Arts & Culture

Cityscape
12:05 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

It's Circus Time At The University City Children's Center

Juggling Jeff and Oh My Gosh Josh from Circus Flora.
Credit publicity photo

The University City Children’s Center is hosting a pop-up circus Saturday, April 26 featuring performers from Circus Flora.

“The fun thing about it is, they will have their circus and they will have their aerial acts and their cyclists, but they are going to do a workshop for the children who are there for the last hour. So there will be an hour of pop-up circus and then an hour for kids to play,” said Stephen Zwolak, executive director of University City Children’s Center.

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Dance
12:00 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

STL’s Antonio Douthit-Boyd Returns Celebrating 10 Years With Ailey, First Year Of Marriage

Antonio Douthit-Boyd and Kirven Douthit-Boyd at their wedding.
Ellyxandria Ferguson

Updated Friday, April 25, 2014 to include audio from Cityscape.

Growing up in north St. Louis, Antonio Douthit dreamed of dancing with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. The story of his rise from homeless kid to COCA prodigy to Ailey dancer is legend in the St. Louis arts world.

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Education
11:57 am
Fri April 25, 2014

Sandoval, Basie Orchestra Headline Greater St. Louis Jazz Festival

Jim Widner
Credit Dawn DeBlaze

Updated Friday, April 25, 2014 to include audio from Cityscape.

On April 17, 2004, the Greater St. Louis Jazz Festival debuted on the campus of the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

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Cityscape
11:56 am
Fri April 25, 2014

Stages St. Louis Reprises ‘Always … Patsy Cline’

Peter Wochniak | Pro Photo STL

After a highly successful run of “Always … Patsy Cline” in 2013, Stages St. Louis is staging an encore production of the show through August 31 at the Playhouse at Westport Plaza. 

Jacqueline Petroccia stars as country music legend Patsy Cline once more, a role she has played a total of four times. Her performance with Stages St. Louis last year garnered her a St. Louis Broadway World Award for best actress.

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Around The Area
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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