Arts & Culture

St. Louis on the Air
10:46 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Julius Hunter Talks About Two 'Millionaire Bordello Madams' In Post-Civil War St. Louis

Julius Hunter
Credit (Courtesy: Julius Hunter)

“I like to think they were the darker skinned Kardashians of their era,” Julius Hunter said of Priscilla Henry and Sarah “Babe” Connor. Hunter is a longtime KMOV newsman, respected author, and St. Louis native.

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Opens Nov. 13
8:40 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

St. Louis’ Annual Film Festival Puts Focus On Race

Credit Cinema St. Louis website

The 2014 St. Louis International Film Festival will emphasize a topic that’s now foremost in the minds of many in our area: race.

Recent local events prompted Cinema St. Louis' SLIFF to create the “Race in America: The Black Experience" program in its Nov. 13-23 festival. Its offerings include discussions as well as film screenings.

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Data Visualization
8:39 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

St. Louis Data Project Reaches Half-Way Point

Jer Thorp
Credit Stephanie Zimmerman | St. Louis Public Radio Intern | File photo

Data artist Jer Thorp completed the research-based stage of his $75,000 project to examine and creatively present St. Louis’ data. The New York based artist’s research consists of city visits and extensive demographic and mapping research coupled with an unexpected emphasis on experiencing the physical environment of St. Louis.

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The Right Moves
8:38 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

On Chess: Miriam School Uses Chess As Behavioral Therapy Tool

First-grader Jay Mainard, far left, uses the weekly chess club at the Miriam School in Webster Groves as a tool to combat learning disabilities.
Credit Provided by the Miriam School

Not long after kindergarten began, Jason Mainard began noticing problems in his son’s mood. Socially, the boy wasn’t adhering to the way other kids played. Emotionally, he wasn’t responding the way most kids do in their first year of school. Traditional characteristics that describe a first classroom experience were few, replaced instead by signs of depression, signs of frustration.

Calls home from teachers confirmed the father’s concerns.

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'Pop' Culture
10:12 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

This St. Louis-Area Bottler Sells Soda The Old-Fashioned Way

A case of Ski in returnable bottles rolls out a delivery chute at the side entrance of the Excel Bottling Company in Breese, Ill.
Mary Delach Leonard | St. Louis Public Radio

The motto of the Excel Bottling Company in Breese, Ill., is “Good Things Don’t Have To Change.”

And they really mean it.

Here, on the corner of Broadway and Clinton streets, four generations of the Meier family have been selling soda for nearly 80 years.

They make it the old-fashioned way -- with pure cane sugar instead of high-fructose corn syrup -- using  vintage bottling equipment that was already “secondhand” when it was purchased in 1936.

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St. Louis on the Air
2:55 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Missouri Native Cedric ‘The Entertainer’ Invests In St. Louis, Shares His Thoughts On Ferguson

Cedric Antonio Kyles, better known as Cedric the Entertainer, will host a gala in St. Louis on Oct. 25 to benefit SSM St. Mary's
Credit (Courtesy Photo / Used With Permission)

Cedric Antonio Kyles, better known as Cedric “The Entertainer,” spent several of his formative years in St. Louis.

He was born in Jefferson City and moved to Berkeley, in north St. Louis County, after junior high school.

Kyles got his start in comedy by working in clubs in the St. Louis area and his career took off when he appeared on “It's Showtime at the Apollo,” a show he would eventually host. He also performed on “Def Comedy Jam.” His first acting role was on “The Steve Harvey Show” as the lovable P.E. teacher and Harvey’s sidekick, Cedric.

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Panel Discussion
5:28 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Interfaith Panel Attempts to Bridge Gap On Social Issues From Klinghoffer To Ferguson

Brian Mulligan as Leon Klinghoffer and Nancy Maultsby as Marilyn Klinghoffer in Opera Theatre of St. Louis' 2011 production of The Death of Klinghoffer.
Credit Ken Howard | Opera Theatre of St. Louis

"The Death of Klinghoffer" drew protests Monday night at its opening in New York. In St. Louis Monday, faith leaders who had worked together in 2011 to create community discussion around the opera met again to consider the experience in light of Ferguson.

They hope past conversations about social issues will inform public response to the shooting death of Michael Brown. These leaders view conversation a way to change the future.

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Jazz Unlimited
9:59 am
Sun October 19, 2014

Lennis Tristano and His Students

Brad Mehldau-2001
Dennis C. Owsley Copyright Dennis C. Owsley

Jazz Unlimited for October 19 will be  “Lennie Tristano and His Students.”  Lennie Tristano was one of the first teachers of methods of jazz improvisation.  His piano playing was characterized by dense, emotionally packed and sometimes dissonant sounds.  Tristano's teaching methods recruited students like saxophonists Lee Konitz and Warne Marsh, guitarist Billy Bauer, and pianist Sal Mosca, all of whom will be heard on this show.  Konitz and Marsh are two of the most cliche-free improvisers in jazz.

The Slide Show contains images of three of the musicians heard on this show.

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Somebody's Got To Do It
11:03 am
Sat October 18, 2014

Those Daring Engineers On The Arch Do This Kind Of Work All The Time

An engineer from Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates at work on the Gateway Arch Thursday.
Credit UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Who ARE those daring engineers who have been rappelling down the north leg of the Gateway Arch to check the condition of the monument’s shiny stainless steel exterior?

Officially, they’re known as the “Difficult Access Team” of Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, a Chicago-based firm of engineers, architects and scientists who specialize in assessing and restoring historic buildings and monuments.

“We are building doctors,’’ says Stephen Kelley who is leading the project. “We are doing a diagnosis.”

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Literary Small Press
8:13 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

St. Louis' Dorothy: A Publishing Project Gains Critical Acclaim

Credit Provided by Dorothy

Dorothy: A Publishing Project is small literary press that’s making big waves in the literary community. The press publishes only two books each fall. This year Dorothy released Nell Zink’s "The Wallcreeper" and Joanna Ruocco’s "DAN." Critical acclaim continues to grow for Dorothy. "The Wallcreeper" is reviewed in the influential New York Time’s Book Review this weekend.

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