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Look-Listen June 2011

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Photo by John Lamb

Muddy Waters Theatre does an admirable job with Paula Voge's sexual politics play. more

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Photos by Byron Kerman

Earlier this month, Louis Sullivan's famous Wainwright Tomb was opened to the public...here's what was inside. more

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More than 10,000 American Idol hopefuls blocked parts of 14th and Market streets as early as 3:30 a.m. this morning outside the Scottrade Center waiting to audition. more

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The premise: independent salon's contented ragtag gaggle of stylists, faced with takeover from corporate entity, plot to get the place back. The story: see premise. Get it? The situation and the premise should comprise the foundation upon which to build a story, but that's all we get, nothing deeper. more

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Photography by Kevin A. Roberts

Commentators over the years have remarked that a country’s psyche can be understood by observing the popular arts. As one who is heavily involved in the arts (music, photography and writing), I have been observing this very closely. When we look at the characters played out in films, in television and in popular music, we see something that tells us about what we really are. While there are exceptions, we rarely find an educated person in any comedy or drama who is not an object of derision. more

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Mike Mills pitches "Beginners" as a romance fanciful enough to capture an audience’s wishful thinking, but realistic enough about the struggles of romantic relationships to keep us engaged and believing. Plus it features a cute dog who communicates telepathically through captions. Risky? Absolutely. Overboard? It works. more

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Photograph by Larry Pry

This effervescent show is also a rib tickling crowd pleaser. more

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The venerable artist will have a birthday bash with a retrospective of his drawings at A.J. Brewington Home Furnishings. more

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Peter Wochniak

Stages revives one of their most popular productions. more

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Byron Kerman chats with former Maxim model Amber Smith, who visits the ConTamination Horror, Sci Fi, and Pop Culture Convention this weekend at the Sheraton Westport Chalet. more

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Something gets lost in translation of the famous Swiss playwright's most notable drama. more

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Fausz, a history professor at UMSL, has just published a groundbreaking new book on the earliest history of St. Louis. more

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Sketch class in Hyde Park. Photography by Andrew Raimist.

Architect Andrew Raimist is currently making use of Kickstarter to fund the (en)Visioning Hyde Park project, a three-week long class that begins with basic lessons in digital photography, teaching a group of young North St. Louis students how to document their experience with rehabbing a building in North City. more

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Tomorrow night, the St. Louis Arts Project's four-day conference kicks off at the Contemporary Arts Museum's courtyard with a performance by the St. Louis Complaints Choir, who will sing a litany of woes submitted by St. Louisans via Facebook. more

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L-R: Contini, Wall, Russo. Photograph by John Lamb

Sometimes a simple script, even if it's little more than a rehash with some clever one-liners and an oddball staging conceit, can soar in the hands of a skilled director with an able cast. Insight Theatre Company does not disappoint. more

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Photographs from Robert Sharoff and William Zbaren's architectural coffee table book will be on view through August 21 at the Missouri Botanical Garden. St. Louis architecture can be seen, of course, all around you indefinitely. more

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Courtesy of Thao and Mirah

In advance of Thao + Mirah's upcoming show at Off Broadway on June 15, we sat down with Yom Tov Zeitlyn to talk about her collaboration with Thao Nguyen and Merill Garbus, the social justice aspect of the tour, and plans to play on top of the Arch. more

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Photo by Byron Kerman

Some twisted magic was in the air last Thursday, when several 20-somethings vied for the chance to become Dwight the Tennis Ball, the mascot for the St. Louis Aces. more

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