Look-Listen January 2012


You, too, could make one of these. Photo courtesy of Perennial.

What does a tangle of old belts look like to you? What for most people would be a pile destined for the garbage or the innermost recesses of a closet is instead a source of creative sustainabili... more

Jan 31, 2012 9:43 AM Culture

As an intermittent series for Look/Listen on Monday mornings, we’ll take a look at a disparate pair of projects. These will, generally speaking, be completely unrelated to one another. But, when ad... more

Jan 30, 2012 8:00 AM Culture

There’s something deeply unsettling about the opening credits of Ishiro Honda’s 1954 film Godzilla , a work that has spawned a seemingly endless succession of films featuring giant monsters wreaki... more

Jan 27, 2012 8:02 AM Culture


Photo by Daniel Schwen, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Thursday, January 26 Oh! You Pretty Things This exhibit, which runs through Mar 17,  is all about the DIYers (the do-it-yourselfers) of the St. Louis music scene, featuring work from music... more

Jan 26, 2012 7:30 AM Culture


Photographs by Byron Kerman

Records and CDs sold in a brick-and-mortar store—it’s a difficult business model in 2012, and the times have finally caught up to local landmark Webster Records , scheduled to close on January 31.... more

Jan 24, 2012 8:46 AM Culture


Eric Woods with a freshly printed Alox design

It’s not as if creativity’s in short supply at Firecracker Press. But there are some guests that can bring out a little bit extra. One Friday afternoon—not long after an errant customer from the... more

Jan 23, 2012 10:29 AM Culture

Shame plunges headfirst—its eyes unblinking and burning with acidic ache—into the life of a man who is ruled by addiction. What sustains Brandon Sullivan (Michael Fassbender) cannot be found in a... more

Jan 20, 2012 7:00 AM Culture

We’ll set the mood with a little Count Basie. Or Duke Ellington, floating out the front entrance in sultry tones. A summer night. Excitement in the air, sailing down wide steps, past marble columns... more

Jan 19, 2012 12:00 AM Culture

To put it mildly, there is no denying that Wagner simply did not like lots and lots of people. He felt that the German culture of his day, hewn over centuries, faced challenges from intruders and u... more

Jan 18, 2012 11:25 AM Culture

The Avalon Theatre is falling down, falling down , falling down , falling down . With no demolition review . Take a peek at SLM Daily and Look-Listen blogger Thomas Crone's interview (shot a... more

Jan 18, 2012 10:32 AM Culture


Braun and McKenzie - and supporting cast from Jason and the Beast - in the midst of devlish plotting/planning. Courtesy Jason Braun

Jason Braun’s name has been ringing out around town for a while now, most recently as a new co-host on the long-running KDHX poetry show, Literature for the Halibut . He’s also been the namesake o... more

Jan 17, 2012 8:35 AM Culture


Daniel Schwen, via Wikimedia Commons

On the docket this week: Art openings, family concerts, a Bond-A-Thon, and new (quite strong!) beers rolling out at Schlafly: Thursday, January 19 "Tommy Hartung/Uri Aran" at White Flag Pro... more

Jan 17, 2012 7:50 AM Culture


Photograph by Michael Weintraub

Tenor saxophonist Ravi Coltrane will be playing at Jazz at the Bistro January 18–21. He played in St. Louis several years ago. Then, and on his own recordings, he is a very impressive player with... more

Jan 16, 2012 9:00 AM Culture

It's rarely a positive sign when an action-thriller—particularly one that boasts an established leading man and a plethora of engaging character actors—is saddled with a dreary mid-January release ... more

Jan 13, 2012 8:21 AM Culture


Photograph by Tony Mottram

These days, you’re more likely to see Jason Ringenberg in his guise as children’s music performer Farmer Jason than see him fronting the hard-rocking, proto-alt-country band Jason & the Scorcher... more

Jan 12, 2012 10:00 AM Culture


Phonocaptors at the Hi-Pointe, by Dana Smith

A look at Dana Smith’s works may evoke a sense of familiarity among some viewers. That is, of course, if those viewers are familiar with the underground music scene of St. Louis. Smith uses photogr... more

Jan 12, 2012 12:00 AM Culture


Photograph by Herman Hiller, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons/Library of Congress

On Sunday, the Missouri History Museum will present “ I May Not Get There With You ,” a multimedia presentation that (re)introduces the audience to some of the most controversial speeches from the ... more

Jan 11, 2012 12:10 PM Culture


The Kitchen. Courtesy of Carrie M. Becker

Carrie M. Becker is not a hoarder. The south city apartment she shares with her fiancé and a regal cat is clean, airy and sunny, with plenty of happily thriving plants. You’d be forgiven, thou... more

Jan 11, 2012 9:00 AM Culture

You have to separate the art from the artist. How they behave is one thing, but what they produce is everything else, be it the tiny swirled mini-grooves left by paintbrush bristles or the locked-i... more

Jan 10, 2012 7:30 AM Culture


Courtesy of

My sister cried when the tore down the old Arena (nee the Checkerdome) on Oakland Avenue, where the Blues played. She was there back in 1999 with the other hockey freaks, pressed against the chain ... more

Jan 10, 2012 7:06 AM Culture