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2013 Stories by Paul Friswold

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  • The Center of the World

    published October 3, 2013

    In the Middle Ages, European maps depicted the world with Jerusalem at the center. The city was God's domain on Earth, a visible sign of His... More >>

  • Owning Up to the Past

    published August 1, 2013

    Thomas Jefferson drafted the Declaration of Independence, which states that "all men are created equal." He also called slavery "an abominable... More >>

  • Stories From the Sea

    published June 27, 2013

    Now that the Saint Louis Art Museum in Forest Park (314-721-0072 or has celebrated the grand... More >>

  • Rex Midwestus

    published November 14, 2013

    People in the two coastal wings of the country seem to enjoy disparaging those of us who live in the center. They mock the region's relative... More >>

  • Which Came First?

    published September 5, 2013

    The egg is a feminine symbol, one that sparks images of new life. Artist Stephanie Liner plays on this idea by constructing large upholstered eggs... More >>

  • The New Black?

    published September 19, 2013

    Rashid Johnson confronts the idea of the "black identity" in his art. Recognizing the logical fallacy inherent in the idea that there could be a... More >>

  • Remember Germany?

    published September 26, 2013

    St. Louis, despite our haughty French airs, actually has German roots that run just as deep. That history informs the new exhibition,... More >>

  • The Big Man's House

    published December 19, 2013

    One of the great joys of parenthood is Christmas, as crazy as that sounds right now. Fighting all the crowds while questing for their dream gift... More >>

  • Begin Again

    published December 26, 2013

    Wanna start your year on a positive note? Spend this shiny new day at the City Museum (701 North Fifteenth Street; 314-231-2489 or More >>

  • Go Wild for Cocoa

    published November 28, 2013

    The nights are getting colder, which is all the excuse anyone ever needs for hot chocolate. But if you want to earn that cocoa, you'll get out in... More >>

  • Movie Morning

    published December 26, 2013

    When's the last time you went to the movies as a family? Yeah, it's expensive, what with the price of tickets and concessions. But today, price is... More >>

  • This Must Be the Space

    published September 5, 2013

    Ten years ago this month, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis moved into its brand-new building and location, forever altering the landscape of the... More >>

  • Don't Say Whodunnit

    published December 5, 2013

    Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap has been playing in London's West End for 61 years -- far outlasting her initial prediction that it would... More >>

  • Grand Ballet

    published December 19, 2013

    'Tis the time of year when Nutcrackers abound. Not just the hand tool that busts open your chestnuts for you, but the Tchaikovsky ballet... More >>

  • Score!

    published December 26, 2013

    John Williams is synonymous with film scores at this point in his career. As soon as you read his name, chances are you heard the triumphant... More >>

  • Take It Inside

    published December 26, 2013

    As those sold-out international friendlies between European soccer giants have proven, St. Louis still has an insatiable appetite for the... More >>

  • Schuss It Out

    published December 19, 2013

    So you did Christmas Eve until the wee hours, and then you plowed right through Christmas morning so hard that it incorporated Christmas brunch... More >>

  • The Heroic Poet

    published December 5, 2013

    Hannah Senesh grew up safe: The daughter of assimilated Jews, she lived in an affluent section of Budapest. But as antisemitism began to flourish... More >>

  • The Pains of Childbirth

    published December 5, 2013

    Hanna and Franklyn will soon meet (they hope) their child, which is gestating in Alison, a pregnant teenager who has agreed to let Hanna and... More >>

  • Holiday Hijinks

    published December 5, 2013

    Stray Dog Theatre goes old school -- think old elementary school -- this year for its traditional Christmas season: The company will stage an... More >>

  • Gifts Freely Given

    published December 19, 2013

    There's a great deal of pressure on you to spend money this time of year. Is there nothing about Christmas that's unspoiled by commercialization?... More >>

  • Cover Your Glass

    published December 19, 2013

    Oh, you've waited far too long again, haven't you? Here we are, five days till Christmas, and you haven't found a gift for anyone on your list.... More >>

  • Life of a Loudmouth

    published December 12, 2013

    Morton Downey Jr. made it big as a talk-show host by berating his guests ("pablum-puking liberal" was a favorite) with a voice that could reach... More >>

  • Garlands of Song

    published December 12, 2013

    There's snow on the ground and the lights are up all over town, but you're just not feeling Christmas this year. How can you get from Scroogy to... More >>

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    Curtain Call: The best St. Louis theater productions of 2013

    published December 19, 2013

    Calendar years don't mean a lot in the theater world. Some theater companies begin in September, others in January. Some companies operate... More >>

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