Arts & Culture

St. Louis And The Cold War
4:50 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Nike Missile Launch Site In Southern Illinois Can Be Yours For The Highest Bid

The launch area of an old Nike missile base near Hecker, Ill., will be auctioned July 12. It was part of the St. Louis Air Defense System from mid-1959 to early 1969.
Mary Delach Leonard|St. Louis Public Radio

Real estate broker Wayne Keller is showing another curious “looky loo” around an unusual property: the launch area of a Nike missile base that was constructed more than 50 years ago in the countryside of Southern Illinois.

From atop this peaceful hill in Monroe County, the U.S. Army once kept eyes on the skies, ready to blast Hercules missiles at Soviet bombers headed for St. Louis, about 30 miles to the northwest.

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Arts & Culture
11:54 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Gertrude Stein Opera Finds Beauty In The Mundane

Stephanie Blythe (left) as Gertrude Stein and Elizabeth Futral as Alice B. Toklas in the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis' 2014 production of 27.
Ken Howard Opera Theatre of Saint Louis

Originally published on Sat June 21, 2014 10:52 am

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Sculpture
9:17 am
Mon June 23, 2014

STL Art Game-Changers: Stan Chisholm Makes 'Weird Stuff' To Honor His Hometown

Paper plates become canvases for Stan Chisholm.
Stephanie Zimmerman | St. Louis Public Radio Intern

Stan Chisholm’s whole working-in-Styrofoam thing started with a need to keep moving.

Wood is heavy. Styrofoam is light. It can be broken into pieces and easily transported in a suitcase or even a backpack, especially important during his car-less time at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Its unconventionality also infuses a bit of dark comedy into Chisholm’s work.

“It’s kind of a parody,” Chisholm, 27, said. “I don’t know anyone who uses foam like me.”

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Jazz Unlimited
3:39 pm
Sat June 21, 2014

Keys And Strings Hour: Art Tatum & Hiromi/New Music

Hiromi Uehara-2011
Dennis C. Owsley Copyright Dennis C. Owsley

Jazz Unlimited for Sunday, June 22 will be “The Keys and Strings Hour and New Music.”   The Keys and Strings Hour presents the quieter side of jazz, without horns.  Fireworks will not be lacking, however, as we present the music of two virtuoso pianists: Art Tatum and Hiromi.  The New Music segment for June will feature a rare 1959 album by Andrew Hill, Sonny Rollins’ “Roadshows, Vol.

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Cityscape
7:44 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Missouri Chamber Music Festival Presents Grand Finale At The Sheldon

Missouri Chamber Music Festival Directors Scott Andrews and Nina Ferrigno

For four years, the Missouri Chamber Music Festival has offered a series of chamber music concerts in the month of June at the First Congregational Church of Webster Groves. But for the first time, the festival will conclude with a grand finale at The Sheldon Concert Hall in Grand Center.

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Cityscape
4:53 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Gesher Music Festival Opens With Concert Featuring Cellist Matt Haimovitz

Matt Haimovitz
Credit Steph Mackinnon

The 2014 Gesher Music Festival of Emerging Artists opens this week in St. Louis. This year the festival opening gala features cellist Matt Haimovitz, who is known for pushing the envelope and blurring the lines between classical and popular music.

“I have a range of passions musically, and I tend to just follow my heart,” said Haimovitz when asked about his sometimes unusual musical choices.  He’s been known to take his cello to a bar and play the music of Jimi Hendrix.

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Cityscape
4:17 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

As The MUNY Opens Its 2014 Season, It Makes Plans To Preserve Its Future

The MUNY's production of Billy Elliot the Musical
Courtesy the MUNY

The MUNY opened its 2014 season on Monday, June 16 with the first of seven scheduled shows. The offerings this summer include four premieres and the usual mix of classics, family shows and new productions.

Michael Isaacson, the MUNY’s artistic director and executive producer, appeared on Cityscape this week to give an overview of the season and talk about how the organization is gearing up for its 100th anniversary.

The MUNY’s 2014 season

Billy Elliot the Musical June 16 – 22

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Sculpture
9:13 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

STL Art Game-Changers: Brett Williams' Sound Ideas

Brett Williams
Credit Stephanie Zimmerman | St. Louis Public Radio intern

What kind of music goes with a video of sitting on the toilet naked while eating peanut butter out of a jar? That question — back in the late 1990s — ultimately led St. Louis artist Brett Williams to the sound sculptures he creates today.

While at the School of The Art Institute in Chicago, Williams launched what he calls the Brett Commercials, a video series that includes “Brett Lives Alone,” featuring his bathroom snacking against a whistling-clanking soundtrack.

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Summer Music Camp
9:10 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

St. Louis Teens from Sudan Keep The Beat At Music Camp And At Home

David Mulat, 13, and his sister Betty,15. Betty is short for Bethlehem.
Credit Nancy Fowler | St. Louis Public Radio

Summer camp is where teenagers make friends and sometimes find their first love. It’s also a place they can improve social skills and self-esteem.

A new music day camp in St. Louis focuses on building confidence as well as musical ability. David Mulat, 13, and his sister Betty (short for Bethlehem), 15, are attending the Littlestone Summer Music Festival at St. Timothy’s Lutheran Church in South City on scholarships.

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Opera Theatre of St. Louis
12:30 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Reflections: Listen To The Serious, Radiant 'Dialogues Of The Carmelites'

Christine Brewer (center with hands raised) as Madame Lidoine with the nuns of Compiègne in "Dialogues of the Carmelites." This serious work by Francis Poulenc is the fourth of this year's festival season at Opera Theatre of St. Louis.
Credit Ken Howard | OTSL

Thirty-one years ago, Opera Theatre of St. Louis pulled off a season that resounds in memory as an artistic volcano, a bonanza, an operatic gold mine, a tour de force. It followed the defining 1982 season, one crowned with Jonathan Miller’s “Così fan tutte,” a show conducted by Calvin Simmons, who died the summer following his and Dr. Miller’s triumphant achievement.

Power of Poulenc

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