Arts & Culture

Cityscape
11:01 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

Union Avenue Opera Continues Its 'Ring' Cycle With 'Die Walkure'

Alexandra LoBianco as Brunnhilde and Timothy Bruno as Wotan
(Courtesy Union Avenue Opera)

When one thinks of Wagner’s Ring cycle, what comes to mind is a huge cast, orchestra and set which can only be performed in the world’s largest opera houses.  But Union Avenue Opera has brought the Ring to St. Louis thanks to the reduction and adaptation by composer Jonathan Dove and stage director Graham Vick. The company will mount the second opera, Die Walkure, on August 16, 17, 23 and 24.

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Cityscape
7:47 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

Max And Louie Productions Stages 'The Lyons'

The cast of The Lyons
(Courtesy Max and Louie Productions)

Most dramas centered on death and dying are tragedies. But not Nicky Silver's "The Lyons." Instead, it is a dark comedy that finds humor in the death of a family's patriarch. 

"A death in the family doesn't automatically bring out the best in people, but it brings out the best in Nicky Silver's writing," said Stellie Siteman, actress and artistic director of Max and Louie Productions.

The theater company opens a staging of "The Lyons" next Friday at COCA's Black Box. The play contains obscenities and is best for an adult audience.

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Arts & Culture
7:43 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

Remembering St. Louis Musician Bob Reuter

(via Flickr/Abby Gillardi)

Bob Reuter, St. Louis musician and long-time host of Bob's Scratchy Records on community radio station KDHX died in a tragic accident last week. He was 61.

We remember Bob's life, music and legacy through highlights of two previous interviews with Reuter: a 2010 Sound Portrait by Mike Schrand and a 2013 Arch City Radio Hour interview with Nick Garcia

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Jazz Unlimited
2:38 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

The Great Jazz Soloists-Part 2

Ray Brown-1987
Dennis C. Ows;ey Copyright Dennis C. Owsley

Jazz Unlimited for Sunday evening, August 11 will be “The Great Jazz Soloists-Part 2.” A great jazz solo is awe-inspiring, exciting, emotional and always tells a story.  In the entire history of jazz, there are only a few soloists who are consistently capable of a great solo in every performance.  Jazz Unlimited will play these musicians over the next few weeks.  The artists for August 11 will be Joe “King” Oliver, Fats Waller, Bix Beiderbecke, Django Reinhardt, Coleman Hawkins, Benny Goodman, Gene Krupa, Johnny Hodges, Stuff Smith, Pee Wee Russell, Serge Chaloff, Paul Desmond, Jim Hall, Ra

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Arts & Culture
3:33 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

Photo of the Week

A shot of the Saint Louis Art Museum in Forest Park
Christopher Jones Via Flickr

Photo taken in Forest Park 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.

Arts & Culture
9:00 am
Mon August 5, 2013

Arch City Radio Hour: Songwriter Jordan Kylie and Boxing Clever Records

 Jordan KylieAcoustic singer/songwriter Jordan Kylie talks about her style of music and the literary influences on her music.  She also performs a few songs as well.

Boxing Clever

Jazz Unlimited
8:49 am
Sun August 4, 2013

The Great Jazz Soloists-Part 1

John Clayton
Dennis C. Ows;ey Copyright Dennis C. Owsley

On the August 4, 2013 edition of Jazz Unlimited, we begin a four part series highlighting the great jazz soloists.  A great jazz solo is awe-inspiring, exciting, emotional and always tells a story.  In the entire history of jazz, there may be less than 140 soloists who are consistently capable of a great solo in nearly every performance.  We will hear some of them spotlighted tonight.  The musicians featured include Louis Armstrong, Dizzy Gillespie, Lee Morgan, Woody Shaw.

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Commentary
5:33 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

Saint Louis Art Museum's Expansion Aids City's Standing As A Cultural Center

The new East Building seen from Fine Arts Drive (north facade).
Jacob Sharp/Image courtesy of the Saint Louis Art Museum and Architectural Wall Systems

The East Building of The Saint Louis Art Museum, designed by Sir David Chipperfield, world class architect, has been open for only a month and the crowds are still overwhelming the staff, volunteers ,and particularly the docents who have been training harder than ever to give exciting and informative tours of not only the new building, but the beautiful reinstalled galleries of the Cass Gilbert West Building.

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Cityscape
4:30 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

Jazz St. Louis Presents American Music Showcase

(Courtesy Jazz St. Louis)

This Saturday, Grand Center, Inc. and Jazz St. Louis team up to present a showcase of American music.  The event will take place at five venues in Grand Center and will feature performances by six local bands.

When they first started planning the event, they were going to present music across a wide range of genres, said Devin Rodino, communications and operations manager at Jazz St. Louis. But in the end they settled on American music --jazz, folk, blues, country and bluegrass.

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Cityscape
3:32 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

Author Discusses Folklore And Lingo Unique To St. Louis In New Books

(via Flikr/FallenPegasus)

Have you ever heard the story of the grandma who sees a young man in Dierberg's and says he reminds her of her dead grandson, then uses his sympathy to trick him into paying for her groceries? What about the the phrase "you know you're from St. Louis when Velveeta is your favorite kind of cheese?" If so, then you have an idea of the content of John Oldani's books.

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