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Friday, Aug. 15, 2014 02:23 pm

Middle Class Fashion / The Luzhin Defense / FUCK///MOUNTAIN

  Middle Class Fashion Acclaimed St. Louis band Middle Class Fashion describe themselves as “sugar sweet pop with a secret dark side.” The Luzhin Defense FUCK///\\\MOUNTA...
Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014 04:34 pm

Jolie Holland at the Duck Room, St.Louis 8/9/14

  While the idea behind my You had to be there column is to shine a bitter, vindictive light on a sampling of musical, artistic and other cultural events you probably missed out on in Spri...
Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014 09:04 am
A while back, I edited and wrote chapter introductions to a collection of essays on the influence of Daniel Burnham, the architect-turned-city planner whose 1909 Plan of Chicago gave Chicago its fa...
Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014 10:02 pm
 It’s hard for me to put into words just how much Michael Dowse’s What If irritated me.  Not so much like fingernails on a chalkboard, which is thankfully only a brief annoyanc...
Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014 06:10 pm
 Having now sat through three Expendables movies, I can safely say that this is the most predictable franchise in film history. Nothing, and I mean nothing comes as a surprise in Sylves...
Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014 06:01 pm
 I often tell people where popular movies are concerned – “Keep your expectations low and you might end be pleasantly surprised.”  Such is the case with Let’s be Cops, a goofy b...
Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014 02:23 pm

My tribute to Robin Williams

Robin Williams – yup, here, too -- my mind is full of him today. A friend and I had lunch recently. He was troubled deeply, cried as he told me his mother-in-law had killed herself while dru...
Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014 01:00 am
  Speaking about sharing the stage with Robin Williams at the legendary Improv comedy club in Los Angeles, Richard Pryor said, “There was nothing I could do.  I was up there...
Monday, Aug. 11, 2014 10:28 am
Springfield’s Thao Le ventured out to Three Sisters Park in Chillicothe this weekend to the 311 concert. Formed in the ’90s, the five-member alternative rock band is wrapping up their summe...
Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014 05:12 pm
 Imagine this scene: Having recognized that they share a common need, a group of well-intended parents gather and decide to found a Montessori school. They lease classroom space, they buy the n...

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