Look-Listen May 2014


Courtesy of OpenDataSTL

Rows of heads illuminated by the glow of computer screens are hunched over clacking keyboards, their fingers tickling the keys as if they were ivory. Their hearts race as their codes are verified, ... Read more

Fairs and Festivals


Photograph by Justin Bernhaut

If you missed SLSO's performance of John Cage's " Thirty Pieces for Five Orchestras ," at the Puiitzer Arts Foundation earlier this year, take note: as part of the Chess Hall of Fame's excellent ne... Read more



Photographs by Byron Kerman

Fans of magazines like  Juxtapoz , Hi Fructose , and  Blab , and artists like Mark Ryden , Renee French , and Olivia De Berardinis will definitely dig the eye candy at Downtown's  Alexi Era Ga... Read more

Visual Arts


Photograph by Adria Richards

We are so sad to hear the news that St. Louis-born poet and memoirist, Maya Angelou, has passed away at the age of 86. Angelou was known for her lively, lyrical writing, including the memoir I Kno... Read more



Courtesy of Tower Grove Pride

Last year, when Pride St. Louis’ annual festival moved downtown, a small group of activists determined that the Tower Grove neighborhood, long invested in the event, should have its own LGBT-centri... Read more

Fairs and Festivals

Director Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past is a curious beast. A sequel to both 2006’s X-Men: The Last Stand and 2011’s X-Men: First Class —which was itself a prequel to 2000’s X-Men ... Read more



You can tell the Tivoli Happy 90th Birthday in person this weekend. Photograph Courtesy of the Missouri History Museum

Maybe you are using your three-day weekend to take a road trip. (If so, good for you.) If not, though, no reason to lament being in town; there’s plenty to do. Take a look: Henry IV & Henry V... Read more

Fairs and Festivals


Photograph courtesy of The Schwag

It’s almost embarrassing at this point. When something crops up as culturally new or notable, the chance of that thing residing along the Cherokee corridor is reasonably high. So it’s not a surpris... Read more


There are an inordinate number of disappointments to be found in God's Pocket. The most significant is that such a shapeless, clumsy work is the feature film debut of John Slattery. The actor-dir... Read more



Photograph collage by Jarred Gastreich

A talented young cat, Jarred Gastreich’s found his place in the local photographic community through some editorial work (he was a mainstay with the old St. Louis Beacon and currently contributes t... Read more

Visual Arts


Photographs by Byron Kerman

Artist Jennifer Weigel has turned her Maplewood studio into a gathering space for artists and art lovers, and her generosity is addictive. Her newly christened  2nd Story Space , located above a... Read more

Visual Arts


Wilco at LouFest 2013. Photograph by Courtney Zahner

The LouFest lineup was announced at midnight; the festival takes place this year on September 6 and 7. The list is as follows, with links to bands' websites so you can check 'em out (though some of... Read more


A combination of originals and battle-tested covers make up the new, full-length album by the Trip Daddys. Veterans of the local club scene, the group’s mainstay remains guitarist, vocalist and son... Read more



Cylla Von Tiedman, 2013

In 1939, a musical fantasy film was released. The movie is so iconic that with one name—Judy Garland—most can guess the movie’s title.  If that’s not enough, let’s just say it’s a story about a you... Read more


John Turturro has never been a movie mogul’s vision of a leading man. At 57, the performer, writer, and director is now a burnished icon among American character actors, but he still possesses that... Read more



General Manager Jonathan Kirner (left) and co-owner Mike Dudley. Photograph by Byron Kerman

Excalibur Comics in Maryland Heights; Comic Relief Again in Ballwin; All-Around Collectibles in Overland; Bug’s Comics in Florissant; the Fantasy Shop in Kirkwood; Legends in Southampton; Hometown ... Read more



Chris Grabau of Magnolia Summer. Photograph by Nate Burrell,

The word’s gone ‘round for years that Magnolia Summer was born of the fertile Americana scene, an important camp within the St. Louis musical community. But one listen to the band’s lead track, “Ne... Read more



Photograph by Pierre Humbert

Two summers ago, Welsh musician Gruff Rhys (formerly of Super Furry Animals) paid a visit to St. Louis. Yes, he played a show—he even stopped by KDHX for an in-studio performance. But his mission... Read more


The word “vampire” is not spoken in renowned filmmaker Jim Jarmusch's new feature, Only Lovers Left Alive , but it doesn't need to be. That the unnaturally pale Adam (Tom Hiddleston) and Eve (Til... Read more



Illustration by Paige Brubeck

Paige Brubeck and Evan Sult make up Sleepy Kitty Music , a band, and Sleepy Kitty Arts , a design and screenprinting concern. Headquartered in the City’s South Side, the pair’s also the principal... Read more

Visual Arts