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10 Missouri Arts Adventures To Explore This Summer

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Maybe our moods in summer are an echo from childhood, when the season really did bubble over with time to explore new things. Maybe, as recent studies suggest, our biology is hard-wired to feel happier when the weather is warmer and the days are longer. Whatever, summer in Missouri beckons with a spirit of adventure. We propose 10 arts activities to answer that call. Read on for ... Read More »

Big Birthday or Not, Shakespeare Thrives in Missouri

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On Wednesday, April 26, 1564, in a market town 100 miles west of London, Mary Arden and her husband John took their newborn baby boy to their church to be baptized. The parish clerk entered the child’s name in the registry in the customary Latin: Gulielmus filius Johannes Shakspere. Since English children in the 16th century were usually baptized about ... Read More »

The Untamed World of Indie Art and Craft in Missouri

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“So we’re making an apron,” said Jessi Cerutti, “which is a traditional idea, a woman’s garment to wear while doing things in the house. But we’re going to use funky fabric with skulls on it.” The skull apron, Jessi told us, has become an emblem of a movement that is rippling through the nation. This movement plays with irony, cares ... Read More »

Snapshots of the Missouri Arts Blogosphere

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1998: Harry Potter and the Sorceror’s Stone hits U.S. bookstores. Saving Private Ryan wows audiences at the movies. Larry Page and Sergey Brin found Google, Inc. And no one has ever heard the word “blog.” How things have changed! As of February 1 in this year of 2014, the number of blogs worldwide on just the popular hosting site Tumblr.com was ... Read More »

Meet the Artists Who’ve Made the Glass for the Missouri Arts Awards

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century, Staatliches Antikensammlung,
Munich – photo by Matthias Kabel

When the Missouri Arts Awards ceremony takes place in the Rotunda of the Missouri State Capitol the first Wednesday of every February, the honorees receive more than applause. As a tangible symbol of recognition for their contributions to the cultural and artistic climate of the state, an original work by a Missouri artist is given to the awardees for Arts Education, ... Read More »

Nutcrackers Spin Holiday Fantasies Into Dance

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At a family Christmas party, a young girl is given a toy nutcracker by her godfather, an eccentric toy maker and magician. Late that night, the nutcracker magically comes to life. Wicked mice attack and the girl bravely rescues the nutcracker. He transforms into a prince who takes her on an enchanted voyage to a snowy forest and the candy-sweet ... Read More »

Art Directors Give Personal Picks

Even before there’s a nip in the air, Labor Day heralds a fresh time for the performing arts. As the harvest moon waxes and wanes, companies kick off new seasons that will run through next spring. We’ve asked theater, dance, and music directors from across the state to name an event in their own season that especially tickles their fancy—plus ... Read More »

Poet, Painter, Sculptor, Scribe: Artists Intertwine Disparate Skills

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Michelangelo painted frescoes and carved statues. Miles Davis blew the trumpet and designed album covers. J.R.R. Tolkien wrote novels and drew hundreds of scenes and maps to illustrate the worlds he chronicled. In Missouri today, there are many artists whose creativity likewise flows through more than one channel—or as Peggy Wyman puts it, “have more than one arrow in their ... Read More »