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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2:49 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

What's Happening On St. Louis' Birthday Weekend

Jill McGuire, Regional Arts Commission executive director (left), and communications specialist Kelly McMahon examine some of the 55 inch tall, plastic birthday cakes that will become public art as St. Louis celebrates its 250th birthday.
Credit Bill Greenbaltt | UPI

Cakes – lots of cakes – will be distributed throughout the area. Finding the pieces of public art can be a fun family project.

NOTE: Because of the unloving weather on Valentine's Day, the Burning Love Festival will be held from 6-9 p.m. Feb. 18. The event will still include vendors, entertainment and the Burnin’ Love 25 foot Heart of Fire.

Burning Love | Feb. 14 | Art Hill

(Yes, there will be tents and warming stations)

4:30 – Family friendly crafts & activities

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Cityscape
7:12 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

St. Louis Arts Therapy Organizations Give Kids With Cancer Positive Outlets

Dance therapist Becky Brittain with second-grader Arianna Dougan.

Two arts therapy organizations in St. Louis will receive an influx in donations thanks to upcoming charitable concerts. Proceeds from the 4th Annual Pazaz Gala 2014 Saturday, February 8 at the Touhill will go to the dance therapy program Drea’s Dream, and a concert Thursday, February 13 at the Sheldon based on the music of Al Hammerman will benefit the songwriting therapy program Kids Rock Cancer.

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Cityscape
6:22 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Art Exhibit 'Imagining the Founding of St. Louis' Opens At The Sheldon

Oscar Edmund Berninghaus, (American, 1874–1952), Laclede Landing at Present Site of St. Louis, c. 1914, watercolor, 10 x 14 inches
Private Collection courtesy Kodner Gallery

To celebrate the 250th anniversary of St. Louis, the Sheldon Art Galleries has organized a major exhibition depicting the founding of the city and the people involved. Imagining the Founding of St. Louis includes paintings, drawings, prints and sculpture by a variety of noted artists.

Sheldon Art Galleries Director and co-curator of the exhibit Olivia Lahs-Gonzales commented, “Obviously this all happened before the advent of photography so there was no photographer on the boat with the explorers, so it’s really left up to artists to kind of imagine what it was like.”

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Cityscape
5:27 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Amid Pinball Resurgence, St. Louis Hosts Missouri State Championship

(via flikr/Scott Beale)

In the past three decades, gaming has moved from the arcade to the TV console, with ever more sophisticated technology. But recently, there has been a resurgence of interest in the retro jewel of the arcade: pinball.

From 500 members in 2005, the ranks of the International Flipper Pinball Association have swollen to more than 20,000. The association organizes tournaments around the world and records rankings of competitive players.

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Cityscape
4:46 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Australian Play "Forget Me Not" Opens At Upstream Theater

Jerry Vogel as "Gerry" in Upstream Theater's production of "Forget Me Not."
Pro Photo STL

“Forget Me Not,” an Australian play based on the true story of child migration opens tonight at the Kranzberg. It is the first of two Australian plays Upstream Theater is producing this year.

Although the child migrant in the play is imagined, his story is representative of thousands of true stories, artistic director Philip Boehm said.

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Cityscape
3:40 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

New Edition Of Uncle Tupelo Album Showcases Band's Early Work

Uncle Tupelo publicity photo from the time of the original release of "No Depression" in 1990.
courtesy Mike Heidorn

In the late 1980s, Jeff Tweedy, Jay Farrar and Mike Heidorn were students at Belleville High School, playing 60s era cover songs in their parents’ garages. But somewhere around the time they became known as Uncle Tupelo, they transitioned into a new sound. Today it’s called Alt Country, but at the time they just knew it was different.

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11:29 am
Fri January 31, 2014

Nominees For 2014 St. Louis Theatre Circle Awards Announced

(via Flickr/ Tim Green)

Updated 12:20 p.m.

The St. Louis Theatre Circle, a group of area theater reviewers, seeks to recognize local professional theater with their second-annual St. Louis Theatre Circle Awards.

Today on Cityscape, we're talking with two of the 15 members of the St. Louis Theatre Circle to discuss the nominations for the 2014 awards (Full list included below).

Award recipients will be announced on March 17 at COCA.

In studio we have:

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Cityscape
4:40 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Anniversaries Highlight St. Louis Symphony’s Next Season

St. Louis Symphony President and CEO Fred Bronstein
Dan Dreyfus

The St. Louis Symphony announced plans for its 2014-15 season at a town hall meeting on Thursday, January 23.  It is a season highlighted by many significant anniversaries: David Robertson’s 10th as music director, David Halen’s 20th season as concertmaster, Amy Kaiser’s 20th season as chorus director, the 20th anniversary of the In UNISON Chorus, the 45th season of the St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra  and the 135th anniversary of the St. Louis Symphony, and all these take place while the city celebrates the 250th anniversary of its founding.

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4:28 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Seinfeld Writer Stars In "The Wonder Bread Years" At The Edison

Pat Hazell in "The Wonder Bread Years"
Credit courtesy photo

Pat Hazell may be best known for his role as a writer for the Seinfeld show but he’s more than a comedic writer. He also is a performer.

Friday, January 24 and Saturday, January 25 he will perform his one man show “The Wonder Bread Years” at Washington University's Edison Theatre. Described as part stand-up, part drama, the show is a tribute to the memorabilia and paraphernalia of the 1960s and 70s.

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3:11 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Comedian Greg Warren Returns To Native St. Louis To Perform At The Funny Bone

Comedian Greg Warren grew up in Kirkwood, Mo.
Credit courtesy photo

Comedian Greg Warren spent his high school years in Kirkwood juggling the roles of student athlete and band nerd, which provided plenty of fodder for his comic routines. He got his start in comedy while a student at the University of Missouri-Columbia and has gone on to perform on Comedy Central, Last Comic Standing and the Bob and Tom radio show.

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