Look-Listen January 2013


"Splendor in the Grass," Clayton Community Theatre. Photograph by John Lamb

At a performance of the monologue “Mrs. Sorken” last weekend, Peggy Billo worked a little impromptu magic. The door at the side of Fontbonne University's black box theater opened to admit a latecom... more

Jan 30, 2013 8:22 AM Culture


High on the Diversified Foam Produts wall, a bull's head from past parades. Photograph by Thomas Crone

On Saturday afternoon, I dropped by the warehouse used by the float builders of the Mystic Knights of the Purple Haze. A Mardi Gras krewe in its 25th year of operation, the Knights have achieved no... more

Jan 29, 2013 12:00 AM Culture


Photograph by Thomas Crone

On Tuesday, January 23, Look/Listen ran a Q&A with Angelo Olegna of Keep Pride in Tower Grove. Soon after the piece was posted, we were contacted by Staci Stift, President of Pride St. Louis . ... more

Jan 25, 2013 2:08 PM Culture

How's this for contrast? On the one hand, there was the dispiriting experience of a recent screening of Steven Speilberg's Lincoln at a local multiplex. After realizing that the 2.35:1 aspect rat... more

Jan 25, 2013 8:23 AM Culture


Courtesy of the Fox Theatre

Hot on the heels of its remarkable harvest of Tony Awards, The Book of Mormon comes to Fox Theatre in its first touring run. This unlikeliest of smash Broadway success stories is the brainchild o... more

Jan 24, 2013 8:00 AM Culture


Matt Strauss and the bust of his father, Leon Strauss. Photograph by Byron Kerman

What’s it like to have a statue of your father erected in your city? Doesn’t it seem as if it might be a touch… surreal? For Matt Strauss, owner of the White Flag Projects Gallery , a bust—and ... more

Jan 23, 2013 10:44 AM Culture


Pride 2012. Photograph by Thomas Crone

From a purely personal, unconnected, non-stakeholder standpoint, the recent announcement that Pride St. Louis would be moving their base of operations from Tower Grove Park to Downtown was somethin... more

Jan 22, 2013 8:38 AM Culture

The St. Louis County Library’s Black History Celebration kicks off on January 25 at 7 p.m. with a talk from Robbie Montgomery of Sweetie Pie’s at the library headquarters. Montgomery is the ow... more

Jan 21, 2013 12:00 PM Culture


President Lyndon B. Johnson meets with Martin Luther King, Jr., August 6, 1965. Photograph by Yoichi R. Okamoto, courtesy of the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Wikimedia Commons.

For the fourth consecutive year, Christ Church Cathedral will celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a reading of his writings and speeches. The event, “Let Freedom Ring,” happe... more

Jan 21, 2013 12:00 AM Culture

As is typical, there is so much going on in St. Louis it is hard to decide where to be and what to do. Here are three exhibits, opening Friday, Saturday, and Sunday respectively, that we can highly... more

Jan 18, 2013 12:55 PM Visual Arts


Edward Boccia/ Photography by Frank Di Piazza

This winter, the Saint Louis University Museum of Art and the Sheldon Art Galleries are honoring the late painter Edward Boccia. more

Jan 18, 2013 9:31 AM Culture


Image courtesy of the Holocaust Museum and Learning Center

We’ve got plenty of crime in St. Louis, according to polls scientific and otherwise, but some crimes are more galvanizing than others. Recent news that a group of young people were “playing” s... more

Jan 16, 2013 10:46 AM Culture


Ryan Carpenter and Ian Fisher. Photograph by Jarred Gastreich.

You can go to a lot of shows over many years and still be treated to a concert experience that you’ve never encountered before. The key, maybe, is to go into a night with relatively little knowledg... more

Jan 15, 2013 12:00 AM Culture

Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty is a sticky stripe of action-thriller, as troubled as it is troubling. The film presents the search for 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden—and his ultimate demise ... more

Jan 11, 2013 8:26 AM Culture


Image courtesy of New Music Circle

Next Friday, New Music Circle brings Eric Lanham and Chris Bush—otherwise known as the experimental electronic duo, Caboladies—to White Flag Projects , along with video artist Robert Beatty. Rat... more

Jan 10, 2013 9:38 AM Culture


Ward Duffy as Mike and Denise Cormier as Margaret. ©Photo by Jerry Naunheim, Jr.

Good People gets my vote for the mainstage play at the Rep, amongst all the others, that should engender the most intense and innaresting post-show conversations this season. After the performanc... more

Jan 9, 2013 8:18 AM Culture

Ask country singer and hip hop artist Wild Bill Young about his name, and he’ll tell you that “Wild” isn’t just a stage name. He earned that title way before he began his music career. “I was ... more

Jan 8, 2013 12:00 AM Culture


Photographs by Thomas Crone

Like anybody with a new camera, I started bugging folks in the spring of 2005, asking to take their picture. And the Dock Ellis Band fell for my wheedling, allowing me to take them to the vicinity ... more

Jan 7, 2013 10:14 AM Culture


Photograph by Scott Ferguson

Next year, David Robertson, who has served as Music Director for the St. Louis Symphony for eight seasons, becomes Chief Conductor and Artistic Director for the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. He's ha... more

Jan 3, 2013 10:06 AM Culture


Cat Daddy's. Photographs by Thomas Crone

If Alton were any closer to South St. Louis, I’d probably be a regular at some of the multiple drinking haunts of that river city’s downtown. Perhaps luckily, it’s about a 40-minute drive, more if ... more

Jan 1, 2013 12:00 AM Travel