Arts & Culture

St. Louis on the Air
2:05 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

NPR Host Shares His Trans-Siberian Journey, Views On Russia

David Greene
Credit NPR

Before joining “Morning Edition” in 2012, David Greene was a foreign correspondent for NPR in Moscow. While there, he took the 6,000 mile Trans-Siberian Railway, writing about the second trip in his new book “Midnight in Siberia: A Train Journey into the Heart of Russia.”

In October, Greene returned to Russia and Crimea, the Black Sea peninsula that Russia seized from Ukraine earlier this year.

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Up 4 Percent
11:06 am
Tue November 4, 2014

Opera Theatre Closes Its Books On A Record-Setting Season

"27," the story of Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas in Paris, was premiered in the 2014 season.
Credit Ken Howard | OTSL

In a year when opera companies nationwide still struggle with the effects of the Great Recession, and sadly the venerable once-innovative New York City Opera closed, St. Louis continues to support three professional opera companies.

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St. Louis on the Air
4:41 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

Inauguration Poet In St. Louis To Talk About Growing Up, Home And Poetry

Poet and author Richard Blanco
Credit Timothy Greenfield-Sanders

Poet Richard Blanco is best known for “One Today,” the poem he wrote and read at President Barack Obama’s second inauguration in 2013. Blanco was the first Latino, first immigrant and first openly gay writer to be commissioned as an inaugural poet.

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St. Louis on the Air
2:40 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

St. Louis Seeking Its First Poet Laureate

St. Louis Board of Aldermen president Lewis Reed
Credit Provided by Lewis Reed

St. Louis Board of Aldermen President Lewis Reed is spearheading an effort to establish a poet laureate position in St. Louis.

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St. Louis on the Air
1:24 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

Writers Define Poetry's Role In Today's Society

Credit via Flickr/Brenda Clarke

Poetry is misunderstood.

“Poetry does have this reputation among the general public as being this highbrow kind of communication that’s only suitable for academic people and people of the intellectual elite, and is not relevant or needed for anybody else,” Missouri poet laureate Bill Trowbridge told “St. Louis on the Air” host Don Marsh on Monday.

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New Start
11:15 pm
Sun November 2, 2014

Chaplains: Juveniles Need Support Outside To Maintain Changes Learned In Detention

The Rev. Dietra Wise Baker
Credit Rebecca Smith | St. Louis Public Radio

First of a two-part series.

Prison chaplains wear hope on their sleeves. Many talk about ex-prisoners who transform their lives in prison and, after release, become contributing citizens and good parents.

One of the chaplains, the Rev. Dietra Wise Baker said that most judges and others who work in the justice and corrections systems are “loving,” but the system is flawed.

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St. Louis Art Museum
11:13 pm
Sun November 2, 2014

Costume and Performance with Nick Cave's Soundsuits

Nick Cave's Soundsuits are assembled from objects found throughout the country
Credit Willis Arnold/St. Louis Public Radio

Missouri-born artist Nick Cave's Soundsuits are known for vibrant colors and incorporating found objects as costume. The suits straddle the line between dance costume and soft sculpture. This weekend the St. Louis Art Museum opens Currents 109: Nick Cave, a multimedia solo show presenting Soundsuits, video, and additional work. Cave spoke with St. Louis Public Radio's Willis Ryder Arnold about his work as social commentary and creative influences.

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Jazz Unlimited
11:06 am
Sat November 1, 2014

The Music Of Chick Corea

Chick Corea-1974
Dennis C. Owsley Copyright Dennis C. Owsley

Jazz Unlimited on Sunday, November 2 will present music from the 51-year of Armando “Chick” Corea.  Chick was born in the Boston area and was working professionally by his late teens.  His career includes straight-ahead jazz, avant-garde jazz, jazz-rock fusion and classical music.  We will hear music from his groups Return to Forever, Origin, his duets with Gary Burton and his own trio.  He will also be heard with Herbie Hancock, the Donald Byrd/Pepper Adams group, Miles Davis and the Joe Henderson Big Band.  Many of his compositions are now jazz standards and some of them will be played an

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Superstitions
5:12 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Black Cats And Halloween: Danger Or Urban Legend?

Numerous adoption agencies said there is no evidence that black cats are more at risk than other animals around Halloween.
Credit Kaitlin Davis/Instagram

Many people have heard the stories about black cats disappearing around Halloween and that adoption agencies don't allow adoptions of all-black or all-white pets in October. But for cat owners in the St. Louis area is this danger real or an urban myth?

Dr. Kelly Ryan of the Animal Medical Center of Mid-America in St. Louis said she has seen no evidence locally that black cats are more at risk than other animals.

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Cityscape
4:29 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Conference Draws Attention To Female Artists

Alice Guy-Blaché
Credit Courtesy of Cinema St. Louis

As women strive to gain equal ground in the workplace, they’re also working to establish the same ground in the arts. The Women in the Arts Conference at the University of Missouri–St. Louis will feature lectures, demonstrations, papers, performances and workshops from 27 speakers on Nov. 6-8.

“Everyone thinks the playing field is level,” said Barbara Harbach, a composer and director of the Women in the Arts Conference. “It’s not quite as level as you might think.”

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