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2009 Stories by Paul Friswold

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  • Fine China

    published March 25, 2009

    Normal rules of physics and gravity do not seem to apply to the Golden Dragon Acrobats. Bodies twist in painful contortions to create... More >>

  • Carry That Weight

    published March 25, 2009

    There are people who will judge you based on your taste in music, but none are worse than Beatles' fans. The Zeppelin folks can be a little... More >>

  • Cultural Bailout

    published March 25, 2009

    As you may have heard, the economy is verklempt. And you've probably also read about the corporate bailouts that are supposed to loosen the... More >>

  • Let's Finnish

    published March 25, 2009

    Next week, the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra is in New York, showing Gotham how good we got it. This weekend, the SLSO offers two sneak... More >>

  • Dr. Malatesta's School for Marriage

    published March 25, 2009

    Spring is here and Ernesto is thinking of love and marriage, hopefully with the lovely but not wealthy widow, Norina. Sadly, Ernesto's uncle and... More >>

  • Two Guys and A Swan, Exploding

    published March 25, 2009

    Is the Cody Rivers Show experimental, absurdist theater, or is it sketch comedy? The reviewers in NYC, home of experimental, absurdist... More >>

  • The Color and the Shape

    published March 25, 2009

    "Hot dog," was the first guess, and it was wrong. "Cucumber" is the shape of the object, according to artist Gina T. Alvarez. She cut 200... More >>

  • Lamb So Good You'll Plotz

    published March 25, 2009

    Mention Jewish cuisine and people think of the basics — matzo balls, gefilte fish, maybe a blintz and definitely schmaltz. But this is only... More >>

  • Bacchanal Carnaval

    published March 25, 2009

    Lola Van Ella is going to London. So's Sturdy Gurlesque, and Tomahawk Tassels. That's the heart and soul of the St. Louis Burlesque scene, but... More >>

  • Tuesday, March 24: Calendar Pimp Suggests

    published Mar 24, 2009

      The Restaurant at the End of the Universe is a long, long way off, and the Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster is not a drink to be trifled with. But if you're looking for a friendly place and... More >>

  • St. Louis Stage Capsules

    published March 25, 2009

    Also Reviewed Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy Even before the show begins, the swirling lights seek to create a fantasia... More >>

  • Monday, March 23: Calendar Pimp Suggests

    published Mar 23, 2009

          To be perfectly honest, the Calendar Pimp never worries about what he's wearing. As the photo attests, the CP is dapper. He is on-point. He is resplendent in gabardine and ... More >>

  • Friday, March 20: Calendar Pimp Suggests

    published Mar 20, 2009

        Law & Order, Homicide, The Wire -- for Clouseau's sake, doesn't anyone remember that murder used to be funny... More >>

  • Thursday, March 19: Calendar Pimp Suggests

    published Mar 19, 2009

          Only one man in a thousand is a leader of men, the other 999 follow women.     -- Groucho Marx... More >>

  • Wednesday, March 18: Calendar Pimp Suggests

    published Mar 18, 2009

    He is not easy to describe. There is something wrong with his appearance; something displeasing, something downright detestable. I never saw a man so disliked and yet I scarce know why. He gives... More >>

  • Tuesday, March 17: Calendar Pimp Suggests

    published Mar 17, 2009

    She was the acrobat's daughter, She swung by her teeth from a noose. And then one matinee, her bridgework gave way And she flew through the air like a goose. ... More >>

  • St. Louis Stage Caps

    published March 18, 2009

    Sonia Flew Reviewed in More >>

  • Strong Enough for A Woman

    published March 18, 2009

    Some time in the past eight years the word "liberal" became a pejorative — but at least that meant "feminist" had a little company down... More >>

  • Inside Every Gentleman . . .

    published March 18, 2009

    The Curious Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde has been interpreted as an allegory for man's bestial nature, a pioneering piece of science... More >>

  • Mideast by Midwest

    published March 18, 2009

    From our comfortable home in the Midwest, the Middle East seems exotic and mysterious. The lure of the Fertile Crescent, the ancient culture, the... More >>

  • Domestic Disturbance

    published March 18, 2009

    You and I are men of the world. You, of course, understand the complications that arise when your chauffeur is found dead in your home, and your... More >>

  • Color Me Grateful

    published March 18, 2009

    For those people who have long been tired of winter's monochromatic palette, spring's arrival brings relief in its riot of flora — and also... More >>

  • Uneasy Sleep

    published March 18, 2009

    Vincenzo Bellini's opera semiseria La Sonnambula has a story that's a little more Scooby-Doo than most, and a reputation for being... More >>

  • The Tale of the Louisville Lip

    published March 18, 2009

    Muhammad Ali has become so much an integral part of our culture and pop culture that kids who weren't alive when he abandoned retirement to light... More >>

  • An Affair to Dismember

    published March 18, 2009

    The great appeal of Harold Pinter's plays is not what he does with words, but what he makes the audience do with his words. Doling them out in... More >>

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