Arts & Culture

Arts & Culture

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Ever been in a sticky situation? We all have. But probably none as sticky as the Great Molasses Flood, sometimes called the Molasses Massacre, which hit Boston in 1919.

The tragedy occurred when over 2 million gallons of molasses stored in a 50-foot tall tank at the Purity Distilling Company burst forth, when the temperature rose from below zero one day to 40 degrees the next.

A wall of molasses estimated to be as high as 30 feet swept down Boston's Atlantic Avenue at the rate of 25-35 miles per hour, engulfing everything in its path.

Visit Cape

Visit with volunteers at staff at the Nature Center on Thursday, January 11 from 1-2 p.m. as they feed the reptiles, amphibians and fish. Also at the Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center, expand your skills beyond leaf identification and discover what other features can be used to identify tree species at Winter Tree ID on Saturday, January 13 from 1-3 p.m. After all, you don’t know a tree until you see it leafless!

j. carl brown / KRCU

This week we hear from the Algerian Tuareg rock band Imarhan. We’ll also hear from Panduranga Henderson, who put out spiritual music under the tutelage of Alice Coltrane, plus new music from Wild Child, Dream Wife and more. 

Southeast Missouri State University

Happy New Year! As 2018 begins, I encourage you to make one of your New Year’s resolutions visiting the River Campus and all it has to offer.

Red Velvet Cake

Jan 1, 2018
flickr user Dan Costin (

The non-violent overthrow of Czechoslovakia's communist government in 1999 was called the Velvet Revolution; growing up in St. Louis, the preferred ice cream of my youth was called Velvet Freeze; and the late crooner Mel Torme was called the Velvet Fog (or to those who weren't fans, the Velvet Frog.)

But to me the most deserving object of the designation "velvet" is red velvet cake -- a rich relative of devil's food cake only with a distinctive red color and frosted with white icing for contrast.