Arts & Culture

St. Louis on the Air
10:24 am
Wed December 26, 2012

St. Louis Public Radio Holiday Special

(via Flickr/AndrewEick)

The holiday season abounds with well-known Christmas stories and cherished family traditions.

In this St. Louis Public Radio holiday special, we asked our listeners and some members of our staff to share with us their favorite holiday memories, stories and gifts.

We included those stories and well-known stories such as a staff-reading of “A Visit from St. Nicholas,” “Yes Virginia, There is a Santa Claus,” and part of “A Christmas Carol.”

We also featured music by the Ambassadors of Harmony of St. Charles and Bach Society of Saint Louis.

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Jazz Unlimited
6:00 am
Mon December 24, 2012

Jazz Giants for November and December

Phil Woods-1990
Dennis C. Owsley Copyright Dennis C. Owsley
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9:52 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

The Compton Heights Concert Band Celebrates the Holidays

Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano
Ellwyn Kauffman

The renowned Marchiachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano joins the Compton Heights Concert Band in its 15th Annual Holiday Spectacular on Saturday, December 23 in the Peabody Opera House. 

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9:33 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

The Saint Louis Chamber Chorus Explores The Wonder Of Christmas

Saint Louis Chamber Chorus
William Bascomb

Philip Barnes conducts the Saint Louis Chamber Chorus in "Wonder Upon Wonder Will Arrive to Me,"
the third concert of the ensemble's 57th season, on Sunday, December 23.  The a cappella chorus will perform three major works to explore the wonder of the mystery of Christ's birth including Spanish Renaissance composer Tomas Luis de Victoria's "Missa O Magnum Mysterium," a series of motets for the Nativity and the Epiphany by French composer Francis Poulenc and another setting of "O Magnum Mysterium" by Sir Maxwell Davies. 

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Arts & Culture
4:54 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

Archibald Steps Down From History Museum, Receives Large Payout Of Cash

Credit (via Wikimedia Commons)

While Robert Archibald is stepping down as president of the Missouri History Museum, he will be getting a financial payout of close to a million dollars.

The museum’s board of trustees accepted Archibald’s resignation on Friday.

Despite the circumstances of his departure, Archibald himself will still be receiving a payout of $566,000 for unused vacation, plus $270,000 for a six-month consult contract.  All told, $836,000, as he walks out the door.

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2:20 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

Midtown 'Flying Saucer' Named On 'Most Important Preservation Battles' List

Lead in text: 
The 'flying saucer' in St. Louis' Midtown made local headlines this year as preservationists fought to keep its unique, otherworldly shape intact. The Atlantic Cities has now nationally recognized this effort as one of its most important preservation battles of 2012.
The gas stations, theaters and monuments saved this year.
St. Louis on the Air
5:47 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

The Midwest: 'God’s Gift To Planet Earth'

(Courtesy: RAYGUN)

The Midwest sometimes gets short shrift from people on both ends of the country.  They often call it “flyover country.”  In other words, they ask, “Why would anyone want to stop in the Midwest?”

Native Midwesterners or transplants might take exception to the term, “flyover country.”

One man who certainly takes exception to the term is Mike Draper.

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5:41 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

Carondelet Neighborhood Sees Potential In Public Art

EYEZ OPEN on Broadway
via YouTube video by Peat Wollaeger

A giant, blinking set of eyes is the latest public art project to grace the south city neighborhood of Carondelet.

The 100 by 30 foot stencil is painted on a corrugated, street-facing wall owned by Southern Metals, at the corner of South Broadway and Holly Hills Avenue.

The mural is the work of Kirkwood street artist Peat Wollaeger, aka Eyez, aka stenSOUL.

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11:28 am
Thu December 20, 2012

Review: New Jewish Theater's "Talley's Folly"

Talley’s Folly takes place in a decaying Victorian boathouse on the night of July 4, 1944 in Lebanon, Missouri. Matt Friedman (played by Shaun Sheley) a Jewish accountant from St Louis, comes to propose to Sally Talley, a free-spirited "southern" girl chafing under conservative home rule, whom he had fallen in love with a year earlier. It is a play about releasing secrets and allowing yourself to be vulnerable enough to chose love.

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Photo of the Week
3:44 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

Mosenthein Island

Velo City Via Flickr

Photo taken on Mosenthein Island by "Velo City" on The island is north of St. Louis, surrounded by the Mississippi River.

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.