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2014 Stories by Alex Weir

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  • 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 >>

  • Life, Poverty and All That Jazz

    published July 24, 2014

    E.L. Doctorow's superb novel Ragtime was that rare hybrid of a popular (it sold by the boatload) and literary success that pleased... More >>

  • Cold-Blooded

    published July 24, 2014

    James Welch was the great American novelist you've most likely never heard of. Welch was born in 1940 in Montana to Native American parents and... More >>

  • 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 >>

  • FWD: Funny Cat Videos Inside

    published July 17, 2014

    You know the type of person who gripes and whines about there being too many cat videos on Facebook? We're not that guy; as far as we're... 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 >>

  • Flora of the Desert

    published June 26, 2014

    Madagascar is the world's fourth largest island and home to large numbers of plant and animal species found nowhere else on Earth. Try to wrap... 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 >>

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