Cityscape

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Cityscape is produced by Mary Edwards and Alex Heuer and sponsored in part by the Missouri Arts Council, the Regional Arts Commission, and the Arts and Education Council of Greater St. Louis.

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Cityscape
4:25 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

'Unveiled' Discusses Discrimination Against Muslims In Post 9/11 America

Malik Performs "Unveiled"
Credit Courtesy of the Artist

For the last five years, playwright Rohina Malik has performed her one woman play, "Unveiled." The play focuses on the lives of five Muslim women in the wake of 9/11.  She attests her play touches audience members regardless of their background. 

“One after another young, white male college students kept coming up to me personally and saying, thank you so much, it was eye opening,” Malik said about a recent experience performing at an college in Ohio. 

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Cityscape
1:37 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Steve Potter Reflects On The Closing Of St. Louis’ Oldest Gay Bar

Clementine's in Soulard.
Credit (Google Street Image)

Clementine’s, in St. Louis’ Soulard neighborhood, opened in 1978. It is the oldest gay bar in the area.

On Monday, the owners will pour their last drink, and Clementine’s will shut its doors.

The Vital Voice documented how people are reacting to the news.

We have one reflection to add.

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Cityscape
1:36 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Martin Sheen Kicks Off St. Louis Speaker Series

Martin Sheen
Credit via St. Louis Speakers Series

Actor Martin Sheen will kick off this year’s St. Louis Speaker Series on Oct. 7.

“I’m going to reflect on my career as an actor, but also as an activist, as a husband, a father, a grandfather,” Sheen said.

On-screen, Sheen is well-known for “Apocalypse Now,” “Badlands” and “The West Wing.” Producer Alex Heuer talked to Sheen on the 15th anniversary of the debut of “The West Wing.”

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Cityscape
1:30 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

#WithNormandy Concert Organizers Want To Help Community Heal

Timothy O'Leary, left, Duane Foster and Jermaine Smith discuss #WithNormandy, Sunday's community concert at Normandy High School.
Credit Erin Williams / Opera Theatre of Saint Louis

“We are all one in song,” said Duane Foster, which is the idea behind Sunday’s #WithNormandy: A Concert for Peace and Unity.

The Normandy High School Choir, directed by fine arts teacher Foster, will participate in the concert at the school, along with an all-star cast of performers that includes Denyce Graves, Christine Brewer, Julia Bullock, Erika Johnson, Derrell Acon and Jermaine Smith.

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Cityscape
1:24 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

St. Louis Virtuoso Launches Guitar Society Season

Douglas Niedt
Credit David Coblitz

Guitar virtuoso Douglas Niedt never really thought about making a living by playing the guitar; it just happened.

“My dad learned the guitar when he was in the Merchant Marines down in Mexico, Peru, South American countries,” said Niedt, a St. Louis native. “When they went into ports, he would take lessons from whoever was playing the guitar down there.”

When his father returned home, he taught Niedt’s older sister how to play.

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The West Wing
4:34 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

‘West Wing’ Star Martin Sheen Looks Back 15 Years Later

Martin Sheen
Credit via St. Louis Speakers Series

On Sept. 22, 1999, a drama about life in the West Wing of the White House debuted on NBC.

In advance of his appearance in St. Louis in October, actor Martin Sheen, who played President Josiah (Jed) Bartlet, reflected on the legacy of The West Wing and its effect on him.

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Cityscape
3:35 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

‘Lovely Friendship’ Backbone To Album

Elizabeth Futral
Credit K Cadel / Colbert Artists Management

Soprano Elizabeth Futral and composer Philip Lasser can thank pianist Margo Garrett for their friendship, which spans nearly a decade.

“There was a third party that gave my songs to Elizabeth,” Lasser said. “Then as fate would have it, she was collaborating with Margo Garrett, who happens to be a colleague of mine at Juilliard and who had a studio at the time right across the hall from my studio. We met over these songs.”

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Cityscape
1:31 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Thousands Expected For Jazz And Blues Festival

Thousands are expected to attend Saturday's Old Webster Jazz and Blues Festival.
Credit Courtesy Old Webster Jazz and Blues Festival

Webster Groves’ largest music festival returns for a 14th year Saturday.

“Great musicians continue to develop here, and it’s really wonderful to give them a chance to get exposure on a big stage in front of up to about 12-, 13,000 people every year,” said Terry Perkins, the festival’s music director.

Streets will be closed and performances will take place on two stages at Allen and South Gore avenues, just north of Lockwood Avenue. The festival starts at noon.

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Cityscape
1:29 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Rep Opens Season With Larger-Than-Life Comedy

Raymond McAnally stars as as Francis Henshall with Jack Fellows as Stanley Stubbers in the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis' "One Man, Two Guvnors."
Credit Jerry Naunheim Jr. / The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis

“One Man, Two Guvnors” is part British comedy, part chaos.

“It runs like a mix between rock ’n’ roll show and a bit stand-up comedy and improv because there is so much audience interaction and there are so many wild cards,” said Raymond McAnally, who stars in the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis production.

McAnally plays Francis Henshall, a man who has taken on two jobs for two different bosses, or “guvnors.”

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Cityscape
2:56 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Shakespeare In The Streets Finds Inspiration In Desegregation Program

The third annual Shakespeare in the Streets starts Sept. 16.
Credit Shakespeare in the Streets

Each Shakespeare in the Streets production starts the same way: Interviewing people in the community where the play will be performed.

“We never know what play we’re going to adapt; we never know what we’re going to find,” playwright Nancy Bell said. This is the third year for the Shakespeare Festival St. Louis program.

“We find out why (residents) live there, why they came, why they left and what they want,” director Alec Wild said. This year, those interviews led to Clayton High School.

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