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2013 Stories by Nicole Beckert

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  • Celebrate First

    published December 26, 2013

    This New Year's Eve rings in the start of 2014, which will mark the 250th anniversary of the founding of St. Louis. Of all the spectacles to see... More >>

  • Christmas Dreams

    published December 19, 2013

    The heads of children are stuffed with Christmas dreams this time of year, but none of 'em dream bigger than little Clara. When her uncle gives... More >>

  • Very Special Episodes

    published December 19, 2013

    Once upon a time, Christmas was not merely a barbaric ritual of commercialism and white-elephant gifts. There was precious television to be... More >>

  • Take it Downton

    published December 12, 2013

    If you're dying for more Downton Abbey, or at the very least something that hearkens back to the style of Downton Abbey, the... More >>

  • Take That, Santa

    published December 5, 2013

    RiffTrax, the remnants of the infamous MST3K cast that ripped on terrible movies, gives the gift of mockery this year with RiffTrax Live:... More >>

  • Ornamental Art

    published November 28, 2013

    The holidays are a time for traditions and old favorites, but it's a good idea to mix in a few new things as well. Third Degree Glass Factory... More >>

  • A Decade of DIY Crafts

    published November 28, 2013

    Black-belt holiday shoppers, start your engines. The Rock N Roll Craft Show is back for a tenth year, but at a new location. This year the... More >>

  • Drink Up with Drunken Master

    published November 28, 2013

    Grace, charm, humor, strength, amazing arms: No, these characteristics are not meant to be attributed to FLOTUS Michelle Obama (although they... More >>

  • Sound and Visions

    published November 21, 2013

    After 50 years the James S. McDonnell Planetarium has a new/old trick up its sleeve. Nova Nights is a new star-show-cum-concert series,... More >>

  • A Double-Booked Doctor

    published November 21, 2013

    Your TARDIS may be working a little slow tonight, as the time-space continuum is busy transporting every Doctor Who fan in relative history to... More >>

  • Out of the Woods

    published November 14, 2013

    It sounds like typical animated film fare, with its plot about an overly protective father and the adventurous young son. Instead the French film,... More >>

  • Dirty Dancing and Singing

    published November 14, 2013

    All your dirty dreams come to life, or at least that's what SPANK! The Fifty Shades Parody promises. Inspired by -- but in no way... More >>

  • Deal of Two Lifetimes

    published November 7, 2013

    Faust is an old man apart, alone in his despondence. He dedicated his life to science and philosophy and now finds their rewards unsatisfying.... More >>

  • The Weight of the World

    published November 7, 2013

    Thanks to its new addition, the Saint Louis Art Museum in Forest Park (314-721-0072 or has enough... More >>

  • Moneymakers of Art

    published October 31, 2013

    There is nothing wrong with wanting to use the same recipe for the perfect chocolate chip-cookies every time. Consistency is a great thing, and... More >>

  • Eat Smart

    published October 10, 2013

    At the time of its release, the teenage punk zombie flick Return of the Living Dead marked the dawn of a second decade of... More >>

  • Did Someone Say Fiber?

    published August 22, 2013

    It is easy to understand your confusion, but Speaking of Fibers 2013 is not a symposium on the digestive benefits of fiber... More >>

  • The Paper Is the Art

    published August 22, 2013

    Clearly, summer is the time when the crafty get busy. That's Paper!?!, the St. Louis Artists' Guild's new exhibit, allows the... More >>

  • Anybody Want A Peanut?

    published July 18, 2013

    There is nothing in this world more hilariously romantic than "twu wuv" served with a side order of sweet revenge. The Princess... More >>

  • Singing with Dorothy

    published July 11, 2013

    Few movies can be enjoyed again and again like The Wizard of Oz. It has all the elements of a classic: suspense, drama, love,... More >>

  • Postwar German Art in the Collection

    published July 11, 2013

    The inaugural exhibition in the new East Building of the Saint Louis Art Museum, Postwar German Art in the Collection, features many... More >>

  • Hand-Crafted Art

    published July 4, 2013

    The often-overlooked handicrafts made a comeback in the early aughts. Knitting, crocheting, sewing, quilting, and macrame are now highly desirable... More >>

  • Our Neubauten

    published June 27, 2013

    The installation of the East Building, the new postwar modern art wing of the Saint Louis Art Museum in Forest Park, is officially complete. At 10... More >>

  • And Now, for the Magic House's Next Trick...

    published June 20, 2013

    The Magic House (516 South Kirkwood Road, Kirkwood; 314-822-8900 or is always fun for... More >>

  • Maritime Law

    published June 20, 2013

    Local comic-book creators Mike McCubbins and Matt Bryan have been friends for fifteen years and have many joint projects to show for their... More >>

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