarrell
Credit Provided by SLUMA

Art historian and curator Adrienne Childs will lead a discussion on the details and history of the artwork in “Tradition Redefined: The Larry and Brenda Thompson Collection of African American Art” at 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 25, at the Missouri History Museum. She will also talk about the artwork at 11 a.m. March 25 at the Saint Louis University Museum of Art. The exhibit runs through May 18. Included in the exhibit are more than 60 works from such artists as Romare Bearden, Thelma Johnson Streat and Wadsworth Jarrell.

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Election
10:38 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Sample Ballots And Polling Places For Illinois Primary

Credit File photo | Rachel Heidenry | St. Louis Beacon

The news focus on Tuesday's Illinois primary has largely been on statewide or congressional races. However, issues and local races are also important. For those in the area who are looking for a clean list of what they will find on their ballots, different counties have different options.

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Portfolio, Edison, OTSL, Bridging Divide
9:05 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Arts Rundown: 'Impressionist France' At SLAM, Bosnian Journeys At SLSO And More

Charles Marville, French, 1813–1879; Rue Des Lavandières, c.1868; albumen print from collodion glass negative; 11 3/4 x 10 3/4 inches; The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri, Gift of the Hall Family Foundation, 2007.2.9 Photo: Joshua Ferdinand
Credit Provided by the St. Louis Art Museum

The names in the exhibit opening March 16 at the St. Louis Art Museum are all well known. Painters Camille Corot, Théodore Rousseau, Claude Monet, Camille Pissarro, Edgar Degas, Paul Cézanne, Édouard Manet and Berthe Morisot are all represented along with photographers Gustave Le Gray and Charles Marville.

“Impressionist France” – which will be up from March 16-July 6 – presents images of France created between 1850 and 1880.

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Regional celebration
9:36 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

STL250 Cakes Are Popping Up All Over

The Annie Malone cake by Theresa Hopkins
Provided by STL250

Got cake?

If your area is slated to get one of the celebratory STL250 cakes, but you haven’t seen it yet, never fear. The sweetness is on its way.

As cake artist (and pastry chef) April Morrison explained, the weather disrupted the cake plans as it did much else this winter. She is finishing her 11th cake and has found the experience to be enlightening.

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