Arts & Culture

St. Louis Symphony
2:59 pm
Sat November 29, 2014

St. Louis Symphony Extra - Rhapsody in Blue

Kirill Gerstein
Credit Marco Borggreve

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, Nov. 29.

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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Local Bands
11:43 pm
Thu November 27, 2014

Looking Back At 10 Years Of Kentucky Knife Fight

James Baker performs with Kentucky Knife Fight at Off Broadway
Credit Jess Luther | St. Louis Public Radio

For 10 years the band Kentucky Knife Fight, an institution in St. Louis’ indie rock community, pursued a sound that stood out from the crowd.

“I would want people to remember us for the fact that we never compromised our sound, we never tried to fit into a box,” said James Baker, 31, the band’s drummer.

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Consumer News
11:43 pm
Thu November 27, 2014

Beware Of The Slick And Fraudulent This Holiday Season

Credit FBI

While digging through the consumer fraud warnings piling up in our inbox, we’ve concluded that scams are like slick sidewalks in the wintertime: At first glance, they seem so safe.

* The Most Shameful: Re-Scamming The Scammed

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Plywood Art
7:39 am
Thu November 27, 2014

On South Grand, Artists Are Making The Best Of A Bad Situation

Credit Rebecca Smith | St. Louis Public Radio

While the protests in the South Grand Business District have not been as destructive as in Ferguson, businesses have had windows broken and plywood is the current holiday look. But much of the plywood is festive. We offer a selection:

At FedEx

At Urban

  At the Post Office

At Great Clips

  At Cafe Natasha

At Rooster

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5:53 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Rock ’n’ Roll Craft Show Unites Bands, Crafts

Rock 'n' Roll Craft Show
Rock 'n' Roll Craft Show

As the name indicates, the Rock ’n’ Roll Craft Show is not a typical craft fair.

For starters, there’s music — hence the rock ’n’ roll part.

“We have DJs and music all three days, and Saturday night we have our additional musical showcase at 2720,” organizer Jessi Cerrutti told “Cityscape” host Steve Potter. “We try to curate the music very specifically for our event.”

Next, the setup for this craft show. Forget vendor booths and think department store.

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5:50 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

New Jewish Theatre Explores Dr. Ruth’s Life

Actress Susie Wall plays Dr. Ruth Westheimer in the New Jewish Theatre's one-woman play.
Credit New Jewish Theatre

Actress Susie Wall is talking about sex. On stage. As Dr. Ruth. But she’s not impersonating Dr. Ruth Westheimer.

“The issue is for it not to be an impersonation,” said Jerry McAdams, who is directing Mark St. Germain’s one-woman play “Becoming Dr. Ruth” at the New Jewish Theatre. “The most important thing is she is so well known that if you try to be Dr. Ruth in kind of a cartoonish sense, you’ll lose the audience. This is a terrific actress who’s doing a really good script.”

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5:49 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Blues Society Showcases Young Musicians

Baby Blues Showcase

Music connects people.

“It’s really hard times in St. Louis and has been,” said Jeremy Segel-Moss, a member of the Bottoms Up Blues Gang and vice chairman of the St. Louis Blues Society. “When we’re looking for positive ways to come together, music is really where it’s at.”

Blues pianist Ethan Leinwand moved 950 miles for that connection.

“I was in New York playing a lot of old St. Louis blues and talking about it,” he told “Cityscape” host Steve Potter. “I just came down here and found the community I was looking for.”

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9:48 pm
Sun November 23, 2014

Reflection: Discovering the (Extra)Ordinary Max Starkloff

Credit Provided by Missouri History Museum

It takes a great character to make a good story. That’s what I was once told.

But what makes a great character?

My muses have always told me to find someone who is both extraordinary and ordinary.

Extraordinary in that the individual has lived a life like no one else. Fascinating.

Ordinary in that the individual is imperfect, just like us. He or she shares the same foibles and fears, hopes and aspirations that we have. We can see ourselves in that person. Compelling.

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10:01 am
Sun November 23, 2014

International Institute Celebrates 95 Years Of Helping Immigrants Help St. Louis

Students learn English in one of the International Institutes many ESL classes.
Credit Emanuele Berry | St. Louis Public Radio

The International Institute of St. Louis last week celebrated 95 years of helping immigrants. The anniversary comes just before the organization moves to its new location next month, the former St. Elizabeth Academy on Arsenal Street.

We spoke with Anna Crosslin, president and CEO of the Institute, about the organization’s history and how its work has evolved to serve the changing needs of those it serves.

How has the International Institute changed over the last few decades?

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Jazz Unlimited
11:06 am
Sat November 22, 2014

Food And Drink

Ray Brown-2000
Dennis C. Owsley Copyright Dennis C. Owsley

Jazz Unlimited for Sunday, November 23 will present “Food and Drink.”  Thanksgiving is the season of gluttony and we will present music suggestive of the season, dividing the show into breakfast, lunch, libations and dinner selections.  The artists featured on this show include Bunny Berigan, Phineas Newborn, Jr., Les McCann, Art Tatum, Hank Mobley, Coleman Hawkins, Nat “King” Cole, Billie Holiday, Don Byas, Cyrus Chestnut, Louis Armstrong, Lionel Hampton, Lee Morgan, Gene Harris, Eddie Harris, Dizzy Gillespie.

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