Arts & Culture

Arts & Culture
6:12 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

Appraisals Show History Museum Drastically Overpaid For Property

Missouri History Museum
Credit (via Wikimedia Commons)

An appraisal released on Tuesday shows that the Missouri History Museum paid ex-Mayor Freeman Bosley Jr. over three times market rate for property Bosley sold the museum in 2006.

The sale which was only recently discovered was the catalyst behind a series of events which led to the resignation of Museum President Bob Archibald.

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Theater
8:41 am
Tue February 12, 2013

"Speed The Plow" At New Jewish Theatre Not So Shocking, But Leaves Plenty For Discussion

Production still from New Jewish Theatre's production of Speed The Plow. L to R: Michael James Reed, Christopher Hickey.
Credit (Courtesy of John Lamb)

In 1988 David Mamet’s Speed the Plow opened on Broadway with its skewering, shocking truths about how films get made in Hollywood. In 2013, no one is unaware of how Hollywood makes the blockbusters or the stars.  (If a studio pays enough papers to say a movie or a star is “the next big thing” eventually the average person thinks it’s true.) No longer shocking, but with plenty of meat for discussion, Speed the Plow opened this weekend at the New Jewish Theatre.

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Theater
8:33 am
Tue February 12, 2013

The Rep's "Sense And Sensibility" Graceful, Charming And Relevant

Production still from The Rep's production of Sense and Sensibility. (l to r) Nancy Lemenager as Elinor, Penny Slusher as Mrs. Henry Dashwood and Amelia McClain as Marianne.
Credit ©Photo by Jerry Naunheim, Jr.

Opening night at the Repertory Theatre of St Louis is always a delight, the energy is high and the audience filled with St Louis theater people. And delightful certainly describes the opening night of Jon Jory’s adaptation of Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility, not only because the direction is strong, the ensemble equally polished and the technical aspects gorgeous, but also because there are a number of St Louis actors onstage which added to the celebratory atmosphere.

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Theater
8:17 am
Tue February 12, 2013

Stray Dog Theatre's "Psycho Beach Party" Delivers Parody, Sex And Hot Boys

Production still from Stray Dog Theatre's production of Psycho Beach Party. (l to r) Paul Edwards as Yo Yo, Jake Ferree as Provoloney, Ben Watts as Chicklet Forrest, Paul S. Cooper as Kanaka, Zach Wachter as Star Cat.
Credit (Courtesy of John Lamb)

I love going to Stray Dog Theatre. I love the space, I love that Artistic Director Gary Bell greets everyone by name and with a warm embrace. I think Production Manager Jay Hall is one of the most organized, efficient, positive and kind-hearted people in the St Louis theater scene. Even the volunteers seem genuinely happy to pour you a wet one at the Bark Bar and serve the delicious baked goods (still made by Gary’s sister, Jennifer.) So I was very happy to see the opening night of their latest offering, Psycho Beach Party.

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Religion
7:00 am
Mon February 11, 2013

Pope Benedict XVI Is Resigning

Pope Benedict XVI, on Saturday at the Vatican.
Andreas Solaro AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon February 11, 2013 1:49 pm

(Most recent update: 2:50 p.m ET.)

For the first time in nearly 600 years, a pope is resigning from his post as leader of the Roman Catholic Church.

Pope Benedict XVI announced Monday morning that he is stepping down effective Feb. 28.

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Cityscape
5:39 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

Comedian Paula Poundstone Returns To St. Louis

Michael Schwartz

Comedian and frequent Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me panelist Paula Poundstone returns to St. Louis this weekend to perform at the Sheldon Concert Hall on Saturday, February 9th.

Armed with nothing but a stool, a microphone and a can of Diet Pepsi, Poundstone is known for her improvisation and ability to create humor on the spot.

Host Steve Potter talked with Poundstone about her foray into rock climbing, her 16 cats, and more. 

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Cityscape
5:29 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

Soundbites: Rook Cooks

Lou Rook III is Executive Chef at Annie Gunn’s restaurant in Chesterfield, Missouri.  He’s also the author of a new cook book, Rook Cooks.

For our monthly Soundbites segment in partnership with Sauce Magazine, host Steve Potter talked with Rook and Sauce Magazine Associate Editor Julie Cohen.

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Jazz Unlimited
9:44 am
Fri February 8, 2013

Jazz Cities: Chicago-Part 2

Kurt Elling-2005
Dennis C. Owsley Copyright Dennis C. Owsley

On the Sunday, February 10 Jazz Unlimited, we continue our series on urban centers that have brought great musicians to jazz by having teachers and institutions that bring them into the music at an early age.  The Jazz Cities series will feature the second part on musicians born in or nurtured early in their careers in Chicago.  Some of the musicians and groups featured will be blues pianist Jimmy Yancey, pianist Joe Sullivan, cornetist Muggsy Spanier, the Benny Goodman quartet with Lionel Hampton and Gene Krupa, vocalists Kurt Elling, Johnny Hartman, Abbey Lincoln and Patricia Barber, The

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Commentary
5:33 am
Fri February 8, 2013

The Cost Of Northside Regeneration

Michael Allen, Commentator.
(Courtesy Jarred Gastreich)

In 1850, Colonel John O’Fallon led a group of investors in creating the St. Louis Place subdivision just north of St. Louis’ central city. The large plat included a public park, land for housing and sites for churches and businesses. The group had just one issue: the land was outside of the city limits, which would be extended west in 1855.

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Cityscape
6:30 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

St. Louis Symphony Announces 2013-2014 Season Schedule

Powell Hall, home of the St. Louis Symphony.
(Alise O'Brien)

Our neighbor here in Grand Center, the St. Louis Symphony, has announced their performance schedule for the 2013-2014 season.

We'll also be continuing our partnership with the Symphony (don't miss our live broadcasts this season on select evenings).

Host Steve Potter talked with Fred Bronstein, President and Executive Director of the St. Louis Symphony, about the upcoming season.

Below is the calendar for the 2013-2014 season. Any favorites you're excited to see?

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