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Ann Lemons Pollack
St. Louis-based food writer.
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It’s all swimming, all dancing this week at the Muny. When it comes to musical theatre, selling the sizzle is just as important as selling the steak. Or, in this case, perhaps the salmon. The Muny is giving us Disney’s... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
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Vicia is the hot restaurant of the moment. It’s the brainchild of Michael and Tara Gallina, he a St. Louisan and both alumni of the prestigious Blue Hill Farm in New York. In the French tradition, he’s a chef and... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
The musical version of The Sweet Smell of Success opened big on Broadway. The story of the powerful New York gossip columnist syndicated all over the country had music from Marvin Hamlisch and a book by John Guare. It starred... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
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St. Louis has far more theatre than many people realize, and we – happily – have the audiences to support it, for the most part. (Financial support, I realize, is a whole different question.) Regular theatre-goers can get to the... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
As I write this, it’s Bloomsday, the tribute to James Joyce and his novel Ulysses. In that lineage, but closer to the style of his younger friend Samuel Beckett is the work of contemporary playwright Will Eno. Eno’s work Title... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
How great to have a menu that isn't the Same Old Thing. That's what faces the bruncher at The Tavern Kitchen & Bar, although there are a few choices for the very conservative eater. But how much fun is that?... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
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Hooray. Titus, also known as La Clemenza di Tito, is show about a ruler who is wise, kind and concerned about the people for whom he is responsible. How refreshing is that? Oh, sure, conflict is at the heart of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2017 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
This documentary on the fine chef Jeremiah Tower may not be for everyone. Tower is a brilliant, but ultimately unknowable, man, but he's put out some fabulous food in his career. I had a chance to see the film, and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2017 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
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The Trial gives us an interesting combination. Franz Kafka, a writer whose work was so singular that his name has been turned into an adjective meaning deeply bizarre, and Phillip Glass, the contemporary composer, whose name, for many people, brings... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2017 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
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I think I'll start an argument. I think the slinger at Courtesy is the best in town. I wrote about that, and more, here at the Dining blog of St. Louis Magazine. Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2017 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
The Winter's Tale has it all, drama, tragedy, comedy. This year's presentation of Shakespeare Festival ST. Louis puts this lesser-known work out for all to see - and enjoy. As with much of his work, there's a certain amount of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2017 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
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The visiting vegetarians always are a challenge to cook for. I like it, certainly, especially I cook far less than I used to, so when I come across something that seems like it would work, I bookmark it for later.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2017 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
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If you are – relatively – new to opera, you, in particular, need to see The Grapes of Wrath. It will change and inform your perspective for a long time, possibly even permanently. This is a revised, shortened version of... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2017 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
Crossin’ Over closes the Black Rep’s fortieth anniversary season. Created by the company’s founder and producing director Ron Himes and Charles Creath, it first appeared in the autumn of 2005. Described as “a musical with a measure of silent rebellion”,... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2017 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
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Classic French food in an elegant room in downtown St. Louis: That was Cafe de France. The city deserved that food. It needed that food. And Marcel and Monique Keraval made sure we got it. After I married my husband... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2017 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
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Madame Butterfly has returned to Opera Theatre of St. Louis. Is it a warhorse or a classic? It’s the sixth most-performed opera in the world, according to the website Operabase, which keeps track of these things. It’s also been lambasted... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2017 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
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What a romp they’re doing at Slightly AskewTheatre Ensemble. First Impressions is a take on Jane Austen’s classic Pride and Prejudice. It’s close to madcap, switching back and forth from scenes from the book to actors breaking the fourth wall... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2017 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
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A friend of mine (you know who you are) once went to a theatrical performance in Israel. It was an Irish play about the Troubles, those violent difficulties between Catholics and Protestants that have only in recent years halted. One... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2017 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
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4000 Miles opened last week at The New Jewish Theatre. It’s the story of an old New York radical whose 22-year-old grandson comes to crash at her apartment for a while. This all sounds warm and cozy, of course. But... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2017 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
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Half & Half is definitely a morning spot. And the food is way beyond the usual bacon/ham/sausage/egg orbit. Here's what I ate on a couple of visits with a pal. Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2017 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
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One block in Maplewood seems to have become Spicy Chicken Central. Part of that is happening at a place named for another kind of poultry. The Blue Duck is located in part of the large space where Monarch once was.... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2017 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
Small Craft Warnings does not tell a tale with a tidy story arc. Tennessee Williams’ 1972 play was expanded from an earlier, shorter work of his called Confessional. That title may be more relevant than the newer one. In a... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2017 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
For those in search of something they certainly have not seen before, Will Mr. Merriwether Return from Memphis? runs this weekend as part of the Tennessee Williams Festival St. Louis. It’s at the Stockton House, the venue for last year’s... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2017 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
As the Tennessee Williams Festival St. Louis goes on in high gear, there are a couple of ways to participate that involve food. Both occur on Sunday. There are still tables available at the jazz brunch The Dark Room at... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2017 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
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It’s no secret that I like lemons. I did even before I acquired the last name in a previous marriage. Even as a kid, my love for all things tart extended to rhubarb and gooseberries. Lemon bars didn’t exist in... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2017 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks