Arts & Culture

The Pulitzer Prize medal.
The Pulitzer Prizes

This year, the Pulitzer Prize will celebrate its 100 th anniversary. On Monday’s St. Louis on the Air , host Don Marsh discussed how the award and the journalism it is meant to highlight has changed over the years. Joining the program were Jon Sawyer, Executive Director of the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, and Margie Freivogel, former Executive Editor of St. Louis Public Radio. Later this week, the prize’s anniversary will be marked with a two-day forum at Saint Louis University Law...

This year, America’s Heartland Remembers placed 7,021 flags on Art Hill to commemorate fallen military men and women killed in the war on terror since September 11, 2001. The display, taken down on Sept. 12, 2016, is called “Flags of Valor.”
Carolina Hidalgo | St. Louis Public Radio

Sunday marked the 15 th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. On Monday’s St. Louis on the Air , we lookrf back at the past decade and a half and consider what has changed for those impacted by the attacks. St. Louis Public Radio reporter Mary Delach Leonard has reported on the milestone anniversaries of the attacks. Recently, she spoke with those connected with and impacted by the terrorist attacks on that day as the anniversary approached. She joined St. Louis on the Air...

St. Louis area Catholics and other residents pause to pray at the corner of Delmar Boulevard and Sarah Street in St. Louis, during the Crossing the Delmar Divide pilgrimage.
Stephanie Lecci | St. Louis Public Radio

About 250 St. Louis area Catholics and other residents symbolically walked across Delmar Boulevard, the street signifying the city’s racial and economic divides, as part of what they called a “pilgrimage” Saturday.

Dennis C. Owsley / Copyright Dennis C. Owsley

Jazz Unlimited for September 11, 2016 will be “Remembering Bobby Hutcherson.” Vibes and marimba player Bobby Hutcherson was born in Los Angeles, California in 1941 and was raised in the suburb of Pasadena. His first recording was with Les McCann in 1960. He worked with Curtis Amy and Gerald Wilson before moving to New York in 1963. He recorded for Blue Note on many classic albums and was active until 2015, dying August 15 of this year from emphysema. In addition to the aforementioned artists,...

Linda Kennedy and Alicia Like joined "St. Louis on the Air" to discuss "Miss Julie, Clarissa and John."
Kelly Moffitt | St. Louis Public Radio

This week marks the opening of the St. Louis Black Repertory Company’s 40th anniversary season with the Midwest premiere of “ Miss Julie, Clarissa & John ,” a play by Mark Clayton Southers. The Black Rep’s founder and producing director Ron Himes, actress Alicia Like and artistic associate Linda Kennedy joined St. Louis on the Air on Friday to discuss the production and the rest of the season. “Forty years ago we couldn’t imagine we’d still be producing shows and growing at the rate that...

Earlier this year, iLLPHONiCS released a new album titled "Gone With the Trends."
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Updated Sept. 7 with additional information about producing entities. Updated Sept. 9 with audio from St. Louis on the Air. The seventh annual LouFest will bring hip-hop, rock, and jazz acts to Forest Park this weekend. LouFest has grown steadily since its debut in 2010 and the last three years have seen a marked increase in attendance.

Provided by Washington University

Many in the United States likely view Iran as a closed society, one that has limited contact with the western world. But many in Iran would like to see more cultural exchanges. Among them is Grammy-nominated Iranian musician Hossein Alizadeh, who performs Sunday at Washington University . An avant-garde musician, Alizadeh is known improvising on the radif , a traditional Persian musical instrument. He has toured the world extensively and taught music in Europe and the Middle East.

The Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum at Washington University is celebrating a decade at its permanent home with a first showing of works from its entire collection. The museum will celebrate its 10th anniversary at the university with an event Friday that will highlight its paintings, sculpture and other art. Founded in 1881, the museum’s had a long focus on European art. But in the last decade it has shifted attention to better spotlight political art.

