Arts & Culture

Fair St. Louis
8:10 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Fair St. Louis Organizers Tout Plan For New Venue

Fair St. Louis Foundation Executive Director Lori Thaman addresses reporters during a press conference Monday.
Credit Joseph Leahy / St. Louis Public Radio

Final plans for Fair St. Louis are taking shape as the event moves to Forest Park this weekend for the first time in its 34-year history.

The park has been a busy scene this week as work crews prepare stages, concession stands, canopy tents, and generators for the event that organizers expect to draw 35,000 to 50,000 visitors each day. The weekend’s July Fourth celebrations will include a parade, 20 free concerts, nightly fireworks displays and other entertainment.

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Cityscape
8:07 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

'La Traviata' Opens Union Avenue Opera's 20th Festival Season

Riccardo Iannello as Alfredo and Zulimar López-Hernández as Violetta in Union Avenue Opera's production of 'La Traviata'
Credit Union Avenue Opera

When Union Avenue Opera opens its 2014 season on July 11 with Verdi’s La Traviata, it will be with a company that is vastly different than the one that mounted its first production 20 years ago. UAO founding artistic director and conductor Scott Schoonover recalled that he had just finished his degree, wanted a chance to conduct and knew a number of singers who needed work. He had just moved to St. Louis to take the position as music director of Union Avenue Christian Church and the church encouraged him to mount an opera there.

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Cityscape
7:42 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Website Highlights Free Local Concerts And Festivals

Peter Martin and Friends at the Missouri Botanical Garden's Whitaker Jazz Series
Credit Romondo Davis

Web marketer Romondo Davis and his wife love to go to concerts so frequently take advantage of the many free concerts offered in the St. Louis area.  After frequent posts on Facebook about concerts they attended, a friend suggested  that they start a website promoting them.

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Zoo-Museum District
5:54 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

ZMD Board Member Wants Discounts For City, County Residents At Zoo, Other Institutions

Gloria Wessels

If you live in St. Louis or St. Louis County, you may eventually be able to get discounts at local cultural institutions. That idea was floated Thursday by Zoo-Museum District board member Gloria Wessels.

City and county residents pay taxes that fund the five institutions of the district: the St. Louis Art Museum, Science Center, St. Louis Zoo, Missouri History Museum and Missouri Botanical Garden. Wessels told St. Louis Public Radio that it’s only fair that taxpayers get something for their money that visitors from other counties don’t.

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Free concerts
3:54 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Free concerts this week: Javier Mendoza, Miss Jubilee and Old Salt Union

Find out where the free music is with our free summer concert calendar.

The neighborhood free outdoor summer concert season is now in full swing. If you know of a free series that isn't on this list, let us know.

You can read more about Javier Mendoza and Miss Jubilee and the Humdingers. Or just check out what's coming this week:

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Jazz Unlimited
8:31 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Remembering Horace Silver

Snooky Young (tp) Mickey Roker (d-heard tonight) Phil Woods (as) Slide Hampton (tb)-1986
Dennis C. Owsley Copyright Dennis C. Owsley

Please join me Sunday night, June 29 on Jazz Unlimited from nine to midnight for “Remembering Horace Silver.”  Pianist, composer, bandleader and jazz giant Horace Silver died at the age of 85 on June 28.  He was born in Norwalk, Connecticut in 1928,  Horace’s father was from the Cape Verdean islands and he had an affinity for those rhythms and Latin rhythms all his life.  He was one of the architects of the style known as hard bop and his major pianistic influence was Bud Powell.  Silver’s first major job was with Stan Getz in 1950.  He signed with Blue Note Records in 1952 and remained wit

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Education program continues
5:32 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

14th Street Gallery Finds New Old North St. Louis Location — For Now

William Burton Jr.
Credit Stephanie Zimmerman

The ousted 14th Street Artist Community Gallery has found a new home, just steps away from its former space and still on 14th Street.

Gallery owners have moved two doors down and across one street to 2607/09 14th St. in Old North St. Louis. The gallery, run by William Burton and Robert Ketchens, will retain its name. They plan a grand re-opening in July.

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St. Louis And The Cold War
4:50 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Nike Missile Launch Site In Southern Illinois Can Be Yours For The Highest Bid

The launch area of an old Nike missile base near Hecker, Ill., will be auctioned July 12. It was part of the St. Louis Air Defense System from mid-1959 to early 1969.
Mary Delach Leonard|St. Louis Public Radio

Real estate broker Wayne Keller is showing another curious “looky loo” around an unusual property: the launch area of a Nike missile base that was constructed more than 50 years ago in the countryside of Southern Illinois.

From atop this peaceful hill in Monroe County, the U.S. Army once kept eyes on the skies, ready to blast Hercules missiles at Soviet bombers headed for St. Louis, about 30 miles to the northwest.

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Arts & Culture
11:54 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Gertrude Stein Opera Finds Beauty In The Mundane

Stephanie Blythe (left) as Gertrude Stein and Elizabeth Futral as Alice B. Toklas in the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis' 2014 production of 27.
Ken Howard Opera Theatre of Saint Louis

Originally published on Sat June 21, 2014 10:52 am

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Sculpture
9:17 am
Mon June 23, 2014

STL Art Game-Changers: Stan Chisholm Makes 'Weird Stuff' To Honor His Hometown

Paper plates become canvases for Stan Chisholm.
Stephanie Zimmerman | St. Louis Public Radio Intern

Stan Chisholm’s whole working-in-Styrofoam thing started with a need to keep moving.

Wood is heavy. Styrofoam is light. It can be broken into pieces and easily transported in a suitcase or even a backpack, especially important during his car-less time at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Its unconventionality also infuses a bit of dark comedy into Chisholm’s work.

“It’s kind of a parody,” Chisholm, 27, said. “I don’t know anyone who uses foam like me.”

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