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
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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Cityscape
3:55 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

Preserving The Stories Of Missouri Veterans

Volunteer and American Legion Historian Mike Trial conducts a veterans interview for the Missouri Veterans History Project and Library of Congress in Columbia, MO on November 16, 2010.
Jeff D. Corrigan

The Missouri Veterans History Project is a not-for-profit organization which seeks to capture the oral history of as many Missouri veterans as possible.

According to the group’s website, “Our nation’s veterans each have a unique perspective to share about our history. First-hand recollections of their service provide a richer and more personal context to historical accounts.”

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Cityscape
6:23 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

A Low Brass Spectacular At The Sheldon

2012 Low Brass Spectacular
Photo by Ray Meibaum

St. Louis Symphony Bass Trombonist Gerry Pagano recognized the need for a forum to provide educational and performance opportunities for trombone, euphonium, baritone horn and tuba players in the St. Louis region, so he formed the Saint Louis Low Brass Collective.  The organization presents its 5th Annual Low Brass Spectacular Gala Concert Tuesday, January 22 at The Sheldon Concert Hall. The musicians will include members of the St.

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Cityscape
5:05 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

The Dickson String Quartet Is A Family Affair

Dickson String Quartet
Photograph by August Jennewein/UMSL

When a family has 10 children who all study music, it’s natural that some of them might form an ensemble.  In the case of the Dickson family, 4 of them not only formed a string quartet, but all entered college at the same time, halfway across the country.  

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Cityscape
11:17 am
Fri January 18, 2013

Exclusive: Nominations For Inaugural Louie Awards Honoring Local Theater Revealed

(via Flickr/ Tim Green)

In 2012, approximately 100 local professional theatrical productions were presented in the St. Louis area.

A new organization called the St. Louis Theater Circle, a group of area theater reviewers, seeks to recognize local professional theater with the inaugural Louie Awards.

The first Louie Awards presentation coincides with the suspension of the Kevin Kline Awards.  Earlier this year the Professional Theater Council of St. Louis decided not to hold a ceremony honoring 2012 theatrical productions, citing financial issues.

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Cityscape
4:30 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

Ken Botnick Creates Books As Art

"B is for Beckett" Limited Edition Book, A Collaboration with Mary Jo Bang
Courtesy of Ken Botnick

When someone asks Ken Botnick what he does, the answer is not an easy one.  As a typographer, he is at the same time a designer, craftsman, printer and publisher, and if that isn’t enough, he is also a Professor of Art and Director of the Nancy Spirtas Kranzberg Studio for the Illustrated Book at the Sam Fox School at Washington University.  The focus of his artistic endeavors is the creation of limited edition books. 

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Cityscape
3:06 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

Soundbites: Little Country Gentleman Offers Unique Dining Experience

Chef-Owner Mike Randolph along with chef de cusine Dale Beauchamp at Little Country Gentleman in Clayton, Missouri
Jonathan Gayman

“The excitement begins with a complimentary half glass of sparkling Lambrusco – the real stuff, fizzy and dry from Italy’s Emilia-Romagna region – and an amuse-bouche,” writes Sauce Magazine food reviewer Michael Renner.

Mike Randolph is the chef-owner Little Country Gentleman which opened in the Fall of 2012.

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Cityscape
11:29 am
Fri January 11, 2013

Painting Possibilities: St. Louis Artist Depicts African American Fathers With Their Children

Painting 111/365..."Never Gonna Let You Go"
Cbabi Bayoc | 365 Days With Dad

For the past year, artist and businessman Cbabi Bayoc has attempted to create a portrait a day of a father interacting with his kid.

The resulting project, titled “365 Days With Dad,” goes beyond showing fathers who go through the motions of parenthood, and shows engaging and teachable moments.

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