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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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St. Louis Symphony
2:16 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

St. Louis Symphony Extra - Carmina Burana

Powell Hall, home of the St. Louis Symphony.
Credit (Alise O'Brien)

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, May 3. 

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:

REICH   The Four Sections
ORFF   Carmina burana

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12:26 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Storytellers Gather In St. Louis For 35th Annual Festival Honoring Their Craft

St. Louis storyteller Bobby Norfolk is featured in the 35th Annual St. Louis Storytelling Festival.
Credit courtesy photo

More than 40 regional storytellers from Kansas City to Peoria, Illinois have converged on St. Louis this week for the 35th Annual St. Louis Storytelling Festival sponsored by the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Performances and workshops are geared for a wide range of audiences, and are spread throughout the St. Louis region in venues ranging from the Gateway Arch to the Cahokia Mounds.

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11:57 am
Fri May 2, 2014

St. Louis Mercantile Library Celebrates The Paper Arts, From Printing To Painting

Credit Firecracker Press

This weekend the St. Louis Mercantile Library at the University of Missouri-St. Louis is hosting its 8th Annual Fine Print, Rare Book & Paper Arts Fair. Vendors and dealers will be set up in the J.C. Penney Building Saturday May 3 and Sunday, May 4, with a benefit preview this evening.

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Zoo-Museum District
11:55 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

STL’s Zoo-Museum District Board Raises Possibility Of Admission Charges For Some

The Zoo-Museum District Board discussed the possibility of admission charges for people who live outside the tax-supporting areas.
Credit Nancy Fowler | St. Louis Public Radio

Free admission to St. Louis’ cultural institutions for non-residents could be a thing of the past if talk by the Zoo-Museum District board members turns to action.

On Wednesday night, the board discussed the possibility of charging admission to the Zoo, Art Museum, Science Center and other attractions in response to a report by St. Louis City Alderman Joe Roddy.

Admission would remain free for people who live in St. Louis and St. Louis County.

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Gallery210, Bruno David, Illumine
10:39 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Arts Rundown: A Stormy Sky, Poetry And U.S. Grant

Credit detail from Gallery 210 postcard

Tuesday afternoon, I got away from the office a little early and headed south, dodging raindrops on the way to Chester, Ill. Past Ruma, the sky commanded attention.

On my right, streaks of thin clouds danced against an opaque, pale blue. Straight ahead, dark, deep foreboding clouds layered upward. The rain streaked below. But above all that, a dome of the clearest, cleanest blue provided the beginning of a benediction that was completed in the rainbow patch shimmering at my left.

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2014 U.S. Championships
10:38 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

On Chess: The Kings Converge On St. Louis

Gata Kamsky seeks to defend his title at the 2014 U.S. Championship.
Credit Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis

In chess, conquering the center is a strategy nearly as old as the game itself.

It is a building block, a foundation, with centuries of theory backing the blueprint. American legend Bobby Fischer opened all but one of his myriad games by instantly striking into the center with 1. e4, famously referring to the first move as “best, by test.”

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Polgar's Champions
10:38 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Spotlight On St. Louis Chess Falls On Webster's Investment In The Sport

In this file photo, Susan Polgar coaches Wesley So.
Credit Provided by Susan Polgar

The vibrancy of chess in the St. Louis area continues to grow. For example the U.S. Championships return to the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis on May 8.

But one of the bright spots – the strength of the university programs here – recently received close scrutiny. While Lindenwood and others are building strong teams, Webster University brought in the chess world’s version of John Calipari or Coach K: Susan Polgar and her team of grandmasters left Texas Tech University for the St. Louis suburbs in 2012.

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