Friday, August 24, 2012

So What: Local News, Notes & Links

Here's the latest wrap-up of assorted links and short local news items of interest:

* Update - 8/24/12, 12:30 p.m: The HEC-TV program I Love Jazz is looking for audience members for the recording of a performance by Bach to the Future next Tuesday afternoon, August 28 at Focal Point, 2720 Sutton Ave. in Maplewood. Doors open at 4:00 p.m., the show starts at 4:30 and should wrap up by 6:00 p.m. There's no charge to attend, but if interested, you do need to make a reservation by emailing producer Madeline Dames at maddie @

* The St. Louis Beacon this week published a two-part article by Southern Illinois University Carbondale journalism teacher Paul Povse looking at how the legacy of Miles Davis currently is being treated in Alton, where the trumpeter was born, and in East St. Louis, where he grew up.

* Online voting is open for the the Riverfront Times' annual "Best of St. Louis" poll. You can cast your vote for your favorite local bands & musicians, restaurants, attractions, and much more here.

* And speaking of the RFT, this also is the week for the paper's Fall Arts Guide, which includes previews of some upcoming jazz and classical music concerts by writers Ryan Wasoba and Nicole Beckert.

* Jazz St. Louis will present a preview party offering "a behind-the-scenes look at its 2012-13 Jazz at the Bistro Season," at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 6 at the Bistro. Executive director Gene Dobbs Bradford and artistic director Bob Bennett will give a multi-media presentation on the season line-up and how JSL puts together their schedule. The event is free and open to the public, with complimentary hors d’oeuvres, water and tea provided and a cash bar available. If you've like to attend, RSVP by Tuesday, September 4 to JSL's Devin Rodino by calling 314-289-4030 or sending an email to

* Sarah Lebeau & Friends and Miss Jubilee are the winners of the second round in the "Webster's Got Talent" contest to select an opening act for the Allen Avenue Stage at the Old Webster Jazz and Blues Festival on Saturday, September 15. They'll compete against Sarah Jane & The Blue Notes and Ron Wilkerson and Friends in the contest's finale at 7:00 p.m. next Thursday, August 30 at Robbie's House of Jazz.

* Ornette In America, the rare 1985 documentary about saxophonist and composer Ornette Coleman (pictured) by filmmaker Shirley Clarke, will be screened by the Webster University Film Series at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, October 26; Saturday, October 27; and Sunday, October 28. Tickets are $6 for general admission, $5 for seniors, Webster alumni and students from other schools, $4 for Webster University staff and faculty, and free for Webster students with ID.

(Edited after posting.)

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