This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, July 31, 2009 - Science-fiction movies are typically big-name/big-studio/big-budget affairs, but “Moon” is an independent first feature film by industry veteran Duncan Jones. It recalls “Gattaca” (1997) in its hard questions about the uses of technology, the ethics of corporations and nation-states – and the meaning of being human.
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This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, July 1, 2010 - With Clayton's smoking ban begining today, smoke and mixed feelings filled the air in many of the municipality's bars and restaurants Wednesday night. While many restaurant customers and employees support the ban that prohibits smoking in Clayton restaurants, several oppose it, saying the ban infringes on their individual rights.
Local Soccer Coaches, Including Former US Team Member, Talk Women's World Cup Ahead Of Quarterfinals
The United States will advance to the quarterfinals of the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup after a 2-1 victory Monday against Spain. Now they’re set to play the host nation of France this Friday, during a game anticipated to be the most-expensive-to-attend Women’s World Cup game ever . In anticipation of the game, St. Louis Public Radio’s Rachel Lippmann delved into the Women’s World Cup and the state of women’s soccer in St. Louis on Wednesday’s St. Louis on the Air .
When Scott Lokitz was a gay teenager, his mother and grandmother took him to march with dozens of other gay and lesbian St. Louisans down Lindell Boulevard in the city’s first Pride parade. Marching in a Pride parade was a bold move in 1980, a time when state and national laws forbade consensual same-sex relationships. But Lokitz felt right at home at St. Louis’ first Pride celebration, four decades ago. His mother had come out as lesbian and his grandmother was a member of PFLAG, an organization for those with a gay or lesbian family member.
Left Bank Books is turning 50 this year, and on Tuesday’s St. Louis on the Air , co-owner Kris Kleindienst talked about the shop’s storied history with St. Louis Public Radio’s Rachel Lippmann. Located in St. Louis’ bustling Central West End neighborhood, the independent bookseller got its start in 1969 when a group of Washington University graduate students set out to create a place where one could find all kinds of literature. Left Bank will formally celebrate its 50-year milestone in October .
ArchCity Defenders uses the cash bail system, the death of Michael Brown Jr. and the movements that grew out of the Ferguson unrest to shine light on racial injustice and inequalities with their second annual racial justice film series. The law firm will first showcase “Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin” on Thursday night at the Kranzberg Arts Center . The film, by Nancy Kates and Bennett Singer, outlines the life of gay civil rights activist Bayard Rustin, who served in the background as an organizer of the civil rights movement.
A Trenton man was killed during the attack on Pearl Harbor . After nearly 78 years, his remains are finally coming home. Navy electrician’s mate 3rd Class William “Billy” Klasing was assigned to the battleship USS Oklahoma , a vessel that after being attacked by a Japanese aircraft on Dec. 7, 1941, quickly capsized. Eighteen-year-old Klasing, along with 429 other crewmen, died on the battleship. His remains were officially identified on Feb. 4, 2019, after a long process of identifying dozens of men who died on the battleship. Klasing’s remains were recovered from the USS Oklahoma somewhere between 1941 and 1944 when Navy personnel recovered the bodies of the deceased crew. The servicemen were interred at two Hawaiian cemeteries before being transferred to the Central Identification Laboratory at Schofield Barracks in 1947, where a laboratory staff confirmed the remains of 35 men who were aboard the ship. The unidentified men were reburied at the National Memorial Cemetery of the
This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Feb. 19, 2009 - The stunning Israeli animated film "Waltz with Bashir" begins with a nightmare, a nightmare it never really escapes. An Israeli man who had been a soldier during the 1982 invasion of Lebanon dreams, time and time again, that he is being pursued and attacked by a pack of crazed dogs. He asks one of his former comrades, Ari Folman, what he thinks the dream could possibly mean. It seems to be associated with the war. Folman, as he begins to examine his memories, realizes with horror that he remembers almost nothing about the war, even though he had participated in the invasion of Beirut. It is as if most of that portion of his memory had been excised, lobotomized.
Jazz Unlimited for June 23, 2019, will present “Real Traditional Jazz Plus New Music.” Traditional jazz combos did not use tubas for their bass instrument. They used a string bass or banjo or no bass at all. This will be very clear on recordings of small combos made from 1922 to 1928. We will play15 recordings of traditional jazz by the Kid Ory Quintet, King Oliver’s Creole Jazz Band, the New Orleans Rhythm Kings, The Clarence Williams Blue Five with Sidney Bechet, the Red Onion Jazz Babies with Bechet and Louis Armstrong, the Louis Armstrong Hot Five, the Freddie Keppard Jazz Cardinals, Lovie Austin’s Serenaders, Johnny Dodds’ New Orleans Bootblacks, the Clarence Williams Novelty Four and the Jelly Roll Morton Red Hot Peppers. New music will include three recordings with strings, a French-Canadian group, a German group, a Chilean Vocalist and Japanese pianist. The musicians are Catherine Russell, Jim Gailloreto, Yoko Miwa, Judi Silvano, the Pete McGuinness Jazz Orchestra, Fred Hersch
This article first appeared in the St Louis Beacon, Feb. 27, 2009 - Two 19-year-old St. Louis students expect to find themselves inside the Oval Office during the coming week as they present the Boy Scouts of America’s annual report to President Barack Obama, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Washington officials.
