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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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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Cityscape
4:50 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

The Midnight Company Presents 'Solemn Mockeries'

Joe Hanrahan in "Solemn Mockeries."
Sarah Whitney (Courtesy The Midnight Company)

Continuing his run of one-man plays, artistic director Joe Hanrahan stars in the Midnight Company's production of "Solemn Mockeries," based on the true story of Shakespeare forger William Henry-Ireland. The play opened last Friday at Tower Grove Abbey, with Friday and Saturday performances through January 18.

Hanrahan described the play as both sad and funny; sad because it tells the story of a young man desperate for the approval of his father, and yet funny because it is filled with sly, humorous comments.

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Cityscape
4:35 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Book 'Fading Ads Of St. Louis' Showcases Unique Slice Of History

Star Saloon & Cafe / Old Pattison Whiskies, McRee Town, near Southside, 2012.
(Courtesy History Press)

William Stage first noticed faded ads painted on brick walls back in the 1970s, when he pounded the St. Louis pavement as a public health officer for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“Once you do begin to notice them, it’s contagious, you find more and more,” Stage said.

He began carrying around a camera to document the ads, and in 1989 published a book on the topic, “Ghost Signs: Brick Wall Signs in America.”

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Cityscape
4:23 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

Composer Stephanie Berg On Her St. Louis Symphony Debut

Composer Stephanie Berg
August Kryger

Kansas City native Stephanie Berg just received a master's in clarinet performance and composition from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2012. And she only began thinking of making a career as a composer in 2009, after wining the Sinquefield Composition Prize. But she already is making her St. Louis Symphony debut. On Jan. 10 and 11, the symphony will perform Berg's "Ravish and Mayhem."

Originally written for chamber orchestra, the piece was inspired by a "wild street festival" in "some sort of exotic location, like ancient Egypt," Berg said.

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Cityscape
4:21 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

A Capella Group Shades Of Yale Tours St. Louis

Shades of Yale

With fifteen a capella groups, including the 100 year-old ensemble the Whiffenpoofs, it’s an understatement to say a capella is big at Yale University.

“It’s fervent at Yale,” Ian Miller said. He’s the music director for one of those fifteen groups, Shades of Yale, and a St. Louisan.

“It’s almost like sports at some other university,” Shades of Yale Tour Manager Hannah Sears added. “It seems like every other person you meet is somehow involved.”

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Cityscape
4:19 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

St. Louis Band Sleepy Kitty Becomes 'Laser Kitty' - For One Night Only

Paige Brubeck and Evan Sult make up the indie rock band Sleepy Kitty.
Shervin Lainez

St. Louis indie rock duo Sleepy Kitty is known for mixing music with visual art.  Which makes sense, as Paige Brubeck and Evan Sult are graphic artists as well as musicians.

But they’re taking art in a new direction with “Laser Kitty” on January 11 at the Saint Louis Science Center’s Planetarium. Laserist Brian Wirthlin will be performing a live laser show to the duo’s forthcoming album, “Projection Room.”

It’s the fulfillment of a long-held dream for drummer Evan Sult, who used to go to laser shows in high school and college.

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