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Look-Listen November 2012

"Inside the Actor's Studio Apartment" Visits St. Louis

Being an actor in New York City is all glamour and acclaim, right? Well, eventually...they hope. But before they get there, actors, comics and creative types in the big city would do well to seek o... more »

Nov 30, 2012 11:39 AM Arts

Holy Motors: One Man, Nine Stories, One Surreal Day in Paris

Restless, slippery works populate the filmography of Leos Carax, the French writer-director best known for a peculiar stripe of romanticism that is at once wistful and hard-bitten, exemplified in f... more »

Nov 30, 2012 8:00 AM Arts

US LIGHT Collective Brings the Fifth Annual "May These Changes Make Us Light," to 2720 Cherokee

Time-traveling, time-deaf twins. Try saying that five times fast. More than just a tongue twister, this is also a brief summary of the plot of May These Changes Make Us Light , a show by the US LI... more »

Nov 29, 2012 9:45 AM Arts

Northwest Plaza: Now putting the birdsnest in "Beauty." Photograph by Byron Kerman.

Everything Mall is New Again: Whither Northwest Plaza?

Watching trends wither—tape-based storage media, movie musicals, or restaurants with carhops, for instance—has its compensations. Time passes. Nostalgia takes root. You don’t have to be a zombie to... more »

Nov 28, 2012 10:37 AM Arts

Courtesy of David Lazaroff

How a Concert Begat a Record, and a Record Begat a Concert: "Eight Nights" and the Second Annual Hanukkah Hullaballoo at Off Broadway

Around this time last year, Brothers Lazaroff were putting together a night’s set to complement Kinky Friedman, who was slated to perform a concert at Off Broadway. The story gets a tad complicated... more »

Nov 27, 2012 8:44 AM Arts

Anna Karenina: Passion and Dishonor in the Footlights of Imperial Russia

For nearly a century now, filmmakers have tried their hand at adapting Russian novelist Leo Tolstoy’s beloved romantic tragedy Anna Karenina to the silver screen, to varying degrees of success. P... more »

Nov 21, 2012 11:27 PM Arts

Typewriter Tim Jordan. Photo by Thomas Crone

Typewriter Tim's Documentary Day: Massages, Glass-Pouring, and a Gig at the Venice

Don’t know what you’re doing today, but it’s probably not as interesting as Typewriter Tim Jordan’s day. No offense, of course, but you’re likely not having a day-in-the-life documentary shot on yo... more »

Nov 21, 2012 12:00 AM Arts

Life During Wartime: Veterans’ Poetry is Heavy-Duty

If in some smothering dreams you too could pace Behind the wagon that we flung him in, And watch the white eyes writhing in his face, His hanging face, like a devil's sick of sin; If you could hear, a... more »

Nov 20, 2012 11:03 AM Arts

Photography courtesy of the Rock N Roll Craft Show

The Rock N Roll Craft Show: Making Black Friday a Little Bit Hipper

Rock out with your sock monkeys out November 23 through 25 at the fifth annual Rock N Roll Craft Show in Delmar Loop. The show, tucked inside the Third Degree Glass Factory , is a three-day depart... more »

Nov 19, 2012 12:00 AM Arts

Juxtaposition as Art: Impressions from Joe Dante’s "The Movie Orgy" at SLIFF

The sheer scope of the Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival ’s annual offerings is almost overwhelming, prompting hardcore cinephiles to pore over timetables with the exacting earnestnes... more »

Nov 16, 2012 10:13 AM Arts

Some Cats: O'Donnell, Dr. Mabuse, Anna Lum, Ryan Harris. Photograph by Whitney Curtis

These Cats Can Gel: HEARDing Cats Gelatinous Orchestra Plays the Kerr this Saturday

Rich O’Donnell, artistic director of HEARding Cats Collective, compares the collective’s musical performances to a question. “Did you rehearse the question you asked me?” O’Donnell says. “Becaus... more »

Nov 16, 2012 12:00 AM Arts

Gina Alvarez, "366 Skies, #251 (September 7, 2012)."

Poet Jessica Baran's "Equivalents" Wins Lost Roads' First Annual Besmilr Brigham Women Writers Award

Last winter, we spoke to poet and Riverfront Times arts critic Jessica Baran about her poetry collection, Remains to Be Used (Apostrophe, 2011) which was just then rolling off the printer. ... more »

Nov 15, 2012 12:17 PM Arts

Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Mentioning the Unmentioned Landscape: A Talk on Pruitt-Igoe This Friday at Wash. U.

After sitting forgotten for decades—long enough for a young forest to spring up—there's been an explosion of interest in the 33-acre site where the Pruitt-Igoe housing complex once stood. Most re... more »

Nov 14, 2012 12:05 PM Arts

Photographs by Byron Kerman

A Star is Stillborn: The Gong Show at Herbie’s Vintage '72

There is perhaps no more quintessential artifact of ’70s culture than The Gong Show . It not only makes no sense now, it made no sense when broadcast in the '70s. Noted loon and alleged CIA assas... more »

Nov 14, 2012 8:57 AM Arts

Photographs by Thomas Crone

Slideshow: On the Trail of One of St. Louis' Most Prolific—and Controversial—Graffiti Artists

Annually (right around this time of year, in fact), we’re treated to countless stories about the turkey. It’s an animal that doesn’t seem to hold interest for most of us through the course of the y... more »

Nov 13, 2012 8:34 AM Arts

Preview: Saint Louis International Film Festival

The 21st annual St. Louis International Film Festival kicked off last night with a screening of Silver Linings Playbook , and continues through November 18. Though SLIFF doesn't get a huge number ... more »

Nov 9, 2012 12:24 PM Arts

Skyfall: James Bond Plummets to Earth and Soars Into Legend

Fifty years into James Bond’s unstoppable cinematic career—which has stumbled and slowed at times, but never ground to a permanent halt—it’s worth observing how narrow the margin for error is for n... more »

Nov 9, 2012 8:48 AM Arts

Jiyong Lee at Duane Reed Gallery

Slideshow: November Art Openings at Mad Art, Duane Reed and Vino Gallery

The fall arts season is in full swing, and visual-art hags have good reason to loiter in at least three area galleries with hot shows. The most anticipated art show of each year at Mad Art is ... more »

Nov 8, 2012 10:39 AM Arts

Re-enactor John Bruce of Kansas City, Mo. portrays a buffalo soldier from the 10th Calvary at the grand opening of the Battle of Island Mound State Historic Site

Missouri's Newest State Park Preserves the Story of the Civil War's First African-American Regiment

Missouri was home to many important battles during the Civil War; the Battle at Wilson’s Creek was the first battle west of the Mississippi, and the Battle of Westport was the largest to be fought ... more »

Nov 7, 2012 10:00 AM Arts

Edwin Olvera talks to Suanne Morgan's seventh grade dance class

Collaboration is the Key: Pilobolus Institute comes to St. Louis

Pilobolus dancers teach area kids how to dance more »

Nov 7, 2012 9:37 AM Theater