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
3:29 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

St. Louisan Ben Hilliker Shares Love Of Antique Cars In New Children’s Book

Author Ben Hilliker in Willy Willys
(Courtesy of the Author)

St. Louisan Ben Hilliker, a career industrial realtor, has had a lifelong attraction to automobiles.

His passion for antique cars is so great that he wrote a children’s book, “The Tale of Willy Willys,” based on a 1926 Willys Overland he acquired in 1999.

The story is about the revival of the antique car as Mr. and Mrs. Willys stumble upon an unexpected find that leads them to restoring an old car that shares their family name.

The book features art by Robert Shay.

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Cityscape
12:05 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

NPR...CBS...The Cooking Channel.... A Discussion With Mo Rocca On His Multiple Professional Hats

Mo Rocca appears as a panelist on "Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me" before a live audience at Powell Hall in St. Louis on June 27, 2013.
Jamie Heuer

Earlier this month, host Steve Potter caught up with Mo Rocca while he was in St. Louis working on a story for  "CBS Sunday Morning." Their discussion was ostensibly on how Rocca juggles his three professional roles, but in reality the topics covered were even more numerous than the many hats Mo Rocca wears.

Among the topics discussed were:

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Cityscape
5:56 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

Underwater Concert 'AQurld Waves' Promises Unique, Multi-Sensory Experience

Artwork by Van McElwee for 'AQurld Waves'
(Courtesy HEARding Cats Collective)

In keeping with the mission to "keep St. Louis strange and wonderful," the HEARding Cats Collective is holding an underwater concert at the Webster University Student Center's Pool next Saturday.

Rich O'Donnell, artistic director of the HEARding Cats Collective, said the idea for an underwater concert came to him from floating in rivers and lakes," seeing through the lens of the water, seeing as the fish see."

"When you're in the water, you're completely focused on your senses," O'Donnell added. And the concert will give the audience plenty for their senses to experience.

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Cityscape
5:46 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

Efforts Underway To Erect Statue Of Miles Davis In Alton

Rendering of Miles Davis Memorial Project by Barry Moyer and Mick Monahan
Brickstreet Design in Alton, IL

Plans are in motion to erect a bronze statue of jazz musician Miles Davis at his birthplace in Alton, Ill.  The city council of Alton gave its approval in July, and sculptor Preston Jackson has been commissioned to build the statue.

Jackson's design was selected out of a pool of ten. A professor emeritus from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Jackson is also a musician and lover of jazz music.

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Cityscape
5:10 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

UMSL Presents International Poster Art Exhibition

"Black Leopard" by Lanny Sommese
(Courtesy United Designs International Biennial Design Exhibition)

Posters are designed to be functional, usually to get a message out quickly. This often means they are here today and gone tomorrow. But an exhibit currently on display at the University of Missouri - St. Louis gives a little more longevity and exposure to the art form by displaying 100 posters by graphic designers from 40 countries.

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Cityscape
5:25 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

David Robertson's Passion For The Great American Symphony

David Robertson
(Dan Dreyfus)

St. Louis Symphony Music Director David Robertson discussed American symphonies in a feature produced by NPR Music's Tom Huizenga as part of the program's search for the great American symphony. Robertson weighed in on why American orchestras are afraid of new symphonies in addition to explaining his selection of the great American symphony. St. Louis Public Radio also listeners made suggestions including:

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Cityscape
4:27 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Soundbites: Summer Reading Recommendations For Cookbooks, Memoirs

Meera Naragajan, Jim Althoff and Ligaya Figueras during the taping of Soundbites: Summer Reading
Alex Heuer/St. Louis Public Radio

Who needs cookbooks when you can look up recipes online? The answer, perhaps, is people who care about more than just finding a recipe.

In our monthly "Soundbites" segment in partnership with Sauce Magazine, substitute host Jim Althoff received recommendations for summer food reads from Executive Director Ligaya Figueras and Arts Director Meera Nagarajan of Sauce Magazine.

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Cityscape
4:13 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

University City Children's Center Presents A Musical Celebration Of Early Childhood

University City Children's Center students explore musical instruments.
(Courtesy Unversity City Children's Center)

The eighth annual concert to benefit the tuition assistance program at University City Children's Center will be held next Saturday at Powell Hall. Melissa Brooks, Associate Principal Cellist with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, pianist Ruth Price with the St. Louis Children's Choirs and pianist Catherine Kautsky, Professor of Music at the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music will all be performing.

The program is titled "Fairy Tales Do Come True," but it is not a concert aimed specifically for children.

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Cityscape
11:01 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

Union Avenue Opera Continues Its 'Ring' Cycle With 'Die Walkure'

Alexandra LoBianco as Brunnhilde and Timothy Bruno as Wotan
(Courtesy Union Avenue Opera)

When one thinks of Wagner’s Ring cycle, what comes to mind is a huge cast, orchestra and set which can only be performed in the world’s largest opera houses.  But Union Avenue Opera has brought the Ring to St. Louis thanks to the reduction and adaptation by composer Jonathan Dove and stage director Graham Vick. The company will mount the second opera, Die Walkure, on August 16, 17, 23 and 24.

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Cityscape
7:47 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

Max And Louie Productions Stages 'The Lyons'

The cast of The Lyons
(Courtesy Max and Louie Productions)

Most dramas centered on death and dying are tragedies. But not Nicky Silver's "The Lyons." Instead, it is a dark comedy that finds humor in the death of a family's patriarch. 

"A death in the family doesn't automatically bring out the best in people, but it brings out the best in Nicky Silver's writing," said Stellie Siteman, actress and artistic director of Max and Louie Productions.

The theater company opens a staging of "The Lyons" next Friday at COCA's Black Box. The play contains obscenities and is best for an adult audience.

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