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2014 Stories by Paul Friswold

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  • The Birth of A Legend

    published March 6, 2014

    Everybody seems to know who Peter Pan is, but nobody knows where he came from. Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson (the latter hailing from the St.... More >>

  • Stuff and Nonsense

    published January 16, 2014

    Art has the power to shock us into seeing things differently, and it can manage that trick in a number of ways. Some artists use graphic imagery,... More >>

  • Crowning of the Queens

    published March 6, 2014

    Tonight, all the practices pay off. All the personal sacrifices that have been made, all the innumerable bumps and bruises, the sprains, the... More >>

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    A Rent To Own: New Line breathes new life into the musical that defined the '90s

    published March 13, 2014

    It's important to disclose upfront that I'm not a fan of Rent, the Broadway phenomenon. It's bloated, it's too precious with its... More >>

  • Obey Your Consumer Urges

    published February 27, 2014

    John Carpenter's They Live has a couple plot holes, some dodgy acting and some weedy special effects, and it's still a terrifically... More >>

  • The Storm Before the Calm

    published February 27, 2014

    There are two days between Soulard's Mardi Gras revelry and the actual Fat Tuesday that gives the party season its name. That's by design -- if... More >>

  • Come Join the Collective

    published January 16, 2014

    Making art can be a lonely business. Much of your time is spent thinking and questioning, and at the end of the day, you have only yourself to... More >>

  • Lost Stars

    published February 13, 2014

    Theatrical juggernaut Jersey Boys returns for another run at the Fox Theatre (527 North Grand Boulevard; 314-534-1111 or More >>

  • The Girl Next Door

    published February 27, 2014

    Matt and Luisa are neighbors who secretly love each other. Their love is a secret because their fathers are feuding, at least in front of their... More >>

  • Queer History

    published January 23, 2014

    History tells us where we came from, but for minority groups it's also a reminder of how far they've come -- and how far they have yet to go. St.... More >>

  • Devilishly Daring

    published February 27, 2014

    If you watched any of the recent Olympics, you saw some of the world's greatest athletes participating at the highest level of sport. Los Angeles'... More >>

  • Soulard or Bust

    published February 27, 2014

    Every year it's a crap shoot. Do you dress for the tundra or the beach -- or somewhere in between --on Mardi Gras Saturday? The answer is the same... More >>

  • Wake Up

    published February 27, 2014

    RAW is an international arts organization dedicated to providing a platform for emerging creative artists in all fields, from performing arts to... More >>

  • In the Words of Warriors

    published February 20, 2014

    America has more new veterans of foreign wars every day, but those soldiers' experiences tend to remain unspoken. Many vets don't want to burden... More >>

  • A History in Quilts

    published February 6, 2014

    The women of Gee's Bend, Alabama, are now revered as folk artists of great magnitude because of their unique quilts. But for many years their art... More >>

  • Hot Dog, A Parade

    published February 20, 2014

    Mardi Gras brings out some real party animals, especially at the Beggin' Pet Parade and Wiener Dog Derby. Well-behaved creatures of all... More >>

  • Battleground State

    published February 13, 2014

    The history of the Civil War in Missouri is not just about states' rights, slavery and secession versus unity, but also one of xenophobia,... More >>

  • No Place Like Home

    published January 30, 2014

    Caleb DeLeon is a weary Confederate soldier who returns to the family plantation to find it in ruins. Only Simon, a newly minted free man, remains... More >>

  • Ant Infestation

    published February 6, 2014

    There is something disquieting about Michael DeForge's art. His new graphic novel, Ant Colony, does indeed chronicle the... More >>

  • The Last Days of William Burroughs

    published February 6, 2014

    For much of his life, William S. Burroughs existed on society's fringes. As a gay, drug-using, avant-garde writer, he delighted in being on the... More >>

  • What We Are Here For

    published January 30, 2014

    William S. Burroughs is the classic example of outliving your enemies to get the laugh last. Born to a well-heeled family here in St. Louis 100... More >>

  • A Pair of Fives

    published January 30, 2014

    The Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra wraps up its Beethoven Festival with ol' Ludwig's mighty Symphony No. 5. Whether you're a... More >>

  • Every Book Tells A Story

    published January 2, 2014

    A good book is inspirational, as a work of art should be. Chicago artist Anne Lindberg found much inspiration not in a particular book, but... More >>

  • Here Comes the World

    published January 23, 2014

    It's a great big world out there. It doesn't always feel like it when you're locked into your daily routine, but it's out there. The Telluride... More >>

  • A Colloquy of Great Minds

    published January 9, 2014

    Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X were men ideologically at odds. King believed the only way to advance black people in America was through... More >>

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