Arts & Culture

Cityscape
12:05 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Cooking For The Cardinals, Making Hospital Food Palatable: Chefs Who Work Outside The Restaurant

A Korean-inspired dish from Simon Lusky's Athlete Eats.
St. Louis Public Radio / Kelsey Proud

In our monthly Soundbites segment in partnership with Sauce Magazine, host Steve Potter spoke with the magazine’s executive editor Ligaya Figueras and two local chefs whose work takes them outside of the restaurant: nutrition specialist for the St. Louis Cardinals Simon Lusky and SSM DePaul Health Center sous chef Kore Wilbert. Lusky also is co-owner Athlete Eats, a small business that started out cooking for pro athletes in the off-season and now includes a restaurant on Cherokee Street.

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Cityscape
11:54 am
Fri April 18, 2014

St. Louis’ Brian Owens Continues Masters Series With The Music Of Ray Charles

Credit (Courtesy Brian Owens)

St. Louis vocalist Brian Owens continues his Masters Series with the music of Ray Charles Friday, April 18 at the Sheldon. 

“I’ve always been enamored with, not just covering certain musicians, but really preserving their music. Folks like Sam Cooke and Marvin Gaye, I just don’t hear their music a lot performed live with original charts and different things like that anymore, so that … spawned the desire to want to cover these musicians in a setting that was more of a concert setting,” said Owens of the series.

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Cityscape
11:53 am
Fri April 18, 2014

St. Louis Low Brass Collective To Feature Symphony, Air Force Band Members

2012 Low Brass Spectacular
Credit Ray Meibaum

The St. Louis Low Brass Collective Showcase is coming up next week at the Sheldon. Performers in the showcase will include members of the St. Louis Symphony as well as members of the United States Air Force Band of Mid-America.

One highlight of the performance will be a set of jazz duets, said low brass collective member Gerry Pagano, who also plays bass trombone for the St. Louis Symphony. And for the first time, a wind quintet will join the low brass instruments on stage.

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St. Louis on the Air
11:47 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Ed Asner Of Mary Tyler Moore Show Fame To Perform 'FDR' In St. Louis

Actor Ed Asner in the role of FDR.
Credit Courtesy New Jewish Theatre

Actor Ed Asner is coming to St. Louis to perform a benefit next Sunday for New Jewish Theatre. Best known for playing the character of Lou Grant in the Mary Tyler Moore Show, this time Asner is taking on the role of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in a one-man show called "FDR."

The performance is adapted from the 1958 play “Sunrise at Campobello” and takes the audience on a journey through FDR’s four-term presidency, from the Depression through World War II.

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Chess and BBQ
9:26 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Arts Rundown: Queen Is Leaving; New Art Coming In

Pam Hogg, Black dress with collar
Credit Courtesy of Pam Hogg

Let’s start with the assumption that this weekend will actually be the start of spring. It does not matter what the calendar says, that really was frost a few days ago.

And perhaps you have extra family around because of Easter or Passover. Here a couple of ideas to get everyone out of the house.

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Prize Fund
9:21 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

On Chess: Millionaire Chess Ups The Ante In Vegas

Maurice Ashley (left) interviews Gata Kamsky at the 2013 US Championship.
Credit Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis

Maurice Ashley is sleeping just fine these days.

The International Grandmaster is about to put a million dollars down in Las Vegas -- and he might have the best odds in the house.

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7th Grade Poetry Foundation
10:48 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

STL Croquet Art May Be A Gateway For Seventh-Grade Poets Nationwide

"Croquet Anyone," 1988, Lonnie Busch
Aaron Williams

When St. Louis attorney recruiter Aaron Williams became interested in croquet 30 years ago, it was about partying, not poetry. Getting some friends together to play croquet in Forest Park was just “something to do.”

“It was an opportunity for everyone to wear white and bring a bottle of champagne,” Williams quipped.

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Mustard Seed Theatre
11:44 am
Mon April 14, 2014

St. Louis Can Start ‘Falling’ For Mustard Seed’s Signature Play All Over Again

Michelle Hand as Tami and Daniel Lanier as Josh in "Falling"
Credit Mustard Seed Theatre

“Falling” was supposed to play for two weeks. But Deanna Jent’s little drama-that-could was extended again and again in fall 2011 and then chugged ahead to Off-Broadway a year later for a three-month run. It also made its way to Los Angeles and is heading to Brazil next year.

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Cityscape
12:07 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Artist Won Ju Lim Explores Themes Of Privacy And Paranoia In Exhibit At Saint Louis Art Museum

In My Absence by Won Ju Lim

A new exhibit by installation artist Won Ju Lim opened Friday, April 11 at the Saint Louis Art Museum. A mix of sculpture, photography, film and drawings, her exhibition “Currents 108: Raycraft is Dead” is an exploration of privacy and paranoia that was inspired by personal experience with a nosy neighbor.

Lim was an architect before she became an artist, and her work reflects a continued fascination with the field, particularly the psychology of space.  As an artist she is not limited by practicalities such as building codes and can instead focus on broader ideas.

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Cityscape
12:01 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

St. Louis Poetry Center Hosts Reading Of Famed Welsh Poet

Dylan Thomas
Credit Johann Stalling

If Welsh poet Dylan Thomas were still alive, he would be one hundred years old this year. Instead, he died in 1952 at the age of 39. Despite his early death, his poetry had significant impact. Ironically, many of his most famous poems deal with the death that came too soon to him, from “Do Not Go Gentle Into that Good Night” to “And Death Had No Dominion.”

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