Last week, I received a surprising call from the North Pole. Apparently Santa Claus has become a fan of my column and wanted some musical selections to play in his sleigh on the big night. "Anything but 'I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus', I was told. "Mrs. Claus always looks askance at him when they ... More >>
Old 97s, with The Travoltas and Rhett Miller (solo) The Pageant Oct. 16, 2012 Music is a funny thing. Like photos or scent, songs have a way of making us remember the past. Late relatives. Swim class. That road trip to Dollywood with a jerk you never should have dated in the first place. Chances ar ... More >>
Advertising products they'd never endorse in the United States, American celebrities have always looked to Japan for extra income. Which is a shame, because Americans would have loved to have seen a post-prison James Brown shilling Cup o' Noodles in 1991.
After a quick four-day work-week, the weekend's here again. If you spent too much over the last three-day weekend, know that a night at the theater is probably out. So are wine-tastings and fund-raisers. But there are always local concerts, free art gallery openings and at least one food-centric str ... More >>
Artist: Joel Diamond Experience Album: Joel Diamond Experience From: Vintage Vinyl Year: 1979 Label: Casablanca Record and FilmWorks What it sounds like: Disco-licous. John Travolta twirling around looking dapper in a white suit.
When the good folks over at firejoemorgan.com announced that they were hanging it up, I went into a short period of mourning. For those of you who aren't that familiar with Fire Joe Morgan, it's basically like baseball porn for people like me. Geeky, slightly stat-obsessed, and tired of hearing all ... More >>
What : A Hairspray and Polyester.) Where: Laumeier Sculpture Park. (details.) Who: John Waters, director of seventeen gloriously sleazy cult films, known as the "Pope of Trash" and the "Prince of Puke." Better Than: John Travolta
This Hair product falls a little flat.
Dennis Brown and Paul Friswold suss out the local theater scene.
Week of March 1, 2007
Stages St. Louis slathers on Grease
Grease (sing it with us)
It'd Be Cool if this sequel were any good. Too bad it ain't.
Week of September 29, 2004
Americans will likely swarm to Ladder 49, an unabashed homage to firefighters
We sit in on an Usher wank-fest, chat with Evanescence and watch the Dems pull out their magic stick
Week of April 14, 2004
Hairspray is a lean, mean entertaining machine
Based on Spartan, it would seem the master of macho dialogue has lost his touch
To free man
What a bad feeling -- and taste -- Honey leaves behind
In Matchstick Men, a father meets his daughter and sets a paper moon ablaze
A double dip of Travolta flicks
Week of March 26, 2003
Week of November 6, 2002
De Niro -- no surprise -- is the reason to like City by the Sea
For this maestro, the weddings go on forever and the receptions never change
Broadway steals from Hollywood -- warts and all
Openings for the week of October 31, 2001
As neo-caveman Romulus Ledbetter, Samuel L. Jackson gets to play crazy
The premise of 15 Minutes sags, but the action is entertaining
Telemarketing, 'N Sync-style, puts a journalist on a party line
Directed by John Woo
Grease evolves into a figure-skating show with Nancy Kerrigan as Sandy
A visit to Chuck Norman's Christmas Party for the Handicapped turns up some of the folks who give free speech a workout on the host's radio station, WGNU-AM