Review: The LaBute New Theater Festival at the Gaslight Theater

Categories: Arts

John Lamb
Reginald Pierre and Emily Baker in Steve Karp's Rubbas.
Now in its second year, the LaBute New Theater Festival continues to show promise as a showcase for new works by both emerging and seasoned playwrights. Presented by the St. Louis Actors' Studio, the festival places strict requirements on its submissions. Plays must have no major set changes. They must have no more than four characters, and they must run no more than 45 minutes. The idea is to highlight the most essential aspects of dramaturgy: character development, dialogue and plot.

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Former St. Louisan Who Joined Israeli Military Injured in Gaza

Categories: Politics

A former St. Louisan who joined the Israel Defense Forces was injured by an explosive device in Gaza on Wednesday during ground operations.

The St. Louis Jewish Light reports that Max Levin, 21, was part of a special unit that handled and disarmed explosive devices. During a house-to-house mission, the unit opened a door to a home that had an explosive device, according to Levin's father, Bud Levin, a former longtime CEO of Midwest Petroleum Co.

Three other IDF soldiers were killed. Levin suffered a shrapnel would to the head but is currently in "satisfactory condition" at a hospital outside Tel Aviv.

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Yadier Molina Leaves Brother Jose a Present on Home Plate, Cracks Himself Up

Categories: Sports

Oh, Yadi!
Yadier Molina may have broken our hearts when his injured thumb put him on the DL for up to twelve weeks, but he quickly reminded St. Louis Cardinals fans why we love him with a cute little gag at the expense of his brother and Tampa Bay Rays catcher Jose Molina.

Before the bottom of the first inning, Molina had third base coach Jose Oquendo leave two packages of peanut butter cheese crackers on home plate for his brother.

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Firecracker Press, Local Artists Selected for St. Louis' First CSA for Art

Categories: Arts

Cassandra Howard, Gardiner Rhoderick and Katy Peace of CSA STL.
Nine local artists specializing in photography, fibers, comics, sculptures, painting and printmaking have beat out 41 other applicants to become the first producers for CSA STL, a community-supported, agriculture-inspired model for connecting St. Louis with art.

Last month, three friends announced they wanted to change the way St. Louis pays for art by adapting the community supported agriculture model for the fine arts. Subscribers will pay $300 for three months of original works, which breaks down to $11.11 per piece of art.

See also: Three Friends Want to Change How St. Louis Buys Art, Get Local Artists Paid

"I really think this project is a really exciting way to get people involved in their local arts communities," says Katy Peace. She's organizing the program, called CSA STL, with two friends, Gardiner Rhoderick and Cassandra Howard. "We want to break down the barriers to entry for both artists and consumers."

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Chicago Startup Moves to St. Louis, Helps Users "Dabble" in New Hobbies with Cheap Classes

Categories: Tech

Thanks to a $50,000 Arch Grant, Dabble is moving to St. Louis.
Ever wish you could learn a new skill, trade or hobby without shelling out the big bucks for a weeks-long class?

Or better yet, have you mastered a skill, trade or hobby so well that you think people should pay you to teach them?

Then you should know about Dabble. After three years and over 2,000 classes in Chicago, the startup that matches experts with students looking for cheap, one-time classes, has moved to St. Louis, thanks to a $50,000 Arch Grant.

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Homicide No. 66: Jolice Trice Gunned Down By Ex-Boyfriend for Leaving Abusive Relationship

Terrell Perkins, 26.
An ex-boyfriend and his brother gunned down Jolice Trice and her friends on a neighborhood street where children were present after Trice left the relationship because of abuse, police say.

Jolice Trice suffered a fatal gunshot wound to the upper thigh when Trice's ex-boyfriend, Terrell Perkins and his brother DeonAndre Ford hid outside a house and ambushed her in the 700 block of Thrush Avenue Sunday afternoon, police tell the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

The targeted attack was followed by another shooting hours later, just after midnight on Monday, which sent another man to the hospital.

On Tuesday, the Circuit Attorney's Office charged Perkins, 26, and Ford, 21 -- both from the 700 block of Baden Avenue -- with first-degree murder, two counts of first-degree assault, five counts of armed criminal action, two counts of discharging/shooting a firearm at or from a motor vehicle and first-degree endangering the welfare of a child.

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Review: Jon Rafman's The end of the end of the end at CAM

Categories: Arts

David Johnson
Installation view, The end of the end of the end.
As staff at the Contemporary Art Museum has busied themselves lately crafting cat puns, flooding social media with cat videos and shamelessly making the rounds to worry — publicly — whether those madcap kitties from its Internet Cat Video Festival should be considered "art" or not, there's been precious little mention of a complementary exhibit at CAM that also surveys Internet obsession — Jon Rafman's The end of the end of the end, which provides a decidedly darker vision of people's digital fixations.

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6 Things We Learned About Todd Akin From His Two-Hour KMOX Interview

Categories: Politics

Todd Akin
Say what you will about Todd Akin, but the man is not a quitter.

Infamous for wrecking his Senate campaign in 2012 -- when his brain failed to shut down that whole thing his mouth was saying about rape -- Missouri's prodigal son came out swinging this month with a national book tour to promote Firing Back: Taking on the Party Bosses and Media Elite to Protect Our Faith.

Akin stopped into various local media outlets this week to bare his not-so-contrite soul in extensive interviews with KWMU's Don Marsh and KMOX's conservative radio host Mark Reardon, among others.

The tour showed Akin in vintage form: He blamed the media and Republican leadership for his campaign loss, compared himself to Joseph McCarthy and reneged on his apologies for the "legitimate rape" comments that got him in trouble in the first place. Also, he believes that abortion "easily trumps slavery as the greatest moral evil in American history." Yup, that sounds like the Akin we know.

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Blues Let Fans Ask Coach Ken Hitchcock Questions on Twitter, Things Get Crazy

Categories: Blues, Sports

Ken Hitchcock be like, "What?"
It's summer. There's no hockey anywhere, and puck fans are desperate for hockey news. So the Blues decided to do their fans a solid and hold a Q&A on Twitter allowing their fans to ask head coach Ken Hitchcock questions by using the hashtag #AskHitch.

But instead of asking about hockey, many Blues fans mostly decided to crack wise, asking "Hitch" about everything from how to get butter out of one's hair to how the appropriate number of balloons for a birthday party.

And it was great because it offered scientific evidence that non-hockey months are not good for society.

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Steve McQueen's Missouri Years, an Illustrated History

Categories: Arts, History

Illustration by Tim Lane
Long before actor Steve McQueen famously hopped behind the wheel of a Ford Mustang in Bullitt or broke out of a POW camp in The Great Escape, the actor -- once dubbed the "King of Cool" -- was a rejected child, living on a hog farm in central Missouri.

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