Arts & Culture

Saint Louis Art Museum
4:19 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Changes Coming To St. Louis Art Museum Restaurant

Side view of St. Louis Art Museum's Panorama restaurant in the new East Wing
Credit Provided by the Art Museum

Visitors to the St. Louis Art Museum will see some changes in the museum's Panorama restaurant.

The museum is looking closely at the menu, service and kitchen operations after a six-month review observed a $260,000 loss. The red ink was noted in a Zoo-Museum District audit of the museum, released last week.

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St. Louis on the Air
4:38 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

New Mavis Staples Bio Gives Unprecedented Insight Into The Singer And Her Family

Mavis Staples performing at the Chicago Blues Fest in 2012.
Credit Adam Bielawski / via Wikimedia Commons

Despite a musical career that has spanned decades and provided inspiration for the civil rights movement, until recently the only information available about the Staple Singers was from interviews, articles and songs.

A new biography by Chicago Tribune music critic Greg Kot changes all that by providing the back story of the musical family in book form for the first time. With a nod to two hit songs, the book is titled “I’ll Take You There: Mavis Staples, the Staple Singers, and the March Up Freedom’s Highway.”

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St. Louis Symphony
2:03 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

Other Voices: 'The Most Significant American Orchestral Work Never Played In America'

John Cage
Credit Wikipedia

Last week, the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra took over the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts.

That symphony musicians play at the Pulitzer is not news. Ensembles have been bringing new works to the Grand Center neighbor for some time. But this time it was the entire orchestra and the work was a major piece by an American composer that had not be presented in this country before.

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Jazz Unlimited
7:52 am
Mon January 27, 2014

Guitars & Violins And New Music

Barney Kessel-1989
Dennis C. Owsley Copyright Dennis C. Owsley

Jazz Unlimited for December 26, 2014 will be “Guitars & Violins and New Music.”  Violins have been a part of jazz since the beginning.  Photographic evidence suggests that early jazz combos that had front lines of trumpet, trombone and violin or trumpet, clarinet and violin were more prevalent than those that had front lines of trumpet, trombone and clarinet.  The January “Keys and Strings Hour” will showcase groups containing violins and guitars including the Joe Venuti-Eddie Lang duo, the Stuff Smith Quintet with Oscar Peterson and Barney Kessel, the Quintet of the Hot Club of France,

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St. Louis Symphony Live
1:39 pm
Sat January 25, 2014

St. Louis Symphony Extra - Beethoven 3, 'Eroica'

The view from the state at Powell Hall, home of the St. Louis Symphony.
(via St. Louis Symphony/Dan Dreyfus)

We continue our live broadcasts of the St. Louis Symphony for the 2013-2014 season this weekend, and you can be right there with us from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 25.

On select Saturday evenings, St. Louis Public Radio broadcasts the Symphony's performance over the air, bringing you a live classical music experience wherever you are.

Here's what's planned for you this weekend:

DEAN   Testament
DEAN   Viola Concerto
BEETHOVEN   Symphony No. 3, "Eroica"

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4:40 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Anniversaries Highlight St. Louis Symphony’s Next Season

St. Louis Symphony President and CEO Fred Bronstein
Dan Dreyfus

The St. Louis Symphony announced plans for its 2014-15 season at a town hall meeting on Thursday, January 23.  It is a season highlighted by many significant anniversaries: David Robertson’s 10th as music director, David Halen’s 20th season as concertmaster, Amy Kaiser’s 20th season as chorus director, the 20th anniversary of the In UNISON Chorus, the 45th season of the St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra  and the 135th anniversary of the St. Louis Symphony, and all these take place while the city celebrates the 250th anniversary of its founding.

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4:28 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Seinfeld Writer Stars In "The Wonder Bread Years" At The Edison

Pat Hazell in "The Wonder Bread Years"
Credit courtesy photo

Pat Hazell may be best known for his role as a writer for the Seinfeld show but he’s more than a comedic writer. He also is a performer.

Friday, January 24 and Saturday, January 25 he will perform his one man show “The Wonder Bread Years” at Washington University's Edison Theatre. Described as part stand-up, part drama, the show is a tribute to the memorabilia and paraphernalia of the 1960s and 70s.

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3:11 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Comedian Greg Warren Returns To Native St. Louis To Perform At The Funny Bone

Comedian Greg Warren grew up in Kirkwood, Mo.
Credit courtesy photo

Comedian Greg Warren spent his high school years in Kirkwood juggling the roles of student athlete and band nerd, which provided plenty of fodder for his comic routines. He got his start in comedy while a student at the University of Missouri-Columbia and has gone on to perform on Comedy Central, Last Comic Standing and the Bob and Tom radio show.

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Saint Louis Art Museum
12:34 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

ZMD Board Members: St. Louis Art Museum Audit Reveals ‘Well-Run Institution'

Credit File photo | Rachel Heidenry | St. Louis Beacon

A draft of an audit of the St. Louis Art Museum has turned up no significant issues at that institution, according to board members of the Zoo-Museum District.

Previous audits ordered by the ZMD — for the Science Center and the Missouri History Museum — revealed information that led to shakeups in leadership and changes in governance.

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The Pulitzer
6:56 am
Fri January 24, 2014

St. Louis’ Pulitzer Puts On A Drag Show Amid Celebration Of LGBT History

Provided by the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts

On any given weekend, you can follow the show tunes and Beyonce beats to a drag performance in St. Louis.

But on Saturday, Jan. 25 and for the next several months, drag moves beyond the bar scene. The art and history of drag will be in the spotlight at PHD art gallery, the Missouri History Museum and the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts in Grand Center.

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