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Michelle Obama and Jill Biden are scheduled to attend the World Series opener in St. Louis on Wednesday night to honor military veterans. Major League Baseball announced Monday that it has dedicated Game 1 between the Texas Rangers and St. Louis Cardinals to veterans and their families. The first lady and Dr. Biden, the wife of Vice President Joe Biden, will participate in a pregame ceremony at Busch Stadium as part of MLBs Welcome Back Veterans program and Obamas Joining Forces initiative ....

Photo of the Week

Oct 17, 2011
Mike Matney / Via Flickr

Photo taken by Mike Matney 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.

Below is the top-ten list of the St. Louis regions best-selling adult and childrens books, according to the St. Louis Independent Bookstore Alliance . For the week ending October 9: Adult: Good Eats 3: The Later Years by Alton Brown Dont Vote It Just Encourages the Bastards by P J ORourke Cleopatra by Stacy Schiff Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern Story of the Quran: Its History and Place in Muslim Life by Ingrid Mattson Go the F* to Sleep by Adam Mansbach Freedom by Jonathan Franzen Cradle in...

You dont normally think of the words symphony and sports in the same sentence - but when they interact, the results can be pretty fun. To show their support for our hometown baseball brethren, the St. Louis Symphony offers this rendition of ballpark standard Take Me Out to the Ballgame. Give it a listen! Take Me Out to the Ballgame - STL Symphony from St. Louis Symphony on Vimeo .

(Alise O'Brien)

The St. Louis Symphony 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, Oct. 15. On select Saturday evenings , St. Louis Public Radio broadcasts the Symphonys performance over the air, bringing you a live classical music experience wherever you are. This is whats in store for you this Saturday (composers are in bold, titles in italics): WAGNER The Flying Dutchman Overture PHILIPPE MANOURY Synapse (U.S. premiere) SIBELIUS...

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Updated to correct spelling of Isaacsons name. Four new shows will mark the Munys first season under new executive director Mike Isaacson. One of those shows has appeared on the Muny state before, says Kate Lane, Isaacsons assistant. But the Muny did not produce the version of Chicago that theatergoers saw in 1977. Instead, the Broadway cast left New York for a week of performances. This will be the first time the Muny itself produces the show. Final performance dates, show order, and times...

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If youre already missing the St. Louis Symphony, dont fret; we have even more for you following our live broadcast on Oct. 8 . Nicholas McGegan conducted the Symphony in an all-Mozart program in concerts October 7, 8 and 9 in Powell Hall with pianist Jeremy Denk and St. Louis Symphony Principal Horn Roger Kaza as the soloists. But prior to those performances, on Oct. 5, the Symphonys Eddie Silva spoke with Jeremy Denk following the first rehearsal of Mozarts Piano Concerto No. 13 in C Major....

Photo of the Week

Oct 10, 2011
Amy Buxton / Via Flickr

Photo taken by Amy Buxton 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.

(Alise O'Brien)

The St. Louis Symphony 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, Oct. 8. On select Saturday evenings , St. Louis Public Radio broadcasts the Symphonys performance over the air, bringing you a live classical music experience wherever you are. This time around, the Symphony performs an all- Mozart program featuring Symphony No. 32, K. 318; Piano Concerto No. 13, K. 415; Horn Concerto No. 3, K. 447; and Symphony No. 38,...

Below is the top-ten list of the St. Louis regions best-selling adult and childrens books, according to the St. Louis Independent Bookstore Alliance . For the week ending October 2: Adult: Stone Soup Cottage: A Vignette of Seasonal Recipes by Carl McConnell Composed by Roseanne Cash Little Black Dress by Susan McBride Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern Light Bringer by Chris DiGiuseppe and Mike Force 1493 by Charles Mann The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach A Dance With Dragons by George R.R....

Photo of the Week

Oct 3, 2011
Michael Schoenwies / Via Flickr

Photo taken by Michael Schoenewies 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.

Below is the top-ten list of the St. Louis regions best-selling adult and childrens books. The list is compiled by the St. Louis Independent Bookstore Alliance . For the week ending September 25: Adult: Trick of the Dark by Val McDermid Go the F* to Sleep by Adam Mansbach Plugged by Eoin Colfer Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern Sookie Stackhouse Companion by Charlaine Harris Winters Bone by Daniel Woodrell Before I Go To Sleep by S.J. Watson Paris Wife by Paula McLain Jacqueline Kennedy:...

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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. In May, Citygarden also...

