The Book of Mormon Is an Irreverent Good Time
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by Tina Farmer
2d ago
Religion can be a touchy topic to talk about among friends, much less a suitable theme for a musical comedy. And, yet, that’s exactly what Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone have done with the The Book of Mormon, a musical that’s less condemnation and more irreverent skewering with an uptempo beat. The popular musical returns to the Fabulous Fox Theatre in a slightly updated version that remains surprisingly warm and accepting at heart ..read more
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The Dark Tragedy of Hamlet Still Captivates Contemporary Audiences
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by Tina Farmer
2d ago
Hamlet, by William Shakespeare, is arguably the most well-known play written in English, and time has not diminished its popularity or acclaim. The moody tragedy, written in 1603 and set in Denmark, gets a captivating retelling by St. Louis Shakespeare. Director Patrick Siler and an engaging cast focus on the text, drawing audiences into the story and holding us spellbound from the first ghostly apparition to the last bloody death ..read more
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St. Louis Dad Charged After Son Brings Gun to Elementary School
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by Ryan Krull
2d ago
A St. Louis father has been charged after his son accidentally brought a gun to school earlier today. Police say that Tony Fisher's son noticed there was a gun in his backpack as he rode the bus to Hanna Woods Elementary in Manchester Friday morning. The student arrived at class and notified the teacher of the presence of the loaded weapon, a Glock 23 .40 caliber pistol with one chambered round and a dozen others in the magazine ..read more
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Missouri AG’s ‘Sham Investigation’ into Planned Parenthood Can Continue, Judge Says
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by Kallie Cox
2d ago
While handing Planned Parenthood a small privacy win to protect patient medical records, a St. Louis judge has allowed Missouri Attorney General Andrew Bailey’s investigation into its gender-affirming care services to proceed. Last year, Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri sued Bailey over his demand that they turn over patient documents disclosing private information on minors to whom the clinic provided gender-affirming care for transgender and gender expansive youth.  Yesterday, St. Louis Circuit Court Judge Michael Stelzer denied Bailey’s Civil Investiga ..read more
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Civil War Shows a Violent, Fractured America, But Fails to Explain It
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by Cliff Froehlich
2d ago
Reflecting the division in the country whose internecine conflict it vividly depicts, Alex Garland’s Civil War splits unevenly in two, alternating brutally effective and disturbing sequences of violence with caesuras of conversation and uneasy respite. The former, with their amped-up urgency and ratcheting suspense, display an impressive filmmaking mastery, but the latter strive for a level of sociocultural insight that they regrettably never quite reach. Garland deliberately withholds the backstory that would explain how a near-future U.S. descends into warring factions, and he provides only ..read more
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Overland Man Stole $1,500 of Vibrators, Police Say
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by Ryan Krull
2d ago
An Overland man is currently in the St. Louis County jail accused of stealing more than $1,500 worth of vibrators from the Hustler Hollywood store in Berkeley. Police say that Christopher Booth, 34, entered the store one Wednesday evening last month and took eight high-end vibrators from the shelves and shoved them in a white trash bag before fleeing. Booth allegedly stole vibrators made by Swedish sex toy company LELO that retail for a little less than $200 each ..read more
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Good Taste Edibles' Fruitfetti Rosin Crispies Are a 10 Out of 10
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by Zooie Green
2d ago
Back in the day, I could smash some Rice Krispies Treats. I'm not talking about the prepackaged ones you purchase from the store, either. I'm referring to the real thing, the decadent, buttery, oh-so-marshmallowy variety that only comes from a home oven, with a generous amount of that most important ingredient, Love, baked into the mix ..read more
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Shutdown of St. Louis’ ‘Murder Shell’ Offers Guide for Neighbors of Nuisances
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by Ryan Krull
3d ago
The infamous "Murder Shell" gas station in downtown St. Louis is set to close this summer, in part thanks to a little-used state law that attorneys say could be a road map to remedying other nuisances in an expedited manner — and citizens taking action rather than waiting for city leaders. For decades, the gas station on Tucker Boulevard near Washington Avenue in Downtown West has been a haven for violent crime and open-air drug dealing. According to court filings made in one of the lawsuits against it, the police have received more than 6,000 calls to the Shell since 1990, and the service st ..read more
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St. Louis City SC Wants You to Pay $80 to Refill Your Water Cup
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by Kallie Cox
3d ago
In a “first-ever” opportunity, St. Louis SC is teaming up with YETI to offer a fancy $80 cup you can refill all season. The spectacular money grab features a white, insulated “infinitely reusable” YETI straw mug with St. Louis SC customization. St. Louis SC promoted the partnership on its social media accounts as a way to reduce waste inside Citypark ..read more
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St. Louis County Saw Its Highest Ever Number of Pedestrian Deaths in 2023
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by Sarah Fenske
3d ago
More pedestrians were killed in St. Louis County in 2023 than any previous year, even as the number of pedestrian deaths in the City of St. Louis dropped to its lowest level in five years. That's according to the 2023 Crash Report released yesterday by Trailnet, the local nonprofit that advocates for pedestrians and cyclists. The report offers an annual look at how the region is affected by traffic violence ..read more
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