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I had a wonderful time with my family and sons over Thanksgiving. Somehow I was able to get 3 movies in over 3 days. I am a little ADD so my movie reviews will be short and sweet.
Fury- Wow....a great movie. Very intense! See it quickly before it leaves the big screen. I had to go to Chesterfield Valley to catch it! 8.5 out of 10
Hunger Games- Mockingjay- Part 1 Slow and dark. You sort of feel okay putting the time in seeing it realizing that you have invested in the first two movies and you have to see Part 1 to understand and enjoy Part 2....which should be great! The lounge seats at the newly renovated Esquire were enjoyable! 5 out of 10
The Theory of Everything- I really enjoyed this movie. It was touching and sweet. I didn't realize that Stephen Hawking was still alive. I saw this The Landmarks movie theater in Plaza Frontenac and could hear the protesters during the movie. 8 out of 10
Last night I saw a the latest Hunger Games movie at the newly renovated Esquire Theater on Clayton Rd. The movie was okay...though you sort of have to see it if you have invested in the other two movies and plan to see the last one. The main theater is all reserved reclining seats....so it really pays to buy your ticket beforehand. So just to clarify things....you get a seat number!
It has been about 4 years since I have been to NYC. It is surprising how Hell's Kitchen has improved. Once a dark and scary area... Now vibrant with restaurants, bars and boutique hotels. My son and I stayed at Ink 48 Hotel last night. It is part of the Kimpton chain and features a hip bar on the roof with views of the city and the Hudson River.
We had the treat of seeing Hedwig and the Angry Inch last night. Neal Patrick Harris ended his run just last week so Andrew Rannells stepped in. I thought it was amazing... Though you do think, I wonder how it would have been with Neal Patrick Harris.
Last night I went to the opening night performance if the 4th Annual Show-me Burlesque and Vaudeville Festival down on Cherokee Street. More performances Friday and Sat PMs. So much fun! I escorted my Aunt Bunny who was honored by Lola during the performance.
I am ready for a fun weekend full of culture. Tonight I am taking my mother to see Carmina Burana at the Touhill Center.....I have always wanted to see this performed. Orff's pieces from Carmina Burana are always used to movie where they need a demonic chant....I think they used it in the Omen every time Damian was going to do something bad.
Sunday I am going to see The Book of Mormon at The Fox.
I should sneak in a trip to the Art Museum inbetween or the Missouri Botanical Garden... a walk through the Climatron this time of year always cleans out my nasal passages.
Thursday, November 17, 2011, 7:30pm, Steinberg Auditorium
Centro is proud to co-sponsor the exclusive St. Louis screening of "Eames: The Architect and The Painter". The husband-and-wife team of Charles (hamming it up, above) and Ray Eames were America’s most influential and important industrial designers. Admired for their creations and fascinating as individuals, they have risen to iconic status in American culture. “Eames: The Architect and The Painter” – narrated by James Franco – draws from a treasure trove of archival material, including excerpts from their many films, and uses new interviews with friends, colleagues, and experts to both capture the personal story of the couple and place them firmly in the context of their times. A native of St. Louis, Charles Eames attended Washington University’s School of Architecture, and the film appropriately screens at the Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts’ Steinberg Auditorium. Co-director Jason Cohn will be in attendance. The evening's program also features a selection of the Eames' own films.
Tickets are $12.00 at Steinberg Auditorium 30 minutes before show time. Advance tickets are for sale at the Tivoli box office from 5-10 pm Monday - Thursday. No phone or online sales. Click here for more information on the St. Louis International Film Festival.
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I stumbled across a local blog- B.E.L.T. This blogger recently featured the stunning sets from Joan Crawford's move....Torch Song. I have to rent it ASAP. Check out this blog for more pics and info: B.E.L.T.
If you have not seen A Single Man yet, make sure that you see it soon! You will love the main character's mid-century home that has the same mood as St. Louis' own Bernoudy homes. Check out this SITE for more information on this home.
If you want one like this in St. Louis click HERE for the Isadore Shank home that is on the market in Westwood Country Club Grounds.
Yesterday I saw Tom Ford's A Single Man. This is a elegant film set in 1962. You will love the sets, costumes and scenery. The main character even lives in a a Bernoudy-like house in LA. This is a powerful movie and I encourage you to see it. Playing at Plaza Frontenac and The Chase.
Last night I went to The Nutcracker performed by our very own St. Louis Ballet. It was a fantastic performance and there are only two performances left. There is one at 3 PM and 7 PM this Tuesday. I would suggest the 7 PM since Miyako Yoshida from The Royal Ballet will be featured. This was also the first time that I had been to the Touhill....a great space. Find out more and get tickets HERE.
Whenever in Grand Center, I covet the Sun Theater and my mind starts to think of venues to put in it. Imagine if Lola van Ella had a regular night with her burlesque troop, another night magicians, drag performances....so many options! Read this article to find out about The Sun's varied past.
(Idea to talk about The Sun sparked from this BLOG.)
Do you remember the Fine Arts Theater on Delmar? I never went in, though when I was a child remember driving by it and understanding that that was the naughty theater. Now it is a Chinese Restaurant. Read more on The Mod Blog.
"In conjunction with the current exhibition of Old Masters works, the Pulitzer announces the launch of an innovative program in which former prisoners use the exploration of art and theatre to help develop skills for their future lives and employment. Staging Old Masters: Former Prisoners Perform at the Pulitzer features theatrical performances by former inmates on themes related to artwork featured in the exhibition. These will take place at the Pulitzer with two performances every Sat., April 4 through May 2, at 6:30 pm and 7:30 pm and two performances each Sun., April 5 through May 3, at 1:30pm and 2:30pm. Performances are open to the public and free of charge."
I saw Spring Awakening at the Fox last night and loved it. The storyline is dark and for those of you who have a tendency to blush...it has some risque scenes. The musics/songs are wonderful being performed by a cast with such strong voices. At the Fox through February 22nd.