Arts & Culture

Poetry
10:18 pm
Sun May 18, 2014

Free Verse: Jeffrey Bean

Credit image courtesy of Styx

Richard Newman of River Styx brings his poetic touch to St. Louis Public Radio and the Beacon. He regularly selects a poem to appear on this site. It's a free glimpse into the vibrant poetry life in this area. Today: Jeffrey Bean | The Voyeur’s Blues.

This month we’re featuring a blues poem from River Styx’s upcoming anniversary issue. The blues often come in dark shades, and this one makes the speaker compelling and creepy, the scene sinister yet almost sweet.

Jeffrey Bean

The Voyeur’s Blues

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Cityscape
6:45 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Remembering Circus Flora’s David Balding

Circus Flora co-founder and artistic director David Balding
Credit Circus Flora

The members of the Circus Flora family were stunned and saddened when their beloved patriarch David Balding passed away on Friday, May 9. One of the members of that family is theater director Cecil MacKinnon who is also known as Yo-Yo, the Narrator. She joined Cityscape host Steve Potter to remember Balding.

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Cityscape
5:13 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Shakespeare In The Park Takes On Two Plays

Shakespeare Festival crowd in Forest Park.
Credit Shakespeare Festival St. Louis

Shakespeare Festival St. Louis opened its 14th season Saturday in Forest Park. This year, there is an additional show to see. Instead of selecting one of the Bard’s 38 plays to perform in Shakespeare Glen, the festival has selected three: “Henry IV Part 1,” “Henry IV Part 2,” and “Henry V.” “Henry IV” has been adapted into one show for a total of two outdoor performances. Both shows are free to the public.

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Cityscape
4:37 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

The 100-Year-Old Sun Theater In Grand Center Reopens After A Major Renovation

The exterior of the Sun Theater, 3625 Grandel Square, after renovation.
Credit Amanda Honigfort / St. Louis Public Radio

The Sun Theater in Grand Center has reopened after nearly 40 years of neglect and abandonment.

On Grandel Square near Powell Hall and the Fox Theatre, the Sun Theater is being leased by the Grand Center Arts Academy. The Lawrence Group, a St. Louis-based design firm, spent $11.5 million on the theater’s renovation.

Lynne Glickert, executive director of the Grand Center Arts Academy, said she was always hopeful the school would be able to use the Sun Theater for its 535 students. The school is the Beaux Arts Building, which is next to the Sun.

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14th Street Gallery
2:15 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Ousted Champion Of STL Teen Artists Looking To Relocate — Or Leave Town

William Burton Jr.
Credit Stephanie Zimmerman

Originally published Tuesday, May 13. Updated Friday, May 16 to include audio from Cityscape. Look for more STL Art Game-Changers in an upcoming series.

St. Louis artist and activist William Burton has a history of helping teenagers from unstable environments. Now Burton’s own outreach efforts are facing homelessness.

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Groovethang, Javier Mendoza and more
10:00 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Free Concerts: St. Peters, Ferguson, St. Charles and History Museum

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

The free concert schedule is heating up. Here's a 2011 article about a Javier Mendoza release. Coming this week:

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Elementary Championships
9:59 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

On Chess: New City School Benefits From Growing Chess Culture

Andre Diamant in a 2008 photo
Credit Wikipedia

Perhaps no school can better attest to the benefits of living in the U.S. capital of chess than one that sits right in its epicenter.

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St. Louis on the Air
5:02 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

A 100-Year-Old Naked Woman In St. Louis Is Restored To Her Natural Beauty

The Naked Truth monument in Reservoir Park
Courtesy of the Missouri History Museum

Climbing to the top of the Compton Hill Water Tower can give an excellent view of the city, but near its base you can find a much more controversial sight: a 100-year old naked woman. Reservoir Park, at South Grand and Shaw, is home to the Naked Truth monument which honors three turn-of-the-century German-American journalists.

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Jazz St. Louis
2:28 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Jazz St. Louis To Get $10 Million Makeover

Rendering of Jazz Center's performance space
Jazz St. Louis

Jazz St. Louis in Grand Center has announced a new expansion that it hopes will make it one of the top five jazz hubs in the world.

The $10 million plan includes the purchase its building at 3536 Washington Ave. and another next door, a renovated performance space, an education center and a jazz lounge.

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LouFest
12:01 am
Tue May 13, 2014

St. Louis’ LouFest Lineup Features OutKast, Cake, Matt & Kim

Outkast
Outkast.com

St. Louis’ LouFest has unveiled its complete lineup for the Sept. 6-7 music weekend.  

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