Arts & Culture

Dennis C. Owsley / Copyright Dennis C. Owsley

Jazz Unlimited for August 7, 2016 will be “The Career of Louis Hayes.” Drummer Louis Hayes was born in Detroit in 1937 to a musical family and was leading a group in Detroit clubs by age 16. During his 60-year performing career, he distinguished distinguished himself with long tenures with the groups of Horace Silver, Cannonball Adderley, Oscar Peterson, McCoy Tyner and Woody Shaw. He also free-lanced in studios as well as leading his own groups. We will hear him with Grant Green,...

Commentary: Fashion has value as art

Aug 5, 2016

Even if you are not one to know much about high fashion--haute couture, you most likely have heard of Coco Channel, Oscar de la Renta or Pierre Cardin. The St. Louis History Museum has a fabulous exhibition entitled, "Little Black Dress: From Mourning to Night.” The exhibition includes dresses by all three of these designers and much more. According to Shannon Meyer, curator of the exhibition, "The Missouri Historical Society houses a large and diverse clothing and textile collection of...

Fabulist bat is sucking the life out of a downed soldier
Provided by St. Louis Art Museum

Francisco de Goya’s “Disasters of War” is considered one of the most personal and influential print series in the Western canon. This will be the first time the complete series will be shown in St. Louis. Elizabeth Wyckoff, the art museum's curator of prints, drawings and photographs, says the work that was created more than 200 years ago remains relevant today.

Kelsey Proud started at St. Louis Public Radio in 2010, six years ago, as a temporary web producer. Over the years, she contributed to the station in many different ways, lastly, as our Digital Innovation Editor. This week marks Kelsey’s last with us, as she leaves St. Louis to take on the role of Managing Editor of Digital at Washington, D.C.’s WAMU 88.5. During her time here, Kelsey saw many changes in the way journalism is done and helped lead the charge in St Louis Public Radio’s foray...

Peace Through Pyramids participants at the JCC Maccabi Games, a Jewish Olympic-style event in St. Louis.
Jessica Hentoff | Circus Harmony

The night before the St. Louis-based Circus Harmony troupe left for Israel in 2014, the deadly conflict between Israel and Gaza broke out. Over 2,000 people in Gaza and Palestinians and Israelis were killed between July and August of that year in the conflict. The circus, which is based out of Florissant and performs at the City Museum, traveled to Israel anyway, thinking the conflict would not become as brutal as it was — they were to be located a few hours north of the fighting as it were....

Metro Transit's Jessica Mefford-Miller and Reliance Bank's Allan Ivie IV unveil the Adopt-a-Stop signage. The bank is committed to cleaning the bus stop regularly for one year.
Stephanie Lecci | St. Louis Public Radio

MetroBus passengers may notice some cleaner bus stops around the St. Louis region in the coming months. Metro Transit is launching an effort to keep its bus stops tidy by partnering with b usinesses, community groups, non-profits and even individuals in St. Louis, St. Louis County and St. Clair County.

Detail of Katherine Dunham in Choros, undated
Missouri History Museum | Provided

Before Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat, before Freedom Riders headed to segregated bus stations, before Martin Luther King Jr. led his first march, there was Katherine Dunham. The dancer and choreographer stood up to discrimination as far back as 1944. She railed against a system in which hotels wouldn’t book her and theaters wouldn’t let her black and white fans sit together, according to Washington University professor Joanna Dee Das . Das has written a book about the legendary artist and activist who lived in East St. Louis off and on starting in the mid'60s. The book, “Katherine Dunham: Dance and the African Diaspora,” is set for release early next year.

Levon Aronian, left, defending Sinquefield Cup Champion and Fabiano Caruana, defending 2016 U.S. Champion play in last year's Sinquefield Cup.
Lennart Ootes | Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis

As athletes from all over the world are headed to Rio for the summer Olympics, the best chess players in the world will gather in the chess capital of the U.S. to battle it out over 64 squares. The Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis will once again host the Sinquefield Cup. This year, the tournament runs from Aug. 5-16 and has a prize fund of $300,000.

