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
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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Arts & Culture
7:43 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

Remembering St. Louis Musician Bob Reuter

(via Flickr/Abby Gillardi)

Bob Reuter, St. Louis musician and long-time host of Bob's Scratchy Records on community radio station KDHX died in a tragic accident last week. He was 61.

We remember Bob's life, music and legacy through highlights of two previous interviews with Reuter: a 2010 Sound Portrait by Mike Schrand and a 2013 Arch City Radio Hour interview with Nick Garcia

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Cityscape
4:30 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

Jazz St. Louis Presents American Music Showcase

(Courtesy Jazz St. Louis)

This Saturday, Grand Center, Inc. and Jazz St. Louis team up to present a showcase of American music.  The event will take place at five venues in Grand Center and will feature performances by six local bands.

When they first started planning the event, they were going to present music across a wide range of genres, said Devin Rodino, communications and operations manager at Jazz St. Louis. But in the end they settled on American music --jazz, folk, blues, country and bluegrass.

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Cityscape
3:32 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

Author Discusses Folklore And Lingo Unique To St. Louis In New Books

(via Flikr/FallenPegasus)

Have you ever heard the story of the grandma who sees a young man in Dierberg's and says he reminds her of her dead grandson, then uses his sympathy to trick him into paying for her groceries? What about the the phrase "you know you're from St. Louis when Velveeta is your favorite kind of cheese?" If so, then you have an idea of the content of John Oldani's books.

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