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A Cat in Paris: The Pitter-Patter of Little Paws Over Rooftops

In the new feature from French animators Jean-Loup Felicioli and Alain Gagnol, A Cat in Paris , the titular feline is Dino, a black-and-scarlet tomcat with a double life. By day, he lives as the a... more »

Jun 29, 2012 8:47 AM Arts

Arts and Economic Prosperity IV Study Finds the Arts Grew Four Percent in St. Louis—Despite the Recession

So, some good news for St. Louis: the Regional Arts Commission announced the results of its Arts and Economic Prosperity IV study yesterday, and it found that the arts sector in St. Louis City an... more »

Jun 28, 2012 9:40 AM Arts

Cardinals Care and The Sheldon Concert Hall Team Up to Teach Kids About the Intersection Between Baseball and the Blues

The Sheldon will join forces with Cardinals Care this week to show kids some unexpected similarities between baseball and the blues. Two concerts will be staged at the Sheldon Concert Hall on June ... more »

Jun 27, 2012 12:00 PM Arts

Is That Us They’re Making Fun Of? The Pitch-Perfect Derision of the “What High School Should We Call Me” Tumblr

One unwritten but grave rule of comedy: if you want to make fun of a group of people, you’d better be a member of said group. There are exceptions (muck- throwing stand-up comedienne Lisa Lampanell... more »

Jun 27, 2012 12:00 AM Arts

Summer Reading: Birds of Paradise, by Diana Abu-Jaber

Set in pre-Katrina Miami, Abu-Jaber’s most recent novel proves deeper and more insightful than the average beach read. Birds of Paradise follows the Muir family, who are living in an upscale Miam... more »

Jun 26, 2012 12:00 PM Arts

Photograph by Dan Duncan

Citywalk Keeps Ferguson Lively

Ferguson isn't just a bedroom community anymore, but offers lots of options for dining and entertainment. more »

Jun 26, 2012 12:00 AM Arts

Aquitaine Releases Its Debut EP, "American Pulverizer," This Friday at the Firebird

Sometimes, there’s a moment of beautiful synchronicity at work, when a person needing to write a story is contacted by a band looking for some press on a new project. And it just so happens that sa... more »

Jun 25, 2012 10:34 AM Arts

The Firecracker Press Celebrates Its 10th Anniversary Saturday, June 23

The Firecracker Press is hosting a celebratory party this Saturday, from 6 to 10 p.m. at its Cherokee Street location to commemorate its 10th year in business. It all started when owner and foun... more »

Jun 22, 2012 11:05 AM Arts

Sunyatta McDermott, Rilke Griffin and Marla Griffin in "A Variety of Mysteries"

"A Variety of Mysteries" Premieres at the St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase

In the Philosophy of Literature lectures later distilled into Reading Rilke , William H. Gass burned into my brain the concept of a “Journal of My Other Self.” That was the poet Rainer Maria Rilke... more »

Jun 22, 2012 12:00 AM Arts

TOKY Branding + Design

Opera Theater of St. Louis: Alice in Wonderland

What you need to know about OTSL's Alice in Wonderland more »

Jun 21, 2012 12:00 AM Arts

Courtesy African Musical Arts, Inc.

Songs of Africa Ensemble Brings a Sonic Safari to Union Memorial United Methodist Church This Sunday

Can’t make it to the African savanna this summer? Not to worry—the Songs of Africa Ensemble will perform “Sonic Safari” at 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 24 at Union Memorial United Methodist Church. Th... more »

Jun 20, 2012 11:49 AM Arts

Whither the Omnimax? Your Pocket Guide to What’s Playing Now

You can keep your Avengers and your Hunger Games . Some of us harrumphing cinema aesthetes are happy to forgo the mall-films for quiet documentaries about polar bears and dead satellites. Not a ... more »

Jun 20, 2012 8:16 AM Arts

The Sheldon and Circus Flora Team Up for Summer Art Contest for Kids

The Sheldon Art Galleries and Circus Flora are teaming up this summer to sponsor an art contest and exhibition inspired by Circus Flora’s new show, The Wizard: Merlin & the Legends of King Arthur.... more »

Jun 19, 2012 12:00 PM Arts

There Are Now Fewer than 400 Jazz DJs on the Air—and Yes, There Are Cultural Consequences

Since at least the 1940s, the recording industry has been fixated on “hits” and making large amounts of money by manipulating the books of their artists. These practices have led to the marginaliza... more »

Jun 19, 2012 8:44 AM Arts

Scott Smith Photography Inc.

Singer/Songwriter Ben Kaplan—AKA The Vaad—Releases "Kissing the Sea on the Lips"

In some respects, the story of The Vaad’s new album doesn’t differ from those of countless new records. It’s grounded in the story of a songwriter, in this case Ben Kaplan, who takes time crafting ... more »

Jun 18, 2012 8:29 AM Arts

Rendering of Enterprise Rent-A-Car Family Sea Lion Landing at Sea Lion Sound Copyright Saint Louis Zoo

St. Louis Zoo's Sea Lion Sound Grand Opening is June 30

The Saint Louis Zoo ’s newest exhibit, Sea Lion Sound, will be opening on June 30. The 1.5-acre, $18 million arena houses 11 California sea lions and one harbor seal. According to the zoo’s curato... more »

Jun 15, 2012 12:19 PM Arts

"Polisse:" Otherwise Known as "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Paris: The Movie."

The allure of glib shorthand practically dictates that French writer-director Maïwenn’s gritty, garish new feature film, Polisse , be described as Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Paris: The Mo... more »

Jun 15, 2012 9:07 AM Arts

A Dollhouse for the Apocalypse: Matthew Paul Isaacson at Duane Reed Gallery

There’s an installation at the Central West End’s Duane Reed Gallery currently that confers a curious sense of calm and evil, awe and confusion, oddness and familiarity. Matthew Paul Isaacson’s se... more »

Jun 14, 2012 8:22 AM Arts

Did Anything Tangible Come out of the GOOD Ideas for Cities Conference? Yes—CityPulse

Imagine yourself leaving Blueberry Hill on a Saturday night. You and your date aren't quite ready to go home, but you're certainly not going to another bar. You check your phone, and see that withi... more »

Jun 13, 2012 11:23 AM Arts

Photograph by Rob Grimm of RGG Photography

Webster Groves Drummer and Teacher Edward Scott Ibur's Book Release Party for “Teacher of the Year,” Will be a Concert at Blueberry Hill, with The Sparrows, Ellen the Felon, Erin Bode and More

A 1980s style hip-hop DJ, a Nepalese Sherpa, and a one-star general walk into a high school. That could be the beginning of a thousand jokes, and Edward Scott Ibur crams more than a few of them int... more »

Jun 13, 2012 12:00 AM Arts