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Look-Listen September 2012

Looper: Entangled in the Möbius Strip of His Own Life

The protagonist of Rian Johnson’s time travel thriller Looper is Joe (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), a handsome, wiseass hitman retained by an underworld organization based in Shanghai in 2074. The twist... more »

Sep 28, 2012 8:33 AM Arts

Some Light (Re)Reading to Celebrate the Peabody's One-Year Anniversary

The Peabody Opera House has been open for one year, as of October 1. Fiona Apple, Peter Frampton and Roger Daltrey have all played there. Kathleen Madigan appears later this month, on October 13 ... more »

Sep 27, 2012 12:00 AM Arts

Toxic Cinema Screens "Masque of the Red Death," Vincent Price's Wicked, Campy Take on Edgar Allen Poe

Last year’s Vincentennial , the citywide celebration of the 100th anniversary of our man Vincent Price’s birth, left some of us hungry for more. Certainly, the festival was a multifarious look at ... more »

Sep 26, 2012 8:52 AM Arts

A Conversation With Nick Lowe

“Act your age” is not advice typically given to, nor accepted by musicians. But these days, Nick Lowe is more than happy to do just that. And not only does he wear his age well—he’s 63—but he’s ... more »

Sep 25, 2012 11:00 AM Music

Autumn Clock at Spirits. Photograph courtesy of Autumn Clock

One Fan's Highlights: Judge Nothing, The Bishops and Autumn Clock Reunion Show at Spirits in Alton

Just prior to his band’s set this past Saturday night, Doug Raffety of Judge Nothing pulled on a T-shirt advertising the Bluff City Oyster Bar’s Mid Summer Jam 1994, featuring The Bishops, Judge No... more »

Sep 25, 2012 12:00 AM Arts

Photograph courtesy of White Flag Projects

Making an Understatement: B. Wurtz at White Flag Projects

B. Wurtz is a sculptor who’s been making waves in art circles lately, thanks to last summer's Works,1970-2011 at Metro Pictures gallery. A sort of comfortable outsider to those in New York, cri... more »

Sep 24, 2012 2:11 PM Arts

Take a Walk on the Wild Side with the Saint Louis Science Center's New Wildlife Rescue Exhibit

Ever wonder what it’s like to hang glide among migrating cranes? Or hand-feed the tiny chick of an endangered bird species? The Saint Louis Science Center offers visitors these opportunities, ... more »

Sep 24, 2012 9:12 AM Arts

The Master: A Man Too Broken to Be Mended by Either Cleric or Con Artist

Freddie Quells (Joaquin Phoenix), the bleary-eyed, mumbling protagonist of The Master , is a man adrift. In the wake of World War II, he has returned from a naval deployment in the Pacific to sett... more »

Sep 21, 2012 12:00 AM Arts

A. Usitmov and A. Eelagina; photograph courtesy of The Moscow Ballet

Casting Call Issued for the Moscow Ballet’s 20th Anniversary "Great Russian Nutcracker" at the Peabody Opera House

The Moscow Ballet , in partnership with Dance Project St. Louis , is holding local audtions for its 20th anniversary performance of the Great Russian Nutcracker , which will take place December ... more »

Sep 20, 2012 10:00 AM Arts

Queen in a Bottle: Wehrenberg Screens Re-Mastered 1986 Doc, "Hungarian Rhapsody: Queen Live in Budapest"

Will people spark up their lighters and hold them high at the cinema when Wehrenberg Theaters screens Hungarian Rhapsody: Queen Live in Budapest ? It won’t be all that surprising if people de... more »

Sep 19, 2012 8:27 AM Arts

Pop's at Sunrise. Photograph by Thomas Crone

A Travelogue: St. Louis' 3 a.m. Bars

There was a time that The Delmar Restaurant and Lounge was the new kid on the block. Located just inside the City limits, The Delmar was an early hit because the bars from the west, all those locat... more »

Sep 18, 2012 8:14 AM Travel

LouFest Partners With Promoters of Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits Festival

Two interesting facts came across the transom this morning: Listen Live Entertainment, the producers of LouFest, is joining forces with C3 Presents, with the goal of growing the festival: C3 produc... more »

Sep 18, 2012 7:32 AM Arts

Photograh courtesy of the St. Louis Symphony

St. Louis Symphony (Unofficially) Kicks Off the New Season with a Free Concert in Forest Park

The St. Louis Symphony opens its 133rd season the weekend of September 28 with Witold Lutosławski's Concerto for Orchestra, Chopin's Second Piano Concerto (performed by guest artist Emanuel Ax), ... more »

Sep 17, 2012 10:47 AM Arts

New Ideas Use Old Buildings, Take Two: The Luminary Moves to 2701-7 Cherokee

As the Beacon and The Riverfront Times reported earlier this week, The Luminary Center for the Arts is finally moving to Cherokee after plans to buy and renovate 2700 Cherokee (recently home ... more »

Sep 14, 2012 3:04 PM Arts

For a Good Time, Call…: Dirty Talk Shouldn’t Be This Lackluster

The urgently R-rated comedy For a Good Time Call… presents a setup seemingly designed in a laboratory for 85 minutes of breezy, stakes-free comedy. Lauren (Lauren Miller) aspires to a career in t... more »

Sep 14, 2012 7:52 AM Arts

Still from "Casablanca" (1942). Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

“We’ll Always Have Paris…” Digital Technology Supplants Film at Tivoli, Skyview, SLIFF, Everywhere

"Here's looking at you, kid..." "Kiss me. Kiss me as if it were the last time." "You played it for her, you can play it for me!" These are, of course, just a few of the highly quotable lines from ... more »

Sep 12, 2012 8:37 AM Arts

Photograph courtesy of popularculturemusic.com

Henry Mowgli of Popular Culture: New York by Way of Austin, Austin by Way of St. Louis

Back in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, when classes let out at Webster University, at least a chunk of the student population drifted down to Old Orchard, where a crew of students and affiliates wor... more »

Sep 11, 2012 8:24 AM Arts

Thirty Years, 6,346 Performances, and One New HVAC System: Mary Strauss on Three Decades at the Fox Theatre

Six thousand, three hundred and forty-six performances have graced the stage at the Fox Theatre since its reopening in 1982, but what owner Mary Strauss remembers most is a helicopter being lowered... more »

Sep 10, 2012 7:48 AM Arts

Cosmopolis: Inching Towards Dystopia, One Midtown Block at a Time

“[A] rat became a unit of currency.” That epigraph introduces Cosmopolis , the hypnotic, maddening, cold-blooded new feature from master filmmaker David Cronenberg. The quote is a snippet from “Re... more »

Sep 7, 2012 8:48 AM Arts

Seitu James Smith in his studio. Photograph courtesy of GYA

“Old and New Conjurings,” Featuring Work by Seitu James Smith and Zimbabwe Nkenya, Opens September 7 at GYA

What an insanely jam-packed weekend for visual art. On Friday, Joan Hall's solo show opens at Bruno David , the Contemporary Art Museum-St. Louis unveils four new exhibits (including Jonathan Ho... more »

Sep 6, 2012 4:37 PM Arts