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
5:02 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

St. Louis International Film Festival

The upcoming comedy-drama film "Silver Linings Playbook" will be shown as part of the St. Louis International Film Festival
(Courtesy: Cinema St. Louis)

The Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival is one of the largest film festivals in the Midwest. 

In the coming weeks, more than 400 films will be screened and many of them will receive their only St. Louis exposure at the festival.

Host Steve Potter talks with Cliff Froehlich, the Executive Director of Cinema St. Louis, and filmmaker Frank Popper.

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Cityscape
2:11 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

Radio City Rockettes Return To Native St. Louis

Rockettes Laura Iberg (L) and Becky Stout (R)
Ariana Tobin / St. Louis Public Radio

The Radio City Christmas Spectacular starring the Rockettes is one the country’s most watched live holiday productions.

This year the Rockettes return to St. Louis to perform at the Peabody Opera House, where they were founded by Russell Markert in 1925.  Then, they were known as the Missouri Rockets.

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Cityscape
12:48 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

Wildlife Rescue & Born To Be Wild At Saint Louis Science Center

Baby Orangutan from "Born to be Wild"
Courtesy SLSC, Copyright IMAX Corporation

The Saint Louis Science Center has an exhibition and is showing a documentary film about wildlife rescue and rehabilitation.

Host Steve Potter talks with David Lickley, the director of Born to be Wild, about the film on orphaned orangutans and elephants and the people who rescue them.  Steve also talks with Bert Vescolani, the President and CEO of the Saint Louis Science Center, about the Wildlife Rescue Exhibition.

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Cityscape
3:00 pm
Fri October 26, 2012

Missouri’s Contentious Role In Civil War Explored Through Music

A cannon sits on what is now Wilson's Creek National Battlefield near Springfield, MO
(via Flickr/Jo Naylor)

As a border state during the Civil War, the state of Missouri was home to numerous battles and skirmishes.  The state’s residents were divided, supporting both sides of the war.

Barbara Harbach is the composer of a new work called “A State Divided – Missouri Symphony for String Orchestra.”  The piece has three movements and each represents a major chapter in the history of Missouri’s role in the Civil War. 

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Cityscape
2:32 pm
Fri October 26, 2012

Performing And Preserving 20th Century American Composers

St. Louis Art Museum
(via Flickr/ChrisYunker)

American Century Music along with the St. Louis Art Museum presents “Views from the American Century.”

According to ACM’s website the mission of the organization is to “fill a vacuum in America’s cultural fabric by bringing inspired, well-crafted works out of their obscurity with committed, insightful performances which they unquestionably deserve.”

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Cityscape
1:25 pm
Fri October 26, 2012

ANNE & EMMETT: A Conversation About Racial Intolerance

Courtney Brown as Anne Frank and Eric Conners as Emmett Till in The Black Rep’s ANNE & EMMETT
Todd Davis

Anne Frank and Emmett Till were young victims of racial injustice and hatred. 

In her diary, Frank provided a harrowing account of when she and her family were forced into hiding to escape the oppression of Nazi Germany.  Emmett Till of Chicago was visiting relatives in Mississippi in 1955 and was murdered after allegedly flirting with a white woman.

Host Steve Potter talks with Janet Langhart Cohen, the playwright of a one-act play called ANNE & EMMETT

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Cityscape
1:37 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

Italian Painter Federico Barroci Exhibit At Saint Louis Art Museum

Studies for the Hands of the Virgin Mary for the Annunciation; Federico Barocci, Italian, c.1533–1612; charcoal and pastel, heightened with white on blue paper; 10 3/4 x 15 1/2 inches; Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Kupferstichkabinett
Photo: Volker - H. Schneider
  • Interview with Judith Mann

Federico Barroci was an Italian Renaissance painter known for his expressive and elegant work.  Host Steve Potter talks with Saint Louis Art Museum curator Judith Mann about the museum’s newest exhibit, Federico Barocci: Renaissance Master.

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The Saint Louis Art Museum Presents "Federico Barocci: Renaissance Master"
October 21, 2012 - January 20, 2013
Tuesday - Sunday, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Friday, 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Saint Louis Art Museum

Cityscape
1:35 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

Pulitzer Prize Winning “Angels in America” Playwright Tony Kushner

Tony Kushner
(Provided By: Jeanette Grider)
  • Interview with Tony Kushner

Tony Kushner is an award-winning playwright and he’s written the screenplay for the upcoming film, “Lincoln.”  IMDB bills it as a story where “America's president struggles with continuing carnage on the battlefield and as he fights with many inside his own cabinet on the decision to emancipate the slaves.”

Kushner, however, is best known for winning a Pulitzer Prize in 1993 for Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes. Host Steve Potter talks Kushner about his career during his visit to St. Louis.

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Cityscape
1:32 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

Third Degree Glass Factory, 10th Anniversary

Third Degree Glass Factory
(Provided By: Anne Murphy)
  • Interview with Jim McKelvey and Doug Auer

The only public-access glass art education organization in St. Louis is Third Degree Glass Factory.  The organization is celebrating its tenth anniversary this weekend.  Host Steve Potter talks with co-founders Jim McKelvey and Doug Auer.

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Third Degree Glass Factory 10th Birthday Blowout Bash
Friday, October 19, 2012
6:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Third Degree Glass Factory, 5200 Delmar Blvd.

Cityscape
2:07 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

Classical And Pop Music Fusion: Christopher O’Riley And Matt Haimovitz

Christopher O'Riley
Wendy Lynch
  • Interview with Christopher O'Riley and Matt Haimovitz

Christopher O’Riley is recognized as a leading American pianist and is host of NPR’s “From the Top,” a program which showcases the best young musicians in the country.  Host Steve Potter talks with O’Riley in advance of his performance with cellist Matt Haimovitz, who made his solo debut when he was just 13 years old, at the Edison Theatre at Washington University.  The event, “Shuffle. Play.

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