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
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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Cityscape
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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Cityscape
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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Cityscape
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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The Pulitzer
6:56 am
Fri January 24, 2014

St. Louis’ Pulitzer Puts On A Drag Show Amid Celebration Of LGBT History

Siren
Provided by the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts

On any given weekend, you can follow the show tunes and Beyonce beats to a drag performance in St. Louis.

But on Saturday, Jan. 25 and for the next several months, drag moves beyond the bar scene. The art and history of drag will be in the spotlight at PHD art gallery, the Missouri History Museum and the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts in Grand Center.

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Cityscape
6:00 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

St. Louis Artist Zlatko Ćosić On His Exhibition 'Still Adjusting'

“While Standing I Wonder If” by Zlatko Ćosić

For video artist Zlatko Ćosić, the concept of personal and cultural identity is a continuing evolving one. And he likes it that way.

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Cityscape
5:41 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

The Black Rep Presents 'The Meeting'

Matthew Galbreath as Dr. King (left) and Ka'ramuu Kush as Malcom X in The Black Rep's "The Meeting."
(Courtesy The Black Rep)

As far as we know, the only time Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X met was a brief greeting in passing outside a courthouse in 1965.

But if they had ever had a conversation, what would it have been like? That premise is the basis of Jeff Stetson’s “The Meeting,” currently being performed by the St. Louis Black Repertory Company.

In the play, Malcolm X (played by Ka’ramuu Kush) invites Dr. King (Matthew Galbreath) to a meeting in a Harlem hotel room, where the two men debate the best methods of obtaining racial equality.

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Cityscape
5:38 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Soundbites: Ones To Watch 2014

Planter's House bartender Mandi Kowalski, one of Sauce Magazine's 2014 Ones to Watch.
Carmen Troesser

In our monthly Soundbites segment in partnership with Sauce Magazine, managing editor Julie Cohen gave an overview of the six up-and-comers the publication chose for its annual “Ones to Watch” feature.

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St. Louis on the Air
5:00 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Repertory Theatre of St. Louis Presents Michael Hollinger's 'Opus'

The Cast of "Opus"
(Courtesy The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis)

The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis opens tonight with Michael Hollinger's “Opus,” the story of a famous string quartet who must replace one of their members in time to perform for the White House. Director Brendon Fox described the quartet as a family of sorts, making the play relatable even to someone who doesn’t know much about classical music.

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