Arts & Culture

St. Peters, Des Peres
9:58 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Free Concerts: Grace Hill And Gazebo Series Get Going

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.

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COCA, SLAM And Kodner
9:58 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Visually Appealing: Climb A Water Tower Or Learn Salsa

Compton Hill Water Tower
Credit Wikipedia

Some of the art in St. Louis is available all day every day but may not be open to explore, This Friday night, however, by the light of a full moon, you can climb the 198 steps to the top of the Compton Hill Water Tower.

This is the youngest (built in 1898) of the city’s three historic and distinctive standpipe water towers. The others are the Corinthian column (1871) at 20th Street and Grand Avenue and the Bissell Water Tower (1885) at Bissell Street and Blair Avenue.

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Wesley So
9:56 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

On Chess: World Contender Must Wait To Play For U.S. Team

Wesley So
Credit Courtesy of Susan Polgar

They say good things come to those who wait. Unfortunately, that’s shaping up to be true.

Wesley So, the 15th highest-rated chess player in the world with a FIDE rating of 2744, recently announced his intentions to switch to the U.S. Chess Federation (from the Philippines’ federation) for reasons rather obvious: He’s already here -- and he seems to like it.

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Foot of Art Hill
8:50 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Wallendas And Water Skis Added To Fair St. Louis Lineup

Part of the Flying Wallendas
Credit 2009 Circus Flora photo

The Grand Basin at the foot of Art Hill will play a more important role than provide the reflective image for fireworks photos. The Fair St. Louis organizers announced Wednesday that water skiing and wakeboarding will take place on the water, and Tino Wallenda will walk a wire above it, stretched more than the length of a football field.

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New Line Theatre
9:09 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Reflection: ‘Hands On A Hardbody’ Shows It’s Not Easy Hanging Onto A Truck Or A Dream

Want to win the truck? Hold on.
Credit Provided by New Line Theatre

All that the contestants in “Hands on a Hardbody” have to do is keep their hand on a red Nissan truck longer than anybody else. The one who does that can drive it home.

It’s a lot harder than it sounds.

There’s the blazing Texas heat. The six-hour stretch between 15-minute breaks. The 144 hours without sleep. And leaning on the truck is prohibited.

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To Shakespeare & Company
9:25 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Dildine Is Leaving Shakespeare Festival St. Louis

Rick Dildine
Credit Shakespeare Festival St. Louis

Rick Dildine, who has expanded the scope of Shakespeare Festival St. Louis in the five years that he has been in charge of it, is leaving. He will become executive director of Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, Mass.

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Cats In The Wings
8:55 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Reflection: The Show Goes On In Fine Form At Circus Flora

Andriy Bilobrov and one of his Jack Russell terriers
Credit Steve Truesdell

There is a big-man-size hole in the heart of St. Louis’ Circus Flora, a vacancy left by the death of Ivor David Balding last month at 75. Balding was the founder, the sustenance and the animating spirit of the company. But this breach is masked by the magical, ephemeral costumery of the circus, and apparently, with the greatest of ease, the show indeed is going on.

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2005 Legislation
8:49 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Zoo-Museum District Board Member Exploring Tax Dollars For African-American Institutions

Robert Powell
Credit Courtesy of Portfolio Gallery

A member of the St. Louis Zoo-Museum District board is reviving the prospect of a new subdistrict of black arts organizations.

An amendment to House Bill 186, passed by the Missouri legislature in 2005, allows the creation of the African American History Museum and Cultural District. But adding it to the ZMD would have to be approved by popular vote — and an election can cost  up to $1 million — so the issue has languished for nine years.

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Play, Men's Chorus
10:38 pm
Sun June 8, 2014

LGBT Pride Month Means Showtime in St. Louis

Credit From the movie site

St. Louis’ June 28-29 PrideFest may be weeks away, but more LGBT events and performances are coming up in the next few days.

Beginning Thursday night, Stray Dog Theatre presents “Love! Valour! Compassion!" to be staged every Thursday, Friday and Saturday through June 28 at South City's Tower Grove Abbey.

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Jazz Unlimited
2:25 pm
Sat June 7, 2014

The Music Of Shorty Rogers

Flip Phillips-1988
Dennis C. Owsley Copyright Dennis C. Owsley

Jazz Unlimited for June 8 will feature “The Music of Shorty Rogers.”   Trumpeter, composer arranger Shorty Rogers was born Milton Rajonsky in 1924 I Great Barrington, Massachusetts.  He was involved in drum and bugle corps at an early age.  Following graduation from high school, he became a professional musician, working with Will Bradley, Red Norvo and Woody Herman.  Moving to Los Angeles, he worked with Stan Kenton and joined the Lighthouse All-Stars.  Rogers was one of the architects of the “West Coast Jazz” style and for the 1950’s was known as an avant-gardist.  He also had a studio ca

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