Cityscape

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Join Steve Potter every Friday for a discussion of local arts and cultural events.

To call in during the noon broadcast call (314) 382-TALK (8255) or e-mail talk@stlpublicradio.org.

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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
3:21 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

St. Louis Photographer Puts A Face To The Problem of Homelessness Among Veterans

Jerry Tovo (Courtesy Missouri History Museum)

 During the Vietnam War, Jerry Tovo was a drill sergeant, training soldiers to go to war. After he left the military, Tovo became a professional photographer, specializing in advertising. But in 2011, he took his photography in a less commercial direction--photographing homeless veterans across the country.

Tovo's motivation for the project originated with an understanding of the problems that can lead to homelessness  among veterans.

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Cityscape
4:57 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

Cinema St. Louis Presents First St. Louis International Children's Festival

Joey Dedio's "Tio Papi"

Over the course of the next two weeks, Cinema St. Louis will hold filmmaking workshops and screen fourteen films in its first St. Louis International Children's Film Festival.

Cinema St. Louis Executive Director Cliff Froehlich said the organization chose to do a children's festival because there were a lot of great children's films that should be seen despite not having wide commercial appeal. 

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Cityscape
4:50 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

St. Louis Tap Festival Presents 'All That Tap XXII'

Karen Callaway Williams
(Courtesy Robert L. Reed Tap Heritage Institute)

After a week of workshops led by professional tap dancers, the St. Louis Tap Festival will present "All That Tap XXII" on Saturday, July 27, 2013.

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Cityscape
4:46 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

The Cabaret Project Of St. Louis Presents 2013 Festival

Marilyn Maye

 

The second annual St. Louis Cabaret Festival begins Wednesday, July 31, 2013. Marilyn Maye, Billy Stritch, Jason Graae and John Bucchino are the festival headliners.

Marilyn Maye is a legendary cabaret singer who has performed on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson a record 76 times. She joined Billy Stritch, a singer, songwriter and pianist who often performs with Liza Minnelli and the Cabaret Project's Executive Director, Tim Schall, to talk about the upcoming festival with Cityscape host Steve Potter.

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Cityscape
3:57 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Stages St. Louis Presents Legally Blonde, The Musical

Elle (Michelle London) and Bruiser (Jose)
Peter Wochniak

Legally Blonde, The Musical opens tonight at the Robert G. Reim Theatre, continuing Stages St. Louis' 27th season.

Michelle London plays Elle Woods, a southern California girl who decides to "get serious" and follow her college boyfriend to Harvard Law. Ben Nordstrom returned to St. Louis to play Emmett Forrest. They talked with host Steve Potter to discuss the judgments we make based on people's clothes, defying expectations and their roles in the musical.

Legally Blonde, The Musical opens tonight, Friday July 19 and runs through August 18, 2013.

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Cityscape
3:55 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Soundbites: Summer Drinks

strawberry-infused moonshine
Greg Rannells, Sauce Magazine

In our monthly “Soundbites” segment in partnership with Sauce Magazine, host Steve Potter sampled a few summer drinks with Cory King, Ted Kilgore and Ligaya Figueras, executive editor of Sauce Magazine.

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Cityscape
3:35 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

New Documentary Highlights Craft Beer As An Economic Engine

Screenshot of Kevin Lemp, co-owner of 4 Hands Brewing Co. from the film.
(Courtesy: Crafting a Nation)

A new feature-length documentary proposes an interesting driver for the economy: craft beer.  Crafting a Nationsaid director Thomas Kolicko, "is about pursuing a dream, with beer as the vehicle that drives it."

Kolicko described crafting beer as an inefficient task, which in turn creates jobs. The film takes the audience to craft breweries in eight different states and thirteen different regions.

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Cityscape
5:08 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

From Champion Boxer To Gospel Music: East St. Louis Native Arthur Johnson Has Varied Career

Arthur Johnson
(Courtesy: Arthur Johnson)

East St. Louis native Arthur Anthony Johnson’s varied career has taken him from world champion boxer to contemporary gospel music artist.

Johnson’s remarkable story as an amateur boxer who competed for the United States in the 1988 Olympics and retired in his early twenties before mounting an incredible comeback as a professional boxer who would win three world titles is detailed in a documentary called “Greatest Comeback.”  His story is also presented in a new album of the same name.

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Cityscape
4:14 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

Cinema St. Louis Highlights Local Talent In St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase

St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase, July 14-18
(Courtesy: Cinema St. Louis)

Cinema St. Louis presents the 13th annual St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase July 14-18 at the Tivoli Theatre.

The goal of the Showcase is to highlight films written, directed, edited, or produced by St. Louis area natives or films with strong local ties.

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Cityscape
3:12 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

St. Louis Shakespeare Begins New Season, One Step Closer To Producing All 38 Shakespeare Plays

"Timon of Athens" (from L to R) Kim Sansone, Betsy Saule, Maggie Murphy, Michael Brightman
Kim Carlson

St. Louis Shakespeare’s 29th season begins July 19th with “Timon of Athens,” a story about a wealthy man who falls on hard times and, in doing so, determines his true friends.

“Timon of Athens” is one of William Shakespeare’s most obscure plays.

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