Friday, November 05, 2010

So What: Local News, Notes & Links

Here's the latest wrap-up of links and short local news items of interest that you may have missed:

* Riddle's Penultimate Wine Bar and Cafe (pictured), a mainstay in the U. City Loop area for 25 years, has closed "indefinitely," as reported variously this week by the Riverfront Times, Post-Dispatch and St. Louis magazine. Unfortunately, this means the loss of another local venue for jazz, as Riddle's had featured pianist Ptah Williams as a regular performer on Wednesdays, as well other local groups such as the St. Louis Jazz X-Tet, who recently had ended their long-running Sunday night gig there.

* On a slightly cheerier note, the city of St. Louis and the Grand Center district, home to music venues including Jazz at the Bistro, the Sheldon and the Kranzberg Arts Center, have ended the enforcement of on-street parking meters in the district after 7:00 p.m., reversing a decision made earlier this year to write tickets until 10:00 p.m..

* The fall edition of the St Louis Record Collector Show, which is held four times a year at the American Czech Hall, 4690 Lansdowne at Kingshighway, takes place from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. this Sunday, November 7. A variety of vendors will offer all sorts of media and memorabilia, including LPs, 78s, 45s, CDs, posters, pictures, DVDs, VHS tapes, magazines, ephemera and more.

* PNC Financial Services Group , which recently entered St. Louis by taking over the locations of National City banks, this week offered to donate a total of $1 million to midsize and large St. Louis arts groups over the next two years through its PNC Arts Alive program. Applications for the grants, which will be for $20,000 or more, begin immediately, with winners to be announced in June. Here's hoping that our town's qualifying jazz presenters, such as Jazz St. Louis and the Sheldon, will get a share of the cash.

(Photo of Riddle's from the Riverfront Times.)

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