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
4:45 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Ferguson Events Inspire Artist Mary Engelbreit

Credit Mary Engelbreit

St. Louis artist Mary Engelbreit is known for her quaint illustrations, often with cheerful slogans. “It’s a pretty cute business I’m in,” she said.

On Monday, she posted a drawing inspired by the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson on her Facebook page. “I knew when I posted that that I would catch some flak,” she said. “But no, I wasn’t expecting this.”

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Cityscape
4:27 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

St. Louis Artists Respond To Ferguson With Chalk

The #ChalkedUnarmed team creates its artwork on the sidewalks outside of St. Louis Public Radio.
Credit Alex Heuer / St. Louis Public Radio

A group of artists are using chalk to inspire conversations about the shooting death of Michael Brown.

#ChalkedUnarmed draws chalk outlines of people on public sidewalks or plazas. The artist then adds the name of an unarmed black man who was killed by a police officer, with the date and location of his death.

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Cityscape
4:24 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Trebor Tichenor Memorial Concert Set For Sunday

St. Louis Ragtimers at the Natchez Queen on Gaslight Square in 1962
Credit Courtesy St. Louis Ragimers

On March 7, the entire Cityscape program was devoted to a remembrance of ragtime pianist and scholar Trebor Jay Tichenor who died in February. Tichenor had devoted his life’s work to the study and performance of ragtime, both as a piano soloist and as a member of the St. Louis Ragtimers. For many years he hosted Ragophile on 90.7, a program devoted to the art of ragtime.

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Cityscape
3:39 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

#FergusonReads Explores Race, History In St. Louis

"The New Jim Crow" by Michelle Alexander is a staff pick on Left Bank Books' list of Ferguson Reads.

To try to understand what led to the turmoil in Ferguson, the staff of Left Bank Books turned to what they know best: Books.

“To show up and protest and show some support in the community at the time is one thing, and that is a really important first step, is to show your face — show up,” said Jarek Steele, co-owner of Left Bank Books. “But an equally important second step is to find out how to continue the discussion after the news media leaves and after the protests.”

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Cityscape
6:43 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Arianna String Quartet Celebrates 15th Season In St. Louis

Arianna String Quartet

Founded in 1992, the Arianna String Quartet (ASQ) moved from Michigan to St. Louis in 2000 and became the Quartet-in-Residence at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Initially the quartet split its concert schedule between the Ethical Society and the Sheldon Concert Hall but was concerned that the audiences were completely separate. But with the opening of UMSL’s Touhill Performing Arts Center in 2003, the quartet found a new home in the center’s Lee Theater.

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4:45 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

St. Louis Musicians Mobilize To Draw Attention To Michael Brown’s Death

Track Artwork for Mvstermind's “#OPFERGUSON II WAVE 1 & 2 (Westfall)”
Credit Image Courtesy of the artist Mathew Theron

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The day after Michael Brown was shot, Muhammad Austin, known musically as Mvstermind, left a protest in Clayton, returned home, sat down in his room, and produced a song addressing the tensions and frustrations he felt regarding Brown’s death. Austin is one artist among many painters, graphic designers, actors, and musicians producing work to give voice to their thoughts on the shooting of Michael Brown.

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Cityscape
3:36 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Restaurant Owners In Ferguson Unite, Seek To Return To Sense Of Normalcy

To show support for the Ferguson community, the St. Louis chapter of the U.S. Bartender's Guild organized a lunchtime outing Wednesday at Ferguson Brewing Co.
Credit Sauce Magazine

While the turmoil in Ferguson has switched from the death of Michael Brown to the police presence and now back to Brown, the area's residents are trying to return to a sense of normalcy.

Among them are several locally owned restaurants and businesses, which are "vital to communities," said Ligaya Figueras, executive editor of Sauce Magazine, for our monthly SoundBites segment.

Many of the restaurants along Florissant Avenue in Ferguson decided together to close on Monday.

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Cityscape
3:38 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

If The ‘Car Talk’ Guys Played The Harmonica, They Might Sound Like This

Phil Sardo, left, and his brother Tony Sardo practice Friday morning at St. Louis Public Radio before "Cityscape."
Credit Alex Heuer / St. Louis Public Radio

If Tom and Ray Magliozzi of “Car Talk” fame played the harmonica, they still wouldn’t be able to rival fellow Boston natives Phil and Tony Sardo.

The Sardo brothers, who are in St. Louis for the annual Society for the Preservation and Advancement of the Harmonica convention, love to trade barbs, push each other’s buttons, and, of course, play harmonicas.

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Cityscape
3:01 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

Yoga, Beer Enthusiasts Come Together In St. Louis

Yoga Buzz STL is combining beer and yoga at St. Louis' craft breweries.
Credit Véronique LaCapra / St. Louis Public Radio

Yoga is supposed to take place in a quiet, secluded studio with peaceful music, right? Maybe not in St. Louis. Lately, yoga groups have been meeting in breweries, on paddleboards and under the Gateway Arch.

Yoga Buzz STL introduces yogis to local craft beer and wine, and introduces beer and wine fans to yoga. It is an hour-long all-levels yoga class followed by a tasting at the brewery.

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Cityscape
5:06 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

Amy Page Found All 251 Cakes, And So Can You

One of stl250's cakes is at the Annie Malone Children and Family Service Center in St. Louis.
Credit Provided by STL250

Amy Page loves cake.

Forget the fluffy white or rich chocolate bakery versions — the cakes Page is interested in are 4 feet tall and scattered across the St. Louis region, part of STL250’s Cakeway to the West to commemorate St. Louis’ 250th anniversary.

“I first found out about the cakes when I saw some of my friends posting pictures on Facebook,” said Page, a music teacher in the Wesclin School District in Trenton, Ill.

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