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  • Do Clothes Make the Man?

    published December 30, 2009

    Lurking in various first floor galleries of the Saint Louis Art Museum in Forest Park (314-721-0072 or More >>

  • Light Show

    published December 30, 2009

    The City Museum (701 North Fifteenth Street; 314-231-2489 or www.citymuseum.org), in addition to... More >>

  • FIRST!

    published December 30, 2009

    It's been a long, ridiculous year — but tonight, it ends. Kick 2009 out the door by visiting Wonderland, First Night-Saint... More >>

  • Mousterpieces

    published December 30, 2009

    Kids think they don't like classical music, but they just don't recognize that the music they like is in fact classical. Every tot seems to have a... More >>

  • Deep-Dish Dirty Deeds

    published December 30, 2009

    In the old days — the days before the Internet, at least — the surest way for a woman to become a celebrity was not through ye olde... More >>

  • Skate Out Early

    published December 30, 2009

    It's been good and cold lately. You know this, because everybody who comes inside says — so loudly as if it's a government secret —... More >>

  • Many Layers of Turkey

    published December 30, 2009

    Asia Minor doesn't generate as much ink as it once did. The Anatolian peninsula has changed its name more than a few times during the past 9,000... More >>

  • Macguffin on a McBudget

    published December 30, 2009

    Richard Hannay attempts to enjoy a nice evening at the theater, but he just can't seem to lose himself in the show — mostly because shots... More >>

  • Pumped Up

    published December 23, 2009

    Now that Santa's sleigh has come and gone, the stalwart fire engine returns to its rightful place as the vehicle that most fascinates kids. And... More >>

  • Time to Glide

    published December 23, 2009

    The ideal holiday-week activity for kids involves getting them out of the house and burning lots of energy — the more tired the kid is when... More >>

  • St. Louis Stage Capsules

    published December 23, 2009

    Newly Reviewed Irving Berlin's White Christmas First off, a correction. Three years ago when I reviewed the Muny staging... More >>

  • The Reason for the Season in Song

    published December 16, 2009

    Langston Hughes deemed Black Nativity his “gospel song play.” Act one is indeed all of those things, a soaring and... More >>

  • Nuclear Family Christmas

    published December 16, 2009

    The extended lead-in to the Christmas season seems to make as many people as melancholy and introspective as it makes others joyous and peaceful.... More >>

  • Big Fat Fancy

    published December 16, 2009

    It's not all that unusual this time of year to see a big fat guy walk by wearing a red suit. But rarely do you see just a big fat red suit walk by... More >>

  • Keep Your Friends Close ...

    published December 16, 2009

    If you're in the mood for a quick art fix, get to Hoffman LaChance Contemporary (2713 Sutton Boulevard, Maplewood; 314-960-5322 or More >>

  • Welcome, Fellow Travelers

    published December 16, 2009

    Like an inconsistent ghost, Artica rematerializes this year at an unexpected time, but not an unwelcome one. The outdoor art exhibition... More >>

  • The Mystery of Love

    published December 16, 2009

    Jacques Offenbach's final opera, Les Contes d'Hoffmann (The Tales of Hoffmann), was his first serious work, and because of... More >>

  • The Benefits of A Long Night

    published December 16, 2009

    Today is the winter solstice, which means it's the shortest day of the year. That also means tonight will be the longest night of the year, so... More >>

  • Welcome Back, Chott

    published December 16, 2009

    Bill Chott, master of all things silly and made-up, frequently returns home to St. Louis to work with students at his Improv Trick school for... More >>

  • St. Louis Stage Capsules

    published December 16, 2009

    Black Nativity Langston Hughes deemed Black Nativity his "gospel song play." Act One is all of those things, a soaring and gorgeous... More >>

  • Just in Time for Life Day

    published December 9, 2009

    Some people feel that George Lucas' revival and expansion of the Star Wars franchise has done irreparable damage to the legacy of the... More >>

  • Sweeter than Figgy Pudding

    published December 9, 2009

    There are many holiday-themed and seasonal-music performances to choose from; it really is the most wonderful time of the year if you love... More >>

  • Love and Christmas

    published December 9, 2009

    Irving Berlin's White Christmas, the musical, is based on the Bing Crosby film, White Christmas which is itself a... More >>

  • Pork You, Christmas

    published December 9, 2009

    Tonight at 7 p.m. central time, former Mystery Science Theater 3000 stalwarts Mike Nelson, Bill Corbett (Crow T. Robot) and Kevin Murphy... More >>

  • St. Louis Stage Capsules

    published December 9, 2009

    Newly Reviewed Black Nativity Langston Hughes deemed Black Nativity his "gospel song play." Act One is all of... More >>

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