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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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.

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.

Provided by SLUMA

The first weekend in June always has a star on my calendar: Lafayette Square House Tour. But many others have noted the better-than-average chance for good weather that prompted the neighborhood to select that date. Add the tradition of galleries being open in the evening on the first Friday of the month and no one has an excuse to stay indoors (barring storms, that is).

(via Flickr/jglazer75)

No one says the $35.7 billion 2015 budget approved by the Illinois Legislature late last week is balanced. As the Belleville News Democrat reported, “Democratic Sen. Dan Kotowski, a Senate budget negotiator, described the plan as ‘incomplete’ but the best lawmakers could do this session.

For many St. Louisans, summer means Cardinals baseball, pork steak on the grill and free outdoor concerts. Coming this week:

See a bigger version of this app here

To let us know about your concert series, please email Arts, Culture and Voices Editor Donna Korando (dkorando@stlpublicradio.org.)

For many St. Louisans, summer means Cardinals baseball, pork steak on the grill and free outdoor concerts. Coming this week:

See a bigger version of this app here

To let us know about your concert series, please email Arts, Culture and Voices Editor Donna Korando (dkorando@stlpublicradio.org.)

Oscar C. Kuehn / Missouri History Museum

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.

Modern farming

Many people want to share details of their lives on social media. But some farmers are wary of sharing detailed data about their fields with Monsanto and other agri-giants.

For many St. Louisans, summer means Cardinals baseball, pork steak on the grill and free outdoor concerts. Coming this week:

See a bigger version of this app here

To let us know about your concert series, please email Arts, Culture and Voices Editor Donna Korando (dkorando@stlpublicradio.org.)

examples of Laumeier art fair art
Laumeier Sculpture Park

Got Mother’s Day plans? Maybe a backyard barbeque? Gardening? Enjoying the flowers at the Botanical Garden?

One St. Louis  Mother's Day weekend tradition is the Art Fair at Laumeier.

You don’t have to wait until Sunday to go out to the sculpture park, as the event starts Friday. In fact, if you are there Friday or Saturday, you might find the perfect Mother’s Day gift from among the 150 artists who have been selected for their work in ceramics, fiber/textiles, glass, jewelry, mixed media, painting, photography/digital, printmaking/drawing, sculpture and wood.

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Starting May 5, the St. Louis County Library system will be the first in the area to offer instant streaming of movies, TV shows, music and audio books.

All a person needs to access the system is a county library card, the PIN number he or she received a couple of years ago and an email address. The streaming is available through hoopla, and people can sign in through the library’s emedia site. (www.slcl.org/emedia)

detail from Gallery 210 postcard

Tuesday afternoon, I got away from the office a little early and headed south, dodging raindrops on the way to Chester, Ill. Past Ruma, the sky commanded attention.

On my right, streaks of thin clouds danced against an opaque, pale blue. Straight ahead, dark, deep foreboding clouds layered upward. The rain streaked below. But above all that, a dome of the clearest, cleanest blue provided the beginning of a benediction that was completed in the rainbow patch shimmering at my left.

Wesley So and Susan Polgar
Provided by Susan Polgar

The vibrancy of chess in the St. Louis area continues to grow. For example the U.S. Championships return to the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis on May 8.

But one of the bright spots – the strength of the university programs here – recently received close scrutiny. While Lindenwood and others are building strong teams, Webster University brought in the chess world’s version of John Calipari or Coach K: Susan Polgar and her team of grandmasters left Texas Tech University for the St. Louis suburbs in 2012.

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