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Look-Listen May 2012

In Over His Head, Swimmingly: Wm. Stage Tells Sordid St. Louis Stories Ably in First Collection of Short Fiction

It’s difficult to review veteran St. Louis writer Wm. Stage’s first collection of short stories, Not Waving Drowning , without playing spoiler. Stage’s one-page headnote explaining the premise of ... more »

May 31, 2012 9:40 AM Arts

Tour de Plants: A Celebration of Bicycles, Community Gardens and Local Food

Get out and enjoy the sunshine this weekend with a bike ride through St. Louis community gardens. On Saturday, June 2, Gateway Greening is hosting a 10.5-mile trek called Tour de Plants to highli... more »

May 31, 2012 12:00 AM Arts

Jazz at the Bistro Announces 2012–2013 Season

Today, Jazz St. Louis announced its upcoming Jazz at the Bistro series, with a schedule that includes both well-known and emerging artists. The season kicks off the weekend of Sept 19 with performa... more »

May 30, 2012 2:52 PM Arts

Photographs by Byron Kerman

Slideshow: Belleville’s Skyview Drive-In

You have to feel warm and nostalgic—and maybe a little frightened—about the last remaining exemplar of a species. Belleville’s Skyview Drive-In, the sole operating drive-in cinema in the entire met... more »

May 30, 2012 9:42 AM Arts

Preview: The St. Louis Symphony's "Bond and Beyond"

Ever since James Bond came shooting his way into the public consciousness with 1962’s Dr. No , the screen versions of Ian Fleming’s original novels have succeeded with a bang. Six actors have play... more »

May 29, 2012 12:00 AM Arts

St. Louis For Sale

For those wanting to offer a gift with a civic touch, there’s no lack of opportunity to score locally themed merchandise. In the olden days, you might’ve had to luck into an item of curiosity, or q... more »

May 28, 2012 10:45 AM Arts

Review: Goodbye First Love

When one is 15 years old, every new love feels like a romance for the ages, and every breakup resembles a tragedy of Shakespearean proportions. So it is with Camille (Lola Créton), the passionate b... more »

May 25, 2012 8:50 AM Arts

Paul Rudolph, Hiss House (Umbrella House), 1953, photograph © Ezra Stoller.

A Midcentury Modern Architecture Tour, Courtesy of the Sheldon Art Galleries

The love of modern architecture, and the desire to preserve it, is kind of a recent thing here in St. Louis. Which is odd, considering this city produced Charles Eames, and that its most iconic lan... more »

May 24, 2012 11:34 AM Arts

Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Learn Everything There is to Know about St. Louis Turner Halls This Friday at Landmarks Association

The Concordia Turner Hall on Gravois is still standing (the St. Louis Banjo Club meets there every week), but it's one of the last Turnvereins in St. Louis. At one time, St. Louis had 14 Turner... more »

May 23, 2012 10:39 AM Arts

Photograph by Daniel Ramirez, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

What to Do This Week: Thursday May 24-Monday May 28

Thursday, May 24 Spring to Dance Festival 2012 Dance St. Louis brings in 30 superlative Midwest dance troupes for this Memorial Day weekend dance fest. Each night, 10 different troupes perf... more »

May 22, 2012 11:30 AM Arts

Heather Wood* as Desdemona and Billy Eugene Jones* as Othello in Shakespeare Festival's Othello

Photo by David Levy

First Look: Shakespeare Festival's Othello

By keeping this tragedy grounded in reality, director Bruce Longworth makes "Othello" relevant to today. more »

May 21, 2012 10:40 AM Arts

Confessions of a Grafitti Artist: Tron Love on the Tagging of St. Mary's

It took nine hours over two nights along with the help of a few friends for Tron Love to execute his stories-high graffiti pass on the frontage of the abandoned St. Mary’s Infirmary in midtown St. ... more »

May 21, 2012 8:39 AM Arts

Embracing the City at GROUPHUG St. Louis

What’s your favorite landmark in St. Louis? Are you thinking of one? When you are, follow these instructions: 1. Drive/bike/walk there. 2. Have someone take your photo while you hug (yes, hug... more »

May 18, 2012 2:13 PM Arts

Review: Headhunters

Norwegian executive Roger Brown (Aksel Hennie) appears to have it all: a successful career as a white-shoe recruitment consultant; an extravagant modernist home in Oslo; and wife Diana (Synnøve Mac... more »

May 18, 2012 8:08 AM Arts

"New Music, New Works," Comes to CAMSTL as Part of Great Rivers Biennial

If you missed last week's New Music Circle season finale at the William Kerr Center, you have another chance to hear local new music composers this Saturday when the Contemporary Art Museum-St. ... more »

May 17, 2012 10:57 AM Arts

Kemp Auto Museum Concours d’Elegance Shows Off Antique Vehicles (and an Antique Popcorn Recipe) This Sunday

With the recent rise of food trucks in St. Louis, there’s a good chance you will see at least one on your daily commute. Back in the ‘20s, however, you’d generally find them in the form of popcorn ... more »

May 17, 2012 12:00 AM Arts

Pilobolus, Chicago Human Rhythm Project, Ballet Memphis And More Than 20 Other Local and National Companies Set to Perform for Dance St. Louis' "Spring to Dance" Festival

St. Louis' Common Thread Dance Company at National Dance Week Memorial Day Weekend is usually associated with backyard grilling, or highly competitive games of swimming pool basketball. Here’s... more »

May 16, 2012 8:52 AM Arts

SLSO's David Robertson Succeeds Vladimir Ashkenazy as Conductor of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra

As reported in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch , the New York Times , and The Australian , SLSO 's David Roberts has indeed accepted a position as artistic director and chief conductor of the Sydne... more »

May 15, 2012 8:24 AM Arts

Trippin’ Down Memory Lane with The Trip Daddys

On Derby Day, two weekends back, both Craig Straubinger and I were working at The Royale, but Straubinger would be given the nod for having the most fun. His shirt-and-tie clad, three-piece band, n... more »

May 14, 2012 9:36 AM Arts

Review: The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

It’s challenging to envision a film more carefully constructed to please crowds than the calculatingly sweet and sunny new feature from British director John Madden, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel... more »

May 11, 2012 8:22 AM Arts