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August 2011

Review: "Magic Trip: Ken Kesey's Search for a Kool Place"

1964, when Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters made their legendary trip across America in "Furthur," the psychedelic bus, they shot a lot of film; most of it has never been seen until now.

Review: Patrick Clark, "Spiraling Toward Madness"

Review: Patrick Clark, "Spiraling Toward Madness"

Because he’s mainly known as a television personality, Clark the rock artist has had more to prove; here, he’s shown that he can sing into a microphone as well as he speaks into one.

It Takes a (Quiet) Village: The Journey of Don Cunningham

A jazz great and St. Charles native, Cunningham tours internationally. Once in a while, though, he still comes home to play a show at The Sheldon.

Old Lights Have a New Record and a LouFest Slot

Old Lights Have a New Record and a LouFest Slot

At noon on Sunday, Old Lights kicks off the second day of LouFest. The band's also playing a free LouFest pre-party tonight at Off Broadway, including songs of its new six-song EP "Like Strangers."

Review: The Midnight Theatre Company, "Mistakes Were Made"

This production is evidence that a great show doesn't have to derive from a perfect piece of writing.

Review: Vincent Wants to Sea

Review: Vincent Wants to Sea

Guggenheim at the Museum

Guggenheim at the Museum

Three decades of work from the famous documentary maker enter the collection of the Missouri History Museum

Artist Explores Experience of Brain Tumor in "Life is Meant for Living"

On July 13, actor George Malich learned he had a brain tumor and would be going into surgery on August 1. He spent the next three weeks shooting a series of funny, thoughtful short films about his new "giant brain."

Review: "The Secret Garden" at Stages

Review: "The Secret Garden" at Stages

Despite people's best efforts, this musical is basically ridiculous.

Preview: "Love Stalker" at the St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase

Preview: "Love Stalker" at the St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase

Tonight, Cinema St. Louis screens "Love Stalker," a slick "unromatic comedy" that lightens up what's been a stellar, but rather serious, screening of St. Louis films.

Review: "Not So Loud: An Acoustic Evening With The Bottle Rockets"

Review: "Not So Loud: An Acoustic Evening With The Bottle Rockets"

Over the course of two nights at St. Louis’ now-defunct Lucas Schoolhouse in 2007, the Bottle Rockets performed two live sessions for a more-or-less “unplugged” album that would be released that fall. For whatever reason, the recordings of those concerts have remained on the shelf until now; "Not So Loud: An Acoustic Evening," is being released today.

Swing Low, Smurf Chariot: Kirkwood Man's Epic Collection of Smurfs Up for Sale

Swing Low, Smurf Chariot: Kirkwood Man's Epic Collection of Smurfs Up for Sale

Twenty-six years ago, we ran a story on Keith Rawlings, a Kirkwood man with one of the world's biggest collections of Smurf stuff. Now Rawlings, under pressure from his wife, (a motivation nearly all male collectors can empathize with), is ready to sell and use the much-needed funds for practical demands.

Review: “She Loves Me,” by Insight Theatre Company

There’s a lot to love about She Loves Me: Some great songs, a classic love story that has inspired moves like The Litte Shop Around the Corner and You’ve Got Mail, big dance numbers and a happy ending. So why is the musical still so unsatisfying?

"Voltron Force: New Defenders Trilogy," Screens August 18 at the St. Louis Fillmmakers Showcase

"Voltron Force: New Defenders Trilogy," Screens August 18 at the St. Louis Fillmmakers Showcase

File this one under "local lion-robots made good."

Preview: "Dead Man Walking" at Union Avenue Opera

Preview: "Dead Man Walking" at Union Avenue Opera

Next week, Union Avenue Opera Theatre stages Jake Heggie's 2000 opera, "Dead Man Walking;" Sister Helen Prejean will be in St. Louis for opening night on August 19.

Review: "Debbie Does Dallas: The Musical," NonProphet Theatre Company

Review: "Debbie Does Dallas: The Musical," NonProphet Theatre Company

The '70s porno becomes a hilarious—but flawed—musical.

A Conversation with Matt Strauss of White Flag Projects

A Conversation with Matt Strauss of White Flag Projects

We caught up with Strauss to talk about White Flag Project's pet fur-themed show, Für Elise (opening August 13th), as well as the gallery's upcoming sixth season.

Review: "Tabloid"

Review: "Tabloid"

Errol Morris returns to form in his most recent full-length feature, Tabloid. His past three films have tackled serious, hard, newsworthy subjects—grappling with the legacy of war from the Nazis, through Viet Nam, to Abu Ghraib. Joyce McKinney, the subject of his latest release, is indeed newsworthy, though less likely to appear in the pages of the New York Times than in those of the National Enquirer or its British counterparts, Evening News and Daily Mirror.

Review: Troubadour Dali, "Let's Make It Right"

Review: Troubadour Dali, "Let's Make It Right"

The band's officially releasing the record at Off Broadway on Saturday, sharing the stage with the Ocean Rivals, Secret Colours and the Blind Eyes.

Review: Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest

Review: Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest

ATCQ's Phife Dawg will be in town tonight for the St. Louis premiere, introducing the film and answering questions afterwards.

Last Week for "Dreamscapes" at The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts

Last Week for "Dreamscapes" at The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts

You have two more chances to see the show: wandering through the galleries on your own on Wednesday, August 10, or during the "Dreamscapes Finale," on August 13.

The Historic Castle Ballroom is Up for Sale

The Historic Castle Ballroom is Up for Sale

The old Castle Ballroom in Midtown, where Miles Davis sweated through his first audition (it was in front of a live audience!) is for sale.

Review: Seven Brides for Seven Brothers at The Muny

Review: Seven Brides for Seven Brothers at The Muny

Seven things you didn't know about Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.

The Groove is in Their Soul: The Launch of Tower Groove Records

The Groove is in Their Soul: The Launch of Tower Groove Records

St. Louis has a new musicians' collective, and it includes members of Magic City, Warm Jets USA and Rats and People Motion Picture Orchestra, among others. And they're gearing up for a big event at Off Broadway on September 4.

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