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An evening with piano band Jack’s Mannequin

An evening with piano band Jack’s Mannequin

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January 26, 2012


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Anyone who attended Saint Louis University’s 2008 Homecoming concert at Chaifetz Arena would have witnessed a familiar scene at the Pageant last Thursday, Jan. 19. A high-energy band four years ago, Jack’s Mannequin continues to rock out as only a piano band can. Singer/songwriter Allen Stone perform...

This is David Foster Wallace: ‘Long live the King’

This is David Foster Wallace: ‘Long live the King’

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January 26, 2012


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When David Foster Wallace died in 2008, he left behind pages and pages of notes on his next big project. Wallace, called “one of the most influential and innovative writers of the last 20 years” by  Los Angeles Times, carved his own niche out in contemporary American fiction by responding to what he saw as the dangerous tendencies of postmodernism...

The best of the big screen in 2011

The best of the big screen in 2011

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January 18, 2012


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The Golden Globe Awards were handed out this past weekend to the deserving and the not-so-deserving in equal measure. Nonetheless, the ceremony marks the beginning of awards season, so it is only fitting to count down the 10 best films of 2011. 10. Tabloid The only documentary on my list in a year of really good documentaries, “Tabloid,” by doc giant Errol Mo...

Grammy-nominated DJ sells-out Pageant

Grammy-nominated DJ sells-out Pageant

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January 18, 2012


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‘Explosive’ light show complements Avicii’s electro-House beats From the sweat-induced front-stagers to the 21-and-up inebriated elite, there was no difference in enthusiasm or electricity among the audience throughout the show. With his right arm pounding to the ceiling, Tim Bergling, or A...

Chaifetz goes country with Blake Shelton

Chaifetz goes country with Blake Shelton

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January 18, 2012


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Flannel-clad individuals filled the seats of a sold out Chaifetz Arena on Fri., Jan.13 for the second stop on country superstar Blake Shelton’s “Well Lit & Amplified Tour.” Chaifetz’s concrete walls served as an exceptional acoustic environment for Shelton’s powerful pipes and lyrics...

The Best and Worst of 2011

The Best and Worst of 2011

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December 8, 2011


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Bests: 1. The World Spins On – Harold Camping chalks it up to bad math. Either way, the world did not end as predicted on May 21, nor did it end on his revised prediction: Oct. 21. Whew! We dodged that one, but as any quick Google search for “end of the world” will tell you, humanit...

Straight from St. Louis: Pokey LaFarge and the South City Three

Straight from St. Louis: Pokey LaFarge and the South City Three

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December 8, 2011


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Pokey LaFarge, 28, stands no more than 5-feet, 10-inches tall, on a good day. You will catch him wearing a fedora tipped ever so slightly upon his head, a shirt and tie older than your grandfather, Babe Ruth’s slacks and a sly smile that speaks of older times. At first glance, he may look like a man who is out of place and out of...

‘New Year’s Eve’ improves on ‘Valentine’s Day’

‘New Year’s Eve’ improves on ‘Valentine’s Day’

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December 8, 2011


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Star-studded rom-com delights, sparkles and enchants Six degrees of separation. Hungarian author Frigyes Karinthy once theorized that everyone in the world can be connected by approximately six steps, introductions or chance meetings. And, like its predecessor “Valentine’s Day,” Garry Marshall’s latest film “New Year’s Eve” attempts to connect a star-studded cast in a way that is...

Black Keys strike a new sound with ‘El Camino’

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December 8, 2011


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The Black Keys released their new album, “El Camino,” on Tuesday, Dec. 6, marking the release of their seventh album since the band’s inception in 2001. The blues-rock duo consists of Akron, Ohio natives Patrick Carney and Dan Auerbach, and is best known for the songs “Girl Is On My Mind,”...

Fox’s Christmas production: Bah, humbug!

Fox’s Christmas production: Bah, humbug!

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December 8, 2011


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You could call me a “Christmas Carol” snob. It has been a Christmas tradition in my family to see the production yearly, and, every year, I am brought alive in the spirit of the season by Dickens’ great work. Dec. 1 marked the opening night for the annual musical reprise of “A C...

Aaron Kamm and the One Drops deluge the Midwest

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December 8, 2011


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Blues music is a staple to St. Louis history. Almost a century has passed since St. Louis blues began to hit the streets and jazz clubs. Today, St. Louisans might find local band Aaron Kamm and The One Drops taking similar bass lines for a walk at local venues and nightclubs. In 2007, the trio of...

Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’ opens holiday season

Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’ opens holiday season

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December 1, 2011


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Ebenezer Scrooge and the three ghosts to visit Fox Theatre The 9 percent unemployment rate rings of Cratchit family Christmases. Modern day retail workers know the plight of Bob Cratchit, working on Thanksgiving just as he worked through Christmas Eve, and those suffering from diseases such as cancer can sympathiz...

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