Arts & Culture

Featuring Local Artists
1:21 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

Worlds Collide: Hip-Hop And Chess At The World Chess Hall Of Fame

Benjamin Kaplan
Credit Act3

For the next six months chess and hip-hop will live under the same roof here in St. Louis. "Living Like Kings: The Collision of Chess and Hip Hop Culture" is an ever-evolving exhibit examining the relationship between the two art forms. Hip-Hop Chess Federation founder Adisa Banjoko, 44, thinks hip-hop and chess share a common noble truth.

“The spirit of competition in hip-hop and in chess is what helps us figure out who we are,” Banjoko said.

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Theater and Society
10:30 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

Upstream Play 'Antigone' Has Unanticipated Parallels To Ferguson

Upstream Theater presents Antigone
Credit Peter Wochniak

The themes of Sophocles' "Antigone" are timeless. They're also timely, resonating with issues around a Ferguson police officer shooting and killing unarmed teenager Michael Brown this past August.

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10:01 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

The History Behind The St. Louis Symphony Protest Song

The musical protest at the St. Louis Symphony on Oct. 4 included banners.
Credit Screenshot from the YouTube video posted by the St. Louis American

Last Saturday night a group of protesters interrupted the St. Louis Symphony at the very end of intermission. The protesters sang an adaptation of the old folk song “Which Side Are You On?” They dubbed the performance “Requiem for Mike Brown” and began their protest shortly before the Symphony began Brahms' German Requiem.

This song wasn’t picked at random.

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Local Bands
9:35 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

Bruiser Queen Releases Its Second Album, Sweet Static

Morgan Nusbaum
Credit Willis Ryder Arnold | St. Louis Public Radio

Bruiser Queen is a pair of St. Louis residents that play catchy, scuzzy, rock music that lands somewhere between 1960s girl groups and 1990s riot grrrl punk. Morgan Nusbaum fronts the band, commanding both microphone and guitar.

She’s backed by Jason Potter on the drums. The duo practices in an old doctor’s office off Cherokee street. The walls are a faded bubble-gum pink and plastic bins for charts are still screwed to the wall near every exam room. The duo rehearsed for Friday’s record release show promoting their newest album Sweet Static.

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Oct. 11
9:25 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

On Chess: National Chess Day Is Officially Unofficial

Time for chess
Credit Provided by the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis

This Saturday, Oct. 11 is National Chess Day -- though only unofficially, because nobody cares.

That’s not from a lack of continued effort on the part of chess players, however, as plenty have cared about such a recognized holiday dating all the way back to its inception in 1976.

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Opera Demysitified
5:53 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

Swashbuckling ‘Pirates’ Will Introduce STL Kids To Opera

From the 2012 Opera on the Go program that worked with "Marriage of Figaro."
Credit Opera Theatre of St. Louis

Many St. Louisans know about “The Pirates of Penzance” because of the 1983 movie version starring St. Louis native Kevin Kline or its more recent iterations on The Muny stage.

This month, Opera Theatre of St. Louis is using the Gilbert and Sullivan opera of the same name to introduce elementary, middle- and high-school students to a genre they may not be as familiar with.

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St. Louis on the Air
1:58 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

Sherlock Holmes Exhibit Steps Through Time To Solve Crime

The game's afoot, this time at the Saint Louis Science Center.

“The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes” brings Arthur Conan Doyle’s brilliant detective to St. Louis, nearly 130 years after he was created, and lets science center patrons test their powers of observation and crime-solving skills.

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2014 Postseason
7:46 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

Cards Will Face Giants In National League Championship Series

Credit Mary Delach Leonard | St. Louis Public Radio

Here We Go Again!

That was the message on the scoreboard at Busch Stadium Tuesday night after the Cardinals beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-2 to win the division series.

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Cake Mystery
3:30 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

After Legal Dispute, Busch Stadium Birthday Cake Won't Return

The front view of the STL250 cake that was at Busch Stadium and removed in mid-August.
Credit (Courtesy: Linda Gurney)

Although the St. Louis Cardinals have returned to Busch Stadium for a playoff run, one thing is still missing: The fiberglass cake that was originally placed at the stadium celebrating St. Louis’ 250th anniversary.

And, there’s no longer a question of whether the cake will return before the end of year. It will not be available to the public in any capacity.

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The Comeback Cards
9:25 pm
Sun October 5, 2014

As Red October In St. Louis Finally Gets Underway, Take Our Cardinals Postseason Quiz

Cards fans pose at Kiener Plaza -- the best postseason photo op in St. Louis -- before the 2013 World Series.
Credit File photo / Mary Delach Leonard / St. Louis Beacon

Red October finally gets underway in St. Louis on Monday with Cardinals fans welcoming home the 2014 National League Central Division champs, now tied 1-1 with the Los Angeles Dodgers in the postseason division series.

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