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
1:25 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Rockin’ Holiday Concert Supports Local Charities

Home(s) for the Holidays is Dec. 14, 2014.

Want to rock out to holiday music while supporting a local charity? Easy.

At Home(s) for the Holidays, concertgoers donate the cost of their ticket to one of four local charities.

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Cityscape
1:24 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Saint Louis Ballet Adds More Glitter, Pyrotechnics To ‘Nutcracker’

The Saint Louis Ballet's 'Nutcracker' features the professional company and students from the St. Louis Ballet School.
Saint Louis Ballet

“The Nutcracker” has become a holiday tradition, and is performed by countless ballet companies around the world.

“‘Nutracker,’ for ballet companies, is kind of our Super Bowl,” said Saint Louis Ballet dancer Stephen Lawrence, who plays the Cavalier in the company’s production of “The Nutcracker.”

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A First for St. Louis
11:30 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Poet Laureate Nominee Michael Castro Says Words Can Help Heal St. Louis

Michael Castro
Credit Ros Crenshaw

Updated to include Michael Castro's poetry and interview audio, and reaction from poet Shirley Bradford LeFlore.

Except for dotting the “i’s” and crossing a “t” or two, St. Louis has its first official poet.

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Cityscape
1:26 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

HotCity Theatre Embraces The Bite Of 'Reality'

HotCity Theatre's 'Reality'
Credit HotCity Theatre

The HotCity Theatre will close with a bit of "Reality."

“Reality” by playwright Lia Romeo is a dark comedy that goes behind the scenes of the reality TV show “Looking for Love.” The play opens with a proposal, then the reality show cast is secreted away for several weeks while the rest of the world catches up with the show, one episode at a time.

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Art in the Family
12:03 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

East St. Louis Grandmother Hands Down Legacy Of Art And Activism

Eugenia Alexander, left, and Edna Patterson-Petty
Credit Nancy Fowler | St. Louis Public Radio

Grandmas are moms with lots of frosting, the saying goes. And in the case of East St. Louis’ Edna Patterson-Petty and her granddaughter Eugenia Alexander, the frosting is artistically done.

Patterson-Petty is a fiber artist and art therapist. Alexander grew up enamored by her grandmother’s work, which includes an art quilt made for President Barack Obama’s 2009 inauguration.

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Cityscape
10:30 am
Fri December 5, 2014

Garth Brooks Launches Music Download Service

Country singer Garth Brooks performs on Thursday night at Scottrade Center in St. Louis. Brooks will play three more concerts in St. Louis, one each on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights.
Credit Bill Greenblatt / UPI

There’s a new ghost in the machine, and country music legend Garth Brooks hopes it will give more control to musicians.

GhostTunes offers digital songs, similar to iTunes.

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Cityscape
5:53 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Rock ’n’ Roll Craft Show Unites Bands, Crafts

Rock 'n' Roll Craft Show
Rock 'n' Roll Craft Show

As the name indicates, the Rock ’n’ Roll Craft Show is not a typical craft fair.

For starters, there’s music — hence the rock ’n’ roll part.

“We have DJs and music all three days, and Saturday night we have our additional musical showcase at 2720,” organizer Jessi Cerrutti told “Cityscape” host Steve Potter. “We try to curate the music very specifically for our event.”

Next, the setup for this craft show. Forget vendor booths and think department store.

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Cityscape
5:50 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

New Jewish Theatre Explores Dr. Ruth’s Life

Actress Susie Wall plays Dr. Ruth Westheimer in the New Jewish Theatre's one-woman play.
Credit New Jewish Theatre

Actress Susie Wall is talking about sex. On stage. As Dr. Ruth. But she’s not impersonating Dr. Ruth Westheimer.

“The issue is for it not to be an impersonation,” said Jerry McAdams, who is directing Mark St. Germain’s one-woman play “Becoming Dr. Ruth” at the New Jewish Theatre. “The most important thing is she is so well known that if you try to be Dr. Ruth in kind of a cartoonish sense, you’ll lose the audience. This is a terrific actress who’s doing a really good script.”

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Cityscape
5:49 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Blues Society Showcases Young Musicians

Baby Blues Showcase

Music connects people.

“It’s really hard times in St. Louis and has been,” said Jeremy Segel-Moss, a member of the Bottoms Up Blues Gang and vice chairman of the St. Louis Blues Society. “When we’re looking for positive ways to come together, music is really where it’s at.”

Blues pianist Ethan Leinwand moved 950 miles for that connection.

“I was in New York playing a lot of old St. Louis blues and talking about it,” he told “Cityscape” host Steve Potter. “I just came down here and found the community I was looking for.”

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Cityscape
1:23 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Black Rep Stages 'A Raisin In The Sun'

'A Raisin in the Sun'
Credit The Black Rep

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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