Cityscape

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Cityscape
5:19 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Brian Owens And Trio To Perform 'Another Jazzy, Soulful Holiday Affair' At The Bistro

Brian Owens
(Courtesy Brian Owens)

St. Louis vocalist Brian Owens will be performing a holiday concert to benefit a University of Missouri-St. Louis scholarship fund this Sunday at the Bistro at Grand Center. The event is sponsored by the UMSL African American Alumni Chapter.

"It’s been a real blessing for me to continue in partnership with the university I graduated from," said Owens, who graduated in 2008.

In addition to his connections with UMSL, Owens also has working relationships with Sterling Bank and other local businesses.

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Cityscape
5:11 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

St. Louis Bands Join Forces In 'A Rockin' Winter Party' To Benefit Covenant House

Band members performing in Home(s) for the Holidays: A Rockin' Winter Party

Members of local bands Vote for Pedro, My Two Planets and Soul Kiss will be sharing the stage at The Pageant this Sunday to perform a holiday benefit concert.

The concert is a fundraiser for Covenant House Missouri, a St. Louis nonprofit that provides housing and support for children and young adults between the ages of 16 and 21.

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5:06 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

'The Screwtape Letters' Returns To The Touhill

Brent Harris in the role of the demon Screwtape.
(Courtesy Fellowship of the Performing Arts)

A theatrical adaptation of the C.S. Lewis novel The Screwtape Letters returns to the Touhill this weekend. When the play was first performed in St. Louis in 2010, director and co-author Max McLean performed the role of the demon Screwtape. The role is now performed by Brent Harris.

"He has a lot of experience playing evil characters," said McLean of Harris. "Macbeth, Iago, Scar from the Lion King."

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Cityscape
4:01 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

Broadway Performer Sarah Bolt Returns Home To St. Louis For Holiday Concert

Broadway performer and St. Louis native Sarah Bolt.
Credit (Courtesy Retreat to Broadway)

St. Louis native Sarah Bolt, best known for her role as Sister Mary Patrick in the Broadway production of Sister Act, joins Broadway performer Kathy Deitch (Wicked, Footloose) and Emmy-nominated Irish tenor Michael Londra on stage in Kirkwood this Sunday.

They will be performing a combination of Broadway and holiday songs in a benefit for Retreat to Broadway, a new non-profit that offers "personal renewal" retreats that include live theater experiences.

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Cityscape
3:55 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

Folklorist Publishes Book On St. Louis Christmas Traditions

Ribbon around the planetarium
Mark S. Abeln

St. Louis folklorist John Oldani has published a new book on the region's folklore and traditions, this time about the Christmas holiday.

The book, Christmas in St. Louis, includes more than 200 iconic St. Louis Christmas photographs by Mark S. Abeln, as well as historic photos from the archives of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Among the book's highlights are:

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Cityscape
6:00 pm
Fri November 29, 2013

Rave Reviews For St. Louis Symphony’s ‘Peter Grimes’ In Carnegie Hall

Rave Reviews For St. Louis Symphony’s Carnegie Hall ‘Peter Grimes’
(via Flickr/cliff1066™)

David Robertson conducted the St. Louis Symphony and Chorus as well as a roster of vocal soloists in a concert version of Benjamin Britten’s opera “Peter Grimes” in Carnegie Hall on November 22, the 100th anniversary of the composer’s birth.  St. Louis Symphony goers had the opportunity to preview that performance the previous Saturday in Powell Hall.  Both performances received accolades from audience members and critics.

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Cityscape
4:31 pm
Fri November 29, 2013

Baby Blues Showcase: Featuring Young Blues Musicians For 12 Years

12th Annual Baby Blues Showcase

When Jeremy Segel-Moss, guitarist with the Bottoms Up Blues Gang, conceived the idea of the Baby Blues Showcase, he probably didn’t think about the fact that his group would one day age out of the annual event. But that’s exactly what happened. The original intent was to give blues musicians under the age of 30 a chance to shine for one night at BB’s Jazz, Blues and Soups.

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Cityscape
1:00 pm
Fri November 29, 2013

Objects With St. Louis Ties Featured In New ‘Smithsonian’s History of America’

St. Louis native Chuck Berry
(Bill Greenblatt/UPI)

A new book, The Smithsonian’s History of America in 101 Objects tells the history of the country in a unique and fascinating way.  The book is filled with enlightening back stories and photographs.

Author and cultural anthropologist Richard Kurin, Under Secretary for History, Art, and Culture at the Smithsonian Institution, said the project was a culmination of a broad effort.  “Not easily,” Kurin said about picking 101 objects out of the Smithsonian Institution’s 137 million objects.

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Cityscape
7:13 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

St. Louis Symphony Celebrates Britten’s 100th With ‘Peter Grimes’ In Carnegie Hall

Anthony Dean Griffey and Susanna Phillips in a semi-staged performance of "Peter Grimes" at the Aspen Music Festival on July 27, 2013
Alex Irvin

David Robertson, the St. Louis Symphony and Chorus and a cast of vocal soloists led by tenor Anthony Dean Griffey and soprano Susanna Phillips traveled to New York City this week to perform a concert version of Benjamin Britten’s “Peter Grimes.”  The November 22nd performance marks the 100th anniversary of the composer’s birth. St. Louisans were treated to a preview performance on November 16 in Powell Hall.

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Cityscape
5:30 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

St. Louis Natives Present Films At St. Louis International Film Festival

Actor Cary Elwes in Brian Jun and Jack Sanderson's "She Loves Me Not."
(Courtesy Cinema St. Louis)

Two of the film directors currently screening films at the St. Louis International Film Festival have closer ties than most to St. Louis. Peter Bolte and Brian Jun both grew up in the St. Louis region. Both are graduates of Webster University, and both shot their films on location in St. Louis and Southern Illinois.

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