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  • Paul Friswold

    The Butterfingers Angel: Stray Dog's Christmas play is anything but traditional

    published December 12, 2013

    Christmas plays unfold in a formulaic manner: It's almost Christmas, then something could potentially impede or ruin Christmas, and then... More >>

  • Comedy for Kids' Sake

    published November 28, 2013

    In the world of superheroes, nothing's better than a team-up; That rule holds true in the world of Super-8 films as well. Tonight at 8 p.m. at the... More >>

  • Christmas Explosion

    published November 28, 2013

    Thanksgiving has been relegated to leftovers, which means the Christmas season is officially underway. Lean into it at Holiday Magic from... More >>

  • The Camera's Lie

    published October 31, 2013

    The camera is supposed to be a faithful correspondent, capturing exactly what's in front of it when the shutter opens. But even the camera can... More >>

  • The Wonder Stuff

    published November 7, 2013

    Jon Cournoyer creates art from objects of the past, but he's not in the nostalgia business. His layered collages are carefully built from last... More >>

  • Proceed, Thanksgiving

    published November 28, 2013

    You know who camps out on Thanksgiving to go shopping? Morons, and people who loathe retail employees. You know who gets up early on Thanksgiving... More >>

  • Fighting for A Cause

    published November 21, 2013

    Thanksgiving has few traditions to its credit other than gluttony and football. In St. Louis, however, there's also a long and proud tradition of... More >>

  • Final Appointment

    published October 31, 2013

    It is the eve of WWII in London, and people are contemplating what the future holds. Sigmund Freud, the father of psychoanalysis, knows his time... More >>

  • Bustin' Makes 'Em Feel Good

    published November 21, 2013

    Star Wars and Star Trek may be the kings of the heap when it comes to inspiring sci-fi fandom, but don't underestimate the power of... More >>

  • A Song of Ass and Fire

    published November 21, 2013

    The political and tactical maneuvering of the various noble families of Westeros has captivated audiences for three bloody seasons of HBO's... More >>

  • Stuff from the Attic

    published November 21, 2013

    The Smithsonian has long been known as the "nation's attic" because of its ongoing mission to collect and document the physical history of the... More >>

  • Scripts Not Guns

    published November 14, 2013

    The conflict between Jews and Muslims seems endless and irreconcilable, but maybe that's because it continues to be a conflict and not a... More >>

  • Let's Go, Bosnia

    published November 14, 2013

    We've had a couple of high-profile matches of the beautiful game in the past year, but the next tilt is personal. The national team of... More >>

  • Our Trip to Grief

    published September 12, 2013

    Grief is a foreign country that we all visit. Elements of this other land are familiar, but different in a peculiar way. The food tastes duller... More >>

  • Soldiers' Stories

    published November 14, 2013

    The greatest military award a soldier can earn is the Medal of Honor. It's given for extreme courage and service to one's unit and nation in the... More >>

  • Tales Old and New

    published November 14, 2013

    Every year for more than three decades, Dances of India has presented a program of classical Indian dance inspired by tales of wonder and... More >>

  • Fantastico!

    published November 7, 2013

    Juan Orol had the kind of life destined to become a movie. Orol was born in Spain, but his mother sent him to Cuba as a child to search for a lost... More >>

  • The Moveable Buffett

    published November 7, 2013

    Billionaire investor Warren Buffett made news when he announced most of his fortune would be given to charity upon his death. If you wondered what... More >>

  • Freedom Flyers

    published November 7, 2013

    The Tuskegee Airmen fought two wars simultaneously. In the skies of WWII Europe, these black fighter pilots fought the Nazis while defending... More >>

  • The Great Unknown

    published October 31, 2013

    Harold Pinter deals in uncertainties and ambiguities in his plays; nothing is ever quite what it seems, and this is certainly true in The... More >>

  • Under the Gun

    published November 7, 2013

    Baseball may lay claim to putting on the Fall Classic, but Lyle Tuttle's St. Louis Old School Tattoo Expo makes a strong case for the title... More >>

  • Haunted by the Past

    published November 7, 2013

    Kipps is a lawyer haunted by a strange experience he had at a funeral, one he's never been able to fully articulate to anyone else. He hires an... More >>

  • Paul Friswold

    All Is Bright: War makes for a hell of a Christmas story in Mustard Seed's All Is Calm

    published November 14, 2013

    All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914 is an unusual piece. The dialogue comes from the letters and diaries of actual World War I... More >>

  • The James Gang

    published October 31, 2013

    Tom Stockman's Super-8 Movie Madness has already devoted evenings to the films of heavyweight tough guys such as Charles Bronson and Lee... More >>

  • Wake Up

    published October 31, 2013

    In rural nineteenth century Germany, smart young men are perceived as troublemakers by authority figures, and Melchior is perhaps too smart for... More >>

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