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2014 Stories by Paul Friswold

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  • Dragon Races

    published June 26, 2014

    Dragon boats are a long and narrow watercraft of Chinese origin that have dragon heads and tails at the appropriate ends. Racing them is a... More >>

  • Prima Facie Evidence

    published June 19, 2014

    Sari Bashir is a Muslim American associate in a big law firm -- at least until the pressure of the job got to her. Her body is found on the ground... More >>

  • Check it Out, Mate

    published May 29, 2014

    Chess has existed in one form or another for 1,500 years -- that's quite a run for a board game. The key to its success is its complex simplicity.... More >>

  • Sing for Your Supper

    published June 5, 2014

    Life on the streets of 1830s London is tough, especially if you're an orphan. Hungry Oliver, recently booted from the orphanage for wanting more... More >>

  • More Fringe than Elvis

    published June 19, 2014

    If you're in the mood to be entertained but can't figure out what it is you want to do, the St. Lou Fringe is here to make all of your... More >>

  • Who Loves the Birds

    published June 12, 2014

    David Tennant did a great deal of work as the tenth Doctor Who, revitalizing the character and the show with his natural enthusiasm for the whole... More >>

  • Gold Rush

    published April 3, 2014

    Gold is used to mark all of the big occasions in life. It's there in your wedding rings, it has crowned the heads of queens and empresses, and... More >>

  • Love Thief

    published June 12, 2014

    Leos Carax's film Mauvais sang (also known as Bad Blood and The Night Is Young) was released in 1986 but never... More >>

  • When Henry Met Henry

    published May 15, 2014

    Shakespeare Festival St. Louis has staged comedies and tragedies in equal measure in Forest Park for the past decade. This year the group takes an... More >>

  • The Early SLU Dynasty

    published June 5, 2014

    St. Louis and soccer go way back. A strong immigrant community and our abundant public parks allowed the game to flourish after WWII, so much so... More >>

  • You Shouldn't Go Home Again

    published May 22, 2014

    Teddy is a philosopher from a hardscrabble North London family who has made a new life in America. Part of that new life is his wife, Ruth, also a... More >>

  • Takin' It to the Streets

    published June 5, 2014

    Have you contracted World Cup fever yet? If not, get a good dose of the stuff today at the St. Louis Roadies Street Soccer Tournament. This... More >>

  • Pain Don't Hurt

    published May 29, 2014

    There are bad movies, and then there are seriously bad movies. Garbage films such as Twilight fall into the latter category; it takes... More >>

  • Welcome, Terrible

    published May 22, 2014

    How do you explain the live show of unhinged VHS collective Everything is Terrible? Well, there are, of course, horrible videos -- more... More >>

  • Dinner Conversations

    published May 15, 2014

    OnSite Theatre Company has in the past produced plays in a bowling alley, an art gallery and a gym. For its current production, A Prayer for... More >>

  • Dance, Dance, Dance

    published May 22, 2014

    The performing arts are a subjective human endeavor; the individual performance matters more than the quantity of performances. The Emerson... More >>

  • Bill's Excellent Adventure

    published May 22, 2014

    Ten years ago Scott Phillips went Western with Cottonwood, his hard-boiled soft-core novel set in the 1870s. Protagonist Bill Ogden... More >>

  • Not the Final Countdown?

    published May 15, 2014

    Journalist Alan Weisman stirred up a great deal of discussion with his book The World Without Us. His thought experiment -- what... More >>

  • Saving A Tradition

    published February 20, 2014

    Larry and Brenda Thompson have amassed an impressive art collection with a focus on works created by African Americans. The Thompsons have... More >>

  • Maids of Dishonor

    published May 1, 2014

    Weddings can bring out the worst in some people, and the group of friends at the center of Leslye Headland's black comedy... More >>

  • Monkey in the Zone

    published May 8, 2014

    Magic Smoking Monkey, the theater company that always leaves you wanting more, is finally back with more. The group dips back into pop-culture... More >>

  • Red Hot and Rarin' to Go

    published May 15, 2014

    Burlesque fans, you're in for it now. Lola van Ella has whipped up another Show-Me Burlesque Festival, and it is packed with talent that... More >>

  • Baseball, Baby Bears and Beer

    published May 15, 2014

    The St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs have already met twice in this still-fresh season, with mixed results. The Birds won its home... More >>

  • In Praise of Nonsense

    published May 8, 2014

    Illustrator George Carlson is a lost-and-found treasure of American culture. A staggeringly prolific draftsman, he created magazine covers, spot... More >>

  • Good Group

    published May 8, 2014

    If you've ever eaten at Blueberry Hill, you've no doubt noticed the photos of dart champions that stretch back to the '70s. It's time for another... More >>

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