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Art Beat, the NewsHour Visit St. Louis

This week, Art Beat hit the road. Destination: St. Louis. We’ve spent the last couple of days rounding up stories as part of the NewsHour’s special Spotlight City coverage of St. Louis, which starts Monday. And we found an embarrassment of riches. St. Louis, after all, has produced legendary artists the likes of Tennessee Williams, T.S. Eliot, William Burroughs, Walker Evans, Charles Eames, Miles Davis, Maya Angelou, Josephine Baker, and most recently, hip-hop artist Nelly.

We’ve already seen a St. Louis legend during our visit. At 82, Chuck Berry, father of rock ‘n’ roll, is still strumming his guitar and strutting his stuff every month at Blueberry Hill, an iconic venue. The full report will be here next week, and others, including an interview with poet Carl Phillips and profiles of the Third Degree Glass Factory and the Black Repertory Theater.

We greatly depended on the help of our friends at KETC for suggestions and guidance. KETC produces the series ‘Living St. Louis,’ which covers all kinds of the city’s culture, from food to fine art to interesting shops. You can watch episodes on its blog.

Until Monday, check out these Web sites for more: Art-Patrol has a great roundup of gallery openings and listings; Lo-Fi St. Louis offers a wealth of videos about music acts and visual artists; and 2 Buildings 1 Blog is the joint effort of the Pulitzer Foundation and the Contemporary Art Museum.

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