Cityscape http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Union Avenue Opera Presents 'Streetcar Named Desire' http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/union-avenue-opera-presents-streetcar-named-desire <p></p><p>St. Louisans have seen the play "A Streetcar Named Desire." Now they have an opportunity to see the opera.</p><p>Quoting an original 1947 New York Daily News review of Tennessee Williams’ play, director Chris Limber said the reviewer pointed out “the tragic overtones of grand opera.”</p><p></p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:39:17 +0000 Erica Smith 38323 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Union Avenue Opera Presents 'Streetcar Named Desire' Dark Comedy Takes On Sex, Morality And Art http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/dark-comedy-takes-sex-morality-and-art <p></p><p>A dark comedy, "Quills" imagines the final days of French aristocrat and writer Marquis de Sade “somewhat fictionalized to my own nefarious purposes,” said playwright Doug Wright.</p><p>“It is a play that tackles provocative literature and sexuality and a host of other taboo topics in, I hope, a way that audiences find fiendishly entertaining.”</p><p>The marquis was confined to an asylum in Charenton, France.</p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:10:42 +0000 Erica Smith 38303 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Dark Comedy Takes On Sex, Morality And Art Prince, Stritch, Callaway, Maye Headline St. Louis Cabaret Festival http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/prince-stritch-callaway-maye-headline-st-louis-cabaret-festival <p></p><p>Of the cabaret singers participating in this year’s <a href="http://www.thecabaretproject.org/index.php" target="_blank">St. Louis Cabaret Festival</a>, two have ties to pop culture: Marilyn Maye holds the record for the most appearances on “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson,” and Ann Hampton Callaway wrote and sang the theme song to the ’90s sitcom “The Nanny.”</p><p>“It’s nice to be a part of pop culture,” Callaway said.</p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 19:17:15 +0000 Erica Smith 38336 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Prince, Stritch, Callaway, Maye Headline St. Louis Cabaret Festival Ben Nordstrom Brings Funny Business To St. Louis Stage http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/ben-nordstrom-brings-funny-business-st-louis-stage <p>St. Louis native Shepherd Mead used his own experiences to write his satirical best-seller “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.” His work was then turned into a musical, and <a href="http://www.stagesstlouis.org/" target="_blank">Stages St. Louis</a> is bringing it back to St. Louis.</p><p>Cast members Heather Ayers, Betsy Dilellio and Ben Nordstrom talked about the musical comedy, in which window washer J. Pierrepont Finch (played by Nordstrom) moves up to vice president of advertising at the World Wide Wicket Co.</p><p></p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 21:38:32 +0000 Erica Smith 38124 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Ben Nordstrom Brings Funny Business To St. Louis Stage Why Are Young St. Louisans Embracing Modern Art? http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/why-are-young-st-louisans-embracing-modern-art <p>Modern art and furniture is getting its due (again) as collectors return to the styles made popular in the early 1900s through about 1970.</p><p>“Young collectors have become very eclectic,” said Stephanie Stokes, manager at the Kodner Gallery. “People appreciate vintage.”</p><p></p><p>The “Modernism: Art + Design” exhibit at <a href="http://kodnergallery.com/" target="_blank">Kodner Gallery</a> in Ladue features modern paintings, drawings, sculptures and furniture. Stokes described the modern movement as artists’ reactions to a changing world.</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 21:31:16 +0000 Erica Smith 38125 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Why Are Young St. Louisans Embracing Modern Art? Meow! Want To Watch Cat Videos? Head To The Museum http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/meow-want-watch-cat-videos-head-museum <p>Cat videos have become the glue that holds the Internet together. Will the Internet Cat Video Festival have the same stickiness for museums?</p><p>The <a href="http://camstl.org/" target="_blank">Contemporary Art Museum of St. Louis</a> is hosting the two-day festival July 18-19, featuring cat-themed activities and, of course, videos. Both days are sold out.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="435" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/0M7ibPk37_U?rel=0" width="580"></iframe></p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 20:58:00 +0000 Erica Smith 38123 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Meow! Want To Watch Cat Videos? Head To The Museum St. Louis Celebrates Local Films At Filmmaker Showcase http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/st-louis-celebrates-local-films-filmmaker-showcase <p></p><p>Cinema St. Louis’ 2014 St. Louis Filmmaker's Showcase kicks off Sunday, July 13, and runs through Thursday, July 17.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Each year, <a href="http://www.cinemastlouis.org/" target="_blank">Cinema St. Louis</a> gets about 120 submissions from both professional and amateur filmmakers. Chris Clark, artistic director of the organization, says the most important criteria is whether the filmmakers have told a good story and told it in a cohesive way.&nbsp;</span></p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 21:12:42 +0000 Amanda Honigfort 37976 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org St. Louis Celebrates Local Films At Filmmaker Showcase From Toasted Ravioli to Spring Rolls: The Story Of One Of St. Louis' First Vietnamese Restaurants http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/toasted-ravioli-spring-rolls-story-one-st-louis-first-vietnamese-restaurants <p>St. Louis currently boasts about 15 Vietnamese restaurants, but that wasn't the case when Qui Tran’s family opened Mai Lee, one of St. Louis' first Vietnamese restaurants, in 1985. On this month’s Soundbites segment in partnership with Sauce Magazine, we talked about the Vietnamese dining scene with Ligaya Figueras, executive editor of Sauce Magazine, and Qui Tran of Mai Lee.</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 20:41:21 +0000 Amanda Honigfort 37977 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org From Toasted Ravioli to Spring Rolls: The Story Of One Of St. Louis' First Vietnamese Restaurants Why Are Lunchtime Dance Parties Popping Up Around St. Louis? http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/why-are-lunchtime-dance-parties-popping-around-st-louis <p>On the third Wednesday of every month there’s a unique gathering in St. Louis during the lunch hour. Dozens of people gather for Lunch Beat St. Louis to dance, eat and get away from their normal routine.</p><p>Andrew Warshauer is the organizer of Lunch Beat St. Louis, which he started last June.</p><p></p><p>“I like to say it’s a chance to slip away from the every day,” said Warshauer.</p><p>Lunch Beat started in Stockholm, Sweden, in 2010 and has spread to more than a dozen cities worldwide.</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 17:51:16 +0000 Alex Heuer & Kyle Jacoby 37978 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Why Are Lunchtime Dance Parties Popping Up Around St. Louis? 'La Traviata' Opens Union Avenue Opera's 20th Festival Season http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/la-traviata-opens-union-avenue-operas-20th-festival-season <p></p> Sat, 28 Jun 2014 01:07:09 +0000 Mary Edwards 37609 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org 'La Traviata' Opens Union Avenue Opera's 20th Festival Season