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  • St. Louis Dance Festival

    published May 7, 2015

    The St. Louis dance community suffered a great loss when Dr. B.N. Premachandra, the president of Dances of India, passed away in December. Dr.... More >>


    My Mother's Lesbian Jewish Wiccan Wedding Is a Delightful, Grounded Rom-Com

    published May 13, 2015

    My Mother's Lesbian Jewish Wiccan Wedding is not what you think it is. Oh, sure, the title's a mouthful that promises a great deal of proselytizing and earnestness, but it's just a way to get your att... More >>

  • Small Buildings: built, unbuilt, unbuildable

    published May 7, 2015

    Architects are sculptors who work on a grand scale. But before that high rise or home can be built, it must be visualized. Architects first create... More >>

  • Vija Celmins: Intense Realism

    published April 30, 2015

    American artist Vija Celmins displays her love of the natural world (the night sky, the desert floor, the ocean) in her magnificently dense... More >>

  • Star Trek: The Trouble with Tribbles

    published April 30, 2015

    Despite its braininess and high-flown ideals, Star Trek was not too fancy to have a goofy episode now and then. David Gerrold's "The... More >>

  • Cinco de Mayo

    published April 30, 2015

    You may have heard recently that Cinco de Mayo on Cherokee and the People's Joy Parade are bigger than ever, and the rumors are true. (For... More >>

  • St. Louis Cardinals vs. Philadelphia Phillies

    published April 30, 2015

    This still-new baseball season has brought its share of surprises for St. Louis Cardinals fans. Yadier isn't picking off runners like he... More >>

  • Kevin Smith

    published April 23, 2015

    Somewhere along the way from Clerks to today, Kevin Smith transitioned from filmmaker to multimedia guy-you-know. His blog, his daily... More >>


    Inconceivable! Cary Elwes Cancels Book Tour

    published Apr 30, 2015

    Tough break for all fans of The Princess Bride and professionally handsome man Cary Elwes: Elwes has canceled his Monday, May 4, appearance at Webster University's Moore Auditorum. The actor was tou... More >>


    The Black Rep's Stellar Island Has Uncomfortable Parallels

    published Apr 29, 2015

    On the surface, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty's musical Once on This Island is a fable. The straightforward plot, the colorful cast of characters and the strong moral about love healing a broken so... More >>

  • The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

    published April 16, 2015

    Samuel Taylor Coleridge's The Rime of the Ancient Mariner offered an ecological message long before the environmental movement... More >>

  • Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter

    published April 16, 2015

    Kumiko is a young Japanese woman who is completely isolated in crowded Tokyo. Stuck in a menial job and stuck under her mother's thumb, her only... More >>


    Shualee Cook's An Invitation Out Is Set in a World of Virtual Reality

    published Apr 23, 2015

    Local playwright Shualee Cook credits Oscar Wilde's witty repartee as the inspiration for her comedy of manners, An Invitation Out. Futurist William Gibson's vision of the Internet as a realm of virtu... More >>

  • The Mystery of Edwin Drood

    published April 16, 2015

    Charles Dickens wrote an enormous amount in his lifetime (A Tale of Two Cities clocks in at a staggering 46 million words, if high school... More >>

  • MythBusters: Jamie & Adam Unleashed

    published April 16, 2015

    Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage have made science an explosive, kinetic, hands-on experience for the past thirteen years with their show... More >>

  • Richard III: The King Under the Car Park

    published April 9, 2015

    King Richard III has a black reputation because of his alleged child murdering, brother killing and general ruthlessness. That all resulted in his... More >>

  • Giordano Dance Chicago

    published April 9, 2015

    Native St. Louisan Gus Giordano is generally acknowledged as the father of jazz dance, which he popularized with Giordano Dance Chicago... More >>


    Upstream Theater's Adaptation of Coleridge's "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" Is a Triumph

    published Apr 15, 2015

    There was a ship. Its canted deck rose up from a green surface skeined with whorls and bubbles. Behind, a sail rose into the sky; off to one side, a rope ladder climbed toward the rigging. It was dock... More >>

  • Breaks, Seams and Boundaries

    published April 2, 2015

    Everything on display at Duane Reed Gallery is tattered, torn and broken. But that's by design -- the group exhibition Breaks, Seams and... More >>


    In Edwin Drood, There Are So Many Ways to Die

    published Apr 08, 2015

    Everything comes in twos in Rupert Holmes' jolly musical The Mystery of Edwin Drood. All the actors play two parts, all of the characters have hidden second natures, there are two acts. Even the stage... More >>

  • Blaine Harden

    published March 26, 2015

    North Korea has been at loggerheads with America since the 1950s, but our fractious relationship has grown stranger over the last decade. How did... More >>

  • Blood Reigns: The War of the Roses Trilogy

    published March 26, 2015

    King Henry VI of England was born in the shadow of his great father, Henry V. Dad had reconquered France and made England stronger than it had... More >>

  • Sky Sky Sky

    published March 26, 2015

    Of all the jobs robots could take from humans, actor seems the most unlikely. How would a robot portray complex emotions such as grief or delight?... More >>

  • Richard Gilman-Opalsky

    published March 26, 2015

    The radical French philosopher Guy Debord popularized the practice of detournement, or the ruthless re-working of an existing artwork for the... More >>

  • Philadelphia Freedom: A Survey Of Abstract Painting Today From The City of Brotherly Love

    published March 26, 2015

    New York may be the epicenter of the contemporary American art scene, but that doesn't mean it's the only place artists are at work today.... More >>

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