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Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives

Watch our exclusive interview with Grammy award winner Marty Stuart as he previews his upcoming festival concert at Sheldon Concert Hall on October 5 at 8 p.m.

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Reviews of Lion King, Das Rheingold, and others: August 23, 2012

Gerry Kowarsky and guest host Mark Bretz discuss the Louies after Gerry and Mark review (1) THE LION KING, by Elton John, Tim Rice, et al., at the Fox Theatre, (2) DAS RHEINGOLD, by Richard Wagner, at Union Avenue Opera, (3) THE COMPLEAT WKS OF WILLM SHKSPER (ABRIDGED), by the Reduced Shakespeare Co., at St. Louis Shakespeare, (4) BARBARA FASANO & ERIC COMSTOCK, at the St. Louis Cabaret Festival, (5) RICK JENSEN, at the St. Louis Cabaret Festival, and (6) JASON GRAAE, at the St. Louis Cabaret Festival.

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American Arts Experience, Saint Louis, September 2012

A special episode of State of the Arts takes you backstage and behind the scenes as hundreds of regional artists prepare for the third annual American Arts-St. Louis Festival. Our cameras follow choreographers, artists, curators, and musicians as they create work sure to delight crowds during 17 days of nonstop art from October 5-21. HEC-TV is proud to be a major media partner of the American Arts Experience-St. Louis Festival.

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I am Curious. Yellow?

The intrepid IASLT I-Team (can one person be a “team?”), investigates one of St. Louis’ most pressing peeves.

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hip hOZ

Watch as COCA's cast prepares for a hip hop journey down the yellow brick road. "Hip hOZ" puts a new twist on the beloved classic story. Brenda Madden fills us in on this family-friendly festival production.

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American Arts Experience Promo

Celebrate the arts as the American Arts Experience-St. Louis fills performance spaces, museums, and galleries with dozens of events that showcase the best of our artistic heritage.

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Hot, Hot, Hot…’Round And ‘Round And ‘Round

The velocipedes circle the velodrome in north St. Louis…

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Reviews of Sound of Music, King and I, Aida, and others: August 9, 2012

Bob Wilcox and Gerry Kowarsky review (1) THE SOUND OF MUSIC, by Rodgers & Hammerstein and Lindsay & Crouse, at Stages St. Louis, (2) THE KING AND I, by Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein II, at The Muny, (3) THE GREAT AMERICAN TRAILER PARK MUSICAL, by David Nehls & Betsy Kelso, at Stray Dog Theatre, (4) AIDA, by Elton John & Tim Rice, Linda Woolverton & Robert Falls & David Henry Hwang, at Take Two Productions, (5) PIRATES! (OR, GILBERT & SULLIVAN PLUNDER’D), by W.S. Gilbert, Arthur Sullivan, & Nell Benjamin, at The Muny, (6) THE SOUND OF MUSIC, by Rodgers & Hammerstein and Lindsay & Crouse, at The Over Due Theatre Co., and (7) COMPANY, by Stephen Sondheim & George Furth, at Hawthorne Players.

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Reggie and Mardra Thomas Hit All the Right Notes, August 2012

Host Don Wolff from Bar 360 in the Ballpark Hilton brings us the husband and wife duo of pianist Reggie and vocalist Mardra Thomas, the trombone is described and the U City Jazz Festival.

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Reviews of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Dreamgirls, Coriolanus, and others: July 26, 2012

Washington U. lecturer Sean Savoie discusses lighting design with hosts Bob Wilcox and Gerry Kowarsky after Bob and Gerry review (1) JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT, by Andrew Lloyd Webber & Tim Rice, at The Muny, (2) DREAMGIRLS, by Henry Krieger & Tom Eyen, at The Muny, (3) CORIOLANUS, by William Shakespeare, at St. Louis Shakespeare, and (4) THE WIZARD OF OZ, by L. Frank Baum, John Kane, Harold Arlen & E.Y. Harburg, at Family Musical Theatre.

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Jim Manley, Live at Jimmy’s On The Park, June 2012

Cordell Whitlock visits Robbies House of Jazz and interviews Trumpeter Jim Manley including live performance. "Jazz Gem" features 1990 performance of LaRosa's- America's Youngest Jazz Band.

