The Oscar Race is On!

By: Sandra Olmsted When Chris Rook takes the stage on Feb. 28, how many of the nominated films will you have seen and what will be your chances of winning the obligatory “predict the Oscars” game? Although hundreds of films were in official competition for the Academy’s 18 categories for feature films, seeing the films […]


Variety Children’s Theatre

Young people with all levels of abilities get the chance to sing, dance and act in a Broadway style production thanks to Variety Children’s Theatre.



Peter and the Starcatcher

“Peter and the Starcatcher,” a prequel to “Peter Pan” has become a mega hit on Broadway, and the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis.


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HEC-TV takes home multiple EMMY awards

  Award season is upon us and HEC-TV is honored to be adding a few more awards to our already packed shelves here at the studio! We couldn’t have produced quality arts, education and cultural programming without your help and we thank all of our partner organizations for your support. And the winners are… Mid American EMMY Awards […]

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Top 10 things to do in St. Louis in September

This September, don’t miss LouFest in Forest Park, Japanese Festival at the Missouri Botanical Garden, and more. 1. LouFest has arrived, and the heavies on this year’s schedule are really heavies (i.e., The Avett Brothers and Hozier). Nevertheless, the fest has stayed true to its mission to keep local bands on the bill, including Pokey LaFarge, […]

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The Mid-America Emmy nominations have been announced!

ST. LOUIS, MO – HEC-TV wants to thank and congratulate the nominees and nominations for this year’s Mid America Emmy Awards. We are honored to be the home of education, arts and culture in the St. Louis metro area. Congratulations to: Arts/Entertainment – Program Feature Segment Diggin’ the Smash: The Life of a Radio Icon Kara Savio […]


Before you read “Go Set a Watchman,” catch up on “To Kill a Mockingbird” with HEC-TV

Today has long been awaited and it is finally here – the release of Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman! The novel follows an adult Scout Finch who travels from New York to Maycomb, Alabama, to visit her father, Atticus Finch, 20 years after the events in the historically acclaimed novel, To Kill a Mockingbird. Before you dive […]


HEC-TV’s one-on-one conversation with Opera Theatre’s “Richard the Lionheart” cast and crew

If you only know him from Robin Hood, you don’t know the whole story of Richard the Lionheart. Shipwrecked on the way to the Third Crusade, one of England’s bravest kings must disguise himself to protect his future bride and prevent war in a foreign land. But whom can he trust in this all-too-real Game of […]


In the Spotlight: Mustard Seed Theatre

Exploring questions of faith and social justice is the mission of Mustard Seed Theatre. Because there are no easy answers, the theatre group’ goal is to spark c


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Winners of the 2015 St. Louis Theater Circle Awards

ST. LOUIS — Hoots and hollers could be heard from the Center of Creative Arts (COCA) Auditorium Monday night as St. Louis actors and actresses accepted their third annual St. Louis Theater Circle Awards. About 400 people gathered at the award show in order to honor the St. Louis strong theater community and its achievements of 2014. […]

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2015 St. Louis Theater Circle Awards Nominees Announced

  The 2015 St. Louis Theater Circle Award nominees have been announced! The awards, which will be carried live on HEC-TV on, will be presented at COCA in University City on Monday, March 23. The St. Louis Theater Circle is made up of critics who cover live professional theater in St. Louis in different […]

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HEC-TV’s Best of 2014

“We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves.The book is called opportunity and the first chapter is New Year’s Day.” – Edith Pierce The Higher Education Channel had a good year. Nay…a great year. And if we haven’t said it before, we’ll say it again: Thank […]


Cinema St. Louis Announces Lineup for 23rd Annual Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival

ST. LOUIS, MO – The lights are about to go down, and the stars are getting ready to shine. The 23rd Annual Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival (SLIFF) will be held Nov. 13-23. SLIFF will screen 389 films: 89 narrative features, 76 documentary features, and 224 shorts. This year’s festival has 239 screenings/programs, with 69 countries […]


Haunted Fabulous Fox Theatre Tours

ST. LOUIS, MO — This fall, the Fabulous Fox Theatre will offer Ghost Tours which will explore, for the first time, the untold history of the many ghost sightings and unexplained occurrences reported at the Fabulous Fox during its 85-year history. Many St. Louisans have often wondered if any ghostly spirits roam the halls of the […]


Webster University Film Series

Webster University Film Series Presents MADE IN INDIA TIME BANDITS CODE BLACK THE FRESHMAN               MADE IN INDIA will screen Tuesday, September 2 at 7:00PM. TIME BANDITS will screen Wednesday, September 3 at 8:00PM. CODE BLACK will screen Thursday, September 4, Saturday, September 6, and Sunday, September 7 at […]


