Arts & Culture

Piper Kerman
9:57 pm
Mon September 1, 2014

‘Orange Is the New Black’ Author Hints At New Season, Talks Reform, On Way To STL

Piper Kerman
Credit Sam Zalutsky

Will Piper get back with Larry? Will Alex return to Litchfield Prison? If she does, will Piper be able to resist her charming nemesis?

“Orange Is the New Black” author Piper Kerman answered one of these questions and hinted at another in an interview, prior to her upcoming St. Louis appearances at Lindenwood University next Tuesday, Sept. 9 and Maryville University next Wednesday and Thursday, co-sponsored by Left Bank Books.

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St. Louis Dance Community
10:03 pm
Sun August 31, 2014

STL Dancers Putting Their Spin On Ferguson And Michael Brown’s Death

Keith Williams and Sara Burke led dancers who came together to discuss what they could do in the aftermath of Ferguson.
Credit Nancy Fowler | St. Louis Public Radio

In the early 1990s, choreographer Bill T. Jones sought to illuminate the AIDS crisis using the language he knows best: dance. Now, the St. Louis-area dance community is seeking to respond with movement to issues unearthed by Michael Brown’s death.

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Graffiti Culture
8:05 am
Sat August 30, 2014

Graffiti Festival Paint Louis Begins Second Year Reboot

The flood wall is being prepped and will be filled with new graffiti this weekend.
Credit Willis Ryder Arnold | St. Louis Public Radio

This weekend kicks off the second year of the Paint Louis’ reboot. Over the next three days, graffiti artists from around the country will gather in St Louis to paint the flood wall protecting downtown The original event began in 1995 and ran through 2001. It was shut down after too many artists painted in unsanctioned areas. One of the original organizers and graffiti artists Jona Anderson, better known as Stun or Stun1, has returned to the city. Although he now lives in Minneapolis, he’s glad to be back in St. Louis.

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Jazz Unlimited
12:00 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

The Jazz History Of St. Louis-Part 9: The Early 2000's

Tom Byrne-2002
Dennis C. Owsley Copyright Dennis C. Owsley

The Jazz Unlimited Sunday, August 31, will be the “Jazz History of St. Louis-Part 9: The Early 2000’s.”  Even though 9/11 put fear into the nation, the St. Louis jazz scene continued to revive until the Great Recession that started in 2007.  After that, gigs were few and far between for several years.  Jazz at the Bistro became one of the great jazz clubs in the world.  The Sheldon continued to bring local and national groups into St. Louis.  The City Bank St. Louis Jazz Festival was in Shaw Park from 2001 to 2008.  Bill Becker’s Victoria Company continued to document St.

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Sinquefield Cup
12:11 am
Fri August 29, 2014

World Chess Champion Competes In St. Louis At Strongest Chess Tournament Ever

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, left, and Magnus Carlsen played to a draw in their first game in the Sinquefield Cup.
Credit Willis Ryder Arnold | St. Louis Public Radio

This year’s Sinquefield Cup chess championship is underway here in St. Louis and it’s billed as the strongest chess tournament in the history of the sport. The tournament features six of the top nine players in the world and takes place at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis. The compete for a first place prize of $100,000. Before the end of the tournament, each player will play every other player twice.

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4:33 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Gateway Cup Bicycling Races Gain Professional Designation

A pack of cyclists bears down for a sprint during last year's Gateway Cup.
Credit Gateway Cup

Cyclists from across the country gather in St. Louis this weekend for the 29th annual Gateway Cup cycling races. The popular, four-day event takes place in four St. Louis neighborhoods – Lafayette Square, Benton Park, The Hill and St. Louis Hills – and attracts anywhere from 5,000 to 10,000 fans per day.

The Gateway Cup has long been an attraction for top-level cyclists. But this year the race gained additional prestige because it has been added to the U.S.A. Cycling National Criterium Calendar (NCC), the premier series of 20 professional criterium races.

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From Miami To Italy
3:36 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

On Chess: Super GM Caruana Comes Home

American-Italian super-GM Fabiano Caruana signs an autograph during the 2014 Sinquefield Cup at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis.
Credit Lennart Ootes | CCSCSL

Make no mistake, we want him back.

In for his first visit to the U.S. Capital of Chess is Grandmaster Fabiano Caruana, one of only three players in the world with a chess rating that has surpassed the 2800 watermark. He’s here to pick a fight with the other two, Armenian GM Levon Aronian and World Champion GM Magnus Carlsen, as part of the 2014 Sinquefield Cup -- billed as the strongest chess tournament ever, for obvious reasons.

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Zoo, Kirkwood, Benton Park
9:07 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Free Concerts: The List Winds Down On Labor Day Weekend

Find out where the free music is with our free summer concert calendar.

The neighborhood free outdoor summer concert season is coming to the end. If you know of a free series that isn't on this list, still let us know, as we can get concert series on the list for next year.

Coming up: Fat Pocket at the Zoo on Friday, Salt of the Earth at the Kirkwood Farmers Market Saturday morning and Sarah Jane & the Blue Notes at Benton Park Sunday. But they aren't the only performers at these neighborhood concerts coming up in the next few days. So check out what's coming this week:

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Future of the Arts
9:06 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Missouri Arts Council Will Tour State To Paint Ideal Picture Of Next 50 Years

Credit Missouri Arts Council

How can we ensure that the arts thrive in Missouri during the next five decades? The Missouri Arts Council is embarking on a statewide tour to find out.

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St. Louis on the Air
5:32 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

David Isay On The Stories Behind 'StoryCorps'

StoryCorps founder David Isay

For David Isay, who founded StoryCorps more than 10 years ago, the project isn’t about telling stories. It’s about listening.

“I think that what listening is about is remembering that it’s really not about you,” Isay said. “Just be present with another person, and concentrate and listen to them with respect. Any of us are capable of it.”

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