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Ann Lemons Pollack
St. Louis-based food writer.
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Speaking of reminders of coming events, please don’t forget that the sixth and final BRIEFS Festival of Short LGBTQ plays is coming up. It’s at the new .ZACK Performing Arts Center, which is at 3224 Locust, just east of Grand... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
It's getting on to that time again. The annual St. Louis Theater Circle awards are coming up on March 20. Again this year, we're holding it at the Viragh Center at Chaminade College Preparatory School at 425 South LIndbergh between... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
I miss Erv Janko's pie, but there was more to Sadie Thompson's than that. Read about it here. Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
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Interested in fare beyond bacon and eggs? I have just the place for you. I wrote about it for the St. Louis Magazine blog Dining. A good spot for a little hair of the dog then, too. Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2017 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
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There are some musicians whose recordings, no matter how good, how beloved, don’t do them justice. Chief among them, I would argue, is Billie Holiday. If I ever had any doubt of that, they were erased Friday night as Alexis... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2017 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
The food world seems to be catching on to how good we have it here. Schlafly's Stout and Oyster Fest has made a world best-of list. Read about it here in St. Louis Magazine's blog Dining. And the music sounds... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2017 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
Pump Boys and Dinettes would seem to be about as far as you can get from intellectual theatre. It’s a show with little dialogue and a lot of music about a gas station (they’d say “filling station”) and a diner... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2017 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
St. Louis Actors’ Studio has had a relationship with playwright-screenwriter Neil LaBute for several years. They just finished a second year of taking their annual Neil LaBute New Theater Festival to New York for a four-week run. Each of those... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2017 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
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To Kill a Mockingbird has quietly become a universal American experience. Whether it’s read in school or viewed as a classic film, almost all of us have known – and in many ways, that word doesn’t need quotation marks around... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2017 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
A special dish for Valentine's Day? Pink? Luxurious? Tasty? We got this. The West End Grill and Pub has a crab bisque that's a showstopper. Normally a dish that is better in theory than practice, so subtle is crab's flavor,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2017 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
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There’s something about restaurants in Soulard that feels echt St. Louis to me. I’m sure it’s because I’ve been going to them since the Hoover Administration, but there’s a coziness that helps balance their chill and/or drafts this time of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2017 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
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Screwball comedies from Hollywood were at their height during the Great Depression. Laughter and escape seemed worth spending a hard-earned dime on. (Especially on dish night, where attendees also got a piece of dinnerware.) Perhaps that’s why our appetite for... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2017 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
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It’s been decades, I think, since St. Louis had a new style of Chinese cuisine, when Yen Ching brought us Hunan-style food, our first non-Cantonese experience. China, of course, is immense, and more multi-ethnic than most of us tend to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2017 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
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What becomes a legend most? Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House certainly is that. Its portrayal of a docile wife turned rebellious was scandalous when it opened in 1879, and remained so for many years. In 2006, the centennial of Ibsen’s... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2017 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
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Going from the civilized melting pot of Singapore to Siem Reap, Cambodia, was something of a culture shock. It’s easy for Americans to forget that the fighting there raged on even after the US left Vietnam, and didn’t end until... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2017 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
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It’s pretty close to free-form theater at the current production from Upstream Theater. Joanna Evans’ The Year of the Bicycle shows some good stuff and some not-so-good stuff. This is the play’s American premiere from the South African author, who’s... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2017 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
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There’s a certain irony to the timeliness of Mustard Seed’s opening of Yasmina’s Necklace. The play deals with refugees from Iraq who arrived via Syria and the way they adapt to life in the United States. To see it hours... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2017 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
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Plan on a little extra time to get to Little Thing, Big Thing, the current offering from The Midnight Company. It’s in a film studio near Jefferson and I-64, rather off the beaten path. This sort of thing drives some... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2017 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
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Layer upon layer of the ingredients that make remarkable theater are on display at the New Jewish Theatre’s Intimate Apparel, which runs through February 12. Lynn Nottage’s concept and subsequent script, the acting, set, lighting and costumes all contribute to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2017 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
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The Hi-Pointe Drive-In has opened to lots of traffic. Located where Naugles of blessed memory was, on McCausland, just south of the movie theater of the same name, and run by the Sugarfire Smokehouse gang, it has been an immediate... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2017 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
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Turns out there are still tickets available for this weekend’s Food & Wine Experience benefiting the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis. It covers several rooms at the Chase Park Plaza, from the Khorassan Room up to the Starlight Roof. I... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2017 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
There’s more ferment afoot on St. Louis stages. Theatre Nuevo is bringing us Hell. Not literally, of course. (And I promise not to make any ill-tempered remarks using that as a theme for reviewing.) Hell, the performance, is a combination... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2017 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
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Constellations opened at the Rep Studio this weekend. It may not be for everyone but much of it is fascinating. Theater has had pick-your-ending plays for quite a while. Constellations offers a variety of things that could happen over a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2017 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
Ah, romance. There’s plenty of it right now at the Fox Theatre. The current run of An American in Paris goes through January 29. Based on the mid-century film that was inspired by Gershwin’s 1928 orchestral composition of the same... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2017 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
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Olive and Oak was hopping when we arrived a few minutes early for a late dinner reservation. It’s always heartening to see a dining room, especially in the suburbs, moving and grooving at an hour when most are winding down.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2017 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks