Look-Listen October 2012


Keynote Speaker, Carrie Fisher

Each year’s St. Louis Jewish Book Festival , the largest event of its kind in the U.S., showcases an impressive group of authors—a real machaya , if you will. This year’s keynote speaker is th... more

Oct 31, 2012 9:01 AM Culture


Ellen the Felon and The Mattronome. Photograph by Allan Crain

Here’s a favorite musical memory. Like, ever. While studying in London at the dawn of the ‘90s, I caught the then-charting Concrete Blonde at a venue called the Town & Country II, the smaller it... more

Oct 30, 2012 8:15 AM Culture


Matt & Kim / Photo by Caleb Kuhl

Infectious indie synth-pop duo Matt & Kim play the Pageant. more

Oct 26, 2012 12:26 PM Music

Any discussion of the crazily ambitious Cloud Atlas must begin with its story, which is actually six stories, each nested within the next like Matryoshka dolls. The first tale concerns Adam Ewing... more

Oct 26, 2012 8:02 AM Culture


By CBS Television Network [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

The Wizard of Oz has followed the Yellow Brick Road straight (winding, actually) into our nostalgic, movie-loving hearts. It’s been a staple of the American cultural diet for over 70 years, when ... more

Oct 25, 2012 12:00 PM Culture

The New City School is making some noise in the local art scene and hosting its second Craft OutLoud! Art Fair in the Central West End. Area artists will set up booths inside the school, and sell... more

Oct 25, 2012 12:00 AM Culture


Photographs by Byron Kerman

There are plenty of tableaux at the Art of the Brick exhibition of LEGO sculptures at the Magic House that will titillate the toddlers. There are giant crayons made of LEGOs, and a bigger-than-li... more

Oct 24, 2012 9:09 AM Culture

Anyone active on social media sites knows that animals take up a good deal of our conversations, when we’re holed up in our digital hangouts. Cat owners, dog rescuers, pigeon fanciers... we all kno... more

Oct 23, 2012 12:00 AM Culture


Federico Barocci, "Studies for the Hands of the Virgin Mary for the Annunciation." Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Kupferstichkabinett; Photograph Volker-H. Schneider, Courtesy of the Saint Louis Art Museum

The first thing you see when stepping into the Main Galleries for Federico Barocci: Renaissance Master is a photo-mural of modern-day Urbino, Italy , where Barocci was born around 1533, and wher... more

Oct 22, 2012 8:56 AM Culture

It’s challenging to envision a more dispiriting setback for an adult that having to move back into Mom and Dad’s place after almost two decades. Unfortunately, this is exactly where Amy (Melanie Ly... more

Oct 19, 2012 12:00 AM Culture

Ed Wood, black metal, conspiracy theory, cults, con artists, the Weimar Republic, aliens, punk rock, drugs, sex, and the Unabomber—all are topics that interest Adam Parfrey, and have been the subje... more

Oct 17, 2012 5:00 PM Culture

Since apartment galleries officially arrived in St. Louis—that would be 10 years ago, when Fort Gondo opened—we’ve gained and lost a half dozen of them. Of the original crop, Los Caminos and Co... more

Oct 17, 2012 3:35 PM Culture


Photograph by Thomas Crone

In talking about Archon prior to this past weekend, I’d mentioned to friends that I’d been there a couple times in the past. My first visit to Collinsville, in fact, seemed to top all possible tr... more

Oct 16, 2012 12:00 AM Culture


Photograph by Thomas Crone

Down at the Artica site, the real action was taking place on Saturday. An annual festival of creativity, Artica turns a funky little corner of north Downtown was into a free-form, artistic happ... more

Oct 15, 2012 1:12 PM Culture


Jessica Payge Dae. Photograph by Leland Bobbé

Leland Bobbé began his career taking slice-of-life photographs on the streets and subways of New York City. Shot in black and white, they are images of a city that is, in many ways, no longer th... more

Oct 15, 2012 12:00 PM Culture


Photograph by Gasper Tringale

Susan Orlean, staff writer for The New Yorker , will speak about her prizewinning bestseller Rin Tin Tin on October 18 at 7 p.m. at the St. Louis County Library headquarters, 1650 S. Lindbergh.... more

Oct 15, 2012 12:32 AM Culture

One of the more fascinating, knotty subplots of the 1979-1981 Iran hostage crisis was the so-called “Canadian Caper.” Unbeknownst to the Islamist revolutionaries who had seized the Iranian governme... more

Oct 12, 2012 8:15 AM Culture


The Company of Les Misérables. Photograph by Deen Van Meer.

So, hey howdy y'all! Long time no stagey-talk. Not to say I'm getting pigeonholed, but no sooner had I begun to work on this piece— jouer l'écrivain, as it were—than the first preview flickered be... more

Oct 11, 2012 12:00 AM Culture

You might think you’ve gotten your fill of images of cute animals. What with all the crap on the Internet ( I Can Has Cheezburger ), Dog-shaming , Shiba Inu Puppy Cam , the Puppy Bowl, and even t... more

Oct 10, 2012 8:14 AM Culture


Photograph by Thomas Crone

On Sunday afternoon, 47,000 St. Louisans jammed into Busch Stadium, enjoying the St. Louis tradition of playoff baseball. The assembled were numerous enough that their cars fanned outward from the ... more

Oct 9, 2012 8:43 AM Culture