Arts & Culture

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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St. Louis Symphony
9:19 am
Sat December 1, 2012

St. Louis Symphony Extra - December 1, 2012

The view from the stage into the auditorium 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. 1.

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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Cityscape
3:18 pm
Fri November 30, 2012

The Luminary Presents Exhibition Reflecting Evolution Of Arts Community

PSTL Gallery's "miniature gallery"

The Luminary Center for the Arts opened in 2007 and strives to provide a platform for the presentation of innovative art, music and cultural projects.

Its temporary exhibition space now hosts Social Security, a constellation of five galleries individually curated by area alternative spaces which have shuttered or shifted in form within the past year.

Among other things, the exhibition explores the how the arts community is evolving.

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Cityscape
3:08 pm
Fri November 30, 2012

Jazz Guitarist John Pizzarelli On New Memoir, Visit To St. Louis

John Pizzarelli
Ariana Tobin / St. Louis Public Radio

John Pizzarelli is a world-renowned jazz guitarist and singer.

He has recorded dozens of albums and is now the author of a new memoir called, World on a String: A Musical Memoir.

Pizzarelli’s latest album is Double Exposure.  It is a collection of tunes by songwriters of traditional songs framed within traditional jazz arrangements.

Host Steve Potter talked with John Pizzarelli about his career and upcoming appearance in St. Louis.  Pizzarelli also performed live during the interview.

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Food
1:57 pm
Fri November 30, 2012

Booches' Famous Burgers Seek New Buns After Hostess Plant Closes

A softly-lit Booches' burger, back in the days of the Hostess bun.
Genevieve Howard Flickr.com

Originally published on Fri November 30, 2012 1:57 pm

Twinkie hoarders, artists, and Ding Dong enthusiasts weren't the only consumers affected when Hostess started shutting down plants across America just a few weeks ago.

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Powerball
1:48 pm
Fri November 30, 2012

Missouri Powerball Winners Expect 'A Pretty Good Christmas'

Mark and Cindy Hill, the Powerball winners from Dearborn, Mo. display their ceremonial winning check.
(Courtesy Missouri Lottery)

The Missouri couple who just hit it big in the Powerball lottery will take a lump-sum payment amounting to about $136 million after taxes.

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Cityscape
12:40 pm
Fri November 30, 2012

Songbird Cafe Features Local Songwriters In Intimate Listening Environment

Songbird Cafe Performance, October 2012 (L to R: Brian Henneman, Kip Loui, Jason Hutto and Brian Curran)
Brad Blackburn

Songbird Café is a local St. Louis production which features songwriters playing and sharing stories about their own music and an audience intent on listening in an intimate environment.

Steve St. Cyr, a recently retired accountant, is the organizer and producer of Songbird Café, which for the past year, takes place at the Focal Point in Maplewood on an almost monthly basis.

St. Cyr got the inspiration for his project from the Bluebird Café in Nashville, Tennessee – a listening room which has launched the career of several well-known music artists.

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Powerball
9:52 am
Thu November 29, 2012

Winning Powerball Tickets Sold In Arizona And Missouri; Who Bought Them?

Ticket sales soared as the jackpot grew.
Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu November 29, 2012 1:15 pm

After all the hype and hoopla, millions of Americans (including us) are waking up this morning to learn that they aren't sudden millionaires.

Yes, there were winning tickets sold for Wednesday night's $580 million Powerball jackpot.

But there were only two tickets that correctly matched the numbers drawn: 5, 16, 22, 23, 29 and Powerball of 6.

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