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2008 Stories by Paul Friswold

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  • St. Louis Stage Capsules

    published October 29, 2008

    The Blood Knot Two brothers, one black and one so light-skinned as to appear white, share a cramped but clean shack in apartheid-era... More >>

  • Dancing in the D—: Evie's Waltz delivers a stunning punch to the gut

    published October 29, 2008

    How does a playwright know when he has a success on his hands? One sure indicator is when an individual calls the local paper the morning after... More >>

  • Gettin' Fleeced

    published October 22, 2008

    The classical Greek tale of Jason and the Argonauts is jam-packed with heroes (Jason, Hercules), fantastic creatures (a sea monster and a... More >>

  • Hand-to-Hand

    published October 22, 2008

    In theory juggling is simple: Don't drop anything. In practice not dropping things is easier said than done, but the Flying Karamazov... More >>

  • Hairy Halloween

    published October 22, 2008

    A line has been drawn in the facial hair. The American Mustache Institute, the St. Louis-based think tank devoted to mustache research and... More >>

  • Lost and Found

    published October 22, 2008

    Between the sixteenth and ninteenth centuries, classical Persian music was forbidden in Iran. When the edict was lifted in the mid-1800s, Ali... More >>

  • Adult Entertainment

    published October 22, 2008

    What's the appropriate age to cease getting dressed up and going out for Halloween? The answer is never, of course. Maybe you shouldn't... More >>

  • Medina Wasl, USA

    published October 22, 2008

    Somewhere in the Mojave Desert sits the city of Medina Wasl. The population — a few hundred people at most — worships at the Shia... More >>

  • Feel the Burn

    published October 15, 2008

    Every month, Third Degree Glass Factory (5200 Delmar Boulevard; 314-367-4527 or www.stlglass.com) hosts an... More >>

  • Hard-Edged Boplicity

    published October 15, 2008

    Local artist/musician/thinker Tony Renner has been busy on the visual-art front lately, showing his paintings at Meshuggah, Starbucks and the Lemp... More >>

  • Take the Boy out of Meth Country

    published October 15, 2008

    Brad Lawrence grew up in what he calls "the meth economy of Southern Missouri," and not just as a disinterested bystander. Various friends and... More >>

  • Royal Purple

    published October 15, 2008

    Alice Walker's novel The Color Purple is the point of origin for the chick-lit movement. Main character Celie endures horrible abuse at the... More >>

  • Art as Act and Thought

    published October 15, 2008

    After World War II, American artists emerged as leaders of a new direction in art, not followers of the old ways. Painters such as Pollock and de... More >>

  • Spooky Sounds of the Season

    published October 15, 2008

    Of all the holidays, Christmas probably has the greatest quantity of theme music — but Halloween has to be a close second. Between horror... More >>

  • St. Louis Stage Capsules

    published October 15, 2008

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  • Burn, Baby, Burn: In an unsparing one-man show, Tim Collins examines the world post-9/11

    published October 15, 2008

    Late in the evening, Tim Collins is playing Tim Collins, a young actor interviewing people for material to fuel a one-man show he's writing on... More >>

  • St. Louis Stage Capsules

    published October 8, 2008

    Defending the Caveman More a stand-up comedy act than a play (note the lack of a credited director), Rob Becker's Defending the... More >>

  • Something Old, Something New

    published October 8, 2008

    The desire to tell a good story is a basic human need – we’re programmed to share our experiences. But despite humanity’s... More >>

  • Artica Resurrected

    published October 8, 2008

    What is Artica? Well, it's reborn, first and foremost. Dormant these past few years, the outdoor gathering of artists, musicians, performers and... More >>

  • There Will Be Blood

    published October 8, 2008

    Pietro Mascagni and Ruggiero Leoncavallo both made huge splashes with one-act operas; Mascagni with Cavalleria Rusticana (a scene from... More >>

  • Look Back in Awe

    published October 8, 2008

    Republicans and Democrats alike can surely agree that the last seven years have been exceptional, if not surreal. List just the incidents that... More >>

  • Fill in the Blanks

    published October 8, 2008

    If you've always suspected you'd make a great painter if you just had the proper inspiration, the Saint Louis City Open Studios & Gallery's... More >>

  • Fall Into Liquid Style

    published October 8, 2008

    My fellow Americans: Am I qualified to write anything about Saint Louis Fashion Week's Liquid Style show? Well...I've been wearing the same... More >>

  • The Brasil Thrill

    published October 1, 2008

    If you're a music fan and you haven't attended one of the concerts presented by the Saint Louis Classical Guitar Society, you're cheating... More >>

  • Beuys Will Be Beuys

    published October 1, 2008

    People picture their parents' generation as dull and conformist, and yet there was brilliant, Technicolor strangeness exploding out of all corners... More >>

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