The combined IQ of St. Louis is expected to rise this week, as the city welcomes some of the greatest chess players from around the world. They're here for the Sinquefield Cup, a tournament that's being held at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center in the Central West End. Competition begins today and runs though Sunday, with the top player taking home $70,000. The Sinquefield Cup is named after the sport's main benefactor in St. Louis, Rex Sinquefield, who is credited with turning the city in a worldwide chess hub.
The St. Louis Art Fair kicks off Friday night in downtown Clayton. It's the 20th anniversary of the event, featuring art and artists from around the country. The fair received over 1,400 submissions this year from artists hoping to set up a booth. A jury trimmed that number down to 150, bringing the total number of artists on display to 181. Keep an eye out for the KTRS booth in front of Starbucks and come say hello to your favorite KTRS personalities.
ART FAIR SCHEDULE:
Friday: 5-10 p.m. Saturday: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
September is Emergency Preparedness Month and Metro Transit is teaming up with the Red Cross to offer the public tips on how to survive an emergency. Representatives from both organizations were handing out emergency pamphlets to commuters at the Shrewsbury Metrolink station Thursday. Metro spokeswoman Patti Beck says being prepared is the key to surviving an emergency...
"You need to be prepared for anything," Beck said. "From fire, flooding, earthquake, tornado...anything and everything. There could be a chemical spill or even a hazardous waste spill."
The Red Cross suggests keeping an emergency kit handy, stocked with water, food, flashlights, medications, blankets, and of course...a batter-powered radio.