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
6:18 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

A New Season For David Robertson And The St. Louis Symphony

St. Louis Symphony Music Director David Robertson
Dilip Vishwanat

St. Louis Symphony Music Director David Robertson conducted the final concert of his orchestra’s 2012-2013 season on May 12 and a special concert for the League of American Orchestras Convention on June 18.  Since then, he has traveled the globe and has conducted concerts on four different continents while also encountering some familiar faces.  “I got to see a number of the St. Louis musicians who also in the summer do anything but keep their instruments in the case,” said Robertson.

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Cityscape
4:15 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

Actor John O'Hurley On His Career, Broadway And His Role In 'Chicago: The Musical'

John O'Hurley will perform the role of Billy Flynn in "Chicago: The Musical" September 20, 2013 through September 22, 3013.
(Courtesy Fox Theatre)

The Broadway tour of "Chicago: The Musical" opens tonight at the Fox Theatre for a three-day run starring John O'Hurley as Billy Flynn and Paige Davis as Roxie Hart.

O'Hurley returns to St. Louis after performing in the role of King Arthur in the Muny's production of "Spamalot" in June. He played the role of J. Peterman on "Seinfeld" and was on the first season of "Dancing with the Stars."

Here's what O'Hurley had to say on a few topics:

On starting out his career in soap operas

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Cityscape
4:09 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

Exhibit By Multi-Discipline Artist Rashid Johnson Opens At Kemper

Rashid Johnson, Houses in Motion, 2012. Branded red oak flooring, black soap, wax, and spray enamel, 96 5/8 x 120 5/8 x 2 3/8".
(Image courtesy of David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles) (Courtesy Carlos and Rosa de la Cruz Collection, Miami. )

Although artist Rashid Johnson explores themes of identity and black history in his work, he does not see the exhibition of his work at the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum to be an exploration of the black experience.

What it does show is the breadth of his work during the last fifteen years, in multiple mediums and with multiple layers of meaning.

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Cityscape
4:06 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

'Grumpy Cat' Gains Endorsement Deal From St. Louis-Based Nestle Purina

What can a cat with more than a million likes on Facebook look forward to? Evidently, an endorsement deal with St. Louis-based Nestle Purina. Grumpy Cat may be the new face of Friskies, but she's not the type of feline to turn that frown upside down.

"At least in meme form, she's the grumpiest cat on the Internet," said Shawn Brain, brand manager for Friskies.

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Cityscape
6:01 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

‘Plein Aire’ Artists Paint Louisiana, Missouri

Plein Aire Painter in Louisiana, Missouri
Mona Brown

For the second year, the residents of Louisiana, Missouri invite artists to literally “paint their town.” On Saturday, September 21, visual artists from all over will descend on Louisiana to paint “en plein aire,” the hills, valleys, buildings and people of their town.  Spectators are encouraged to travel around the area to see the artists at work. 

Saturday evening, there will be an exhibition and sale of the paintings the artists created during the day. Cash prizes will be awarded for First, Second and Third Place.

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Cityscape
4:36 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

Soundbites: New Gamlin Whiskey House Featured On 'Hit List'

From left to right, Brothers Lucas and Derek Gamlin outside of Gamlin Whiskey House, one of their two new venues.
Michelle Volansky (Courtesy Sauce Magazine)

In our monthly “Soundbites” segment in partnership with Sauce Magazine, host Steve Potter discussed new restaurants and bars opening up in St. Louis with Ligaya Figueras, executive editor of Sauce Magazine. Every month the magazine makes up a "hit list" of new venues the editors recommend visiting.

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Cityscape
4:05 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

Repertory Theatre Of St. Louis Presents 'Cabaret'

Nathan Lee Graham in the role of the Emcee in Repertory Theatre of St. Louis' production of "Cabaret."
Jerry Naunheim, Jr. (Courtesy Repertory Theatre of St. Louis)

The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis opens tonight with a revival of  the musical "Cabaret." First performed on Broadway in 1966, the musical is set in 1930s Berlin.

Because it captures the shift and change in power during pre-Nazi Germany, the show gives you more than entertainment. It also gives you something to think about, said Steve Wolff. He is the artistic director for the Repertory Theatre.

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Cityscape
3:57 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

STL Design Week 2013 Seeks To Expand The Definition Of 'Design'

"Wonderland" by David Rygiol. One of the literary art pieces to be auctioned off at Central Library during STL Design Week 2013.
Zoe Scharf (Courtesy STL Design Week 2013)

From darts to bike tours to artwork made out of old books, STL Design Week 2013 is all about looking at and talking about design in new and interesting ways.

"This is the third year for Design Week, and Design Week was started by AIGA, which are graphic artists," said Margaret McDonald. "And this year it encompasses architects, illustrators, interior designers, industrial designers."

McDonald is chairperson for STL Design Week 2013, and a principal at architecture and interior design firm Arcturus.

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Cityscape
7:03 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Arts And Faith St. Louis Commemorates September 11th Through Music

Finale from Arts and Faith's Second Annual September 11th Interfaith Commemoration in Music
Ray Marklin

With the anniversary of September 11th on the horizon, Arts and Faith St. Louis is again gearing up for a concert to both remember the tragedy and promote unity across faith backgrounds.

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Cityscape
6:22 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Arianna String Quartet Begins A New Season With ‘Out of Africa’

Arianna String Quartet

The Arianna String Quartet (ASQ) recently returned from a month-long tour performing and teaching in South Africa. That experience is reflected in the opening concert of the quartet’s 2013-14 season on September 6.   Titled “Out of Africa,” the concert is highlighted by Five Elegies by South African composer Arnold van Wyk.  The program also includes Mendelssohn’s Quartet in F minor, Op. 80 and Schubert’s Death and the Maiden.

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