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
5:57 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

Shakespeare Festival St. Louis Celebrates ‘Twelfth Night’

Kimiye Corwin (Viola) and Joshua Thomas (Orsino) in Shakespeare Festival St. Louis' production of "Twelfth Night"
Davy Levy

Each spring, Shakespeare Festival St. Louis transforms an area of Forest Park just east of Art Hill into an outdoor Shakespearean theatre and provides St. Louis audiences with an entire evening of activities related to one masterpiece by The Bard.  This year’s offering is Twelfth Night.

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3:32 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

The Black Rep Presents ‘The Wiz’

Sarah Stephens rehearses the song, "Home"
Heather Beal

The various iterations of Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz are wide-ranging and diverse.

One retelling, The Wiz, shares the story from an African-American perspective.  The musical won seven Tony Awards in 1975.

The St. Louis Black Repertory Company closes its season with The Wiz, with performances from May 29th – June 30th.

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8:43 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

Annual St. Louis Blues Festival Mixes Music And BBQ

St. Louis Bluesweek Festival 2013

The fourth annual St. Louis Bluesweek Festival takes place Friday, May 24 – Sunday, May 26 at Soldiers Memorial in downtown St. Louis.

The headliners include Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Mavis Staples and Big George Brock, however, the Festival will highlight several artists with significant ties to St. Louis including Marquis Knox and Rich McDonough & Rough Groves.

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8:37 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

Max & Louie Productions’ ‘Mrs. Mannerly’

Donna Weinsting and Charlie Ingram
John Lamb

In the late 1960’s while playwright Jeffrey Hatcher was growing up in Steubenville, Ohio, he took a manners class.  Decades later, it served as the inspiration for his comedy, “Mrs. Mannerly.”  He even used his own name for one of the two main characters.  The other character is Mrs. Mannerly, the teacher of an etiquette class.

Set in Hatcher’s hometown in 1967, the plot of “Mrs. Mannerly” revolves around student Jeffrey Hatcher’s goals of being the first to achieve a perfect score in the etiquette class while also uncovering the mystery surrounding his teacher.

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Cityscape
4:02 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

Brian Owens, Erin Bode And Peter Martin In Kids Rock Cancer Benefit

Erin Bode, Brian Owens and Peter Martin at St. Louis Public Radio
Mary Edwards

Kids Rock Cancer is an outgrowth of Maryville University’s Music Therapy Program.  Inspired by the program Purple Song Can Fly in Houston, Texas, the Maryville program goes into hospitals and works individually with children with cancer and other blood disorders.  The musical therapist helps the child express a set of thoughts and ideas, turn them into lyrics of a song and compose a tune for the lyrics.  Then the child gets to sing the song into a microphone with instrumental accompaniment.  The result is a CD recording for t

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Cityscape
5:36 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

Author Elaine Viets On Newest Book In ‘A Dead-End Job Mystery’ Series

Elaine Viets
Don Crinklaw

While author Elaine Viets currently lives in Florida, the St. Louis native visits often and more often than not, her stories involve a St. Louis connection.

For many years Viets was columnist for the St. Louis Post Dispatch.

A few months ago, St. Louis on the Air host Don Marsh visited with Viets to talk about the latest book in her Josie Marcus Mystery Shopper series.

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5:17 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

Soundbites: Central Table Food Hall Offers St. Louisans A Unique Dining Experience

Central Table Food Hall GM Matt McGuire
Michelle Volansky

Earlier this month, Central Table Food Hall opened in the Central West End at 23 South Euclid Avenue.

It’s a unique 10,000-square-foot location, unique to St. Louis, which offers dining in a communal atmosphere and unique retail options.

There are seven components which include: a wine and craft beer bar, gourmet coffee, tea and chocolate shop, a deli with salads, soups and sandwiches, a tapas restaurant, a raw bar, a seasonal grill and an artisan market with prepared foods to-go.

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4:29 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

Alan Bennett's ‘Talking Heads’ At St. Louis Actors’ Studio

Alan Knoll

In the late 1980’s, British playwright Alan Bennett produced a series of monologues featuring the best actors in England for BBC Radio.  From the time director Lana Pepper heard Maggie Smith in “A Bed Among the Lentils” in the early 1990’s, she was fascinated by the project and searched out others in the series.  Now thirty years later, she is fulfilling a dream by staging three of them in a production for St. Louis Actors’ Studio, “Talking Heads.” She also hopes to some day stage the other nine Bennett monologues.

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Cityscape
6:25 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

Christine Brewer Returns Home To Perform With The St. Louis Symphony

Christine Brewer
Christian Steiner

Renowned soprano Christine Brewer sings in concert halls and opera houses all over the world.  Her recent travels have taken her to Australia, New Zealand, Dubay, and Great Britain as well as numerous cities in the United States.  But once a year, the Illinois native returns to her “home town” to perform with the St. Louis Symphony.

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5:47 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

Norbert Leo Butz Headlines Angel Band Project Benefit

Norbert Leo Butz

Two-time Tony award winner and Broadway star Norbert Leo Butz is the seventh of eleven children who grew up in St.

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