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The Lens: Restoring the future

Jul 3, 2008

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: July 3, 2008 - Truly amazing news from Germany's Die Zeit, by way of the invaluable GreenCine Daily :

A museum in Buenos Aires has reportedly discovered one of the most sought-after treasures of film history, an uncut print of Fritz Lang's 1927 masterpiece "Metropolis" in the original 210-minute version, unseen since its premiere.

The Lens: Maundy, Maundy

Jul 2, 2008

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: July 2, 2008 - Never one to think small, Peter Greenaway's latest multimedia project has recruited (some would say hijacked) a big-name collaborator: Leonardo da Vinci.

Taking music from St. Louis to Iraq

Jun 30, 2008
Thayer (in blue shirt) worked with accomplished musicians in Iraq last year and is on his way back. 300 pixels. 2008
Provided by Marc Thayer | St. Louis Beacon archive

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: June 30, 2008 - Music is the transportation that Marc C. Thayer’s taking to get from St. Louis to northern Iraq.

Most of the time, Thayer is the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra’s vice president for education and community partnerships  and his usual circuit is around Powell Hall in Grand Center or 10 or 20 miles or so from it. But for two years now, Thayer has worked in the Kurdish Autonomous Region of northern Iraq. On July 1, he takes off on his journey, making stops in Chicago and Vienna before arriving in Erbil on Friday.

With the overlook stage still covered June 27, it's clear that Fair St. Louis had to move from the riverfront. 300 pixels. 2008
Rachel Heidenry | St. Louis Beacon archive

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: June 30, 2008, New material added, 2 p.m., July 2 -- Even as she watched the muddy Mississippi creep higher and higher up the cobblestone levee, Missy Slay remained convinced that the river was not going to dampen the city's huge Fourth of July bash.

Collecting in the Heartland: Patriotic postcards

Jun 29, 2008
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Bill Smith | The Beacon

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: June 29, 2008 - They are some of the most elaborate and beautiful of all the early postcards.

Commentary: Letter from South Africa

Jun 27, 2008

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: June 27, 2008 - Dear Friends in St. Louis and Readers of the St. Louis Beacon:

I have been in South Africa as a Fulbright Senior Specialist consulting with the University of Kwa ZuluNatal (UKZN) law faculty regarding the development of its dispute resolution curriculum. It's actually going to be very helpful to me in my new assignment to build a dispute resolution program for the Law School at Washington University.

Mike Zito comes home

Jun 27, 2008

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: June 27, 2008 - When blues-rock guitarist and bandleader Mike Zito lived in St. Louis, he could be found playing all over town just about every night of the week.

"We played everywhere," says Zito, who in recent years has relocated to Southeast Texas. "Boomers, Pop's, the 1860, both Train Wrecks, on the landing and in Westport. More than anything, I just wanted to play guitar as much as possible. Luckily, St. Louis is one of those places where you can play music and make a living. You can't do that everywhere."

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: June 26, 2008 - It won't be the rain that brings out the rainbows this weekend as the region's 29th PrideFest gets underway.

Organizers and businesses in the South Grand area say this year will be the biggest festival in the event's history despite some money issues. With new entertainment, booths and the longest parade in Pridefest history, they hope to bring out not just gays and lesbians but "everybody."

The Lens: Boys before the Factory Girl

Jun 26, 2008

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: June 26, 2008 - St. Louis has provided the movie world with many of its first movie stars. In his recent blog entitled "Factory Girl,"  Robert Hunt suggests Florence Lawrence was the world's first movie star and that the popular story of Carl Laemmle's premiere publicity stunt for his movie "The Broken Oath" (1910), "proving" the self-fabricated story of Lawrence's death was actually a "vicious American-Biograph lie," is what did the trick. In the bargain, Hunt then asserts what followed was stardom for her male lead, St. Louisan King Baggot. Well, that may be the most colorful story on star making, but Broncho Billy Anderson was a movie star years before that. And he lived in St. Louis, too, from the age of 8 until 18.

