Arts & Culture

St. Louis' Joe Marrocco of Kaldi's Coffee is already a champion barista.  As the top scorer in the South Central regional competition earlier this month, Marrocco heads to the United States Barista Championships this weekend as a man to beat.  Nationals are underway in Houston, where competitors are judged on a number of factors, including taste, technical skills, and presentation.  We caught up with Marrocco during a recent practice session.

(via Flickr/Michael R. Allen)

Solar panels will soon help brighten the night a little in the Delmar Loop in St. Louis.

The Moonrise Hotel announced today that they'll be installing solar panels to power not only the illumination and rotation of the moon perched atop its building, but also operations in the Rooftop Terrace Bar.

Below is the top-ten list of the St. Louis region's best-selling adult and children's books. The list is compiled by the St. Louis Independent Bookstore Alliance.

For the week ending April 17:

 

Adult

For the third year in a row, the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis is host to the U.S. and U.S. Women's National Chess Championships.  Play continues through next week at the Chess Club, which has become somewhat of a national hub for the sport.

The first time I saw Pokey LaFarge, he was walking around the grounds of the 2010 Newport Folk Festival wearing a suit and tie, with his hair slicked down. To tell the truth, I thought, "Who is this guy?

On January 18, 2011, the very last batches of Kodachrome film were processed at Dwayne's Photo Lab in Parsons, Kansas. Webster University students and faculty were there to witness that last run, which included 100 rolls of their own.  

(via ThreeCupsofTea.com)

Updated 1:45 p.m. April 28:

Via the Associated Press:

Fontbonne University announced Thursday that the "Three Cups of Tea" co-author won't deliver its May 21 commencement speech nor receive an honorary degree.

The school noted in a brief statement that it has been unable to reach Mortenson to discuss allegations raised in a recent "60 Minutes" investigation (see below for details). The CBS News program reported that the book is filled with inaccuracies and that Mortenson's charitable organization has taken credit for building schools that don't exist.

Faculty and student leaders at the private Catholic school also voted to rescind Mortenson's invitation. The author has become a celebrated humanitarian for his work establishing schools for girls in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

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Below is the top-ten list of the St. Louis region's best-selling adult and children's books. The list is compiled by the St. Louis Independent Bookstore Alliance.

For the week ending April 3:

Adult

Kick

Apr 8, 2011
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Photo by "djmark1972" on Flickr.com.

Join the St. Louis Public Radio Flickr group to see interesting photos from the St. Louis region and submit your own. Each week, we feature on our website one outstanding photo from the group.

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With the possibility of a federal government shutdown looming comes a less-obvious consequence.

The St. Louis Business Journal reports that if the shutdown occurs, a signature landmark of St. Louis, the Gateway Arch, would also close.

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