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  • '03, Oh My!

    published December 31, 2003

    Editor's note: A correction ran concerning this story; see end of article. As 2003 dies out, the year isn't suggesting any easy... More >>

  • Harlem Renaissance

    published December 31, 2003

    SUN 1/4 Yet another NBA season is well under way, and once again St. Louis sits on the bench in a stylish suit, holding a stack of... More >>

  • Don't Balk

    published December 31, 2003

    WED 12/31 2004. It doesn't quite have the ring of "2000," does it? Something about those round numbers just makes you want to party... More >>

  • Whiplash!

    published December 31, 2003

    The Family Arena crowd settles back into its seats as the victorious bull grudgingly trots into the holding pen; he's just tossed his second... More >>

  • Season to Taste

    published December 24, 2003

    If you're considering heading to a church this Christmas, think about going to a house of worship with a gothic-gorgeous exterior and beautiful... 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 >>

  • Punk Cashes In

    published December 17, 2003

    SUN 12/21 Punks are notoriously mouthy about society's ills, but they never really man up and do anything about any of their gripes.... More >>

  • Frankie's Plan

    published December 17, 2003

    SAT 12/20 Did you know that St. Louis played a pivotal role in the civil-rights struggles of the '60s? There were hundreds of locals... More >>

  • A Curious Grace

    published December 17, 2003

    It's the holiday season, and you know what that means -- the NFL playoffs are right around the corner, which, in turn, means more Miller Light... More >>

  • Gideon's Trumpet

    published December 10, 2003

    Editor's note: A correction ran concerning this story; see end of article. Who says you can never go home again? After lighting... More >>

  • Shootout Freak-Out

    published December 10, 2003

    THUR 12/11 Today's high school basketball stars become tomorrow's NBA legends -- these days, sometimes literally overnight. And when... More >>

  • Go Get Santa a Bucket, Kid

    published December 3, 2003

    SAT 12/6 Are you one of those folks who cringe at America's month-long conversion into a twinkling, tinsel-wrapped Hallmark-world? Is... 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 >>

  • NEW! Gravity Propulsion System

    published December 3, 2003

    FRI 12/5 On these early winter nights, the air is oftentimes so crisp and the sky so clear that it feels like if you could just find a... More >>

  • Grand Ulena

    published November 26, 2003

    Grand Ulena's debut album, Gateway to Dignity, packed as many notes as possible into as small a place as possible. Constructing... More >>

  • Karaoke

    published November 26, 2003

    THUR 11/27 On the "things one should never, ever attempt" scale (also known as the Michael Jackson Weirdness Barometer), karaoke sits... More >>

  • Literary Heroes

    published November 26, 2003

    The toy market has changed drastically in recent years. Whereas toys were once marketed only to kids, these days toy manufacturers are aware of --... More >>

  • Worcester Booster

    published November 19, 2003

    SUN 11/23 Chances are if you've seen a Blues game in the past two years, you've seen a Worcester Icecat in action. During last year's... More >>

  • It's (Still) Alive

    published November 19, 2003

    Ah, Frankenstein. Or more correctly, Frankenstein's monster. Frankenstein was the name of the doctor who crafted the legendary creature... 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 >>

  • A Diamond in the Industrial Court

    published November 12, 2003

    Part petting zoo, part museum, the St. Louis Children's Aquarium sits hidden among dismal factories and wholesalers in Hanley Industrial Court.... 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 >>

  • The Bright Side of Life

    published November 5, 2003

    FRI 11/7 And now for something halfway different. Not three years after Monty Python alum Eric Idle circuited the country with his... More >>

  • The Wide-Ruled Stuff

    published November 5, 2003

    WED 11/5 As any schoolchild can tell you, November is Aviation History Month. While most of these smart-alecky kids will be celebrating... More >>

  • No Más! No Más!

    published October 29, 2003

    It's like Tron as conceived by Joel Schumacher, Bob Mackie and Carmen Miranda. It's like HR Giger, flying on PCP and armed with a glitter... More >>

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