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  • Leonardo (Non-Ninja Turtle Division)

    published December 20, 2012

    Long before Dan Brown's half-baked conspiracy theories sullied his good name, Leonardo da Vinci dazzled people with his knack for invention and... More >>

  • On the Edges

    published December 20, 2012

    Remember last summer? This year's version of the heat isn't as far off as you'd like to believe. Get outside while the getting's good. Head to... More >>

  • All Hail the Mighty Brick

    published September 14, 2012

    One look at Nathan Sawaya's creations and you'll be flabbergasted. A life-size, color-correct Conan O'Brien statue dating from the Bearded CoCo... More >>

  • The Genuine George

    published October 11, 2012

    All Americans are familiar with the mythic George Washington: honest lumberjack of cherry trees, possessor of a wooden smile, savior of our... More >>

  • Street Walkin'

    published October 25, 2012

    In actualite' films the artist captures life exactly as it is (similar to the documentarian's goal) but without the overarching narrative... More >>

  • Puttin' the Barocci in Baroque

    published October 11, 2012

    Federico Barocci lived and created his masterpieces during an interesting period of Europe's development. The Renaissance was in full swing, but... More >>

  • The New Hue Review

    published November 22, 2012

    Blue-White-Red, the new exhibition at the Bruno David Gallery, inverts the familiar order (to American ears, at any rate) of this... More >>

  • Marking the Evolution of Drawing

    published September 20, 2012

    The art of drawing changed after World War II. It was not the physical act of drawing that changed -- it's still fundamentally a... More >>

  • Which Witch Is Wicked?

    published November 29, 2012

    Wicked, the Stephen Schwartz and Winnie Holzman musical based on Gregory Maguire's book of the same name, returns once again to St.... More >>

  • Cold Comfort

    published December 20, 2012

    There are many home remedies for the New Year's Day hangover, but nothing beats a nice cold shower and a big breakfast. You're on your own for... More >>

  • The War for Christmas

    published December 6, 2012

    The law of comic books requires that when two good guys meet for the first time, they must fight -- only after a kerfuffle can they be friends.... More >>

  • Beggars Can Be Ballers

    published December 20, 2012

    For the better part of two years now, the Beggar's Carnivale has been staging its spectacle both here in St. Louis and in parts near and far. You... More >>

  • Penguins After Dark

    published November 15, 2012

    It's uncertain who was behind the big PR push to heighten the profile of the penguin, but those little tuxedo-clad birds have never been more... More >>

  • How 'Bout Some Space Wasters?

    published November 22, 2012

    It's not often you're encouraged to pick up the artwork in a gallery, but phd gallery's December exhibit, Objects Wasting Space... More >>

  • Livin' at the Movies

    published December 20, 2012

    New Year's Eve falls on a Monday this year, which is always a hard night for the motivationally challenged. Take advantage of the long weekend to... More >>

  • 21 Bottles of Beer on the Cake

    published December 13, 2012

    Time sure flies when you're drinking beer. Twenty-one years ago if you wanted a locally-made brew, you had one option. Today, you have a dozen or... More >>

  • Stranger in a Strange Land

    published November 15, 2012

    Charlie's a nice guy going through a rough patch. His wife told him she only has six months to live, yet he can't shake the suspicion that she's... More >>

  • Make it A Tchaikovsky Tchristmas

    published December 6, 2012

    Christmas in St. Louis means two things will happen. First, the local weather people will tease the possibility of a white Christmas even if... More >>

  • Table Your Demands

    published November 29, 2012

    It is every American's Emeril-granted right to have at least one perfect meal at the restaurant du jour during the holiday season, and no... More >>

  • Music Soothes the Scroogey Breast

    published December 13, 2012

    We're dangerously close to Christmas at this point -- this is often the time when the anticipation and the month-long build-up can make you... More >>

  • Play the Symbols

    published November 8, 2012

    Chuck Webster deals in concrete representation of symbols, but not in any recognizable capacity: The subject of his large-scale paintings is the... More >>

  • Louder Than Words

    published September 14, 2012

    The peculiar cruelty of 20th-century Irish culture -- the oppression of a people who value so highly individual freedom -- informs the work of... More >>

  • A Season on the Brink

    published November 22, 2012

    Ask anyone with a family: The holidays bring out the worst in people. The traditional family get together is a seething cauldron of old grudges,... More >>

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    Twelve to Glow On: 2012's Best St. Louis Stage Performances

    published December 27, 2012

    Year's end portends lists. Ten best. Ten worst. Runners-up. This page doesn't deal in "best," but we certainly had some favorites — and... More >>

  • Nun of the Above

    published November 22, 2012

    Evil is afoot in Mother Superior's convent. Her sister nuns are experiencing a rabid sexual hysteria, a young postulant is being blessed by... More >>

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