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2014 Stories by Alex Weir

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  • 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 >>

  • 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 >>

  • 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 >>

  • The Fest with the Best

    published October 2, 2014

    If it's early fall, it must be time for the Best of Missouri Market & More. You know it, pilgrim. This annual blowout held at the Missouri... More >>

  • All in the Timing

    published September 25, 2014

    Playwright David Ives made his name with All in the Timing when it debuted 21 years ago. Timing is actually a compendium of short... More >>

  • Uncharted Territory

    published September 25, 2014

    Joan Ackermann's comedy Off the Map is set in the outback of New Mexico, where everything else feels far, far away, and the few... More >>

  • V for Versatile

    published September 25, 2014

    Photography as an artistic medium can be taken in multiple directions. The camera can capture precise reality or manufacture the ultimate in... More >>

  • A Big Zero

    published September 18, 2014

    When Monty Python's Flying Circus first broke big in the UK and later across North America back in the '70s, who'd have predicted the... More >>

  • On a Lark

    published September 11, 2014

    It's still warm outside and will be for a few more weeks, but it's never too early to move inside for some premium entertainment -- especially... More >>

  • Representing the Abstract

    published September 11, 2014

    Abstract modern art has, since its inception in the early twentieth century, flummoxed and infuriated as many viewers as it has pleased. By... More >>

  • Condition Critical

    published September 4, 2014

    If you're very lucky you've never experienced it, but most of us probably have at one point or another in our lives visited the emergency room.... More >>

  • Parks on Display

    published September 4, 2014

    Let's cut to the chase: Betty Moore produces stunning photographs. She not only possesses the technical mastery required for this feat, she... More >>

  • Festival of the Rising sun

    published August 28, 2014

    The Japanese Festival at the Missouri Botanical Garden (4344 Shaw Boulevard; 314-577-5100 or More >>

  • St. Charles Trek: Voyageur

    published August 21, 2014

    In the days before freeways, people used the rivers for rapid transit. The Race for the Rivers Festival celebrates rivers and their... More >>

  • Road Dogs

    published August 14, 2014

    Benoit Denizet-Lewis' Travels With Casey is a new book about dogs and America and the deep bond the two enjoy with one another. If... More >>

  • In the Pink

    published August 7, 2014

    Some listeners find Pink Floyd's The Wall an impossible slog; others (the majority of us, given the album's staggering sales... More >>

  • No Secret Knock Necessary

    published August 7, 2014

    The repeal of Prohibition brought drinking back into the open, but it marked the end of the road for speakeasies, those covert establishments that... More >>

  • Way Out Goes to War

    published July 31, 2014

    If you've been to the Way Out Club (2525 South Jefferson Avenue; 314-664-7438), you might have experienced warfare -- of the musical kind. Some of... More >>

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