Arts & Culture

Fair St. Louis
9:59 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Free Concerts: Band Perry, Raitt, Fray And More In Forest Park

Find out where the free music is with our free summer concert calendar.

Fair St. Louis is the biggest of the free outdoor concerts this week, but check the list for other festivities in neighborhoods and at the Zoo. 

We recently added Ellisville and Eckerts to the list. If you know of a free series that isn't on this list, let us know. It should be outdoors, and we aren't including all the interesting music that can be found at the patios of your favorite drinking establishments.

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Kayden Troff wins
9:57 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

On Chess: Triple Crowns Bestowed In St. Louis, Carlsen May Return

Kayden Troff with Tony Rich, of the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis.
Credit Provided by Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis

The Triple Crown of chess is complete, in more ways than one.

Just this past week, Grandmaster Kayden Troff, 16, snagged the U.S. Junior Closed Championship crown after nine rounds of fierce competition against the top players under 21 in the nation. Troff finished the event in style, winning his final four games to finish a point and a half ahead of the rest of the field.

The newly anointed grandmaster took home the $3,000 first-place prize but, more important, earned a ticket to compete in the 2015 U.S. Championship, which will be held in St. Louis next year.

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St. Louis on the Air
3:56 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Classical Pianist Ingrid Jacoby On Her St. Louis Roots

Classical pianist and St. Louis native Ingrid Jacoby
Credit I.C. Artists

It’s not easy to make a living as a concert pianist, but St. Louis native Ingrid Jacoby is doing just that.

Jacoby makes her home in London these days, but she grew up in Olivette, Mo. and went to Ladue High School—for at least part of the day. By the age of 12 she was already spending half days studying piano alongside college students at the St. Louis Conservatory of Music. 

Jacoby started taking piano when she was four, but found it boring until she switched teachers.

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Obituary
7:37 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Cindy Gilberg: Horticulturalist Helped Change The Way St. Louisans Plant Gardens

Cindy Gilberg, working on a rain garden she designed
Credit Deer Creek Watershed Alliance

Cindy Gilberg’s natural habitat was a garden. Preferably, one filled with native perennials.

Growing up in St. Louis, she spent much of her time exploring Shaw Nature Reserve. The love of the place, she wrote, brought her back as an adult and horticulturist “to work and share with others the possibilities of native landscaping and the joy of natural areas.”

After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in ornamental horticulture, Ms. Gilberg fine-tuned her skills as the co-owner with her husband, Doug, of a Wildwood nursery for nearly three decades.

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5-year Anniversary
10:09 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Citygarden, How Have You Grown? Photos Tell The Story

Even before Citygarden opened, the rabbits -- such as the one at left -- had discovered the park. No visitor ever got to see the hollyhocks because the bunnies ate them..
Credit File photo | Rachel Heidenry

A birthday party will be held Wednesday for St. Louis' youngest urban treasure: Citygarden. In honor of its fifth birthday, the lunchtime concert featuring DJ Nune, will run from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. and refreshments will be served.

Five years ago, a St. Louis Beacon article said:

"Build it and they will come? Most definitely.

"Citygarden, which opened today, was full of curious visitors ready to explore. Even skeptics came away with enthusiastic reviews.

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Fair St. Louis
8:10 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Fair St. Louis Organizers Tout Plan For New Venue

Fair St. Louis Foundation Executive Director Lori Thaman addresses reporters during a press conference Monday.
Credit Joseph Leahy / St. Louis Public Radio

Final plans for Fair St. Louis are taking shape as the event moves to Forest Park this weekend for the first time in its 34-year history.

The park has been a busy scene this week as work crews prepare stages, concession stands, canopy tents, and generators for the event that organizers expect to draw 35,000 to 50,000 visitors each day. The weekend’s July Fourth celebrations will include a parade, 20 free concerts, nightly fireworks displays and other entertainment.

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Cityscape
8:07 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

'La Traviata' Opens Union Avenue Opera's 20th Festival Season

Riccardo Iannello as Alfredo and Zulimar López-Hernández as Violetta in Union Avenue Opera's production of 'La Traviata'
Credit Union Avenue Opera

When Union Avenue Opera opens its 2014 season on July 11 with Verdi’s La Traviata, it will be with a company that is vastly different than the one that mounted its first production 20 years ago. UAO founding artistic director and conductor Scott Schoonover recalled that he had just finished his degree, wanted a chance to conduct and knew a number of singers who needed work. He had just moved to St. Louis to take the position as music director of Union Avenue Christian Church and the church encouraged him to mount an opera there.

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Cityscape
7:42 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Website Highlights Free Local Concerts And Festivals

Peter Martin and Friends at the Missouri Botanical Garden's Whitaker Jazz Series
Credit Romondo Davis

Web marketer Romondo Davis and his wife love to go to concerts so frequently take advantage of the many free concerts offered in the St. Louis area.  After frequent posts on Facebook about concerts they attended, a friend suggested  that they start a website promoting them.

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Zoo-Museum District
5:54 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

ZMD Board Member Wants Discounts For City, County Residents At Zoo, Other Institutions

Gloria Wessels

If you live in St. Louis or St. Louis County, you may eventually be able to get discounts at local cultural institutions. That idea was floated Thursday by Zoo-Museum District board member Gloria Wessels.

City and county residents pay taxes that fund the five institutions of the district: the St. Louis Art Museum, Science Center, St. Louis Zoo, Missouri History Museum and Missouri Botanical Garden. Wessels told St. Louis Public Radio that it’s only fair that taxpayers get something for their money that visitors from other counties don’t.

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Free concerts
3:54 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Free concerts this week: Javier Mendoza, Miss Jubilee and Old Salt Union

Find out where the free music is with our free summer concert calendar.

The neighborhood free outdoor summer concert season is now in full swing. If you know of a free series that isn't on this list, let us know.

You can read more about Javier Mendoza and Miss Jubilee and the Humdingers. Or just check out what's coming this week:

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