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Reviews of Disney’s Aladdin, Fox on the Fairway, and Un Ballo in Maschera: July 12, 2012

Bob Wilcox and Gerry Kowarsky interview Kristen Edler and Anne Marie Moore of OnSite Theatre Company after reviewing (1) DISNEY’S ALADDIN, by Howard Ashman, Jeffrey Katzenberg, et al., at The Muny, (2) THE FOX ON THE FAIRWAY, by Ken Ludwig,  at insight Theatre Co., and (3) UN BALLO IN MASCHERA, by Giuseppe Verdi, at Union Avenue Opera.

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Reviews of Chicago, Jungle Book, Brooklyn Bagatelle, and others: June, 28, 2012

Bob Wilcox and Gerry Kowarsky review (1) CHICAGO, by John Kander, Fred Ebb, & Bob Fosse, at The Muny, (2) DISNEY’S THE JUNGLE BOOK, by Richard M. & Robert B. Sherman, Terry Gilkyson, & Marcy Heisler, at Stages St. Louis, (3) BOWLING EPIPHANY — THE REVIVAL!, by Carter Lewis & Dan Rubin, at OnSite Theatre Co., (4) BROOKLYN BAGATELLE, by Neville Mur, at First Run Theatre, (5) ALICE IN WONDERLAND, by Unsuk Chin & David Henry Hwang, at Opera Theatre of St. Louis, (6) THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE, by Richard Morris, Dick Scanlan, & Jeanine Tesori, at The Muny, and (7) AND THE WORLD GOES ROUND, by John Kander
& Fred Ebb, at Insight Theatre Co.

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Part 4, 2012

A film festival in St. Louis had some talented actors, directors, editors and producers walking down the red carpet…they just happen to all be high school seniors or younger. The youngest are just five-years-old! Take a look around this special event put on by the Parkway School District and, in this episode, watch dozens of the secondary students' impressive films in their entirety.

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Part 3, 2012

A film festival in St. Louis in Parkway School District

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Reviews of Ain’t Misbehavin’, Cosi Fan Tutte, Circles, and others: June 14, 2012

1) AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’, by Murray Horwitz, Richard Maltby, Jr., et al., at Stages St. Louis (2) COSI FAN TUTTE, by W. A. Mozart & Lorenzo Da Ponte, at Opera Theatre of St. Louis (3) THE WIZARD, at Circus Flora (4) HIGH FIDELITY, by Tom Kitt, Amanda Green, & David Lindsay-Abaire, at New Line Theatre (5) 9 CIRCLES, by Bill Cain, at R-S Theatrics (6) TRAVELS WITH MY AUNT, by Graham Greene, adapted by Giles Havergal, at ACT Inc. (7) THE DAMASK CHEEK, by John Van Druten & Lloyd Morris, at ACT Inc.

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Missouri Botanical Garden Light Festival, July 2012

The spectacular Lantern Festival at Missouri Botanical Garden is the backdrop for this episode of State of the Arts, as we take you behind the scenes and into the studios of our region's creative artists and performers.

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Part 2, 2012

in this episode, watch dozens of the elementary students' impressive films in their entirety.

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Reviews of Othello, Insidious, Sweeny Todd, and others: May 31, 2012

St. Louis’ own Shakespeare Festival and Opera Theater are among the productions reviewed by HEC-TV Theater reviewers Bob Wilcox and Gerry Kowarsky.

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Episode 68

Playback episodes consist of compilations of student films from Webster University.

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Part 1, 2012

A film festival in St. Louis had some talented actors, directors, editors and producers walking down the red carpet…they just happen to all be high school seniors or younger. The youngest are just five-years-old! Take a look around this special event put on by the Parkway School District and, in this episode, watch dozens of the elementary students' impressive films in their entirety.

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Episode 67

Playback episodes consist of compilations of student films from Webster University.

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Episode 66

Playback episodes consist of compilations of student films from Webster University.

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Reviews of Burn This, Jacob and Jack, The New Century, and others: May 17, 2012

Theater reviewers Bob Wilcox and Gerry Kowarsky provide opinions as they visit week's theater offerings in St. Louis including Mary Poppins and Star Trek: Live! plus much more.

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The Magic Grove

dance-drama is based on a Jain fable and incorporates the pageantry of Traditional Indian Dance.

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Going Green: Back to Nature

Importance of watersheds and what we can do to protect them, a lab activity to test stream water for macro invertebrates and water quality at the Little Creek Nature Area, Florissant, MO.

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2012

FOCUS St. Louis’ What’s Right with the Region! (WRWR) awards celebration recognizes success stories from throughout the greater St. Louis region. 

