Arts & Culture

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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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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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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Kranzberg Arts Center
9:37 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Ferguson Photo Show Challenges Expectations For Protest Imagery

Chris Renteria's portrait of an Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper assigned to protest detail
Credit Courtesy of Chris Renteria

This Friday the Kranzberg Arts Center opens a photo show challenging popular media representations of events in Ferguson. The photographers focused the lives of Ferguson residents, details, portraiture, and children instead of just conflict. Participating photographer Chris Renteria, 40, saw unity where many see division.

“Whether I looked through my lens and saw a police officer in riot gear holding an assault rifle, or a 2-year-old in his mom’s arms as she’s fist-raised and chanting - in each person there’s humanity,” said Renteria.

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St. Louis Sports Commission
9:35 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

St. Louis Sticks Landing To Host 2016 Olympic Team Trials For Men's Gymnastics

USA Gymnastics COO Ron Galimore (right), accompanied by Olympic gymnast Jake Dalton, said St. Louis offers the right environment for the men's Olympic team trials in 2016.
Credit Stephanie Lecci

St. Louis will get the Olympic spirit come 2016, when it will host the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for men's gymnastics.

The event determines which men will represent the U.S. in the Rio de Janeiro Olympics. While it's the city's first time hosting Olympic trials, the city has worked with USA Gymnastics previously, hosting the organization's 2000 and 2012 national championships. Those events decide national champions as well as who continues on to Olympic trials.

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Cherokee Street
5:47 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

The Luminary Receives First National Funding; Eight Others Also Get NEA Grants

James and Brea McAnally during construction of the Luminary Center for the Arts.
Credit Nora Ibrahim | St. Louis Public Radio Intern

This fall the National Endowment for the Arts awarded nine St. Louis-based arts organizations a total of $250,000 in grants. But in the visual arts category, only The Luminary Arts Center on Cherokee Street got funding. Thanks to the new NEA grant the space will expand its international artist residency program. Brea McAnally runs the space with her husband, James. They say the award is a national spotlight for the space.

“Primarily we’re just grateful that the organization has been seen and validated on a national level,” said Brea McAnally.

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Roadside Art
6:34 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

I-70 Billboard Art Will Spotlight Black Women And Message Wars

A Moment's Pleasure by Mickalene Thomas
Credit Provided by the 1-70 Sign Show

Mickalene Thomas is an artist who examines what it means to be a black woman. So what does her work suggest when juxtaposed with an ad for a strip club? How about when it’s displayed just off West Florissant Avenue, a few miles down the road from Ferguson?

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Big Game Tonight
6:07 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

On Chess: Our Team-Spirited Arch Bishops Are Poised To Become Chess League Champs

Wesley So has performed brilliantly for the team.
Credit Provided by the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis

Championship droughts are no laughing matter. And there’s no doubt things have been feeling a little stale around here lately: It’s been three whole years since St. Louis touted a championship title.

Tonight, however, our great city’s sport sufferings may come to an end.

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