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
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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Cityscape
4:01 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

Local Teen Acts Compete For Scholarships

Fox Theatre
Chris Caldwell

On Friday, April 12th, a dozen acts in the St. Louis Teen Talent Competition will square off in the finals, competing for college scholarships, prizes and public appearance opportunities.

The Fox Performing Arts Charitable Foundation holds the event to “foster the emerging talent in the St. Louis performing arts community…and to present an adjudicated competition showcasing the splendidly talented teens of the St. Louis Metropolitan area.”

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Cityscape
2:28 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

St. Louis Poetry Center Celebrates Poetry Month With Emily Dickinson

Poet Emily Dickinson
(via Wikimedia Commons)

April is national poetry month and as part of the commemoration, the St. Louis Poetry Center holds “The Belle of Blueberry Hill: Emily Dickinson at the Duck Room.”

While the St. Louis Poetry Center features the work of many poets and writers over the course of a year, the influential work of Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) is on focus at the organization’s upcoming event.

In 1862, Dickinson sent a letter containing four poems to Thomas Wentworth Higginson, who would later write of her, a “wholly new and original poetic genius.”

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Cityscape
1:12 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

CultureGrrl: Museums Face Financial Uncertainty

The Missouri History Museum is one of many arts institutions in the St. Louis region.
(via Wikimedia Commons)

Lee Rosenbaum is a cultural commentator who writes the award-winning blog, CultureGrrl.  Her work has been featured in numerous media including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times and NPR.

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Cityscape
4:49 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Ami Dayan Performs “Conviction” At New Jewish Theatre

Ami Dayan in 'Conviction'

Actor, director and playwright Ami Dayan returns to St. Louis to perform his adaptation of Orem Neeman’s one-man play Conviction. Dyan grew up in a Kibbutz in Israel, but spent two years in St. Louis in the early 1970s when his father was the Israeli emissary to St. Louis at the JCC.  So it will be a homecoming of sorts when he performs at the New Jewish Theatre on the JCC campus.

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Cityscape
12:59 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

New Perspective On Black Men Seen In Exhibit At Missouri History Museum

Visitors to the "Question Bridge" exhibit observe the unscripted video dialogue between the subjects. The exhibit will be on view until April 20.
Credit Courtesy of Missouri History Museum

Every day it is a natural inclination for humans to have a question and seek an answer for it.

Some questions might come across as trivial and silly, and others may dig deeper into one’s life and purpose. And some may help to unify and unfurl decades of preconceived notions.

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Cityscape
12:54 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Belleville Native Jay Farrar On New Work, Performs Live On Cityscape

Son Volt
Emily Nathan

Belleville, Illinois native Jay Farrar is the leader of the band Son Volt, an alt-country group formed in 1994 after the break-up of Uncle Tupelo.

Earlier this month Farrar, with his band Son Volt, released Honky Tonk (Rounder Records), a more acoustic-based sound which recalls the classic Bakersfield honky tonk music.

The new album also features Farrar’s foray into playing the pedal steel guitar, which he learned while playing with the St. Louis band, Colonel Ford.

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Cityscape
5:03 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Comic Con Brings ‘Incredible Hulk’ Lou Ferrigno To St. Louis

Lou Ferrigno as the Incredible Hulk
Used With Permission (via Flickr / WWComicCon)

The St. Louis Comic Con takes place in Downtown St. Louis this weekend.

The event brings some of the biggest names in science fiction, comics and more. 

Host Steve Potter talked with actor, fitness trainer/consultant and retired professional bodybuilder Lou Ferrigno.  He gained fame as a young world-class bodybuilder, at one point becoming Mr. Universe. 

He also played the Incredible Hulk in the CBS TV series.

Ferrigno was joined by Jerry Milani, a representative of Wizard World, which bills itself as the place where pop culture comes to life.

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