For 15 years, University City High School theater teacher Catherine Hopkins dreamed of seizing a specific suggestion from “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” by William Shakespeare: to “Learn, good soul.”

Eight-year-old Jurnee Thompson was shot and killed on Friday, Aug. 23, after fighting broke out at a Soldan High School football game. Sentonio Cox, 15, was found shot in the Carondolet neighborhood on the morning of Aug. 25. Xavier Usanga, 7, would have started second grade on Tuesday, Aug.…

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After 20 years as artistic director at Cinema St. Louis and a lifetime of film appreciation, Chris Clark has seen it all. Seriously. Overseeing five film festivals, Clark and his team are tasked with fishing out the blockbusters from thousands of submissions every year.

Hurry to decode clues about a top-secret envelope being passed from hands to feet to necks to knees by attending an upcoming acrobatic spy thriller performance entitled “Accelerando,” Circus Harmony’s annual confluence of music and circus arts.

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It’s just two weeks into 2019, but most people have already broken or abandoned the New Year’s resolutions they were so determined to stick with on Jan. 1.

Little Boy Blue, come blow your horn to herald a grand holiday tour covering the St. Louis region on Dec. 1. Eugene Field, author of “Little Boy Blue,” would be proud to learn that his home is open to the public for an event appropriately dubbed, “A Spirited Holiday Past.”