Arts & Culture

Visual Arts
10:21 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Arts Rundown: 'Intergalactic,' First Friday And More

Mical Trejo, Shana Merlin, Christopher Lee Gibson, Buzz Moran, Graham Reynolds -- Artwork by Tim Doyle
Credit Provided by the production

Ah, first Friday and galleries are open. There are lots of things to see, including Carmon Colangelo and others at Bruno David, Maurice Meredith at Portfolio, Gail Cassilly at the Bonsack and the formal opening of the Shearburn Gallery. The Vaughn Center is hosting the Faces Project, which showcases portraits of child victims of gun violence.

Hap Phillips and Nita Turnage’s work can be seen at SOHA Studio and Gallery; and the Creative Exchange Lab is putting up a show that examines the redevelopment of Old North St. Louis.

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President's Cup
10:21 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

On Chess: Polgar Prepares Team And Wins Final Four

Susan Polgar and Wesley So
Credit Provided by Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis

Update April 8: The Webster University Chess Team has repeated as winners of the President's Cup.

Got just another one of a billion busted brackets? Here’s a tip for next year: Put more confidence in the coach.

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STL250
7:02 am
Wed April 2, 2014

First Evidence Of French Colonial Homes Discovered Under Poplar Street Bridge

A piece of tin enameled ceramic from the colonial period found in the archeological dig below site below the Poplar Street Bridge. It is likely a Spanish ceramic of polychrome majolica.
Stephanie Zimmerman | St. Louis Public Radio intern

Archeologists from the Missouri Department of Transportation are ecstatic over a discovery beneath the Poplar Street Bridge in St. Louis. They’ve uncovered the first physical evidence dating to when the French founded St. Louis in 1764.

The findings help confirm written documentation of St. Louis’ earliest European settlers and shed new light on the people who live here.

Michael Meyer is an archeologist with MoDOT and the principal investigator of the department’s work in St. Louis.

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Cinco de Mayo
12:31 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Get Ready Now To Join The Amazing People’s Joy Parade

Detail from the Sam Washburn poster Cherokee Street
Credit Sam Washburn | St. Louis Beacon

Cinco de Mayo is one festival that can be counted on NOT to leave St. Louis, let alone the Cherokee Street neighborhood. Every year, St. Louisans have been adding new dimensions to this festival. In 2008, local artists began what’s become Cinco de Mayo’s official parade, the People’s Joy Parade.

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Historic Preservation
4:38 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Millstadt Water Tower, Hotel Belleville Make Illinois Historic Endangered Structures List

The Tin Man style of the old Millstadt Water Tower used to be ubiquitous.
Credit Frank Butterfield, Landmarks Illinois

Three southern Illinois structures are among those identified as endangered by Landmarks Illinois. This year’s list includes the Hamilton Primary School in Otterville (Jersey County); Hotel Belleville, which last was used as a retirement home by the Belleville diocese; and the Old Millstadt Water Tower.

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Arts & Culture
10:42 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Osage Nation Leaders Help Explain St. Louis' Earliest Days

Wazhazhe (Osage), Shield, hide, feathers, cloth, metal and pigment, 18.5 x 44 inches, collection of Osage Tribal Museum
Erik Campos Sheldon Art Galleries

The Osage Nation made Pierre Laclede’s fur trading post a success from its start 250 years ago. This week that bi-cultural partnership, tragically rare in this continent’s history, is being celebrated with more than a dozen events.

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Humanities Festival
10:37 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Reflection: Vintage Wine Of ‘The Grapes Of Wrath’ Remains Fresh And Piquant

Credit Wikipedia

From April 1-6, the 2014 Greater St. Louis Humanities Festival will explore “Migration and Mobility.” A series of programs will examine connections among migration, immigration and culture, locally and globally. Most events are free. For more information, visit the festival website.

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St. Louis on the Air
11:56 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Discussion: Muslim Women In The Islamic World

Mehnaz Afridi, assistant professor of religious studies at Manhattan College.
Credit courtesy photo

In Western media, we hear reports that Muslim women are relegated to a second class, largely powerless status and are denied education, independence and employment. We hear stories of women brutalized and abused.  

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Gallery And More
10:54 pm
Sun March 30, 2014

New Luminary Takes Shape On Cherokee Street

James and Brea McAnally in the work in progress at the new Luminary Center for the Arts.
Credit Nora Ibrahim | St. Louis Public Radio Intern

In the heart of Cherokee Street, 2701 to be exact, The Luminary's new building is rapidly transforming.

The art gallery, incubator and performance venue (formerly the Luminary Center for the Arts) is moving from Reber Place into a 17,000 square-foot space that takes three different properties and melds the historic with the modern.

In only two weeks, a stage, office spaces and wall frames were erected. Over the next two weeks, the construction crew will install drywall and paint. And while its new location undergoes swift changes, The Luminary itself is rebranding.

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Environment
10:42 pm
Sun March 30, 2014

Commentary: Edgar Denison Left A Legacy In A Patch Of Blue-Eyed Mary

Collinsia verna, Blue-eyed Mary
Credit Provided by Scott Woodbuyr

Blue-eyed Mary is a Missouri wildflower that germinates in winter, enduring freeze and thaw before blooming in spring. Its bloom spans the month of April when Virginia bluebells, wild geranium and wild sweet William are each making colorful contributions to shady Missouri woodlands. In nature it grows along rivers in carpets where fall flooding carries away leaf litter, allowing seeds to germinate successfully.

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