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Look-Listen January 2013

"Splendor in the Grass," Clayton Community Theatre. Photograph by John Lamb

Playing Now: "Mrs. Sorken” and "The Duck Variations" at Mustard Seed Theatre and “Splendor in the Grass” at Clayton Community Theatre

At a performance of the monologue “Mrs. Sorken” last weekend, Peggy Billo worked a little impromptu magic. The door at the side of Fontbonne University's black box theater opened to admit a latecom... more »

Jan 30, 2013 8:22 AM Arts

High on the Diversified Foam Produts wall, a bull's head from past parades. Photograph by Thomas Crone

25 Interesting Facts About the Mystic Knights of the Purple Haze (And Secret Pics From Their Float-Building Compound)

On Saturday afternoon, I dropped by the warehouse used by the float builders of the Mystic Knights of the Purple Haze. A Mardi Gras krewe in its 25th year of operation, the Knights have achieved no... more »

Jan 29, 2013 12:00 AM Arts

Photograph by Thomas Crone

Pride St. Louis, Inc's Response to "Talking to Angelo Olegna of Keep Pride in Tower Grove"

On Tuesday, January 23, Look/Listen ran a Q&A with Angelo Olegna of Keep Pride in Tower Grove. Soon after the piece was posted, we were contacted by Staci Stift, President of Pride St. Louis . ... more »

Jan 25, 2013 2:08 PM Arts

Panoramic Vision: Classic Widescreen Cinema at the Webster Film Series

How's this for contrast? On the one hand, there was the dispiriting experience of a recent screening of Steven Speilberg's Lincoln at a local multiplex. After realizing that the 2.35:1 aspect rat... more »

Jan 25, 2013 8:23 AM Arts

Courtesy of the Fox Theatre

Talking to Chris O’Neill, AKA The Book of Mormon’s New Elder Cunningham

Hot on the heels of its remarkable harvest of Tony Awards, The Book of Mormon comes to Fox Theatre in its first touring run. This unlikeliest of smash Broadway success stories is the brainchild o... more »

Jan 24, 2013 8:00 AM Arts

Matt Strauss and the bust of his father, Leon Strauss. Photograph by Byron Kerman

When Dad is a Statue: Matt Strauss on the Bust of His Father, Leon Strauss

What’s it like to have a statue of your father erected in your city? Doesn’t it seem as if it might be a touch… surreal? For Matt Strauss, owner of the White Flag Projects Gallery , a bust—and ... more »

Jan 23, 2013 10:44 AM Arts

Pride 2012. Photograph by Thomas Crone

Talking to Angelo Olegna of Keep Pride in Tower Grove

From a purely personal, unconnected, non-stakeholder standpoint, the recent announcement that Pride St. Louis would be moving their base of operations from Tower Grove Park to Downtown was somethin... more »

Jan 22, 2013 8:38 AM Arts

Black History Month at the Library Kicks off With a Visit from Robbie Montgomery of Sweetie Pie’s (and She’s Bringing Dessert)

The St. Louis County Library’s Black History Celebration kicks off on January 25 at 7 p.m. with a talk from Robbie Montgomery of Sweetie Pie’s at the library headquarters. Montgomery is the ow... more »

Jan 21, 2013 12:00 PM Arts

President Lyndon B. Johnson meets with Martin Luther King, Jr., August 6, 1965. Photograph by Yoichi R. Okamoto, courtesy of the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Wikimedia Commons.

Christ Church Cathedral Remembers the Lessons of Martin Luther King, Jr.

For the fourth consecutive year, Christ Church Cathedral will celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a reading of his writings and speeches. The event, “Let Freedom Ring,” happe... more »

Jan 21, 2013 12:00 AM Arts

This Weekend: New Exhibits at Good Citizen, Fort Gondo, MOCRA

As is typical, there is so much going on in St. Louis it is hard to decide where to be and what to do. Here are three exhibits, opening Friday, Saturday, and Sunday respectively, that we can highly... more »

Jan 18, 2013 12:55 PM Visual Arts

Edward Boccia/ Photography by Frank Di Piazza

Edward Boccia Remembered

This winter, the Saint Louis University Museum of Art and the Sheldon Art Galleries are honoring the late painter Edward Boccia. more »

Jan 18, 2013 9:31 AM Arts

Image courtesy of the Holocaust Museum and Learning Center

The Nazis of Forest Park: Pushing Buttons at the Holocaust Museum

We’ve got plenty of crime in St. Louis, according to polls scientific and otherwise, but some crimes are more galvanizing than others. Recent news that a group of young people were “playing” s... more »

Jan 16, 2013 10:46 AM Arts

Ryan Carpenter and Ian Fisher. Photograph by Jarred Gastreich.

Ian Fisher & The Present Come Home from Europe to Release a Record

You can go to a lot of shows over many years and still be treated to a concert experience that you’ve never encountered before. The key, maybe, is to go into a night with relatively little knowledg... more »

Jan 15, 2013 12:00 AM Arts

Zero Dark Thirty: The Ten-Year Search for a Ghost

Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty is a sticky stripe of action-thriller, as troubled as it is troubling. The film presents the search for 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden—and his ultimate demise ... more »

Jan 11, 2013 8:26 AM Arts

Image courtesy of New Music Circle

New Music Circle Brings Electronic Duo Caboladies to White Flag Projects Friday, January 18

Next Friday, New Music Circle brings Eric Lanham and Chris Bush—otherwise known as the experimental electronic duo, Caboladies—to White Flag Projects , along with video artist Robert Beatty. Rat... more »

Jan 10, 2013 9:38 AM Arts

Ward Duffy as Mike and Denise Cormier as Margaret. ©Photo by Jerry Naunheim, Jr.

But Are They, Really? "Good People," at the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis

Good People gets my vote for the mainstage play at the Rep, amongst all the others, that should engender the most intense and innaresting post-show conversations this season. After the performanc... more »

Jan 9, 2013 8:18 AM Arts

The Ballad of Wild Bill Young and the Outlaws

Ask country singer and hip hop artist Wild Bill Young about his name, and he’ll tell you that “Wild” isn’t just a stage name. He earned that title way before he began his music career. “I was ... more »

Jan 8, 2013 12:00 AM Arts

Photographs by Thomas Crone

Slideshow: A Requiem for Powell Square

Like anybody with a new camera, I started bugging folks in the spring of 2005, asking to take their picture. And the Dock Ellis Band fell for my wheedling, allowing me to take them to the vicinity ... more »

Jan 7, 2013 10:14 AM Arts

Photograph by Scott Ferguson

David Robertson's Contract with the St. Louis Symphony Extended through the 2015-16 Season

Next year, David Robertson, who has served as Music Director for the St. Louis Symphony for eight seasons, becomes Chief Conductor and Artistic Director for the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. He's ha... more »

Jan 3, 2013 10:06 AM Arts

Cat Daddy's. Photographs by Thomas Crone

The Bars of Alton

If Alton were any closer to South St. Louis, I’d probably be a regular at some of the multiple drinking haunts of that river city’s downtown. Perhaps luckily, it’s about a 40-minute drive, more if ... more »

Jan 1, 2013 12:00 AM Travel