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Look-Listen October 2010

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Courtesy of Ink & Drink Comics

Ink & Drink, a collective of 22 former and current St. Louis writers and artists, releases a horror-themed comics compilation just in time for Halloween. Read more

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Langston Hughes. Carl Van Vechten, Library of Congress, LC-USZ62-92598

Dennis Owsley takes a quick peek at local jazz artists who are following in the footsteps of Charles Mingus: that is, collaborating with poets. Read more

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Courtesy Eric Greitens

Writer and humanitarian Eric Greitens exhibits his documentary photos from Bosnia, Rwanda, Bolivia, India and Cambodia for the first time. Read more

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Courtesy of Stray Dog Theatre

Stray Dog's latest show shines as an example of the indie-rock ethic as it emerged in musical theater in the 90s. Read more

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Image courtesy of Magnolia Films

Based on the work of “rogue” economist Steven D. Levitt and journalist Stephen J. Dubner, the film assembles a who’s who of contemporary documentarians who create four distinct shorts held deftly together by interstitials written and directed by Seth Gordon. Read more

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Joe Jones might have needed the confines of St. Louis as much as he complained about them. Jones, a gifted painter and, for a time, a committed Communist, is the subject of a stunning retrospectiv... Read more

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A talk with St. Louis-born filmmaker Randall Jenson, whose documentary series on the lives of gay men premieres tonight at the History Museum. Read more

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Kathleen Turner and Evan Jonigkeit; photo by Jerry Naunheim Jr.

The Rep's production of "High," starring Kathleen Turner, is probably the most-hyped show of the St. Louis theater season. Sadly, it doesn't live up to its promise. Read more

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Public Domain, via Wikimedia Commons

As Berry eats cake, let’s take a minute to remember when he started scaring the squares. Read more

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"The first great 9/11 novel," because it didn't try to be. Read more

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Tamra Davis’ documentary account of Jean-Michel Basquiat’s ascent to fame in the ’80s and its argument for the significance of his work are so engaging and convincing that the artist’s death seems unfair. Read more

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Reflections on Mary Hamilton’s “We Know What We Are”; Amelia Gray’s “Museum of the Weird”; and Lindsay Hunter’s “Daddy’s.” Read more

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Opera on the Go! Photograph courtesy of Opera Theatre of St. Louis

Winter has traditionally been a drier time for opera in the St. Louis area, but, increasingly, offerings from professional companies and academic institutions abound. Read more

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Courtesy of Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis

The Contemporary’s new Chief Curator, Dominic Molon, answers some of our questions. Read more

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Image courtesy of SK Films

"Journey to Mecca: In the footsteps of Ibn Battuta," opening tomorrow at the Science Center's OMNIMAX theater, gives viewers the chance to imagine what it would be like to travel 5,000 miles across barren deserts for 18 months in order to fulfill a sacred religious duty. Read more

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A look back at the golden age of locally produced TV commercials and their stars, from Uncle Leonard to The Decent Boys to Becky, Queen of Carpet. Read more

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Ludo Photograph by Jayme Thornton

Reviews of new records from Dwight Twilley, Richard Barone, Weezer, ex-locals Ludo, and still-local Tight Pants Syndrome. Read more

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