Arts & Culture

St. Patrick's Day 2011
2:36 pm
Wed March 16, 2011

Parking headache possible at St. Patrick's Day Parade

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay waves to a crowd at last year’s Ancient Order of Hibernians Saint Patrick's Day Parade in Dogtown.

Visitors attending this year’s Ancient Order of the Hibernians' St. Patrick’s Day parade in Dogtown might need some luck of the Irish to find parking this year.

Changes in traffic restrictions at this year’s parade will close down more residential streets around the parade route, cutting off all parking within the Dogtown neighborhood. Only residents with passes will be allowed into the area.

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Photo of the Week
3:07 pm
Fri March 11, 2011

Lady Bird

via Flickr/MzSusanB

Photo by "MzSusanB" on Flickr.com, taken at the St. Louis Zoo.

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

Fair St. Louis 2011
11:18 am
Thu March 10, 2011

Entertainment announced for 2011 Fair St. Louis

Fair St. Louis festivities last year, as viewed from across the river on the Mississippi river overlook.
(via Flickr/destroyphotography)

The self-proclaimed "America's biggest birthday party," Fair St. Louis, announced the lineup of events and entertainers for this summer's event yesterday.

Here's a quick look at the schedule for the three-day celebration on the grounds of the Gateway Arch:

Saturday, July 2

  • 10 a.m. - The 134th Annual Veiled Prophet Parade
  • Musical Performance: Steve Miller Band
  • Air Show
  • Fireworks

Sunday, July 3

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St. Louis Symphony
3:46 pm
Tue March 8, 2011

St. Louis Symphony garners national attention in New York Times

St. Louis Symphony's David Robertson (right) and Leila Josefowicz, Violin, during Saturday's performance.
(via Carnegie Hall/Steve J. Sherman)

A local group's out-of-town performance has garnered some national recognition.

The St. Louis Symphony's performance at Carnegie Hall in New York this past Saturday was featured in The New York Times and given a "rave review."

The performance reviewed was of Thomas Adès’ violin concerto, “Concentric Paths" with Leila Josefowicz as the featured soloist.

Mo. Supreme Court Archives
11:09 am
Mon March 7, 2011

Mo. Supreme Court cases from 1800s to go on Web

(via Flickr/steakpinball)

History buff? Legal enthusiast? Generally curious about Missouri's past? Get excited.

The Missouri State Archives will be posting thousands of old state Supreme Court cases online for the public to view beginning late next year.

The Secretary of State's office says the State Archives has received a grant of more than $148,000 from the federal government for the project.

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Weekend Gardener
1:19 pm
Sat March 5, 2011

Seed Starting: Finding Unique Varietals and Using a Soil Blocker

These pearlescent, multi-colored corn kernels were blessed by a Hopi elder and a given to me by a friend. The ability to grow unusual varieties of vegetables is just one of the many benefits of growing your own from seed.
Photo credit Madalyn Painter, credit for growing this gorgeous ear of corn goes to Anna Sandidge.

To complement our weekend programming, in this new bi-weekly column I'll write about the trials and tribulations of my own gardening and that of others, including community gardeners as they work to establish a new space to grow. I hope you get inspired to dig in the dirt yourself.  With temperatures on the rise, now is the time to start seeds indoors and get ready to experience the superior flavor of vegetables you can grow at home in your own back yard. Here's one way to get started.

Seed Selection

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Soulard Mardi Gras
5:49 pm
Fri March 4, 2011

Mardi Gras Preview 2011

The Soulard Mardi Gras flag.
(via Mardi Gras, Inc.)

Large crowds are expected to converge on the Soulard neighborhood tomorrow for Mardi Gras festivities.

The party – which some say is among the largest Mardi Gras celebrations in the country – gets underway with River City Casino Grand Parade at 11 a.m. tomorrow. St. Louis Police Captain Sam Dotson says the department will have two shifts of about 200 officers working Mardi Gras.

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WWI Veteran
4:05 pm
Tue March 1, 2011

Flags lowered in Mo. for WWI veteran

Frank Woodruff Buckles, age 16, U.S. Regular Army, First Ft. Riley Casual Detachment of 102 men. Flags will be lowered in select locations of Mo. until March 8, 2011 to honor Buckles, who died Sunday. (via Wikimedia Commons/ U.S. Library of Congress)

Flags are being lowered in Missouri for the last surviving American to serve in World War I.

Missouri native Frank Buckles died Sunday at the age of 110 at his farm in West Virginia. He was born in the Harrison County town of Bethany and also lived as a child in Vernon County.

Buckles lied about his age to enlist in the Army and served during the war in England and France.

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Photo of the Week
12:22 am
Mon February 28, 2011

Orchid Show

Orchid
Amy Buxton on Flickr

Photo by Amy Buxton on Flickr.com, taken at the Missouri Botanical Garden's 2011 Orchid Show.

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

Thomas Jefferson's Books at Washington University
11:45 am
Mon February 21, 2011

Books from Thomas Jefferson's personal collection found in Wash. U. library

A scrap of paper with Greek notes in Thomas Jefferson’s hand was found tucked in a volume of Plutarch’s Lives. (Joe Angeles, Washington University in St. Louis)

Washington University in St. Louis, named for the first American president, announced this President’s Day, the discovery of a tie to another president.

The university recently learned that its libraries have a collection of books originally owned by Thomas Jefferson.

The 28 titles, including 74 volumes, were donated to Washington University in 1880, with no mention of their provenance.

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