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2009 Stories by Paul Friswold

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  • Come Fly With Me

    published March 4, 2009

    It's 1969, and the world twitters with anticipation for the Apollo 11 mission, which will put the first human beings on the moon. Not exempt from... More >>

  • Pedalphilia

    published March 4, 2009

    Some people pooh-pooh indoor bike riding, but it's the second greatest indoor sport, after kitchen roller skating. The only drawback? Explaining... More >>

  • Monday, March 2: Calendar Pimp Suggests ...

    published Mar 02, 2009

    We know: It's Monday and nothing's on TV. So why don't you leave your house, asshole?Tonight at Duff's: Tiny stories by full-size people. And BOOZE!... More >>

  • The Small Hours

    published February 25, 2009

    A play without plot or characters, with no stage direction in the text, which itself cascades across the page with no regard for sentence... More >>

  • Something New

    published February 25, 2009

    Left Bank Books in the Central West End (399 North Euclid Avenue; 314-367-6731 or www.left-bank.com) hosts... More >>

  • First Day of Winterling

    published February 25, 2009

    Evas Arche und der Feminist (carte blanche), the current Front Room exhibit at Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (3750 Washington... More >>

  • Backgrounds at an Exhibition

    published February 25, 2009

    When you're at an exhibition, do you appreciate the aesthetic qualities of the walls? Wait, don't answer yet — when you attend a show of... More >>

  • Sing for Sin

    published February 25, 2009

    For an art form roundly perceived to be the highest of the high-brow, opera certainly draws its lifeblood from the gutter. Murder, deception,... More >>

  • Classical Cult

    published February 25, 2009

    Ivan Reitman's cult animated film Heavy Metal has been dismissed for being both juvenile and an anachronism, but for fans of both... More >>

  • St. Louis Stage Caps: Dennis Brown and Paul Friswold suss out the local theater scene

    published February 25, 2009

    Newly Reviewed Aerwacol During a sort of apocalyptic fury, a Canadian pig farmer and his wife (Christopher Harris,... More >>

  • Fumbling in the Dark

    published February 18, 2009

    The City Museum (701 North 15th Street; 314-231-2489 or www.citymuseum.org) is famous for its... More >>

  • The Gospel of Troy

    published February 18, 2009

    Troy Perry didn't set out to fight the establishment; he set out to tend to the spiritual needs of his community — the homosexual community.... More >>

  • Be Like Carver

    published February 18, 2009

    Times are tight, jobs are disappearing and there's a bailout on the way for dozens of millionaires — but who's looking out for you, the... More >>

  • The Ming's the Thing

    published February 18, 2009

    Zhu Yuanzhang was born into poverty and hardship, living as a beggar for at least part of his adolescence. When he overthrew the Mongol Yuan... More >>

  • The Past Is a Cancelled Check

    published February 18, 2009

    In the aftermath of World War II, borders were redrawn, and people were shifted from one country to another with little regard for their own... More >>

  • No Blasters!

    published February 18, 2009

    Late call from the Subliminal Kid. "Get on your shai hulud and meet me at the Sci Fi Lounge at 8 p.m." Hmpf. Kid knows I traded in... More >>

  • St. Louis Stage Capsules

    published February 18, 2009

    Give 'Em Hell Harry This feel-good evening about Harry Truman leaves viewers with a nostalgic smile for an era (that might not ever have... More >>

  • St. Louis Theater Capsules

    published February 11, 2009

    Medal of Honor Rag This lean account of a therapy session between a psychologically scarred Vietnam vet (Bryan Keith) and his therapist... More >>

  • The Truman Show

    published February 11, 2009

    The folksy president with the history of business failures in his private life at one point had an approval rating of 22 percent, and a prominent... More >>

  • New Digs

    published February 11, 2009

    Hoffman LaChance Contemporary is dead — long live Hoffman LaChance Contemporary! OK, so it's not really dead. But the gallery did up... More >>

  • Kawa Kawa Kawa Kawa Kon On

    published February 11, 2009

    "Geeks," to use the common term, are ridiculed for their supposedly uncool habits and strange hobbies. Collecting comic books, enjoying science... More >>

  • Ugly, Stupid and Ready to Wed

    published February 11, 2009

    A princess is to be wed to the first suitor who can answer a very easy question — she's no looker, you see. Princess takes the practical... More >>

  • Lost in Gyration

    published February 11, 2009

    In Toshiki Okada's play Five Days in March, a young couple meets at a concert and go off to a love hotel for the traditional... More >>

  • Two Guys Walk into a Bar

    published February 11, 2009

    In a little Parisean café, Pablo Picasso settles in to ogle waitresses and have a cuppa. In walks Albert Einstein, who's currently working... More >>

  • St. Louis Stage Capsules

    published February 4, 2009

    Ongoing Blackbird Although its subject matter — the stark confrontation, fifteen years later, between a mature adult and... More >>

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