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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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