Arts & Culture

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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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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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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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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St. Louis Symphony
1:34 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

St. Louis Symphony Extra - Tchaikovsky 5

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

We conclude 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, May 10. 

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:

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12:01 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Three St. Louis Museums Open Major Exhibitions

"Lots," 2014. Designed by Freecell Architecture for the PXSTL Competition.
photo by David Johnson Organized by the Pulitzer Foundaton for the Arts & the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts

Updated Monday, May 12 to include the fourth exhibition at CAM.

Three St. Louis institutions are opening major contemporary art exhibitions tonight: the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis and the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum at Washington University.

In the hope that St. Louisans will make it an “art night out,” a free shuttle service between the Kemper and Grand Center is being provided from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

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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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