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Apr 8, 2011
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With the possibility of a federal government shutdown looming comes a less-obvious consequence.

The St. Louis Business Journal reports that if the shutdown occurs, a signature landmark of St. Louis, the Gateway Arch, would also close.

(via Landmarks Illinois)

Reporting from Illinois Public Radio's Luke Runyon used in this report.

Several aging buildings in Illinois have a better chance of survival now that they’ve been added to Landmarks Illinois’ list of the Ten Most Endangered Historic Places for 2011.

Two of the properties are over 100 years old, and others, includes Belleville Turner Hall, a community and civic center in Belleville, Ill., which dates back to the 1920s and ‘30s.

(Farmhaus management)

Kevin Willmann, chef and owner of a new restaurant in south St. Louis, has found himself on Food & Wine magazine’s list of Best Chefs of 2011, according to the Post-Dispatch.

The Pruitt-Igoe public housing project in St. Louis was once considered the template for post-war public housing, a national model.  For awhile it was—until it wasn’t.  The high rise complex was constructed in 1954.  Two decades later, and by then notorious, Pruitt-Igoe was a pile of rubble, imploded and bulldozed into history. What went wrong and why?  That’s the subject of a new documentary film called The Pruitt-Igoe Myth: an Urban History.   Directed by Chad Freidrichs, the film will have its St. Louis premiere this Saturday at the Missouri History Museum.

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Below is the top-ten list of the St. Louis region's best-selling adult and children's books. The list is compiled by the St. Louis Independent Bookstore Alliance.

For the week ending March 27:

Adult

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Welcome to our bi-weekly gardening column. To complement our weekend programming, we're offering more arts, culture, and lifestyle articles. Here, I write about the trials and tribulations of my own gardening and that of others--including community gardeners working to establish a space in which to grow. I hope you get inspired to dig in the dirt yourself.

(Kelsey Proud/St. Louis Public Radio)

Vendors shouting to sell their popcorn and peanuts, ticket turnstiles rotating with that familiar clickity-clack, excited fans chatting and laughing with their friends - you're enveloped in the sounds of Opening Day with the Cardinals at Busch Stadium.

But at the 7th inning, when that familiar Budweiser jingle fills the air, and the Clydesdales float across the center field Jumbotron, you may not realize it, but something is missing.

Well, someone.

(via Flickr/angela n.)

Last year, LouFest brought the likes of Jeff Tweedy and others to Forest Park in St. Louis. This year, a whole new lineup of acts has been announced for the 2011 event.

Here's the full lineup, as presented by LouFest. For more information, check out the LouFest website:

The Roots

TV On The Radio

Below is the top-ten list of the St. Louis region's best-selling adult and children's books. The list is compiled by the St. Louis Independent Bookstore Alliance.

For the week ending March 20:

Adult

The dance and percussion company STOMP is in town this weekend for its Dance St. Louis performances at the Fox Theatre.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: Nathalie Pettus didn't start out to become the largest employer in Clarksville. It just happened as she began to dig deeper and deeper to her roots.

Overlook Farm -- the umbrella for her inns, restaurant, gift shop and farm -- has 40 employees now and will add more in the summer. It takes its name from Pettus' grandfather's farm and apple orchard. (Pettus adds that her family's history in the area actually goes back to the late 1700s when it received a land grant from the Spanish crown.)

(via Flickr/pasa47)

The artistic community of St. Louis' Cherokee Street is looking for someone creative to put their own mark on the area. Via the Cherokee Street News, the Cherokee Station Business Association has announced a "Cherokee Street Flag Contest."

Photo credit: Madalyn Painter / St. Louis Public Radio

March is the time to plant cold-season crops, such as broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, potatoes, and onions. You'll find onion "slips"--immature onion bulbs--available at your local nursery now, along with some basic brassicas to start for summer harvest. Next year try starting from seed to select more unusual varieties. Venture out into what may be new territory by trying broccoli rab, kohlrabi, and bok choy.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: Caron Quick is aptly named. An artisan and owner, along with her husband Ralph Quick, of the Windsor Chair Shop on North First Street, Caron is quick to smile, quick to laugh and quick to tell a visitor just how friendly, close-knit and hard-working the artists' community in Clarksville is.

"We're all friends, we help each other," she says. "We're family." Later, in passing, she casually underscored that point, noting that she also manages Dawn of Creation, just down the street.

