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
4:47 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Actor Stephen Lang Portrays Lives Of Eight Medal Of Honor Recipients In One-Man Play

Actor Stephen Lang.
(Courtesy Marleah Leslie & Associates)

In "Beyond Glory," actor and playwright Stephen Lang takes on the roles of eight men awarded the Medal of Honor, the country's highest military honor. The one-man play will be performed in St. Louis on Saturday, November 16 at Washington University's Edison Theatre.

Lang, whose credits include "Avatar," "Conan the Barbarian" and the Broadway production of "The Speed of Darkness," adapted the play from a book by the same name written by Larry Smith in 2003.

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Cityscape
4:21 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Mark Holland And Autumn's Child Take On Classic Rock With The Native American Flute

Native American Flutist Mark Holland.
ProPhoto STL (Courtesy Autumn's Child)

Native American flutist Mark Holland has been performing with the ensemble Autumn's Child since 1995. The group’s music has been described as something of a “musical smoothie,” and Holland himself calls it “a delicious mix of various genres,” including Native American music, world music, jazz, classical and folk.

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Cityscape
5:44 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

New Art Distributor Arrives In St. Louis: A Repurposed Vintage Cigarette Dispenser

Lisa Anne Houdyshell, manager of Serendipity Gallery, with the newly arrived Art-o-mat.
(Courtesy Serendipity Gallery)

Fifteen years ago, Clark Whittington was searching for a way to make his art more sellable. Inspired by a co-worker, he came up with the idea of a vending machine dispensing art.

“I used to work at a company where a friend of mine had a Pavlovian reaction to snack wrappers. When he’d hear the crinkle of cellophane, he’d buy something for himself. So that gave me the idea to put art in a vending machine,” said Whittington.

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Cityscape
5:04 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

A Capella Musical Based On A True Story Of WWI Opens At Mustard Seed Theatre

The cast of "All is Calm."
(Courtesy Mustard Seed Theatre)

In remembrance of Veteran’s Day, Mustard Seed Theatre is presenting “All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914.” The a cappella musical is based on a true story from the front lines during World War I.

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Cityscape
3:53 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

22nd Annual St. Louis International Film Festival Opens With Film About A Town Close To Home

Filmmaker A.J. Schnack
(Courtesy Cinema St. Louis)

The 22nd Annual St. Louis International Film Festival begins November 14th. More than 300 films will be screened over a period of ten days.

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Cityscape
4:49 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Missouri Painter Bryan Haynes Explores New Regionalism

Osage River by Bryan Haynes
Bryan Haynes

For more than thirty years, St. Louis native Bryan Haynes made his living primarily doing commercial art. But when he moved back to Missouri, he began to paint landscape scenes based on the geography and history of the region.

"Seeing it anew, I just started to paint landscapes purely for the joy of it," said Haynes. "But then those shapes in the landscape..began to describe the narrative within the paintings."

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Cityscape
3:56 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Lindy Hop Brings Swing Dance Festival And Jazz Music Crawl To St. Louis

Swing dancers perform during the 2012 Nevermore Jazz Ball.
Ben Hejkal (Courtesy Lindy Hop St. Louis)

Arch City Radio Hour is a program hosted by Nick Garcia on St. Louis Public Radio's HD-2 Channel, The Gateway. The show features conversations and performances with St. Louis area musicians.

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St. Louis on the Air
3:49 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Jazz Pianist Peter Martin To Perform Tribute To Blue Note Records At The Sheldon

Peter Martin
(Courtesy The Sheldon)

Jazz pianist and St. Louis native Peter Martin returns to The Sheldon on Saturday for Peter Martin Music Live: A Blue Note Records Tribute.

Martin will be performing as part of a quartet with a group he hand-picked: guitarist Peter Bernstein, bassist Reuben Rogers and drummer Ulysses Owens Jr.

"That's the great thing about having your own series," said Martin. "You bring the people you want to play with."

Martin chose to perform a selection of music from the Jazz label Blue Note Records, but had a hard time choosing what music to play.

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Cityscape
4:42 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

Encore: The 442's, A Musical Collaboration With A Unique Sound

The 442's. From left to right: Shawn Weil, Adam Maness, Bjorn Ranheim and Syd Rodway.

The majority of this interview is a rebroadcast from April 19, 2013.

Cellist Bjorn Ranheim and violinist Shawn Weil are colleagues in the St. Louis Symphony.  Double bassist Syd Rodway and composer/keyboardist Adam Maness are members of the Erin Bode Group.  They got to know each other when Ranheim and Weil collaborated with the Erin Bode Group and also shared an interest in good food and fine beer. 

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Cityscape
4:36 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

St. Louis Native Tells Comedy Of Errors In Memoir About Move To Rural Vermont

Ellen Stimson with Mabel the chicken.
Kevin O'Connor Rutland Herald

After years of going on vacations and dreaming of living in the places they visited, St. Louis native Ellen Stimson and her family decided to move to rural Vermont to be close to the mountains.

They bought a country store, decided to homeschool their youngest son, and began raising chickens. And soon learned that vacationing in Vermont is much different than living there.

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