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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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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Cityscape
3:21 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

St. Louis Photographer Puts A Face To The Problem of Homelessness Among Veterans

Jerry Tovo (Courtesy Missouri History Museum)

 During the Vietnam War, Jerry Tovo was a drill sergeant, training soldiers to go to war. After he left the military, Tovo became a professional photographer, specializing in advertising. But in 2011, he took his photography in a less commercial direction--photographing homeless veterans across the country.

Tovo's motivation for the project originated with an understanding of the problems that can lead to homelessness  among veterans.

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Cityscape
4:57 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

Cinema St. Louis Presents First St. Louis International Children's Festival

Joey Dedio's "Tio Papi"

Over the course of the next two weeks, Cinema St. Louis will hold filmmaking workshops and screen fourteen films in its first St. Louis International Children's Film Festival.

Cinema St. Louis Executive Director Cliff Froehlich said the organization chose to do a children's festival because there were a lot of great children's films that should be seen despite not having wide commercial appeal. 

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Cityscape
4:50 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

St. Louis Tap Festival Presents 'All That Tap XXII'

Karen Callaway Williams
(Courtesy Robert L. Reed Tap Heritage Institute)

After a week of workshops led by professional tap dancers, the St. Louis Tap Festival will present "All That Tap XXII" on Saturday, July 27, 2013.

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Cityscape
4:46 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

The Cabaret Project Of St. Louis Presents 2013 Festival

Marilyn Maye

 

The second annual St. Louis Cabaret Festival begins Wednesday, July 31, 2013. Marilyn Maye, Billy Stritch, Jason Graae and John Bucchino are the festival headliners.

Marilyn Maye is a legendary cabaret singer who has performed on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson a record 76 times. She joined Billy Stritch, a singer, songwriter and pianist who often performs with Liza Minnelli and the Cabaret Project's Executive Director, Tim Schall, to talk about the upcoming festival with Cityscape host Steve Potter.

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Cityscape
3:57 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Stages St. Louis Presents Legally Blonde, The Musical

Elle (Michelle London) and Bruiser (Jose)
Peter Wochniak

Legally Blonde, The Musical opens tonight at the Robert G. Reim Theatre, continuing Stages St. Louis' 27th season.

Michelle London plays Elle Woods, a southern California girl who decides to "get serious" and follow her college boyfriend to Harvard Law. Ben Nordstrom returned to St. Louis to play Emmett Forrest. They talked with host Steve Potter to discuss the judgments we make based on people's clothes, defying expectations and their roles in the musical.

Legally Blonde, The Musical opens tonight, Friday July 19 and runs through August 18, 2013.

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Cityscape
3:55 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Soundbites: Summer Drinks

strawberry-infused moonshine
Greg Rannells, Sauce Magazine

In our monthly “Soundbites” segment in partnership with Sauce Magazine, host Steve Potter sampled a few summer drinks with Cory King, Ted Kilgore and Ligaya Figueras, executive editor of Sauce Magazine.

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Cityscape
3:35 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

New Documentary Highlights Craft Beer As An Economic Engine

Screenshot of Kevin Lemp, co-owner of 4 Hands Brewing Co. from the film.
(Courtesy: Crafting a Nation)

A new feature-length documentary proposes an interesting driver for the economy: craft beer.  Crafting a Nationsaid director Thomas Kolicko, "is about pursuing a dream, with beer as the vehicle that drives it."

Kolicko described crafting beer as an inefficient task, which in turn creates jobs. The film takes the audience to craft breweries in eight different states and thirteen different regions.

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