Cityscape

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

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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
1:23 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Black Rep Stages 'A Raisin In The Sun'

The Black Rep is bringing the iconic 1950s drama “A Raisin in the Sun” back to St. Louis.

This is the first time the company will stage “A Raisin in the Sun,” although 10 years ago it presented “Raisin,” a musical adaptation of Lorraine Hansberry’s drama about a black family’s experiences in Chicago.

“It is an American story. It is definitely about dreams and living life on the American landscape for the African-American and the quest for the piece of pie,” said actress Andrea Frye, who plays “Mama” Lena Younger.

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Cityscape
1:21 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Sound Bites: Mixing Drinks After Losing The Sense Of Smell

Bar manager Joel Clark mixes drinks at The Purple Martin in St. Louis.
Credit Sauce Magazine

Joel Clark, who has been called one of St. Louis’ top craft cocktail bartenders, lost his sense of smell after suffering a seizure in December. Losing a sense is traumatic in itself, but losing the sense of smell also means Clark has lost his sense of taste.

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Cityscape
1:16 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

'Through a Lens Darkly' Focuses On Black Photographers

'Through a Lens Darkly'
Credit Via Cinema St. Louis

Flipping through the nation’s family album, what’s missing? That question led director Thomas Allen Harris to create “Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People,” a film that examines how photography shaped the identity and perceptions of blacks in America.

“In some ways, it is a history lesson, although it’s kind of a different take on history because we have a lot of contemporary artists in the film,” Harris told “Cityscape” host Steve Potter on Friday. “In many ways, as they do this, they reshape the way in which we view history.”

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Cityscape
11:58 am
Fri November 21, 2014

70 Years Ago: The World Premiere Of ‘Meet Me In St. Louis’

"Meet Me in St. Louis" movie poster
Credit (Used with Permission / Missouri History Museum)

On Nov. 22, 1944, a throng of St. Louis theatergoers packed Loew’s State Theater on Washington Avenue for the world premiere of “Meet Me in St. Louis.” 

Although filmed elsewhere, the musical told the story of the Smith family as it struggled with the prospect of leaving St. Louis for New York in advance of the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis.

Seventy years later, the film endures. Critic Roger Ebert once praised it as “one of the most artful, moving, and exquisitely designed musicals in film history.”

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Cityscape
6:19 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Pianist Inspired By Toddlers And Beethoven's Sense Of Humor

Orli Shaham
Credit Christian Steiner / Courtesy of Orli Shaham

Pianist Orli Shaham asked her parents for piano lessons when she was 5. She's still playing music for preschoolers, as well as adults.

In her "Baby Got Bach" series, Shaham gives kids a chance to play with musical instrument, and listen to live chamber music.

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Dance
11:37 am
Fri November 7, 2014

Dance Theatre Of Harlem Performs, Teaches In St. Louis

Normandy High School students learn ballet from Dance Theatre of Harlem's teaching artists Theara Ward.
Credit Willis Ryder Arnold / St. Louis Public Radio

This weekend, the Dance Theatre of Harlem performs as part of the Dance St. Louis fall season. Yet the company is here to teach as well as perform. Since Oct. 27, teaching artist Theara Ward has been teaching ballet and diaspora history at Normandy High.

“The main thing is for young people to understand history, how they connect to history and how history connects to them, their culture, their community, but also how the arts can be used as a powerful tool to express yourself,” Ward said. 

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Cityscape
11:19 am
Fri November 7, 2014

St. Louis Film Kicks Off Film Festival

'The Makings of You,' directed by Matt Amato, will open the St. Louis International Film Festival on Nov. 13.
Credit Courtesy of Matt Amato

The 23rd annual St. Louis International Film Festival opens next week with a very St. Louis love story.

“The Makings of You,” starring Sheryl Lee of “Twin Peaks” as Judy and Jay R. Ferguson of “Mad Men” as Wallis, tells the story of a romance between two lonely St. Louisans. Director Matt Amato, a St. Louis native, returned to St. Louis when he began working on the film in June 2013.

“It’s a genuine St. Louis product from top to bottom,” Amato told “Cityscape” host Steve Potter on Friday.

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Cityscape
10:06 am
Fri November 7, 2014

MOCRA Installs First Site-Specific Exhibition

An overview of Rebecca Niederlander's installation at the Museum of Contemporary Religious Art at Saint Louis University in St. Louis.
Credit Jeffrey Vaughn / Courtesy of the Museum of Contemporary Religious Art

After 20 years, the Museum of Contemporary Religious Art has its first site-specific installation.

“During our first 20 years, we had thematic shows that often included many artists,” museum director the Rev. Terry Dempsey told “Cityscape” host Steve Potter. “Each one of the works that is in place over at MOCRA right now is essential to the other works that are there. This is very special.”

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Cityscape
4:29 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Conference Draws Attention To Female Artists

Alice Guy-Blaché
Credit Courtesy of Cinema St. Louis

As women strive to gain equal ground in the workplace, they’re also working to establish the same ground in the arts. The Women in the Arts Conference at the University of Missouri–St. Louis will feature lectures, demonstrations, papers, performances and workshops from 27 speakers on Nov. 6-8.

“Everyone thinks the playing field is level,” said Barbara Harbach, a composer and director of the Women in the Arts Conference. “It’s not quite as level as you might think.”

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Cityscape
3:25 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Ira Glass Tells Stories, This Time With Dancers

'This American Life' host Ira Glass and dancers Monica Bill Barnes and Anna Bass team up for a stage performance Nov. 1-2 at the Edison Theater in St. Louis.
Credit Courtesy of Washington University

“This American Life” host Ira Glass describes his weekly radio show as “movies for the radio.” Now he’s bringing his radio and dance stage performance to St. Louis.

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