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Reviews of Memphis, Angels in America, Vinegar Tom, and others: May 3, 2012

Bob Wilcox and Gerry Kowarsky review St. Louis theater including Memphis at the Fox Theater plus reviews from Shakespeare to Oscar Wilde and everything in between.

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Episode 65

Playback episodes consist of compilations of student films from Webster University.

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Episode 64

Playback episodes consist of compilations of student films from Webster University.

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Episode 63

Playback episodes consist of compilations of student films from Webster University.

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Episode 62

Playback episodes consist of compilations of student films from Webster University.

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Episode 61

Playback episodes consist of compilations of student films from Webster University.

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Episode 60

Playback episodes consist of compilations of student films from Webster University.

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Episode 59

Playback episodes consist of compilations of student films from Webster University.

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Episode 58

Playback episodes consist of compilations of student films from Webster University.

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Episode 57

Playback episodes consist of compilations of student films from Webster University.

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Episode 56

Playback episodes consist of compilations of student films from Webster University.

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Episode 55

Playback episodes consist of compilations of student films from Webster University.

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Reviews of Killer Joe, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Winter’s Tale, and others: April 19, 2012

Guest Host Mark Bretz joins Gerry Kowarsky for April 19th tour and reviews of the best of St. Louis Theater.

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Operatic High Notes on the Hill, and Filmmakers with a Focus, May 2012

Visit to Craft Alliance, meet new Executive producer at the Muny Mike Isaacson, see where new plays get their start and a unique performance at Pulitizer foundation.

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Reviews of Bring It On, Fiddler on the Roof, and others: April 4, 2012

Bob Wilcox and Gerry Kowarsky review Fiddler on the Roof at the Peabody OPera House along with Bring it On at the Fox plus much more from April 4th Two on the Aisle.

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Don and Alicia Cunningham, April 2012

Don Wolff visits Sheldon Concert Hall and Art Galleries in St. Louis with interviews and performances from Don and Alicia Cunningham. Also visits Becky Thatcher for Jazz on the river.

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Contemporary Icons: Recent Art from Bulgaria

Students, alumni, faculty and friends stood shoulder-to-shoulder as they crowded the hallways of the Visual Arts Studio for the latest exhibit "Contemporary Icons: Recent Art from Bulgaria." Host Tim Gore spoke with Jeffrey Hughes, Ph.D.  Professor of Art History and Criticism, as he explained the significance of the exhibit. Interviews with the artists and other dignitaries rounded out this exciting evening.

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An Inside Look at a TV Show: Behind the Scenes of HEC-TV

Want to know what it's like to put on a live TV show? Want a behind the scenes look at the equipment and technology? Want to ask questions of producers, camera people, directors, sound and lighting technicians? Then join us for this "inside look."

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Reviews of Comedy of Errors, Invisible Hand, Glass Menagerie, and others: March 22, 2012

March 22nd reviews from St. Louis theater by Bob Wilcox and Gerry Kowarsky includes Shakespeare at the St. Louis Rep and many more theater productions from Kirkwood to New Jewish Theater.

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Reviews of Glass Menagerie, Cry Baby, La Boheme, and others: March 8, 2012

Two on the Aisle reviews theater at the Peabody Opera House, New Line Theater and A Festival of Short Lesbian and Gay Plays, at That Uppity Theatre Co. & Vital VOICE Media.

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Two On the Aisle Open

A biweekly look at St. Louis theatre hosted by veteran critics Bob Wilcox and Gerry Kowarsky. The program features reviews of local and touring productions, interviews with people active in the theatre, and a calendar of upcoming shows.

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Peabody Opera House & More, March 2012

Backstage at the newly renovated Peabody Opera House with host Paul Schankman, St. Louis Symphony, Ron Himes of the Black Rep and more State of the Arts

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Reviews of Race, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Maids, and others: February 23, 2012

Bob Wilcox and Gerry Kowarsky review this weeks theater in St. Louis from West Side Story at the Fox to Shakespeare at the Black Rep and much more

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Rhythm Guitar, February 2012

Viewers may be surprised to find out that the guitar can be used as a percussive instrument. Phil Dunlap and his guest, Rick Haydon, Professor of Music at SIU-E discuss this concept as well as the relationship of rhythm guitar to Big Band Music. Watch as Haydon demonstrates some of Freddy Green’s most famous guitar licks.

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Sustainability in St. Louis

Sustainability is the ability to meet present needs without compromising the ability to meet future needs. This episode of Liquid Light looks into the efforts of Sustainability in St. Louis.