Chess Pieces
Adrian Askew | Flickr | http://bit.ly/2ad3M7e

The game of chess has a rich and somewhat elusive history. Where did it come from? Who invented it? Perhaps most intriguingly: What makes it so special? Why has it continued to exist when other games have not? St. Louis has a deep connection to the chess community. Home to the World Chess Hall of Fame , it is hosting the Sinquefield Cup Aug. 4-16 and recently held the U.S. Junior Closed Championships for the seventh consecutive year . On Tuesday, St. Louis on the Air host Don Marsh...

Willis Ryder Arnold | St. Louis Public Radio

Jazz St. Louis and leading national institution Jazz at Lincoln Center are again joining forces to show area students how a treasured musical art continues to evolve. The organizations will bring nationally recognized musicians into schools to give high school students an up-close view of jazz, a music rich in tradition that relies heavily on improvisation. Musicians also will speak on the role jazz musicians played during the music’s heyday a few generations ago and to the continuing importance of jazz in the 21st century.

The cold ramen bowl at Kounter Kulture, 3825 Watson Road.
Michelle Volansky | Sauce Magazine

The Sound Bites team at Sauce Magazine is back and ready to help you plan your nights out at St. Louis restaurants during the month of August. Catherine Klene and Heather Hughes, both managing editors at the magazine, joined St. Louis on the Air host Don Marsh to discuss the openings and closings of restaurants you should know. The four restaurants they particularly suggest? Start Bar , 1000 Spruce St. Kounter Kulture , 3825 Watson Road. Louie's Wine Dive , 16 S. Bemiston Ave....

St. Louis Public Radio reporters and staffers are embarking on an initiative to hear about what matters to you. Join us Aug. 4 at Ferguson Public Library, our first stop, from 3-6 p.m.
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As a St. Louis news organization, we often hear that we’re not getting things right. We aren’t talking about the things that matter to you — and if we are, we’re missing important details, people, places and things. We want to do better. We need your help to start. After all, our station’s motto is “News that Matters.” Maybe what we should be saying, too, is “news that matters to you .” St. Louis Public Radio is embarking on an initiative that will turn our traditional reporting...

Treasure Shields Redmond, her mother Elsie Lee Shields, and her grandmother Mary Shields. Meridian, Mississippi 1995
Provided by Treasure Shields Redmond

A St. Louis-area poet is lending her voice to the small but growing movement of activists calling for protests that disrupt U.S. society to spur social and economic justice. Treasure Shields Redmond is a professor at Southwestern Illinois College and author of a book on civil rights trailblazer Fannie Lou Hamer. She is calling for a St. Louis-area strike by black workers during the Labor Day weekend. She’s calling the event Strike for Black Lives in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement.

Two child hands pass red and green string through a fence
Provided | Intersect Arts Center

Sarah Bernhardt was seeing a lot of conflict in her south St. Louis neighborhood — moving between day-to-day destinations, and between the kids in her after-school arts program. Wanting to help foster understanding between young people and their communities, Bernhardt started the Resolve Youth Art Camp for Violence Prevention . It begins Monday at the Intersect Arts Center , 3630 Ohio Ave., where she is the director. Berhardt and her team of instructors will teach 8- to 14-year-olds how to use dance, photography, and hip-hop to avoid violence in their daily lives.

Dennis C. Owsley / Copyright Dennis C. Owsley

Jazz Unlimited for July 31, 2016 will be “Jazz Giants for July and August.” Throughout its history, certain key musicians have heavily influenced the course of jazz. This month, the musicians will include Louis Armstrong, Count Basie, Lester Young, Charlie Christian, Jack Teagarden, Benny Carter, Bill Evans, Abbey Lincoln, Johnny Hodges, Hank Jones, Kenny Burrell, Charlie Parker, Oscar Peterson, Charlie Haden, Lee Morgan Steve Lacy and Albert Ayler. The music heard will span 76...