At the end of each week we will now be providing a best-seller list of the top ten adult and children's books. The list is compiled by the St. Louis Independent Bookstore Alliance.

For the week ending March 13:

Adult

(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

The St. Louis Blues are for sale for the second time in six years, and a local economics professor says St. Louis' status as a mid-level market may have contributed to the move.

Team chairman Dave Checketts put the team up for sale Wednesday night when he could not reach a deal to purchase the 70 percent owned by an investment management firm.

(via Flickr/Ryan Baxter Photography)

An upcoming film festival in suburban St. Louis will offer something a little bit different.

The filmmakers are all students in the Parkway School District. Their works will be shown April 27 at Logan College.

The shortest of the films are under a minute. One features a day in the life of a first-grader.

In another, a third-grader tells the story of bumping into a snake while bobbing in the water. He narrates the story while his pictures scroll across the screen.

Visitors attending this year’s Ancient Order of the Hibernians' St. Patrick’s Day parade in Dogtown might need some luck of the Irish to find parking this year.

Changes in traffic restrictions at this year’s parade will close down more residential streets around the parade route, cutting off all parking within the Dogtown neighborhood. Only residents with passes will be allowed into the area.

Lady Bird

Mar 11, 2011
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Photo by "MzSusanB" on Flickr.com, taken at the St. Louis Zoo.

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The self-proclaimed "America's biggest birthday party," Fair St. Louis, announced the lineup of events and entertainers for this summer's event yesterday.

Here's a quick look at the schedule for the three-day celebration on the grounds of the Gateway Arch:

Saturday, July 2

  • 10 a.m. - The 134th Annual Veiled Prophet Parade
  • Musical Performance: Steve Miller Band
  • Air Show
  • Fireworks

Sunday, July 3

(via Carnegie Hall/Steve J. Sherman)

A local group's out-of-town performance has garnered some national recognition.

The St. Louis Symphony's performance at Carnegie Hall in New York this past Saturday was featured in The New York Times and given a "rave review."

The performance reviewed was of Thomas Adès’ violin concerto, “Concentric Paths" with Leila Josefowicz as the featured soloist.

(via Flickr/steakpinball)

History buff? Legal enthusiast? Generally curious about Missouri's past? Get excited.

The Missouri State Archives will be posting thousands of old state Supreme Court cases online for the public to view beginning late next year.

The Secretary of State's office says the State Archives has received a grant of more than $148,000 from the federal government for the project.

Photo credit Madalyn Painter, credit for growing this gorgeous ear of corn goes to Anna Sandidge.

To complement our weekend programming, in this new bi-weekly column I'll write about the trials and tribulations of my own gardening and that of others, including community gardeners as they work to establish a new space to grow. I hope you get inspired to dig in the dirt yourself.  With temperatures on the rise, now is the time to start seeds indoors and get ready to experience the superior flavor of vegetables you can grow at home in your own back yard. Here's one way to get started.

Seed Selection

Mardi Gras Preview 2011

Mar 4, 2011
(via Mardi Gras, Inc.)

Large crowds are expected to converge on the Soulard neighborhood tomorrow for Mardi Gras festivities.

The party – which some say is among the largest Mardi Gras celebrations in the country – gets underway with River City Casino Grand Parade at 11 a.m. tomorrow. St. Louis Police Captain Sam Dotson says the department will have two shifts of about 200 officers working Mardi Gras.

Flags are being lowered in Missouri for the last surviving American to serve in World War I.

Missouri native Frank Buckles died Sunday at the age of 110 at his farm in West Virginia. He was born in the Harrison County town of Bethany and also lived as a child in Vernon County.

Buckles lied about his age to enlist in the Army and served during the war in England and France.

Orchid Show

Feb 28, 2011
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Photo by Amy Buxton on Flickr.com, taken at the Missouri Botanical Garden's 2011 Orchid Show.

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Washington University in St. Louis, named for the first American president, announced this President’s Day, the discovery of a tie to another president.

The university recently learned that its libraries have a collection of books originally owned by Thomas Jefferson.

The 28 titles, including 74 volumes, were donated to Washington University in 1880, with no mention of their provenance.

Shadow Dancing

Feb 18, 2011

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St. Louis foodies, this one's for you.

Four local culinary names have been designated James Beard Award semifinalists, the St. Louis Business Journal reports.

For those of you unfamiliar with the James Beard Award, the Journal says Time magazine called it the "Oscars of the food world."

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