Arts & Culture

Arts & Culture
6:39 pm
Fri September 30, 2011

Best-selling books in St. Louis for the week ending September 25

Subterranean Books

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 September 25:

Adult:

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Citygarden
11:10 am
Thu September 29, 2011

Citygarden wins major landscape architecture award

"Big White Gloves, Big Four Wheels" by Jim Dine at Citygarden in St. Louis.
(via Flickr/DoNotLick)

A revitalized area of downtown St. Louis has been named one of the top designed public spaces in the world.

The American Society of Landscape Architects on Wednesday announced that St. Louis' Citygarden was among 37 winners from nearly 600 entries. Citygarden earned an Honor Award in General Design.

Citygarden was designed by Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects. It includes a three-acre sculpture park, greenery, even a water area where children play in warm weather.

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from St. Louis on the Air
4:02 pm
Wed September 28, 2011

Jonathan Franzen on freedom, fiction, and finding meaning

writer Jonathan Franzen (photo by David Shankbone)

Today we got the chance to visit with Webster Groves native and acclaimed author Jonathan Franzen about his latest novel Freedom, his inspirations, and his methods.  You can hear the whole conversation in the St. Louis on the Air archives, but here are some highlights:

On whether or not he's working on a new book

It takes me a long time to write a book. They’re years in development before I get any pages I can believe in.  I have some vague thoughts.  Usually the vague thoughts I have at this stage, they turn out to be completely wrong headed.

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St. Louis Symphony
5:11 pm
Mon September 26, 2011

St. Louis Symphony Extra - more from Sept. 24

Composer Steven Mackey.
(via stevenmackey.com)

David Robertson conducted the St. Louis Symphony with pianist Orli Shaham as the soloist in the world premiere of Steven Mackey’s “Stumble to Grace” in concerts Sept. 23 and 24 in Powell Hall.  Co-commissioned by the St. Louis Symphony, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the concerto was written for Shaham  who will also perform it with the other two orchestras later this season.

On Thursday, Sept. 22 following the first rehearsal of “Stumble to Grace,” the St. Louis Symphony’s Eddie Silva spoke with composer Steven Mackey.

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Bob Cassilly
12:35 pm
Mon September 26, 2011

City Museum founder Cassilly dies at Cementland site

Bob Cassilly, the late founder of City Museum in St. Louis.
(via Flickr/ bill.streeter)

Will be updated. (Details of updates at bottom of post)

Updated 1:03 p.m. with links to panoramas of Cementland site. Updated at 1:14 p.m with links to public artwork archive and 1:30 p.m with link to radio show archive. Updated 2:06p.m. with statement from Rep. William Lacy Clay, D-St. Louis. 2:54 p.m. with vigil information.

Bob Cassilly, the founder of  St. Louis landmark City Museum, has died at the age of 61.

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St. Louis Symphony
7:05 pm
Fri September 23, 2011

St. Louis Symphony Extra - Sept. 24, 2011

Powell Hall, home of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra.
(Alise O'Brien)

The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra continues its 2011-2012 season this weekend, and you can be right there with them from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24.

On select Saturday evenings, St. Louis Public Radio broadcasts the SLSO performance over the air, bringing you a live classical music experience wherever you are.

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Arts & Culture
6:01 pm
Fri September 23, 2011

Best-selling books in St. Louis for the week ending September 18

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 September 18:

Adult:

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Miles Davis / East St. Louis
11:57 am
Tue September 20, 2011

Vandals pillage Miles Davis' boyhood home in East St. Louis

(via Flickr/Steve Issacs)

East St. Louis is proud to call late jazz great Miles Davis one of its own, but vandalism to his childhood home is striking a sour note with many in the struggling city.

KSDK-TV reports vandalism that has escalated in recent weeks has included nearly all of the aluminum siding being stripped away from the home. Windows also are broken and pipes have been taken.

Neighbor Mamie Page says the damage and disrespect "just disgusted me" and leaves her saddened.

Loop Trolley
4:50 pm
Mon September 19, 2011

Funds committed for design phase of Loop Trolley project

A model trolley car whizzes by in a window display at the Blueberry Hill Restaurant during a ceremony to announce that the St. Louis area received nearly $25 million in federal dollars for a new trolley system in University City, Mo. on July 9, 2011.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Those behind the Loop Trolley project, a 2.2 mile fixed-rail streetcar system from the Loop to Forest Park, got some welcome news today.

Funding to help with the design portion of the project has been secured via a $2.8 million portion of a federal grant. Word of the committed funding came via a press release congratulation from Rep. Russ Carnahan, D-St. Louis.

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Photo of the Week
8:39 am
Mon September 19, 2011

St. Louis Blues Week Festival

Kurt Bangert Via Flickr

Photo taken in downtown St. Louis at the St. Louis Blues Week Festival by Kurt Bangert on Flickr.com.

Join the St. Louis Public Radio Flickr group to see interesting photos taken in the St. Louis region and submit your own. Each week we feature, on our website, one outstanding photo from the group.

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