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Reviews of A Steady Rain, Doubt: A Parable, Avenue Q, and others: January 26, 2012

January 26th St. Louis theater reviews from Bob Wilcox and Gerry Kowarsky. Join them for their opinions of the best of theater around St Louis

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Inside the Artist’s Studio: Battledrum, Drummer Boys and Civil War

Metro Theater Company and historians from the Missouri Historical Society produce play, “Battledrum.”

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A Conversation WithArtsBusinessCommunity

Fred Bronstein

Innovative programming and outreach initiatives by Fred Bronstein, President and Chief Executive Officer of the St. Louis Symphony have positive results.

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Reviews of Sunday in the Park with George, On Golden Pond, and others: January 12, 2012

Bob Wilcox and Gerry Kowarsky theater reviews January 12, 2012 from Sondheim at the Rep to On Golden Pond at the Black Rep watch Two on the Aisle before you go.

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Mikado

The St. Louis Beacon presents the Mikado for its 3rd annual fund raiser that was held January 1, 2012.

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“Best of the Year” Host Choice Reviews Revisited: December 29, 2011

Bob Wilcox and Gerry Kowarsky’s favorite reveiws. Best of 2011 in St. Louis Theater.

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Spared!

Two places right down bowlers alleys.

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Of No Use Whatsoever

And they’re still here!  Isn’t that great?!?!?

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Reviews of Last Night of Ballyhoo, Adventures of Tom Sawyer, and others: December 15, 2011

Bob Wilcox and Gerry Kowarsky review St.Louis theater for December 15, 2011including Dr. Suess’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas at the Peabody and much more

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Let’s Get Small(est)

It's not just the horses that are surprising, it's WHERE they are….

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Symphonic Healing, Classical Music Changes Lives, & Small World-Miniature Artists, December 2011

Art St. Louis and an interview by host Paul Schankman with Chandler Branch, obituary for Bob Cassily of City Museum, Stray Dog Theater and much more

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The Rich Haydon Quartet, and Stanley Clarke, February 2012

Highlights of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s Jazz programs. Building Blocks of Jazz with Phil Dunlap and rhythm guitar in Jazz. Interview with Stanley Clarke

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St. Louis Veterans Day State Service, 2011

Honor America’s Veterans by joining us for the State Service featuring a performance by national recording artist, SSgt. Brain Owens of Missouri Air National Guard Band, Sidewinder and St. Louis Symphony Orchestra musicians.

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Reviews of Godspell, Black Nativity, Same Time Next Year, and others: December 1, 2011

From Webster Univ Conservatory to the Black Rep, Bob Wilcox and Gerry Kowarsky review the best of St. Louis theater for Decmber 1, 2011

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Special Archives Edition of Unreleased Performances from 2011 Season, November 2011

Exclusive interview with jazz bassist great Stanley Clarke and archives never before aired, Freddy Cole, Bosman twins, Kim Massie

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Celebrating Native American Heritage Month: Sustaining Culture, Sustaining Environment – Afternoon Program

Learn how Native Americans sustain their culture through song, dance, pow wows and oral history.

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Reviews of Palmer Park, Hit-Story, Cannibal! and others: November 17, 2011

Bob Wilcox and Gerry Kowarsky review the best of St. Louis Theater for Novenber 17, 2011.

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An Evening with Mario Vargas Llosa

Nobel prize winner Mario Vargas Llosa will receive the Saint Louis University Literary Award. LLosa, a prolific author, was awarded the 2010 Nobel Prize in Literature. He is considered one of the most influential Latin American novelists of his time he is also an acclaimed essayist and journalist.

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Jazz Reach: Miles Davis

This exciting all new live multi-media program, presented by JazzReach at the Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center, celebrates the legacy of the great Miles Davis.

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Reviews of Wizard of Oz, and two others, and Interview of Christina Rios and Mark Kelley: November 3, 2011

Bob Wilcox and Gerry Kowarsky interview actors Christina Rios and Mark Kelley along with theater reviews from November 3, 2011.

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Reviews of the Who’s Tommy, God of Carnage, Hairspray, and others: October 20, 2011

Bob Wilcox and Gerry Kowarsky review (1) THE WHO’S TOMMY, by PeteTownshend, Des McAnuff, John Entwistle & Keith Moon, at Stray Dog Theatre, (2) GOD OF CARNAGE, by Yasmina Reza, at the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, (3) HAIRSPRAY: THE MUSICAL, by John Waters et al., at The Black Rep & Washington Univ., (4) BLOOD WEDDING, by Federico Garcia Lorca, at Upstream Theater, (5) JUST A SONG AT TWILIGHT, book by Chuck Lavazzi, at West End Players Guild, (6) NUTS, by Tom Topor, at St. Louis Actors’ Studio, and (7) SPECTRUM 2011, by various playwrights, at First Run Theatre.

