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2014 Stories by Alex Weir

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  • 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 >>

  • The Building Blocks of Life

    published May 22, 2014

    The Danes who invented LEGO blocks in the 1930s mastered the principles of simplicity and universal application with their famous interlocking... 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 >>

  • When Pictures Became Art

    published May 1, 2014

    Each participant in the process of visual artistic exchange has his or her own preferences. For us, photography offers a blessed respite from the... 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 >>

  • Talking at Windmills

    published April 24, 2014

    What do we modern Americans know about our country's original inhabitants? All in all, not much, really — Native Americans seem to exist in... More >>

  • Closing Time Overruled

    published April 24, 2014

    Fail! That one word sums up Prohibition just fine. What began in Kansas as a grassroots temperance movement to curb Americans' raging alcoholism... More >>

  • Auto Glass Fun

    published April 17, 2014

    If you're like a lot of people -- or the majority of people, perhaps, but that's the subject of a different debate -- you have ambivalent feelings... More >>

  • Courts Are in Session

    published April 17, 2014

    Tennis, anyone? But of course. How about some ladies' tennis played on a stage the whole world will have its eyes on? Coming right up -- ... More >>

  • We're Going Underground

    published April 10, 2014

    When you tally the natural factors that powered St. Louis' rise to economic might in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, you'll think of our... More >>

  • A Man Among Monarchs

    published April 10, 2014

    Just as Jane Goodall is renowned for her Herculean efforts in advocating for chimpanzees, Dr. Lincoln Brower is equally legendary (among... More >>

  • A Passion for Bach

    published March 27, 2014

    Johann Sebastian Bach's St. John Passion began its long public life (with several revisions to its original form that we'll leave to... More >>

  • Friends Come in All Sizes

    published March 20, 2014

    It's one thing to have wanderlust, to yearn to live a little, be a gypsy, get around and pick your feet up off the ground (to paraphrase a very... More >>

  • Brothers at Arms

    published March 20, 2014

    Though it's never been considered one of his touchstone plays, Arthur Miller's The Price has seen its stock rise somewhat in the... More >>

  • Green Monday

    published March 13, 2014

    Here's the thing about Dogtown: You need to explore it on foot. There's hardly a St. Louis neighborhood that rewards walking more than this one.... More >>

  • Makes A Great Impression

    published March 13, 2014

    Commonly reproduced images of paintings (on postcards, posters, refrigerator magnets, tote bags, calendars, screensavers, etc.) never prepare one... More >>

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