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Encore: Dead before death

In Performing Arts

12:58 am on Fri, 12.06.13

For years , the author was certain he would never come to appreciate The Grateful Dead, let alone be a Deadhead. But little by little, he's come around. He talks about his conversion and relates a real evolution: by a musician who went on to play with the Schwag, a Dead cover band.

Encore: One person's guide to local coffee houses

In Out & About

6:18 am on Thu, 11.21.13

Meeting friends or squirreling away to work -- fortified by caffeine -- has become a part of our culture. The man who has been writing about his memories of music and bars, looks at two coffee houses he misses and takes about those he now frequents.

Encore: A Kick Ass decade comes to a close

In Out & About

6:39 am on Thu, 10.24.13

For the past decade, the author has been part of a group that’s tried to celebrate the present with a distinct, but mild, nod to the past. The Kick Ass Awards also tried to beat down another old tradition: celebrating the same St. Louisans over and over again. Tonight is the final presentation.

Encore: KDHX'S last dance on Magnolia Avenue

In Performing Arts

6:27 am on Thu, 10.10.13

Just a block from Tower Grove Park, KDHX has been a vibrant part of the greater South Grand community. Soon, the volunteers who make the station hum will be popping into new haunts in Grand Center. Crone looks back at life in a bakery turned radio station.

Encore: A poet's intensity, a poet's short life

In Out & About

1:40 am on Thu, 09.26.13

Ken Brown died recently at the age of 50. He wrote his verse on whatever was to hand. A friend remembered that his poems tended to be smeared. "He’d write them, then drop something on them. He’d look at them and say, ‘I can’t even read this one.’" But at least one reading remains on Youtube, one that was memorable to Thomas Crone.

A sneak peek at the Second Set e-book

In Out & About

6:38 am on Thu, 09.12.13

Big J spins music from Wednesday night through the wee hours of Sunday morning in marathon shifts at Pop's that usually begin around midnight and end after the sun’s risen. His story is just one of more than 30 new articles that will be found in our upcoming e-book.

Encore: The Finns will reunite, again

In Performing Arts

6:34 am on Thu, 08.22.13

When the former power pop band from Jefferson County opened for Pale Divine at the Pageant, the members discovered that the old magic came back quickly -- and they were able to make some of the songs better. Now they are booked by the Duck Room in late November.

Veteran rock DJ 'Smash' would like to talk to you

In Out & About

6:35 am on Thu, 07.25.13

Asher Benrubi is a former rocker who became a DJ on MTV back when Music Television had more music videos. He has teamed with Tony Twist in a return to St. Louis talk radio. The two say all topics are in play, with music and sports being part of the regular mix.

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Conference of American nuns will mull response to Vatican charges

In Nation

7:55 am on Fri, 08.03.12

Meeting in St. Louis next week, the Leadership Conference of Women Religious will have its first opportunity as an assembled group to consider what to do after the Vatican issued a mandate for change this spring. It calls on the conference to reorganize and more strictly observe church teachings.

The 'free' Zoo

In Commentary

7:51 am on Tue, 05.22.12

When a family of four goes to the St. Louis Zoo, they can be forgiven for not knowing it will cost them $60, $72 if they park. If they can't pay, the alternative is to tell the kids they can't do what kids do at the zoo.

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House sends Boeing incentive bill to Nixon

In Economy

12:55 pm on Fri, 12.06.13

The Missouri House easily passed legislation aimed at attracting production of the 777x, a move that wraps up a legislative special session that saw little suspense and few surprises. The bill now goes to Gov. Jay Nixon, who has strongly supported the legislation.

Gandhi inspired Mandela on South Africa's 'Long Road to Freedom'

In World

10:10 am on Fri, 12.06.13

Nelson Mandela, who died Thursday at the age of 95, was a towering moral figure of the 20th century -- along with Mahatma Gandhi. It was no coincidence that Gandhi and Mandela, whose paths never crossed directly, both embarked on their campaigns against discrimination in South Africa. It was when Mandela won election as South Africa’s first black president that Gandhi's influence became apparent.

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Regina Carter brings jazz and therapy to Children's Hospital

6:36 am on Mon, 12.09.13

One night, the violinist is taking bows before a standing ovation at Jazz at the Bistro. The next afternoon, some of her audience may have trouble standing, but the kids in the playroom at Children's Hospital were no less appreciative. “Jazz is medicine personified," according to a doctor who brings in the jazz musicians.

Encore: Dead before death

In Performing Arts

12:58 am on Fri, 12.06.13

For years , the author was certain he would never come to appreciate The Grateful Dead, let alone be a Deadhead. But little by little, he's come around. He talks about his conversion and relates a real evolution: by a musician who went on to play with the Schwag, a Dead cover band.

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Schlichter honored with St. Louis Award

In Region

4:57 pm on Tue, 12.03.13

The attorney has founded Arch Grants, which brings together nonprofit philanthropy and commercially viable opportunitiesto fund new business startups, and Mentor St. Louis, which finds adult mentors for elementary students in the St. Louis Public School System. He was the driving force behind the state's historic tax credit program.

BioGenerator sets open house to celebrate new digs for entrepreneurs-in-residence

In InnovationSTL

12:29 pm on Tue, 11.12.13

BioSTL's BioGenerator organization is on the move as its entrepreneurs-in-residence find a new home in 4,300 square feet of office and conference space in an old automobile factory. The blossoming program, which helps BioGenerator's portfolio companies to get off the ground, continues to pay dividends within the growing biotech community.

Ambassadors aim to soften rough landing for St. Louis immigrants

In InnovationSTL

6:34 am on Fri, 11.08.13

The St. Louis Mosaic Project is set to hold an orientation for its new ambassadors -- dozens of foreign and native-born volunteers who aim to help make the community a more welcoming place for those from other nations. Participants will be expected to do everything from visiting local restaurants serving international cuisine to having dinner with an immigrant to the area.

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Regina Carter brings jazz and therapy to Children's Hospital

6:36 am on Mon, 12.09.13

One night, the violinist is taking bows before a standing ovation at Jazz at the Bistro. The next afternoon, some of her audience may have trouble standing, but the kids in the playroom at Children's Hospital were no less appreciative. “Jazz is medicine personified," according to a doctor who brings in the jazz musicians.

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