Look-Listen December 2012

Let no one say that cinema is dead, least of all American cinema. Excepting the blazing resurrection of a British secret agent and a fairy tale about a fiery princess, the winner's circle at this y... more

Dec 31, 2012 9:11 AM , Culture

Look/Listen was greatly saddened to hear that Fontella Bass, St. Louis soul and R&B singer, passed away last night after complications following a heart attack. Bass' big hit was  " Rescue Me ," bu... more

Dec 27, 2012 1:02 PM Culture


Courtesy of the St. Louis Science Center

What’s five bucks, shakes around, and tries to scare you? You think of a dirty answer—we’ll go with the new Flight Simulators at the St. Louis Science Center . What people really want from a ... more

Dec 27, 2012 11:00 AM Culture

Six feature films into his unfailingly vitalizing filmmaking career, it’s safe to say that Quentin Tarantino has mastered a distinctive cinematic high-wire act that no other living American directo... more

Dec 25, 2012 12:00 AM Culture

Despite the unforeseen commercial success of Judd Apatow’s 2007 feature Knocked Up , it is supremely unlikely that even the most devoted aficionados of the writer-director's brand were waiting exp... more

Dec 21, 2012 3:45 PM Culture

On Wednesday morning, the phone at Pudd’nhead Books was ringing well before 10 a.m., not an unusual occurrence, according to proprietor Nikki Furrer. But the doors stay closed until 10, on the dot,... more

Dec 21, 2012 12:00 AM Culture

It may feel like a revolution, but really it’s just “the youth” remaking the world, like they do every few years. In St. Louis the youth revolution is found in our burgeoning community of graphic a... more

Dec 20, 2012 9:45 AM Culture

On Monday night, Pop’s hosted the Juggalo Christmas Bash, a multi-act bill that didn’t feature the night’s spiritual godfathers, the Insane Clown Posse, though the group’s presence was felt every... more

Dec 18, 2012 8:43 AM Culture


Photograph by Ky_Couture via Flickr,

Let’s go ahead and make this official: the person most affected by the upcoming move of Euclid Records is me. Granted, the employees will be directly touched on a day-to-day basis, and I wish all... more

Dec 14, 2012 11:41 AM Culture

One should first dispense with the obvious: Had writer-director Peter Jackson's staggeringly ambitious (and costly) three-part film adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkein's The Lord of the Rings series not... more

Dec 14, 2012 8:37 AM Culture


Eastwood in "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly." Still capture from

So, Look-Listen only heard about Clint Eastwood's bit at the Repubican National Convention secondhand. We are glad. We are sure watching him talk to a chair would have eroded away some of the happi... more

Dec 13, 2012 11:49 AM Culture

To its cultist adherents, myself included, the Harry Potter franchise is like a living Talmud. It must be pored over, debated, and studied and studied again to divine every blossom on the vine of i... more

Dec 12, 2012 8:13 AM Culture

There’s a house in the woods, just outside of Festus, Mo. It’s at the end of a cul de sac, on a road that you follow upwards, into the Jefferson County hills. In the basement of this house, a rock ... more

Dec 11, 2012 8:33 AM Culture


Photograph by Matthias Clamer

Comedian W. Kamau Bell recommends getting a mixed-race baby. “Everybody is getting one, all the cool kids are doing it,” he says. (Easy for you to say, Bell—he already has an 18-month old mixed-r... more

Dec 7, 2012 8:19 AM Culture


Exterior photograph by Jacob Sharp, courtesy of the Saint Louis Art Museum and Wall Systems. Interior photograph courtesy of the Saint Louis Art Museum, copyright Simon Menges.

The Saint Louis Art Museum opened its new East Wing for a few hours yesterday and invited the press in for a tour, though the building’s official opening is still months away. Museum director Bre... more

Dec 5, 2012 4:48 PM Culture

When you hear that there’s a touring Batman stage show with actors flying acrobatically on guy wires, you might think of the Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark Broadway musical, that famously sent a v... more

Dec 5, 2012 8:23 AM Culture

Laclede’s Landing is an unexpected place to find a school. But that's where you'll find Nelly’s ex'treme Institute, where classes have now been in session for just over a year. Enrollment has grown... more

Dec 4, 2012 10:13 AM Culture


The Inaugural, in not-droughty times. Photograph by Thomas Crone

The only time, to my knowledge, that I’ve eaten alligator was on a trip to the USS Inaugural in April, 2008. As a new pescatarian, I was assured by some weekend adventure colleagues that alligato... more

Dec 3, 2012 12:00 AM History