Arts & Culture

Annie Malone on roof garden of the Poro College Building, 25 April 1927. Photograph by W.C. Persons. Courtesy of the Missouri History Museum.
Courtesy Missouri History Museum

Sunday marks 105 years since the first Annie Malone May Day Parade in St. Louis, making it one of the longest-running African-American parades in the country.

But as another day of marching, music and dance arrives, historians and parade organizers worry that the event is the only association most people have with the name Annie Malone.

Dennis C. Owsley / Copyright Dennis C. Owsley

Jazz Unlimited for May 17 is  “The Music of Joe Lovano.”  Born in Cleveland into a family whose father was a well-respected local tenor sax player, Joe Lovano is now one of the leading saxophonists in jazz.  We will hear him with his own groups and with Hank Jones, the Charlie Haden Liberation Music Orchestra, his wife vocalist Judi Silvano, Michel Petrucciani, Gunther Schuller, John Scofield, Saxophone Summit, Tom Harrell, Paul Motian, Grand Slam, Charlie Haden, the Byron Olson Orchestra, Dave Douglas, Ravi Coltrane and McCoy Tyner.

Opera Theatre of Saint Louis opens its 40th anniversary season on May 23 with a production of Rossini’s comic opera “The Barber of Seville.” Conducted by St. Louis native Ryan McAdams, the production features the Opera Theatre debut of mezzo-soprano Emily Fons in the role of Rosina.

The season continues with Puccini’s romantic opera “La Rondine” opening on May 30. Former Gerdine Young Artist, soprano Sydney Mancasola sings the role of Lisette.

Vintage Trouble energized the crowd Sunday evening. 2014
Brian Villa | Special to St. Louis Public Radio

This year's LouFest line-up includes headliners The Avett Brothers, Hozier and Ludacris.

Festival founder Brian Cohen said the brand new line-up takes a cue from last year’s success and draws from a mix of well-known headliners and high quality musicians. The only change concert-goers can expect at this year's festival may be physical layout of the stages. 

Film Still Une Dance Des Bouffons (Or a Jester's Dance), 2013.
Courtesy of the artist and David Swirner, New York

Famed iconoclast and art world provocateur Marcel Duchamp is tortured and forced to recite chess moves. Rock and roll icon Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth runs down dimly lit hallways in wide-eyed fear. A man with eyes painted on his cheeks forces people in a horse costume to dance for his pleasure. This coterie of strange occurrences forms just a few scenes in artist Marcel Dzama’s film titled Une Dans des Bouffons.

generic funnel cake photos
Ann Fisher | Flickr

While we want to make certain you know about the Big List of summer concerts that we have available, we also want to alert you to some of the other ways to get out and enjoy St. Louis – ways that have music.

New this year is the St. Louis Swap Meet at the old Lemp Brewery at the east end of Cherokee Street by the Chatillon DeMenil Mansion. Playing at 10:30 a.m. will be the alt country band Trophy Mules.

Filmmaker Ken Burns
Cable Risdon

From baseball and jazz to the Civil War and Prohibition, award-winning documentary filmmaker Ken Burns has had a long and varied career. The New York Times has called Burns “the most accomplished documentary filmmaker of his generation.” 

Burns joined “St. Louis on the Air” host Don Marsh to talk about his career, upcoming projects and commencement address at Washington University in St. Louis on Friday.

Chef Gerard Craft
(photo provided/used with permission)

Earlier this month, Gerard Craft became the first chef from St. Louis to win the James Beard Foundation’s award for “Best Chef: Midwest.” Craft is the executive chef and owner of Niche Food Group in St. Louis. The business includes Niche, Brasserie, Taste, and Pastaria.

Craft had received nominations in past years, but chefs in bigger cities, he said, are most often chosen for the award.

“I think it’s tougher in St. Louis [to win the award],” he explained. “St. Louis historically hasn’t gotten a ton of exposure, especially in the food world.”

Fabiano Caruana
Provided by the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis

Fabiano Caruana is coming home.

The world’s No. 3 Grandmaster has declared intentions to once again play under the American flag, applying for transfer to the U.S. Chess Federation on Tuesday. Assuming the paperwork process goes smoothly, the 22-year-old will reunite with the U.S. right here in the Central West End, at the 2015 Sinquefield Cup this August.

Aida Act 2, scene 2, set design for the Cairo premiere by Edouard Despléchin
Wikipedia

“Aida” is one of a group of extraordinary 19th century works of musical drama that gave opera its sometime first name, that is, “Grand.” In an all-stops-pulled-out production of “Aida,” soldiers lead chain gangs of slaves and supernumeraries wave huge feather fans, with nubile ballerinas dancing their own special ballet, plus the company of acres of choristers, plus elephants sometimes and a cast of principals with voices grand as all outdoors.

Such an “Aida” etches indelible memories on an audience member, leaving him or her either breathless with devotion or convinced that all this actually is excessive and silly.

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