Arts & Culture

Bob Kuban Band
10:54 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Free Concerts: Brian Owens Wraps Up The Grace Hills Series

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

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.

You can read more about Brian Owens, the Funky Butt Brass Band and Bill Forness and One More Round, A Tribute To Johnny Cash. Or just check out what's coming this week:

Read more
Opening July 24
10:53 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

On Chess: Hall Of Fame Exhibit Peeks Inside The Complex Mind Of Bobby Fischer

Bobby Fischer competes in the Piatigorsky Cup matches in 1966.
Credit Provided by the World Chess Hall of Fame

The name Bobby Fischer is synonymous with outstanding intellect, intimidating competitiveness and intense focus.  His is a uniquely American success story that nearly everyone has heard - even if they can’t tell a rook from a bishop.

So what makes Fischer so captivating?

Read more
John Karel
3:22 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Tower Grove Park Director To Step Down, Says Building On Park's Legacy Won't End

John Karel
Credit Provided by Tower Grover Pak

After 27 years, John Karel, the director of Tower Grove Park is stepping down.

Karel says during his time as director he always worked to restore, maintain and improve the park. The next person will still have a lot to do to maintain the city's second largest park.

Read more
Community Supported Art
1:45 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Nine STL Artists Picked For New Program That Could Make You A Collector

Work from four of the artists in the first CSA group, clockwise from left, Ray Nadine, Caroline Philippone, Matthew Paul Isaacson, Brandon Daniels
Credit Images courtesy of CSA

An organization called Community Supported Art Saint Louis has named nine local artists to launch its new program.

The concept is as simple as a paint-by-the-numbers project: Fifty CSA “shares” are up for grabs at $300 apiece. Each share-buyer receives nine original works — one from each artist — at three “pick-up” events this September, October and November. Every artist walks away with $1,000 and wider exposure.

Read more
Ben Fainer
10:51 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

After Silence Of Sixty Years, Holocaust Survivor Tells His Story

Ben Fainer
Credit St. Louis County Library

Just because Ben Fainer was silent for 60 years doesn’t mean he has nothing to say.

Ripped from his home in Poland at age 9 by the Nazis, Fainer was separated from his family and sent from camp to camp to camp for six years until he was liberated by the American army in 1945, six years later. He made his way first to Ireland, where he stayed with relatives, then to Canada, and finally to St. Louis, where he spent decades in the garment industry.

Read more
Black Middle Class
10:49 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

What's A 'BAP?' St. Louisans Duke It Out On Reality TV Spotlighting Black Middle Class

Jason Wilson, coffee in hand, talks with two of his workers at the Northwest Coffee Shop in the Central West End.
Credit Nancy Fowler | St. Louis Public Radio

Stay tuned for rock-star style drama tonight as six St. Louisans argue and scream their way through a new Lifetime TV reality show called “BAPs,” which stands for Black American Princess. Or Prince, in the case of local coffee shop owner Jason Wilson.

Wilson is the founder of Chronicle Coffee and gathering space in north St. Louis, and owns two Northwest Coffee shops. He’s also among the “BAPs” cast pulled together by a Los Angeles production company.

Read more
Financial Woes
4:55 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Chesterfield Arts To Cease Operations In August

The Awakening was created by sculptor Seward Johnson. The sculpture was donated to Chesterfield Arts as part of its public collection. (via Flicker/Jennifer Morrow)

In August, Chesterfield Arts will stop day-to-day operations because of a shortage in funds.

The non-profit organization works to promote art education and public art in West St. Louis County.

This year the nonprofit faced declining revenue. In addition, they were forced to move. The organization was notified in the fall of 2013 that they would have to relocate by June of this year.

Chesterfield Arts Board President Mary Brown said  they were unable to find a new permanent home.

Read more
Beyond Jazz
9:14 pm
Sun July 20, 2014

Commentary: Collaboration Makes The Arts Better

Robert Orth as Howie Albert and Aubrey Allicock as Emile Griffith in Champion
Credit Ken Howard | Opera Theatre of St. Louis

I recently joined a group of arts leaders at the Nine Network to discuss how organizations in Grand Center could collaborate more effectively. As part of the meeting, they asked us to name some of the ways collaborations have created value in the community. This question took me back to my first day of business school at Washington University, when we talked about the concept of value: how the benefits an organization produces are greater than the costs of the organization. It is a classic case of one plus one equals three.

Read more
Cityscape
4:38 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Ben Nordstrom Brings Funny Business To St. Louis Stage

Whit Reichert (J.B. Biggley) and Ben Nordstrom (J. Pierrepont Finch) in Stages St. Louis' "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying."
Credit Peter Wochniak

St. Louis native Shepherd Mead used his own experiences to write his satirical best-seller “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.” His work was then turned into a musical, and Stages St. Louis is bringing it back to St. Louis.

Cast members Heather Ayers, Betsy Dilellio and Ben Nordstrom talked about the musical comedy, in which window washer J. Pierrepont Finch (played by Nordstrom) moves up to vice president of advertising at the World Wide Wicket Co.

Read more
Cityscape
4:31 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Why Are Young St. Louisans Embracing Modern Art?

The modernism exhibit at the Kodner Art Gallery
Credit Kodner Art Gallery

Modern art and furniture is getting its due (again) as collectors return to the styles made popular in the early 1900s through about 1970.

“Young collectors have become very eclectic,” said Stephanie Stokes, manager at the Kodner Gallery. “People appreciate vintage.”

The “Modernism: Art + Design” exhibit at Kodner Gallery in Ladue features modern paintings, drawings, sculptures and furniture. Stokes described the modern movement as artists’ reactions to a changing world.

Read more

Pages