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Like James T. West and Monty Burns . . .

You too can have a posh 85-foot yacht on rails.

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More Cathedrals Than in Rome

St. Louis' #1 radio station signs off

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The Musical Brain of David Robertson

Is the Musical Brain a myth or a fact? Are there identifiable, distinguishable differences in the brain of a master musician compared to the musically naive brain of a scientist? The results of a unique scientific experiment offers some unusual evidence to answer those questions in this episode of HEC-TV Presents.

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Reviews of Addams Family, Henry V, Top Girls, and others: October 6, 2011

Bob Wilcox and Gerry Kowarsky review theater in St. Louis from October 6, 2011 including The Adams Family at the Fox.

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Inside the Artist’s Studio: MAD About Dancing – Disconnect

MADCO, Modern American Dance Company, teaches how Disconnect was created.

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September 2011

St. Louis Symphony President/CEO Fred Bronstein and Music Director David Robertson discuss the current state of the Symphony and the 2011-2012 season during a special town Hall Meeting, held at Powell Hall.

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It’s Madness!!! Pure Madness!!!

Let's go to the movies…but make it short.

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Constitution Day 2011: Powers of the President

Join our panel of Presidential scholars and advisors for a vibrant and insightful discussion on the history and execution of Presidential powers exploring how and why Presidents make decisions, the application of and implications on the Constitution from those decisions, and the far ranging impacts of those decisions. This event will be aired live from the Ulysses S. National Historic Site, where the 18th President lived and met his wife, Julia.

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Constitution Day 2011: Powers of the President

Join our panel of Presidential scholars and advisors for a vibrant and insightful discussion on the history and execution of Presidential powers exploring how and why Presidents make decisions, the application of and implications on the Constitution from those decisions, and the far ranging impacts of those decisions. This event will be aired live from the Ulysses S. National Historic Site, where the 18th President lived and met his wife, Julia.

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Reviews of Red, Victor/Victoria, End Days, and others: September 22, 2011

Bob Wilcox and Gerry Kowarsky review RED at the Rep Theatre of St. Louis and VICTOR/VICTORIA, by Henry Mancini at Stages St. Louis and much more from September 22, 2011.

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Weiss/Manfredi Team

Weiss/Manfredi, Architecture/Site Design/Urbanism, of New York

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What IS That Place?

You’ve seen it, you’ve wondered about it, watch and you STILL won’t know.

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Reviews of Falling, The Guys, Born Bad and Interviews with Deborah Sharn and Seth Gordon: September 8, 2011

Gerry Kowarsky and guest host Mark Bretz interview Deborah Sharn and Seth Gordon of the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis and review St. Louis Theater from September 8, 2011.

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Bucky Pizzarelli & Tony DeSare Perform Together at The Sheldon Concert Hall, September 2011

This episode features a musical performance and interviews with guests Jazz vocalist, pianist and composer Tony DeSare and the 85-year-young 7 string guitar legend Bucky Pizzarelli

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Bass, September 2011

Phil Dunlap and his guest Nick Jost discuss the basics of the bass. They’ll demonstrate the acoustic and the electric bass, and clue you in as to who was the pioneer of pizzicato.

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A Sound Mind

Meet the man behind the big concert sound of rock legends such as The Who, Grateful Dead and Joe Walsh, sound engineer Bob Heil. Award winning segment of State of the Arts.

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An Evening With David Halen and Friends Live, September 2011

St. Louis Symphony concertmaster David Halen invites musical friends to help kick-off the second annual American Arts Experience-St. Louis.  This exciting multi-media event will also highlight events and organizations participating in the American Arts Experience-St. Louis festival.

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Nature Abhors A….

…but they love, love, LOVE them here.

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Reviews of Secret Garden, Bye Bye Birdie, and others: August 11, 2011

Bob Wlicox and Gerry Kowarsky’s theater reviews from August 11, 2011 include two shows from the Muny

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American Idol in StL, Frank Lloyd Wright House at Epsworth Park, & Dog Days of Summer at Laumeier Sculpture Park, August 2011

The newest episode of State of the Arts comes to you from Grand Center, St. Louis’ arts and entertainment district. Big changes are in the works for this lively district. Watch this episode to learn about the “Grand Plan.”

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