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Look-Listen February 2013

Courtesy of Heather Buckley-wilson

Talking to Heather Buckley-wilson of B.E.L.L.A. About This Weekend's Gina Gala

Gina Gala takes place this Saturday, March 2 at 2720 Cherokee. Dubbed “a celebration of women in the arts,” various artistic disciplines will be represented, though the musical portion of the eve... more »

Feb 28, 2013 12:09 PM Arts

Nebbishes, Nudniks, and Sandy Koufax: "Jewish Jocks," Refutes/Revels In Ethnic Stereotypes

In the great disaster-film farce Airplane! , a passenger asks a flight attendant if she has anything "light" to read. “How ‘bout this leaflet, Famous Jewish Sports Legends ?” she replies . ... more »

Feb 27, 2013 10:37 AM Arts

Forgotten Places: The Fountain of Youth Park

The news is filled with stories of demolition and the efforts to preserve varied, oft-doomed spaces, be they an abandoned factory, church, school or former place of culture. The energy around these... more »

Feb 26, 2013 8:05 AM , Arts

That Uppity Theatre Company and Vital Voice Open Second Annual Short Play Festival This Thursday

Last year, That Uppity Theatre Company and The Vital Voice co-produced the first annual "Briefs: A Festival of Short LGBT Plays." And they did very, very well for a first-year event: all four p... more »

Feb 25, 2013 10:04 AM Arts

Yossi: A Moving Portrait of a Heartbroken Man's Resurrection

When the viewer first glimpses dejected Tel Aviv cardiologist Yossi (Ohad Knoller), he is slowly waking from a power-nap in an unused hospital bed. This moment, it turns out, succinctly foreshadows... more »

Feb 22, 2013 7:58 AM Arts

Laclede Gas Pumping Station, 3615 Chervolet. Photograph by Byron Kerman

Missing Geometries: The Last Gasometer, RIP

As noted by Michael Allen of Preservation Research Office, Laclede Gas has by now removed the city’s last gasometer . Allen, a passionate civic preservationist and historian, mourned the loss... more »

Feb 20, 2013 10:00 AM Arts

Orbit Pinball Lounge. Photographs by Thomas Crone

The Bars of Sutton Boulevard

We’re all dreamers, in our own special ways. To my mind, no trip into St. Louis County goes without some musing about our region’s multi-layers of districting: fire districts, police districts, sch... more »

Feb 19, 2013 10:28 AM Travel

Back From the Brink: Susannah Cahalan talks about the illness that set her brain on fire

Even when she was an English lit major scribbling stories for the Student Life newspaper at Washington University, Susannah Cahalan had a voice: strong, witty, lively. It surprised no one when, j... more »

Feb 15, 2013 8:35 AM Arts

Photograph Courtesy of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra

Music, Romance, and Life’s Little Hurdles: Maestro David Robertson & Pianist Orli Shaham, Together on Valentine’s Weekend

It must be fate that scheduled married classical-music titans David Robertson and Orli Shaham on the same program at Powell Hall on Valentine’s Day weekend. Fate or marketing, we figure. E... more »

Feb 14, 2013 8:47 AM Arts

Photographs by Thomas Crone

Fat Tuesday: Walkin' Down Washington with the Mystic Knights

A few weeks back, we noted the extensive preparation taken by the Mystic Knights of the Purple Haze to win the best float category of the Soulard Mardi Gras; that kind of inspired work’s pretty muc... more »

Feb 13, 2013 10:07 AM Arts

Eric "Prospect" Davis, Basil Kincaid, Damon "LooseScrewz" Davis and Robert Powell. Below:Kincaid's layered painting of St. Louis buildings on discarded wood; and his mixed media piece about seeing the city multiple ways, represented by the multiple eyes of the figures. Photography by Britany Ruess.

Artists of Multimedia "Reclamation Project" at Portfolio Gallery Seek to See St. Louis Anew

As driftwood brushed up on the California ocean shore, Robert Powell grabbed the wood with purpose. In 1973, Powell was stationed in California with the military, and would create art from the drif... more »

Feb 8, 2013 2:35 PM Arts

John Dies at the End: A Daft Plunge into Midnight Movie Madness

Even when graded on the off-kilter curve reserved for the works of filmmaker Don Coscarelli, John Dies at the End is a far-out trip. The writer-director of the Phantasm horror franchise and the... more »

Feb 8, 2013 8:53 AM Arts

"The Lookout" by Jason John

People Who Need People: “The Figure Now” Dazzles at Fontbonne University

This year’s regularly held show of figure art from across the U.S. at Fontbonne University is really worth a look. The Figure Now was juried really well by gifted painters Steve Huston and Nat... more »

Feb 6, 2013 9:02 AM Arts

A Conversation With Matt Bryan and Mike McCubbins, Creators of “Book of Da”

Growing up in Potosi as high-schoolers, Matt Bryan and Mike McCubbins made music, animation, and comics all while absorbing the pen-and-ink cosmologies of underground comics artists like Harve... more »

Feb 5, 2013 9:43 AM Arts

Magic Door: Bassamp and Dano. Photograph by Thomas Crone.

Slideshow: The Magic Door

At some point in time, the Journalism Gods decided that you couldn’t just be a writer. Instead, you had to transform into a content producer, someone capable of adding (still and moving) images and... more »

Feb 5, 2013 8:43 AM Arts

Slideshow: Krewe of Barkus Beggin' Pet Parade 2013

Despite it being SuperBowl Sunday, despite the snow, thousands of people (and dogs, and cats, and rabbits) once again made it down to Soulard for the annual Krewe of Barkus Beggin' Pet Parade , al... more »

Feb 4, 2013 8:04 AM Arts