Arts & Culture

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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$1.5 million gift
9:45 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Saigh Foundation Helps Ensure Strong Education Program At St. Louis Zoo

Louise Bradshaw
Credit Ray Meibaum | St. Louis Zoo

The St. Louis Zoo has received a $1.5 million gift from the Saigh Foundation that will, in essence, create an endowed chair for the Zoo’s education department.

That department is headed by Louise Bradshaw, who will become the first Fred Saigh Director of Education.

In an interview with St. Louis Public Radio, she said this provides a lot of security for the zoo’s wide-ranging educational programs.

“We’re able to reach over 1.7 million guests with the Zoo’s conservation education messages,” she said.

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Stages St. Louis
10:56 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Reflection: Stages' 'Patsy Cline' Offers A Good Time And A Generous Spotlight

Zoe Vonder Haar and Jacqueline Petroccia as Louise Seger and Patsy Cline in Stages' presentation of “Always…Patsy Cline.”
Credit Peter Wochniak | Pro Photo STL

From the minute Patsy Cline’s biggest fan demands “How y’all doin’?” you just know it’s just a matter of time before she’s side-by-side with the singer, doing the swim to “Stupid Cupid.” Watch out, front row and bald-headed men, the spotlight's headed your way too.

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Photography
11:42 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Photo Contest Winners Cast New Light On Arch, City Museum, Other STL Institutions

Ryan Archer, City Museum Climbers Entry Category: Professional-People
Photos provided by the Sheldon Art Galleries

The St. Louis area is crawling with photographic opportunities. Local professional Ryan Archer took advantage of one of them to win Best in Show in the Sheldon’s “The City at 250” photo contest.

Archer’s “City Museum Climbers,” entered in the “Events and People” category, garnered him $1,000 and a place in “The City at 250” exhibit, opening June 6. The competition was a collaborative effort of The Sheldon and the St. Louis Beacon, now St. Louis Public Radio. The Beacon merged in December with St. Louis Public Radio and is no longer a separate entity.

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History
11:41 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Listen To Why You're Probably Pronouncing Sacagawea Wrong

A Sacagawea $1 coin.
Credit (U.S. Mint)

Look at this woman's face. If you recognize her, think about how you'd say her name, then read on:

Got it? 

Well, you might be wrong.

She's Sacagawea, the Native American woman best known for her role in the renowned westward expedition of Lewis & Clark, and for her likeness imprinted on that special edition piece of U.S. currency.

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Arts & Culture
6:16 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

19-Year-Old Pianist Makes Second St. Louis Symphony Appearance

Conrad Tao

Young pianist Conrad Tao was scheduled to make his St. Louis Symphony debut in concerts April 25-27, 2014 led by Conductor Laureate Leonard Slatkin. But when illness forced Markus Groh to cancel his appearances on February 1 and 2, 2013, Tao stepped in as soloist in Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3 on less than 3 days’ notice and wowed audiences.

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Zoo-Museum District
9:41 pm
Sun April 27, 2014

Does Zoo-Museum District Future Hinge On A Stronger Ethics Code?

The institutions of the Zoo-Museum District are the St. Louis Art Museum, the St. Louis Science Center, the Missouri History Museum, the Missouri Botanical Garden and the St. Louis Zoo.
Credit File photos and Wikipedia

The very existence of St. Louis’ Zoo-Museum District could be at stake in a debate over its ethics code, according to a national expert on tax funding and cultural districts.

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Resources for Human Development
9:39 pm
Sun April 27, 2014

St. Louis Outsider Art Fair Welcomes All

Credit St. Louis Outsider Art Fair

At its core, the St. Louis Outsider Art Fair is less about art insiders and outsiders than it is about belonging. Shana Norton has organized and grown this inclusive art event over the past three years. This year the fair is sponsored solely by the nonprofit organization Resources for Human Development – Missouri (RHD-MO).

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