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
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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Cityscape
9:44 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

Florian Schulz: Wildlife Photographer And Conservationist

Florian Schulz' "To the Arctic"
Florian Schulz

Florian Schulz has two passions.  He is an award-winning wildlife photographer, but is equally dedicated to preserving the habitat of wildlife. 

Schulz’s passions led him to the Arctic where he spent 18 months in search of breathtaking images documenting life in every season.  The result is the book “To the Arctic” which is the companion to the IMAX film of the same name.

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Cityscape
8:25 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

Conductor Steven Jarvi Joins The St. Louis Symphony

Steven Jarvi

It has been a thrilling week for Steven Jarvi.  In the same week, he has fulfilled two lifelong dreams.  He has been appointed to a job he has dreamed of his whole life and is conducting an opera he has always dreamed of conducting.

The job is Resident Conductor of the St. Louis Symphony and the opera is Puccini’s “Tosca” which Jarvi conducts with Winter Opera Saint Louis in performances March 8 and 10 at Chaminade.

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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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