Arts & Culture

Today we got the chance to visit with Webster Groves native and acclaimed author Jonathan Franzen about his latest novel Freedom, his inspirations, and his methods.  You can hear the whole conversation in the St. Louis on the Air archives, but here are some highlights:

On whether or not he's working on a new book

It takes me a long time to write a book. They’re years in development before I get any pages I can believe in.  I have some vague thoughts.  Usually the vague thoughts I have at this stage, they turn out to be completely wrong headed.

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David Robertson conducted the St. Louis Symphony with pianist Orli Shaham as the soloist in the world premiere of Steven Mackey’s “Stumble to Grace” in concerts Sept. 23 and 24 in Powell Hall.  Co-commissioned by the St. Louis Symphony, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the concerto was written for Shaham  who will also perform it with the other two orchestras later this season.

On Thursday, Sept. 22 following the first rehearsal of “Stumble to Grace,” the St. Louis Symphony’s Eddie Silva spoke with composer Steven Mackey.

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Updated 1:03 p.m. with links to panoramas of Cementland site. Updated at 1:14 p.m with links to public artwork archive and 1:30 p.m with link to radio show archive. Updated 2:06p.m. with statement from Rep. William Lacy Clay, D-St. Louis. 2:54 p.m. with vigil information.

Bob Cassilly, the founder of  St. Louis landmark City Museum, has died at the age of 61.

(Alise O'Brien)

The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra continues its 2011-2012 season this weekend, and you can be right there with them from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24.

On select Saturday evenings, St. Louis Public Radio broadcasts the SLSO performance over the air, bringing you a live classical music experience wherever you are.

Below is the top-ten list of the St. Louis region's best-selling adult and children's books. The list is compiled by the St. Louis Independent Bookstore Alliance.

For the week ending September 18:

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East St. Louis is proud to call late jazz great Miles Davis one of its own, but vandalism to his childhood home is striking a sour note with many in the struggling city.

KSDK-TV reports vandalism that has escalated in recent weeks has included nearly all of the aluminum siding being stripped away from the home. Windows also are broken and pipes have been taken.

Neighbor Mamie Page says the damage and disrespect "just disgusted me" and leaves her saddened.

(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Those behind the Loop Trolley project, a 2.2 mile fixed-rail streetcar system from the Loop to Forest Park, got some welcome news today.

Funding to help with the design portion of the project has been secured via a $2.8 million portion of a federal grant. Word of the committed funding came via a press release congratulation from Rep. Russ Carnahan, D-St. Louis.

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Photo taken in downtown St. Louis at the St. Louis Blues Week Festival by Kurt Bangert 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 we feature, on our website, one outstanding photo from the group.

Below is the top-ten list of the St. Louis region's best-selling adult and children's books. The list is compiled by the St. Louis Independent Bookstore Alliance.

For the week ending September 11:

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(Alise O'Brien)

The time is here!

The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra opens its 2011-2012 season this weekend, and you can be right there with them from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 17.

On select Saturday evenings, St. Louis Public Radio broadcasts the SLSO performance over the air, bringing you a live classical music experience wherever you are.

(Courtesy Sauce Magazine/ by Greg Rannells)

Urban agriculture has taken root in cities everywhere, including right here in the River City.  It comes in many forms: the community garden, the backyard vegetable patch, the rooftop bee colony.  But cultivating food in town can be complicated and wrought with challenges---so what is it that’s driving some city dwellers to skip the grocery store and get their hands dirty?   Libby Franklin reports in the next of our new series Sound Bites, created in partnership with Sauce Magazine.

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The St. Louis Cardinals have released their 2012 schedule and will host their oldest rival in their 2012 home opener.

The Cardinals said Wednesday their first home game next season will be April 13 against the Chicago Cubs. It will be the latest home opener in St. Louis since the Cardinals opened on April 19, 1991, against Philadelphia.

Interleague games include a home stand June 8-17 against Cleveland, the Chicago White Sox and Kansas City.

(Courtesy Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis)

The official word is out today from the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis - director Paul Ha is headed out of town.

Ha has been offered the position of director at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's (MIT) List Center for the Visual Arts and is expected to begin his new position Dec. 1.

According to CAM, Ha raised an aggregate of over $40 million during his tenure and created the institution's first endowment, in the amount of $5 million.

Below is the top-ten list of the St. Louis region's best-selling adult and children's books. The list is compiled by the St. Louis Independent Bookstore Alliance.

For the week ending September 4:

Adult:

Below is the top-ten list of the St. Louis region's best-selling adult and children's books. The list is compiled by the St. Louis Independent Bookstore Alliance.

