Arts & Culture

St. Louis On The Air
1:53 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Startup Wants To Help Diversify Us

DiversifyUs

You can use an app to order a pizza, find a date, talk to the world and check nearby gas prices. Can an app affect diversity? Local software developer Daniel McFarland hopes to find out.

McFarland’s DiversifyUs app won November’s Startup Weekend competition, but McFarland almost didn’t pitch the project.

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Paint for Peace
8:07 am
Sun December 7, 2014

Plywood-Covered Businesses In Ferguson, Dellwood Become Colorful Messages Of Hope

Aaron Dickerson paints St. Louis cityscape on the plywood covering the windows of an auto parts shop in Dellwood on Saturday, December 6, 2014.
Credit Camille Phillips/St. Louis Public Radio

More than 30 businesses in Ferguson and Dellwood now have artwork covering their windows instead of ordinary plywood.

Inspired by the artistic efforts of friends on South Grand, Tom Halaska organized the “Paint for Peace” project to coordinate volunteers, donated supplies and businesses in north St. Louis County that wanted to participate.

Halaska, who owns the Art Bar on Cherokee Street, said he wanted to bring people together in a positive way.

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Jazz Unlimited
8:08 am
Sat December 6, 2014

The Fiftieth Anniversary Of The Recording Of A Love Supreme

McCoy Tyner-1999
Dennis C. Owsley Copyright Dennis C. Owsley

Jazz Unlimited for SUnday, December 7 will be  “The Fifty Year Anniversary of the Recording of “A Love Supreme.”  On December 9, 1964, the John Coltrane Quartet entered Rudy Van Gelder’s studio with almost no written music but for a few sketches and what looked like a handwritten poem.  They proceeded to record the album “A Love Supreme,” one of the most important and best selling albums in jazz.  Since that time, three other versions of the work have been recorded along with interpretations of various sections by a number of artists.  We will hear these interpretations played by the Conrad

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Commentary
6:24 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Commentary: Physical Theater Expands Sensory Awareness In The Arts

Nancy Kranzberg

Leave it to the Berkshire summer arts festivals to open my eyes even wider to the arts. While there this past summer, I was turned on to physical theater in more ways than one.

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John Adams
5:13 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

St. Louis Symphony Nominated For Two Grammy Awards

Album cover for Grammy-nominated St. Louis Symphony recording
Credit Nonesuch website

The St. Louis Symphony is nominated for two Grammy awards this year. The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences members nominated the symphony in the categories of Best Orchestral performance and Best Engineered Album, Classical. Vice President of External Relations Adam Crane almost couldn’t stop smiling when he discussed hearing the news.

“It’s what everyone strives for when you record an album, you want a Grammy award,” said Crane.

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St. Louis Symphony
4:56 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

St. Louis Symphony Extra — Four Seasons

The view from the stage at Powell Hall, home of the St. Louis Symphony.
Credit Via St. Louis Symphony | Dan Dreyfus

We continue our live broadcasts of the St. Louis Symphony's 2014-2015 season this weekend, and you can be right there with us from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 6. 

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:

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Cityscape
1:26 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

HotCity Theatre Embraces The Bite Of 'Reality'

HotCity Theatre's 'Reality'
Credit HotCity Theatre

The HotCity Theatre will close with a bit of "Reality."

“Reality” by playwright Lia Romeo is a dark comedy that goes behind the scenes of the reality TV show “Looking for Love.” The play opens with a proposal, then the reality show cast is secreted away for several weeks while the rest of the world catches up with the show, one episode at a time.

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HotCity Closing
12:18 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

HotCity Bows Out Of STL Theater Scene With A Look At ‘Reality’

Marty Stanberry
Credit Provided by HotCity

When singer Kenny Rogers croons that you’ve got to “know when to fold 'em,” it strikes a chord with the artistic director of St. Louis’ HotCity Theatre, Marty Stanberry.

Stanberry will close the company after the run of its Dec. 5-20 play, called “Reality.” Reality is also something Stanberry’s struggled with during his 17 years on the local theater scene.

“I’m at the point where the daily battles of running a theater company have just outweighed the fun,” Stanberry said.

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Art in the Family
12:03 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

East St. Louis Grandmother Hands Down Legacy Of Art And Activism

Eugenia Alexander, left, and Edna Patterson-Petty
Credit Nancy Fowler | St. Louis Public Radio

Grandmas are moms with lots of frosting, the saying goes. And in the case of East St. Louis’ Edna Patterson-Petty and her granddaughter Eugenia Alexander, the frosting is artistically done.

Patterson-Petty is a fiber artist and art therapist. Alexander grew up enamored by her grandmother’s work, which includes an art quilt made for President Barack Obama’s 2009 inauguration.

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Cityscape
10:30 am
Fri December 5, 2014

Garth Brooks Launches Music Download Service

Country singer Garth Brooks performs on Thursday night at Scottrade Center in St. Louis. Brooks will play three more concerts in St. Louis, one each on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights.
Credit Bill Greenblatt / UPI

There’s a new ghost in the machine, and country music legend Garth Brooks hopes it will give more control to musicians.

GhostTunes offers digital songs, similar to iTunes.

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