Look-Listen May 2012

It’s difficult to review veteran St. Louis writer Wm. Stage’s first collection of short stories, Not Waving Drowning , without playing spoiler. Stage’s one-page headnote explaining the premise of ... more

May 31, 2012 9:40 AM Culture

Get out and enjoy the sunshine this weekend with a bike ride through St. Louis community gardens. On Saturday, June 2, Gateway Greening is hosting a 10.5-mile trek called Tour de Plants to highli... more

May 31, 2012 12:00 AM Culture

Today, Jazz St. Louis announced its upcoming Jazz at the Bistro series, with a schedule that includes both well-known and emerging artists. The season kicks off the weekend of Sept 19 with performa... more

May 30, 2012 2:52 PM Culture


Photographs by Byron Kerman

You have to feel warm and nostalgic—and maybe a little frightened—about the last remaining exemplar of a species. Belleville’s Skyview Drive-In, the sole operating drive-in cinema in the entire met... more

May 30, 2012 9:42 AM Culture

Ever since James Bond came shooting his way into the public consciousness with 1962’s Dr. No , the screen versions of Ian Fleming’s original novels have succeeded with a bang. Six actors have play... more

May 29, 2012 12:00 AM Culture

For those wanting to offer a gift with a civic touch, there’s no lack of opportunity to score locally themed merchandise. In the olden days, you might’ve had to luck into an item of curiosity, or q... more

May 28, 2012 10:45 AM Culture

When one is 15 years old, every new love feels like a romance for the ages, and every breakup resembles a tragedy of Shakespearean proportions. So it is with Camille (Lola Créton), the passionate b... more

May 25, 2012 8:50 AM Culture


Paul Rudolph, Hiss House (Umbrella House), 1953, photograph © Ezra Stoller.

The love of modern architecture, and the desire to preserve it, is kind of a recent thing here in St. Louis. Which is odd, considering this city produced Charles Eames, and that its most iconic lan... more

May 24, 2012 11:34 AM Culture


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The Concordia Turner Hall on Gravois is still standing (the St. Louis Banjo Club meets there every week), but it's one of the last Turnvereins in St. Louis. At one time, St. Louis had 14 Turner... more

May 23, 2012 10:39 AM Culture


Photograph by Daniel Ramirez, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Thursday, May 24 Spring to Dance Festival 2012 Dance St. Louis brings in 30 superlative Midwest dance troupes for this Memorial Day weekend dance fest. Each night, 10 different troupes perf... more

May 22, 2012 11:30 AM Culture


Photo by David Levy

By keeping this tragedy grounded in reality, director Bruce Longworth makes "Othello" relevant to today. more

May 21, 2012 10:40 AM Culture

It took nine hours over two nights along with the help of a few friends for Tron Love to execute his stories-high graffiti pass on the frontage of the abandoned St. Mary’s Infirmary in midtown St. ... more

May 21, 2012 8:39 AM Culture

What’s your favorite landmark in St. Louis? Are you thinking of one? When you are, follow these instructions: 1. Drive/bike/walk there. 2. Have someone take your photo while you hug (yes, hug... more

May 18, 2012 2:13 PM Culture

Norwegian executive Roger Brown (Aksel Hennie) appears to have it all: a successful career as a white-shoe recruitment consultant; an extravagant modernist home in Oslo; and wife Diana (Synnøve Mac... more

May 18, 2012 8:08 AM Culture

If you missed last week's New Music Circle season finale at the William Kerr Center, you have another chance to hear local new music composers this Saturday when the Contemporary Art Museum-St. ... more

May 17, 2012 10:57 AM Culture

With the recent rise of food trucks in St. Louis, there’s a good chance you will see at least one on your daily commute. Back in the ‘20s, however, you’d generally find them in the form of popcorn ... more

May 17, 2012 12:00 AM Culture

St. Louis' Common Thread Dance Company at National Dance Week Memorial Day Weekend is usually associated with backyard grilling, or highly competitive games of swimming pool basketball. Here’s... more

May 16, 2012 8:52 AM Culture

As reported in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch , the New York Times , and The Australian , SLSO 's David Roberts has indeed accepted a position as artistic director and chief conductor of the Sydne... more

May 15, 2012 8:24 AM Culture

On Derby Day, two weekends back, both Craig Straubinger and I were working at The Royale, but Straubinger would be given the nod for having the most fun. His shirt-and-tie clad, three-piece band, n... more

May 14, 2012 9:36 AM Culture

It’s challenging to envision a film more carefully constructed to please crowds than the calculatingly sweet and sunny new feature from British director John Madden, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel... more

May 11, 2012 8:22 AM Culture