Arts & Culture

Elementary Championships
9:59 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

On Chess: New City School Benefits From Growing Chess Culture

Andre Diamant in a 2008 photo
Credit Wikipedia

Perhaps no school can better attest to the benefits of living in the U.S. capital of chess than one that sits right in its epicenter.

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St. Louis on the Air
5:02 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

A 100-Year-Old Naked Woman In St. Louis Is Restored To Her Natural Beauty

The Naked Truth monument in Reservoir Park
Courtesy of the Missouri History Museum

Climbing to the top of the Compton Hill Water Tower can give an excellent view of the city, but near its base you can find a much more controversial sight: a 100-year old naked woman. Reservoir Park, at South Grand and Shaw, is home to the Naked Truth monument which honors three turn-of-the-century German-American journalists.

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Jazz St. Louis
2:28 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Jazz St. Louis To Get $10 Million Makeover

Rendering of Jazz Center's performance space
Jazz St. Louis

Jazz St. Louis in Grand Center has announced a new expansion that it hopes will make it one of the top five jazz hubs in the world.

The $10 million plan includes the purchase its building at 3536 Washington Ave. and another next door, a renovated performance space, an education center and a jazz lounge.

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LouFest
12:01 am
Tue May 13, 2014

St. Louis’ LouFest Lineup Features OutKast, Cake, Matt & Kim

Outkast
Outkast.com

St. Louis’ LouFest has unveiled its complete lineup for the Sept. 6-7 music weekend.  

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Zoo-Museum District
6:37 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

St. Louis’ Zoo-Museum District Ethics Code Committee Reaches Early Consensus

Tom Campbell
Credit Provided by the Zoo Museum District

Members of a committee charged with reviewing the St. Louis Zoo-Museum District’s ethics code ended their first meeting Monday on a harmonious note.

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St. Louis on the Air
3:31 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

St. Louis' Film History: The Actors, Moguls, Movies And Theaters With Ties To The Region

In the early 1970s the Tivoli operated under the name Magic Lantern Cinema. Present for the ribbon cutting in October 1969 were (l to r) Edward Arthur, Mayor Nathan Kaufman and James Scott of Cinema Art Educators who operated the theater.
Courtesy of The Archives of the University City Public Library

This year marks two anniversaries from St. Louis’ film history: it is the 90th anniversary of the Tivoli Theater, and the 70th anniversary of Meet Me in St. Louis, which is perhaps the film that most often comes to mind when St. Louis is mentioned. Though Meet Me in St. Louis was shot entirely outside of the city, many pictures, both before and after the Judy Garland classic, were filmed here. Today on St. Louis on the Air we discussed a few of them, and the people who contributed to the films we love.

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Trains
7:42 pm
Sat May 10, 2014

Union Station Opens And Celebrates National Train Day

The Gateway Garden Railroad Club, Inc., features trains that you can keep outside.
(Shula Neuman, St. Louis Public Radio)

Train enthusiasts and history buffs gathered at the re-opening of Union Station yesterday in downtown St. Louis. The newly rehabbed train station and hotel kicked off its inaugural weekend by celebrating National Train Day.

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Union Station
8:59 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

St. Louis’ Union Station Debuts Grand Hall Multimedia Show

Looking down on Union Station's Grand Hall
Cindy Betz

The Grand Hall at St. Louis’ Union Station re-opens to the public Saturday with fanfare that includes a 3-D light, video and sound show.

The presentation begins with the sound of a chugging train. You can almost imagine conductors calling “All aboard!” as you start to take in the show on the 65-foot ceiling.

The experience includes a musical soundtrack and narration to slides and video that range from Union Station’s golden days to highlights of a Blues game.

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Cityscape
5:50 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Vocalist Denise Thimes Shares Her Gifts With St. Louis And Aretha Franklin

Denise Thimes performing at Aretha Franklin's 72nd birthday party.
courtesy photo

When a friend asked St. Louis vocalist Denise Thimes to come to Detroit to sing for her father’s 75th birthday party, she didn’t tell her until she got there that one of the guests was Aretha Franklin. “I was shaking in my boots, to say the least,” Thimes told Cityscape host Steve Potter, but she pulled herself together and sang for the diva and the others in the audience. “She wanted to hear “The Way We Were” and I really tried to sing it to the best of my ability.  And she was very pleased with that.”

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Cityscape
5:16 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

What Are The Newest Restaurants And Food Trends In St. Louis?

Three Flags Tavern, a new restaurant that pays tribute to the cuisine of the three countries whose flags have flown over St. Louis: France, Spain and the U.S.
Michelle Volansky Sauce Magazine

In our monthly Soundbites segment in partnership with Sauce Magazine, host Steve Potter spoke with the magazine’s executive editor Ligaya Figueras and art director Meera Nagarajan about what is up-and-coming in the St. Louis food scene.

Among the highlights of the conversation were what restaurants have good patios, what’s new at the Loop, and two barbecue restaurants set to open soon. Also covered were hit lists of restaurants that focus on being healthy and places that are kid friendly.

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