Arts & Culture

The Under 5 Crowd
10:47 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

On Chess: World Chess Hall Of Fame Brings Chess Concepts to Early Learners

Getting ready for chess
Credit World Chess Hall of Fame

Bobby Fischer was the youngest-ever American Grandmaster, a title that took him 15 years, 6 months and 1 day to collect. That is, until Hikaru Nakamura came along, besting Bobby by three months and earning the title as the new youngest-ever American GM.

That is, until Ray Robson came along, notching his elite title two weeks before he turned 15.

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Variety
10:42 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Free Concerts: Farshid Etniko In U. City; Red Lehr At Eckerts

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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Obituary
10:40 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Ralph Lowenbaum: He Led A Life Without Headlines But With Artistic Consequence

Ralph Lowenbaum
Credit Provided by the family

Ralph Lowenbaum didn’t get a news obituary either in the morning paper or here at St. Louis Public Radio. News editors, rightly, ask “What did he or she do?” and they’re not easily swayed by exaggerations or social or professional associations. The bar is high, and those who don’t clear it don’t make it.

By traditional measurements, reinforced by general perceptions of Mr. Lowenbaum’s 89½ years, the answer to “what did he do” would be “not much.” Turns out, that was wrong.

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Lindell to Washington
3:30 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

NEA Grant To Add Art And Walkability To Grand Center

Rendering of part of the revamped Grand Center
Credit Christner + Hoerr Schaudt

A new $50,000 grant will help make St. Louis’ Grand Center more pedestrian-friendly.

The midtown arts and cultural district received the money Wednesday from the National Endowment for the Arts’ “Our Town” grants program.

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Arch Grounds Renovation
3:51 pm
Sat July 12, 2014

'Park Over The Highway' At Arch Begins To Take Shape

Large cranes place 14 ton girders across the depressed lanes of I-44 in downtown St. Louis on Saturday, July 12, 2014.
Camille Phillips/St. Louis Public Radio

A major step in the Gateway Arch grounds renovation is taking place this weekend, causing road closures and detours in downtown St. Louis.

Working around the clock from Friday night until Monday morning, Missouri Department of Transportation crews are placing 40 large girders over the depressed lanes of I-44. It’s the first step in building the land bridge that will connect downtown St. Louis with the Arch grounds.

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Cityscape
4:12 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

St. Louis Celebrates Local Films At Filmmaker Showcase

"EVT" is one of the films included in the showcase
Credit Mike Rohlfing

Cinema St. Louis’ 2014 St. Louis Filmmaker's Showcase kicks off Sunday, July 13, and runs through Thursday, July 17.

Each year, Cinema St. Louis gets about 120 submissions from both professional and amateur filmmakers. Chris Clark, artistic director of the organization, says the most important criteria is whether the filmmakers have told a good story and told it in a cohesive way. 

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Commentary
4:11 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Commentary: Has The Definition Of Sculpture Changed?

Nancy Kranzberg

The standard definition of sculpture in almost any dictionary says that sculpture is the art of modeling, welding or otherwise producing figurative or abstract works of art in three dimensions, as in relief, intaglio or in the round.

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Jazz Unlimited
3:53 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

The Jazz History of St. Louis-Part 2: The Great Depression And The Beginning of World War II

Eddie Randle-1938
photographer unknown Courtesy of the Randle Family

The July 13 Jazz Unlimited show is the second part of the Jazz History of St. Louis Radio Documentary.  The story of the jazz musicians of St. Louis and their relation to St. Louis history will be told in words and music by the people who were a part of that story.  The musicians and groups featured in Part Two are Red McKenzie and the Mound City Blue Blowers, Pee Wee Russell, Eddie Johnson and the St. Louis Crackerjacks, Hayes Pillars and the Jeter-Pillars Orchestra, George Hudson, Eddie Randle and the St.

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Cityscape
3:41 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

From Toasted Ravioli to Spring Rolls: The Story Of One Of St. Louis' First Vietnamese Restaurants

Host Steve Potter and Qui Tran prepare for today's segment at Mai Lee.
Credit Ligaya Figueras

St. Louis currently boasts about 15 Vietnamese restaurants, but that wasn't the case when Qui Tran’s family opened Mai Lee, one of St. Louis' first Vietnamese restaurants, in 1985. On this month’s Soundbites segment in partnership with Sauce Magazine, we talked about the Vietnamese dining scene with Ligaya Figueras, executive editor of Sauce Magazine, and Qui Tran of Mai Lee.

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Cityscape
12:51 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Why Are Lunchtime Dance Parties Popping Up Around St. Louis?

People rock out during one of Lunch Beat St. Louis' monthly events.
Credit (Courtesy: Matt Menietti)

On the third Wednesday of every month there’s a unique gathering in St. Louis during the lunch hour. Dozens of people gather for Lunch Beat St. Louis to dance, eat and get away from their normal routine.

Andrew Warshauer is the organizer of Lunch Beat St. Louis, which he started last June.

“I like to say it’s a chance to slip away from the every day,” said Warshauer.

Lunch Beat started in Stockholm, Sweden, in 2010 and has spread to more than a dozen cities worldwide.

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