Review: Sue Eisler's work transforms

Jun 26, 2008
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Photos by Mike Venso | Laumeier Sculpture Park

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: June 26, 2008 - Sue Eisler stands at a display of small sculptures and talks about transformation. The works are dried paint cakes removed from paint cans, small brushes sticking out of them at odd angles. "They were once used to make art," she says. "Now they are the art."

African diary - Lalibela

Jun 26, 2008
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William Freivogel | St. Louis Beacon archives

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: June 23, 2008 - LALIBELA, Ethiopia - A decade or so before English noblemen extracted the Magna Charta from King John, the great King Lalibela of Ethiopia was engaged in a spectacular feat of architecture and engineering, building a dozen cathedrals down into the hard, pink bedrock.

African diary - Kampala

Jun 25, 2008

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: June 25, 2008 - KAMPALA, Uganda - The road from the airport at Entebbe into Kampala is like those video games that kids play in which they steer the cars wildly along the road until an inevitable crash.

It's a two-lane road, but drivers pretty much ignore the yellow line in the middle. The most aggressive carve out a third lane - in the middle of the other two. It's a game of chicken. If the truck hurtling directly toward you looks like it isn't going to give, you better pull back onto your side of the road.

Mark will head Black Rep board

Jun 24, 2008

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: June 24, 2008 - The St. Louis Black Repertory Company is closing its 31st season with the musical "Sarafina" and looking ahead to the fall.

Summer + children = creativity

Jun 23, 2008
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Rachel Heidenry | The Beacon

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: June 23, 2008 - Your kids have been dreaming about summer ever since September: the start of vacation, no school. Actually, you've been dreaming about it as well, but your dreams have been more like nightmares. That one where you had to stash your preschooler in the office supply closet, with a stack of coloring books and a snack-filled cooler, was especially chilling.

It's a Mad (magazine) world at the Artists' Guild

Jun 23, 2008

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: June 23, 2008 - MAD Magazine, Letters Department

Dear Editor,

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Courtesy of Harry Weber | St. Louis Beacon archives

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: June 23, 2008 - Recent flooding has completely submerged the Lewis and Clark statue that sits on the riverfront in the shadow of Eads Bridge. But this isn't the first time the explorers have gone under, and it most certainly will not be the last. Good thing for Lewis and Clark's larger-than-life likenesses, their creator designed them to be waterproof.

Haiku, photos and computer woes

Jun 22, 2008

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: June 22, 2008

(Haiku poetry has strict construction rules: Each poem has only 17 syllables; 5 syllables in the first line, 7 in the second line, 5 in the third line. They are used to communicate a timeless message, often achieving a wistful, yearning and powerful insight through extreme brevity.) 

Your file was so big.

It might be very useful.

But now it is gone.

The Web site you seek

Coffeehouses plug in, customers tune out

Jun 22, 2008
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Thomas Crone | For the Beacon

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: June 22, 2008 - Coffeehouses, whether chain or independent, have become so commonplace that they now serve as most anything that a neighborhood needs -- whether it's a gathering point for a weekly euchre club or a near-to-campus location for first dates.

Increasingly, though, local coffeeshops are serving as remote offices for workers who've fled their real workplaces for an hour, or two, or as full-on, de facto offices for freelancers, or those with uncommon work hours.

African diary - Bahir Dar

Jun 21, 2008
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William Freivogel | St. Louis Beacon archives

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: BAHIR DAR, Ethiopia - It is Saturday, market day, in this regional capital an hour’s plane ride northwest of Addis Ababa. The road from the airport to the university is crowded with farmers walking their goods to market.

Villagers in traditional dress veer to the side of the road to avoid our car. Some drive small herds of sheep or goats. Others lead burrows and donkeys loaded with firewood or bags of charcoal. Men carry a sturdy, 6-foot-long stick over one shoulder to leverage bundles of goods attached at end of the stick behind their back.

