Look-Listen June 2012

In the new feature from French animators Jean-Loup Felicioli and Alain Gagnol, A Cat in Paris , the titular feline is Dino, a black-and-scarlet tomcat with a double life. By day, he lives as the a... more

Jun 29, 2012 8:47 AM Culture

So, some good news for St. Louis: the Regional Arts Commission announced the results of its Arts and Economic Prosperity IV study yesterday, and it found that the arts sector in St. Louis City an... more

Jun 28, 2012 9:40 AM Culture

The Sheldon will join forces with Cardinals Care this week to show kids some unexpected similarities between baseball and the blues. Two concerts will be staged at the Sheldon Concert Hall on June ... more

Jun 27, 2012 12:00 PM Culture

One unwritten but grave rule of comedy: if you want to make fun of a group of people, you’d better be a member of said group. There are exceptions (muck- throwing stand-up comedienne Lisa Lampanell... more

Jun 27, 2012 12:00 AM Culture

Set in pre-Katrina Miami, Abu-Jaber’s most recent novel proves deeper and more insightful than the average beach read. Birds of Paradise follows the Muir family, who are living in an upscale Miam... more

Jun 26, 2012 12:00 PM Culture


Photograph by Dan Duncan

Ferguson isn't just a bedroom community anymore, but offers lots of options for dining and entertainment. more

Jun 26, 2012 12:00 AM Culture

Sometimes, there’s a moment of beautiful synchronicity at work, when a person needing to write a story is contacted by a band looking for some press on a new project. And it just so happens that sa... more

Jun 25, 2012 10:34 AM Culture

The Firecracker Press is hosting a celebratory party this Saturday, from 6 to 10 p.m. at its Cherokee Street location to commemorate its 10th year in business. It all started when owner and foun... more

Jun 22, 2012 11:05 AM Culture


Sunyatta McDermott, Rilke Griffin and Marla Griffin in "A Variety of Mysteries"

In the Philosophy of Literature lectures later distilled into Reading Rilke , William H. Gass burned into my brain the concept of a “Journal of My Other Self.” That was the poet Rainer Maria Rilke... more

Jun 22, 2012 12:00 AM Culture


TOKY Branding + Design

What you need to know about OTSL's Alice in Wonderland more

Jun 21, 2012 12:00 AM Culture


Courtesy African Musical Arts, Inc.

Can’t make it to the African savanna this summer? Not to worry—the Songs of Africa Ensemble will perform “Sonic Safari” at 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 24 at Union Memorial United Methodist Church. Th... more

Jun 20, 2012 11:49 AM Culture

You can keep your Avengers and your Hunger Games . Some of us harrumphing cinema aesthetes are happy to forgo the mall-films for quiet documentaries about polar bears and dead satellites. Not a ... more

Jun 20, 2012 8:16 AM Culture

The Sheldon Art Galleries and Circus Flora are teaming up this summer to sponsor an art contest and exhibition inspired by Circus Flora’s new show, The Wizard: Merlin & the Legends of King Arthur.... more

Jun 19, 2012 12:00 PM Culture

Since at least the 1940s, the recording industry has been fixated on “hits” and making large amounts of money by manipulating the books of their artists. These practices have led to the marginaliza... more

Jun 19, 2012 8:44 AM Culture 1 Comments


Scott Smith Photography Inc.

In some respects, the story of The Vaad’s new album doesn’t differ from those of countless new records. It’s grounded in the story of a songwriter, in this case Ben Kaplan, who takes time crafting ... more

Jun 18, 2012 8:29 AM Culture


Rendering of Enterprise Rent-A-Car Family Sea Lion Landing at Sea Lion Sound Copyright Saint Louis Zoo

The Saint Louis Zoo ’s newest exhibit, Sea Lion Sound, will be opening on June 30. The 1.5-acre, $18 million arena houses 11 California sea lions and one harbor seal. According to the zoo’s curato... more

Jun 15, 2012 12:19 PM Culture

The allure of glib shorthand practically dictates that French writer-director Maïwenn’s gritty, garish new feature film, Polisse , be described as Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Paris: The Mo... more

Jun 15, 2012 9:07 AM Culture

There’s an installation at the Central West End’s Duane Reed Gallery currently that confers a curious sense of calm and evil, awe and confusion, oddness and familiarity. Matthew Paul Isaacson’s se... more

Jun 14, 2012 8:22 AM Culture

Imagine yourself leaving Blueberry Hill on a Saturday night. You and your date aren't quite ready to go home, but you're certainly not going to another bar. You check your phone, and see that withi... more

Jun 13, 2012 11:23 AM Culture


Photograph by Rob Grimm of RGG Photography

A 1980s style hip-hop DJ, a Nepalese Sherpa, and a one-star general walk into a high school. That could be the beginning of a thousand jokes, and Edward Scott Ibur crams more than a few of them int... more

Jun 13, 2012 12:00 AM Culture