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2014 Stories by Alex Weir

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  • Omar

    published December 18, 2014

    Of all the world's conflicts perhaps none is more entrenched in complexity and tragedy than the one between the Israelis and the Palestinians.... More >>

  • 1864 St. Louis Holiday Ball

    published December 18, 2014

    In case you were thinking, "By golly, I sure do feel like partying like it's 1864 today," we can punch your ticket. Just attend the 1864 St.... More >>

  • St. Louis Rams vs. Arizona Cardinals

    published December 11, 2014

    Let's see if the result is the same as last time for tonight's St. Louis Rams game against the Arizona Cardinals. Back on Sunday, November... More >>

  • Czech Beer Festival

    published December 11, 2014

    OK, beer lovers, Czech this out: If there's a country on Earth that loves its beer more than the Germans, it's the Czech Republic. The central... More >>

  • Riot from Wrong

    published December 4, 2014

    The Ferguson protests and related marches have occupied everyone's attention so much, it's easy to forget what took place in the UK just three... More >>

  • Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra: Four Seasons

    published December 4, 2014

    You were conceived in 1723 and have brought profound pleasure to millions of music lovers around the world ever since. You're still as popular as... More >>

  • St. Louis Blues vs. Florida Panthers

    published December 4, 2014

    The NHL's expansion over the decades has brought teams to locales that don't seem to warrant the honor. On the other hand, what higher end could... More >>

  • Becoming Dr. Ruth

    published December 4, 2014

    It's hard not to love Dr. Ruth. The diminutive, ever-jovial sex therapist radiates life wisdom and goodwill, and before Dr. Phil came along she... More >>

  • Ring of Fire: the Music of Johnny Cash

    published November 27, 2014

    We should amend the adage "as American as apple pie" to "as American as Johnny Cash." Born in 1932 to poor sharecroppers, the young John R. Cash... More >>

  • On Company Business

    published November 20, 2014

    On Company Business pulls absolutely no punches in its airing of some pretty dirty CIA secrets. The 1980 film was pulled by PBS... More >>

  • Queen Rock Montreal

    published November 20, 2014

    Queen remained securely seated throughout the wild corners and drops as the 1970s gave way to the '80s. Even as a few rock & roll bands got thrown... More >>

  • Hot Summer

    published November 13, 2014

    The former East Germany was a complex nation marked by its own peculiarities and shortcomings, but youthful imperatives are pretty much the same... More >>

  • Dances of India

    published November 13, 2014

    You may think you know The Nutcracker, but think again and get ready to tweak what you thought you knew. Does that make sense? It will once you... More >>

  • River Styx at the Tavern

    published November 13, 2014

    Some books are easier to sell than others. Ask any area bookseller about Anton DiSclafani's debut novel, 2013's The Yonahlossee Riding Camp... More >>

  • Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson

    published November 13, 2014

    Anything from history is grist for the tireless reimagining/repurposing device that is the pop-culture dream machine. Abraham Lincoln as a vampire... More >>

  • Boom Town

    published November 13, 2014

    Jeff Daniels is a triple threat: an actor, musician and, it so happens, a playwright to boot. Solid and reliable in nearly every aspect of... More >>

  • Motown the Musical

    published November 13, 2014

    Berry Gordy's Motown label was brazen enough to use the slogan "The Sound of Young America" to promote its brand, but when you had the seismic... More >>

  • Cycle of Giving

    published November 6, 2014

    If it's November already, it's coming up on more than just Thanksgiving; it's also time for another, slightly newer, holiday tradition:... More >>

  • Buffalo Guys Come Out Tonight

    published November 6, 2014

    It's no secret the Blues didn't exactly fare well thus far in the young NHL season. At the time of this writing, they occupy a lowly fifth place... More >>

  • Aimless, Yet Straight to the Heart

    published October 30, 2014

    To lift an old line from Muhammad Ali, Billy Collins floats like a butterfly and stings like a bee -- though the sting in this poet's case... More >>

  • The Art of Living

    published October 23, 2014

    Stuff, things, possessions. They can be worlds of fun and hold meaning and deep feeling for their owners, but after a certain tipping point they... More >>

  • Unsettling Settlement

    published October 16, 2014

    As much as we love our city and defend it against its detractors, there's no denying we have a bit of a problem involving murder and mayhem. St.... More >>

  • Game On

    published October 9, 2014

    Ladies and germs, good news: It's pro-hockey time again. Our St. Louis Blues versus New York Rangers tonight is the first game of the... More >>

  • Static Poetry

    published October 9, 2014

    The perceptual tools of children when observing the world around them are so immediate and acute, they're inspiring to behold. Absent is the... More >>

  • Atua: Sacred Gods from Polynesia

    published October 9, 2014

    Don't look now but the Saint Louis Art Museum in Forest Park (314-721-0072 or www.slam.org) has the scoop of... More >>

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