Cityscape

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Join Steve Potter every Friday for a discussion of local arts and cultural events.

To call in during the noon broadcast call (314) 382-TALK (8255) or e-mail talk@stlpublicradio.org.

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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
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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Cityscape
4:13 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Classical Guitarist Rafael Aguirre Makes St. Louis Debut

Classical guitarist Rafael Aguirre
(Courtesy: St. Louis Classical Guitar Society)

Spanish guitarist Rafael Aguirre is not yet 30, but has already won first place honors in 12 of the world’s most prestigious competitions.  He has also performed in many of the greatest concert halls around the world, including New York City’s famed Carnegie Hall, where he has performed twice. 

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Cityscape
2:26 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Longtime 'A Chorus Line' Director Reflects On Enduring Musical, Return To St. Louis

'A Chorus Line' Hats Up Finale
Phil Martin

A Chorus Line opened on Broadway in 1975 to critical acclaim, winning nine Tony Awards.  It became the longest running Broadway production, with more than 6,000 performances, until surpassed by Cats.

A touring revival of the musical is in St. Louis, currently at the Peabody Opera House.

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Cityscape
11:39 am
Fri March 22, 2013

Rap Tribute To ‘March Madness’ Billikens Created By Chaminade Coach

The Saint Louis University Men's Basketball Billikens following their win over New Mexico State in the NCAA tournament.
(Saint Louis Athletics)

Jason Kertz is a 2009 graduate of Saint Louis University.  He is now a middle school teacher as well as baseball and basketball coach at Chaminade College Prep.

A song he posted earlier this week on YouTube already has several thousand views.  The song, “Started from the Bottom (Bills on Top),” is a cover of singer Mike Posner’s cover of rapper Drake’s song, “Started from the Bottom.”

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Cityscape
5:49 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

Annie Amantea Blum Remembers The Admiral

Annie Amantea Blum

The Streckfus family’s Admiral riverboat served as a mecca for social gatherings for generations of St. Louisans.  Gracing the St. Louis riverfront from 1940 until 1978 with its distinctive art deco style, the boat took daily and nightly excursions on the Mississippi.  On its five decks, patrons could partake in a variety of entertainment including ballroom dancing, a number of dining choices, arcade games, rock bands for teens, glamorous powder rooms and more.  Its air-conditioned ballroom was one of the first in the area.

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Cityscape
2:38 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

B-52’s Fred Schneider Performs With Gateway Men’s Chorus

B-52's
Joseph Cultice

The Gateway Men’s Chorus came up with the name “Bad Boys” before B -52’s frontman Fred Schneider was onboard for this weekend’s performances.

According to Al Fischer, artistic director of GMC, Bad Boys is about “guys with attitude, guys with something to say, who don’t care what people think about them.”

The Gateway Men's Chorus' mission is to affirm and promote gay culture and acceptance through excellence in musical performance and education.

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Cityscape
11:20 am
Fri March 15, 2013

Cherokee Street's Blank Space Commemorates One Year As Arts Incubator

Michael Franco, a guitarist and producer in the jazz and hip-hop instrumental duo Franco Hill, tests his levels before "Louder Than Words" begins.
Erin Williams

At the south end of Cherokee Street, tucked in the woven pattern of a record store, bakery, and the occasional Mexican restaurant sits a venue with a large open window and a stenciled sign that reads “Blank Space 2847 Cherokee.”

Peer through the large windows and you’ll see just that – a few chairs scattered around, a large wall of books and some boxes filled with vinyl.

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