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Look-Listen January 2013

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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