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The Muny's 2020 season kicks off on June 15 with "Chicago" and concludes with "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" on Aug. 16. | The Muny
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The Muny’s 102nd season gets underway in June 2020, and it features musicals representing six decades of musical theater.

On Thursday’s St. Louis on the Air, host Sarah Fenske talked with Mike Isaacson, artistic director and executive producer of the Muny.

In addition to discussing the 2020 season, they discussed the Muny’s $100 million capital campaign and recent renovations, as well as local and national musical theater trends.

Beacon blog: An end to big-shoulders envy

May 10, 2019

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 28, 2010 - In journeys past, when I've made the very short trip from St. Louis to Chicago, I've experienced a "Why Not Us" discontent fueled by what I long have regarded as civic timidity and a rather smug complacency in the St. Louis region that chokes effective change and progress.

Chicago Ferris wheel gets second life in Branson

Jan 29, 2016
The Ferris Wheel moving to Branson from Chicago
Terence Faircloth | Flickr

It’s not a hoax—Chicago’s Navy Pier Ferris wheel is moving to Branson. The Track Family Fun Parks is paying $2.5 million to install the wheel in the Ozarks tourist town.

Known for its go-carts and bumper boats, CEO Craig Wescott said The Track had been thinking of adding a Ferris wheel for some time, and jumped on the opportunity to buy the Navy Pier wheel.

Office of Sen. Durbin

WASHINGTON - Just days after Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy stepped down, as part of the fallout from the police shooting death of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., is asking Attorney General Loretta Lynch to investigate the police department’s “policies and practices.” 

This National League Central Division series will be historic: The Cards and Cubs are facing one another for the first time ever in the postseason, and the best-of-five series opens Friday at Busch Stadium.

As rivalries go, this one is tops. But our money’s on Cardinals fans because when it comes to the proper waving of rally towels they’ve had lots of experience.

Author Marcia Chatelain talks to 'St. Louis on the Air' host Don Marsh on March 12, 2015, at St. Louis Public Radio in St. Louis.
Alex Heuer / St. Louis Public Radio

Known as the Great Migration, 6 million African-Americans left their homes in the South after World War I and through 1970, moving north and west.

Courtesy Chicato Tap Theatre

It’s not often that 30 different professional dance companies perform in the same place on the same weekend. But it’s happening this weekend at the Touhill. Beginning Thursday, May 22 and ending Saturday, May 24, ten different professional companies will perform each night, representing a spectrum of dance styles and locales over the course of the three nights.

St. Louis is represented by at least one local company per night, with performances by The Big Muddy Dance Company, Leverage Dance Theater, Saint Louis Ballet, Common Thread Contemporary Dance and MADCO.

Agreement Reached To Clean-Up Groundwater Contamination At St. Louis County Site

Oct 18, 2012
(via Missouri Department of Natural Resources)

A company has agreed to clean up groundwater contamination in north St. Louis County after tests raised concerns at homes near the plant.

The Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday announced a cleanup agreement with PerkinElmer Inc., a Massachusetts-based firm that operates the Missouri Metals plant. The agreement will be final after a 30-day comment period.

Asian carp solution will have downstream impact

Sep 17, 2012
Kelly Martin / Via Wikimedia Commons

The issue of keeping Asian carp out of the Great Lakes has implications for a variety of industries.  Midwest officials are weighing a range of options, including severing the connection between the Mississippi River and Great Lakes basins.  This last option comes with a list of potential economic implications for the shipping and manufacturing industry.

For instance, the 70-mile stretch of Mississippi River at St. Louis is one of the busiest inland ports in America—a place where grain, aggregate and steel are loaded and shipped up and down the river.

Emanuel lays out plans for city of Chicago

May 16, 2011
(WBEZ/Bill Healy)

New Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says he won't take no for an answer when it comes to changing the city.

Emanuel delivered a 25 minute speech today after being inaugurated in a downtown Chicago park.

He again spelled out his priorities for Chicago, including better schools, safer streets and a more efficient government.

St. Louis police chief Isom out of the running for Chicago job

Apr 29, 2011
(St. Louis Public Radio file photo)

Last week, St. Louis Police Chief Dan Isom confirmed that he was in the running to become the next superintendent of the Chicago Police Department.

But today, that seems to have changed.

The Chicago Police Board says two members of the city's police department and the police chief in Newark, N.J. are the three finalists to become Chicago's next police superintendent.

St. Louis police chief Isom in running for Chicago job

Apr 20, 2011
(St. Louis Public Radio)

St. Louis Police Chief Dan Isom has confirmed that he is being considered for a job as superintendent of the Chicago Police Department.

Isom confirmed to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch today that his name has been recommended to incoming Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel.

When asked whether he would take the job if offered, Isom said he would "listen to the conversation," but that he preferred to stay in St. Louis.  

(via Flickr/Bernt Rostad)

"Chicago's Craft Beer" is the tagline gracing the top of the website of Goose Island Beer Co., but, with an announcement today involving St. Louis fixture Anheuser-Busch, that tagline of origin may become a little muddled.

11 indicted over contraband cigarettes

Jan 6, 2011
Curran | Flickr

Cigarettes are in the news again, but this time it's not about banning the smoking of them.

Eleven men from the St. Louis and Chicago areas are facing federal indictment for allegedly trafficking in contraband cigarettes.

The U.S. Attorney's office in St. Louis announced the indictments on Thursday. Four of the men are from suburban St. Louis, five are from Chicago and two are from Chicago suburbs.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Feb. 15, 2010 - On March 2, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in an Illinois gun case that could end up pleasing liberals and conservatives and gunowners of all political stripes.

The often conservative members of the National Rifle Association will be happy if the court forces the states to abide by the Second Amendment and allow people to have handguns in their homes. Liberal and libertarian constitutional scholars will be happy if the court resurrects the "privileges or immunities" clause of the 14th Amendment and uses it as the reason to force states to recognize gun rights.

Root, root, root for ... Chicago?

Oct 1, 2009

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 1, 2009 - With the announcement of who will host the 2016 Olympic Games coming Friday in Copenhagen, many St. Louis sports fans find themselves in an unusual spot.

"We're in the interesting position of rooting for Chicago," said Frank Viverito, president of the St. Louis Sports Commission.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: August 28, 2008-  Forty years later, it is shocking to watch old news footage of the chaos outside the Democratic National Convention in 1968 as Chicago police and National Guard troops armed with tear gas, billyclubs and bayonets confronted unarmed anti-war protesters.

The demonstrators, most of them college-aged, wore long hair, love beads and scruffy jeans and shouted anti-draft slogans like "Hell, no. We won't go" and warned, "The whole world is watching.''

History was watching, also. And St. Louisans will have an opportunity to discuss and reflect on the political and social aspects of the 1968 convention when KETC and the Missouri History Museum kick off the Community Cinema Series on Sept. 11 with a screening of "Chicago 10" by filmmaker Brett Morgen.

Commentary: Chicago wins 'nanny town' title

Aug 22, 2008

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: August 22, 2008 - Finally a reason to feel superior to a certain toddling town to the north. Reason magazine recently ranked the Second City first when it comes to meddling in people's affairs.

Reason, in case you don't know, is a libertarian monthly that reports on the incessant attempts of governments to limit individual rights in the name of health or environmentalism or safety -- a necessity since we are too stupid to know what's good for us.