The Lens: Winged victory

Jun 20, 2008

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: June 20, 2008 - Barbie’s dream of a peck on the cheek from Ken takes a distinctly nightmarish turn.

Troilus, Cressida and the everlasting question, Why?

Jun 20, 2008
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Ken Howard | Opera Theatre of St. Louis

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: June 20, 2008 - The pathway to the opera house was rocky for "Troilus and Cressida." At the conclusion of World War II, with England still smarting from the assaults of the fiendish Nazis, steps were taken, perhaps as a means of healing through the power of great art, to resuscitate the Kingdom's venerable operatic tradition.

African diary - Addis Ababa

Jun 20, 2008

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: June 20, 2008 - Editor's Note: William H. Freivogel, director of the School of Journalism at Southern Illinois University Carbondale and a professor at the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute, went to East Africa earlier this month. He traveled through Ethiopia and Uganda with journalism colleagues as part of a State Department grant. They conducted workshops with local journalists, government officials and representatives of aid agencies. He wrote a diary of his observations during the journey. You can read his letters from a trip a year ago at the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting :

Review: Lelouch reminds you why you loved French film

Jun 19, 2008
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Samuel Goldwyn Films

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: Early on, French New Wave directors like Jean Luc Godard -- “Breathless,” 1959 -- and Francois Truffaut -- “Shoot the Piano Player,” 1960 -- delighted in taking American crime movies and simultaneously spoofing them and paying them the deepest homage. The result was something new and exciting and very French.

Got the wedding bill blues?

Jun 19, 2008
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Rachel Heidenry | St. Louis Beacon archives

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: June 19, 2008 - Jamie Miller of Carlyle, Ill., is not letting the troubled economy affect her special day. She was able to afford the dress she wanted, a Victoriana by Maggie Sottero, and invite her 700 closest friends to her wedding, without going over her $20,000 budget.

The Lens: Playing the fuel

Jun 18, 2008

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: June 18, 2008 - Anyone dismayed at missing last weekend's screening of "GasHole,"  a new documentary on stratospheric oil prices and alternative energy, can take heart: The Hi-Pointe provides another opportunity to see the film this weekend. Times are 7:15 p.m. June 20 and 2:30, 4:45 and 7:15 p.m. June 21-22. Cost is $8.75 general admission, $6.75 for students and seniors.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: What can you say about a 79-year-old sailor who's likely to live forever?

That he was strong to the finich? That he loved his pipe, skinny women and spinach?

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Provided by the artist | St. Louis Beacon archives

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: June 18, 2008 - If you're like most people in St. Louis, you need a good reason to make a trip across the river. Here's one that Missourians and Illinoisans alike should find worth a short jaunt: New Paintings: IL + MO at the Edwardsville Arts Center, an exhibition curated by St. Louis painter Daniel Raedeke and featuring some of the region's finest artists.

St. Louis Shakespeare will produce 'Merry Wives'

Jun 16, 2008

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: June 16, 2008 - Falstaff will be on tap in the spring of 2009 in Forest Park.

Not the historic St. Louis brew, but the Shakespeare's humorous Sir John Falstaff the main character in Shakespeare's rollicking comedy "The Merry Wives of Windsor."

'Troilus' is a legacy of Colin Graham

Jun 14, 2008
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St. Louis Beacon archives

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: June 14, 2008 - Behind the passionate, love-at-first sight tale of “Troilus and Cressida” is a story about war weariness, war’s futility and the painful cost to losers and winners.

This St. Louis production is more than a revival of a fine work; it’s the world premiere of a new performing version.

The Lens: Staying Faithfull

Jun 13, 2008

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, June 13, 2008 - When she first entered the public eye playing the simultaneous roles of rising pop singer and girlfriend of Mick Jagger, Marianne Faithfull seemed too fragile and withdrawn to withstand the burden of Swinging London celebrity.

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