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  • It's Not (Just) TV

    published December 24, 2003

    "Get away from the TV," says Uncle Steve, your weird relative who never shuts up about Infinite Jest and his raw-foods diet. "Television is... More >>

  • Let's Go to the Hops

    published December 24, 2003

    FRI 12/26 Local beer baron Tom Schlafly is always looking for an excuse to throw a party; it's good for business, obviously, but it's... More >>

  • Lego My Messiah!

    published December 10, 2003

    Every year more than a million lights adorn the mile-and-a-half-long Way of Lights trail at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows in... More >>

  • Bell-Weather

    published December 3, 2003

    SAT 12/6 This time of year, you can't swing a cat without hitting some event or other that exists to please and/or amuse the children.... More >>

  • Sweet Science o' Mine

    published November 26, 2003

    WED 11/26 We think boxing is beautiful, baby, and on Thanksgiving eve at Savvis Center (1401 Clark Avenue), you can see nineteen... More >>

  • Violence and Drama in Belfast

    published November 19, 2003

    It's been said that all art is political, and it sure is easy to make that assumption when dealing with art that emerges from such violently... More >>

  • Speak Now

    published November 12, 2003

    Scottish pop singer Edwyn Collins once lamented that there were "too many protest singers, not enough protest songs." Of course, his song was then... More >>

  • Comic Belief

    published November 12, 2003

    TUES 11/18 There comes a time in every young man's life when he says to himself, "Ah, screw it -- I'm gonna be an entertainer." In Alan... More >>

  • Kill, Nixon, Kill!

    published October 29, 2003

    The best haunted house to visit this time of year isn't filled with fake-blood-spattered teens lurching toward other teens. It's actually the... More >>

  • Big Machers

    published October 29, 2003

    One of the best literary festivals in America takes place stealthily in our own backyard. The St. Louis Jewish Book Festival is a real... More >>

  • What No Man Has Eaten Before

    published October 22, 2003

    THUR 10/23 For an article called "Perfection Pizza," food writer Jeffrey Steingarten traipsed through the kitchens of his favorite New... More >>

  • No Sleep 'Til Brooklyn

    published October 8, 2003

    WED 10/8 Jonathan Lethem's sixth novel, The Fortress of Solitude, arrived with much fanfare -- even the dust jacket exclaims... More >>

  • Feeling Loopy?

    published October 1, 2003

    There are two things you need to know about the Loop in Motion festival this year: one, the Loop de Loop parade (which gets under way at noon on... More >>

  • This Story

    published September 24, 2003

    Hurling -- the fastest field sport in the world, the national pastime of Ireland -- arrived on the island with the Celts at the end of the last... More >>

  • Contempo Casual

    published September 17, 2003

    The Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis opens its doors to the public this Saturday, complete with a new building and a new exhibition that it hopes... More >>

  • I Love the '80s

    published September 10, 2003

    TUES 9/16 In its last few appearances, Fontbonne University's "Cinema of Neglect" series has been a showcase for worthy films from... More >>

  • Waiting to Inhale

    published September 3, 2003

    THUR 9/4 Lou Reed once said, "You can't beat guitar-bass-drum." Lou may have said it, but Matt Pike lives it. His guitar-bass-drum... More >>

  • He Ain't Quiet

    published August 27, 2003

    THUR 8/28 What are we supposed to do when a musician we like opens his big mouth and says something so stupid we are left to wonder if... More >>

  • Palettes to the People

    published August 20, 2003

    SAT 8/23 "You get into a rut, walking around in a circle and chanting 'hey hey, ho ho, something's got to go' over and over," says... More >>

  • Dogs & Cats in Harmony

    published August 20, 2003

    SUN 8/24 For animal lovers, there is a certain amount of guilt that accompanies circuses. Worrying about the treatment of the animals,... More >>

  • Banzai Sci-Fi

    published August 13, 2003

    SAT 8/16 Anime films can bring to mind the all-too-literal enormity of technological (and biological) advancement of an... More >>

  • Deutschin' in the Street

    published July 30, 2003

    Generations ago, this land was tended by that most stoic of creatures, the German farmer. These were people not too long removed from the Old... More >>

  • Ballhoggin' & Doggin'

    published July 23, 2003

    FRI 7/25 Basketball observers who bleed red, white and blue have been publicly lamenting the overseas infusion of talent into the pro... More >>

  • C'mon, Get Happy!

    published July 23, 2003

    SAT 7/26 Far below the surface, in the murkiest recesses of the fifteen-year-old male subconscious, there is a slumbering wraith... More >>

  • Back-Alley Adulation

    published July 2, 2003

    You walk across the street to the sidewalk, toward the cyclone fence propped open with an old cinder block. You can hear the sound of screaming... More >>

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