Look-Listen March 2011


Courtesy of Gold Motel

They’re DIY, but they aren’t punk rock. Their songs are in Italian commercials, but they haven’t released anything in Europe. And they’re from Chicago—but don’t hold that against them. more

Mar 31, 2011 7:59 AM Culture


Photograph by Bill Streeter

The 10th Annual Independent Music Awards has named Pokey LaFarge and the South City Three's "Riverboat Soul," as the winner of its Americana category. more

Mar 30, 2011 2:26 PM Culture

Jean Auel will be at the library reading from "The Land of Painted Caves," her sixth and final book in the "Earth's Children," series. more

Mar 29, 2011 9:09 AM Culture


Rosalind Early

If you let the snow keep you inside this weekend, you missed several premiere St. Louis events, including "Venus Envy: Venus Rising." more

Mar 28, 2011 1:11 PM Culture


Image courtesy of Little, Brown & Company

David Foster Wallace's final novel moves, as he had always hoped, beyond metafiction. more

Mar 28, 2011 12:45 PM Culture

This ultra-violent Korean horror film is far more than genre cinema; it surprises with subtle plot twists, artful cinematography and some great performances. more

Mar 25, 2011 8:38 AM Culture


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Pavlov’s Dog is back again, news that will have prog rock fans in some quarters drooling like…well, like the real Pavlov’s Dog. more

Mar 24, 2011 8:26 AM Culture


Courtesy of The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis

The Rep's Beehive is all color with no substance. more

Mar 23, 2011 11:31 AM Culture


Photograph courtesy of The Black Rep

The cast puts in great performances—but the script could use a good editor. more

Mar 22, 2011 9:14 AM Culture


Photo by Brian McMillen

Jazz pianist Kara Baldus Vandiver loves Bill Evans’ music as much as I do, but she can actually play it—and play it she will, at a free Jazz at Holmes concert at Washington University, the evening of April 7. more

Mar 21, 2011 8:14 AM Culture

A look at Rebecca Skloot's groundbreaking book, in anticipation of her visit to the Missouri History Museum on Wednesday, March 23. more

Mar 18, 2011 9:58 AM Culture

These days, R.E.M. are anything but simple. The songs on "Collapse into Now" are busily produced, with shifting, twisting rhythms; but they still flaunt R.E.M.’s beating-around-the-bush catchiness; and on this album the combo is in full-personality gear. more

Mar 17, 2011 8:06 AM Culture

Writer Robert Sharoff and photographer William Zbaren spent the summer of 2007 living in St. Louis as intrepid documentarians, urban archeologists and ersatz artists in residence. The result is a lush coffeetable book that shows off the city as a beautiful, 250-year-old work-in-progress. more

Mar 16, 2011 11:04 AM Culture

Though Hitchcock was a prominent figure in the Bay Area poetry scene of the 1960s, the largest national tribute to him takes place in St. Louis this weekend, and poets and writers around the country are flying in for it. more

Mar 15, 2011 9:04 AM Culture


Photograph courtesy of the St. Louis Science Center

The St. Louis Science Center doesn’t court controversy, but as a couple of recent temporary exhibitions in the building attest, they don’t avoid it, either. more

Mar 14, 2011 7:59 AM Culture


"Possum Promenade," courtesy of Tom Huck

Printmaker Tom Huck's Hell Week, six days of "bad-ass alternative evening printertainment," kicks off on Monday; the Southern Graphics Council's conference, which includes art openings and parties all over the city, starts on Wednesday, runs through Saturday, with a huge even up and down Cherokee on Friday. more

Mar 11, 2011 10:20 AM Culture


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Now that the red carpet is rolled up like a map that had only one route, and movie people have come down from their Oscar high, it seems a good moment to examine an ego-free component of filmmaking: the music. more

Mar 10, 2011 8:57 AM Culture

HerStory Weekend, a plethora of printmaking events, and this week's St. Louis Independent Bookstore Bestseller List. more

Mar 9, 2011 8:46 AM Culture


Photograph from Wikimedia Commons

Merle Haggard returns to Missouri to play the Fox on Wednesday...despite the deep psychic wounds inflicted by his time in Branson, which he claims was worse than San Quentin. more

Mar 8, 2011 7:34 AM Culture

In honor of today's 50 degree temperatures, which has surely triggered some trips to the Botanical Garden, we take a look at a book honoring the Climatron's 50th birthday. more

Mar 7, 2011 7:35 AM Culture