Look-Listen January 2014

Director Jason Reitman has been struggling to find his footing since the one-two punch of Thank You For Smoking and Juno . His follow-up efforts have been less meritorious—the critical praise fo... Read more



Marco Brambilla, Still of “Evolution (Megaplex),” 2010; 2D high-definition video, color sound; duration: 3 minutes, 40 seconds, looped. Courtesy of the Artist and Christopher Grimes Gallery, Santa Monica, copyright Marco Brambilla.

Before reading our Q&A with artist Marco Brambilla below, you should watch this short clip from “Evolution (Megaplex),” his piece currently on view at the Saint Louis Art Museum . Know, though, ... Read more

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Kate Levy as Juliana. ©Photo by Jerry Naunheim, Jr.

“If I had dementia I would know about it, don’t you think?” The black humor of this joke, uttered by the main character in the compact drama The Other Place , currently playing downstairs in th... Read more



Lovely Soulard, not during Mardi Gras. Jon Roanhaus, via Wikimedia Commons

Don’t believe us, just check the calendar: we’re not all that many days away from Soulard Mardi Gras, and all of the attendant parties, parades, joy, and sadness that come with the season. Until th... Read more


Comedian Greg Warren, a native of St. Louis, is home for a weekend of performances at the Funny Bone (614 Westport Plaza, 314-469-6692,, with six more performances thr... Read more


It takes significant courage and conviction for a filmmaker to create a documentary that paints them in a less than flattering light. Husband and wife co-directors Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephens... Read more



Still from "While Standing I Wonder." Courtesy of Zlatko Ćosić

When the late St. Louis actor George Malich was stricken with brain cancer, he responded in the unexpected fashion of crafting a web series from his experiences; it’s a topic that we wrote about ... Read more

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Self-Portrait, Oil on Board, Virginia Terpening. Image courtesy of The Hinge

It's the Rosseauvian in me, but I almost like to imagine that Virginia Terpening's paintings radiated out some cosmic telegraph, I am here, I am here , and that is how Jason Geisendorfer found the... Read more

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Photograph by Joshua Black Wilkins, courtesy of Beth Bombara

Caitlin Franz has a special relationship to the event space below Downtown’s Bridge Tap House & Wine Bar . She was married in the venue last fall, and has seen, firsthand, how it can be rearranged... Read more


If you or your families are looking for a way to shake those winter blues this weekend, The Loop Snow Ball on Friday, January 17 and Ice Carnival on Saturday, January 18 are the places to be. The S... Read more


Let's quickly dispense with the most obvious aspects of writer-director Randy Moore’s freshman film, Escape from Tomorrow . Yes, it is a surrealistic psychosexual horror film set at Walt Disney Wo... Read more



David Scanavino fabricating Candy Crush. Photograph by Shira Berkowitz, courtesy of the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts

The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts (3716 Washington, 314-754-1850, ) is kicking off a new series, Reset , aimed at discovering new ways to boost audience interaction with event... Read more

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Photograph by Scott Ferguson, courtesy of SLSO

If you've heard of John Cage at all, you most likely know him as the guy who put brackets around four minutes and 33 seconds of not-playing and called it 4'33”. What listeners of the piece hear is ... Read more



Rodriguez, in Clownvis Mask. Photograph by Thomas Crone.

Though he’s lived in Crestwood in recent years, Francis “Rich” Rodriguez is a South Sider, through and through. This past Saturday, not for the first time, he told a story about growing up as “one ... Read more



Jan Kronsell, via Wikimedia Commons

One of my favorite stories ever to have appeared in the Culture section of SLM is poet Gabriel Gudding's 2006 essay about the Arch, " The Tuning Fork of St. Louis ." More recently, I've come to s... Read more


When asked to picture the composer of a work played by the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra (SLSO), most people will imagine Beethoven or Bach in his white wig. Whoever comes to mind, it’s certainly ... Read more


Creating a good film is a challenging endeavor. That director Spike Jonze’s marvelously affecting new feature, Her , manages to be several good films at once is a fairly astonishing achievement. T... Read more



Courtes of the Scottrade Center

For their second stop on a 15-city tour, the Nuclear Cowboyz will visit the Scottrade Center (1401 Clark) for performances on Saturday, Jan. 11 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 12 at 2 p.m. The fr... Read more



Courtesy of Jason Potter

To some, Jason Potter’s best known as the drummer of the band Bruiser Queen , recently featured on a front cover of The Riverfront Times , and a steady-gigging duo within local clubs. But he keep... Read more

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Courtesy of the Contemporary Art Museum-St. Louis

Domonic Molon, the Contemporary Art Museum 's former chief curator, made his exit last fall after putting together CAM's 10-year anniversary show, "Space is the Place." Soon after it opened in Sep... Read more

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