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  • A Christmas Story: The Musical

    published December 11, 2014

    The 1983 film A Christmas Story was ignored at the box office, earning only $2 million during its opening weekend. In the years since, the... More >>

  • Game, Set, Rematch

    published September 4, 2014

    Get up close and personal with the work of three exceptional artists as the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis opens its fall exhibition. Houston... More >>

  • Put On Sherlock's Thinking Cap

    published October 9, 2014

    At the Saint Louis Science Center's (5050 Oakland Avenue; 314-289-4400 or International... More >>

  • St. Charles Christmas Traditions

    published November 27, 2014

    With so many elves to do the heavy lifting during the run-up to Christmas, the Santas of the world are free to converge on historic St. Charles'... More >>

  • A Classic Christmas: From 1950s Television

    published December 18, 2014

    Special Christmas episodes of TV series are nothing new, dating all the way back to broadcast television's beginnings. The Webster Film Series... More >>

  • The Grapes of Wrath

    published December 18, 2014

    Director John Ford was a master of misdirection. His public persona was that of a hard-drinking, two-fisted, anti-intellectual. Ford was perceived... More >>

  • Meet Me in St. Louis Sing-Along

    published December 11, 2014

    Although only the film's finale focuses on the holiday, Meet Me in St. Louis tops many favorite Christmas movie lists thanks to Judy... More >>

  • A Christmas Carol

    published November 27, 2014

    From "Joy to the World" to "Good King Wenceslas," Christmas carols are a beloved holiday tradition. But the most influential Christmas carol of... More >>

  • Mario Makes the Leap to Ballet

    published November 6, 2014

    Nintendo designer Shigeru Miyamoto's character Mario has appeared in more video games than any other. While he first appeared wielding a hammer as... More >>

  • Brando for the Information Age

    published October 30, 2014

    History is made every day. With the rapid increase in carriers of data -- and the ease of duplication and transmission -- access to information is... More >>

  • Death by Comet

    published October 30, 2014

    Many scientists agree that a wayward comet hit Earth and took out the dinosaurs millions of years ago. Countless science-fiction and horror tales... More >>

  • RiffTrax Puts The Squeeze on Anaconda

    published October 30, 2014

    To the untrained ear, Jennifer Lopez, Ice Cube and Jon Voight might sound like the latest cast of judges on American Idol. But those versed... More >>

  • TV's Sherlocks Take on Frankenstein

    published October 23, 2014

    Two of the 19th century's most enduring literary characters are Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes. Since... More >>

  • Approaching Art from All Angles

    published September 11, 2014

    For hundreds of years artists and critics have debated which of the arts truly is the finest. During the Italian Renaissance Leonardo da Vinci and... More >>

  • Haunt-Ed 101

    published October 23, 2014

    Though some classrooms have put the kibosh on Halloween celebrations out of respect for parents who deem the holiday's spooky imagery offensive,... More >>

  • Saddle Up

    published October 16, 2014

    The Royal Horses of Europe are among the most celebrated animals in history. The four regal breeds, the Andalusian, Friesian, Lipizzaner and... More >>

  • Blackhearts and Blue Dancing

    published October 16, 2014

    The alternative pin-up website was founded in 2001, and within two years the brand was... More >>

  • The Twenties Roar Again

    published October 9, 2014

    America may not have given birth to Bach, Mozart or Beethoven, but the works that make up the enduring Great American Songbook have gone on to... More >>

  • Poking The Eye Of The Beholder

    published August 21, 2014

    Is art, like beauty, in the eye of the beholder? Philosophers and critics alike have debated the subjective and objective standards of the two for... More >>

  • Candyman and the Klingons

    published October 2, 2014

    Sharpen your Spock ears and lug Mjolnir out of the closet: Archon, St. Louis' premier science-fiction and fantasy convention touches down... More >>

  • Monster Date Night

    published October 2, 2014

    Sitting quietly in a pitch-black movie theater has been a date-night staple for years, but it's hardly the best way to get to know someone.... More >>

  • Fire Bad

    published August 28, 2014

    After his massive success in Universal Studio's 1931 smash Dracula, Bela Lugosi seemed a shoo-in to play the monster in the studio's next... More >>

  • Mammoth Mammals

    published January 23, 2014

    While images of cavemen taking down a brontosaurus are embedded in pop culture, our leviathan lizards went the way of the dinosaur 60 million... More >>

  • Roar with Laughter at Godzilla '98

    published August 14, 2014

    Today filmmakers go out of their way to pander to the fanboys, but back in 1998 when Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin delivered their version of... More >>

  • Fool for Love

    published July 24, 2014

    Barbra Streisand jump-started her career with her portrayal of Ziegfeld Follies star Fanny Brice in the musical Funny Girl. Though... More >>

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