Arts & Culture

St. Louis on the Air
5:46 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Documentary Based On Auguste Chouteau's Personal Account Of St. Louis Founding To Air On Nine PBS

Portrait of Auguste Chouteau (artist unknown), circa 1810.
From the collection of the St. Louis Mercantile Library at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

In 1764 Auguste Chouteau made landfall on the banks of the Mississippi River and began construction of the fur-trading post that would become St. Louis. He was just fourteen at the time, and acting at the behest of his mother's lover, Pierre Laclede. Forty years later, as a prominent citizen of the city, he penned an account of the founding in a journal that is still partly preserved today.

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University City
12:09 am
Thu February 6, 2014

University City Brings Artists Home And This One Passes Out Harmonicas

Sandy Weltman
Credit Returning Artist program

Sandy Weltman stands in the center of a semi-circle of chairs in the music room at Jackson Park Elementary School in University City. Fourth grade students wait expectantly to see exactly what this tall, lanky man might have in store for them.

Weltman asks the students to guess what instrument he’s going to play. Guesses range from a violin to a keyboard to a trumpet, and through a series of clues, Weltman gets one boy to correctly say the harmonica.

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Standing For Justice II, 1950 to 1980
12:09 am
Thu February 6, 2014

Documenting The St. Louis Jewish Community’s Response To Extremism After World War II

Artifacts from the St. Louis Jewish Community Archives document the local response to discrimination, anti-Semitism and extremism after World War II.
Mary Delach Leonard|St. Louis Public Radio and the Beacon

A new display in the atrium of the Jewish Federation Kopolow Building may be small in size, but it packs punch with its disturbing news clippings and artifacts detailing the response of the St. Louis Jewish community to extremism and discrimination of all types after World War II.

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Zurich Chess Challenge
12:07 am
Thu February 6, 2014

On Chess: Nakamura Misses Chance to Topple World Champion

Hikaru Nakamura last battled Magnus Carlsen at the Sinquefield Cup in St. Louis. Levon Aronian observes.
Credit Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis

He came close this time. The great white whale was in his sights. His elbow was cocked, and in his hand the harpoon was ready to deliver the fatal blow. And then it all disappeared.

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12:06 am
Thu February 6, 2014

Commentary: Rams Fans Want to Know What Stan’s Doing With the New Deed

Credit Rams media

Stan, baby, you’re busting my chops. Every time I write about your Rams and their on-going stadium contretemps, I go to great lengths to remind the readership that without you, the team would have never come to St. Louis in the first place. Back in the day, you were a civic hero.

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4:06 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Pops Conductor Richard Hayman Dies At 93

Richard Hayman
Credit St. Louis Symphony

Richard Hayman, whose corny jokes and flashy suits became essential parts of the Pops at Powell and Queeny pops concerts, died Feb. 5. He was 93 years old and, according to the Miami Herald, was in hospice care in New York.

Hayman came to the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra as its principal pops conductor in 1976. And as a release from the symphony notes, he also was a highly regarded arranger and composer.

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The Black Rep
9:24 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

STL Black Rep’s ‘Colored Girls’ Is Spectrum Of Emotions, But Let’s Talk About Red

The Black Rep is presenting For Colored Girls ... at the Missouri History Museum.
Credit Provided by the Black Rep

There are many reasons you might want to see the Black Rep’s current production of Ntozake Shange’s poem series “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf” at the Missouri History Museum.

Of course, you get that deep, hard look into the lives of black women in the 1970s as seven characters wearing seven different colors leap, lament and laugh their way through Shange’s classic language.

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SLU Colloquium
11:20 am
Tue February 4, 2014

Reflection: What Is The Allure Of Richard III?

The earliest surviving portrait of Richard III
Credit Wikipedia

It was one of those rare occasions where the careful, dry, scholarly, world of academic inquiry and the more raucous world of instant global celebrity came together.

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The Hinge
5:38 am
Tue February 4, 2014

Reflection: Hinge Gallery’s Terpening Show Gives Regional Support For Regional Artist

The exhibit's postcard is from Virginia Terpening, Morning Prayer (Self-Portrait), nd. Oil on board. 28 x 17 inches
Credit Provided by The Hinge

The Hinge Gallery’s Eileen G’Sell and Bryan Laughlin have organized an exhibit of artist Virginia Terpening’s newly discovered work. The show’s title, Yes Virginia, There is… is “an affirmation: of the value of an artist making art for the sake of making it, of the possibility that art from a marginalized vantage can endure as accessible to all.”

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Arts & Culture
8:26 am
Mon February 3, 2014

Arch City Radio Hour: Ransom Note and Mt. Thelonious

Ransom Note
(Courtesy of Merv Shrock)

Ransom Note 

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