Friday, March 08, 2013

So What: Local News, Notes & Links

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

* Singer and former East St. Louisan Phil Perry (pictured) has a new album called Say Yes on Shanachie Records.

* Drummer and St. Louis native Mark Colenburg, now working with acclaimed pianist Robert Glasper's band, is starring in a new promotional video for Vater drumsticks.

* While in town last week to perform at Jazz at the Bistro, singer Kurt Elling was interviewed on KWMU's "Cityscape" program.

* The St Louis Low Brass Collective has posted on Facebook an album of photos from trombonist's Jim Pugh's performance last week here at Maryville University.

* St. Louis' new classical music radio station, founded by a group of former KFUO staffers, supporters and others known as the Radio Arts Foundation, has received FCC approval to begin broadcasting on Monday, April 8. The station will be available via a low-power signal at 107.3 FM; on HD radio at KIHT-HD2 (96.3 FM); and as an online audio stream. The Post-Dispatch's classical music writer Sarah Bryan Miller has more here.

* Also in the Post, pop music writer Kevin Johnson notes the five-year anniversary of music venue The Gramophone.

* At a meeting at The Sheldon on Monday night, the Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis announced the results of last year's Artists Count survey and some new grant programs for individual artists. Starting later this year, RAC will award 10 $20,000 fellowships per year to area artists, hoping to provide "a financial endowment and investment in the careers of the selected artists and in the cultural vibrancy of the region." RAC also will invest another $75,000 into support grants of $500 to $3,000 to fund specific projects and needs of individual artists. Read more in the agency's news release here (.pdf file).

* And speaking of surveys, the Arcade Building downtown at 812 Olive St is being restored as live/work space for artists, and the developer, Dominium, Inc, is working with a group called PLACE (Projects Linking Art, Community & Environment) to conduct a survey of local creative types, which you can take online here.

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