Left to right: Nathan Maul, Sherard Curry and Anna Drehmer in Tesseract Theatre's "Am I Black Enough Yet?" by Clinton Johnston
Tesseract Theatre

The title of an upcoming play by St. Louis’ Tesseract Theatre is a loaded question: “Am I Black Enough Yet?” It's a challenge that could cause discomfort but the play aims to make fun of the query with a playful approach. The first order of business is to proclaim that the entire audience is “black.” Those who were already black get to be “uber-black.” In our latest Cut & Paste arts and culture podcast , we talk with “Am I Black Enough Yet?” director Bre Love and Tesseract’s founding...

GM Hikaru Nakamura, GM Fabiano Caruana, and GM Wesely So.
Chris Bauer | Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis

As soon as the 2016 Sinquefield Cup ended, America’s top five players headed to Baku, Azerbijan, for the 42nd Chess Olympiad. The United States usually fields a formidable team, but this year is unprecedented, with three of the five teammates ranked in the top 10 in the world. Gone are the days when Russia, the perennial favorite for international competition, outranks other teams by a landslide. Team America, captained by International Master John Donaldson and coached by GM Alex Lenderman, is seeded second to Russia by just three rating points and is widely considered the favorite to take top honors.

Benton Park resident Alexis Forman didn't know what a flounder house was before she bought her rehabbed home four years ago.
Stephanie Lecci | St. Louis Public Radio

Alexis Forman’s rehabbed Benton Park home has everything a typical house has: a living room, dining room, kitchen, bedrooms. But every now and then, she’ll find strangers out on the street, staring up at the exterior of her brick house — and its dramatically sloping roof.

The 2016 St. Louis Surge women's professional basketball team.
St. Louis Surge

Earlier this summer, the St. Louis Surge women’s professional basketball team took home a national championship in the Women’s Blue Chip Basketball League . There are 34 teams from across the United States that compete in the league. Khalia Collier, the owner and general manager of the St. Louis Surge, said that the team has earned “quite the fan base.” She started the team five years ago. “We’ve gained a tremendous amount of momentum in the past five years we’ve been here, in the St. Louis...

Humorist and former journalist Dave Barry is a native of New York, which might have some people raising eyebrows at the title of his new book: “ Best. State. Ever.: A Florida Man Defends His Homeland. ” Homeland? “I’ve been here for 30 years now, which in Florida terms, makes me a Floridian,” Barry told St. Louis on the Air host Don Marsh. “This is a state where most people are from somewhere else. … I can’t imagine living anywhere else at this point.” Later this month, Barry will be at the...

A preview of the historical timeline you will find at "St. Louis History in Black and White."
Zack Stovall, Katelyn Mae Petrin

St. Louis’ racial history is a big part of what the community is today. For many years, St. Louis Public Radio has hosted an online history that highlights some of the big historical events that St. Louisans , and those who take an interest in St. Louis from the outside, should know about to understand how the city functions today. That project is known as “St. Louis History in Black and White.” You can find on our website featuring the project here . It initially encompassed 27 segments of...

Humberto Howard | Criteria Entertainment

The St. Louis Ballpark Village is usually a venue for throwing back a few cold ones and watching the Cardinals game. But today the venue will give locals a taste of Los Angeles. La Santa Cecilia, a modern band that fuses Mexican roots music and Pan-American sounds, from cumbia to soul, is the headliner for the En Vivo Latino Music Festival .

I recently saw an inspiring documentary film title “Carvalho’s Journey” here in St. Louis at the Jewish Film Festival. In 1853, travelling with explorer John Fremont’s Fifth Westward Expedition, Carvalho became one of the first photographers to document the sweeping vistas and treacherous terrain of the far American West. Carvalho, a Sephardic Jew, was a painter and had no experience in this rugged outdoor life. He probably would not have survived without the help of 14 Delaware and Wyandot...

