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
4:07 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

St. Louisan Michael Drummond Combines Art And Fashion In New Exhibit

Michael Drummond
(Courtesy: Regional Arts Commission)

St. Louis native Michael Drummond is a fashion designer.  You may recognize him from his appearance a few years ago on the Lifetime television series Project Runway.

Drummond is the curator of a new exhibition at The Gallery at the Regional Arts Commission.  The exhibition, Dressed, features the work of four local residents, Bob Trump, Laura Kathleen, Marie McInerney and Deborah Pontious.  It’s meant to highlight the combination of fashion and art as well as the growth of St. Louis fashion.

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Cityscape
5:35 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

St. Louis Storytelling Festival Offers Programs For All Ages

Regional Storyteller Annette Harrison

For the 34th year, the University of Missouri – St. Louis School of Professional and Continuing Studies presents a four-day festival highlighting the art of storytelling.  From May 1 – 4, six featured storytellers from across the nation join fifty storytellers from the St. Louis region to present more than one hundred events  in a host of locations including the Gateway Arch, the Missouri History Museum and numerous libraries, parks and bookstores in St. Louis and St. Charles Counties.

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Cityscape
2:48 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Alarm Will Sound Remembers The Year 1969

Alan Pierson conducts Alarm Will Sound
Cory Weaver

In the late 1990’s Eastman School of Music students Gavin Chuck and Alan Pierson saw the need for a top notch ensemble to perform their compositions and other contemporary music.  They set to work and formed the student ensemble Ossia.  One of their more notable concerts was one in 1999 that featured music by Steve Reich which the composer attended. After the concert, Reich expressed to the group his desire for an American new music ensemble that would be equivalent to England’s London Sinfonietta or Germany’s Ensemble Modern.

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Cityscape
11:36 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Soundbites: Northern Thai Cuisine Comes To St. Louis, A Look At The Latest Food Trends

Khao Soi soup at Fork & Stix
Carmen Troesser

St. Louis is home to many Thai restaurants but the cuisine of the Southeast Asian country of Thailand is diverse.

Roughly, there are four food regions in the country - northern, northeast, central (Bangkok) and southern, according to Phatcharin Wanna, the owner/chef of a new Thai restaurant in the Delmar Loop.

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Cityscape
5:43 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

New Movie 'Lake Windfall' Seeks To Entertain, Educate About Deaf Culture

The movie 'Lake Windfall' from Rustic Lantern Films centers on five friends who embark on a camping trip that turns disastrous. Of the five actors, three are deaf. Alexander Laferriere acts as Drew who is a CODA, or "child of deaf adults."
Courtes of Tony Nitko/Rustic Lantern Films

Local production company Rustic Lantern Films has recently released their debut movie called "Lake Windfall," about five friends on a camping trip that turns disastrous. 

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Cityscape
5:31 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

Shakespeare Festival St. Louis Takes On Cyber-Bullying, Hosts SHAKE38

William Shakespeare
Wikimedia Commons

Each Spring, Shakespeare Festival St. Louis stages a play by the Bard in an area of Forest Park just east of the St. Louis Art Museum.  This year, the production is Twelfth Night which will run nightly except Tuesdays from May 24 through June 16. But before rehearsals for the main event even begin, the organization is active with pre-season offerings.

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Cityscape
4:27 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

The 442’s, A Musical Collaboration With A Unique Sound

The 442's
Sandra Calvo

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
6:13 pm
Fri April 12, 2013

Greater St. Louis Jazz Festival Celebrates 10 Years

Dee Dee Bridgewater

From April 18th through 20th, the Greater St. Louis Jazz Festival will bring some of the greatest names in professional jazz to the stage as well as provide training opportunities for some 800 students.  In its tenth year, the festival has grown to be one of the most significant festivals in the Midwest.  Founded in 2004 by the University of Missouri – St. Louis and the Touhill Performing Arts Center, the festival last year added a partnership with Jazz St. Louis.

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Cityscape
3:12 pm
Fri April 12, 2013

Union Avenue Opera’s ‘Trouble In Tahiti”

Ian Greenlaw and Kara Cornell in Union Avenue Opera's 'Trouble in Tahiti'
Ron Lindsey

Union Avenue Opera opens its Nineteenth Festival Season with Leonard Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti. Written in 1952, the one act opera portrays the troubled marriage of a young suburban couple, Sam and Dinah, and follows the roller coaster of emotion as they try to reconcile their love.  Although Bernstein set his opera in the 1950’s, the Union Avenue Opera production moves the action to the present day.

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Cityscape
3:03 pm
Fri April 12, 2013

CHARIS Celebrates Twenty Years Of Music, Encouraging Women And The LGBTQ Community

Members of CHARIS
(Courtesy: CHARIS)

Members of CHARIS, the St. Louis Women’s Chorus, are celebrating the organization’s twenty year anniversary this month.

CHARIS is made up of a diverse group of women who are united in a mission “to perform music that celebrates and encourages women and the LGBTQ community.”

CHARIS’ Artistic Director Kourtney Strade and Vice-President Julie Lynch joined host Steve Potter to talk about this weekend’s upcoming performances.

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