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
2:48 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Jazz St. Louis Remembers MAXJAZZ Founder Rich McDonnell In Concert At Jazz At The Bistro

Rich McDonnell, founder of MAXJAZZ Records.
Credit MAXJAZZ

On Sunday, May 25, Jazz at the Bistro will have a lineup of performers worthy of the man everyone is gathering to honor: Richard McDonnell.

In addition to founding St. Louis-based independent record label MAXJAZZ, McDonnell was one of the original board members of Jazz St. Louis.

The night before he died this past February, Richard McDonnell spent the evening doing what he loved most, said his son Clayton McDonnell. First he went to hear Peter Martin at the Sheldon, and then he went to hear sets performed at Jazz at the Bistro.

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Cityscape
12:04 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Thirty Dance Companies Converge On The Touhill For Dance St. Louis’ Spring To Dance

Chicago Tap Theatre
Courtesy Chicato Tap Theatre

It’s not often that 30 different professional dance companies perform in the same place on the same weekend. But it’s happening this weekend at the Touhill. Beginning Thursday, May 22 and ending Saturday, May 24, ten different professional companies will perform each night, representing a spectrum of dance styles and locales over the course of the three nights.

St. Louis is represented by at least one local company per night, with performances by The Big Muddy Dance Company, Leverage Dance Theater, Saint Louis Ballet, Common Thread Contemporary Dance and MADCO.

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Cityscape
6:45 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Remembering Circus Flora’s David Balding

Circus Flora co-founder and artistic director David Balding
Credit Circus Flora

The members of the Circus Flora family were stunned and saddened when their beloved patriarch David Balding passed away on Friday, May 9. One of the members of that family is theater director Cecil MacKinnon who is also known as Yo-Yo, the Narrator. She joined Cityscape host Steve Potter to remember Balding.

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Cityscape
5:13 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Shakespeare In The Park Takes On Two Plays

Shakespeare Festival crowd in Forest Park.
Credit Shakespeare Festival St. Louis

Shakespeare Festival St. Louis opened its 14th season Saturday in Forest Park. This year, there is an additional show to see. Instead of selecting one of the Bard’s 38 plays to perform in Shakespeare Glen, the festival has selected three: “Henry IV Part 1,” “Henry IV Part 2,” and “Henry V.” “Henry IV” has been adapted into one show for a total of two outdoor performances. Both shows are free to the public.

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Cityscape
4:37 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

The 100-Year-Old Sun Theater In Grand Center Reopens After A Major Renovation

The exterior of the Sun Theater, 3625 Grandel Square, after renovation.
Credit Amanda Honigfort / St. Louis Public Radio

The Sun Theater in Grand Center has reopened after nearly 40 years of neglect and abandonment.

On Grandel Square near Powell Hall and the Fox Theatre, the Sun Theater is being leased by the Grand Center Arts Academy. The Lawrence Group, a St. Louis-based design firm, spent $11.5 million on the theater’s renovation.

Lynne Glickert, executive director of the Grand Center Arts Academy, said she was always hopeful the school would be able to use the Sun Theater for its 535 students. The school is the Beaux Arts Building, which is next to the Sun.

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14th Street Gallery
2:15 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Ousted Champion Of STL Teen Artists Looking To Relocate — Or Leave Town

William Burton Jr.
Credit Stephanie Zimmerman

Originally published Tuesday, May 13. Updated Friday, May 16 to include audio from Cityscape. Look for more STL Art Game-Changers in an upcoming series.

St. Louis artist and activist William Burton has a history of helping teenagers from unstable environments. Now Burton’s own outreach efforts are facing homelessness.

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Cityscape
5:50 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Vocalist Denise Thimes Shares Her Gifts With St. Louis And Aretha Franklin

Denise Thimes performing at Aretha Franklin's 72nd birthday party.
courtesy photo

When a friend asked St. Louis vocalist Denise Thimes to come to Detroit to sing for her father’s 75th birthday party, she didn’t tell her until she got there that one of the guests was Aretha Franklin. “I was shaking in my boots, to say the least,” Thimes told Cityscape host Steve Potter, but she pulled herself together and sang for the diva and the others in the audience. “She wanted to hear “The Way We Were” and I really tried to sing it to the best of my ability.  And she was very pleased with that.”

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Cityscape
5:16 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

What Are The Newest Restaurants And Food Trends In St. Louis?

Three Flags Tavern, a new restaurant that pays tribute to the cuisine of the three countries whose flags have flown over St. Louis: France, Spain and the U.S.
Michelle Volansky Sauce Magazine

In our monthly Soundbites segment in partnership with Sauce Magazine, host Steve Potter spoke with the magazine’s executive editor Ligaya Figueras and art director Meera Nagarajan about what is up-and-coming in the St. Louis food scene.

Among the highlights of the conversation were what restaurants have good patios, what’s new at the Loop, and two barbecue restaurants set to open soon. Also covered were hit lists of restaurants that focus on being healthy and places that are kid friendly.

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Cityscape
12:01 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Three St. Louis Museums Open Major Exhibitions

"Lots," 2014. Designed by Freecell Architecture for the PXSTL Competition.
photo by David Johnson Organized by the Pulitzer Foundaton for the Arts & the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts

Updated Monday, May 12 to include the fourth exhibition at CAM.

Three St. Louis institutions are opening major contemporary art exhibitions tonight: the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis and the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum at Washington University.

In the hope that St. Louisans will make it an “art night out,” a free shuttle service between the Kemper and Grand Center is being provided from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

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Arts & Culture
4:25 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Author Elaine Viets On 13th Book In Her ‘Dead-End Job Mystery’ Series

Elaine Viets

Although former Post-Dispatch columnist Elaine Viets now lives in Fort Lauderdale, both of her book series have St. Louis connections.  Her Josie Marcus Mystery Shopper series is set in Maplewood while the main character in her Dead-End Job Mystery series is a St. Louis woman on the run in South Florida.

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