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Gary Stiehr

StampedeCon: "Big Data" Conference Spotlights St. Louis' Emergence as a Technology Hub

Mention “big data technology” or “supercomputers,” and the first place that comes to mind is probably the nation’s undisputed high-tech mecca—Silicon Valley. But St. Louis? According to Gary ... more »

Jul 31, 2012 7:00 AM Arts

Kickstarter, the Arts, and the Mighty Dollar: Three Studies in Crowdfunding, Part One

Those who attended the St. Lou Fringe Festival in June  may know that it was primarily funded by a campaign on Kickstarter, the popular crowdfunding website. The (en)visioning Hyde Park project... more »

Jul 31, 2012 12:00 AM Arts

Eric Wilkinson, Jennifer Lynch and David Michaels. Photograph by Egan O'Keefe

A Fall From Grace: A Talk With Filmmakers Jennifer Lynch and Eric Wilkinson—Plus an Exclusive Look at the Movie Trailer

A conversation with Jennifer Lynch, director of the thriller "A Fall From Grace," which will begin shooting in St. Louis this fall. more »

Jul 30, 2012 9:27 AM Arts

Courtesy of SubPop Records

LouFest 2012: King Tuff, Rock Fresh From the Garage

King Tuff frontman, Kyle Thomas, doesn't skip a beat when asked his plans for the band's future. "World domination," Thomas states. Well that, he concedes, and "trying to go to a lot of barbeq... more »

Jul 30, 2012 12:00 AM Arts

A Decade of Intersections and Interactions With George Malich

While I’ve never called myself an actor (and won’t anytime soon), I’ve wound up in a strangely large amount of locally produced films, shorts and video projects. A thread through many of them has b... more »

Jul 27, 2012 8:22 AM Arts

Too Great and Too Much Fun: "The Last Days of Disco" on Blu-ray

By the late ’90s, writer-director Whit Stillman had carved out an unassailable niche in American independent film as the chuckling court chronicler of a forlorn and status-obsessed WASP culture. Th... more »

Jul 27, 2012 12:00 AM Arts

Susan Glasgow's "The Communal Nest," grows at Craft Alliance's Grand Center Gallery, One Glass Twig at a Time

In 1984, on the cusp of the computer age, Susan Glasgow emerged from the University of Iowa with a bachelor’s degree in graphic design. “The minute I graduated, my degree was obsolete,” she says... more »

Jul 26, 2012 12:00 AM Arts

Photograph Courtesy of Bonne Terre Mine

Slideshow: Bonne Terre Mines' Magical Mystery Tour

About an hour south of here, St. Louisans can experience something so odd, so otherworldly, so dreamlike, that it's hard to fathom how readily accessible it is, how easy it is to slip from sunlight... more »

Jul 25, 2012 8:55 AM Arts

Courtesy of pernikoffbrothers.com

LouFest 2012: The Pernikoff Brothers' Evolving Sound

It's hard not to be swept up in The Pernikoff Brothers ' excitement. With a string of praise-worthy opening gigs on local stages last year (including a opening slot for Willie Nelson), and a ren... more »

Jul 24, 2012 12:00 PM Arts

Photograph by Thomas Crone

The Bars of South Kingshighway

Here’s a way to understand the shorthand language of South Saint Louis. There’s a geographic split that runs north-south. Starting downtown and working westward, there are several major streets ... more »

Jul 24, 2012 9:19 AM Travel

Courtesy of Pitch Perfect PR

LouFest 2012: Girl Talk, the Laptop Rock Star

It wasn't until Girl Talk's 2006 release, Nightripper , that the world realized a guy on a laptop could be the life of the party. "I played with a lot of people doing a lot of electronic mus... more »

Jul 20, 2012 6:00 AM Arts

Pink Ribbons, Inc.: Who Profits from all that "Awareness"?

Since it first began to appear over two decades ago, the looped pink ribbon that symbolizes breast cancer awareness has become an instantly recognizable mark, emblazoned on thousands of products an... more »

Jul 20, 2012 12:00 AM Arts

Photographs by Byron Kerman

Lindenwood University’s New Maroon and Gray-Striped Football Field Ain't Ugly, It's...Art?

It's been called it “ trippy ,” “ugly,” “obnoxious,” “hideous,” and, in a fit of pique that just seemed comical, “ an abomination to the game ." Those words come from the nation’s college-football ... more »

Jul 19, 2012 12:00 AM Arts

The Boorays Will Reunite for Saturday's Karate Bikini CD Relase Show at Off Broadway

In some respects, Karate Bikini ’s got the most pressure this coming Saturday night, as the group releases a full-length, debut CD, Sauce of the Apple Horse . But some of that pressure’s been rem... more »

Jul 18, 2012 8:06 AM Arts

St. Louis Shakespeare Kicks off its 28th Season With "Coriolanus" July 20-29 at the Grandel Theater in Grand Center

Donna Northcott founded St. Louis Shakespeare 28 years ago, after returning from a summer spent studying the playwright in London. “I got back to town, and was just crazy to do Shakespeare, bu... more »

Jul 16, 2012 12:00 AM Arts

Natural Selection: A Good Christian Woman in Search of a (Sort of) Son

Natural Selection is the tale of forty-something Texas housewife Linda (Rachael Harris). She is deeply unhappy, but she has settled into her unhappiness with a smiling, anxious resignation. Mousy... more »

Jul 13, 2012 8:09 AM , Arts

Courtesy of the Chatillon-DeMenil Mansion

More Bastille Day: Silent French Movies at Winnie Moore and French Living History at the DeMenil Mansion

Now that the 4th of July's come and gone, it's time for part two...at least in St. Louis: Bastille Day. Soulard has mothballed its faux guillotine, so the royal beheadings have moved down to Carond... more »

Jul 12, 2012 1:51 PM Arts

Oh No He Didn’t! “Rock 'n' Roll Myths” Exposes Itself

St. Louis Magazine freelance contributor Dan Durchholz is perhaps our town’s ranking rock journalist, and his latest book, Rock ‘n Roll Myths: The True Stories Behind the Most Infamous Legends , ... more »

Jul 11, 2012 8:11 AM Arts

"The Midwest's Monster Truck Version of Pink Floyd": El Monstero at Verizon Wireless Ampitheatre

Bill Reiter knows a thing or two about multi-tasking. These days, he splits time between three bands: the hard-rock LucaBrasi ; the resurgent The Urge ; and El Monstero , the king of local tribu... more »

Jul 10, 2012 8:09 AM Arts

"Office Girl" Author Joe Meno is Coming to Subterranean Books (and Going to Vintage Vinyl)

On August 9 at 7 p.m., Chicago-based fiction writer Joe Meno will be reading from his latest novel, Office Girl , at Subterranean Books (6275 Delmar). The author of five novels, Meno is the fir... more »

Jul 9, 2012 8:51 AM Arts