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.

Cityscape is sponsored by the Missouri Arts Council, the Arts and Education Council, and the Regional Arts Commission.

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Cityscape
3:51 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

Larger-Than-Life Production Of ‘Carmina Burana’ At The Touhill

Nashville Ballet's "Carmina Burana," Lady Fortune and Ensemble
Marianne Leach

When a symphony orchestra performs Carl Orff’s “Carmina Burana,” it’s always something of a spectacle.  The stage is packed to the brim with a large orchestra including two pianos and celeste, vocal soloists, a chorus and children’s chorus.  But Nashville Ballet Artistic Director Paul Vasterling’s vision of “Carmina Burana” employing 120 singers, 60 orchestral musicians and 40 dancers takes the work to new proportions. 

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Cityscape
11:52 am
Fri February 15, 2013

Challenging Traditional Art: British Artist Jeremy Deller's Work On View At CAM

Artist Jeremy Deller
Jeremy Deller

When British conceptual artist Jeremy Deller chose to stage his first private exhibition back in 1993, he decided to go with a small, intimate setting he knew well: his bedroom.

“It wasn’t so full of people, but I didn’t want it to be full of people,” he says of Open Bedroom, which was by invitation only. “I was terrified that someone would put a cigarette end out on a table or a carpet or something.”

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Cityscape
5:39 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

Comedian Paula Poundstone Returns To St. Louis

Michael Schwartz

Comedian and frequent Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me panelist Paula Poundstone returns to St. Louis this weekend to perform at the Sheldon Concert Hall on Saturday, February 9th.

Armed with nothing but a stool, a microphone and a can of Diet Pepsi, Poundstone is known for her improvisation and ability to create humor on the spot.

Host Steve Potter talked with Poundstone about her foray into rock climbing, her 16 cats, and more. 

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Cityscape
5:29 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

Soundbites: Rook Cooks

Lou Rook III is Executive Chef at Annie Gunn’s restaurant in Chesterfield, Missouri.  He’s also the author of a new cook book, Rook Cooks.

For our monthly Soundbites segment in partnership with Sauce Magazine, host Steve Potter talked with Rook and Sauce Magazine Associate Editor Julie Cohen.

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Cityscape
6:30 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

St. Louis Symphony Announces 2013-2014 Season Schedule

Powell Hall, home of the St. Louis Symphony.
(Alise O'Brien)

Our neighbor here in Grand Center, the St. Louis Symphony, has announced their performance schedule for the 2013-2014 season.

We'll also be continuing our partnership with the Symphony (don't miss our live broadcasts this season on select evenings).

Host Steve Potter talked with Fred Bronstein, President and Executive Director of the St. Louis Symphony, about the upcoming season.

Below is the calendar for the 2013-2014 season. Any favorites you're excited to see?

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Cityscape
10:28 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

Graphic Design As Communication

Bryony Gomez-Palacio and Armin Vit
UnderConsideration

Graphic designer Bryony Gomez-Palacio’s world revolves around design.  She and her husband, Armin Vit, founded UnderConsideration—a graphic design firm and publishing enterprise all rolled into one.  They also created the influential design blog UnderConsideration and are the authors of four books on design.

Bryony Gomez-Palacio and University of Missouri-St. Louis Associate Professor of Design Jennifer McKnight were Steve Potter’s guests on “Cityscape.” 

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Cityscape
5:41 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

First National Tour of ‘Priscilla Queen of the Desert’ Comes To St. Louis

Priscilla Queen of the Desert - The Musical
© Joan Marcus

The first national tour of Priscilla Queen of the Desert - The Musical has made its way to the Fabulous Fox Theatre in St. Louis.

The musical features a trio of friends who take a road trip aboard a battered bus throughout the Australian outback.  Along the way, the three drag queens from Sydney encounter episodes of discrimination and heartbreak.

Priscilla Queen of the Desert - The Musical opens with “It’s Raining Men” and has other disco favorites, as well as songs such as “Material Girl” and “MacArthur Park.”

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Cityscape
3:39 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

'As If We Weren't There' Depicts African Americans Outside Of The Spotlight

Images of African Americans in everyday life compose the exhibit of 'As If We Weren't There,' curated by Deborah Nelson Link of the Hands On Black History Museum.
Courtesy of the Hands On Black History Museum

When Deborah Nelson Linck, curator of the Hands On Black History Museum, found a collection of antique photos of African Americans at a mall last summer, she bought them - both out of novelty, and awe.

It was rare for her to find antique photos of black people in such ordinary settings - off to war, with friends, standing next to new cars - like she did for other races, and she knew that there was something to be done with her discovery.

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Cityscape
5:18 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

Georges Braque: ‘Picasso Sidekick' Gets His Due

Georges Braque, Baluster and Skull (recto), 1938. [verso: Still Life with Fruit Dish, c. 1932-33.] Oil on canvas, 17 3/4 x 21 5/8". Private collection.
© 2012 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris.

In early 20th century Paris, Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque were equally well known after they created the Cubist style of painting.  Today, Picasso is a household name while Braque is virtually unknown outside of art history circles.

Washington University’s Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum puts the spotlight on Braque with the opening of the exhibition ‘Georges Braque and the Cubist Still Life, 1928–1945.’ 

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Cityscape
4:49 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

Social Media Topic Of HotCity Theatre’s World Premier

(via Flickr/ivanpw)

Social media continues to shape the way people communicate and go about life.

A new production by HotCity Theatre called “Connected” focuses on the contemporary subject of social media (Twitter, Facebook, interactive gaming, etc.) and why, despite constant connectivity, many people still feel so alone.

Host Steve Potter talked with playwright Lia Romeo, director Chuck Harper and Caitlin Mickey, who plays the roles of Meghan, Sarah and Sharon.

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