COCA's summer musical, "Memphis," is set in a 1950s Memphis underground rock n' roll bar.
Center of Creative Arts

For Duane Foster, the Center of Creative Arts’ (COCA) production of “Memphis” has several parallels to this time two years ago, when the non-profit arts organization produced the musical “Ragtime.” For one, both musicals delve deeply into race relations and issues of diversity in the United States during previous time periods. For two, the poignancy of those storylines became paramount given the productions’ proximity to high-profile police shootings of black men. For three, the stories are...

Kenrich Henderson gazes at a portrait of her daughter Jamyla Bolden. The painting is a gift from St. Louis artist Jane Martin and an organization called Faces Not Forgotten that produces portraits of children killed by gun violence.
Nancy Fowler | St. Louis Public Radio

Kendric Henderson was lying on the bed with her daughter Jamyla Bolden, doing homework, when bullets burst through the window of their Ferguson home. The gunshots killed the 9-year-old and wounded her mother. Nearly a year later, the pain is still agonizing. But local artists are trying to help keep the good memories alive for Jamyla’s loved ones. They're also helping dozens of other families around the country.

One of Lola Ogbara's illustrations
Willis Ryder Arnold | St. Louis Public Radio

Much of contemporary media and arts production is dominated by straight, slender, white bodies. A new St. Louis exhibit aims to upset that dynamic and highlight work focused on marginalized body types. "Bodies on Display" opened this month at Westminster Press on Cherokee Street. It features Krista Valdez 's self-portraits, Kat Reynolds ' photography, Anya Liao 's drawings, and Lola Ogbara 's illustrations. Their work examines how LGBT bodies and those of people of color reflect identity, how they are viewed in public spaces — and how those bodies can resist dominant cultural representations of the human form.

Elaine Viets

Eight years ago, mystery author Elaine Viets survived six strokes, a coma and brain surgery. Now, she’s drawing on that experience in a new, dark mystery called “ Brain Storm ,” which will be released on Aug. 2. The former St. Louis Post-Dispatch columnist now makes her home in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, but still draws extensively from her years in St. Louis. This book, for example, is set in the fictionalized land of Chouteau Forest, has a villain named Dr. Gravois and features a heroine,...

Steve Woolf has worked in Cleveland, Cincinnati and New York as well as St. Louis. He's among the first to receive Webster University’s Declaration of Merit.
Repertory Theatre of St. Louis

A local family has given the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis a sizeable 50th anniversary gift: $1 million. The endowment from the Augustin family will support The Rep’s Steven Woolf in his artistic director position.

Joann Martin and Fay Zerbolio are two St. Louis-based miniaturists who run the Miniature Museum of Greater St. Louis in Bevo Mill.
Kelly Moffitt | St. Louis Public Radio

When it comes to the world of St. Louis’ amateur miniaturists, you work with the supplies at hand. “I once painted with the whiskers of a cat,” said Joann Martin, president of the Miniature Museum of Greater St. Louis . While that’s a little out of the box as far as supplies go, it serves as a good example of just how tiny miniatures can be and how precise the artisanship is. “Anything you see in real life, you can make in miniature from 1 in. scale to 1/44 scale,” Martin said. “Anything you...

Michaella Thornton and Tina Casagrand discussed "The New Territory" magazine on St. Louis on the Air.
Kelly Moffitt | St. Louis Public Radio

Likely every single person in St. Louis has either heard someone refer to the Midwest as “fly-over” country — or maybe they’ve even used the term themselves. At best, the Midwest is viewed as behind-the-times. At worst, people ignore it entirely. A new Missouri-based publication, aptly-named The New Territory , is trying to change that. “If you want to succeed, says the mainstream story, move to the coasts,” reads the vision statement of publication whose coverage is centered on the Midwest. ...

Dennis C. Owsley / Copyright Dennis C. Owsley

Jazz Unlimited for July 24, 2016 will be “Mel Lewis and Big Bands.” Tonight’s show is an all big band presentation of the great drummer Mel Lewis in his element. Lewis was born in Buffalo in 1929 to immigrant parents. He came to the West Coast with Stan Kenton in 1957 and stayed until 1963, when he moved to New York. His drumming style was supportive of a band, rather than pushing it. In 1965, Lewis and Thad Jones founded the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra, one of the greatest big...

