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2014 Stories by Alex Weir

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  • 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 >>

  • 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 >>

  • Rothko Around the Clock

    published May 22, 2014

    What do you see or feel when you look at a Mark Rothko painting? The answer varies widely with each of us. (We happen know at least two people who... 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 >>

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