Category Archives: Art

Parting Ways with ‘The Walking Dead’

As one of our daughters made her way through her degree program at Mizzou, my wife and I found ourselves increasingly mystified by the “Walking Dead” watch parties she attended. These much-anticipated events were such a priority for her that competing calendar items were nearly always declined. Initially, the idea of a show dedicated to

What a Flash Mob Can Teach Us About God

I saw this video a couple of years ago when it was first posted, but recently had the chance to view it again. And whether or not you’ve already seen it yourself, it’s worth a few minutes of your time to watch:

If you just (re)viewed the performance, I’d like to ask you this: why do you think it got the response that it did?

The Complicated Cloud of ‘Dark-and-Detached’

God bless the members of my Crossing small group; they continue to tolerate all sorts of crazed nonsense from me. Most recently, several of them agreed to come over on a Friday night and watch director Franc Roddam‘s 1979 attempt to bring The Who‘s 1973 double album Quadrophenia to the big screen. For many of

Why We Love the Serial Podcast

For those of you who might have been living under a rock the past few months, or, for those of you who just haven’t gotten around to listening to it yet (what are you waiting for??) the Serial podcast is a spinoff of the popular NPR radio show This American Life. But Serial has taken the podcast world by storm, smashing iTunes records and quickly becoming the most downloaded podcast in history. The New York Times calls it a “breakout true-crime drama…like observing a lo-fi but formidable space launch.”

Instagramming My Inner Demons

Please excuse me; this is the pot calling the kettle black. Currently I operate not one, but two Instagram accounts. Every night, just before falling asleep, I peruse an endless feed of images. Picture after picture, set into vignettes of sepia-toned antiquity that turn mundane moments into cultural artifacts. That’s the draw of Instagram, isn’t

Bill Gates: GIving Toward Art is Morally Reprehensible

How valuable is art? I’m not asking how much a particular painting is worth, or how many people will buy a chart-topping song. I’m asking how important art is in general to the human experience. Perhaps I’m wrong, but it seems to me that many people see art and creativity as more or less superfluous

Talking Pictures in Review: Citizen Kane

Citizen Kane, a work that routinely finds itself at or near the top of cinematic “best of” lists, is probably one of the most talked about movies in history. That made it a perfect candidate to be a vintage selection for our Talking Pictures screening series at The Crossing. Here’s a recap of some of

Gravity 3D: Experiencing the Void

Gravity is what Avatar promised to be: the film that transforms how directors use 3D to tell stories. Avatar‘s Smurf-Gully storyline was beautiful to behold, but it used (masterful) 3D technology exactly like its predecessors: a glossy finish to a mediocre film. I’m not enamored with 3D, so trust me when I say that 3D is the only

So, Two Christians Walk Into A Contemporary Art Museum…

Last Friday, my wife and I took the day off to go visit the new contemporary art wing at the St. Louis Art Museum. The original building, constructed with an air neoclassical france (full of flourish, sculpted details, and mythological import) for the 1904 World’s Fair, is a stark foil to the new wing. It’s

Do You Even Know What You’re Missing?

Could you be failing to appreciate something vitally important in your life? Something that’s all around you? It’s possible, maybe even likely. Classical violinist Joshua Bell is widely considered to be one of the finest musicians in the world. At the age of four, he was able to stretch rubber bands across dresser handles in