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Look-Listen December 2011

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William Shimell and Juliette Binoche in "Certified Copy"

For the St. Louis-based cinephile, 2011 was a year in which the most enthralling films were predominantly those that quickly flitted in and out of the local art house theaters, often with little fa... Read more

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Daniel Schwen, via Wikimedia Commons

Happy 2012, St. Louis! Here's how to keep busy for the last little homestretch of 2011... Thursday, December 29 The Movie Music of John Williams Conductor David Robertson is joined by t... Read more

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Photograph by Thomas Crone

About 4,200 people will make the trip through Downtown’s historic, impeccably appointed Campbell House Museum this year, taking a docent-lead tour that will sweep them back into a tony version of... Read more

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Swedish director Tomas Alfredson’s superlative new espionage thriller, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy , is a work of deep ambition. Its ambition is pitched towards plot, tone, mood, and design, rather ... Read more

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Photograph by Attilio D'Agostino, courtesy of The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts

Kristina Van Dyke, the new director of the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, has hit the ground running since taking the helm early last month, coming to us from her former position as Curator for... Read more

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©Photo by Eric Woolsey, courtesy of The Rep

While one ought to expect every American to have a fair grasp of Mark Twain's major works, it's a near prerequisite for us Show-Me-Staters. Since I can safely count my international readership as m... Read more

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Harnish and Ross. Photo by Sofi Seck

Matt Harnish is a St. Louis institution. From his long-time, ongoing work in the anti-pop pop group Bunnygrunt to his tenure as record-store-clerk-slash-music-encyclopedia, his musical myopia is no... Read more

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A Paper Kite. Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Yes, there are still things to do this weekend, even though it's a holiday. No, the whole town will not shut down. Maybe we will get some snow, instead of all of this rain. If we don't, there are a... Read more

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If you want to buy St. Louis-oriented items—whether it be for the holiday, or simple, daily use—there are three distinct ways of going about the experience. One is to head to a shop specifically de... Read more

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Courtesy of The Black Rep

I am a Christmas dork. Lest you mistake that statement for a deep revelation of a long-hidden personal truth, allow me to mention that my automobile currently sports a pair of antlers and a red no... Read more

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Mission Impossible , the television show, was a mixed success. Remembered mostly for hallmarks like the self-destructing mission-assignment machine, slide shows of the bad guys and its true secret... Read more

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Endless Forest Nutcracker Photograph by Jennifer Medina

As December rolls on, pretty much everything else grows increasingly holiday-themed. That's good news for the twinkles among us, bad news for the surly introverts, par for the course for the rest o... Read more

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Photograph by Thomas Crone

We’ve all met members of a musical tribe. They can be time-tested (Deadheads) or ridiculous (Juggalos), but they’re united by a common sense of understanding, possessing a vision that all the rest ... Read more

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The sneaky, unruly influence of French singer-songwriter Serge Gainsbourg has been simmering in the melting pot of American music for over four decades, adding a singular Gallic seasoning to a plet... Read more

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Photo by Roper

Frontman J.C. Brooks talks about playing Vegas, the musical he'd love to write and how his band creates their inimitable Uptown Sound. Read more

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When the Vienna Boys Choir recently performed at the Cathedral Basilica, marking the beginning of the holiday concert season, one of the selections on their program was the "Credo" from the Gospel... Read more

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Wee hellbenders. Courtesy of the St. Louis Zoo.

They're huge, kinda freaky-looking, and on their way back. They're Ozark hellbenders—snot otters if you're nasty—endangered river salamanders that grow up to two feet long and live in Missouri's... Read more

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Advent Calendar. Courtesy Wikimedia Commons.

We at Look/Listen are not immune to the charm of advent calendars (both the tiny cardboard ones and the buidling-sized ones in Europe, e.g. the picture above). We've mined what's in our calendar, a... Read more

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Photo by Mike Venso / Laumeier Sculpture Park

The appointment of Eric Hall as Composer-in-Residence role at Laumeier Sculpture Park got plenty of buzz in the past week, though Hall had been sharing the news with friends for a short period ... Read more

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Photograph by John Abbott

Vocalist Kurt Elling was in St. Louis recently to perform at Jazz at the Bistro . Arguably, he is one of the top jazz singers in the world today. He was born in Chicago and raised in Rockford, I... Read more

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