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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.”