Arts & Culture

11:10 pm
Sun December 14, 2014

Religious Groups Share Common Goal: Assisting Immigrants

The International Institute of St. Louis provides English classes and other services to recent immigrants. It also helps with job placement.
Credit Rebecca Smith | St. Louis Public Radio

St. Louis is a city built on immigration – from the early French settlers, to the Germans and Irish in the 1800s, to the more modern immigration of Bosnians and Southeast Asians.

While there have been numerous waves of immigration into St. Louis, the welcome extended by existing religious groups to new immigrants has remained fairly consistent throughout St. Louis' 250 year history.

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1:25 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Rockin’ Holiday Concert Supports Local Charities

Home(s) for the Holidays is Dec. 14, 2014.

Want to rock out to holiday music while supporting a local charity? Easy.

At Home(s) for the Holidays, concertgoers donate the cost of their ticket to one of four local charities.

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1:24 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Saint Louis Ballet Adds More Glitter, Pyrotechnics To ‘Nutcracker’

The Saint Louis Ballet's 'Nutcracker' features the professional company and students from the St. Louis Ballet School.
Saint Louis Ballet

“The Nutcracker” has become a holiday tradition, and is performed by countless ballet companies around the world.

“‘Nutracker,’ for ballet companies, is kind of our Super Bowl,” said Saint Louis Ballet dancer Stephen Lawrence, who plays the Cavalier in the company’s production of “The Nutcracker.”

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Quorum Denied
6:25 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Zoo Museum District Makes No Progress On Ethics Code; Zoo Audit Accepted

ZMD Board members continue debate over ethics code language
Credit Willis Ryder Arnold/St. Louis Public Radio

The Zoo Museum District’s Thursday meeting was defined by two events: a stymied vote about language for its new code of ethics and a recent audit of the St. Louis Zoo. 

Code of Ethics Contention

The continued discussion regarding language for a new code of ethics drew ire from those wanting to include stricter language and members preferring a more relaxed approach.  Immediately prior to a vote on which language to forward on to city, county, and board council, board member Gloria Wessels left the meeting.

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Jazz Unlimited
3:45 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

The Career Of Coleman Hawkins: Father Of The Tenor Saxophone

Pee Wee Russell-1946

Jazz Unlimited for Sunday, December 14 will be “The Career of Coleman Hawkins: the Father of the Tenor Saxophone."  Coleman Hawkins was the first to recognize the beauty and utility of the tenor saxophone.  Before he came along, it was a novelty instrument.  Since his first recording in 1921, Hawkins has paved the way for a lot of tenor players and influenced many.  He is known as the “father of the tenor saxophone.” We will listen to his 47-year career that includes music with Fletcher Henderson, St.

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St. Louis on the Air
1:32 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Reliving The Heydays Of Famous-Barr

'Famous-Barr: St. Louis Shopping at its Finest' by Edna Campos Gravenhorst

For almost 100 years, Famous-Barr was a St. Louis shopping destination. Its holiday window displays in particular drew shoppers from throughout the St. Louis area to Famous-Barr’s downtown location. Many of those displays, and other well-known Famous-Barr events, were directed by Helen Weiss, the store’s public relations maven.

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A First for St. Louis
11:30 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Poet Laureate Nominee Michael Castro Says Words Can Help Heal St. Louis

Michael Castro
Credit Ros Crenshaw

Updated to include Michael Castro's poetry and interview audio, and reaction from poet Shirley Bradford LeFlore.

Except for dotting the “i’s” and crossing a “t” or two, St. Louis has its first official poet.

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Cat Lovers' Night Out
11:14 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Would You Like A Kitten With That Coffee? STL Cat Café Offers Felines, Free Drinks

Ready for a purr-fect night
Provided by Tenth Life

If your idea of a purr-fect evening (sorry, it was just too tempting) involves sipping steaming beverages and stroking cats, Thursday night is your cup of tea. Or coffee. Or hot chocolate.

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11:03 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

On Chess: Sam Shankland Says Hello To The Fun Of Chess

The patented death stare of American Grandmaster Sam Shankland is being felt on the international stage.
Credit Provided by Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis

If you haven’t before, today is a great day to say hello to Sam Shankland – especially when you know just how close he almost came to saying goodbye.

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Continued Expansion
5:18 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

St. Louis Art Museum Builds $5 Million Sculpture Garden

St. Louis Art Museum East Building
Credit Jacob Sharp/Image courtesy of the Saint Louis Art Museum and Architectural Wall Systems

St. Louis Art Museum board member Barbara Taylor and her husband Andrew Taylor, executive chairman of Enterprise Holdings, Inc., recently donated $5 million dollars for a new sculpture garden at the museum. Carl Ham, head of development for the museum, praised the Taylors for their foresight and said the gift would fund both construction and an endowment for maintenance.

“It’s the rare exception and real benefit to organizations when people like the Taylors make a gift that makes possible both,” Ham said.

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