Street artist Faring Purth is adding layer upon layer to her Cherokee Street mural, causing passersby to stop, stare, wonder and, often, snap a photo of her work in progress.
Allison Babka Faring Purth's Cherokee Street mural.
Seán Collins is a consummate veteran radio producer. The St. Louisan spent twenty years producing for NPR on national shows like All Things Considered, Morning Edition and This American Life.
via Theo Reynal, one of three French filmmakers who spent two weeks scouting locations in St. Louis
But Collins never produced a film. Until now. In 2009, he became enamored with the talent of a sixteen-year-old French filmmaker, Aurélien Loevenbruck. Two weeks ago, Collins brought Loevenbruck and two other teenaged film prodigies to St. Louis to scout locations for an ambitious historical epic.
"They look youthful, they are youthful, but they're crazy talented," says Collins, who is co-writing the script for The Ground Beneath Our Feet. "They get how to tell this kind of story."More »
That Bible miniseries, originally aired on the History Channel, won notoriety by casting an actor who resembles Barack Obama in the crowd-pleasing role of Satan. The producers -- Roma Downey, who plays Mary here, and Mark Burnett, who pioneered the watch-skinny-people-suffer genre with Survivor -- insisted that this was a coincidence, despite the fact that they had aggressively targeted the series to the likes of Glenn Beck. America, then, is wondering: Does this theatrical sequel feed more chum to the Tea Party? Or is it, as a product of what Tea Partiers insist is a liberal Hollywood, chock-full of liberal propaganda? Both sides may have a case.
L.A. Weekly film critic Amy Nicholson and the Village Voice's Stephanie Zacharek and Alan Scherstuhl ask, "do the Oscars really even matter, guys?" They come to a few conclusions, but only after discussing just how much ass a middle-aged Liam Neeson can kick on an airplane in Non-Stop. Settle in for another Voice Film Club podcast.
Faring Purth, a wandering street artist famous nationally for her hauntingly distorted portraits, landed in St. Louis weeks ago with the dream of adding a massive mural to the Lou's street art scene.
Allison Babka The beginning of Faring Purth's new mural on Cherokee Street.
But things changed when Purth found her way to Cherokee Street, an up-and-coming neighborhood for artistic entrepreneurs. After starting her mural on a brick wall at Cherokee Street and Jefferson Avenue, Purth says she's done traveling for a while and she wants to stay in St. Louis.
For too long, the only roles for women in stories about swashbuckling pirates fell into three categories: wench, madam and captive.
Photos Courtesy of Maria Romine Maria Romine, playing the pirate Angelique LeFleur, "stabs" St. Louis actress Beth Ashby during a Swords and Roses show.
Now, a St. Louis acting troupe known as Swords and Roses is reclaiming the golden age of piracy, training local actresses in stage sword-fighting and performing at events and fairs around the city.More »
We're excited here at Riverfront Times to announce the addition of two new contributors for 2014. Actually, in the case of one of them, "newish" contributor is more appropriate.
(Naffziger photo by Jennifer Silverberg) Malcolm Gay joins RFT as its critic-at-large while Chris Naffziger will contribute weekly stories on St. Louis architecture and history.
What are the stories we tell about ourselves and our city?
If you're one of the folks worried that the recent episodes of Salvage City didn't show St. Louis in the best possible light, console yourself with the fact that at least Moonshiners isn't set here. That other Discovery Channel show depicts Virginia and North Carolina rural folk engaged in the distillation of 'shine in the deep woods. (Or, depending on whom you ask, pretending to make moonshine.) Without too much Appalachia bashing, let's just say we'd all take Sam Coffey and Chris Trotter as spokesmen for St. Louis over bootlegger Lance any day. Lovers of our fair city: Relax.More »