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Look-Listen October 2012

Keynote Speaker, Carrie Fisher

You Don’t Have to Be Jewish To Shlep to the St. Louis Jewish Book Festival

Each year’s St. Louis Jewish Book Festival , the largest event of its kind in the U.S., showcases an impressive group of authors—a real machaya , if you will. This year’s keynote speaker is th... more »

Oct 31, 2012 9:01 AM Arts

Ellen the Felon and The Mattronome. Photograph by Allan Crain

Halloween’s Stag Nite at the Crack Fox Weds New Bands to Old(er) Music

Here’s a favorite musical memory. Like, ever. While studying in London at the dawn of the ‘90s, I caught the then-charting Concrete Blonde at a venue called the Town & Country II, the smaller it... more »

Oct 30, 2012 8:15 AM Arts

Matt & Kim / Photo by Caleb Kuhl

Matt & Kim Come to the Pageant

Infectious indie synth-pop duo Matt & Kim play the Pageant. more »

Oct 26, 2012 12:26 PM Music

Cloud Atlas: A Gooey, Silly, Glorious Mess of a Time-Hopping Epic

Any discussion of the crazily ambitious Cloud Atlas must begin with its story, which is actually six stories, each nested within the next like Matryoshka dolls. The first tale concerns Adam Ewing... more »

Oct 26, 2012 8:02 AM Arts

By CBS Television Network [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

The St. Louis Symphony Brings the Score of "The Wizard of Oz," to Life

The Wizard of Oz has followed the Yellow Brick Road straight (winding, actually) into our nostalgic, movie-loving hearts. It’s been a staple of the American cultural diet for over 70 years, when ... more »

Oct 25, 2012 12:00 PM Arts

Craft OutLoud! Comes to New City School November 3 & 4

The New City School is making some noise in the local art scene and hosting its second Craft OutLoud! Art Fair in the Central West End. Area artists will set up booths inside the school, and sell... more »

Oct 25, 2012 12:00 AM Arts

Photographs by Byron Kerman

Living in LEGO Land: "The Art of the Brick" at the Magic House

There are plenty of tableaux at the Art of the Brick exhibition of LEGO sculptures at the Magic House that will titillate the toddlers. There are giant crayons made of LEGOs, and a bigger-than-li... more »

Oct 24, 2012 9:09 AM Arts

Checking Out the Very First Maplewood Chickenfest

Anyone active on social media sites knows that animals take up a good deal of our conversations, when we’re holed up in our digital hangouts. Cat owners, dog rescuers, pigeon fanciers... we all kno... more »

Oct 23, 2012 12:00 AM Arts

Federico Barocci, "Studies for the Hands of the Virgin Mary for the Annunciation." Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Kupferstichkabinett; Photograph Volker-H. Schneider, Courtesy of the Saint Louis Art Museum

God in the Details: "Federico Barocci: Renaissance Master" at the Saint Louis Art Museum

The first thing you see when stepping into the Main Galleries for Federico Barocci: Renaissance Master is a photo-mural of modern-day Urbino, Italy , where Barocci was born around 1533, and wher... more »

Oct 22, 2012 8:56 AM Arts

Hello I Must Be Going: Boy Meets (Thirtysomething, Divorced) Girl

It’s challenging to envision a more dispiriting setback for an adult that having to move back into Mom and Dad’s place after almost two decades. Unfortunately, this is exactly where Amy (Melanie Ly... more »

Oct 19, 2012 12:00 AM Arts

A Conversation with Adam Parfrey, Author of "Ritual America: Secret Brotherhoods and Their Influence on America, A Visual Guide"

Ed Wood, black metal, conspiracy theory, cults, con artists, the Weimar Republic, aliens, punk rock, drugs, sex, and the Unabomber—all are topics that interest Adam Parfrey, and have been the subje... more »

Oct 17, 2012 5:00 PM Arts

New West End Apartment Gallery The Hinge Opens its First Show, “Curiouser and Curiouser,” This Saturday

Since apartment galleries officially arrived in St. Louis—that would be 10 years ago, when Fort Gondo opened—we’ve gained and lost a half dozen of them. Of the original crop, Los Caminos and Co... more »

Oct 17, 2012 3:35 PM Arts

Photograph by Thomas Crone

Making the Rounds of Archon 36

In talking about Archon prior to this past weekend, I’d mentioned to friends that I’d been there a couple times in the past. My first visit to Collinsville, in fact, seemed to top all possible tr... more »

Oct 16, 2012 12:00 AM Arts

Photograph by Thomas Crone

Slideshow: Artica at Closing Time

Down at the Artica site, the real action was taking place on Saturday. An annual festival of creativity, Artica turns a funky little corner of north Downtown was into a free-form, artistic happ... more »

Oct 15, 2012 1:12 PM Arts

Jessica Payge Dae. Photograph by Leland Bobbé

Photographer Leland Bobbé's Viral Photo Series, "Half-Drag," Comes to phd Gallery

Leland Bobbé began his career taking slice-of-life photographs on the streets and subways of New York City. Shot in black and white, they are images of a city that is, in many ways, no longer th... more »

Oct 15, 2012 12:00 PM Arts

Photograph by Gasper Tringale

Rin Tin Tin: Susan Orlean’s Solitary Celebrity

Susan Orlean, staff writer for The New Yorker , will speak about her prizewinning bestseller Rin Tin Tin on October 18 at 7 p.m. at the St. Louis County Library headquarters, 1650 S. Lindbergh.... more »

Oct 15, 2012 12:32 AM Arts

Argo: Making Hollywood Movies in Tehran...For the CIA

One of the more fascinating, knotty subplots of the 1979-1981 Iran hostage crisis was the so-called “Canadian Caper.” Unbeknownst to the Islamist revolutionaries who had seized the Iranian governme... more »

Oct 12, 2012 8:15 AM Arts

The Company of Les Misérables. Photograph by Deen Van Meer.

Preview: "Les Misérables" at the Fox Theatre

So, hey howdy y'all! Long time no stagey-talk. Not to say I'm getting pigeonholed, but no sooner had I begun to work on this piece— jouer l'écrivain, as it were—than the first preview flickered be... more »

Oct 11, 2012 12:00 AM Arts

Saving Baby Elephants (and Orangutans, and Whooping Cranes) at the St. Louis Science Center

You might think you’ve gotten your fill of images of cute animals. What with all the crap on the Internet ( I Can Has Cheezburger ), Dog-shaming , Shiba Inu Puppy Cam , the Puppy Bowl, and even t... more »

Oct 10, 2012 8:14 AM Arts

Photograph by Thomas Crone

The Return of Paint Louis, as Told in Three Acts

On Sunday afternoon, 47,000 St. Louisans jammed into Busch Stadium, enjoying the St. Louis tradition of playoff baseball. The assembled were numerous enough that their cars fanned outward from the ... more »

Oct 9, 2012 8:43 AM Arts