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Jazz Unlimited
12:00 am
Sat December 8, 2012

Jazz Artists Of History With Major Birthdays In December

Capp-Pierce Juggernaut Big Band 1986
Dennis C. Owsley Copyright Dennis C. Owsley
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6:59 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

Architecture of Houses of Worship

A Missouri appeals court has ruled that the Archdiocese of St. Louis, whose seat is the Cathedral Basilica, cannot be held responsible for abuse committed by a priest off church property.
(via Flickr/Matthew Black)

It's that time of year when many of us celebrate Christmas or Hanukah. How many of us look inside or outside our place of worship and notice that we are worshiping in an architecturally significant edifice?

Mary Stiritz says in her book, Historical Churches and Synagogues of St.Louis, "There are many ways to look at ecclesiastical buildings: method of construction, materials, ornament, stained glass, etc. The rich variety of styles chosen for religious buildings in St. Louis generally followed the national trends which were fashionable in any given period."

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5:41 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

The St. Louis Symphony Joins The Circus

Nino the Clown in the Powell Hall Lobby
St. Louis Symphony

Each Spring, Circus Flora sets up its “big top” in the parking lot of Powell Hall.  Over the years, the Flying Wallendas, Nino the Clown, and the St. Louis Arches have become familiar to many St. Louisans.  

For the second time, Circus Flora will move inside the hall, high wires and all, to join the St. Louis Symphony in a holiday production which will bring to life Dylan Thomas’ classic, “A Child’s Christmas in Wales.” 

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St. Louis Symphony
5:23 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

St. Louis Symphony Extra - December 8, 2012

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, Dec. 8.

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:

HANDEL Messiah

Which will feature the following artists:

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12:45 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

St. Louisan Terry Baker Mulligan’s New Memoir Recounts Experience Of Growing Up In Harlem

Terry Baker Mulligan in front of 369 Edgecombe in Harlem, the building where she was born and lived until age 12
(Provided By: Terry Baker Mulligan)

When born and bred New Yorker Terry Baker Mulligan moved to Saint Louis in the early seventies, she was met with pre-conceived notions about her hometown.

She says her new friends and colleagues thought New Yorkers were rude and the city was filled with trouble and uneasiness.

After leaving her teaching job in 1974 to raise her growing family, she began a 35 year journey to preserve her life and focus on the goodness of the place she once called home and still holds dear.

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11:22 am
Fri December 7, 2012

The Host Of Holidays Past: Kirkwood Woman Performs Dickens, Seuss, More

Historic Interpreter Anne Williams
Alex Heuer / St. Louis Public Radio

Kirkwood resident Anne Williams is a certified historic interpreter and has volunteered at the Daniel Boone Home in Defiance, Missouri since 1996.

She combines history and literature, dresses in period clothing and shares with guests the historic context of stories and the authors who write them.

Among other things, she performs at special events for the National Park Service including at the Old Court House and Grant’s Home.  She recites the Declaration of Independence every year in Kirkwood.

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11:26 am
Thu December 6, 2012

Are You Done With That? St. Louis Photographer Captures The Results Of Your Good Will

Wesley Law poses atop one of the bales in the Goodwill Outlet store in St. Louis.
Courtesy of Wesley Law

Originally published on Wed December 5, 2012 9:18 am

Consider the stuff of our everyday lives — the clothes, the sheets, the toys and games. It's essential for a time, but inevitably, eventually, it all gets trashed — or donated.

And that donation process can seem a bit like magic. We drop off our used stuff, and the items disappear — or so we think.

But what truly becomes of it? Where does it go? And what does it look like?

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Arts & Culture
3:03 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

Early Look: Past And Present Meld In Renovated St. Louis Central Library

On Sunday, the Central Library in downtown will re-open after a $70 million upgrade and restoration that took more than two and a half years to complete.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

Updated December 6th to correct funding mechanism for Central Library project.

Fifteen years of planning and more than two years of construction will culminate on Sunday with the re-opening of the St. Louis Public Library’s Central building in downtown St. Louis.

The Cass Gilbert-designed structure, which occupies a city block bounded by 13th, 14th, Locust and Olive streets, first opened to the public in January 1912. The renovation was timed to coincide with the library's centennial year.

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St. Louis Art Museum
4:54 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

Sneak Peek: St. Louis Art Museum Expansion

Reporters get a view of Forest Park from one of the galleries in the new East Building of the St. Louis Art Museum on Dec. 4, 2012.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

The construction of the St. Louis Art Museum’s new addition is now complete, but it will be several months before it’s open to the public.

The East Building, as its name suggests, sits to the east of the main building and features a dark polished exterior.

It was designed by British architect Sir David Chipperfield.

Museum director Brent Benjamin says Chipperfield did an incredible job connecting and relating the new building with the old.

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Jazz Unlimited
6:39 am
Mon December 3, 2012

Jazz From Clubs on the Left Coast-Part 4

Ernie Andrews with the Capp-Pierce Orchestra-1986
Dennis C. Owsley Copyright Dennis C. Owsley

On December 2, 2012, our series on jazz recorded in left coast clubs continues with part four.  The featured artists will be Lester Young, Oscar Peterson, Joe Williams, Chet Baker, Charlie Parker, Gerry Mulligan, Charlie Haden, The Capp-Pierce Orchestra with Ernie Andrews, The Chico Hamilton Quintet, Les McCann, Ltd., the Gerald Wilson Orchestra, The Jazz Crusaders, the Don Ellis Orchestra, Nat Adderley, Joe Henderson, Bill Evans, Joe Zawinul, Weather Report and Max Roach.  Featured clubs inclide "The Haig" in Los Angeles, "Shelly's Manne Hole" and "The Bit" in Hollywood, "The Tradewinds" i

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