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9:48 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Free Outdoor Summer Concerts 2014

Credit file photos

Nothing quite signals that the weather is heating up than the beginning of free outdoor, neighborhood concert series throughout the St. Louis area.

Tonight, April 25, the Ferguson concerts kick off with Samba Bon. Tuesday, April 29, is the beginning of the Twilight Tuesdays series at the Missouri History Museum. The featured group there is FatPocket.

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History
9:38 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

10 Things To Know About Saint Louis, Himself, On His 800th Birthday

Statue of King Louis IX (also known as Saint Louis) on Art Hill in St. Louis' Forest Park.
Credit (photo illustration via Flickr user Tim Hamilton)

Friday is the 800th anniversary of the birth of St. Louis' namesake, King Louis IX of France. You might be familiar with Louis' silhouette from the prominent sculpture on Art Hill in Forest Park. You know, this one:

Pretty epic image, right? But we thought we'd give you a few more facts about the man, king and later, saint.

1. Louis was born in 1214.

What else was going on in the world then? The Emperor Xuanzong of Jin China was in tremendous conflict with Genghis Khan.

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St. Louis Symphony
5:20 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

St. Louis Symphony Extra - Slatkin Conducts Copland 3

Leonard Slatkin.
Credit Courtesy of Columbia Artists Management

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, April 26.

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:

SIERRA   Fandangos
SAINT-SAËNS   Piano Concerto No. 2
COPLAND   Symphony No. 3

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Architecture and Music
11:46 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Arts Rundown: Vivian Maier In Photography And Film

Credit movie Facebook page

Finding Vivian Maier,” a documentary opening Feb. 25 at the Plaza Frontenac Cinema, tells the story of a woman who worked as a nanny in New York and Chicago. She also took thousands of photographs that were never published and only discovered fairly recently.

Her story piqued the interest of the art world. The quality of her work has sustained it.

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A Bevy of Grandmasters
11:45 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

On Chess: St. Louis Flexes Its Chess Muscle

Varuzhan Akobian
Credit Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis

For six years, St. Louis has been steadily pumping its proverbial chess muscle.

There is, perhaps, no better way to gauge the strength of the city than to count the number of tough guys around here. The Chess Club and Scholastic Center opened in 2008 as a hopeful magnet to the game, and a year later GM Ben Finegold rode into town as the city’s very first Grandmaster. Today, backed by the murderer’s row of the Webster University collegiate team - including 2014 U.S. Championship-hopeful GM Ray Robson - St. Louis is home to 11 Grandmasters.

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St. Louis on the Air
6:51 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

From Actors To Setting, ‘Belleville’ Pays Tribute To Producer’s Hometown

The characters Willie and Neila from Belleville the Movie.
publicity photo

Belleville, Ill. is the setting of a new movie premiering April 22 in the city’s historic Lincoln Theatre. The film, also titled “Belleville,” was produced by the city’s own Ted Trentman, known professionally as Ted Trent.

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St. Louis on the Air
6:50 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Upcoming Saint Louis Art Museum Exhibit To Showcase Artistic Legacy Of City’s Patron Saint

Leaf from the Morgan Picture Bible
Credit via Wikimedia Commons

For its contribution to the 250th anniversary of St. Louis, the St. Louis Art Museum is planning an exhibition showcasing the influence of Louis IX on the world of art. Louis IX, also known as St. Louis, is the city’s namesake.

At the heart of the exhibit will be a folio out of a picture Bible on loan from the Morgan Library in New York.

“We believe that the king, Louis IX, actually commissioned this Bible,” said St. Louis Art Museum curator Judy Mann.  “It is of such outstanding quality it had to have been a royal commission.”

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St. Louis on the Air
6:41 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Why Is St. Louis Named After A French King Who Was Born 800 Years Ago?

Saint Louis, King of France by el Greco
Credit via Wikimedia Commons

How did a French king born in 1214 become the namesake of a city founded in the heart of the Americas 550 years later? The answer is woven into the fabric of St. Louis’ identity even now, as we celebrate the 250th anniversary of the city’s founding.

Friday marks the 800th anniversary of the birth of the city’s namesake: Louis IX, the only French king to become a saint.

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Zoo-Museum District
4:57 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Conflict-Of-Interest Allegations Lead To ZMD Board Resignation And Push For Stronger Regs

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

New Zoo-Museum District board member Pat Whitaker resigned this afternoon following allegations of ethics violations.

Whitaker is chairman of St. Louis’ Arcturis design firm, which recently won a contract with the St. Louis Science Center. The Science Center is a subdistrict of the ZMD and receives about $10 million each year in tax dollars from the district. She had resigned as an employee of Arcturis, but still owns 37 percent of its stock.

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Cityscape
12:13 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Missouri History Museum And Ste. Genevieve Offer Views Of French Colonial St. Louis

St. Louis scene by Anna Maria von Phul, circa 1818.
Courtesy Missouri History Museum

Last month, St. Louis Public Radio reported on the discovery of the first physical evidence of the French Colonial settlers in St. Louis at the Poplar Street Bridge. In response, the Missouri History Museum wrote a post on its History Happens Here blog about works in their collection that demonstrate life in French Colonial St. Louis. The historic town of Ste. Genevieve, Mo.

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