Arts & Culture

Commentary
7:58 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

Love As A Theme In Art

Fake Death Picture (The Death of Chatterton – Henry Wallis), 2011 (Appears in Progress in Love)
Credit Yinka Shonibare, MBE. Courtesy of James Cohan Gallery, New York and Shanghai. © 2012 Yinka Shonibare, MBE

It's February and love is in the air .The first song that pops into my head is Cole Porter's,  "What is this thing called love"(I will sing a line).Every other song, poem, book, dance, symphony, aria, etc. seems to have love at the core, let alone the movies, plays, and the visual arts. The first piece of visual art that comes to mind is Robert Indiana's iconic piece of sculpture "LOVE' which depicts the word love in upper-case letters, arranged in a square with a tilted letter O.

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Cityscape
5:41 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

First National Tour of ‘Priscilla Queen of the Desert’ Comes To St. Louis

Priscilla Queen of the Desert - The Musical
© Joan Marcus

The first national tour of Priscilla Queen of the Desert - The Musical has made its way to the Fabulous Fox Theatre in St. Louis.

The musical features a trio of friends who take a road trip aboard a battered bus throughout the Australian outback.  Along the way, the three drag queens from Sydney encounter episodes of discrimination and heartbreak.

Priscilla Queen of the Desert - The Musical opens with “It’s Raining Men” and has other disco favorites, as well as songs such as “Material Girl” and “MacArthur Park.”

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Cityscape
3:39 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

'As If We Weren't There' Depicts African Americans Outside Of The Spotlight

Images of African Americans in everyday life compose the exhibit of 'As If We Weren't There,' curated by Deborah Nelson Link of the Hands On Black History Museum.
Courtesy of the Hands On Black History Museum

When Deborah Nelson Linck, curator of the Hands On Black History Museum, found a collection of antique photos of African Americans at a mall last summer, she bought them - both out of novelty, and awe.

It was rare for her to find antique photos of black people in such ordinary settings - off to war, with friends, standing next to new cars - like she did for other races, and she knew that there was something to be done with her discovery.

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St. Louis Symphony
3:15 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

St. Louis Symphony Extra - February 2, 2013

The auditorium as viewed from the stage at Powell Hall - home of the St. Louis Symphony.
(via St. Louis Symphony/Dan Dreyfus)

The St. Louis Symphony continues its 2012-2013 season this weekend, and you can be right there with them from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 2.

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 in store for you this weekend:

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Monkey See
12:24 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Coastal Snobbery, 'The Masses,' And Respecting The Lowest Common Denominator

iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Thu January 31, 2013 11:03 am

There are three phrases that are almost always bad news for a piece of cultural writing.

They are:

1. "The masses."

2. "Middle America."

3. "The lowest common denominator."

All three are ways to separate the writer and her sensibility — which are presumed to be congruent with the reader and her sensibility — from invisible and undefined others, for whom bad cultural content is produced and by whom it is unquestioningly gobbled up.

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Jazz Unlimited
11:02 am
Wed January 30, 2013

Jazz Cities: Chicago, Part 1

Milt Hinton-1983
Dennis C. Owsley Copyright Dennis C. Owsley

On the Sunday, February 3 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 musicians born in or nurtured early in their careers in Chicago.  Some of the musicians include Joe "King" Oliver, Louis Armstrong, Bix Beiderbecke, Frank Trumbauer, Earl Hines, Nat "King" Cole, Denny Zeitlin, Johnny Griffin, Junior Mance, Eddie Harris, Henry Threadgill, the Art Ensemble of Chicago, Herbie Hancock, Anita O'Day and Andrew Hill.

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Commentary
5:33 am
Wed January 30, 2013

You Have The Right To An Attorney - The Gideon Case's 50th Anniversary

(via Flickr/s_falkow)

Even if you have never been arrested, you know that if you are, you have the right to an attorney. This year is the 50th anniversary of the Gideon case, in which the United States Supreme Court declared that the right to an attorney applies regardless of ability to pay.

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Photo of the Week
4:04 pm
Mon January 28, 2013

Stan Musial Memorial

Stan Musial memorial
Nikon66 Via Flickr

Photo taken by "Nikon66" on Flickr.com.

Join the St. Louis Public Radio Flickr group to see interesting photos taken in the St. Louis region and submit your own. Each week on our website and Facebook page we feature one outstanding photo from the group.

Cityscape
5:18 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

Georges Braque: ‘Picasso Sidekick' Gets His Due

Georges Braque, Baluster and Skull (recto), 1938. [verso: Still Life with Fruit Dish, c. 1932-33.] Oil on canvas, 17 3/4 x 21 5/8". Private collection.
© 2012 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris.

In early 20th century Paris, Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque were equally well known after they created the Cubist style of painting.  Today, Picasso is a household name while Braque is virtually unknown outside of art history circles.

Washington University’s Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum puts the spotlight on Braque with the opening of the exhibition ‘Georges Braque and the Cubist Still Life, 1928–1945.’ 

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St. Louis Symphony
4:50 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

St. Louis Symphony Extra - January 26, 2013

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

The St. Louis Symphony continues its 2012-2013 season this weekend, and you can be right there with them from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 26.

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 in store for you this weekend:

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