Look-Listen March 2011


Courtesy of Gold Motel

Gold Motel comes to St. Louis with the sounds of summer

They’re DIY, but they aren’t punk rock. Their songs are in Italian commercials, but they haven’t released anything in Europe. And they’re from Chicago—but don’t hold that against them. more »

Mar 31, 2011 7:59 AM Arts


Photograph by Bill Streeter

Pokey LaFarge and the South City Three Win Independent Music Award for "Riverboat Soul"

The 10th Annual Independent Music Awards has named Pokey LaFarge and the South City Three's "Riverboat Soul," as the winner of its Americana category. more »

Mar 30, 2011 2:26 PM Arts

"The Clan of the Cave Bear" Author Visits St. Louis April 4

Jean Auel will be at the library reading from "The Land of Painted Caves," her sixth and final book in the "Earth's Children," series. more »

Mar 29, 2011 9:09 AM Arts


Rosalind Early

Wish You Were Here: "Venus Envy: Venus Rising"

If you let the snow keep you inside this weekend, you missed several premiere St. Louis events, including "Venus Envy: Venus Rising." more »

Mar 28, 2011 1:11 PM Arts


Image courtesy of Little, Brown & Company

Review: The Pale King

David Foster Wallace's final novel moves, as he had always hoped, beyond metafiction. more »

Mar 28, 2011 12:45 PM Arts

Review: I Saw The Devil

This ultra-violent Korean horror film is far more than genre cinema; it surprises with subtle plot twists, artful cinematography and some great performances. more »

Mar 25, 2011 8:38 AM Arts


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Pavlov's Dog Still Has Some Bite

Pavlov’s Dog is back again, news that will have prog rock fans in some quarters drooling like…well, like the real Pavlov’s Dog. more »

Mar 24, 2011 8:26 AM Arts


Courtesy of The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis

Review: "Beehive: The 60's Musical" at The Rep

The Rep's Beehive is all color with no substance. more »

Mar 23, 2011 11:31 AM Arts


Photograph courtesy of The Black Rep

Review: "The Real McCoy" at the Black Rep

The cast puts in great performances—but the script could use a good editor. more »

Mar 22, 2011 9:14 AM Arts


Photo by Brian McMillen

You Must Believe in Spring: "Jazz at Holmes" pays Tribute to Bill Evans

Jazz pianist Kara Baldus Vandiver loves Bill Evans’ music as much as I do, but she can actually play it—and play it she will, at a free Jazz at Holmes concert at Washington University, the evening of April 7. more »

Mar 21, 2011 8:14 AM Arts

Review: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

A look at Rebecca Skloot's groundbreaking book, in anticipation of her visit to the Missouri History Museum on Wednesday, March 23. more »

Mar 18, 2011 9:58 AM Arts

Band of Letters: R.E.M.'s "Collapse Into Now"

These days, R.E.M. are anything but simple. The songs on "Collapse into Now" are busily produced, with shifting, twisting rhythms; but they still flaunt R.E.M.’s beating-around-the-bush catchiness; and on this album the combo is in full-personality gear. more »

Mar 17, 2011 8:06 AM Arts

American City: St. Louis Architecture, Three Centuries of Classic Design

Writer Robert Sharoff and photographer William Zbaren spent the summer of 2007 living in St. Louis as intrepid documentarians, urban archeologists and ersatz artists in residence. The result is a lush coffeetable book that shows off the city as a beautiful, 250-year-old work-in-progress. more »

Mar 16, 2011 11:04 AM Arts

Kayak at the Confluence Honors Legendary Bay Area Lit Mag Publisher, George Hitchcock

Though Hitchcock was a prominent figure in the Bay Area poetry scene of the 1960s, the largest national tribute to him takes place in St. Louis this weekend, and poets and writers around the country are flying in for it. more »

Mar 15, 2011 9:04 AM Arts


Photograph courtesy of the St. Louis Science Center

Just the Facts, Ma'am: The St. Louis Science Center, Darwin, and Climate Change

The St. Louis Science Center doesn’t court controversy, but as a couple of recent temporary exhibitions in the building attest, they don’t avoid it, either. more »

Mar 14, 2011 7:59 AM Arts


"Possum Promenade," courtesy of Tom Huck

Hey, Kids! Next Week is Hell Week

Printmaker Tom Huck's Hell Week, six days of "bad-ass alternative evening printertainment," kicks off on Monday; the Southern Graphics Council's conference, which includes art openings and parties all over the city, starts on Wednesday, runs through Saturday, with a huge even up and down Cherokee on Friday. more »

Mar 11, 2011 10:20 AM Arts


Library of Congress Prints and Photographs division, ppmsca.03112.

Settling Scores: A Short History of Music in Film

Now that the red carpet is rolled up like a map that had only one route, and movie people have come down from their Oscar high, it seems a good moment to examine an ego-free component of filmmaking: the music. more »

Mar 10, 2011 8:57 AM Arts

Arts News for Wednesday, March 9

HerStory Weekend, a plethora of printmaking events, and this week's St. Louis Independent Bookstore Bestseller List. more »

Mar 9, 2011 8:46 AM Arts


Photograph from Wikimedia Commons

When Merle Met Branson

Merle Haggard returns to Missouri to play the Fox on Wednesday...despite the deep psychic wounds inflicted by his time in Branson, which he claims was worse than San Quentin. more »

Mar 8, 2011 7:34 AM Arts

Hothouse Powers: The Climatron 50 Book Enchants

In honor of today's 50 degree temperatures, which has surely triggered some trips to the Botanical Garden, we take a look at a book honoring the Climatron's 50th birthday. more »

Mar 7, 2011 7:35 AM Arts

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