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2014 Stories by Alex Weir

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  • Dead in Germany

    published July 17, 2014

    By the spring of 1972 the Grateful Dead were trucking on a monumental winning streak. Within just the past three years they'd released four... More >>

  • Wear it Again

    published July 10, 2014

    The world -- and in particular the United States -- creates so much trash very year, it's a good thing clever and creative people are finding new... More >>

  • Moon Tower

    published July 10, 2014

    Drive south on Grand Avenue over I-44 and you can't miss it, its elegant vertical reach like an official greeting: "Welcome to South City."... More >>

  • Lights O'er the Mississippi

    published July 3, 2014

    If you have to get your fireworks fix and you prefer it staged on the banks of a major river, downtown St. Louis can't help you in 2014; that... More >>

  • Old-School Jersey

    published July 3, 2014

    Seems to us Illinois natives that too often St. Louisans associate our state with only three things: strip clubs, endless corn and Chicago. But... More >>

  • Stewards of Land and Dog

    published June 26, 2014

    Even if you're not lucky enough to live on or near a farm, and even if you don't own a dog, don't let those quibbles deter you from attending the... More >>

  • No Place Like Home Anymore

    published June 19, 2014

    As you get older it gets more problematic trying to go home again. Your parents pass on, friends move away and inexorable change ensures that your... More >>

  • Li'l Bulb Bugs

    published June 19, 2014

    They're one of the insignia of summer, their winking lights, inextinguishable lanterns through the long, warm evenings, as emblematic of the... More >>

  • A Man's Summer

    published June 12, 2014

    Terrence McNally's Love! Valour! Compassion! earned a Tony Award for Best Play in 1995 and two years later was adapted for film.... More >>

  • Gay Paris

    published June 12, 2014

    As the walls of blatant prejudice and discrimination regarding same-sex marriage continue to tumble, the happy marriage between writer Gertrude... More >>

  • Find Your Voice

    published June 12, 2014

    Ken Ludwig's Lend Me a Tenor has some legs. Ludwig's 1986 farce garnered rave reviews from both its West End and Broadway runs, and... More >>

  • Director Grohl

    published June 5, 2014

    We've noticed something: St. Louis music fans are passionate and prone to arguing like hell. But we're going to be hard-line and not brook any... More >>

  • After the Laughter

    published June 5, 2014

    Household names can have relatively short shelf lives. Such is the case with comic David Steinberg, who was quite popular in the 1970s and a... More >>

  • It's All in Hand

    published May 29, 2014

    When you think of more or less typical Broadway musical fare, your mind most likely doesn't light on "pickup truck." But Hands on a... More >>

  • Making Beautiful Music Together

    published May 29, 2014

    If you're a neurotic composer with a keen wit, don't you want your love interest to be wacky -- and as spontaneous and free-wheeling as you... More >>

  • Party Till You're Horse

    published May 15, 2014

    Our noble, stalwart friend the horse seems to be venerated everywhere around the world, China being no exception. And speaking of the Chinese, we... More >>

  • Ride On

    published May 15, 2014

    The 2014 Ride of Silence is an international affair, but it might just be a global initiative you've never heard of. It originated in 2003... More >>

  • Elaine Viets and Animal House

    published May 8, 2014

    Elaine Viets is as St. Louis as winning baseball teams and hockey squads -- whoops, correction: almost-winning hockey squads. The... More >>

  • Mr. Coldshoulders

    published May 8, 2014

    Be real: Most of us have felt stuck at one or multiple times in our lives. But we don't know stuck like Otzi the Iceman knows stuck. None of us... More >>

  • Borscht Belt Flashback

    published May 8, 2014

    Thank God for comedy. What's more, thank God in a heaping extra measure for the Jewish variation on humanity's blessed (and necessary -- don't... More >>

  • Microbrews for Macro Change

    published May 1, 2014

    Marshall Cohen's Lift for Life Gym is one of this city's most inspiring success stories, a true beacon of hope and the possibility for positive... More >>

  • In the Sticks

    published April 24, 2014

    Patrick Dougherty must be one of the most interesting and original artists at work today. A leading figure in the genre known as environmental... More >>

  • Beer Me, Edwardsville

    published April 24, 2014

    Sweet old Edwardsville, how you've changed. Some of us who grew up among your shaded lanes and who daydreamed of leaving at first opportunity now... More >>

  • Roosevelt Revived

    published April 24, 2014

    Imagine the intense pressure and the colossally high risk of failure in the conception and execution of the one-man play. It's just you, the lone... More >>

  • The Great American Symphony

    published April 24, 2014

    Aaron Copland's Symphony No. 3 swung for the bleachers and hit them. During the 1940s, American composers -- seeking a vehicle with which... More >>

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