Poet Alison Rollins
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“I realized fairly recently that I have to write. I am a poet and I claim that and it is a necessity. The same way I breathe, the same way I blink, it must be done.” Alison Rollins. St. Louis poet Alison Rollins has won a prestigious 2016 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship for young poets. The award is one of the largest national awards available to young poets. It provides winners with $25,800 to support their craft and continue pursuing a writing career. Rollins...

Trenda Davis is a member of the Independence Center's clubhouse.
Kim Oswalt | St. Louis Public Radio

At the clubhouse, there are no clients or patients – only members. In an alternative to traditional models of social work, people with mental illnesses come to the Independence Center ’s clubhouse to participate in a program structured around the idea of a “work-ordered day.” Trenda Davis is an Independence Center member who said she found stability and support when she joined the clubhouse after losing her job two years ago. The Independence Center is a non-profit organization in St. Louis...

Dennis C. Ows;ey / Copyright Dennis C. Owsley

Jazz Unlimited will feature “John Coltrane in His Own Words and Music,” on Sunday. Jazz Unlimited airs from 9 p.m. to midnight, on St. Louis Public Radio, 90.7 FM. During his career, John Coltrane gave only a few interviews to jazz journalists. He was a quiet, humble man who was very guarded. Until now, only transcripts existed of these interviews. Two well-known interviews with August Blume (1958) and Frank Kofsky (1966) have recently been issued in audio form. These interviews, along with a...

Kelvin Urday, center, rehearses "21 Chump Street" with, from left to right, Kevin Corpuz, Omega Jones and Phil Leveling.
Carolina Hidalgo | St. Louis Public Radio

A St. Louis theater company opens a show by playwright Lin-Manuel Miranda tonight. No, it’s not the blockbuster “Hamilton,” although of course that’s what Miranda is known for. R-S Theatrics is staging “21 Chump Street,” an earlier, shorter musical, as part of trio of one-acts named “Love? Actually … .” It definitely has those Miranda hallmarks: hip-hop, social issues and moral questions, in its telling of a real-life story of love, deception and a drug sting in a Palm Beach, Fla. high school.

Local retired telephone employees banded together to create the Jefferson Barracks Telephone Museum, which opened earlier this year. Here's one of the exhibits inside.
Jefferson Barracks Telephone Museum

Sometimes it is best to learn your history from someone close to the history itself. That’s certainly the case with the Jefferson Barracks Telephone Museum , which was created and is run by retired telephone workers, many from the St. Louis branch of Southwestern Bell (AT&T). The museum opened earlier this year, in May, after 13 years of careful planning and collection by a group of locals operating under the umbrella of the Telecom Pioneers , a non-profit telephone company employee service organization.

Thomas Harvey, of Arch City Defenders, said Ferguson city prosecutors were trying to send a "chilling" message to people who would come there to protest.
Carolina Hidalgo | St. Louis Public Radio

Are protests effective agents of social change? What actions are justified during a protest? How does the language used to describe protests impact people’s perceptions of certain events? Throughout history, individuals have joined together in groups of various sizes to protest against powerful authority figures or perceived injustices. From the Boston Tea Party to Occupy Wall Street and Black Lives Matter , protests have played a key role in social movements within the United States for over...

On Chess: Bringing the game to the classroom

Sep 1, 2016
Students at Walnut Grove Elementary School provided a rapt audience for the unveiling of a new chess program.
Austin Fuller | Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis | File photo

In addition to a place for enjoying chess, the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis is an educational institution doing work both inside the club and in the community. It is now gearing up for a record year of providing high-quality chess programming to St. Louis area schools. This academic year will be a watershed, not only because of the unprecedented scope of the program’s reach, but also because chess instruction will be an in-curricular offering in nearly 10 schools in the St. Louis Public School District.

