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
10:19 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

Opera Theatre Of Saint Louis Premieres Terence Blanchard’s ‘Champion’

(L to R) Robert Orth as Howie Albert and Aubrey Allicock as Young Emile Griffith in Opera Theatre of Saint Louis’ 2013 world premiere production of Champion.
Ken Howard | Opera Theatre of St. Louis

On Saturday, June 15, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis performs the world premiere of jazz trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard’s first opera, Champion. Set to a libretto by Michael Cristofer, the opera tells the true story of Emile Griffith, a gay boxer who became the Welterweight Champion of the World. But in a boxing match, he kills his opponent through no fault of his own, and then has to live with the guilt for the rest of his life.

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Cityscape
8:37 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

The Big Muddy Dance Company Invigorates Life Through Dance

Big Muddy Dancers Kelly Bitzer and Robert Poe

When Paula David decided over Thanksgiving weekend of 2009 that she intended to start a contemporary dance company, she knew that she wanted to commission a work by her former colleague, Hubbard Street Dance’s founder Lou Conte, The ‘40s.  When he agreed, she set to work on incorporation and other logistics necessary to create a non-profit organization.

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Cityscape
10:41 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

Missouri Chamber Music Festival Celebrates Schubert and Stravinsky

Scott Andrews and Nina Ferrigno

The Missouri Chamber Music Festival (MOCM) presents its third season of concerts in Webster Groves.  Directed by St. Louis Symphony Principal Clarinetist Scott Andrews and pianist Nina Ferrigno, the festival offers three concerts performed by world-renowned musicians from around the country and St. Louis.

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Cityscape
9:29 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

The MUNY Opens Its 95th Season

Mike Isaacson
The MUNY

As The MUNY opens its 95th season of outdoor musical theatre in Forest Park, Executive Producer Mike Isaacson is excited about the number of “firsts.”  Four of the productions are MUNY premieres including Monty Python’s Spamalot which opens the season, Shrek The Musical, Nunsense Muny Style! and Mary Poppins.  In the production of Mary Poppins, for the first time in MUNY history, a character will fly over the audience.

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Cityscape
3:23 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

From Children’s Theater To Burlesque – St. Lou Fringe Festival Returns For Second Year

The St. Lou Fringe Festival occurs June 20-24, 2013
(Courtesy: St. Lou Fringe)

The St. Lou Fringe Festival debuted last year and is back for a five day festival this month which takes place at performance spaces throughout Midtown.

Em Piro, founder and executive director of St. Lou Fringe told Cityscape host Steve Potter, “the fringe model has been used worldwide for over 60 years and it was a really exciting opportunity to bring it here to St. Louis.”

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Cityscape
11:17 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

A Celebration Of Jewish Life In Film

'Hava Nagila"

On Sunday, June 9, the 18th Annual St. Louis Jewish Film Festival will open with two music related documentaries.  Hava Nagila explores the Jewish staple which has become a worldwide phenomenon.  Then, Orchestra of Exiles details the story of a Polish born violin prodigy’s transformation by Nazism from an artist to an activist who rescued 1,000 Jewish exiles and brought them to Palestine in 1936 to found a national orchestra.

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Cityscape
4:58 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Circus Flora Takes 'A Trip To The Moon'

Circus Flora Presents "A Trip to the Moon"
Courtesy Circus Flora

‘A Trip to the Moon’ is a French black-and-white silent film produced in 1902.  The plot is about a group of astronomers who take an expedition to the moon.

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Cityscape
3:58 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Artist Kerry James Marshall Creates 'Garden of Delights' at CAM

From Kerry James Marshall's 'Garden Of Delights,' at the Contemporary Art Museum

Throughout his career, artist Kerry James Marshall has turned his environment into his muse, turning to the cultural and social landscape of America.

A native of Birmingham, at the age of seven, he moved from the South to the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles.  He grew up there during the Civil Rights Movement.

Marshall now resides in Chicago and is known for creating series of works based on outdoor landscapes and the interactions of black people within them.

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Cityscape
2:55 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Cigars And Guitars: Unique Music Festival Comes To St. Louis

Cigar Box Guitar
(via Flickr/steve_lodefink)

On Saturday, June 8th from Noon – 6:00 p.m. the inaugural St. Louis Cigar Box Guitar Festival will be held at the Highway 61 Roadhouse and Kitchen in Webster Groves.

Host Steve Potter spoke with Gary Herget, a resident of Dittmer, Missouri, who is one of the organizers of the event.

They talked about a wide variety of topics including the history and use of cigar box guitars as well as some of the events scheduled for the festival which includes open mic and a cigar box guitar building workshop.

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Cityscape
8:47 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

Opera Theatre Of Saint Louis’ Festival Season Opens With ‘Pirates Of Penzance”

Pirates of Penzance
Opera Theatre of Saint Louis

The tents are up on the lawn of the Loretto Hilton Performing Arts Center as Opera Theatre of Saint Louis prepares to open its 2013 Festival Season with Gilbert & Sullivan’s comic masterpiece The Pirates of Penzance. Directed and choreographed by Sean Curran and conducted by Ryan McAdams, Pirates is the first of four productions that will be staged in repertory from May 25 until June 30.

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