The Rep Presents A Taste of The Rep with Food Trucks, Live Music and More Aug. 21

ST. LOUIS, MO – The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis (The Rep) and The Rep’s A-Team invite patrons to a special season kick-off with great food, lively entertainment and opportunities to explore the season, make subscription and single ticket purchases and register to win special prizes. A Taste of The Rep will take place outside on the […]


Max & Louie Productions presents Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Dough Wright

ST. LOUIS, MO. – Max & Louie Productions presents Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Dough Wright, leading a post show talkback of his provocative Obie award winning play Quills. Jeffery Mittman, Executive Director of he ACLU of Missouri will be moderating the conversation that will also include the director and actors. The talkback will take place Friday, […]


Webster University Film Series Presents North Star: Mark di Suvero and Evergreen: The Road to Legalization

  ST. LOUIS, MO – Webster University Film Series will debut two new films at the end of July: North Star: Mark di Suvero and Evergreen: The Road to Legalization. North Star is an illuminating portrait of Mark di Suvero, one of the most important sculptors of the 20th century renowned for his formal orchestration […]


50 Things to do with Kids in St. Louis

I have a unique perspective of St. Louis. I was raised in a small town in southern Missouri, where “ain’t” is in fact a word and the local Wal-Mart was the hangout spot due to the lack of attractions in the town. Because of being raised in a small town, I see St. Louis as […]

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2014 Theater Circle Awards: A Success!

  A sea of green engulfed the lobby of the Center of Creative Art’s (COCA) Emerson Theater last night for the 2nd Annual St. Louis Theater Circle Awards. St. Patrick’s Day was put on the backburner as more than 300 actors, actresses, friends and family celebrated local theater and the people in it. The Higher […]


REVIEW: ‘Asperger’s: A High Functioning Musical’ at the St. Lou Fringe Festival

Presented By: Highly Distracted Productions Written By: Erica Kenney The show that was arguably the most-anticipated performance of St. Lou Fringe 2013 lived up to its hype and had Fringe fanatics buzzing around midtown all weekend. Highly Distracted Productions’ “Asperger’s: A High Functioning Musical” made its debut at Kranzberg Black Box on Friday, and quickly […]

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Things to do in the Lou: February 1-3

As always, there are exciting events taking place throughout all of St. Louis’ neighborhoods (shout out to MOBOT and the Annual Orchid Show Opening), but Grand Center is where it is at this weekend. Whether you are interested in music, art or theater, you can find it in the heart of midtown St. Louis this […]


10 Things to do in the Lou this Weekend: January 25-27

Here are 10 things to do this weekend in St. Louis’ art and culture world. Enjoy! 1. Lamar Harris with Dawn Weber Performance Dates: Friday (January 25), 7:30pm & 9:30pm Saturday (January 26), 7:30pm & 9:30pm Jazz at the Bistro Images via Common. Musiq Soulchild. Earth Wind and Fire. If you’ve heard of these […]


5 Things To Do In The Lou This Weekend

We’ve officially made it through the first full work week of 2013! If you had as busy of a week as I did, you’re ready to relax and enjoy the weekend. The forecast doesn’t look pretty, but there are still many exciting events going on in our city’s arts community. I hope you get a […]


This Weekend: Things to do in the Lou

Although it only feels like Wednesday, the weekend is here! The holiday chaos is behind us and we now have time to explore our great city when the work week ends. Here are three things to do in the Lou this weekend: 1. First Friday in Grand Center When this work day comes to a […]


Best of HEC-TV 2012: State of the Arts

HEC-TV’s Emmy Award winning show State of the Arts (SOTA)  is St. Louis’ only program devoted to the region’s vibrant arts community, taking audiences behind the scenes to meet the artists, writers, and performers who call St. Louis home. Since I have only been at HEC for a few months, I asked the incredibly talented SOTA producer […]


Sneak Peek: Impact January 2013

HEC-TV takes pride in creating high-quality programs with thought-provoking elements and the upcoming episode of Impact is no exception! The stories our producers have been working on for the program feature people and organizations that truly make a difference in the St. Louis community. The show airs in January and for the next few weeks I am […]

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Two on the Aisle Celebrates its 50th Episode

Hi There, It’s no secret that St. Louis has a vibrant theater and performing arts environment.  More than 40 professional companies in the metro area have offered theater lovers a wide variety of musical, comedic, seasonal, even outdoor performances for more than 100 years. Bob Wilcox and Gerry Kowarsky are two of St. Louis’ most […]

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