January 27, 2022

Movies, Books and Music Featuring St. Louis to Check Out [PHOTOS]

Throw away your party hats and put on your slippers, because between COVID spikes and the bitter cold, staying inside is the best way to keep yourself safe. Staying inside can really be a drag, though — but what if you brought a little bit of St. Louis magic in there with you?

To that effect, here are some great shows, books, movies and more to experience the magic of St. Louis indoors.

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Watch: TINA
A documentary on St. Louisan Tina Turner explores her life and career as a music industry icon. At nearly two hours long, the movie has interviews with Turner and other celebrities, never-before-seen footage, personal photos and audio tapes.
Watch it on HBO Max
Find out more here.
Photo credit: HBO / Official Release Poster

Watch: TINA


A documentary on St. Louisan Tina Turner explores her life and career as a music industry icon. At nearly two hours long, the movie has interviews with Turner and other celebrities, never-before-seen footage, personal photos and audio tapes.

Watch it on HBO Max

Find out more here.

Photo credit: HBO / Official Release Poster
 Watch: Opera Theatre of Saint Louis' Barber of Seville 
Find it online here.
From the Opera Theatre’s website: “This holiday season, spice up your streaming queue with a zany and family-friendly rom-com! Rosina is in love with a poor student, who happens to be a count in disguise (naturally). The Count enlists the wily barber Figaro to help him steal Rosina away from her overprotective guardian Dr. Bartolo. Inspired by the colors and styles of Bridgerton, this abridged version of The Barber of Seville will delight audiences of all ages. Purchase the stream for $15 and watch on demand until January 31.
Photo credit: Courtesy of Opera Theatre of St. Louis

Watch: Opera Theatre of Saint Louis' Barber of Seville


Find it online here.

From the Opera Theatre’s website: “This holiday season, spice up your streaming queue with a zany and family-friendly rom-com! Rosina is in love with a poor student, who happens to be a count in disguise (naturally). The Count enlists the wily barber Figaro to help him steal Rosina away from her overprotective guardian Dr. Bartolo. Inspired by the colors and styles of Bridgerton, this abridged version of The Barber of Seville will delight audiences of all ages. Purchase the stream for $15 and watch on demand until January 31.

Photo credit: Courtesy of Opera Theatre of St. Louis
Watch: The Pruitt-Igoe Myth
If you want to understand St. Louis, this searing documentary on the rise and fall of the Pruitt-Igoe housing complex is essential. Available for streaming on Amazon Prime through the Fandor channel, this 2014 documentary traces the cultural and political forces, and even the good intentions, of a housing project that became a legendary failure. Even better, streaming the documentary directly from the filmmaker on Vimeo includes the incredible 1969 short film "More Than One Thing" -- shot on-site in Pruitt Igoe -- whose footage became essential pieces to the 2014 documentary.  – Danny Wicentowski
Find it here on Vimeo.
Photo credit: via  More Than One Thing

Watch: The Pruitt-Igoe Myth


If you want to understand St. Louis, this searing documentary on the rise and fall of the Pruitt-Igoe housing complex is essential. Available for streaming on Amazon Prime through the Fandor channel, this 2014 documentary traces the cultural and political forces, and even the good intentions, of a housing project that became a legendary failure. Even better, streaming the documentary directly from the filmmaker on Vimeo includes the incredible 1969 short film "More Than One Thing" -- shot on-site in Pruitt Igoe -- whose footage became essential pieces to the 2014 documentary. – Danny Wicentowski

Find it here on Vimeo.

Photo credit: via More Than One Thing
 Listen: Lydia Caesar’s  Legendary Love 
A St. Louis transplant who is making her mark, Caesar doesn’t put herself into any one genre, but her music has been featured on BET Soul. She recently performed music from her newest EP  Legendary Love  at the House of Soul. 
Read more about Caesar here.
Listen to her on Spotify.
Photo credit: Courtesy of Titus Houston.

Listen: Lydia Caesar’s Legendary Love

A St. Louis transplant who is making her mark, Caesar doesn’t put herself into any one genre, but her music has been featured on BET Soul. She recently performed music from her newest EP Legendary Love at the House of Soul.

Read more about Caesar here.

Listen to her on Spotify.

