Cityscape

Airs Fridays noon-1 p.m. and 10-11 p.m. (repeat)

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. The show is sponsored in part by the Missouri Arts Council, the Regional Arts Commission, and the Arts and Education Council of Greater St. Louis.

(Courtesy: Cinema St. Louis)

The Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival is one of the largest film festivals in the Midwest. 

In the coming weeks, more than 400 films will be screened and many of them will receive their only St. Louis exposure at the festival.

Host Steve Potter talks with Cliff Froehlich, the Executive Director of Cinema St. Louis, and filmmaker Frank Popper.

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Ariana Tobin / St. Louis Public Radio

The Radio City Christmas Spectacular starring the Rockettes is one the country’s most watched live holiday productions.

This year the Rockettes return to St. Louis to perform at the Peabody Opera House, where they were founded by Russell Markert in 1925.  Then, they were known as the Missouri Rockets.

Courtesy SLSC, Copyright IMAX Corporation

The Saint Louis Science Center has an exhibition and is showing a documentary film about wildlife rescue and rehabilitation.

Host Steve Potter talks with David Lickley, the director of Born to be Wild, about the film on orphaned orangutans and elephants and the people who rescue them.  Steve also talks with Bert Vescolani, the President and CEO of the Saint Louis Science Center, about the Wildlife Rescue Exhibition.

(via Flickr/Jo Naylor)

As a border state during the Civil War, the state of Missouri was home to numerous battles and skirmishes.  The state’s residents were divided, supporting both sides of the war.

Barbara Harbach is the composer of a new work called “A State Divided – Missouri Symphony for String Orchestra.”  The piece has three movements and each represents a major chapter in the history of Missouri’s role in the Civil War. 

Flickr | ChrisYunker

American Century Music along with the St. Louis Art Museum presents “Views from the American Century.”

According to ACM’s website the mission of the organization is to “fill a vacuum in America’s cultural fabric by bringing inspired, well-crafted works out of their obscurity with committed, insightful performances which they unquestionably deserve.”

Todd Davis

Anne Frank and Emmett Till were young victims of racial injustice and hatred. 

In her diary, Frank provided a harrowing account of when she and her family were forced into hiding to escape the oppression of Nazi Germany.  Emmett Till of Chicago was visiting relatives in Mississippi in 1955 and was murdered after allegedly flirting with a white woman.

Host Steve Potter talks with Janet Langhart Cohen, the playwright of a one-act play called ANNE & EMMETT

Photo: Volker - H. Schneider

Federico Barroci was an Italian Renaissance painter known for his expressive and elegant work.  Host Steve Potter talks with Saint Louis Art Museum curator Judith Mann about the museum’s newest exhibit, Federico Barocci: Renaissance Master.

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The Saint Louis Art Museum Presents "Federico Barocci: Renaissance Master"
October 21, 2012 - January 20, 2013
Tuesday - Sunday, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Friday, 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Saint Louis Art Museum

(Provided By: Jeanette Grider)

Tony Kushner is an award-winning playwright and he’s written the screenplay for the upcoming film, “Lincoln.”  IMDB bills it as a story where “America's president struggles with continuing carnage on the battlefield and as he fights with many inside his own cabinet on the decision to emancipate the slaves.”

Kushner, however, is best known for winning a Pulitzer Prize in 1993 for Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes. Host Steve Potter talks Kushner about his career during his visit to St. Louis.

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(Provided By: Anne Murphy)

The only public-access glass art education organization in St. Louis is Third Degree Glass Factory.  The organization is celebrating its tenth anniversary this weekend.  Host Steve Potter talks with co-founders Jim McKelvey and Doug Auer.

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Third Degree Glass Factory 10th Birthday Blowout Bash
Friday, October 19, 2012
6:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Third Degree Glass Factory, 5200 Delmar Blvd.

Wendy Lynch

Christopher O’Riley is recognized as a leading American pianist and is host of NPR’s “From the Top,” a program which showcases the best young musicians in the country.  Host Steve Potter talks with O’Riley in advance of his performance with cellist Matt Haimovitz, who made his solo debut when he was just 13 years old, at the Edison Theatre at Washington University.  The event, “Shuffle. Play.

(Provided By: Byron Kerman)

This weekend science fiction and fantasy fans will gather at the Collinsville Gateway Center for the 36th ARCHON Science Fiction Convention.  Host Steve Potter talks with acclaimed science fiction writer and author Joe Haldeman, who wrote “The Forever War,” which received the Nebula and Hugo Awards for the best science fiction novel of 1975.  Steve also talks with St. Louis cryptologist and game developer Elonka Dunin and Byron Kerman, one of the organizers of the convention.

Erin Keplinger

Two restaurants which offer Filipino food have opened within the last few weeks.  Emilio Bombais is the owner of Café Manila, a seasonal food stand at the Kirkwood Farmers Market, has opened Manila Bistro in downtown Kirkwood.  Ammie Maminta-McSwain along with her niece, Abby Hernandez, recently took over the Shell Corner Café in downtown St. Louis and offer Filipino food during the lunch hours.

Bernie Samuels

Radio personality Bob Fass revolutionized late night FM radio at WBAI in New York City in the 1960s.  His free-form radio show according to John Anderson of Variety was “an icon of free-speech radio… his legacy, and his archives, are as epic as the medium gets.”

Common Thread Contemporary Dance Company

Dance St. Louis' season opener features four world premieres performed by four St. Louis professional dance companies.  The Saint Louis Ballet, Leverage Dance Theater, MADCO, and Common Thread Contemporary Dance Company are teaming up to open the 2012-2013 season with “New Dance Horizons.”

The Sheldon

The Sheldon bills itself as the perfect place for music and art and the Sheldon Concert Hall has been called “The Carnegie Hall of the Midwest.”  This year marks the 100th anniversary of The Sheldon which was named after Walter Sheldon, who founded the St. Louis branch of the Ethical Society.  The building was designed by Louis C. Spiering, the architect of the 1904 World’s Fair.

Provided by: St. Louis Classical Guitar Society

Host Steve Potter talks with French guitarist Gaëlle Solal.  Solal also performs live in our studio including a web only extra performance of Agua Y Vino . She was born in Marseilles, France, in 1978, and began playing the guitar at the age of six.  Her St. Louis debut performance will include music from Spain, Turkey, Brazil and France.  Solal performs Saturday, September 29, 2012 at 8:00 p.m. at the Ethical Society of St. Louis as part of the St. Louis Classical Guitar Society's series.

Courtesy: The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts

Host Steve Potter talks with Marjorie Cohn about her book on the art collection of Joseph Pulitzer, Jr.  The book is called Classic Modern: The Art Worlds of Joseph Pulitzer, Jr.  Pulitzer, Jr. carried on the family business in St. Louis but he also built one of the greatest private art collections of the 20th century.

William A. Bascomb

Host Steve Potter talks with Philip Barnes.  Barnes conducts the Saint Louis Chamber Chorus in “Today, a Rude, Brief Recitative” on Sunday, September 30, 2012 at 3:00 p.m. at Second Baptist Church.

Philip Barnes is the Artistic Director of the Saint Louis Chamber Chorus.

(photo by: Dan Dreyfus)

Host Steve Potter talks with St. Louis Symphony Music Director David Robertson about the orchestra's recently completed European Tour and its 2012-2013 season. Then, St. Louis Public Radio’s Mike Schrand speaks with singer-songwriter Nick Lowe. Lowe is currently on a solo acoustic tour and performs at The Sheldon Concert Hall on Wednesday, September 26th.  Later in the show, Steve Potter talks with Rod Milam, creator and producer of the University City Musician Documentary Project.

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