Arts & Culture

Commentary
5:30 am
Wed June 12, 2013

Commentary: Today’s Young Adults: Cynics, Activists Or A Little Of Both?

Pete Abel
Courtesy of Pete Abel

Earlier this year, the Institute of Politics at Harvard University noted a decline in the trust young voters have in public institutions. New York Times’ columnist David Brooks offered perspective on this trend. He summarized a paper by one of his students, who argued that some members of her generation have grown so cynical that they question all promises of change unless those promises can be “tested, substantiated, and … replicated.” In other words, they have what Missourians might call a show-me attitude.

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Arts & Culture
9:00 am
Mon June 10, 2013

Arch City Radio Hour - Miss Jubilee, Bella and Lily

Dan Conner and Valerie Kirchoff of Miss Jubilee.
Credit (Courtesy of Erin Williams)

    

Miss Jubilee

St. Louis Public Radio's Erin Williams talks to Dan Conner and Valerie Kirchoff of the jump blues / retro swing band Miss Jubilee.  They tell Erin about how the band first started as a passionate hobby and has now turned into a successful full-time band.  We'll also hear "I Found A New Baby" and "Some of These Days" from their self-titled album.

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Commentary
11:19 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

Fashion And Art In St. Louis

Nancy Kranzberg

It used to be that a fashion show at a lady’s charity luncheon was a big draw. Now due to some of St. Louis' leading arts and cultural institutions such as Craft Alliance, The Contemporary Art Museum, The Sheldon Arts Foundation, and The World Chess Hall of Fame, fashion is at the fore. 

Craft Alliance has led the way with the creation of The Fashion Lab. It is a fusion of art and fashion. The program explores fashion as an art form and brings cutting-edge fashion design to the St.Louis community.

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Cityscape
10:41 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

Missouri Chamber Music Festival Celebrates Schubert and Stravinsky

Scott Andrews and Nina Ferrigno

The Missouri Chamber Music Festival (MOCM) presents its third season of concerts in Webster Groves.  Directed by St. Louis Symphony Principal Clarinetist Scott Andrews and pianist Nina Ferrigno, the festival offers three concerts performed by world-renowned musicians from around the country and St. Louis.

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Cityscape
9:29 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

The MUNY Opens Its 95th Season

Mike Isaacson
The MUNY

As The MUNY opens its 95th season of outdoor musical theatre in Forest Park, Executive Producer Mike Isaacson is excited about the number of “firsts.”  Four of the productions are MUNY premieres including Monty Python’s Spamalot which opens the season, Shrek The Musical, Nunsense Muny Style! and Mary Poppins.  In the production of Mary Poppins, for the first time in MUNY history, a character will fly over the audience.

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Cityscape
3:23 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

From Children’s Theater To Burlesque – St. Lou Fringe Festival Returns For Second Year

The St. Lou Fringe Festival occurs June 20-24, 2013
(Courtesy: St. Lou Fringe)

The St. Lou Fringe Festival debuted last year and is back for a five day festival this month which takes place at performance spaces throughout Midtown.

Em Piro, founder and executive director of St. Lou Fringe told Cityscape host Steve Potter, “the fringe model has been used worldwide for over 60 years and it was a really exciting opportunity to bring it here to St. Louis.”

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St. Louis on the Air
2:34 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Come Early, Stay Late – stl250 Plans Year-Long Semiquincentennial Celebration

stl250 Executive Director Erin Budde stands next to an example of an ornamental cake
Tim Lloyd / St. Louis Public Radio

The non-profit organization stl250 is planning a yearlong celebration for 2014 to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the founding of St. Louis.

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St. Louis on the Air
2:26 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Moving Forward At The Missouri History Museum

Missouri History Museum
file photo

Bob Cox, a former senior vice president of St. Louis-based technology company Emerson, was hired last week to be the temporary leader of the Missouri History Museum.

The tax payer funded institution has been mired in controversy since the Museum overpaid for land, a sale which involved ex-Mayor Freeman Bosley Jr.  Bosley had recently stepped down from the Museum’s board of trustees.

Longtime Missouri History Museum President Bob Archibald resigned in December 2012.

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St. Louis on the Air
5:12 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

St. Louis Area Native Marsha Mason Returns Home For Insight Theatre Company

Marsha Mason

When one mentions the name Marsha Mason, what comes to most people’s mind is the award winning actress who starred in the films Cinderella Liberty, Only When I Laugh, Chapter Two and The Goodbye Girl. But Insight Theatre Company Artistic Director Maggie Ryan remembers Mason as a fellow theater major at Webster College and as being an alum of Nerinx Hall High School where Ryan is now the Fine Arts Chair.

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Theatre review
10:55 am
Mon June 3, 2013

Review: Roundabout Theatre's "Anything Goes" At The Fox Has Great Energy And Spirit

Roundabout Theatre's "Anything Goes" at the Fox. (L to R): Ryan Steer, Bobby Pestka, Rachel York, Jeremy Benton, Kristopher Thompson-Bolden.
Credit (Courtesy of Joan Marcus)

It seems like everyone I know loves Anything Goes. My best friend in college was madly in love with Patti Lapone when she played Reno Sweeney back in 1987 and Mel Brooks says he decided to go into theater after seeing the 1934 production with Ethel Merman. The 2011 Tony winning production by Roundabout Theatre Company is making its St Louis premiere now through June 9th at the Fox with a glittering and ebullient Rachel York at the helm, channeling a bit of Mae West from time to time. The story is silly and campy with lots of puns and old jokes that are still fun.

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