Arts & Culture

Saint Louis Art Museum
9:08 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

St. Louis Art Museum Looks To Leave City Pension Plan, Facing Possible $9 Million Debt

Credit Flickr | ChrisYunker

The St. Louis Art Museum is facing a possible deficit of $9 million as a result of an unfunded liability in the city’s Employees Retirement System (ERS). That amount is nearly one-third of the museum’s $29 million 2014 budget.

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Zoo-Museum District
9:01 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Who Should Review STL Zoo-Museum District’s Ethics Code? Committee Members Spar

The ZMD Board met at the St. Louis Art Museum May 8. Far side of table: Ben Uchitelle (left), Tom Campbell. Head of table: Thelma Cook and ZMD board exec director Pat Dougherty. Near side of table (left to right): back of Sharon Wilcutt’s head (office manager), Gloria Wessels, Charles Valier, ZMD board attorney Mike Chivell
Credit Nancy Fowler | St. Louis Public Radio

  Everyone on the St. Louis Zoo-Museum District board agrees its ethics code should be re-evaluated. But the question of who should review it has become a heated internal debate.

During a recent meeting, board chair Thelma Cook asked board members Tom Campbell, Ben Uchitelle and Charles Valier to serve on a committee to examine the ethics policy. Cook named Campbell the committee chair.

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Pulitzer Foundation
8:51 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Vacant Lot Transformation, Great Rivers Biennial Among STL's Friday Art Offerings

The PXSTL Lots
Credit David Johnson | PXSTL

 Think of it as your very own performance and gathering space. A former vacant lot, across the street from the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts in St. Louis’ Grand Center, is booked for more than a dozen events through October. But in between, bring your guitar and your friends for a sing-a-long under its floating canopies. Or relocate your book club there for the summer.

“We want people to just respond to the space in ways we haven’t even imaged yet — and neither have they,” Pulitzer executive Kristina Van Dyke told St. Louis Public Radio.

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8:50 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Reflection: Free Paarking Exhibit Looks Just Beyond A Person's Reach

Top: The noise attracts and repels. Bottom: Confluence rock
Credit Sarah Hermes Griesbach

Deo Deiparine is the founder, director, curator and whatever else is needed at the Free Paarking Gallery in South St. Louis. The 21-year-old Washington University architecture student exemplifies the multitasking art-worlder archetype. Such entrepreneurial art leadership may be the best and only way to enter and stay in such an underfunded field. His gallery is now hosting its fifth exhibition since opening in August 2012.

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Graves, Cage & Kaino
5:16 am
Thu May 8, 2014

On Chess: New Shows At World Chess Hall of Fame Include Burning Boards

Mayor Frances Slay, with Jeanne and Rex Sinquefield in the background, helped unveil the 14-and-a-half-foot tall World's Largest Chess Piece at the Chess Hall of Fame.
Credit file photo | St. Louis Beacon

The link between the creation of history and the preservation of heritage is about as streamlined as it gets these days: Just send it across the street.

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Bruno David, Mad Art, 14th Street
5:10 am
Thu May 8, 2014

Arts Rundown: Laumeier, Kemper, PXSTL, CAM And More

Top: Robert Copeland. Right: Carolyn and John Ruff. Left: Helen Springer
Credit Laumeier Sculpture Park

Got Mother’s Day plans? Maybe a backyard barbeque? Gardening? Enjoying the flowers at the Botanical Garden?

One St. Louis  Mother's Day weekend tradition is the Art Fair at Laumeier.

You don’t have to wait until Sunday to go out to the sculpture park, as the event starts Friday. In fact, if you are there Friday or Saturday, you might find the perfect Mother’s Day gift from among the 150 artists who have been selected for their work in ceramics, fiber/textiles, glass, jewelry, mixed media, painting, photography/digital, printmaking/drawing, sculpture and wood.

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Caring For Artifacts
7:52 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Missouri History Museum Moves Forward In Project To Inventory Soldiers Memorial Collection

Volunteers have worked on the outside of Soldiers Memorial. Now it's time for the collection to get help.
Credit St. Louis Beacon file photo

The Missouri History Museum is one step closer to working with the historical collection of Soldiers Memorial Military Museum.

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Instant access
8:45 pm
Sat May 3, 2014

St. Louis County Library Patrons Can Stream Movies, Music and More

Credit Screen shot

Starting May 5, the St. Louis County Library system will be the first in the area to offer instant streaming of movies, TV shows, music and audio books.

All a person needs to access the system is a county library card, the PIN number he or she received a couple of years ago and an email address. The streaming is available through hoopla, and people can sign in through the library’s emedia site. (

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5:17 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Commentary: St. Louis Has A Thriving Drag And Burlesque Scene

Nancy Kranzberg

In the past couple of months drag shows and a lively burlesque scene in our city have been brought to my attention.

In January, drag shows moved from the bars to such places as The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts where Tyler Cross (stage name Siren) performed with other drag divas and Washington University's 7th annual drag show was for the first time held in the mainstream Danforth University Center.

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Arts & Culture
4:25 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Author Elaine Viets On 13th Book In Her ‘Dead-End Job Mystery’ Series

Elaine Viets

Although former Post-Dispatch columnist Elaine Viets now lives in Fort Lauderdale, both of her book series have St. Louis connections.  Her Josie Marcus Mystery Shopper series is set in Maplewood while the main character in her Dead-End Job Mystery series is a St. Louis woman on the run in South Florida.

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