Arts & Culture

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.
Credit floss | sxc.hu

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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Dance Legend's Legacy
4:28 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Katherine Dunham Museum In Jeopardy Over Death And Taxes

Leverne Backstrom at the Katherine Dunham Museum
Credit St. Louis Public Radio File Photo

An East St. Louis museum dedicated to a renowned activist and dancer faces an uncertain future.

The museum honoring the late Katherine Dunham owes $7,000 in back property taxes. A delinquent tax sale is set for Nov. 10 in the hopes that someone will pay the bill as an investment.

When Dunham died in 2006, the dancer and activist apparently willed the museum to her assistant, as well as the organization. The assistant has since died, but her heir now has an interest.

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Masquerading Ordinance
10:47 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Halloween Arrests In The 1960s Sparked St. Louis' LGBT Movement

Ron Reed was an exuberant Strawberry Shortcake this weekend in the Central West End.
Credit Emanuele Berry | St. Louis Public Radio

At the annual Halloween costume contest in St. Louis’ Central West End, all the Halloween staples are present. There are superheroes, vampires and men in dresses.

One man wearing a little red dress for the night’s festivities was Ron Reed. He dressed as Strawberry Shortcake -- high heels, green and white striped thigh high hose and a wig are all included in the ensemble.

Reed says he likes the attention he gets in the outfit.

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Local History
10:32 am
Tue October 28, 2014

Louisiana Purchase Treaty Makes Rare Appearance At History Museum Exhibit

Map by T. Stackhouse, publisher 1783, prior to Louisiana Purchase.
Credit Courtesy of the Missouri History Museum

The Louisiana Purchase is much more complicated than most history textbooks portray.

That’s the message behind the Missouri History Museum’s new exhibition “The Louisiana Purchase: Making St. Louis, Remaking America.” Adam Kloppe, 30, is a writing and research fellow at the museum and took the lead in determining the content for the exhibit. He said the story of the Louisiana Purchase is a one of many doubts and tough decisions.

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Curtain Call
9:46 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Edison’s Ovations Series Prepares To Take Final Bow But Not Before Debuting Ira Glass

From Ira Glass' "Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host"
David Bazemore

Click through slideshow to view Edison offerings through the years.

Where’s a not-quite-ready-for-The-Fox performer supposed to break a leg in St. Louis? For four decades, it’s often been the Edison Theatre at Washington University.

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Oscar Taveras
10:47 am
Mon October 27, 2014

Cardinals Outfielder Oscar Taveras Killed In Car Accident

Oscar Taveras takes a swing against the Baltimore Orioles during a game in August at Camden Yards. Taveras, 22 was killed in an automobile accident in his native Dominican Republic on Oct. 26.
Credit via Flickr/Keith Allison

Updated at 6:10 p.m. Monday with statements from John Mozeliak. Updated 10:45 a.m. Monday with a statement from Mike Matheny.

The St. Louis Cardinals are mourning the death of one of their brightest rookie players.

Oscar Taveras was killed in a car accident Sunday in the Dominican Republic when his 2014 Chevy Camaro ran off a road near his hometown, according to the country's national police spokesman and Taveras' agent. His girlfriend was also killed in the accident.

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Experimental Music
9:05 pm
Sun October 26, 2014

Underground Music Institution Apop Records Closes Monday

Tiffany Minx
Credit File photo | St. Louis Beacon

Early this month Tiffany Minx announced on Facebook the closing of her independent music shop Apop Records. The store will close this Monday. Although Minx has stressed a desire to look to the future, some fans are mourning the loss of an integral part of the St. Louis music scene.

“It’s just a major loss,” said Matthew Stuttler, who runs a cassette tape music label distributed online and at Apop.

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