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  • Games of Chance

    published December 29, 2011

    A room somewhere in Dublin containing four soused Irishmen playing high-stakes poker: this is the straightforward setting of Conor McPherson's... More >>

  • The Beat of War

    published December 29, 2011

    History provides the best grist for drama because history is inherently dramatic. In our own nation's history, there's really nothing more highly... More >>

  • The Beat of War

    published December 29, 2011

    History provides the best grist for drama because history is inherently dramatic. In our own nation's history, there's really nothing more highly... More >>

  • Catch A Falling Star

    published December 15, 2011

    It's the day after Christmas and you're feeling good. You can take a deep breath and not have to worry anymore if you bought the right presents in... More >>

  • The Tradition Is Bach

    published December 8, 2011

    While the traditions of Christmas irritate some people, they seem to provide many more with an important sense of continuity and stability in a... More >>

  • More than A Cupples of Flowers

    published December 1, 2011

    No doubt the Christmas season is considered overrated and overwrought by many, though most people enjoy it -- or outright love it -- nonetheless.... More >>

  • A Hermann Holiday

    published November 24, 2011

    If you live in a large metro area like St. Louis, it's really easy to feel you're in a self-perpetuating, unbreakable cycle of... More >>

  • Here Comes Santas

    published November 17, 2011

    If you're looking for a break from the massive crowds, congested parking, and all the rest of the usual holiday hubbub, point that hybrid sleigh... More >>

  • Eating Hermann

    published November 10, 2011

    You can take a drive out to Hermann and the Missouri wine country any day of the year and have a fine time. The charming little towns that hug the... More >>

  • Our Own Battlefield

    published November 3, 2011

    Here in Missouri we're accustomed to being considered a bellwether state in national elections. The Show-Me State is pivotal -- no presidential... More >>

  • Our Own Battlefield

    published November 3, 2011

    Here in Missouri we're accustomed to being considered a bellwether state in national elections. The Show-Me State is pivotal -- no presidential... More >>

  • Beat 'Em Blue and Blackhawks

    published October 27, 2011

    An unwritten law of St. Louis Blues hockey lore says, "Thou shalt never, ever root for the Blackhawks, for they are of Chicago, and Chicago... More >>

  • Dancing With Himself

    published October 20, 2011

    Billy Elliot did well as a film when it was released in 2000. It's fared even better since it made the balletic leap from silver screen to... More >>

  • Dancing With Himself

    published October 20, 2011

    Billy Elliot did well as a film when it was released in 2000. It's fared even better since it made the balletic leap from silver screen to... More >>

  • From Russia, With Spiritual Love

    published October 20, 2011

    Iconography in our time, as Andy Warhol so well understood, is represented through the uber-powerful imagery of advertising, entertainment,... More >>

  • The Nice Age

    published October 13, 2011

    Halloween doesn't just have to be all about the witches, goblins, vampires or -- God forbid -- zombies. (And can we get a break from the zombie... More >>

  • Take A Walk, Help A Cat

    published October 6, 2011

    We've always been totally flummoxed as to why, since they're quite clearly loving and loveable creatures, but cats are still routinely... More >>

  • See It, Feel It

    published September 29, 2011

    On paper it had to have looked a little silly: a deaf, dumb and blind boy is somehow blessed with extraordinary powers, he becomes a pinball... More >>

  • Feeling Pretty Grovey

    published September 22, 2011

    Not that long ago the few blocks of Manchester between Vandeventer and Kingshighway were pretty much one continuous, sad stretch of boarded-up... More >>

  • Get Some Strange

    published September 15, 2011

    The good news about this stage of the year is the weather; the even better news is that we're in the midst of some of the best weather you can... More >>

  • C Is For Concert

    published September 8, 2011

    A "C" isn't so hot grade-wise but a C (more exactly, C major) can provide you a fine evening's horizon-stretching entertainment. So you ask: What... More >>

  • Park Life

    published September 1, 2011

    What's better than a performance by the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra? A free performance by the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra. You can... More >>

  • Ears to You, Godfrey

    published August 25, 2011

    Corn is big business in our part of the world, but how many of us have any concrete interaction with it -- as a crop, not on a plate -- in our... More >>

  • Netherlands Here, Not There

    published August 18, 2011

    It's great enough to travel abroad at any age, but especially when you’re young. The experience and the insights and broadened sympathies it... More >>

  • Dr. Sawbones Is In

    published August 11, 2011

    You can debate the grand question of whether war is an inescapable aspect of the human condition until the cows come home, but one point at least... More >>

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