Every year, Sauce Magazine puts its critiques of local bars and eateries to the side and lets readers decide which restaurants and chefs deserve the spotlight. This year, Sugarfire Smoke House won three Readers’ Choice awards : Favorite Restaurant, Favorite Barbecue and Chef of the Year – which went to Matt Glickert, catering and events chef for Sugarfire 44 in Valley Park, Missouri.
St. Louis’ biggest local music festival gets underway Friday evening and all day Saturday with a lineup that the Riverfront Times has billed as its best yet . Featuring more than 100 performances by St. Louis-based bands across 11 venues, ShowcaseSTL 2019 aims to match that quantity with quality, and organizers have taken a collaborative, input-heavy approach to planning. On Friday’s St. Louis on the Air , guest host Jim Kirchherr of the Nine Network talked with RFT music editor Daniel Hill and with Joe Hess, who has spearheaded the curation of the lineup. This year’s theme is the idea of discovery. The festival presents both long-established artists and emerging ones, in all sorts of musical genres, for concertgoers.
A bible belonging to Abraham Lincolnhas been unveiled to the public for the first time in150 years.
On a recent Thursday morning, 27 kids, mostly teenagers, sat at tables and used their imaginations to sketch out ideas for new buildings that would do some good in their communities. Models they’d made from household items and craft supplies, all painted gold, sat on the tables. Some of the kids made small versions of the buildings they’d envisioned. Others crafted abstract sculptural pieces. A looped beat played in the background, fueling their inspiration both for this project and for the day’s big event, coming later: a rap battle. This gathering at the Natural Bridge branch of St. Louis County Library in Normandy was one of 11 week-long events run around the country this summer by Hip Hop Architecture Camp, an organization based in Madison, Wisconsin. The goal is to foster the creative spark that lies at the heart of both hip-hop and architecture, and explore ways that one discipline can influence the other.
When a Ferguson police officer killed Michael Brown in 2014, St. Louisan Brittany Ferrell left nursing school to join the protests. Five years later, she’s pouring her activism into another outlet: a film project. “You Lucky You Got a Mama” focuses on how African Americans are three times as likely to die from pregnancy-related complications and childbirth as white women. Ferrell wants to show people that the higher risk to African Americans is a complicated situation with a simple cause. “Let’s name it for what it is, and it’s racism,” Ferrell said. “It’s racial bias.”
Many years ago, St. Louisan Chris Bolyard made the decision to switch careers and go from working in restaurants to providing them with an alternative to big-box grocery store meat. He went on to become head butcher and owner of Bolyard’s Meat and Provisions located in Maplewood. Now the local face will soon be familiar to many across the nation after his appearance on a new History Channel television series called “The Butcher,” which airs 9 p.m. tonight. The goal of the show is to help educate the public on the skills that it takes to butcher whole animals.
Poems about St. Louis’ vibrant Bosnian community. A story of racial segregation in 1907 St. Louis that still resonates. An ode to Imo’s. These are just a few of the nearly 70 locally focused writings that fill “ The St. Louis Anthology ,” a newly released 240-page book spearheaded by St. Louis native Ryan Schuessler. “My two biggest goals when putting this together were to have the volume be as diverse and representative as possible,” Schuessler, the editor, has said, “and to have as many first-person narratives [and] takes as possible – as in, having people write about their own experiences, even if they're not writers.” Described on its back cover as “a love letter to those moments and people … that are so St. Louis,” the anthology “dares to confront the city’s nostalgia and its trauma,” all while celebrating the people who live there.
Next weekend, a two-day pop-up theater experience will take place in and around Grand Center. Participants in the 2019 Grand Center Theatre Crawl will be able to explore new venues while enjoying short performances by over 20 local theater companies. On Tuesday’s St. Louis on the Air , St. Louis Public Radio’s Holly Edgell discussed what all the event will entail with Mark Abels, treasurer of West End Players Guild; Christopher Limber, artistic director of Prison Performing Arts; and Peggy Holly, event founder and lead volunteer organizer.
From April to July 1994, nearly a million people lost their lives as members of the ethnic Hutu majority slaughtered them during the Rwandan Civil War. The United Nations solemnizes the tragedy among others by marking June 26 as the UN Day in Support of Victims of Torture . Locally, the Missouri Historical Society has partnered with Bilingual International Assistant Services and the Holocaust Museum and Learning Center to create a program next week titled Triumph Over Darkness .
Jazz Unlimited for June 16, 2019, will present “The Compositions of Antonio Carlos Jobim.” Brazilian composer Antonio Carlos Jobim was the one who brought bossa nova to the international scene in the early sixties. He was much more than a composer of pleasant melodies. Jobim’s compositions will be played and sung by himself & Elis Regina, Stan Getz, Dizzy Gillespie, Joe Henderson, our own Herb Drury, Count Basie, Ella Fitzgerald, Cannonball Adderley, our own Sherry Drake, Paul Desmond, the Great guitars, Kevin Mahogany, Branford Marsalis & Kurt Elling, Elvin Jones, Chet Baker, Stanley Jordan, Luciana Souza, the Trio Da Paz, Tamir Hendelman, Fred Hersch and Archie Shepp. The Slide Show has my photographs of some of the musicians heard on this show. Here are Elis Regina and Antonio Carlos Jobim Singing "The Waters of March" in Portuguese in 1974.