Look-Listen January 2011


Image courtesy of Cranky Yellow

Chicago animal trainer Samantha Martin rolls into town with "850 pounds of props, 13 cats, a groundhog, a chicken and five rats in a 33-foot gas-guzzling motor home," for two shows on Cherokee. more

Jan 28, 2011 8:18 AM Culture


Photograph by Sarah Conard

Musician Dennis Stroughmatt preserves local French culture in a way that the old folks up in Old Mines would definitely appreciate: by playing Missouri Creole songs. Which is exactly what he'll be doing tomorrow night in Maplewood. more

Jan 27, 2011 10:21 AM Culture

Hoffman comes to town February 7 to read from her newest novel, where the fates of multiple generations of humans and bears (and eel-selkies and ghosts) intersect in one small Berkshires town. more

Jan 26, 2011 8:54 AM Culture


Courtesy of Apostrophe Books

Baran talks about her reading tomorrow night at CAMSTL, her new poetry collection, "Remains to Be Used," and the best Metallica song title ever. more

Jan 25, 2011 8:57 AM Culture

Why big bands are still a viable form of jazz...and we're not talking about Glenn Miller's ghost orchestra. more

Jan 24, 2011 11:53 AM Culture


Bryan Terrell Clark as Tempest Landry. © Photo by Jerry Naunheim Jr.

The Rep's current offering is the result of the best of effort, talent, skill and execution conspiring to create an evening of theater at once immediate and timeless, thoughtful and deceptively effortless. more

Jan 21, 2011 9:03 AM Culture


Courtesy of Crown Publishing Group

ubtitled "Two Families, Three Dogs, 34 Holidays, and 50 Boxes of Wine—A Memoir," Rouse's new memoior is a must-read for any St. Louisan who has survived Mardi Gras on parade day, much less holidays with family. more

Jan 20, 2011 8:17 AM Culture

Ultimately, "Blue Valentine," reveals itself as a bitter rumination on the sheer difficulty of sustaining love over time. more

Jan 19, 2011 7:49 AM Culture


Courtesy of Random House Children's Books

These two sisters love learning and want to share their passion with children. We talked to them about their new Magic Tree House book, the importance of reading both fiction and nonfiction, and what they hope their adventure stories will teach young readers. more

Jan 18, 2011 8:18 AM Culture


Ellie Kemper and Stephen Dorff in "Somewhere." Photo by Merrick Morton

Kemper talks about "The Office," The Onion, her new movie "Somewhere," and sharing a real (not diet!) coke with Sofia Coppola. more

Jan 17, 2011 8:39 AM Culture


Courtesy of Upstream Theater

A review of Upstream Theater's "Cooking With Elisa," the U.S. premiere of Lucía Laragione's play about life in the Argentine countryside during that country's "Dirty War." more

Jan 14, 2011 8:43 AM Culture

In her fourth children’s book, "Game, Set, Match, Champion Arthur Ashe," Crystal Hubbard tells the inspiring story of one of the first African-American tennis champions. We spoke with the St. Louis native and mother of four about sports, youth, surviving cancer and even cake decorating. more

Jan 13, 2011 7:43 AM Culture


Photograph courtesy of conqueroo

Hometown heroes The Bottle Rockets swing back through town as they continue their national tour with Marshall Crenshaw. Here's a preview. more

Jan 12, 2011 7:39 AM Culture


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Landmarks hosts two lunches inside a Lustron, an iconic midcentury house made all of metal. No word yet on the retro-ness of the menu, but we assume it won't include Spam, no matter how period-appropriate it may be. more

Jan 11, 2011 11:16 AM Culture

Poet Aaron Belz, founder of Observable Readings, returns to St. Louis to read from his latest, "Lovely, Raspberry." And that title isn't as sweet as you think it is. more

Jan 10, 2011 8:15 AM Culture


Tim Callobre photo courtesy of the St. Louis Classical Guitar Society

A reflection on musically precocious children, including prodigy Tim Callobre, who plays at the Ethical Society on January 22. more

Jan 7, 2011 8:36 AM Travel

It's the traditional first day of Mardi Gras season, which means there will be lots of petitioning, flag-hoisting, firecracker-lighting and beer-drinking in Soulard. more

Jan 6, 2011 10:00 AM Culture

But Waschek will remain at his post for the next several months as the Pulitzer undertakes a nationwide search for his successor. more

Jan 5, 2011 11:20 AM Culture


Courtesy Typecast Publishing

A quick take on Matthew Lippman's poetry collection "Monkey Bars," which was produced (mostly) locally, and is generating serious national buzz. more

Jan 5, 2011 8:11 AM Culture


Courtesy of Upstream Theater

Theater productions for the week of January 3, including Upstream Theater's "Cooking with Elisa," and Metro's stage adaptation of Lois Lowry's juvenile classic, "The Giver." more

Jan 4, 2011 9:54 AM Culture