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
4:37 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

The 100-Year-Old Sun Theater In Grand Center Reopens After A Major Renovation

The exterior of the Sun Theater, 3625 Grandel Square, after renovation.
Credit Amanda Honigfort / St. Louis Public Radio

The Sun Theater in Grand Center has reopened after nearly 40 years of neglect and abandonment.

On Grandel Square near Powell Hall and the Fox Theatre, the Sun Theater is being leased by the Grand Center Arts Academy. The Lawrence Group, a St. Louis-based design firm, spent $11.5 million on the theater’s renovation.

Lynne Glickert, executive director of the Grand Center Arts Academy, said she was always hopeful the school would be able to use the Sun Theater for its 535 students. The school is the Beaux Arts Building, which is next to the Sun.

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14th Street Gallery
2:15 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Ousted Champion Of STL Teen Artists Looking To Relocate — Or Leave Town

William Burton Jr.
Credit Stephanie Zimmerman

Originally published Tuesday, May 13. Updated Friday, May 16 to include audio from Cityscape. Look for more STL Art Game-Changers in an upcoming series.

St. Louis artist and activist William Burton has a history of helping teenagers from unstable environments. Now Burton’s own outreach efforts are facing homelessness.

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Cityscape
5:50 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Vocalist Denise Thimes Shares Her Gifts With St. Louis And Aretha Franklin

Denise Thimes performing at Aretha Franklin's 72nd birthday party.
courtesy photo

When a friend asked St. Louis vocalist Denise Thimes to come to Detroit to sing for her father’s 75th birthday party, she didn’t tell her until she got there that one of the guests was Aretha Franklin. “I was shaking in my boots, to say the least,” Thimes told Cityscape host Steve Potter, but she pulled herself together and sang for the diva and the others in the audience. “She wanted to hear “The Way We Were” and I really tried to sing it to the best of my ability.  And she was very pleased with that.”

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Cityscape
5:16 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

What Are The Newest Restaurants And Food Trends In St. Louis?

Three Flags Tavern, a new restaurant that pays tribute to the cuisine of the three countries whose flags have flown over St. Louis: France, Spain and the U.S.
Michelle Volansky Sauce Magazine

In our monthly Soundbites segment in partnership with Sauce Magazine, host Steve Potter spoke with the magazine’s executive editor Ligaya Figueras and art director Meera Nagarajan about what is up-and-coming in the St. Louis food scene.

Among the highlights of the conversation were what restaurants have good patios, what’s new at the Loop, and two barbecue restaurants set to open soon. Also covered were hit lists of restaurants that focus on being healthy and places that are kid friendly.

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Cityscape
12:01 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Three St. Louis Museums Open Major Exhibitions

"Lots," 2014. Designed by Freecell Architecture for the PXSTL Competition.
photo by David Johnson Organized by the Pulitzer Foundaton for the Arts & the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts

Updated Monday, May 12 to include the fourth exhibition at CAM.

Three St. Louis institutions are opening major contemporary art exhibitions tonight: the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis and the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum at Washington University.

In the hope that St. Louisans will make it an “art night out,” a free shuttle service between the Kemper and Grand Center is being provided from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

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Arts & Culture
4:25 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Author Elaine Viets On 13th Book In Her ‘Dead-End Job Mystery’ Series

Elaine Viets

Although former Post-Dispatch columnist Elaine Viets now lives in Fort Lauderdale, both of her book series have St. Louis connections.  Her Josie Marcus Mystery Shopper series is set in Maplewood while the main character in her Dead-End Job Mystery series is a St. Louis woman on the run in South Florida.

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Cityscape
3:17 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Make Your Own Video Game: St. Louis Start-Up Combines Fun & Learning

Robin Rath demonstrates the Floors App
Courtesy of Pixel Press

There is a new way to look at video games coming out of St. Louis. The Pixel Press Floors app, which was released Wednesday for iPad, allows people to draw their own video game levels on graph paper.  The app then allows users to take a picture of their drawing and turn that picture into a “run-and-jump Mario-esque style” video game.

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Cityscape
12:26 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Storytellers Gather In St. Louis For 35th Annual Festival Honoring Their Craft

St. Louis storyteller Bobby Norfolk is featured in the 35th Annual St. Louis Storytelling Festival.
Credit courtesy photo

More than 40 regional storytellers from Kansas City to Peoria, Illinois have converged on St. Louis this week for the 35th Annual St. Louis Storytelling Festival sponsored by the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Performances and workshops are geared for a wide range of audiences, and are spread throughout the St. Louis region in venues ranging from the Gateway Arch to the Cahokia Mounds.

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Cityscape
11:57 am
Fri May 2, 2014

St. Louis Mercantile Library Celebrates The Paper Arts, From Printing To Painting

Credit Firecracker Press

This weekend the St. Louis Mercantile Library at the University of Missouri-St. Louis is hosting its 8th Annual Fine Print, Rare Book & Paper Arts Fair. Vendors and dealers will be set up in the J.C. Penney Building Saturday May 3 and Sunday, May 4, with a benefit preview this evening.

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Cityscape
12:05 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

It's Circus Time At The University City Children's Center

Juggling Jeff and Oh My Gosh Josh from Circus Flora.
Credit publicity photo

The University City Children’s Center is hosting a pop-up circus Saturday, April 26 featuring performers from Circus Flora.

“The fun thing about it is, they will have their circus and they will have their aerial acts and their cyclists, but they are going to do a workshop for the children who are there for the last hour. So there will be an hour of pop-up circus and then an hour for kids to play,” said Stephen Zwolak, executive director of University City Children’s Center.

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