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2005 Stories by Kristie McClanahan

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  • Silent Night

    published December 21, 2005

    Cold as Ice My parents are no concert slouches: They saw the Who in their 1960s heyday and have... More >>

  • Turn It Up, Mr. Prez!

    published December 14, 2005

    The Spin Doctors' heyday arguably began and ended with 1991's Pocket Full of Kryptonite, although the smoldering new song "Can't Kick the... More >>

  • Raise Two Glasses

    published November 2, 2005

    Our cat is a drunk. Seriously: Open a bottle, and Lilly leaps onto the table, mewling for a sip of our $2.99 Bulgarian caberlot. We don't know... More >>

  • Learning Curve

    published October 5, 2005

    While Jonathan Kozol was researching his new book, The Shame of the Nation: The Restoration of Apartheid Schooling in America, St.... More >>

  • One-Stop Beauty

    published September 21, 2005

    With Friday night being the unofficial official night for art-show openings, one can end up running all over town to take in a show or two (or... More >>

  • Go, Speed Racer, Go!

    published September 14, 2005

    THUR 9/15 Unlike puberty, the first go-cart ride is an adolescent rite of passage that many people would actually enjoy repeating in... More >>

  • Dine Out for Relief

    published September 7, 2005

    After watching the horrors of Hurricane Katrina unfold last week, most of us felt sick and helpless. Couldn't give money yet, since no dollar... More >>

  • Black Ball

    published August 31, 2005

    Baseball, St. Louis' beloved sport, is often heralded as the "National Pastime." While the universal popularity of the game has been in... More >>

  • Ozark Water Daredevils

    published August 24, 2005

    It's been said that a boat is nothing more than a hole in the water to throw money into. That rings as true as ever this weekend, when more than... More >>

  • Air Craft

    published August 17, 2005

    Radio-controlled vehicles are undeniably cool. For many, the first introduction to aeromodeling came from an unlikely source: the fantasy films of... More >>

  • South of the Border

    published August 10, 2005

    Though St. Louis is a border town of sorts, who isn't jealous of folks who grew up in places like El Paso, Texas? These people skipped school and... More >>

  • Apostle of Friendship

    published July 13, 2005

    Deborah Weinstein has spent the last six years photographing the congregation of the Bible Fellowship Apostolic Church in East St. Louis. Through... More >>

  • Whitesnake

    published July 13, 2005

    Making literary elements -- notably, the colorful metaphor -- accessible to the common rocker is but one of many great contributions that '80s... More >>

  • 4 x 4th

    published June 29, 2005

    Getting drunk in your backyard and using Roman candles in ways not endorsed by the manufacturer or Night & Day Global Industries is one option on... More >>

  • Here's to You, Ms. Robinson

    published June 22, 2005

    SAT 6/25 Marilynne Robinson is not another J.D. Salinger, sequestered in the woods, endlessly rewriting her earlier work, but you would... More >>

  • Root for the Home Root

    published June 8, 2005

    It makes sense that the people of Collinsville, Illinois, would choose to celebrate horseradish. Besides respecting Collinsville's status as the... More >>

  • Think Pink

    published June 8, 2005

    The facts about breast cancer are dark: According to the American Cancer Society's "Cancer Facts & Figures 2005," one in seven women will develop... More >>

  • Hand-Crafted in Japan

    published June 1, 2005

    There is something undeniably intimate about being tattooed. You have some skin showing, another person has his or her hands on you, and your body... More >>

  • What Happens in seven/24?

    published May 25, 2005

    Every play performed onstage in front of an audience is more than a work of art -- it's an act of faith. The writer had to believe the script... More >>

  • Keeping Current on the Mississippi

    published May 25, 2005

    Had Jacque Marquette and Louis Joliet made their famous voyage 350 million years ago, they would have been sipping mai tais and overlooking prime... More >>

  • Game of the Week

    published May 4, 2005

    FRI 5/6 The biggest story of the canceled NHL season is how little a story it turned out to be, at least for the casual fan. Sure,... More >>

  • Life in Your Hands

    published April 20, 2005

    Puppets are the normal-person equivalent of the superhero mask; give your average, everyday office worker a hand puppet and watch the silliness... More >>

  • Superfantastic Four

    published March 16, 2005

    The Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (3750 Washington Boulevard; 314-545-4660 or More >>

  • Papal Bull

    published March 16, 2005

    Since his debut with Art Blakey in 1979, trumpeter Wynton Marsalis has become not only the most famous living jazz musician but a spokesman for... More >>

  • All These Females Crawl

    published March 9, 2005

    SAT 3/12 There's a moment during a twelve-hour-plus booze-fest when the world is at peace. You start buying drinks for and giving out... More >>

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