Arts & Culture

Arts & Culture
12:21 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

A Walk In The Fog

Christpher Jones Via Flickr

Photo taken in Forest Park in St. Louis by Christopher Jones on Flickr.com.

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.

Powerball
11:14 am
Wed November 28, 2012

Do Missouri Tickets Have A Better Shot At Winning The Powerball?

via Flickr/Jeremy Brooks

Yes, the Powerball is getting high - very high - $550 million. And NPR says your chances of being killed by a vending machine are higher than your chances of winning.

But could buying a ticket in the "Show-Me" state give you a leg up? 

If you believe that a state's track record of winning tickets has something to do with it, then maybe - though the odds, in fact, favor no one.

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Arts & Culture
11:05 am
Tue November 27, 2012

Is That A Budweiser In Your Hand?: Product Placement, Booze, And Denzel Washington

Denzel Washington plays Whip Whitaker in Flight.
Robert Zuckerman Paramount Pictures

Originally published on Wed November 28, 2012 10:22 am

At one point in the film Flight, alcoholic pilot William "Whip" Whitaker, played by Denzel Washington, peers into a hotel-room mini-fridge filled with pretty much every type of wine and liquor imaginable.

The shot showcases wine brands Yellow Tail, Barefoot, Sutter Home, plus Amstel Light and Heineken beers — even Red Bull.

This scene raised a lot of questions for me: When has any hotel minibar ever contained so much alcohol? Why has Denzel done three films focusing on transportation –- two trains and now a plane — in as many years?

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Jazz Unlimited
4:34 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

The Quieter Side Of Jazz-String Quartets and New Music

Gary Versace-2007
Dennis C. Owsley Copyright Dennis C. Owsley

On November 25, 2012, we will play something unusual.  String quartets in jazz are usually reading ensembles doing transcriptions or supporting soloists.  A few do improvise.  The Keys and Strings Hour feature on string quartets will feature the Kronos Quartet, the Turtle Island String Quartet, the Beaux Arts String Quartet, and the Zapolski String Quartet, along with soloists Jim Hall (guitar) and the Modern Jazz Quartet.  The second and third hours of Jazz Unlimited will feature new music by Joe Newman, Keith Jarrett, Art Pepper, Dena DeRose, Bill McHenry along with two rare recordings by

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St. Louis Symphony
10:30 am
Sat November 24, 2012

St. Louis Symphony Extra - November 24, 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, Nov. 24.

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
3:06 pm
Fri November 23, 2012

St. Louis Native, Jazz Trumpeter And Vocalist Jeremy Davenport Performs At Jazz St. Louis

Jeremy Davenport
Theresa Cassagne

St. Louis native Jeremy Davenport is a jazz trumpeter and vocalist now based in New Orleans.

Davenport, 42, grew up in a family of musicians.  His mother was a music educator for nearly 50 years and his father recently retired from the St. Louis Symphony.

Davenport’s performances harken back to a time when Jazz was at its peak popularity though his unique style and mood of storytelling creates a modern edge.

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Cityscape
3:05 pm
Fri November 23, 2012

Joel King Revisits "Real Life" In Return Of His St. Louis-Based Play

The cast of the play "Real Life," written by Joel P.E. King.
King Yella

Playwright Joel P.E. King knows a thing or two about real life.

He was born in Washington Park, Illinois as the seventh of eleven children, and watched as his community transformed from one that thrived on family and fellowship to a place of crime and fear.

The negative experiences he was aware of both as a child and an adult served as an inspiration for his aptly – titled play "Real Life."

The coming of age story centers around a young man who is conflicted between becoming a negative product of his environment versus the future that awaits him if he were to leave.

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Cityscape
3:03 pm
Fri November 23, 2012

Bach Society Christmas

Bach Society Christmas Candlelight Concert
Kris Bueltmann

A highlight of the Christmas season for many is the Bach Society of Saint Louis’ annual Christmas Candlelight Concert.  Music Director A. Dennis Sparger will conduct the Bach Society Chorus and Orchestra in this year’s concert on Sunday, December 2 in Powell Hall.  Also featured on the program is the Archdiocesan Children’s Choir, led by Horst Buchholz.

Sparger and Bach Society Principal Singer Melissa Payton joined host Steve Potter to discuss this year’s concert and sample three of the scheduled works. 

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St. Louis on the Air
12:16 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

Holidays Present Opportunities To Preserve And Share Family Memories

Published Grannie Annie authors and artists who attended the annual author reading / art show / book signing at Left Bank Books this past June.
(Courtesy: The Grannie Annie)

Public radio listeners are familiar with weekly Friday segments from StoryCorps in which family members and close friends talk with one another, sharing memorable stories.


And as we head into the holiday season and families begin to gather, we’re reminded of opportunities to take full advantage of documenting and preserving family histories and stories.

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Cityscape
5:05 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra’s New Season

St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra Strings
(Courtesy: St. Louis Symphony)

The St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra opens its 2012-2013 season in a concert Friday night in Powell Hall,  but the young musicians and their leaders have been hard at work for months. 


During the summer, Jessica Ingraham was named as the Youth Orchestra Manager. 

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