Cityscape

Airs Fridays, noon - 1 p.m. and 10 p.m. - 11 p.m. (repeat)

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
12:45 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

St. Louisan Terry Baker Mulligan’s New Memoir Recounts Experience Of Growing Up In Harlem

Terry Baker Mulligan in front of 369 Edgecombe in Harlem, the building where she was born and lived until age 12
(Provided By: Terry Baker Mulligan)

When born and bred New Yorker Terry Baker Mulligan moved to Saint Louis in the early seventies, she was met with pre-conceived notions about her hometown.

She says her new friends and colleagues thought New Yorkers were rude and the city was filled with trouble and uneasiness.

After leaving her teaching job in 1974 to raise her growing family, she began a 35 year journey to preserve her life and focus on the goodness of the place she once called home and still holds dear.

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Cityscape
11:22 am
Fri December 7, 2012

The Host Of Holidays Past: Kirkwood Woman Performs Dickens, Seuss, More

Historic Interpreter Anne Williams
Alex Heuer / St. Louis Public Radio

Kirkwood resident Anne Williams is a certified historic interpreter and has volunteered at the Daniel Boone Home in Defiance, Missouri since 1996.

She combines history and literature, dresses in period clothing and shares with guests the historic context of stories and the authors who write them.

Among other things, she performs at special events for the National Park Service including at the Old Court House and Grant’s Home.  She recites the Declaration of Independence every year in Kirkwood.

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Cityscape
3:18 pm
Fri November 30, 2012

The Luminary Presents Exhibition Reflecting Evolution Of Arts Community

PSTL Gallery's "miniature gallery"

The Luminary Center for the Arts opened in 2007 and strives to provide a platform for the presentation of innovative art, music and cultural projects.

Its temporary exhibition space now hosts Social Security, a constellation of five galleries individually curated by area alternative spaces which have shuttered or shifted in form within the past year.

Among other things, the exhibition explores the how the arts community is evolving.

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Cityscape
3:08 pm
Fri November 30, 2012

Jazz Guitarist John Pizzarelli On New Memoir, Visit To St. Louis

John Pizzarelli
Ariana Tobin / St. Louis Public Radio

John Pizzarelli is a world-renowned jazz guitarist and singer.

He has recorded dozens of albums and is now the author of a new memoir called, World on a String: A Musical Memoir.

Pizzarelli’s latest album is Double Exposure.  It is a collection of tunes by songwriters of traditional songs framed within traditional jazz arrangements.

Host Steve Potter talked with John Pizzarelli about his career and upcoming appearance in St. Louis.  Pizzarelli also performed live during the interview.

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Cityscape
12:40 pm
Fri November 30, 2012

Songbird Cafe Features Local Songwriters In Intimate Listening Environment

Songbird Cafe Performance, October 2012 (L to R: Brian Henneman, Kip Loui, Jason Hutto and Brian Curran)
Brad Blackburn

Songbird Café is a local St. Louis production which features songwriters playing and sharing stories about their own music and an audience intent on listening in an intimate environment.

Steve St. Cyr, a recently retired accountant, is the organizer and producer of Songbird Café, which for the past year, takes place at the Focal Point in Maplewood on an almost monthly basis.

St. Cyr got the inspiration for his project from the Bluebird Café in Nashville, Tennessee – a listening room which has launched the career of several well-known music artists.

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Cityscape
3:06 pm
Fri November 23, 2012

St. Louis Native, Jazz Trumpeter And Vocalist Jeremy Davenport Performs At Jazz St. Louis

Jeremy Davenport
Theresa Cassagne

St. Louis native Jeremy Davenport is a jazz trumpeter and vocalist now based in New Orleans.

Davenport, 42, grew up in a family of musicians.  His mother was a music educator for nearly 50 years and his father recently retired from the St. Louis Symphony.

Davenport’s performances harken back to a time when Jazz was at its peak popularity though his unique style and mood of storytelling creates a modern edge.

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Cityscape
3:05 pm
Fri November 23, 2012

Joel King Revisits "Real Life" In Return Of His St. Louis-Based Play

The cast of the play "Real Life," written by Joel P.E. King.
King Yella

Playwright Joel P.E. King knows a thing or two about real life.

He was born in Washington Park, Illinois as the seventh of eleven children, and watched as his community transformed from one that thrived on family and fellowship to a place of crime and fear.

The negative experiences he was aware of both as a child and an adult served as an inspiration for his aptly – titled play "Real Life."

The coming of age story centers around a young man who is conflicted between becoming a negative product of his environment versus the future that awaits him if he were to leave.

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Cityscape
3:03 pm
Fri November 23, 2012

Bach Society Christmas

Bach Society Christmas Candlelight Concert
Kris Bueltmann

A highlight of the Christmas season for many is the Bach Society of Saint Louis’ annual Christmas Candlelight Concert.  Music Director A. Dennis Sparger will conduct the Bach Society Chorus and Orchestra in this year’s concert on Sunday, December 2 in Powell Hall.  Also featured on the program is the Archdiocesan Children’s Choir, led by Horst Buchholz.

Sparger and Bach Society Principal Singer Melissa Payton joined host Steve Potter to discuss this year’s concert and sample three of the scheduled works. 

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Cityscape
5:05 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra’s New Season

St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra Strings
(Courtesy: St. Louis Symphony)

The St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra opens its 2012-2013 season in a concert Friday night in Powell Hall,  but the young musicians and their leaders have been hard at work for months. 


During the summer, Jessica Ingraham was named as the Youth Orchestra Manager. 

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Cityscape
2:59 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

The Progress Of Love At The Pulitzer

Fake Death Picture (The Death of Chatterton – Henry Wallis), 2011
Yinka Shonibare, MBE. Courtesy of James Cohan Gallery, New York and Shanghai. © 2012 Yinka Shonibare, MBE

The Progress of Love is a collaborative project between the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, the Menil Collection in Houston, and the Centre for Contemporary Art in Lagos, Nigeria.

Host Steve Potter talked with Kristina Van Dyke, the Director of the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts and the curator of the exhibition, as well as British-Nigerian artist Zina Saro-Wiwa.

The exhibition features contemporary art work, including photography and multimedia installations, by African and Western artists.  

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