Courtesy Madison County Fair Association

Organizers of the Madison County Fair say the 120-year-old event will go on as usual this week, despite the ongoing lack of funding from the state of Illinois. This is the second year for the state's budget impasse, which has held up funds earmarked for county fairs. Organizers from across the state have scrambled to make do, said Wayne Steiner, president of the Madison County Fair Association.

Jim Schroeder checks the grill outside the dome where the St. Louis Rams used to play. He tailgated with family and friends Saturday, July 23, 2016 before going to an exhibition game played by members of the 1999 championship team.
Camille Phillips | St. Louis Public Radio

St. Louis Rams fans had a chance to relive some memories from the team’s glory days Saturday. Former Rams players, including members of the 1999 Super Bowl championship team, played a game of flag football in the Dome at America’s Center. It’s likely one of the last times Rams players, past or present, step foot on the Dome’s turf now that Stan Kroenke has moved his team to Los Angeles .

St. Louis vocalist Erin Bode recently released her seventh album "Here and Now."
Erin Bode Group

In her recently-released seventh album “ Here and Now ,” St. Louis vocalist Erin Bode decided to try to something a little different. “We’ve been getting requests for a few years now to do another record of standards, which goes back to the first album that I made,” she explained to St. Louis on the Air contributor Steve Potter. For “Here and Now,” Bode’s group recorded songs originally written by artists such as Frank Loesser , Irving Berlin, and George Gershwin . While some of them could be...

Clockwise from bottom, Gerard Craft, Dave Bailey, Kevin Nashan, Nick Luedde
Ashley Gieseking | Sauce Magazine

What makes us choose favorite restaurants? On the latest edition of Sound Bites, Sauce Magazine’s art director Meera Nagarajan explained that diners look for consistency. In other words, we want to know that when we go to a restaurant, we’re going to have a positive, delicious experience. In Sauce Magazine’s annual Reader’s Choice Poll , St. Louisans identified the top four restaurateurs in the area: Gerard Craft Nick Luedde Kevin Nashan Dave Bailey Craft and Bailey joined St. Louis on the...

The interior of 4562 Enright Ave. as it's being reconstructed inside the Pulitzer Arts Foundation
Willis Ryder Arnold | St. Louis Public Radio

Anyone who has been through some of St. Louis’ oldest areas, particularly in mostly black neighborhoods, is likely to have been struck by the number of uninhabited spaces. The architects from the German firm raumlaborberlin certainly were. When they received a commission to examine the urban landscape of St. Louis, they developed a project that would draw attention to all that unused space. With that in mind, the company dismantled the interior of a home in the Lewis Place neighborhood and is remaking it inside the Pulitzer Arts Foundation building in Grand Center. The foundation will open its exhibit on the interior of the house at 4562 Enright Ave . on July 29.

Treasure Shields Redmond and her book, “Chop: A Collection of Kwansabas for Fannie Lou Hamer"
Kim Love / Shields Redmond headshot

As a child in Meridian, Miss., Treasure Shields Redmond donned special shoes nearly every Sunday — a black patent leather pair that skipped after her mother as they walked to the Baptist church. By high school, she’d traded her Mary Janes for Nikes, and hymns like “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” for Public Enemy's “Party for Your Right to Fight.” The daughter of East St. Louis Poet Laureate Eugene Redmond is now a poet and performing artist, and an English professor at Southwestern Illinois College. In our latest Cut & Paste podcast , we talk with Shields Redmond about using language and song as tools for social justice and illuminating women’s lives.

Tony Rich, the executive director of the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis, with junior champion Jeffrey Xiong.
Austin Fuller | Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis

Due to the continuous effort of the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis, the U.S. Junior Closed Championship has grown to be one of the strongest and most prominent junior tournaments in the world. The 2016 edition brought together 10 of the most talented players in the country, with a median rating close to 2550 USCF and an average age of only 16.

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