Look-Listen September 2010

This 1956 U.S. Chamber of Commerce film praises demolition in St. Louis, as the 19th-century city falls to the wrecking ball in the name of Modernism and the car. Read more



Photograph by David Shankbone

Jonathan Safran Foer, who will give a free lecture and book-signing at Washington University in St. Louis tonight, talks to SLM about his latest book, "Eating Animals." Read more



We're Wolf photograph by Claire Toler

"Woetry," on Cherokee, poetry at Laumeier, and the mysterious, inspirational magic of the Slinger. Read more


Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates work is prominent, diverse and contemporary. They have built in cosmopolitan settings like Manhattan and Cambridge, as well as in areas predominantly off the beaten path, like Stoneham, ME and San Juan Island, WA. But are they the right choice to redesign our hallowed Arch grounds? Read more



Courtesy of Sony Classics

Like many modern war movies, Lebanon is anti-war, showing four young soldiers tragically unprepared for the moral and physical trials of killing. Read more



Work by David Schild, courtesy of Hunt Gallery

A minor Twitter scuffle over the Arch Grounds leak; plus various art show openings and closings, and a great architecture show at Landmarks. Read more



Courtesy of Free Press

In his new book, Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original, author Robin G. Kelly blows the lid off jazz legends regurgitated as facts. Read more



Photograph courtesy of John Foster

Newsweek gives a nod to John Foster, St. Louis' masterful collector of vernacular photographs. Read more



Courtesy of Open Letter

A real head-scratcher, Andreas Maier’s second novel. It’s also, sort of miraculously, a great read. Read more


Two radio stations, three cultural institutions, and some interesting collaborations. Read more



Courtesy of Interscope Records

When Lady Gaga showed up at MTV’s Video Music Awards on Sunday wearing a dress made of glistening raw beef, she was almost a parody of infantile showbiz excess. Which is why it’s so good to have Camille Paglia around to remind us what real infantilism is all about. Read more



Garth Weiser's "Wall Painting" (Daniel McGrath)

A simultaneous deluge of both paint and rain arrived right on cue as the gallery season began in St Louis this weekend. Read more



A still from Jacques Tati's "Play Time" (1965).

The treat of this year’s French Film Festival will be new theatrical prints of two features and one short film from actor-director Jacques Tati, that influential slapstick artisan and uneasy critic of post-war culture. Read more


You never know what you'll find on the near north riverfront. Read more



Courtesy of the Greater St. Louis Hispanic Festival

“So diversified—that’s what I like [about St. Louis],” says Haniny Hillberg, a native of La Paz, Bolivia who has made this city her home. And part of the diversity that Hillberg enjoys so much is the Greater St. Louis Hispanic Festival at Soldiers Memorial Park, which is happening this weekend. Read more



Franz Liszt, 1858 (Franz Hanfstaengl)

Frederic Chopin and Robert Schumann were born in 1810, Franz Liszt was born in 1811; Samuel Barber was born in 1910, and Gustav Mahler died in 1911. St. Louis will experience no shortage of events to commemorate these composers, and many others, across the coming season. Read more


First Run Theatre calls for scripts, buskers take over Dogtown for a day, and the Sci-Fi Lounge gets new digs at Crestwood Plaza. Read more



Courtesy of Random House

Our rock critic weighs in on Steve Almond's tribute to DFs (drooling fanatics) everywhere. Read more



Image courtesy of Mustard Seed Theatre

It’s the eve of the anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s famed address on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial; in darkness a mournful, glorious young voice intones an old gospel spiritual as dim light rises on a trio of grieving figures, a man’s shoulders just perceptibly shuddering with barely stifled sobs. So opens Mustard Seed Theater’s new production of Lynn Nottage’s Crumbs From the Table of Joy, directed by Linda Kennedy, the first show of their fourth season. Read more


You might have your Labor Day weekend already planned—but take an hour or two and head over to the annual Greek Festival, put on by the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church. It’s a St. Louis staple and an end-of-summer tradition that shouldn’t be missed. Read more