Cityscape

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Join Steve Potter every Friday for a discussion of local arts and cultural events.

To call in during the noon broadcast call (314) 382-TALK (8255) or e-mail talk@stlpublicradio.org.

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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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'Wizard of Oz'
3:36 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Could Your Fido Be The Next Toto, Too? SIUE Seeks Four-Legged 'Wizard Of Oz' Star

Is your dog headed for a career in theater?
Credit Kelsey Proud

Originally published Monday, April 14. Updated Friday, April 18 after Cityscape to include audio from the show and the Name the Dog quiz.

Does your dog enjoy the spotlight? Can he or she endure a few flying monkeys and a simulated tornado?

Congratulations – you may be the proud pet parent of not only a special pup but the next Toto, too. Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is seeking a dog to play Dorothy’s canine sidekick in its summer production of “The Wizard of Oz.”

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Cityscape
12:13 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Missouri History Museum And Ste. Genevieve Offer Views Of French Colonial St. Louis

St. Louis scene by Anna Maria von Phul, circa 1818.
Courtesy Missouri History Museum

Last month, St. Louis Public Radio reported on the discovery of the first physical evidence of the French Colonial settlers in St. Louis at the Poplar Street Bridge. In response, the Missouri History Museum wrote a post on its History Happens Here blog about works in their collection that demonstrate life in French Colonial St. Louis. The historic town of Ste. Genevieve, Mo.

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Cityscape
12:05 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Cooking For The Cardinals, Making Hospital Food Palatable: Chefs Who Work Outside The Restaurant

A Korean-inspired dish from Simon Lusky's Athlete Eats.
St. Louis Public Radio / Kelsey Proud

In our monthly Soundbites segment in partnership with Sauce Magazine, host Steve Potter spoke with the magazine’s executive editor Ligaya Figueras and two local chefs whose work takes them outside of the restaurant: nutrition specialist for the St. Louis Cardinals Simon Lusky and SSM DePaul Health Center sous chef Kore Wilbert. Lusky also is co-owner Athlete Eats, a small business that started out cooking for pro athletes in the off-season and now includes a restaurant on Cherokee Street.

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Cityscape
11:54 am
Fri April 18, 2014

St. Louis’ Brian Owens Continues Masters Series With The Music Of Ray Charles

Credit (Courtesy Brian Owens)

St. Louis vocalist Brian Owens continues his Masters Series with the music of Ray Charles Friday, April 18 at the Sheldon. 

“I’ve always been enamored with, not just covering certain musicians, but really preserving their music. Folks like Sam Cooke and Marvin Gaye, I just don’t hear their music a lot performed live with original charts and different things like that anymore, so that … spawned the desire to want to cover these musicians in a setting that was more of a concert setting,” said Owens of the series.

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Cityscape
11:53 am
Fri April 18, 2014

St. Louis Low Brass Collective To Feature Symphony, Air Force Band Members

2012 Low Brass Spectacular
Credit Ray Meibaum

The St. Louis Low Brass Collective Showcase is coming up next week at the Sheldon. Performers in the showcase will include members of the St. Louis Symphony as well as members of the United States Air Force Band of Mid-America.

One highlight of the performance will be a set of jazz duets, said low brass collective member Gerry Pagano, who also plays bass trombone for the St. Louis Symphony. And for the first time, a wind quintet will join the low brass instruments on stage.

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Cityscape
12:07 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Artist Won Ju Lim Explores Themes Of Privacy And Paranoia In Exhibit At Saint Louis Art Museum

In My Absence by Won Ju Lim

A new exhibit by installation artist Won Ju Lim opened Friday, April 11 at the Saint Louis Art Museum. A mix of sculpture, photography, film and drawings, her exhibition “Currents 108: Raycraft is Dead” is an exploration of privacy and paranoia that was inspired by personal experience with a nosy neighbor.

Lim was an architect before she became an artist, and her work reflects a continued fascination with the field, particularly the psychology of space.  As an artist she is not limited by practicalities such as building codes and can instead focus on broader ideas.

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Cityscape
12:01 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

St. Louis Poetry Center Hosts Reading Of Famed Welsh Poet

Dylan Thomas
Credit Johann Stalling

If Welsh poet Dylan Thomas were still alive, he would be one hundred years old this year. Instead, he died in 1952 at the age of 39. Despite his early death, his poetry had significant impact. Ironically, many of his most famous poems deal with the death that came too soon to him, from “Do Not Go Gentle Into that Good Night” to “And Death Had No Dominion.”

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Cityscape
11:57 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Broadway’s ‘Once’ Breaks With Musical Tradition, Tour Stops In St. Louis

Stuart Ward and Dani de Waal from the ONCE Tour Company
Joan Marcus Courtesy Fox Theatre

The touring company of Broadway musical “Once” has made its way to St. Louis. As a musical based on a movie based on the music and life of Dublin musician Glenn Hansard, the show is not your average Broadway show.

For one, it begins by inviting the audience up on stage (for more on that read Nancy Fowler’s reflection on the show). For another, the cast doubles as the orchestra – no musicians sitting in a pit for this show.

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Cityscape
12:11 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Indie/Pop Band Bella & Lily To Perform Benefit For Safe Connections

In a way, indie/pop duo Bella & Lily has been together a long time. That is if you can measure lifetimes spanning in the teen years as long. Bella (19) and Lily (15) are sisters, after all.

But the musical entity Bella & Lily was born less than two years ago, when the Ibur sisters made their debut on the St. Louis music scene. After winning a battle of the bands to earn a spot on the Loufest stage, Bella and Lily decided to focus on their musical career.

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Cityscape
12:07 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Metro Theater Company Presents 'Unsorted'

Metro Theater Company performing "Unsorted."
Credit Metro Theater Company

Since the 1970s, Metro Theater Company has been performing thought-provoking, and often original, works for young audiences in St. Louis and beyond.

Currently the company is touring area schools and stages performing “Unsorted” by Wesley Middleton. The forty-minute drama explores themes of identity and belonging through characters that personify pieces of clothing.

Metro Theater Company Artistic Director Julia Flood and Old Bonhomme Elementary School teacher Lori Humphrey joined Cityscape host Steve Potter in studio to discuss the play.

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