Arts & Culture

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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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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.

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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.

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

Mardi Gras Preview 2011

Mar 4, 2011
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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.

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.

Orchid Show

Feb 28, 2011
Amy Buxton on Flickr

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

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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.

Shadow Dancing

Feb 18, 2011

Photo by "MBK (marjie)" on www.flickr.com.

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St. Louis foodies, this one's for you.

Four local culinary names have been designated James Beard Award semifinalists, the St. Louis Business Journal reports.

For those of you unfamiliar with the James Beard Award, the Journal says Time magazine called it the "Oscars of the food world."

Updated at 1:32 p.m. Feb. 15, 2011 with post-ceremony comments

Hall of Fame baseball player Stan Musial was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom today in Washington.

The St. Louis Cardinals outfielder and first baseman received the medal from President Barack Obama today in a ceremony at the White House.

"This is the top honor that I'm ever going to receive," Musial told the St. Louis Beacon in his hotel room before the ceremony.

Chesterfield has been named among the top-ten towns in the state by Missouri Life magazine.

Joplin was listed as the number one town, and was closely followed by Chesterfield, which ranked second.

(via St. Louis Symphony website)

Listening to our broadcast of the St. Louis Symphony on Saturday, Feb. 12?

When it airs, you can follow along with the featured Mozart Arias - in English!

Below is your very own version of the insert included in the program distributed for the performance at Powell Hall.

And while you wait for the performance, check out the St. Louis Symphony rehearsing for Saturday's show.

Happy listening!

(Click here to listen to the broadcast)

Mozart Arias Translations - St. Louis Symphony

Bud Ice

Feb 11, 2011

Photo by "ioensis" on www.flickr.com.

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(via Jenna Dooley, WUIS)

Winter hats mingled with stovepipe hats at the center of a nationwide effort to honor Abraham Lincoln and set a world record.

Hundreds of people gathered Friday in Springfield to recite the speech Lincoln gave when he left for the White House. At the same time, people across the country read the speech in hope of setting a new mark for the most people to read a document aloud simultaneously.

Lincoln delivered his heartfelt goodbye exactly 150 years ago.

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There's a new kid on the block when it comes to local magazines in St. Louis.

“Town and Style” will launch Wednesday with its first issue. The magazine says it will cover the lives and activities of residents in the region’s central corridor communities.

Many of the new publication’s employees formerly worked for “Ladue News” but “Town and Style” editor-in-chief Dorothy Weiner  -- herself the former editor-in chief of "Ladue News" -- says it will be much different from the society magazine.

 “We will be focusing of course on people and on the central corridor, and we want to have a rather extended reach. We’re hoping to go from Central West End all the way out to Wildwood and focus on the community with lots of people pictures and all the things that are going on here, Weiner said.”

 “Town and Style” will be free and distributed at area restaurants, grocery stores and other outlets. The initial circulation goal is 37,500.

The Hungry Gull

Feb 4, 2011

Photo by "matneym" on www.flickr.com.

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If you're a little tired of this cold weather, you're in luck, as the iconic "Punxsutawney Phil" groundhog did not see his shadow this morning -- signaling Spring's early return. 

For those of you who looked for Groundhog Day-related fun a little closer to home today to no avail, that's because our new local "representative" is a little too groggy for the task this year.

"The Rite of Spring" and "Firebird" by Igor Stravinsky, a performance with the Hubbard Street Dance Company,  Johann Sebastian Bach's Mass in B Minor, and a gala concert with violinist Itzahk Perlman are among the highlights of the St. Louis Symphony's 2011-2012 season.

A story we've been telling you about for some time about a downtown nightclub has developed even further today.

According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, a judge ruled to revoke the liquor permit for Lure, now known as Amnesia, effectively closing the nightclub.

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