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 hes working on a new book It takes me a long time to write a book. Theyre 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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David Robertson conducted the St. Louis Symphony with pianist Orli Shaham as the soloist in the world premiere of Steven Mackeys 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...

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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. Cassilly was found in a bulldozer at the site of his new project, Cementland ,...

(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. For the second weekend of this season, the SLSO plays host to a world premiere of Steven Mackeys Piano Concerto (See the video below for an interview with Mackey on his...

Below is the top-ten list of the St. Louis regions best-selling adult and childrens books. The list is compiled by the St. Louis Independent Bookstore Alliance . For the week ending September 18: Adult: Sookie Stackhouse Companion by Charlaine Harris Hit List by Laurell K. Hamilton Cleopatra: A Life by Stacy Schiff Hold Tight by Harlan Coben Fatal Fixer Upper by Jennie Bentley Shards by Ismet Prcic The Adjustment by Scott Phillips Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand Live Wire by Harlan Coben Face...

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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. Other residents are clamoring to...

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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. Residents of St. Louis and University City worked hard on this proposal, Carnahan said. Their dedication and effective advocacy has...

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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.

Below is the top-ten list of the St. Louis regions best-selling adult and childrens books. The list is compiled by the St. Louis Independent Bookstore Alliance . For the week ending September 11: Adult: Time to Plant: Southern-Style Garden Living by James T. Farmer The Help by Kathryn Stockett Bossypants by Tina Fey The Heart and The Fist by Eric Greitens Noir at the Bar edited by Jedediah Ayers and Scott Phillips Unlikely Friendships by Jennifer Holland The Leftovers by Tom Perotta The...

(Alise O'Brien)

The time is here! The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra opens 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. 17. 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. In its first Saturday performance this season, the symphony begins its exploration into music and the way it moves people, the theme for this season , with a...

(Courtesy Sauce Magazine/ by Greg Rannells)

Urban agriculture has taken root in cities everywhere, including right here in the River City. It comes in many forms: the community garden, the backyard vegetable patch, the rooftop bee colony. But cultivating food in town can be complicated and wrought with challenges---so what is it thats driving some city dwellers to skip the grocery store and get their hands dirty? Libby Franklin reports in the next of our new series Sound Bites, created in partnership with Sauce Magazine.

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The St. Louis Cardinals have released their 2012 schedule and will host their oldest rival in their 2012 home opener. The Cardinals said Wednesday their first home game next season will be April 13 against the Chicago Cubs. It will be the latest home opener in St. Louis since the Cardinals opened on April 19, 1991, against Philadelphia. Interleague games include a home stand June 8-17 against Cleveland, the Chicago White Sox and Kansas City. In an oddity, division rival Houston plays in St....

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The official word is out today from the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis - director Paul Ha is headed out of town. Ha has been offered the position of director at the Massachusetts Institute of Technologys (MIT) List Center for the Visual Arts and is expected to begin his new position Dec. 1. According to CAM, Ha raised an aggregate of over $40 million during his tenure and created the institutions first endowment, in the amount of $5 million. It was an incredible privilege to be the...

Below is the top-ten list of the St. Louis regions best-selling adult and childrens books. The list is compiled by the St. Louis Independent Bookstore Alliance . For the week ending September 4: Adult: The Help by Kathryn Stockett Little Black Dress by Susan McBride Room by Emma Donoghue Go the F* to Sleep by Adam Mansbach The Light Bringer by Chris DiGiuseppe and Mike Force False Friend by Myla Goldberg Noir at the Bar edited by Jedidiah Ayres and Scott Phillips God Upgrade: Finding Your...

Below is the top-ten list of the St. Louis regions best-selling adult and childrens books. The list is compiled by the St. Louis Independent Bookstore Alliance . For the week ending August 28: Adult: Heart and the Fist: The Education of a Humanitarian, the Making of a Navy Seal by Eric Greitens Little Black Dress by Susan McBride The Help by Kathryn Stockett Go the F* to Sleep by Adam Mansbach Cougar Club by Susan McBride Heaven Is for Real: A Little Boys Astounding Story of His Trip to...

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Updated 2:10 p.m. Aug. 23 with cause of death One of the countrys top professional associations for zoos and aquariums says people should not be worried about the quality of care at the St. Louis Zoo, despite the death of another animal there. A sea lion, named R.J., died Sunday after performing in one of the Zoos sea lion shows. A cause of death had not been determined as of Monday. The Zoo announced Tuesday, following a necropsy by the Zoos pathologist, that R.J. died from heart failure,...

Throne

Aug 22, 2011
Mattneym / Via Flickr

Photo taken in the St. Louis area by Matneym 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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