Monday, March 24
O. Winston Link's nighttime photographs of steam locomotives chugging along are the very definition of moody. Giant black engine cars loom up in the blackness of 2 a.m., churning past empty fields and buildings with darkened windows. The trains are indefatigable, breathing monsters dragging themselves ever onward through cities and towns, but truly they are creatures of the barren lands between, where humanity is scarce. When Link took these photos in the '50s, photographic lighting and equipment were a far cry from today's advanced options, and the artist had to set up quite a menagerie of machinery to capture his shots in such sharp focus. If you enjoyed Jeff Miller's recent show of nighttime train photography at Atomic Cowboy, you'll go gaga over Link's work, on display Thursday, March 20, through April 4 in the New Wagner Gallery, in the Art and Design Building on the campus of Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville. Stop by between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. weekdays; call 618-650-3071 for more info.
Tuesday, March 25
You can debate whether serious Woody or funny Woody is the more important filmmaker till the cows come home and marry their adopted stepdaughters; but rather than argue, why not watch his films? The Dystopian Film Series continues today at the St. Louis County Library, Mid-County Branch (7821 Maryland Avenue) with a free 7 p.m. screening of Sleeper, Allen's gimlet-eyed send-up of a possible future. He manages to deftly skewer the touchy-feely culture of the '70s as well, so this one works "on many levels," as the EST counselors like to say. The neuroses and Rod McKuen jokes may need a little explaining for those younger than 30, but the vaunted Orgasmatron never fails to satisfy. Call 314-721-3008 for more info.