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2014 Stories by Paul Friswold

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  • 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 >>

  • Fall Back

    published April 10, 2014

    Two years ago Mustard Seed Theatre debuted Falling, a play about a family with an autistic adult child. It was written by Deanna... More >>

  • Medea Slays 'Em

    published April 24, 2014

    The Greek hero Jason may be remembered for capturing the mythical golden fleece of the gods, but he sure was a lout in his personal life, at least... More >>

  • Fortune Favors the Bold

    published May 1, 2014

    Carl Orff's Carmina Burana is as much a harbinger of spring as the budding of the trees and the return of songbirds. Orff's... More >>

  • Around the World

    published May 1, 2014

    For a decade and a half, Dances of India has organized and presented the St. Louis Dance Festival Showcase. Every year, more companies join... More >>

  • The Play Is Anything

    published April 17, 2014

    Of all Shakespeare's plays, it's Hamlet that can bear the most deconstruction and reconstruction. The nature of the play, with its nesting... More >>

  • Free Comics for All

    published May 1, 2014

    Free Comic Book Day is, as the name implies, the one day a year you can walk into participating comic-book stores and get free comic books.... More >>

  • Tres Cinco

    published May 1, 2014

    Cinco de Mayo is rapidly raising its profile as a major American holiday, at least in St. Louis. That's due in large part to the efforts of the... More >>

  • The Transfiguration of Buck Angel

    published April 24, 2014

    Buck Angel is a self-made man, in every sense of the word. Angel was born biologically female, a situation that became increasingly frustrating as... More >>

  • Wild Blue Yonder

    published April 24, 2014

    Blue Man Group is a pretty tight musical group, an adroit team of silent comedians and a more-than-capable gang of technologically enhanced... More >>

  • American Classic

    published April 24, 2014

    Some dance companies have a specialty, or at least a signature style of dance. The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is its own unique... More >>

  • Birthday Bard

    published April 17, 2014

    Today marks the 450th anniversary of William Shakespeare's birth. You wanna get the old man a gift? Sit down and read ten of his plays before the... More >>

  • Real and Imagined Terror

    published January 30, 2014

    Traumatic events occupy a strange place in our lives. They can feel ever-present even after years, and yet in the passage of time memories of the... More >>

  • Once Upon A Time

    published April 3, 2014

    So, an appealingly wounded Irish busker meets a beautiful Czech girl on the streets of Dublin. She's also a musician, and she hears something... More >>

  • Are You Havana Affair?

    published April 17, 2014

    Havana, Cuba, was a wild place in the 1950s, famous for its wealth, its casinos and its tropical nightlife. It gets a little wilder once Viola and... More >>

  • Sing While the World Burns

    published April 3, 2014

    The world is a topsy-turvy mess in Kander and Ebb's Cabaret. Much of the blame rests with the ascendant Nazi party, an unseen menace... More >>

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