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2009 Stories by Nicole Beckert

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  • Purpose Today, Creativity Tomorrow

    published December 23, 2009

    Kwanzaa has an African American origin, but that doesn't mean you have to be African American to enjoy Kwanzaa: First Fruits today at the... More >>

  • The Joy of Free

    published December 16, 2009

    The recession may or may not be over — it depends largely on whom you ask, and how much bailout money that person has received. For those... More >>

  • G-L-O-R-I-A

    published December 9, 2009

    It would appear to the average Santa Claus enthusiast that holiday traditions have gone the way of vestigial organs. Take caroling, for instance,... More >>

  • Lights, Beer

    published December 9, 2009

    St. Louisans love beer; it's true — are you really going to try and disagree? And despite recent corporate events that shall not be... More >>

  • Beat the Chanukah Rush

    published December 2, 2009

    Your friend Veronica has been bugging you about your Chanukah plans for weeks. Why not tell her you've decided to join the celebration a little... More >>

  • Body Talk

    published December 2, 2009

    Transmotion, the 2009 Dance Theatre Concert presented by the Washington University Performing Arts Department, features seven... More >>

  • Here Comes Santa(s)

    published November 25, 2009

    It's that magical time of winter again: Christmas! And St. Charles Christmas Traditions on South Main Street in historic downtown St.... More >>

  • Still Beat After All These Years

    published November 12, 2009

    Though the '60s are long over, the Beat tradition continues to inspire many writers and performers from all generations and backgrounds.... More >>

  • The End Is Nigh?

    published November 4, 2009

    With 2012 on the horizon — the reputed end date of the world according the Mesoamerican Long Count calendar, as if you didn't know —... More >>

  • Let's Have A Ball

    published October 28, 2009

    Once viewed as a time for spirits to pass from the boundaries of Earth to the otherworld, Halloween has come a long way. Now as assimilated as any... More >>

  • Ladies Pay

    published September 9, 2009

    One of the more vicious double standards women must deal with is in the realm of power. As equality between the sexes creeps incrementally towards... More >>

  • We Can Be Happy Underground

    published August 26, 2009

    Jim Henson's Muppets display more heroism, wit, cowardice and greed than most actors can hope to show — with the exception of David Bowie... More >>

  • It's A Fine Zine

    published August 5, 2009

    A fine balance exists between art that is offensive to the senses and art that pushes a viewer into expanding their personal tastes. Ben... More >>

  • Through A Glass, Darko

    published July 29, 2009

    Cult classic Donnie Darko is a complex mix of science fiction, suspense thriller and doomsday tale with a comic book-like aesthetic.... More >>

  • A Bit of Paris in the Park

    published July 22, 2009

    St. Louis summer nights are a bit of a tossup; they're often pleasant and breezy, but more often muggy with a soup-like humidity. Fortunately,... More >>

  • With Thee, My Bark, I’ll Swiftly Go

    published July 15, 2009

    Pets are wonderful companions to have around the house, but our four-legged friends can be put to work, too. Say, as coxswains. The annual... More >>

  • 30 Years On

    published June 24, 2009

    The St. Louis Pridefest celebrates 30 years of community, peace and happiness — and a whole lot of GLBTA love — this Saturday... More >>

  • Nation of Illustration

    published June 17, 2009

    Graffitists and street artists are seasoned players in the game of visual media; it is their mission to flood the streets with art made by the... More >>

  • Nation of Illustration

    published June 17, 2009

    Graffitists and street artists are seasoned players in the game of visual media; it is their mission to flood the streets with art made by the... More >>

  • Yosemite Grand

    published June 10, 2009

    The grand beauty of the Sierra Nevada mountains fascinated Ansel Adams from the time of he first visited in 1916, when he was just fourteen. He... More >>

  • A Shell of A Time

    published June 3, 2009

    There's no better way to celebrate the return of First Fridays to the Saint Louis Science Center (5050 Oakland Avenue; 314-289-4400 or More >>

  • Big Weekend in Belleville

    published May 13, 2009

    Artists from across the nation gather in Belleville, Illinois, this weekend for the triumphant return of Art on the Square. For the annual... More >>

  • Do It For Mom

    published May 6, 2009

    Mother’s Day provides daughters and sons with many an opportunity to please and entertain mothers, but something more interesting than... More >>

  • The Good Is Gone!

    published April 29, 2009

    After touring the world instructing and directing her classically trained dancers in both Italy and France, renowned dancer Karole Armitage... More >>

  • Sedaris Fever

    published April 15, 2009

    Delightfully humorous author and essayist David Sedaris returns to St. Louis to read from his newest book, When You Are Engulfed in... More >>

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