Guest Niyi Coker, writer & director of Mama Africa the Musical, shares stories of Miriam Makeba (whose life was the subject of the play) and anecdotes from his own adventures professoring both in the U.S. and abroad.
Guest Gary Bell, Artistic Director of Stray Dog Theatre, shares everything from the history of their unusual name to their work in creating a unique venue for local performers.
Guest Larry Perlmutter, Communications & Development Manager of Rise, talks the importance of the arts to community revitalization and the upcoming Rise UP Festival in downtown St. Louis.
Guest Nadia Ghasedi, Associate University Librarian of Special Collections at Washington University's Olin Library, shares some of the many hidden gems of the library's collection and discusses collaborative efforts such as the Henry Hampton Film Series.
Guest Bob Bennett, Artistic Director of Jazz Saint Louis, details upcoming musical performances in their newly remodeled performance venue, tells us what visiting musicians think of the St. Louis arts & music scene, and discusses the jazz education programs that are available in their facility.
Guest Bill Streeter, filmmaker, talks about how our beer-making history is repeating itself and his work on documenting it in his upcoming film "St. Louis Brews". Information about his other video works, including Lo-Fi Cherokee and the award winning film "Brick by Chance and Fortune", can be found by visiting the Hydraulic Pictures website.
Guest Melissa Whitwam, Executive Director of the Foundry Art Centre discusses upcoming events at the Centre, gives a bit of history about the organization, and shares the similarities between running an arts organization and working on her own art.
Guest Elizabeth Link, Executive Director of Edwardsville Arts Center, discusses the mission of the center, upcoming events, and how their group hopes to bring arts education to children in an era of school budget cuts.
Guest Jack Lane, Executive Producer of Stages St. Louis, discusses the 30th anniversary of the organization and their work with bringing musical theater to the already rich performing arts scene in St. Louis.
Guest Rob Endicott, President of the Board of Directors for the National Blues Museum, discusses highlights of the newly opened museum, important local blues musicians, and St. Louis' place in blues history.
Guest Kim Eberlein, co-chair of Sing for Siteman discusses how this event uses the power of opera to fight cancer.
Guest Meridith McKinley, Board Chair, Critical Mass for the Visual Arts, discusses public art in St. Louis and the new Public Works Project with the help of artist Jessica Witte whose piece "Seed the Change" was the first work selected for this new endeavor.
Guest DeBorah Ahmed, Executive Director of Better Family Life Cultural Center, discusses programs that the Center offers including the annual Black Dance festival and the Voices of Congo Square concert.
Guest Harvey Lockhart, Director & Founder of the North County Big Band discusses his current musical projects and the rewards of helping local students to achieve musical success.
Guest Cindy Proust, President of Arts and Education Council, discusses supporting and incubating area arts organizations, local community events, and how St. Louis compares to other cities.
Chris discusses many of the new things happening in and around Grand Center, including The Dark Room, the debut of the Grand Center weekly Jazz crawl, and the new Zack arts incubator, as well as what's new and happening in Grand Center.
Ruth Reese discusses her collaborations and her recent projectinvolving masks.
Her gallery can be found online: TheReese Gallery
Nancy speaks with casting director and acting coach Carrie Houk about the Tennessee Williams festival, coming to St. Louis.