Arts & Culture

Cityscape
2:48 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Jazz St. Louis Remembers MAXJAZZ Founder Rich McDonnell In Concert At Jazz At The Bistro

Rich McDonnell, founder of MAXJAZZ Records.
Credit MAXJAZZ

On Sunday, May 25, Jazz at the Bistro will have a lineup of performers worthy of the man everyone is gathering to honor: Richard McDonnell.

In addition to founding St. Louis-based independent record label MAXJAZZ, McDonnell was one of the original board members of Jazz St. Louis.

The night before he died this past February, Richard McDonnell spent the evening doing what he loved most, said his son Clayton McDonnell. First he went to hear Peter Martin at the Sheldon, and then he went to hear sets performed at Jazz at the Bistro.

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Edison Theatre
1:36 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

It's Curtains For Ovations Series At Washington University's Edison Theatre

"Three Acts, Two Dangers, One Radio Host" features Ira Glass. It will be at the Edison Nov. 1 & 2.
Credit David Basemore, provided by the Edison

Washington University is endings its Ovations series of professional performances at the Edison Theater.

The Giordano Dance Company’s presentation next April will be the last dance for the 41-year-old series.

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Cityscape
12:04 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Thirty Dance Companies Converge On The Touhill For Dance St. Louis’ Spring To Dance

Chicago Tap Theatre
Courtesy Chicato Tap Theatre

It’s not often that 30 different professional dance companies perform in the same place on the same weekend. But it’s happening this weekend at the Touhill. Beginning Thursday, May 22 and ending Saturday, May 24, ten different professional companies will perform each night, representing a spectrum of dance styles and locales over the course of the three nights.

St. Louis is represented by at least one local company per night, with performances by The Big Muddy Dance Company, Leverage Dance Theater, Saint Louis Ballet, Common Thread Contemporary Dance and MADCO.

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Science Center
9:09 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Issues Around Arcturis-St. Louis Science Center Deal Resurrected

Science Center President and CEO Bert Vescolani is closest to the screen; to his left is Science Center board chairman Doug Yaeger.
Credit Nancy Fowler | St. Louis Public Radio

The controversy over a contract between the St. Louis Science Center and a design firm doesn’t seem to be going away.

In April, Zoo-Museum District board member Pat Whitaker resigned following conflict-of-interest allegations stemming from the Science Center awarding a contract to Arcturis, a company she founded.

On Thursday, ZMD board member Charles Valier again criticized Science Center dealings with the firm at a budget-presentation meeting at the Center.

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Arts & Culture
10:44 am
Thu May 22, 2014

Free Concerts This Week Include Groovethang And A Johnny Cash tribute

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

For many St. Louisans, summer means Cardinals baseball, pork steak on the grill and free outdoor concerts. Coming this week:

See a bigger version of this app here

To let us know about your concert series, please email Arts, Culture and Voices Editor Donna Korando (dkorando@stlpublicradio.org.)

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Donelle Woolford
5:14 am
Thu May 22, 2014

White Flag Projects Presents Controversial Work From Whitney Biennial

Donelle Woolford played by Jennifer Kidwell performing Richard Pryor as envisioned by Joe Scanlan
Credit Photo courtesy Stephen Garrett Dewyer

White Flag Projects will present a high profile performance Thursday, May 22, that has garnered criticism for featuring a young, black, female artist named Donelle Woolford as the fictional persona of white, male artist Joe Scanlan.

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Underground Railroad
3:02 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Civic Leaders Announce Competition For Meachum Freedom Crossing Monument Design

Angela da Silva, adjunct professor in American studies at Lindenwood University, re-enacts the night of Mary Meachum's freedom crossing.
Credit Nora Ibrahim

On the 159th anniversary of Mary Meachum's attempted crossing of the Mississippi River — from what was at the time the slave state of Missouri to the free state Illinois — St. Louis residents, local groups and officials gathered at the crossing site to announce plans for a permanent monument. For many of those who attended, it marks 15 years of hard work to get the site more widely recognized. 

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Pulitzer
1:01 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

St. Louis’ Pulitzer Adding More Space For Expanded Offerings, Changing Name

Credit Provided by the foundation

St. Louis’ Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts will undergo a major expansion to increase its square footage by one-third.

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CD release concert
10:34 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

The 442s Live Where Jazz And Classical Meet

The 442s: Shawn Weil, Adam Maness, Bjorn Ranheim and Syd Rodway
Credit Sandra Calvo

For the four musicians who make up the 442s, Duke Ellington’s words (right) resonate. Of the quartet of musicians who make up the group, two — violinist Shawn Weil and cellist Bjorn Ranheim — are members of the St. Louis Symphony. The other two — pianist, multi-instrumentalist and composer Adam Maness and bassist Syd Rodway — are known for their work with vocalist Erin Bode. Maness and Rodway also have strong jazz backgrounds.

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Overtime
4:32 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

On Chess: Armageddon Looms Today In U.S. Championships Finale

Aleksandr Lenderman will be playing for his first U.S. Championship.
Credit Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis

UPDATE 4:36 p.m.: Irina Krush is the U.S. Women's Chess Champion after winning the playoff against Tatev Abrahamyan 1-1/2 to 1/2. 

UPDATE 4:32 p.m.: Gata Kamsky is the U.S. Chess Champion after winning the playoff against Varuzhan Akobian 1-1/2 to 1/2. The women's match continues.

UPDATE 3:30 p.m.: In the first of two rapid matches for the U.S. Championship, Varuzhan Akobian drew the white pieces but fell into time trouble against Gata Kamsky. Akobian managed to hold off the reigning champion for a draw.

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