For starters, there’s music — hence the rock ’n’ roll part.
“We have DJs and music all three days, and Saturday night we have our additional musical showcase at 2720,” organizer Jessi Cerrutti told “Cityscape” host Steve Potter. “We try to curate the music very specifically for our event.”
Next, the setup for this craft show. Forget vendor booths and think department store.
Actress Susie Wall is talking about sex. On stage. As Dr. Ruth. But she’s not impersonating Dr. Ruth Westheimer.
“The issue is for it not to be an impersonation,” said Jerry McAdams, who is directing Mark St. Germain’s one-woman play “Becoming Dr. Ruth” at the New Jewish Theatre. “The most important thing is she is so well known that if you try to be Dr. Ruth in kind of a cartoonish sense, you’ll lose the audience. This is a terrific actress who’s doing a really good script.”
“It’s really hard times in St. Louis and has been,” said Jeremy Segel-Moss, a member of the Bottoms Up Blues Gang and vice chairman of the St. Louis Blues Society. “When we’re looking for positive ways to come together, music is really where it’s at.”
Blues pianist Ethan Leinwand moved 950 miles for that connection.
“I was in New York playing a lot of old St. Louis blues and talking about it,” he told “Cityscape” host Steve Potter. “I just came down here and found the community I was looking for.”
The Black Rep is bringing the iconic 1950s drama “A Raisin in the Sun” back to St. Louis.
This is the first time the company will stage “A Raisin in the Sun,” although 10 years ago it presented “Raisin,” a musical adaptation of Lorraine Hansberry’s drama about a black family’s experiences in Chicago.
“It is an American story. It is definitely about dreams and living life on the American landscape for the African-American and the quest for the piece of pie,” said actress Andrea Frye, who plays “Mama” Lena Younger.
Joel Clark, who has been called one of St. Louis’ top craft cocktail bartenders, lost his sense of smell after suffering a seizure in December. Losing a sense is traumatic in itself, but losing the sense of smell also means Clark has lost his sense of taste.
Flipping through the nation’s family album, what’s missing? That question led director Thomas Allen Harris to create “Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People,” a film that examines how photography shaped the identity and perceptions of blacks in America.
“In some ways, it is a history lesson, although it’s kind of a different take on history because we have a lot of contemporary artists in the film,” Harris told “Cityscape” host Steve Potter on Friday. “In many ways, as they do this, they reshape the way in which we view history.”
This weekend, the Dance Theatre of Harlem performs as part of the Dance St. Louis fall season. Yet the company is here to teach as well as perform. Since Oct. 27, teaching artist Theara Ward has been teaching ballet and diaspora history at Normandy High.
“The main thing is for young people to understand history, how they connect to history and how history connects to them, their culture, their community, but also how the arts can be used as a powerful tool to express yourself,” Ward said.
After 20 years, the Museum of Contemporary Religious Art has its first site-specific installation.
“During our first 20 years, we had thematic shows that often included many artists,” museum director the Rev. Terry Dempsey told “Cityscape” host Steve Potter. “Each one of the works that is in place over at MOCRA right now is essential to the other works that are there. This is very special.”