Look-Listen March 2013


KDHX's Magnolia Avenue Studios. Photographs courtesy of KDHX

Back in 2010, we reported that KDHX had finalized plans to move from its Magnolia Avenue studios to 3524 Washington, the Creepy Crawl's old space in Grand Center. After a lot of fundraising, and ... Read more



L-R: Justin Ivan Brown (Caleb DeLeon), Ron Himes (Simon), Ronald L. Connor (John). Photograph by Stewart Goldstein.

As spring weather threatens to break (yeah, right), the 2012-13 arts season is winding down, but some theatrical moments on local stages are slam-bang awesome, and mustn't be missed by lovers of gr... Read more



A still from the film Greed, which will screen at the Greater St. Louis Humanities Festival this April.

This year, the Greater St. Louis Humanities Festival takes money and greed as its theme. Read more


Chances are, you have probably heard Eric Marienthal 's alto saxophone even if you don't know him by name—he's played with jazz, blues, and soul legends like Stevie Wonder, Lou Rawls, B.B. King, a... Read more



Photograph by Thomas Crone

You want cheap drinks and interesting people-watching. You know you do. So take a field trip to Granite City with us for ethnographic study and two-person rounds that come in at startlingly afforda... Read more



Caption: Mary Ellen Bute with her oscilloscope, courtesy Center for Visual Music

It's been a wham-bang season for New Music Circle —they've brought everyone from Mephista to the Taylor Ho Bynum Sextet to Caboladies to the Lotte Anke Trio to town. And on April 5, they are prese... Read more



Photographs by Byron Kerman

Yes, there were celebrities at the inaugural Wizard World St. Louis Comic Con . Billie Dee Williams signed cans of Colt .45 malt liquor as well as Empire Strikes Back posters. Tom “Draco Malfo... Read more



Ann Haubrich. Courtesy of the St. Louis Poetry Center

If Whitman's the Pop of American Poetry, Emily Dickinson (spinster though she was) is the Ma. Whitman was the self-promoter-slash-poetic-carnival barker; Emily was the mystic who used an emdash l... Read more


The 2013 African Film Festival kicks off at Washington University on Friday night with a screening of La Pirogue , the new feature from Senegalese fillmmaker Moussa Touré. Adapted from Abasse Ndio... Read more


Ace Scrap Metal Vice President Melissa Bushman says it’s not really so weird to discover beauty in a vat of cast-off aluminum turnings.  “I’ve got some [artistic] photos of scrap hanging up, m... Read more



Martin at the Venice. Photograph by Thomas Crone.

If St. Louis has a reputation as a city that picks up on national trends a little bit late, the recent arrival of multiple movie theaters that serve food confirms our rep. In just the last year, at... Read more



Alarm Will Sound. Photograph by Carl Socolow.

On Wednesday, March 20, the New York-based new-music group Alarm Will Sound performs Minimalist composer Steve Reich's newest work, " Radio Rewrite ,"  at the Sheldon Concert Hall. This is just 1... Read more


In 30 years of putting on shows of various kinds, Teya King has heard a lot of stories. Most of them,she finds, start off with, “So...” So...she's producing a new show, a podcasted evening of wr... Read more



St. Louis Brass. Photograph by Kevin A. Roberts

The unifiying theme this weekend, it seems, is rich, complex, acoustic music: that includes Jeremy Deller's brass-band acid house mashup at CAMSTL; Danish jazz musician Lotte Anker, whose trio play... Read more



Sarah Nedwek as Vanda. ©Photo by Jerry Naunheim, Jr., Courtesy of the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis

The name of the Lion’s Paw Theatre Co., explained its Executive Director Dan Kelly yesterday, comes from the fable of Androcles and the Lion . Life, he intimated, can be a thorn in your paw, but... Read more



Left to right: Benjamin VandenBrink, Sarah Jensen, Henry Jensen, William Jensen. Photograph by Thomas Crone

Late last week, I was minding my own business, per usual, just heading to the Hartford Coffee Company for some hot tea and reading time. But the wholesome sight outside the venue would’ve stopped... Read more



Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

So, with all this rain falling, Look/Listen had a fairly sedentary, Facebooky sort of weekend. That's OK; because, lo and behold, we saw this very exciting news appear in our newsfeed, posted by fo... Read more



Photograph courtesy of Disney Enterprises

Tim Burton is probably smiling somewhere. The director’s 2010 film Alice in Wonderland exhibited abundant style and sporadic cleverness, but was ultimately undone by its bland, clumsy approach to... Read more



By Kelly Martin (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-2.5 (], via Wikimedia Commons

So, just about 24 hours ago, Yael T. Abouhalkah of the Kansas City Star posted an article tited " KC is rising while St. Louis keeps falling ." Being a media type myself who's always having to ap... Read more


You’ll want to have goth music ready to go on the iPod before hitting the Missouri Botanical Garden in grayest winter. The feast of denuded, gnarled trees; dry fountain basins; cold concrete s... Read more