Chesterfield and St. Louis
(Brent Jones | St. Louis Public Radio)

The St. Louis Bluesweek Festival and the Budweiser Taste of St. Louis are on the move, and people throughout the metro area have been quick to share their reactions.

Taste of St. Louis and Bluesweek left many regulars reeling after organizers announced that this year both will be held in Central Park and the Chesterfield amphitheater.

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Opera Theatre of St. Louis

Established opera companies and symphonies should not be hurt seriously by the U.S. Supreme Court's decision last week upholding a law that moved the work of composers such as Sergei Prokofiev and Dmitry Shostakovich from the public domain to copyright protection.

Jan. 20 gallery openings

Jan 22, 2012

Photographer Tom Nagel visited the Gallery at the Regional Arts Center, the St. Louis Artist's Guild and the new Gateway Gallery Friday evening to check out new exhibits. Inside is a glimpse of what a visitor will find.

Jan. 20 gallery openings

Jan 22, 2012

Photographer Tom Nagel visited the Gallery at the Regional Arts Center, the St. Louis Artist's Guild and the new Gateway Gallery Friday evening to check out new exhibits. Inside is a glimpse of what a visitor will find.

Actor Billy Bob Thornton has always fancied himself a musician. He played in Creedence Clearwater Revival and ZZ Top cover bands back in his native Arkansas and finally got to release a handful of solo albums after he'd risen to fame onscreen in "Sling Blade" and "Monster's Ball."

Actress Cyd Charisse died yesterday in Los Angeles. She's perhaps best remembered as Gene Kelly's sultry dance partner in "Singing in the Rain":

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But Charisse was equally memorable in such films "The Band Wagon," "Silk Stockings," and Nicholas Ray's noir "Party Girl":

Playing the fuel

Jun 17, 2008

Anyone dismayed at missing last weekend's screening of "GasHole,"  a new documentary on stratospheric oil prices and alternative energy, can take heart: The Hi-Pointe provides another opportunity to see the film this weekend. Times are 7:15 p.m. June 20 and 2:30, 4:45 and 7:15 p.m. June 21-22. Cost is $8.75 general admission, $6.75 for students and seniors.

When Joe Schwab moved his independent music shop, Euclid Records, from the Central West End to the Old Orchard area of Webster Groves, he thought it might be nice to book some bands to play in nearby Gazebo Park. The idea was to create a family friendly street festival atmosphere that would generate some interest in the Old Orchard shopping and restaurant district.

These are hard times in the world of Americana music, a genre that spans all manner of styles from folk, blues, country and bluegrass to rockabilly, alternative country and roots rock.

With CD sales plummeting across the board, the small, independent labels that specialize in Americana have been hit especially hard. An Americana radio format has never really taken off. And two magazines that wrote about the genre with depth and clarity, No Depression and Harp, have shuttered in recent months.

Woody, take two

Jun 2, 2008

An earlier entry on Woody Allen was left incomplete, not from any attempt to create suspense but solely due to the limitations of my cut-and-paste editing technique, which sometimes proves to be biased toward the first task.

So to finish my point ...

Scott McClellan's new book is interesting and makes a useful contribution toward documenting what went on at the Bush White House. But that hardly makes him an admirable figure, media critic and Beacon contributing editor Dick Weiss tells McGraw Milhaven on the McGraw Show on KTRS (550-AM).

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Sydney Pollack, director, producer and surprisingly effective character actor, was one of a handful of filmmakers who emerged in the early days of television drama and graduated to a successful career in feature films, establishing himself in the late '60s and '70s as the director-of-choice for some of the most prominent movie stars of the New Hollywood.

May 31 Schedule & Parking Info

Emerson Stage 

  • 12:30-1:30 p.m. Two Times True
  • 2-3 p.m. Lao Tizer with Karen Briggs
  • 3:30-5 p.m. Tito Puente Jr. Orchestra
  • 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. Joe Sample and Randy Crawford
  • 7:30 - 9:00 p.m. Cassandra Wilson (above)

Soul School

Robert Hunt, who is already firmly established as our most prolific correspondent, has been writing on film for nearly 30 years, appearing in an array of publications, both here and elsewhere. His lengthiest association was with the Riverfront Times, where he served as a film and DVD critic in the 1980s and '90s.

Hard Questions

May 18, 2008

More on the state of film criticism from the always-insightful Filmbrain.

Nick's List -- May 19

May 17, 2008

Notes to Readers:

I see in retrospect that I have somewhat overused the term “eye-popping” to describe movies. I will give that one a rest.

David MacRunnel
Provided by David MacRunnel

It all started, this fascination with vinyl record albums, says David MacRunnel, back when he was 2 years old.

"My mother (Linda) used to force me to listen to records, her music, Andy Williams and Johnny Mathis, 24-7," says MacRunnel of Creve Coeur.

A mere 14 years later, the sophomore at Parkway Central High School in Chesterfield, is two-racks deep in his personal vinyl collection. McRunnel is up to about 1,200 albums, he says, and he'll add more when he's got a little extra change.

Are we bringing everyone together?  

When candidates talk about uniting our country, they frequently mention blacks, whites, Hispanics and Asians, Christians and Jews. They almost never mention the nation's 5 million Muslims. What's up with that? Dick Weiss and McGraw Milhaven discuss this on the McGraw Show on KTRS-550 AM.      

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Nick's List -- May 5

May 3, 2008

Welcome back to Nick's exploration of books and movies. Remember the list is presented with the most recent one first. To read earlier lists, click on March , April 28 or April 21 .


Movie 40

The General
(Buster Keaton & Clyde Bruckman, 1927, silent, b&w, 75 m.)