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Ann Lemons Pollack
St. Louis-based food writer.
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Some people toss off the descriptor “ripped from the headlines” as though it’s a bad thing. I don’t agree. Creative people get their juices going from all kinds of places. Works of art addressing contemporary problems can get other people’s... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
Dave and Kara Bailey have brought pizza back to my old neighborhood, near Pappy's and Southern. So that stretch of Olive Street now has barbeque, fried chicken and pizza. Ah, heaven is near! Here's the scoop from St. Louis Magazine. Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
At last, Louie’s has opened. Those of us who mourned the demise of King Louie’s so many years ago have been waiting, and now there it is, on DeMun where Jimmy’s on the Park used to be. The joint, not... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2018 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
If anyone needs to consider whether August Wilson may have been America’s greatest playwright of the Twentieth Century, please go to the Black Rep’s production of Fences at Washington University’s Edison Theatre. The Black Rep was the first theatre to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2018 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
One can’t help but wonder what, say, 15-year-olds make of the love songs that form most of the score of The Marvelous Wonderettes, longing and wistful and full of sentiment and hormones spoken of mostly in coded words. The Rep’s... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2018 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
It is with great sadness that I pass on the news of the death of Richard Perry. He left us on Christmas Day. We have no word on a public service for him yet. Here's a remembrance: Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2017 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
The Playhouse at Westport is a good venue for small, often one-person shows that are, to varying degrees, not the same old thing. The current offering is Oddville: a love story?, from the creative team of Dave Shirley and Robert... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2017 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
A pretty quiet time of the year for theatre openings, and much of what I'm writing about food is going to St. Louis magazine. But here's this from their blog - maybe not so much resolutions as a wish list.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2017 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
We’re now getting into the party season and that brings up the frequent question – whether to others or our own internal dialogue – of what should I bring? The sweets are everywhere this time of year, but as much... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2017 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
A somewhat more subtle message about the meaning of Christmas comes from Remnant, the holiday offering of Mustard Seed Theatre. In the play, by Ron Reed, it’s 75 years into the future after some sort of plague, whether literal or... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2017 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
In the years after World War II, there was a lot of Jewish humor. People in small towns in the Midwest heard words like schmaltz and saw The Goldbergs on television, to say nothing of late-night shows with Borscht Belt... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2017 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
St. Louis Actors’ Studio’s newest offering is in its tradition of off-kilter shows. Artistic Director William Roth obviously has a taste for work that’s absurdist or close to it, and it’s come to be something regular audiences at SLAS expect.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2017 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
There’s a delightfully good time being had at the Rep this month. How so? Let me explain We live in an era in which Jane Austen has once again become popular. For the young, in particular, that’s a good thing,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2017 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
Steel Magnolias isn’t your usual holiday play. But as Stray Dog Theatre’s artistic director said opening night about the play he directed, “It’s about closeness, it’s about celebration, it’s about family, both blood and chosen. And isn’t that what the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2017 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
It’s always pleasing to find a good brunch served on both Saturday and Sunday. It’s even better when it’s a menu that goes beyond the expected. I understand there are folks out there whose constitutions are so delicate – or... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2017 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
The Fox has kicked off the holiday season with – well, not quite a bang, but the sound of a gong being struck, thanks to its production of The King and I. This is the Lincoln Center production that won... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2017 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
Recover from the rigors of Black Friday with brunch at Frazer's on Saturday. No outside dining this week, I'm sure, but it's nice and sunny to go with your mimosa. Here's what I said about it on the St. Louis... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2017 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
The Guide Michelin describes a two-star restaurant as "worth a detour". Malmaison, in St. Alban's, was worthy of more than a detour. I wrote about it here. Am I the only one that remembers the aroma from the fireplace as... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2017 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
YoungLiars Titus Androgynous has been extended through November 18th. It wasn't to my taste, but I'm glad it's doing well. Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2017 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
Of Mice and Men, one of John Steinbeck’s great works, was originally written as a novella and potential play. Slightly Askew Theatre Ensemble’s take on it is now running at The Chapel by. I suspect the novella isn’t taught much... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2017 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
The St. Louis International Film Festival has, in effect, a food night this Sunday. Advance tickets strongly suggested. Here's more info: Here's more info on it - you can smell the pizza baking. Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2017 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
On Your Feet! The Emilio & Gloria Estefan Broadway Musical (to give it the full proper title) ticks lots of boxes. Looking for a modern musical that isn’t sung through – that is to say, there’s lots of dialogue so... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2017 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
Nope. Not on the menu during the week. That’s the fried chicken biscuit at Whitebox Eatery that’s served for weekend brunch. “Bacon cheddar biscuit, apple jalapeno syrup,” said the menu board. I’m thinking a sandwich, yes? No. What came was... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2017 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
Well, it’s Halloween season, which may account for the timing on YoungLiar’s production of Titus Androgynous. YoungLiars has a history of trying some innovative theatre, so the Usual Suspects know things will be different when they walk into a one... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2017 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
For those of us unschooled in quantum mechanics (I sigh and raise my hand), Heisenberg was the physics professor who created the uncertainty principle, which says that you can’t exactly measure both the speed and position of a particle, because... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2017 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks