Arts & Culture

5:12 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Black Cats And Halloween: Danger Or Urban Legend?

Numerous adoption agencies said there is no evidence that black cats are more at risk than other animals around Halloween.
Credit Kaitlin Davis/Instagram

Many people have heard the stories about black cats disappearing around Halloween and that adoption agencies don't allow adoptions of all-black or all-white pets in October. But for cat owners in the St. Louis area is this danger real or an urban myth?

Dr. Kelly Ryan of the Animal Medical Center of Mid-America in St. Louis said she has seen no evidence locally that black cats are more at risk than other animals.

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4:29 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Conference Draws Attention To Female Artists

Alice Guy-Blaché
Credit Courtesy of Cinema St. Louis

As women strive to gain equal ground in the workplace, they’re also working to establish the same ground in the arts. The Women in the Arts Conference at the University of Missouri–St. Louis will feature lectures, demonstrations, papers, performances and workshops from 27 speakers on Nov. 6-8.

“Everyone thinks the playing field is level,” said Barbara Harbach, a composer and director of the Women in the Arts Conference. “It’s not quite as level as you might think.”

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3:25 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Ira Glass Tells Stories, This Time With Dancers

'This American Life' host Ira Glass and dancers Monica Bill Barnes and Anna Bass team up for a stage performance Nov. 1-2 at the Edison Theater in St. Louis.
Credit Courtesy of Washington University

“This American Life” host Ira Glass describes his weekly radio show as “movies for the radio.” Now he’s bringing his radio and dance stage performance to St. Louis.

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1:46 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

St. Louis Debut Set For Tennessee Williams Play

"Stairs to the Roof"

For only the second time, Tennessee Williams' "Stairs to the Roof" will be seen in the U.S. 

Williams wrote the play in December 1941, after he had left Washington University and was working at the International Shoe Co. in St. Louis.

“It’s, I think, his love letter or valentine to St. Louis,” set and costume designer Marcel Meyer told “Cityscape” host Steve Potter on Friday. “The main character is the Williams alter ego.”

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5:00 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Triskaidekaphobia: A Touch Of Irrational In The St. Louis Skyline

The 13th floor is not an option at the Chase Park Plaza residences.
Joseph Leahy / St. Louis Public Radio

If you go out looking for the 13th floor of a tall building in St. Louis, you may have a hard time finding it.

An informal survey by St. Louis Public Radio of 68 skyscrapers in the St. Louis area finds about 41 percent skip over 13 in counting their floors. Not surprisingly, most of them are hotels or residential properties where people pay to stay.

“A lot of clients do not like to have a 13th floor. They think that it is bad luck,” said Catalina Freixas, an architect and assistant professor of architecture at Washington University.

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Spiritualism In St. Louis
10:09 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

In Haunted City, Reaching Out To Ghosts Has a Long History

Dave Riordan in Claymorgan Alley.
Credit Willis Arnold/St. Louis Public Radio

Like most old cities, St. Louis has its share of ghost stories.

There’s the Lemp Mansion, haunted by the the tragic history of the beer baron’s family.

There’s the Rock House on the campus of the Edgewood Children’s Home in Webster Groves, and the spirits that roam the land near Ralston Purina, which was once the site of a medical college and later a Civil War-era prison.

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Theater and Issues
11:11 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Is Your Kid Special — Or Different? Rep Play Explores Gender, Parental Angst And More

The parents in A Kid Like Jake.
Credit Provided by Repertory Theatre of St. Louis

When playwright Daniel Pearle was a preschooler in the late 1980s, he was fascinated by a classic fairy-tale character dressed in pink.

“I did have a fondness for all things Cinderella,” Pearle said.

Pearle brings his childhood experiences to his play “A Kid Like Jake,” now on stage at The St. Louis Repertory Theatre.“Jake” is the story of two New York City parents, worried about their 4-year-old son’s dress-up play and whether he can get into the “right” kindergarten.

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Local Bands
11:09 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Police Make Progress In String Of Musician-Related Thefts

This Fender mmp is just an example of the type of thing thieves have targeted.
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In the last six months thieves targeting touring musicians have hit St. Louis. At least eight bands' touring vans have been robbed since May 2014. Some musicians like rapper Spose have vowed to avoid the city because of the thefts. Police Captain Daniel Howard, of the Fourth District, where many of the thefts took place, said authorities are making progress and some equipment  has been recovered.

“There’s a ringleader of a group of thieves that we have our eyes on, and we are working with a prosecutor to make charges,” Howard said.

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Aviv Friedman
11:07 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

On Chess: The Grandmasters' Sherpa Shows St. Louis the Way

Aviv Friedman
Credit Provided by the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis

The title of Grandmaster is the highest a chess player can achieve, a moniker that translates literally as one of the best of the best. These titles are awarded by FIDE, the World Chess Federation, and are without a doubt quite rare: Not more than 1,500 players in history have been officially named Grandmaster.

The St. Louis Chess Club, however, has found someone even more special: The Grandmasters’ coach.

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Same Arguments
5:11 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

ZMD Ethics Committee Debate Spills Into Board Meeting

Zoo-Museum Board Meeting discussing proposed changes to the code of ethics
Credit Willis Arnold/St. Louis Public Radio

Instead of voting on a new ethics policy today, the full Zoo-Museum District board repeated conversation held in two prior ethics committee meetings. Three issues remain contentious: whether changes should be applied to sub-districts, what level of financial disclosure is necessary, and how to handle ethics violations. 

Board Chair Thelma Cook expressed concern about the handling of violations, once identified.

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