Arts & Culture

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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St. Louis Life
4:02 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Why Do You Stay In The St. Louis Region? #WhyIStay

Why do you stay in the St. Louis region? Share your reason with us on Instagram or Twitter using #WhyIStay.
Credit (Kelsey Proud/St. Louis Public Radio)

What makes you stay in the St. Louis area? 

Is it the Cardinals? Your family? A great set of friends? The architecture? A job you love? A job you need to keep?

Whatever the reason, share it with others.

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Reflecting Mozart's Joy
10:29 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

'The Magic Flute' Brings Fun And Sparkles To Opera Theatre Of St. Louis

Isaac Mizrahi
Credit Opera Theatre of St. Louis

Those locked into the stereotype that opera is elite entertainment put on by people in ivory towers may dump that notion when they hear about two guys trying to conjure magic in Opera Theatre of St. Louis’ “The Magic Flute.” It opens Saturday at the Loretto-Hilton Theatre.

The two magic makers are Isaac Mizrahi and Sean Panikkar.

Mizrahi is “Magic Flute’s” stage director, set and costume designer. He has been applauded for his chic designs at down-to-earth prices for Target stores as well as his super glamorous couture looks.

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Gay Rights
10:27 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Commentary: Judging Michael Sam, First As A Football Player

Credit Rams media

When Michael Sam finally got the call that the St. Louis Rams had drafted him, he turned to his partner, they embraced and kissed. This scene has played out every year during the NFL draft and rarely garners national attention. The difference this time is that Michael Sam is gay and he kissed his boyfriend.

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Poetry
10:18 pm
Sun May 18, 2014

Free Verse: Jeffrey Bean

Credit image courtesy of Styx

Richard Newman of River Styx brings his poetic touch to St. Louis Public Radio and the Beacon. He regularly selects a poem to appear on this site. It's a free glimpse into the vibrant poetry life in this area. Today: Jeffrey Bean | The Voyeur’s Blues.

This month we’re featuring a blues poem from River Styx’s upcoming anniversary issue. The blues often come in dark shades, and this one makes the speaker compelling and creepy, the scene sinister yet almost sweet.

Jeffrey Bean

The Voyeur’s Blues

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Cityscape
6:45 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Remembering Circus Flora’s David Balding

Circus Flora co-founder and artistic director David Balding
Credit Circus Flora

The members of the Circus Flora family were stunned and saddened when their beloved patriarch David Balding passed away on Friday, May 9. One of the members of that family is theater director Cecil MacKinnon who is also known as Yo-Yo, the Narrator. She joined Cityscape host Steve Potter to remember Balding.

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