Arts & Culture

Showdown in St. Louis
10:15 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

On Chess: Seven Questions With Hikaru Nakamura

Hikaru Nakamura is ranked No. 1 in the U.S.
Credit Provided by Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis

You’re back in town for the Showdown in St. Louis, a five-round match for $100,000 against the World No. 4 player, Levon Aronian. The Showdown is not a world-circuit event in which you normally play -- is an event like this still important to you, even though it’s just an exhibition?

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Hunger Remains
3:22 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Food Pantries Depend On Holiday Donations To Help Them Get Through The Year

A truck from the St. Louis Area Food Bank makes a delivery at a rural southern Illinois church that was holding a food fair for low-income residents.
Credit Mary Delach Leonard | St. Louis Beacon | 2010 File photo
  • Cans of soup.
  • Diapers.
  • Cash to buy gas to keep the trucks running.

The holiday wish list for St. Louis agencies that assist the hungry is long and never-ending because what comes in, soon goes out -- and the shelves need to be filled again.

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St. Louis on the Air
1:33 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

German Immigrants Set Out To Build A Utopia in Missouri

In 1833, two men from Giessen, Germany, decided to immigrate to the United States where they hoped to create their own utopia with the freedoms and democracy they desired but did not have under an aristocracy. They recruited hundreds of others and formed the Giessen Emigration Society.

“It was the year 1834 when 500 Germans came over here to Missouri with the big idea of creating a German state as a new state within the United States of America,” Peter Roloff told “St. Louis on the Air” host Don Marsh on Tuesday.

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St. Louis on the Air
1:25 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

A Look At How Vigilante Justice Shaped Missouri

Author Joe Johnston
Credit Courtesy of the St. Louis County Library

From the Louisiana Purchase through the Civil War, Missouri was shaped by vigilante justice.

“The state was filled with people before there were laws and lawmen,” author and historian Joe Johnston told “St. Louis on the Air” host Don Marsh on Tuesday. Johnston’s latest book, “Necessary Evil: Settling Missouri with a Rope and a Gun,” chronicles the implications of vigilantism in the state.

Missouri was part of the 1803 Louisiana Purchase. After Louisiana became a state in 1812, the area became the Missouri Territory.  

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Mercantile Library
8:38 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Beyond Cake: The Making And Mapping Of St. Louis

The show at the Mercantile Library has so many elements, some are on the floor.
Credit Facebook post

To celebrate a major birthday — say, 50 or older — many hosts serve cake and display photos of the celebrant: baby photos, first steps, awkward adolescence, coming of age and major landmarks of adulthood.

For St. Louis’ 250th birthday celebration, John Neal Hoover has done just that. At the Mercantile Library’s new exhibition, Hoover hung several century-old photos, older paintings and drawings, but mostly he tells the city history in maps.

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Ferguson
6:07 pm
Sun November 16, 2014

Love And Desperation: Two Musicians Respond To Ferguson

Credit Courtesy of the Artist

Two leaders in the St. Louis music community released Ferguson-related songs this month. Tef Poe’s War Cry levels harsh criticism at political leaders while Brian Owens' Love, Love addresses the hope for community understanding.

Sample Lyrics:

Tef Poe’s War Cry: Ferguson is Barack Obama’s Katrina.

Brian Owens' Love, Love: We need love love love - let's talk about it - love is all we need.

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Cityscape
6:19 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Pianist Inspired By Toddlers And Beethoven's Sense Of Humor

Orli Shaham
Credit Christian Steiner / Courtesy of Orli Shaham

Pianist Orli Shaham asked her parents for piano lessons when she was 5. She's still playing music for preschoolers, as well as adults.

In her "Baby Got Bach" series, Shaham gives kids a chance to play with musical instrument, and listen to live chamber music.

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St. Louis Symphony
3:41 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

St. Louis Symphony Extra — All Beethoven

Jun Märkl.
Jean-Baptiste Millot

We continue our live broadcasts of the St. Louis Symphony's 2014-2015 season this weekend, and you can be right there with us from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 15.

On select Saturday evenings, St. Louis Public Radio broadcasts the Symphony's performance over the air, bringing you a live classical music experience wherever you are. 

Here's what's planned for you this weekend:

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Staff Picks
10:35 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

15 Mini Reviews For The St. Louis International Film Festival

Credit website

Updated 5:30 p.m. Nov. 14 with new review.

The St. Louis International Film Festival is underway with enough options to ensure that almost everyone can find something of interest.

Some of us in the newsroom of St. Louis Public Radio checked out the list of offerings and asked to review films that caught our interest. As you check out our mini reviews, you should know that several of the movies we requested were not available and that some of us asked for more than time permitted. These are just a taste of what is available.

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Wearable Message Art
10:33 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

St. Louis Artist Uses Fiber Masks And Plastic Garbage Bags To Talk About Body Image

'I'm Pretty'
Credit Provided by Reese Gallery

The work of emerging fiber artist Grace Kubilius walks the walk while talking the talk. The conversation is about women and body image.

Like many young women, and all women, really, Kubilius has struggled with questions of appearance and what it means to be a woman.

“How do you sort of resolve that with what’s expected or what you think is expected of you?” Kubilius said.

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