For the week ending August 28:

Adult:

(Courtesy St. Louis Zoo)

Updated 2:10 p.m. Aug. 23 with cause of death

One of the country's top professional associations for zoos and aquariums says people should not be worried about the quality of care at the St. Louis Zoo, despite the death of another animal there.

Throne

Aug 22, 2011
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Photo taken in the St. Louis area by "Matneym" 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 we feature, on our website, one outstanding photo from the group.

Below is the top-ten list of the St. Louis region's best-selling adult and children's books. The list is compiled by the St. Louis Independent Bookstore Alliance.

For the week ending August 14:

Adult:

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Jazz pianist and composer Chick Corea replaced Herbie Hancock in Miles Davis’ band in the late 1960’s  and blossomed as a composer, band leader and improviser through decades of genre-bending traditions, especially those electric jazz-rock fusion years that lead him to form, among other groups, Return To Forever, the fourth edition of which is about to embark on an extensive U.S. tour amidst their 2011 World Tour featuring Frank Gamble on guitar, Jean Luc-Ponty on the violin and Larry White and Stanley Clarke on drums and bass respectfully.  St. Louis Public Radio’s Aaron Doerr spoke with him by phone, asking him about learning music, the role of one’s environment, and jazz and the complexity of reaching a wide range of people with a genre so rooted in musicianship and technical skills.  

Aaron Doerr:  How have you been doing and happy belated birthday!  You just turned 70 this past June.  Do world tours age you quicker or keep you young?

Chick Corea: Oh yeah no... I definitely love to play and travel so travel's part of the deal, you know... and you get used to it.  You get used to the actual physical traveling - you get all those little things together that you have to have together for hotels, and planes and busses and all that, but… definitely playing the music keeps me fresh.

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Missouri basketball coach Frank Haith says he will speak to the NCAA about allegations that he was aware of a $10,000 payment to a recruit at his previous school.

Former University of Miami booster and convicted Ponzi schemer Nevin Shapiro told Yahoo! Sports he provided extra benefits to 72 football players and other athletes at Miami from 2002 to 2010.

Haith was coach at Miami before taking the Missouri job this spring.

(Courtesy Subterranean Books)

Below is the top-ten list of the St. Louis region's best-selling adult and children's books. The list is compiled by the St. Louis Independent Bookstore Alliance.

For the week ending August 7:

Adult:

1. The Help by Kathryn Stockett

2. Room by Emma Donoghue

3. Stolen Life by Jaycee Dugard

4. Go the F**K to Sleep by Adam Mansbach

5. Noir at the Bar edited by Jedidiah Ayers and Scott Phillips

6. State of Wonder by Ann Patchett

(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Late Friday afternoon, William Lacy Clay, D-St. Louis, announced that the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, also known as the Gateway Arch and its grounds, has received a federal transportation grant. The grant will help fund engineering and planning for a pedestrian connector linking the Arch and downtown St. Louis.

Leaving Serra

Aug 6, 2011
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Photo taken at the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts in St. Louis by "BuilderSTL" 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 we feature, on our website, one outstanding photo from the group.

Below is the top-ten list of the St. Louis region's best-selling adult and children's books. The list is compiled by the St. Louis Independent Bookstore Alliance.

For the week ending July 31:

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The St. Louis performance space once known as the Kiel Opera House has been undergoing renovations since July 2010. When it reopens Oct. 1 as the Peabody Opera House, an "opening night gala" is planned, and, starting today, you can buy tickets to be there.

(Courtesy Sauce Magazine/Carmen Troesser)

This month on Sound Bites, we get a look at Sauce Magazine’s 2011 “Ones to Watch List” and an introduction to some of the region’s most innovative culinary up-and-comers.  From underground dinner parties and ultra-modern cocktails, to family traditions that go back generationsSauce says these food and drink professionals show promise.   Sauce senior staff writer Ligaya Figueras stopped by Cityscape with a couple of the folks she's watching. You can listen to Steve Potter's discussion with Will Fischer and Amy Marcoot above.

A law signed into law last month in Missouri is making waves nationally, this week. A small part of the wide-ranging SB54, makes it illegal for teachers to be "friends" with students on any social networking site that allows private communication.

That means teachers and students can't be friends on Facebook or can't follow each other on Twitter for example.

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Photo taken in St. Louis by Michael Rudolph 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 we feature, on our website, one outstanding photo from the group.

For this installment of the Weekend Gardener, we're going to think beyond the weekends and look at what some innovative growers are doing full-time.

Below is the top-ten list of the St. Louis region's best-selling adult and children's books. The list is compiled by the St. Louis Independent Bookstore Alliance.

For the week ending July 24:

Adult:

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