Photo credit: Courtesy of Titus Houston.
 Listen:  In Grief  by Shinra Knives 
Formerly known as Parisan, St. Louis producer Ian Jones has reinvented himself as Shinra Knives. For the  RFT , Joseph Hess writes: “In Grief offers a stunning exploration of these themes [anxiety, depression, death] through a maximalist approach to audio production.” 
Read more about  In Grief  here.
Listen on Bandcamp or on Spotify
Photo credit: Judd Demaline

Listen: In Grief by Shinra Knives


Formerly known as Parisan, St. Louis producer Ian Jones has reinvented himself as Shinra Knives. For the RFT , Joseph Hess writes: “In Grief offers a stunning exploration of these themes [anxiety, depression, death] through a maximalist approach to audio production.”

Read more about In Grief here.

Listen on Bandcamp or on Spotify

Photo credit: Judd Demaline
Watch: Rat Poison And Brandy: The 1904 St. Louis Olympic Marathon
You may think you know about the utter insanity that was the 1904 St. Louis Olympics, but through the magic of YouTube, action figures and Google Maps, creator Jon Bois captured the escalating crisis in a 20-minute video essay that is somehow both hilarious and awful at the same time. As Bois describes: "The 1904 Olympic marathon was a story of fraud, thievery, raw eggs, rat poison, food poisoning, liquor, feral dogs, and at least three separate incidents of near-death. it was the stupidest sporting event of all time."  – Danny Wicentowski 
Watch it on YouTube
Read more about the 1904 Olympics here.
Photo credit: Courtesy of Missouri Historical Society

Watch: Rat Poison And Brandy: The 1904 St. Louis Olympic Marathon


You may think you know about the utter insanity that was the 1904 St. Louis Olympics, but through the magic of YouTube, action figures and Google Maps, creator Jon Bois captured the escalating crisis in a 20-minute video essay that is somehow both hilarious and awful at the same time. As Bois describes: "The 1904 Olympic marathon was a story of fraud, thievery, raw eggs, rat poison, food poisoning, liquor, feral dogs, and at least three separate incidents of near-death. it was the stupidest sporting event of all time." – Danny Wicentowski

Watch it on YouTube

Read more about the 1904 Olympics here.

Photo credit: Courtesy of Missouri Historical Society
 Watch and Listen: Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra’s Digital Concerts
New virtual concerts are available from January through May. You can stream the concerts until August 31. Single tickets for the concerts cost $18, but you can buy a digital passport to access five concerts for $45.
Read more here.
Find it on SLSO’s website.
Photo credit: Phuong Bui

Watch and Listen: Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra’s Digital Concerts

New virtual concerts are available from January through May. You can stream the concerts until August 31. Single tickets for the concerts cost $18, but you can buy a digital passport to access five concerts for $45.

Read more here.

Find it on SLSO’s website.

Photo credit: Phuong Bui
Watch: Whose Streets?
Whose Streets? follows leaders and activists after the killing of Michael Brown in 2014 and covers the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement.
Watch it on: Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, or rent it on YouTube for $2.99.
Photo credit:  Courtesy Magnolia Pictures

Watch: Whose Streets?


Whose Streets? follows leaders and activists after the killing of Michael Brown in 2014 and covers the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Watch it on: Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, or rent it on YouTube for $2.99.

Photo credit: Courtesy Magnolia Pictures
Watch:  America's Last Little Italy: The Hill
Explore The Hill without leaving your house with this documentary. Directed by Joseph Puleo, the film chronicles “the Italians immigrating in search of the American Dream and building a ‘Little Italy’ that still flourishes to this day,” according to its Amazon Prime description. 
Find and rent it for $4.99 on Amazon Prime.
Photo credit: RFT Staff

Watch: America's Last Little Italy: The Hill

Explore The Hill without leaving your house with this documentary. Directed by Joseph Puleo, the film chronicles “the Italians immigrating in search of the American Dream and building a ‘Little Italy’ that still flourishes to this day,” according to its Amazon Prime description.

Find and rent it for $4.99 on Amazon Prime.

Photo credit: RFT Staff
 Watch: Gone Girl 
This thriller takes place in southern Missouri. A writer is blamed for his wife’s disappearance, but there’s more than that going on as the story works to untangle what the couple’s life is really like. The movie was filmed in Cape Girardeau, and stars Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry and Kim Dickens.
Watch it on Hulu.
Photo credit: Courtesy Flickr / @Gabbot

Watch: Gone Girl


This thriller takes place in southern Missouri. A writer is blamed for his wife’s disappearance, but there’s more than that going on as the story works to untangle what the couple’s life is really like. The movie was filmed in Cape Girardeau, and stars Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry and Kim Dickens.

Watch it on Hulu.

Photo credit: Courtesy Flickr / @Gabbot