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
3:49 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Jazz Pianist Peter Martin To Perform Tribute To Blue Note Records At The Sheldon

Peter Martin
(Courtesy The Sheldon)

Jazz pianist and St. Louis native Peter Martin returns to The Sheldon on Saturday for Peter Martin Music Live: A Blue Note Records Tribute.

Martin will be performing as part of a quartet with a group he hand-picked: guitarist Peter Bernstein, bassist Reuben Rogers and drummer Ulysses Owens Jr.

"That's the great thing about having your own series," said Martin. "You bring the people you want to play with."

Martin chose to perform a selection of music from the Jazz label Blue Note Records, but had a hard time choosing what music to play.

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Cityscape
4:42 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

Encore: The 442's, A Musical Collaboration With A Unique Sound

The 442's. From left to right: Shawn Weil, Adam Maness, Bjorn Ranheim and Syd Rodway.

The majority of this interview is a rebroadcast from April 19, 2013.

Cellist Bjorn Ranheim and violinist Shawn Weil are colleagues in the St. Louis Symphony.  Double bassist Syd Rodway and composer/keyboardist Adam Maness are members of the Erin Bode Group.  They got to know each other when Ranheim and Weil collaborated with the Erin Bode Group and also shared an interest in good food and fine beer. 

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Cityscape
4:36 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

St. Louis Native Tells Comedy Of Errors In Memoir About Move To Rural Vermont

Ellen Stimson with Mabel the chicken.
Kevin O'Connor Rutland Herald

After years of going on vacations and dreaming of living in the places they visited, St. Louis native Ellen Stimson and her family decided to move to rural Vermont to be close to the mountains.

They bought a country store, decided to homeschool their youngest son, and began raising chickens. And soon learned that vacationing in Vermont is much different than living there.

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Cityscape
4:32 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

COCA Presents 'Turn Of The Screw'

Cast of "Turn of the Screw" presented by COCA.
(Courtesy COCA)

The Center of Creative Arts in St. Louis is presenting psychological thriller "Turn of the Screw" this weekend, just in time to set the mood for Halloween.

The two-person cast is performing Jeffrey Hatcher's adaptation of Henry James' 1898  gothic novella about a governess in England who takes a new position in Essex and begins to hear ghosts and see apparitions.

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Cityscape
5:54 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Opera Theatre Of Saint Louis Presents 'The Very Last Green Thing'

Opera Theatre of Saint Louis Presents 'The Very Last Green Thing'
Opera Theatre of Saint Louis

"The Very Last Green Thing," an opera aimed for young audiences and performed by children ranging from nine to 16, opens next week at the Touhill. It will be the third production of the work by Opera Theatre of Saint Louis since the organization commissioned it in 1992.

"The inspiration for the opera actually came from kids," said Allison Felter, director of education and community engagement at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis. "We wanted to know back then what was important to them, and it was the environment."

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Arts & Culture
5:01 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Steve Potter Eats Bugs As Science Center Opens Bug Exhibit

A tray of food prepared by Bug Chef Jayme Necaise.From the top left: meal worm salsa, banana cricket fritters, chocolate chirp cookies and wax worm fries.
Jeremy Bailey/St. Louis Public Radio

"Harry's Big Adventure: My Bug World" opens October 19th at the Saint Louis Science Center. As a tasty addition, every weekend the attraction will host bug chefs preparing sweet, salty and crunchy bug treats. Cityscape host Steve Potter previewed the exhibit with Bug Chef Jayme Necaise and sampled an array of those bug-filled snacks.

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Cityscape
10:32 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Fashion & Chess: St. Louis' World Chess Hall of Fame Presents 'A Queen Within'

Gucci SS 2011
Used with permission / World Chess Hall of Fame presents “A Queen Within”

In chess, the queen is recognized as the most powerful piece.  It can move in any direction, making it desirable yet unpredictable.

Centuries ago, however, the queen didn’t exist.  Around the 15th century, when Queen Isabella I of Spain and Queen Elizabeth I of England came to power, so too did the queen in chess.

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Cityscape
5:56 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Trumpeter, Composer Wynton Marsalis Brings New Work To St. Louis

Wynton Marsalis
Frank Stewart (Courtesy Jazz at Lincoln Center)

Grammy-winning trumpeter Wynton Marsalis will be performing in St. Louis next week as part of an eight city tour of Abyssinian: A Gospel Celebration, a piece he composed in honor of the 200th anniversary of a Baptist church in Harlem.

Abyssinian models a traditional Baptist church service and features the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and Chorale Le Chateau in addition to Marsalis.

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Cityscape
5:11 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Soundbites: Restaurants In The Loop

Joe Edwards
Carmen Troesser (Courtesy Sauce Magazine)

In our monthly “Soundbites” segment in partnership with Sauce Magazine, host Steve Potter discussed the ongoing growth of the restaurant scene in the Delmar Loop with Joe Edwards, the owner of Blueberry Hill and other Loop landmarks, Ryan Pinkston, co-owner of newcomer Three Kings Public House and Ligaya Figueras, executive editor of Sauce Magazine.

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Cityscape
5:09 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

New Exhibition at Bruno David Gallery Celebrates Grand Scale Of Bill Kohn Paintings

Masonic & Joe (Grand Center Series)
Artwork by Bill Kohn (Courtesy Bruno David Gallery)

A new exhibit featuring the work of the late St. Louis artist Bill Kohn opens tonight at the Bruno David Gallery. The exhibition is small in number, but large in scale, featuring five of Kohn's signature colorful works painted on big stretches of canvas.

"Bill was an amazing painter," said gallery owner Bruno David. "He traveled around the world many times over and made a lot of paintings during his travel, drawings, coming back to St. Louis every time. And some of the paintings that he made, he felt that they needed to be extremely large."

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