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2014 Stories by Alex Weir

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  • A Passion for Bach

    published March 27, 2014

    Johann Sebastian Bach's St. John Passion began its long public life (with several revisions to its original form that we'll leave to... More >>

  • Friends Come in All Sizes

    published March 20, 2014

    It's one thing to have wanderlust, to yearn to live a little, be a gypsy, get around and pick your feet up off the ground (to paraphrase a very... More >>

  • Brothers at Arms

    published March 20, 2014

    Though it's never been considered one of his touchstone plays, Arthur Miller's The Price has seen its stock rise somewhat in the... More >>

  • Green Monday

    published March 13, 2014

    Here's the thing about Dogtown: You need to explore it on foot. There's hardly a St. Louis neighborhood that rewards walking more than this one.... More >>

  • A Chili Ride

    published March 6, 2014

    The faithful trees overhead and to each side of you are budding, you only need a light jacket on, and the path ahead runs long and rejuvenating... More >>

  • Stripped Away

    published March 6, 2014

    Calvin and Hobbes was a beloved, highly influential strip faithfully read by millions -- and then after a ten-year run it ceased. Series creator... More >>

  • Kings of the Midwest

    published February 27, 2014

    It's the fiction practitioners who tend to reap whatever measures of fame and glory sometimes accrue to the business of writing. Writers of... More >>

  • Valentine for One

    published February 27, 2014

    Mrs. Joe Bradshaw is middle-aged, the mother of two grown children, and feeling adrift in the doldrums of her life. She's so all-around low, she... More >>

  • Surviving Homecoming

    published February 20, 2014

    It seems fair to say that the 1990s civil war in the former Yugoslavia can feel much closer to the vest for St. Louisans than it might to the rest... More >>

  • Girl Trouble

    published February 20, 2014

    Nobody wants to relive their awkward years -- particularly if those years involved Nazis. Michael Verhoeven's Oscar-nominated 1990 drama The... More >>

  • Love Trap

    published February 13, 2014

    Ulster playwright Brian Friel's Lovers has two constituent parts: "Winners" and "Losers." "Winners" involves two teenagers, Joe and... More >>

  • Hollywood Follies

    published February 6, 2014

    You get to a certain point in life when fronting -- in others as well as in oneself -- galls. And that's in a relatively "normal" city and region... More >>

  • The Art of Folk

    published February 6, 2014

    Outsider art is so widely dispersed through our larger culture that it can seem pretty comfortably inside nowadays -- anybody without art training... More >>

  • Keeping Promises

    published January 30, 2014

    Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream of racial and social equity has in some respects come true; in certain others it still has not. What of the... More >>

  • Hero and GOAT

    published January 30, 2014

    We're all probably so accustomed to its promiscuous overuse these days that we might be numbed to the word "hero" and the depth of its real... More >>

  • A Mother's Devotion

    published January 30, 2014

    Ray Davies' and the Kinks' 1969 masterpiece, Arthur (Or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire), told the story of a working-class... More >>

  • The Pride of Scotland

    published January 23, 2014

    David Hume, Kelly MacDonald, Stuart Adamson, J.K. Rowling, Bill Monroe, Tilda Swinton, Ulysses S. Grant -- what's the unifying thread in this... More >>

  • She's Not There

    published January 23, 2014

    Juliana Smithton is an ultra-competent woman who exudes an aura of togetherness and professional elan. She speaks well, dresses smartly -- and is... More >>

  • A Special Anniversary Dance

    published January 16, 2014

    Anyone else find it hard to remember what happened just six weeks ago? The madcap Christmas season was an all-enveloping blur and New Year's came... More >>

  • Too Much Love

    published January 16, 2014

    All you need is love, claimed the Beatles, and though that's a nice sentiment it's only half true. In order for that love to stick you'll need an... More >>

  • Practice Makes Perfect

    published January 2, 2014

    For those of us who love music deeply but can't actually play it on a real instrument to save our lives, nothing seems more compelling and... More >>

  • See You On the Ice

    published January 2, 2014

    Our region is loaded to the gills with fun and simple diversions that exist right beneath our noses, hidden in plain sight. For instance, when's... More >>

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