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
2:12 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

Trio Of Restaurants Impacting Urban Renewal In Botanical Heights

Olio Wine Bar
Aaron Bunse

A successful urban neighborhood is made up of several components, some of which are schools, restaurants and residential housing.

During the 1970s, when business owner Joe Edwards opened Blueberry Hill in The Loop, University City experienced a certain measure of renewal.  The well-known restaurant remains an anchor for that stretch of Delmar Boulevard.

Current examples of urban renewal through new restaurants include Cherokee Street and the Carondelet neighborhood in South City.

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Cityscape
8:36 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

Gitana’s ‘Faces Of Love’ Features Al-Andalus

Tarik Banzi's Oud

For 15 years, Gitana Productions has presented an annual “Faces of Love” concert in an effort to bring people together through the power of music, dance or theater.  This year’s concert features Al-Andalus, an ensemble that performs music that originated in the Southern part of Spain at a time when Jews, Muslims and Christians lived together peacefully, creating beautiful music together.

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Cityscape
5:12 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

Prominent Jazz Vocalist Kurt Elling Performs In St. Louis

Kurt Elling
Anna Webber

Kurt Elling is a prominent American jazz vocalist.  Each of his ten albums have been nominated for a Grammy award and he has been named “Male Singer of the Year” by the Jazz Journalists Association eight times.

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Cityscape
3:47 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

Being Gay And Muslim: Worldwide Film Festival Exploring African Issues Debuts In St. Louis

Image still from the documentary "I Am Gay and Muslim." It will screen Sunday at the Missouri History Museum as part of the Africa World Documentary Film Festival.
Credit Art.1

Six years ago, the annual Africa World Documentary Film Festival debuted in St. Louis.

The festival is back at the Missouri History Museum and runs through Sunday, March 3rd.  The three-day event features documentaries from filmmakers all over the world that are focused on social culture, sexual identity, mental disabilities, and more.

After showing in St. Louis, the films will travel to nine other venues across three continents.

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Cityscape
9:42 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Second-Annual ‘Briefs: A Festival Of Short LGBT Plays’

Wendy Greenwood, Robert Lee Davis III, Beth Graveman in “Partners” from 1st "Briefs" Festival
John Lamb

For the second time, That Uppity Theatre Company and The Vital VOICE join forces to present a festival featuring 7 short LGBT plays.  Each play lasts just 10 minutes, so audience members can see all 7 works in just 90 minutes. 

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Cityscape
6:23 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Ricky Skaggs: Entertaining Audiences For More Than 50 Years

Ricky Skaggs

Ricky Skaggs got an early start in music.  At the age of 5, we woke up one morning to find that his parents had left a pint sized mandolin in his bed.  A year later, he played a show with Bill Monroe, the father of bluegrass  and appearances with Earl Scruggs and the Stanley Brothers followed. Before the age of 10, Scruggs was fortunate enough to have performed with three of his heroes.  “When you learn music from  masters like that at such an early age, that I did, those people stay with you,” Skaggs told St. Louis Public Radio’s Jim Althoff.

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Cityscape
5:33 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Award Winning 'The Book of Mormon' Comes To St. Louis

Cast of the "The Book of Mormon" touring company
© Joan Marcus

“The Book of Mormon” has won nine Tony Awards including best musical and score.

Co-creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, of “South Park” fame, and Robert Lopez share the story of two Mormon missionaries who are assigned to Uganda.  They are tasked with baptizing people of the remote African village to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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Cityscape
5:02 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

Local Quilter Shares Her Designs

Susan Marth's Abraham Lincoln Tribute Quilt

Susan Marth designs quilts for all occasions.  But her favorite ones are not bed covers.  Instead, they include wall hangings, table runners, lap quilts and even quilted jackets.  One of her creations pays tribute to Abraham Lincoln, the favorite son of her native state of Illinois, while another immortalizes the Missouri writer, Mark Twain.

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Cityscape
3:51 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

Larger-Than-Life Production Of ‘Carmina Burana’ At The Touhill

Nashville Ballet's "Carmina Burana," Lady Fortune and Ensemble
Marianne Leach

When a symphony orchestra performs Carl Orff’s “Carmina Burana,” it’s always something of a spectacle.  The stage is packed to the brim with a large orchestra including two pianos and celeste, vocal soloists, a chorus and children’s chorus.  But Nashville Ballet Artistic Director Paul Vasterling’s vision of “Carmina Burana” employing 120 singers, 60 orchestral musicians and 40 dancers takes the work to new proportions. 

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Cityscape
11:52 am
Fri February 15, 2013

Challenging Traditional Art: British Artist Jeremy Deller's Work On View At CAM

Artist Jeremy Deller
Jeremy Deller

When British conceptual artist Jeremy Deller chose to stage his first private exhibition back in 1993, he decided to go with a small, intimate setting he knew well: his bedroom.

“It wasn’t so full of people, but I didn’t want it to be full of people,” he says of Open Bedroom, which was by invitation only. “I was terrified that someone would put a cigarette end out on a table or a carpet or something.”

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