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
3:39 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Union Avenue Opera Presents 'Streetcar Named Desire'

Union Avenue Opera's production of "A Streetcar Named Desire" debuts Aug. 1.
Credit Ron Lindsey

St. Louisans have seen the play "A Streetcar Named Desire." Now they have an opportunity to see the opera.

Quoting an original 1947 New York Daily News review of Tennessee Williams’ play, director Chris Limber said the reviewer pointed out “the tragic overtones of grand opera.”

Nearly 50 years later, composer André Previn was asked to turn the play into an opera. According to soprano Katherine Giaquinto, who plays Stella Kowalski in the Union Avenue Opera production, Previn responded: “The time it’ll take me to say yes is as long as it takes for me to hang up the phone.”

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Cityscape
3:10 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Dark Comedy Takes On Sex, Morality And Art

Max and Louie Productions' "Quills" debuts July 31. Playwright Doug Wright will participate in a post-show "talk back" on Aug. 1 and 2.
Credit John Lamb

A dark comedy, "Quills" imagines the final days of French aristocrat and writer Marquis de Sade “somewhat fictionalized to my own nefarious purposes,” said playwright Doug Wright.

“It is a play that tackles provocative literature and sexuality and a host of other taboo topics in, I hope, a way that audiences find fiendishly entertaining.”

The marquis was confined to an asylum in Charenton, France.

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Cityscape
2:17 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Prince, Stritch, Callaway, Maye Headline St. Louis Cabaret Festival

Ann Hampton Callaway
Credit annhamptoncallaway.com

Of the cabaret singers participating in this year’s St. Louis Cabaret Festival, two have ties to pop culture: Marilyn Maye holds the record for the most appearances on “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson,” and Ann Hampton Callaway wrote and sang the theme song to the ’90s sitcom “The Nanny.”

“It’s nice to be a part of pop culture,” Callaway said.

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Cityscape
4:38 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Ben Nordstrom Brings Funny Business To St. Louis Stage

Whit Reichert (J.B. Biggley) and Ben Nordstrom (J. Pierrepont Finch) in Stages St. Louis' "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying."
Credit Peter Wochniak

St. Louis native Shepherd Mead used his own experiences to write his satirical best-seller “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.” His work was then turned into a musical, and Stages St. Louis is bringing it back to St. Louis.

Cast members Heather Ayers, Betsy Dilellio and Ben Nordstrom talked about the musical comedy, in which window washer J. Pierrepont Finch (played by Nordstrom) moves up to vice president of advertising at the World Wide Wicket Co.

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Cityscape
4:31 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Why Are Young St. Louisans Embracing Modern Art?

The modernism exhibit at the Kodner Art Gallery
Credit Kodner Art Gallery

Modern art and furniture is getting its due (again) as collectors return to the styles made popular in the early 1900s through about 1970.

“Young collectors have become very eclectic,” said Stephanie Stokes, manager at the Kodner Gallery. “People appreciate vintage.”

The “Modernism: Art + Design” exhibit at Kodner Gallery in Ladue features modern paintings, drawings, sculptures and furniture. Stokes described the modern movement as artists’ reactions to a changing world.

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Cityscape
3:58 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Meow! Want To Watch Cat Videos? Head To The Museum

Credit Provided by CAM

Cat videos have become the glue that holds the Internet together. Will the Internet Cat Video Festival have the same stickiness for museums?

The Contemporary Art Museum of St. Louis is hosting the two-day festival July 18-19, featuring cat-themed activities and, of course, videos. Both days are sold out.

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Cityscape
4:12 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

St. Louis Celebrates Local Films At Filmmaker Showcase

"EVT" is one of the films included in the showcase
Credit Mike Rohlfing

Cinema St. Louis’ 2014 St. Louis Filmmaker's Showcase kicks off Sunday, July 13, and runs through Thursday, July 17.

Each year, Cinema St. Louis gets about 120 submissions from both professional and amateur filmmakers. Chris Clark, artistic director of the organization, says the most important criteria is whether the filmmakers have told a good story and told it in a cohesive way. 

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Cityscape
3:41 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

From Toasted Ravioli to Spring Rolls: The Story Of One Of St. Louis' First Vietnamese Restaurants

Host Steve Potter and Qui Tran prepare for today's segment at Mai Lee.
Credit Ligaya Figueras

St. Louis currently boasts about 15 Vietnamese restaurants, but that wasn't the case when Qui Tran’s family opened Mai Lee, one of St. Louis' first Vietnamese restaurants, in 1985. On this month’s Soundbites segment in partnership with Sauce Magazine, we talked about the Vietnamese dining scene with Ligaya Figueras, executive editor of Sauce Magazine, and Qui Tran of Mai Lee.

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Cityscape
12:51 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Why Are Lunchtime Dance Parties Popping Up Around St. Louis?

People rock out during one of Lunch Beat St. Louis' monthly events.
Credit (Courtesy: Matt Menietti)

On the third Wednesday of every month there’s a unique gathering in St. Louis during the lunch hour. Dozens of people gather for Lunch Beat St. Louis to dance, eat and get away from their normal routine.

Andrew Warshauer is the organizer of Lunch Beat St. Louis, which he started last June.

“I like to say it’s a chance to slip away from the every day,” said Warshauer.

Lunch Beat started in Stockholm, Sweden, in 2010 and has spread to more than a dozen cities worldwide.

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Cityscape
8:07 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

'La Traviata' Opens Union Avenue Opera's 20th Festival Season

Riccardo Iannello as Alfredo and Zulimar López-Hernández as Violetta in Union Avenue Opera's production of 'La Traviata'
Credit Union Avenue Opera

When Union Avenue Opera opens its 2014 season on July 11 with Verdi’s La Traviata, it will be with a company that is vastly different than the one that mounted its first production 20 years ago. UAO founding artistic director and conductor Scott Schoonover recalled that he had just finished his degree, wanted a chance to conduct and knew a number of singers who needed work. He had just moved to St. Louis to take the position as music director of Union Avenue Christian Church and the church encouraged him to mount an opera there.

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