Cityscape

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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
11:55 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Comedian Bobcat Goldthwait On Talk Shows, His Career And His Performances At The Funny Bone

Comedian Bobcat Goldthwait
Credit Mindy Tucker

Actor, director and comedian Bobcat Goldthwait has quite the eclectic resume. Some may know him for his role on the 1980s animated TV series “Police Academy.” Others may know him for his 1992 film “Shake the Clown” or his 2012 film “God Bless America.”  From 2004 to 2007, he directed more than 300 episodes of “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”

But Goldthwait got his start as a stand-up comedian, and that’s the role that has brought him to St. Louis. He’s in town through Saturday, April 5 to perform his latest set, “You Don’t Look the Same Either” at the Valley Park Funny Bone.

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4:10 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Teen Artists Compete For Scholarships, Perform At The Fox

Finalist Fiddlers Fandango - Violin Duet - Aidan Ip (Whitfield HS) & Hava Polinsky (Clayton HS)
Courtesy Fox Performing Arts Charitable Foundation

For the fourth time in as many years, the Fox Performing Arts Charitable Foundation is putting on the St. Louis Teen Talent Competition. From an initial audition pool of more than 100 teens from the metro area, twelve finalists have been selected to perform at the Fox Theatre Friday, April 4.

The finalists will be competing for college scholarships and the opportunity to make appearances, but in reality they have already won said writer, director and choreographer Tony Parise, who is directing the performance.

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12:09 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Wash U's Buder Center Presents 24th Annual Pow Wow 'Education: Balance In All We Learn'

Courtesy Buder Center

Next Saturday Native Americans from across the country will convene in St. Louis for Washington University’s 24th Annual Pow Wow. Coordinated by the Buder Center for American Indian Studies, the Pow Wow is an opportunity for Native Americans to celebrate and share their heritage.

“Everyone is welcomed,” said Pow Wow co-chair Wynette Whitegoat. “It is mostly just to honor the history, the culture, of all Native peoples. And for those who have never been to a Pow Wow, it’s a great way to embrace the history of our people.”

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Cityscape
12:04 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Modern American Dance Company To Premiere 'Liquid Roads'

MADCO in "Liquid Roads."
Credit courtesy MADCO

On Friday, April 11 the Modern American Dance Company (MADCO) will premiere “Liquid Roads” at the Touhill. Choreographed by Gina Patterson to music directed by Brian Casserly, the 90 minute work is a celebration of St. Louis as a crossroads of music.

“St. Louis has a tradition of being a crossroads, with the river and also the railroads coming from east and west coming into St. Louis. And all of that brought people, and the people brought their music,” said Casserly.

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Cityscape
11:48 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Music Producer Ken Scott On Recording The Greats

Ken Scott

Ken Scott got his start in the music business 50 years ago when he dropped out of school at 16 and got a job at a small London recording studio called EMI. Today that studio is known as Abbey Road, after the album by the famous band which also got its start recording music there.

“It was different over in England at that point. You could leave school at 15,” Scott said. “Education was out in the real world.”

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11:41 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Saint Louis Art Museum Presents 'Impressionist France: Visions Of Nation From Le Gray To Monet' '

Claude Monet, French, 1840–1926; Railroad Bridge, Argenteuil, 1874; oil on canvas; 21 3/8 x 28 7/8 inches
Philadelphia Museum of Art, John G. Johnson Collection, 1917, Cat. 1050

For the next four months, the East Building of the Saint Louis Art Museum is home to a major exhibition on the changing French identity during the 19th century, as shown through paintings, photography and travel objects of the time.

“Impressionist France: Visions of Nation from Le Gray to Monet” is curated by Simon Kelly of the Saint Louis Art Museum and April M. Watson of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City. 

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11:34 am
Fri March 21, 2014

St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra Presents Grant Riew In Elgar's Cello Concerto

Grant Riew, featured cellist in the March 23, 2014 St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra concert.
(Courtesy St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra)

This Sunday the St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra will perform at Powell Hall, conducted by Steven Jarvi and featuring cellist Grant Riew in Elgar’s Cello Concerto. Riew is a junior at John Buroughs School and the winner of the youth orchestra’s 2014 concerto competition. Last year he and Christopher Halen took first place at the Fox Teen Talent Competition as the “Two Mellow Cello Fellows.”

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7:45 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Six Months In: STL Symphony Principal Timpanist Shannon Wood On Upcoming Concert & His New Role

Shannon Wood, Principal Timpanist of the St. Louis Symphony.
Courtesy St. Louis Symphony

When Shannon Wood assumed the role of Principal Timpanist of the St. Louis Symphony last September, he had big shoes to fill.  His predecessor Richard Holmes had been in the position for 41 years before his death in 2011.  Wood never met his predecessor but was well aware of his reputation and was humbled to accept the position.

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6:24 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Soundbites: Recipe For A Successful Restaurant

Chef/Restaurant Owner Mike Randolph (left) with his chef de cuisine Dale Beauchamp in the kitchen of Little Country Gentleman.
Jonathan Gayman.

In our monthly Soundbites segment in partnership with Sauce Magazine, host Steve Potter spoke with the magazine’s executive editor Ligaya Figueras and local restaurateurs Chris Sommers and Mike Randolph about finding a good recipe for a successful restaurant.

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6:16 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Short LGBT Play Festival 'Briefs' Returns To Downtown St. Louis

Lola van Ella & Sammy the Tramp in “Lady and the Tramp,” one of the plays performed in the 2013 Briefs Festival.
Courtesy The Vital Voice

The third annual “Briefs” festival featuring short LGBT plays will be held downtown next weekend at La Perla. This year the plays were selected from over 100 submissions, said Joan Lipkin, artistic director of That Uppity Theatre Company, which puts on the festival in partnership with The Vital Voice.

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