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Look-Listen November 2011

One Lucky Elephant , airing tommorrow at 8 p.m. CST on Oprah Winfrey’s OWN Network , is the story of a pachyderm familiar to St. Louis circus audiences. The documentary, shot over a decade, foll... Read more

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So apparently St. Louis isn’t just America’s fattest city. Or the most dangerous. We’re also one of the saddest . But then, it’s the holidays, when people everywhere grow sadder, if not fatter. ... Read more

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To hell with Black Friday! For the fourth year, Cherokee's burgeoning printmaking community comes together in early December to present their finest paper goods, and give you an opportunity to avoid that purgatory known as the mall. Read more

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A professor back in college always exhorted his students never to worry about getting into the best schools, but instead seek out the best teachers, wherever they may be found. Such advice is sound... Read more

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OUT OF THE BOX: Artists Play Chess. Photos courtesy of World Chess Hall of Fame.

In September of this year, the World Chess Hall of Fame opened across the street from the Chess Club and Scholastic Center in the Central West End, helping to solidify St. Louis’ growing reputa... Read more

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So many words apply. Quirky. Dry. Charming. Grimly existential. Deceptively simple. Funny. Bizarre. Sad. Engaging. Granted, many of these words contradict each other. But when a prison guard ... Read more

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"Consiglio and Angels," courtesy of R D Zurick

Even the most enthusiastic fan of cinema would be forgiven for the need to a catch a breath, to mentally decompress and maybe stretch out the ol’ back and knees after the 10-day St. Louis Internati... Read more

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Depressive disorders are a manifest fact of the human experience. Contemporary psychiatric research has shown that roughly one in ten individuals worldwide suffer a major depressive episode at some... Read more

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Fans of Andrew Bird are a smart lot. They’re fans of multiple NPR programs, they can locate more than one Canadian province on a map and, most impressively they can enjoy the human whistle as a lea... Read more

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No music scene has ever been able to memorialize itself quite as effectively as the New York East Village of the late '70s; even before key members  left this mortal coil, the essayists, photograph... Read more

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Soulard Blues Band at BB's Jazz, Blues & Soups November 18, 7 p.m., What’s My Line? A Trivia Benefit for Observable Readings, Regional Arts Commission, 6128 Delmar All of you liberal arts ... Read more

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Ray and Charles Eames examining sling locations for fabric on prototype for the Aluminum Group Lounge Chair, 1957. Copyright 2011, Eames Office LLC.

The chair: you’ve seen it. In airports, churches, waiting rooms, civic centers, bus stations and hospitals. Some people call them “potato-chip chairs.” Design hounds call them “Eames chairs.” By ei... Read more

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Sword Broken by Lt. Col. John Knapp at the Capture of Camp Jackson, 1860-61, Missouri History Museum Collections.

The Civil War would never be called simple, but here in Missouri, it was perhaps more complicated than in the rest of the country. A slave state, Missouri never had a consensus among its citizenry ... Read more

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The co-directors of The Athlete , Davey Frankel and Rasselas Lakew, made a very canny decision in constructing their biopic of the famed Ethiopian runner Abebe Bikila. Even as the film’s subject, ... Read more

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So, how 'bout that October, huh?  Some kooky month.  Halloween and such.  Oktoberfest and so forth.  Seems the month was active enough to steal my attentions away from things theatrical, as this is... Read more

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Fragile Porcelain Mice at Pop's. Photo by Thomas Crone

It’s been a tradition of sorts, a season-long arrival of rock concerts during the winter holiday season. You’d be forgiven if you didn’t know about this annual arrival of local-centric shows, espec... Read more

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The Last Mountain , the new feature from writer-director Bill Haney, will likely attract socially-conscious documentary enthusiasts purely on the basis of its creator’s previous film. That feature... Read more

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Cinephilia serves simultaneously as a narrative backdrop, thematic nucleus, and animating essence in A Useful Life , the dryly funny, unabashedly doleful new feature from Uruguayan writer-director... Read more

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Two years before American independent film aficionados developed a consuming and inevitably fleeting crush on rural Missouri at the Sundance premiere of Winter's Bone , the St. Louis International... Read more

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Everyone's all excited about how, on Friday, the date will be 11/11/11. Some folks put mystical stock in it; other people used it as an excuse to make fancy dinner reservations . Whether or not yo... Read more

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