Contemporary Art Museum
May 5, 2013
It's an emotional thing, seeing Patti Smith. I've seen her perform a bunch of times, and every time I'm shocked by my own intense reaction. I know that I usually get all sentimental and weepy when she starts singing, but this time I was blinking away ... More >>
Patti Smith reads from her poetry and performs a rock set at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (3750 Washington Boulevard; 314-535-4660 ) Sunday at 7 p.m. Tickets are $30.
There's no simple way to describe Patti Smith, the profoundly influential, incantatory songstress, poet, artist and writer ... More >>
In this week's print edition, Senior Writer Roy Kasten interviews Jay Farrar, longtime leader of Son Volt and first-time author, about the band's new album Honky Tonk (due out March 5) and his new book Falling Cars and Junkyard Dogs (due out March 19). "The impetus to write the book was born out of ... More >>
A new play based on Jonathan Franzen's essay "House For Sale" opens this Saturday, October 13, at The Duke on 42nd Street, a theater in New York. Actually, it's just previews; the "post-opening" is October 25. (But where is the actual opening?)
The essay concerns Franzen's return to Webster Groves ... More >>
It used to be something that I just did while trapped in my car. Waiting to pick up a friend at the airport? Check Murphy Lee's Twitter account. Sitting in stopped traffic on the highway? Check Murphy Lee's Twitter account. Pull up to the crib and see a creeper hanging outside and need to wa ... More >>
Albert Pujols's farewell letter to St. Louis that ran as a full-page ad in the Post-Dispatch last week inspired anger and tears in equal measure. But, as some readers pointed out, farewell letters to the city are nothing new, though of course few who have left the city have been able to afford full- ... More >>
image viaFor sale: One fine-looking house with an impeccable literary pedigree.If you can imagine it, William S. Burroughs was once a child right here in St. Louis. His grandfather, also named William S. Burroughs, founded the Burroughs Adding Machine Company which presumably did pretty well ... More >>
image viaWilliam S. Burroughs: even weirder than we thought.Picture it: Tangiers, 1959. William S. Burroughs, author of the newly published Naked Lunch (and, incidentally, scion of a wealthy St. Louis family), is visiting his friend Brion Gysin's restaurant when he meets John and Mary Cooke, ... More >>
Mad Men is not coming back till July 25, but there's no reason we can't start talking about it now. So let's discuss this latest theory: Don Draper is actually a St. Louisan.
We know his body (well, Jon Hamm, anyway) is from here. But a blog post from the Seattle Post-Intelligencer website last wee ... More >>
So you're sitting around a cornucopia of Thanksgiving delight: turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, sides, salads, and three pies your mother-in-law bought at Sam's Club and put in metal dishes so they look homemade. It's a smorgasbord and your arteries are hardening just thinking about it.Everyone is ... More >>
Picking the best folk and Americana records of the year isn't nearly as hard as discarding those great records that just didn't feel right stuck in the category.Releases by Calexico and DeVotchKa felt far too worldly to pigeonhole as folk or country, for instance, while Blitzen Trapper's fantastic F ... More >>