A previous exhibition by artist Joan Hall at Bruno David Gallery
Bruno David Gallery

Bruno David Gallery in Grand Center has closed its doors. Bruno David said his namesake art gallery shut down because of structural concerns recently discovered in its Washington Boulevard building. The issues came to light during an engineering survey. All upcoming exhibitions are canceled while David looks for a new location.

"The Jarmo" from Nathaniel Reed Bakery in Kirkwood.
Kelly Moffitt | St. Louis Public Radio

The Sound Bites team at Sauce Magazine is back and ready to help you plan your nights out at St. Louis restaurants in September. Catherine Klene and Meera Nagarajan, the magazine’s managing editor and art director, respectively, joined St. Louis on the Air host Don Marsh to discuss the openings and closings of restaurants you should know. Of particular note? Nathaniel Reid Bakery in Kirkwood, Twisted Tree Steakhouse in Sunset Hills and Coma Coffee Roasters in Richmond Heights. Read more about...

The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra performs in Lucerne, Switzerland, 2012
Provided by Dilip Vishwanat and the St. Louis Symphony

The St. Louis Symphony will be launching its third tour in almost two decades in Europe this February. The Symphony will perform Feb. 8-11 in the Spanish cities of Madrid, Oviedo and Valencia. The musicians will present works by composers John Adams, Antonin Dvorak, Aaron Copland, and others. St. Louis residents will have a chance to hear those works in January before the group leaves for Spain.

Sarah Paradoski and Ramona Marshall discussed the Immigrant and Women's Refugee Program on "St. Louis on the Air."
Kelly Moffitt | St. Louis Public Radio

Imagine leaving your home and moving to a country that doesn’t share your customs, where you can’t understand the language and where you have to re-learn basic life skills in order to survive in your new context. Most immigrants and refugees living in the United States don’t have to imagine these challenges. Learning to overcome linguistic, cultural and social barriers is just part of their reality. For a variety of reasons, women often experience unique obstacles to healthy adaptation. The...

Denise Bogard, founder of St. Louis Writers Workshop, has written a novel titled "The Middle Step."
Kelly Moffitt | St. Louis Public Radio

Monday’s St. Louis on the Air featured a discussion with Denise Bogard about her recent book “ The Middle Step ,” which is set in north St. Louis and explores the intersection of race, poverty and family. The novel delves into the life of a white woman, Lisa, as she runs a group home with four charges, three of whom are black. Bogard, a white woman, spent the last 16 years of her life working at Lift for Life Academy , a 6-12 grade charter school. Bogard was an English teacher at the school,...

Dennis C. Owsley / Copyright Dennis C. Owsley

Jazz Unlimited for August 28, 2016 will be “The Keys and Strings Hour + New Music.” The Keys and Strings hour for August will present the quieter side of jazz with four female modern jazz pianists: Lynne Arriale with new music from Geri Allen, Hiromi, and Renee Rosnes. New music with Dr. Lonnie Smith’s Evolution group, vocalist Camille Bertault, pianist Bill Carrothers, Pierre Dorge and the New Jungle Orchestra, guitarist Charlie Hunter, the New Standard Jazz Orchestra, the David Weiss big...

A. J. Rosenberg was the lead artist on "Peace Wish Dove," 2014. Off-duty police officers and a number of others helped paint the 7-by-4-foot piece at an office on West Florissant Avenue.
Outside In: Paint for Peace

An art exhibition made of plywood, paint and community spirit opens this weekend in St. Louis. The work emerged from the 2014 unrest sparked by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson shooting and killing 18-year-old Michael Brown. Nights of protest and police action gave way to days of boarding up buildings. After a grand jury declined to charge Wilson in Brown’s death, t he protests moved in to St. Louis on South Grand Boulevard. Business owners affixed plywood to their plate-glass windows to cover the damage and protect against more. To artists and others, the plywood became a canvas. Painting alone, and in collaboration, they transformed the knotty wood into works of art. Beginning Saturday, a collection of the pieces will be displayed at several venues in a show called “Outside In: Paint for Peace.”

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