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  • Taste the Rainbow

    published June 25, 2003

    Free candy-flavored condoms, candy-colored hair, delectable drag queen Dieta, and sweet, sweet diversity -- it's all there at the 24th annual... More >>

  • It Might Be a City

    published June 25, 2003

    FRI 6/27 Is this the year St. Louis finally turns the corner? Is 2003 the year we will remember as the point when the city... More >>

  • Plastic Woman

    published June 18, 2003

    FRI 6/20 Come summertime, the St. Louis area is amok with open-air concerts, outdoor film screenings and street fairs -- so it makes a... More >>

  • Fasser-Oh No!

    published June 18, 2003

    Even with a healthy Jason Isringhausen, the St. Louis Cardinals' bullpen is like a game of Russian Roulette -- you just never know how lethal a... More >>

  • Founding Father

    published June 18, 2003

    Davy Rothbart's magazine Found displays the scavenged items of modern, mundane American life. Angry little notes left for a cheating lover... More >>

  • Sonic Youth with Quix*O*Tic

    published June 11, 2003

    The members of Sonic Youth, who recently celebrated their 22nd anniversary as a band, still have simple career goals: "It's not about... More >>

  • Ring Around Grand Center

    published June 11, 2003

    Circuses named for elephants don't forget their stunts, and they keep a trunk full of surprises stored to throw into the ring. This year's Circus... More >>

  • Un-trucking-believable

    published June 11, 2003

    If we may generalize, the kind of people who go to see monster trucks are not the kind of people who also turn out at museums. So it should make... More >>

  • Get on the Good Foot

    published June 11, 2003

    SAT 6/14 Break-dancing is easily one of the coolest and craziest forms of dancing, for it has the most outlandish moves: headspins,... More >>

  • Flaming Lips with the Starlight Mints

    published June 4, 2003

    The Flaming Lips are the promise of rock & roll fulfilled. After years of delicious but empty pop, pretentious concept albums,... More >>

  • Eyeliner and Grease

    published June 4, 2003

    SAT 6/7 Rockabilly, hot rods, death-fetish, punk and burlesque -- these are a few of our favorite things. Tina Morrison and Marcia... More >>

  • Sand Ho!

    published June 4, 2003

    Show of hands -- any Coasters 'round these parts who still find it hard to fathom summer without a family trip to the beach, replete with ocean... More >>

  • Take Small Bites; Chew Thoroughly

    published June 4, 2003

    Neighborhood "tastes" -- wherein some part of town rounds up its restaurateurs to show off their culinary wizardry by way of sample-size morsels... More >>

  • Tragic Magic

    published May 28, 2003

    For most of us, our first exposure to Shakespeare is less than satisfying. That's because high schools across the country are afraid (or... More >>

  • Pool Sharks

    published May 28, 2003

    The weather has been exceptionally springlike for the past few weeks, so summer will no doubt bludgeon the life out of the metro area with her big... More >>

  • Emperor's New Prose

    published May 28, 2003

    THUR 5/29 Think of Stephen L. Carter as a cross-pollination of Tom Wolfe and John Grisham, with an African-American twist. With his... More >>

  • Goatwhore with Hate Theory, Conquest, Byproduct, Ununbiun and Sanctum

    published May 21, 2003

    Given the fractionalization and dilution of the European black-metal scene, it was only a matter of time until somebody growled, "Enough." No more... More >>

  • The Big Chill

    published May 21, 2003

    FRI 5/23 If cartoons have taught us anything, it's that penguins actually are wearing tuxedos, they're always cold, they will... More >>

  • Smooth Landing

    published May 21, 2003

    SAT 5/24 If St. Louis ever aims to reclaim its fame as one of the country's premier jazz cities, Jazz It Up At the Landing makes a... More >>

  • The Queen of Kings

    published May 21, 2003

    In the summer of 1984, the Acid King ruled New York. Teenage dusthead and self-styled Satanist Ricky Kasso dominated the news for two days with... More >>

  • Is That a Light Saber in Your Pocket?

    published May 14, 2003

    A short time from now, in a theater not too far away (8 and 10:30 p.m. May 16, 17, 23 and 24; Artloft Theatre, 1529 Washington Avenue; $10;... More >>

  • Two for the Show

    published May 14, 2003

    The art of winter -- with slate skies and sculpturally bald trees -- gives way to the splash of spring and the season for outdoor art shows. Two... More >>

  • Dog Day Afternoon

    published May 14, 2003

    SAT 5/17 It would be difficult to pinpoint the exact moment when America went dog crazy, but it was probably sometime between 1776 and... More >>

  • Sound Mathematics

    published May 7, 2003

    THUR 5/8 St. Louis Community College-Forest Park music-department big cheese James Hegarty debuts his new composition... More >>

  • Steal This Magnet

    published May 7, 2003

    As a kid, most of the art projects you brought home probably wound up on the refrigerator. As an adult, here's another art project you can bring... More >>

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