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2014 Stories by Paul Friswold

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  • Boxing Water

    published July 17, 2014

    Ask anyone with kids or cats and they'll tell you the best toy in the world is an empty cardboard box big enough to sit in. The simplicity is the... More >>

  • You Are Your Subject

    published June 5, 2014

    The self-portrait used to be a big deal. You had to be capable of some artistic expression, be it painting or drawing or photography, in order to... More >>

  • The Travails of Love

    published July 10, 2014

    Union Avenue Opera celebrates its twentieth year of presenting fully staged operas in their original languages this summer, and like most... More >>

  • Trouble After Hours

    published July 17, 2014

    There's something strange going on tonight at the museum. The new security guard, disgraced former police officer Ballbuster, is just doing her... More >>

  • Our Daily Symphony

    published July 17, 2014

    In the early days of film, one of the more popular genres was the city symphony. These films were straight documentary footage of a particular... More >>

  • Saving Throw vs. Love: Failed

    published July 10, 2014

    Dungeons & Dragons has been around for 40 years at this point, and for non-aficionados the game is mostly synonymous with socially awkward nerds... More >>

  • A Little Space

    published July 10, 2014

    One of the best elements of every year's St. Louis Filmmakers' Showcase are the shorts programs. Unified only by theme, these cinematic grab-bags... More >>

  • Uneasy Love

    published July 3, 2014

    The racial history of George and Ira Gershwin's Porgy and Bess is as tangled and contradictory as America's own racial history. And maybe... More >>

  • Campus Love

    published July 3, 2014

    College campuses are indelibly linked with wine, women and song, and even though it's summertime, those concepts are celebrated tonight at... More >>

  • Same Fair, New Flair

    published July 3, 2014

    It just ain't Independence Day in St. Louis without Fair St. Louis, so even though the Arch grounds are off-limits because of construction,... More >>

  • Bruuuuuce!

    published July 3, 2014

    Steven Spielberg ruined a lot of summers when Jaws debuted. An entire generation of kids were too terrified to even get in a pool,... More >>

  • From First to Last

    published June 26, 2014

    In the 1980s video games were a huge deal. Before Hollywood figured out it could just adapt them straight to films, there were several attempts... More >>

  • Uneasy Sculpture

    published May 22, 2014

    There is a subtly disturbing quality to Lindsay Pichaske's sculpture Ghost of Snow. The piece is an almost-lifelike version of a... More >>

  • Fear or Faith?

    published June 12, 2014

    The final show in Opera Theatre of Saint Louis' 2014 season is Francis Poulenc's Dialogues of the Carmelites. The sisters of a... More >>

  • 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 >>

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