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.


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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St. Louis
9:47 pm
Sun March 9, 2014

This La Rue Bonhomme Predates U City's Old Bonhomme

Streets of Old St. Louis
Credit Brent Jones, St. Louis Public Radio and the Beacon

The first street of St. Louis wasn’t a street at all, just a towpath, according to the St. Louis-French association Les Amis, which provided the information for the duplicate street signs that are appearing downtown. Houses fronted that towpath, and three named streets ran behind the homes:

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Moving Soup
9:44 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Arts Rundown: Gary Stephan At Philip Slein, Fabric Art At 10th Street

Gary Stephan, Big X, 2013, acrylic on canvas, 56 x 70 inches
Philip Slein Gallery

According to the release from Philip Slein Gallery, Gary Stephen has had more than 70 solo shows and has received awards from the Whitney Biennial, the National Endowmen of the Arts and others. His work is now at the gallery at 4735 McPherson Ave through March 29.

To find out more, we went to a 2010 article by David Carrier in Art Critical about Stephan’s “Transcending Suburbia” show.

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St. Louis Symphony
10:29 am
Tue March 4, 2014

David Robertson Signs With Symphony Through 2017-18

David Robertson
Credit Scott Ferguson

The St. Louis Symphony has announced that David Robertson’s contract as music director has been extended through the 2017-18 season. Robertson came to St. Louis in 2005.

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Arts & Culture
5:14 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Arts Rundown: Faring Purth, Soup Across Delmar, RAC Grants

Faring Purth's mural in progress on Feb. 23 on the south side of the building at 3407 S. Jefferson Ave.
Donna Korando | St. Louis Public Radio and the Beacon

Nebula sent the email: "When internationally acclaimed street artist Faring Purth arrived in St. Louis last week looking to paint, all signs pointed to Cherokee as a vibrant creative district that embraces public art. With generous support from the greater St. Louis community of art lovers we pulled together funding and a boom lift to make it happen. A few days later in 20 degree temps, the form of a giant 80’ mural is taking shape on the South wall of Nebula."

Who is Faring Purth?

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4:51 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Trebor Tichenor: He Kept Ragtime 's Syncopation Going

The obituary headline in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch read, Trebor Tichenor: The man with the backwards name. His father, Robert, gave him a gift of distinction by inverting his own name for his son. His mother gave him an equally lasting gift: ragtime music.

She played in Letty’s Collegiate Syncopators in the 1930s and required him to learn piano.

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Arts & Culture
10:28 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Arts Rundown: Walker At SLAM, Help Create A Sculpture, Aaron Neville

Kara Walker, American, born 1969; Confederate Prisoners Being Conducted from Jonesborough to Atlanta, from the portfolio Harper's Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated), 2005; offset lithograph and screenprint; printed and published by LeRoy Neiman Center for Print Studies, Columbia University; 39 x 53 inches; Promised gift of Alison and John Ferring © Kara Walker, 2005
Credit Provided by SLAM

Word from the Art Museum sent me looking for more information.

First the release: “The Saint Louis Art Museum presents Anything but Civil: Kara Walker’s Vision of the Old South. Kara Walker, the recipient of the prestigious MacArthur fellowship in 1997, is internationally renowned for her black-paper cut-out silhouettes of the American South. The free exhibition opens in Galleries 234 and 235 on Feb. 26.”

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2:49 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

What's Happening On St. Louis' Birthday Weekend

Jill McGuire, Regional Arts Commission executive director (left), and communications specialist Kelly McMahon examine some of the 55 inch tall, plastic birthday cakes that will become public art as St. Louis celebrates its 250th birthday.
Credit Bill Greenbaltt | UPI

Cakes – lots of cakes – will be distributed throughout the area. Finding the pieces of public art can be a fun family project.

NOTE: Because of the unloving weather on Valentine's Day, the Burning Love Festival will be held from 6-9 p.m. Feb. 18. The event will still include vendors, entertainment and the Burnin’ Love 25 foot Heart of Fire.

Burning Love | Feb. 14 | Art Hill

(Yes, there will be tents and warming stations)

4:30 – Family friendly crafts & activities

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2:30 am
Wed February 12, 2014

Arts Rundown: Blank Slate Vs. Full Report

Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts
Credit Provided by the foundation

In a recent conversation with my daughter, who works in the arts, I said that I liked to know about the artist before seeing his or her work.

She disagreed, saying that the art should be experienced on its own by each person. Expectations could cloud the impressions created.

I understand her view, but coming into something cold makes me feel vulnerable (which I’m sure she would say is a good thing) and the journalist in me wants to have done homework.

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4:06 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Pops Conductor Richard Hayman Dies At 93

Richard Hayman
Credit St. Louis Symphony

Richard Hayman, whose corny jokes and flashy suits became essential parts of the Pops at Powell and Queeny pops concerts, died Feb. 5. He was 93 years old and, according to the Miami Herald, was in hospice care in New York.

Hayman came to the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra as its principal pops conductor in 1976. And as a release from the symphony notes, he also was a highly regarded arranger and composer.

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