Arts & Culture

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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Cityscape
11:57 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Broadway’s ‘Once’ Breaks With Musical Tradition, Tour Stops In St. Louis

Stuart Ward and Dani de Waal from the ONCE Tour Company
Joan Marcus Courtesy Fox Theatre

The touring company of Broadway musical “Once” has made its way to St. Louis. As a musical based on a movie based on the music and life of Dublin musician Glenn Hansard, the show is not your average Broadway show.

For one, it begins by inviting the audience up on stage (for more on that read Nancy Fowler’s reflection on the show). For another, the cast doubles as the orchestra – no musicians sitting in a pit for this show.

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Sculpture City
12:01 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

What Is Public Art? Conference Puts St. Louis Sculptures In the Spotlight

Eye, by Tony Tasset, is one of the sculptures conferees can see. The 2007 piece at Laumeier Sculpture Park is made of fiberglass, resin, oil paint and steel and is 452 inches in circumference.
Credit Laumeier Sculpture Park

Updated  Thursday, April 10 to include material from St. Louis on the Air.

As home to works such as Eero Saarinen’s “Gateway Arch” and Richard Serra’s “Twain” and to places such as Laumeier Sculpture Park and Citygarden, St. Louis has established itself as a formidable player in the public sculpture arena. This reputation is likely to be bolstered by the Monument/Anti-Monument Conference here from April 10-12. It is part of the Sculpture City St. Louis 2014 initiative.  

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