Arts & Culture

1:23 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Black Rep Stages 'A Raisin In The Sun'

'A Raisin in the Sun'
Credit The Black Rep

The Black Rep is bringing the iconic 1950s drama “A Raisin in the Sun” back to St. Louis.

This is the first time the company will stage “A Raisin in the Sun,” although 10 years ago it presented “Raisin,” a musical adaptation of Lorraine Hansberry’s drama about a black family’s experiences in Chicago.

“It is an American story. It is definitely about dreams and living life on the American landscape for the African-American and the quest for the piece of pie,” said actress Andrea Frye, who plays “Mama” Lena Younger.

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1:21 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Sound Bites: Mixing Drinks After Losing The Sense Of Smell

Bar manager Joel Clark mixes drinks at The Purple Martin in St. Louis.
Credit Sauce Magazine

Joel Clark, who has been called one of St. Louis’ top craft cocktail bartenders, lost his sense of smell after suffering a seizure in December. Losing a sense is traumatic in itself, but losing the sense of smell also means Clark has lost his sense of taste.

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1:16 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

'Through a Lens Darkly' Focuses On Black Photographers

'Through a Lens Darkly'
Credit Via Cinema St. Louis

Flipping through the nation’s family album, what’s missing? That question led director Thomas Allen Harris to create “Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People,” a film that examines how photography shaped the identity and perceptions of blacks in America.

“In some ways, it is a history lesson, although it’s kind of a different take on history because we have a lot of contemporary artists in the film,” Harris told “Cityscape” host Steve Potter on Friday. “In many ways, as they do this, they reshape the way in which we view history.”

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11:58 am
Fri November 21, 2014

70 Years Ago: The World Premiere Of ‘Meet Me In St. Louis’

"Meet Me in St. Louis" movie poster
Credit (Used with Permission / Missouri History Museum)

On Nov. 22, 1944, a throng of St. Louis theatergoers packed Loew’s State Theater on Washington Avenue for the world premiere of “Meet Me in St. Louis.” 

Although filmed elsewhere, the musical told the story of the Smith family as it struggled with the prospect of leaving St. Louis for New York in advance of the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis.

Seventy years later, the film endures. Critic Roger Ebert once praised it as “one of the most artful, moving, and exquisitely designed musicals in film history.”

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Local Venues
9:52 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Surviving The Nightlife — How Music Venues Stay Afloat in St. Louis

Kim Massie Live at The Beale on Broadway, Nov. 19, 2014
Credit Willis Ryder Arnold/St. Louis Public Radio

St. Louis is a music town. Luminaries like Chuck Berry and Tina Turner honed their craft here before hitting international stages. For music to thrive it needs a home, it needs live venues. This month, local venue the Gramophone announced it was closing as a concert space and reopening this spring as a bar. Although they’ll still occasionally have live acts, the venue’s shift is away from high-energy music and toward a relaxed food and drink emphasis.

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The Art of Board Games
9:51 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

But For Accident, STL Artist Would Have Wielded Hockey Stick Not Paintbrush

Circa 1959, Ice Hockey, 2008, 34.5x18x2 inches, oil, enamel on steel
Credit Provided by Tim Liddy

Fontbonne professor Tim Liddy is one of 102 artists displayed in a national exhibition at the Crystal Bridges museum in Bentonville, Ark. But Liddy was never going to be an artist. Looking forward to a career on the ice, he was planning to play games, not paint them.

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Pulitzer Expansion
2:44 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

First Look At STL’s Expanded Pulitzer Reveals New Opportunities For Eyes, Ears

The Pulitzer Arts Foundation gave a tour of ongoing renovations Wednesday night.
Credit Carly Ann Hilo | Pulitzer Arts Foundation

Although the Pulitzer Arts Foundation has been closed since August, a swarm of activity has been taking place inside the Grand Center institution.

Construction crews are renovating the Pulitzer’s basement area to create two new galleries. When they’re done in May 2015, the Foundation will have one-third more exhibition space, totaling 104,000 square feet. The work is being done in cooperation with a representative of the original architect, Tadao Ando.

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Day of Remembrance
11:20 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Reflection In The Face Of Violence Against Transgender Individuals

Dan Stewart, transgender University of Missouri St. Louis student
Credit August Jennewein/Courtesy of UMSL / UMSL

Today some St. Louisans take pause to remember transgender lives lost to violence throughout the country.

“It’s a great opportunity for those that identify as transgender, those that are allies, those that want to be supportive and are learning how to recognize this day for what it really is - in the sense that to identify as transgender is dangerous in this world,” said 25-year-old Dan Stewart, a transgender UMSL graduate student.

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Showdown in St. Louis
10:15 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

On Chess: Seven Questions With Hikaru Nakamura

Hikaru Nakamura is ranked No. 1 in the U.S.
Credit Provided by Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis

You’re back in town for the Showdown in St. Louis, a five-round match for $100,000 against the World No. 4 player, Levon Aronian. The Showdown is not a world-circuit event in which you normally play -- is an event like this still important to you, even though it’s just an exhibition?

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Hunger Remains
3:22 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Food Pantries Depend On Holiday Donations To Help Them Get Through The Year

A truck from the St. Louis Area Food Bank makes a delivery at a rural southern Illinois church that was holding a food fair for low-income residents.
Credit Mary Delach Leonard | St. Louis Beacon | 2010 File photo
  • Cans of soup.
  • Diapers.
  • Cash to buy gas to keep the trucks running.

The holiday wish list for St. Louis agencies that assist the hungry is long and never-ending because what comes in, soon goes out -- and the shelves need to be filled again.

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