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Look-Listen December 2013

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Andrew Wyatt. Photograph by Kevin A. Roberts

It’s been a rough year for cinema here in the Heartland. The multiplex has been cluttered with smash-bang mediocrities and outright boondoggles, while the arthouse scene has been decidedly anemic. ... more

Movie Reviews

Unlike a few tribute groups in town who are busy all-year-’round, Asbury Park’s built for a single show a year. As the name might suggest, the band comes together for the sole purpose of translatin... more

Culture

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Photograph by Thomas Crone

Located in a handsome storefront just east of Jefferson on Cherokee, Danielle Fuhrman’s Drew Henry salon&gallery is found the heart of St. Louis’ burgeoning, organic arts district. She’s been pus... more

Culture

Jordan Belfort is a man of bottomless appetites. As the founder and de facto emperor of penny stock boiler room Stratton Oakmont, he has vacuumed up millions of dollars from wealthy clients throu... more

Movie Reviews

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Photographs by Thomas Crone

Perhaps it was the event’s relatively late booking onto the Pop’s concert calendar. Maybe it was due to the lack of star power sent in from the Insane Clown Posse’s own Psychopathic Records. Or (... more

Fairs and Festivals

Down-and-out folk singer Llewyn Davis (Oscar Isaac) has little to his name but his guitar and a thin corduroy jacket, pulled tight against a cruel New York winter in 1961. He is homeless, and has n... more

Movie Reviews

Can't concentrate? Been down to the breakroom eight times already to visit the water cooler because you can't focus this morning? Don't fret. It's going around this time of year. Everyone's head is... more

Culture

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Democratic National Protests, 1968. Courtesy of the Minnesota Historical Society; photograph by Earl Seubert.

In February of 1968 a LIFE magazine writer wrote, “Wherever we look, something’s wrong.” That quote, displayed prominently in The 1968 Exhibit at the Missouri History Museum, encapsulates th... more

History

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Photographs by Thomas Crone

There’s a bit of an invisible thread between the South Broadway Athletic Club , deep in the heart of Soulard, and the East Carondelet Community Center, in a corner pocket of Dupo, Ill. In both v... more

Culture

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Courtesy of Campbell House

Every year, the Campbell House Museum (1508 Locust) decks its halls, celebrating the holiday season with their guests, Victorian-style. This year, decorations will stay up until January 15, 2014.... more

Culture

Even before their variety show, which aired from 1976 to 1979, Donny and Marie Osmond were no strangers to show biz. Donny began his singing career at just 5 years old, singing “You are my Sunshine... more

Music

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Photograph by Joan Marcus

On November 7, 2003, the world fell in love with a Christmas movie about an elf, who isn’t very good at being an elf…probably because he is a human. Buddy the Elf discovers that as a baby at an orp... more

Theater

At this point, any filmgoer who plans to spend 161 minutes with director Peter Jackson’s latest sprawling J. R. R. Tolkien adaptation will not be dissuaded by a mere movie review. Conversely, those... more

Movie Reviews

On Friday, December 13, at 7:30 p.m., Martina McBride will be performing her “Joy of Christmas Tour” at the Fox Theatre (527 Grand). McBride will be singing classic Christmas carols such as “Let ... more

Music

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Bucky and John Pizzarelli, courtesy of the artists

For a father and son team who has performed together for more than 33 years, you might think that Bucky and John Pizzarelli would have seen it all. Between them, they’ve certainly played with alm... more

Culture

This morning, the Regional Arts Commission announced its first class of Artist Fellows:  Alice Bloch (Dance) Arny Nadler (Visual Art)  Deanna Jent (Theater Arts)  Juan William Chavez (V... more

Culture

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Photograph by Thomas Crone

Unquestionably, we’re in the season in which artists emerge from their workshops to meet-and-greet the public. Holiday sales, both great and small, bring creator and consumer together in happy unis... more

Culture

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Plush

The normal conceit of these “Bars Of…” pieces is to write about venues that are being visited for the first time. As in, the very first time. Maiden voyages, if you will. In almost all cases this t... more

Travel

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Courtesy of Mike Beck

St. Louis native Michael Beck got the idea for his donation-based music school in Brooklyn, New York, Play it Forward, while attending a donation-based yoga class. But that business model was just ... more

Culture

In writer-director Scott Cooper’s grim new feature, Out of the Furnace , Christian Bale portrays Russell Baze, a steelworker in the sputtering town of Braddock, Pennsylvania. Baze is a stand-up gu... more

Culture