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2009 Stories by Alison Sieloff

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  • Bask in the Mask

    published December 30, 2009

    With the new year approaching, and with the often-challenging family-focused holidays behind us, it's not a terrible idea to review the previous... More >>

  • Reach the Breaking Point

    published December 30, 2009

    In most gallery spaces, "interacting" with the art means something like "using your mind to connect with the work, making the art figuratively... More >>

  • Christmas Glows

    published December 23, 2009

    Grandpas often get a bad rap for being slow-witted, old-fashioned, storytelling slipper-wearers, but really, these guys can be quite nimble. How... More >>

  • Merge, Emerge

    published December 23, 2009

    While the left sides of our brains and the right sides handle different parts of the human experience, these processing centers aren't so vastly... More >>

  • The Hills Are Alive

    published December 23, 2009

    As of press time, it was still unclear whether or not this Christmas would be white. But at Hidden Valley (17409 Hidden Valley Drive,... More >>

  • Dream of A Bright Christmas

    published December 23, 2009

    One option for a night of Christmas cheer: Drive around through neighborhoods in search of well-done, i.e. Christmas Vacation-ish, holiday... More >>

  • Oh, Baby, Don't Hold Out

    published December 16, 2009

    While there is a seemingly finite number of holiday tunes, there are endless interpretations of these timeless songs. For instance "Carol of the... More >>

  • Bach Rocks Your Holiday

    published December 16, 2009

    Remember back in high school when you were in your favorite band's fan club? You waited by the mailbox for your birthday greeting, and maybe you... More >>

  • Squash the Humbug

    published December 16, 2009

    Let's face it: With all manner of toy commercials relentlessly aimed at the kiddos this month and constant talk of list making and Santa's... More >>

  • Spirits of the Season

    published December 9, 2009

    It's easy to think like a scrooge this holiday season, what with continued budget cuts and all of the necessary wallet watching. You just aren't... More >>

  • No Politics, Just Party

    published December 9, 2009

    ArtDimensions' Off the Wall at City Hall event (this year marks the third annual) is always such a fun time. For starters there's a... More >>

  • Elf Help

    published December 9, 2009

    Historically, elves are pretty wily creatures. They're small, making it easier for them to sneak around; they're pretty cute, giving them an edge... More >>

  • Christmas: Live!

    published December 9, 2009

    Here's the thing: You can listen to radio stations playing only holiday music all the livelong day, but those recordings won't fill you with joy... More >>

  • Reindeer Blame

    published December 2, 2009

    Anytime a group of people is isolated from the rest of the world, there are bound to be problems — especially if these folks are in close... More >>

  • Saints and Sinners

    published December 2, 2009

    Sister Mary Ignatius is holier than thou, but you already knew you weren't on the short list for sainthood. Naturally, she also knows more than... More >>

  • Get Carried Away

    published December 2, 2009

    From "Jingle Bells" to "Sleigh Ride," all sorts of carols mention alternative forms of transportation. But how many times have you even seen a... More >>

  • Take Your Best Shot

    published December 2, 2009

    To some people — present company included — bartenders are almost like heroes. More than just drink-pourers and -mixers, the good ones... More >>

  • Go, Glow, Shine

    published November 25, 2009

    Holiday lights are more than just bits of festive sparkle. We like to think that each illuminated bulb represents a seasonal act of kindness... More >>

  • Make Musical Memories

    published November 25, 2009

    As adults, we tend to underestimate kids. We think that we know better about everything (we don't) and that we understand culture, life and love... More >>

  • Full of Fun

    published November 25, 2009

    Amazing fact: On Thanksgiving Day some people do more than just belly up to the feeding trough, er, table, and eat and eat and eat. For real!... More >>

  • You Vant to See this Play

    published November 12, 2009

    The popularity of vampires ebbs and flows — like blood? — unlike the garlic-fearing creatures themselves, who have always been around.... More >>

  • Hope Lives On

    published November 12, 2009

    The story of Brundibár, an evil, mustachioed organ-grinder, and a brother and sister's ultimate victory over him and his thieving ways, is... More >>

  • Tangled Up In Chihuly

    published November 12, 2009

    Dale Chihuly's organically flowing glass forms have sprouted up in botanical gardens across the country, even right here in St. Louis. In... More >>

  • Case the Joint

    published November 12, 2009

    A ray of sunshine herself, Ms. Day likes to be entertained only in the most delightful ways. She enjoys a good musical, a bounding puppy, an... More >>

  • Spell It Out

    published November 12, 2009

    Even with spell check built into nearly every kind of program there is, egregious errors still show up in e-mails, in advertisements and flyers,... More >>

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