Look-Listen April 2014


Photographs by Byron Kerman

The monthly wrestling matches at the South Broadway Athletic Club may be choreographed, but the rasslin’ crowd is anything but. A marvelously motley assortment from our city’s tribe gathers for a... Read more



Brandon Hudson

When Brandon Hudson moved to St. Louis five years ago to study at Lindenwood University, he dreamed of dancing his way to L.A., but somewhere along the line, the young dancer discovered a passion f... Read more



The People's Joy Parade. Photograph courtesy of the Cherokee Station Business Association

Complementing Saturday’s big Cinco de Mayo celebration on Cherokee Street is the People’s Joy Parade , back for a sixth year. The event, which features costumes, puppetry, walkers, cyclists, sma... Read more

Fairs and Festivals

When William “Count” Basie formed his jazz orchestra in 1935, he probably never dreamed that nearly 80 years later, the orchestra would still be going strong. This Saturday, exactly 30 years after ... Read more


Grammy Award-winner Arturo Sandoval has come a long way from his small village on the outskirts of Havana, Cuba. Currently living in Los Angeles, California, Sandoval is constantly making music. ... Read more


For four decades, an unassuming woman in a heavy, shapeless coat walked Chicago's diverse neighborhoods and snapped photos, often while pushing a stroller or dragging along a middle-schooler or two... Read more


This is a first for me—not that I’m at the center of this, but it’s the first time in 15 years of teaching I’ve experienced it. One of my students, Jeremy, was in a motorcycle accident 10 days ago ... Read more



Courtesy of Shakespeare Festival-St. Louis

As far as milestones go, 450 is pretty impressive—maybe not as impressive as 500, but hey! You’ll get there in 2064, William Shakespeare. To celebrate the playwright’s still-plenty-impressive birth... Read more


You’d be forgiven for missing the date, but a notable anniversary in St. Louis music history passed over the weekend. On April 19, 1984, four bands played The Bernard Pub, the legendary punk club a... Read more



Courtesy of Curtis Tinsley

A couple of quick bits of disclosure: For this every-other-week, digital conversation with local visual artists, I’ve known, to varying degrees, many of the subjects featured so far. But this time ... Read more

Visual Arts

The near future techno-thriller Transcendence marks the directorial debut of celebrated cinematographer Wally Pfister. A long-time collaborator with Christopher Nolan, Pfister sets out on his own... Read more


Precise and pellucid prints of the classic photos that launched millions of coffee-table books may be viewed large and up-close at Decisive Moments: 20th Century Street Photography . Truly, thi... Read more



Courtesy of Brien Rea

Late last week, the Missouri Tigers sports program dominated the sports talk radio conversations in St. Louis, with the basketball and football teams both dropping players due to legal issues, at t... Read more



Book jacket image courtesy of Harvard University Press

This book shimmers. The prose is spun gold, the ideas sparkle with intelligence, and the fun’s as high as Josephine Baker—topless in a banana skirt, her caramel skin gleaming—can take it. But in... Read more


This Sunday at Dressel’s Public House (419 N. Euclid), the St. Louis Poetry Center will host a benefit reading from 4 to 7 p.m. The evening will celebrate the centennial of poet Dylan Thomas with w... Read more


Upon cozying up to the splendid French-Belgian animated feature Ernest & Célestine , one quickly discerns its unabashed sweetness. In an era when wry cynicism has elbowed its way into most kiddie ... Read more



Stuart Ward and Dani de Waal © Joan Marcus

What do you get when you turn an Academy Award-winning film about dream chasing, discovering love, and the power of music to connect strangers into a Broadway musical? In the case of Once , appare... Read more



Courtesy of Carl Fischer

Not many people who go to major concerts give a lot of thought to the “backing band,” but take a moment to consider the show without them. Unless the artist is putting on an acoustic set, the music... Read more


Kristeen Young ’s back with a new record, The Knife Shift , co-produced by her longtime musical collaborator, the legendary Tony Visconti. This time, she’s added a notable new contributor to her ... Read more


Everyone knows the standard rock and roll set up: drums, bass, a couple of guitars, or maybe a guitar and a keyboard. The Crash Kings have successfully fought that model since 2006. The trio create... Read more