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2014 Stories by Nicole Beckert

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  • The Rites of an Irish Spring

    published April 10, 2014

    Hurling is an ancient Gaelic team game played on a field with a ball and sticks. The goal is to advance the ball, called a sliotar, through... More >>

  • Bobcat Sighted in Valley Park

    published April 3, 2014

    He used to be a real jerk, but now he's a people guy! Bobcat Goldthwait, most likely the only human being who can get away with a name like... More >>

  • Hot for Scots

    published April 3, 2014

    694 years ago, the Declaration of Arbroath was promulgated, announcing Scotland's status as an independent nation. Once again, Scots are currently... More >>

  • Voices of Africa

    published March 27, 2014

    When most Americans think of Africa, images of the Serengeti, starving children and minimalist living often come to mind. In actuality, Africa is... More >>

  • Chicago Style

    published March 20, 2014

    The spawn of The Second City, the nation's premier improv comedy school and theater based in Chicago, are now more legendary than the... More >>

  • Woman on the Edge

    published March 13, 2014

    Although Betty Friedan's little firestarter The Feminine Mystique is commonly thought of as the birth of modern, mainstream feminist... More >>

  • Ten on the Richter Scale

    published March 6, 2014

    Local artist Jeffrey Richter's choice of media is a refreshing one in the age of de facto digital image manipulation. Richter uses... More >>

  • Knit Lit

    published March 6, 2014

    Practically a born knitter, Toronto author Stephanie Pearl-McPhee learned the craft at the tender age of four years old. Described as the... More >>

  • Ever-Changing Art

    published February 13, 2014

    For non-artists, the process of viewing art is fairly simple: admire the painting, step back, sigh and move on to the next one. That isn't... More >>

  • Family Feud

    published February 6, 2014

    Brooke Wyeth, a young writer on the bestseller path to success, returns home to her conservative parents in Palm Springs, but the visit turns... More >>

  • Drag Yourself Out of the House

    published January 23, 2014

    Winter is gross in St. Louis. The brown and gray landscape does nothing to stimulate change in the new year, and it is just cold enough to not... More >>

  • Stuffed to Bursting

    published January 23, 2014

    The Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (3750 Washington Boulevard; 314-535-4660 or ushers in... More >>

  • Minimalist Entertainment

    published January 16, 2014

    The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts is obviously an aesthetically pleasing work of architecture. However, if you have never had the rare pleasure... More >>

  • Propaganda Films?

    published January 9, 2014

    Director Sophie Fiennes' success with Zizek! and The Pervert's Guide to Cinema sparked another compelling examination of film and... More >>

  • In Full Bloom

    published January 9, 2014

    Often abstract paintings are dismissed by the casual observer as easy to execute. The work of Catherine Howe should disabuse anyone of that... More >>

  • Around the World Dunks

    published January 2, 2014

    Famous for their hilarious antics and gravity-defying stunts (and perhaps their catchy theme tune), the Harlem Globetrotters continue to... More >>

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