The scheduling gods have not always smiled on the St. Lou Fringe Festival. In 2012 founder Em Piro inadvertently launched the event the same weekend as PrideFest, hurting attendance. This year, she faces yet another confounding scheduling coincidence: Eddie Izzard, the self-styled "executive trans ... More >>
Despite his ever-expanding recognition as a socio-political voice in our society, one thing remains the same for W. Kamau Bell: His desire to be recognized as a great comedian. Kamau will be storming the stage at the the Firebird in St. Louis on December 11th for the next stop on his The Kamau Mau U ... More >>
Em Piro has learned her lesson. St. Lou Fringe 2013 has been scheduled for June 20-24. That is not the weekend of Pride. It is the weekend before. 2012 firmly established that if there's going to be a conflict between Pride and Fringe, Pride, older and bigger and more deeply embedded in St. Louis ... More >>
The St. Lou Fringe Festival may be over, but St. Lou Fringe goes on. And on. And on. "It's just as much work now as it was before the festival," says executive director Em Piro. It's just a different kind of work. Instead of chasing down venues, Piro is spending her time balancing her budget and w ... More >>
Madonna, fresh off a Super Bowl appearance and more aware of how to capitalize than possibly anyone in pop music, has just announced a massive 2012 tour. And just days before Madonna 2012 World Tour goes out in (presumably) a blaze of infinite production value in Miami, she'll make a stop here in St ... More >>
imratkhan.comUstad Imrat Khan - a world-renowned sitar and surbahar player - has had a presence in St. Louis in recent times.For most adherents of old time rock n' roll, the sitar is perhaps best known for its dynamic contribution to classic Rolling Stones and Beatles tunes. But long before ... More >>
The eating-challenge carnage continues. Last month, we heard of a Ukrainian man who won a dumpling-eating contest and then immediately dropped dead. Now from Scotland comes news that a curry-eating contest sent two contestants to the hospital.Kismot, an Indian and Bangladeshi restaurant in Edinbu ... More >>
Photo by Mike AppelsteinPains of Being Pure at Heart | Craft Spells Off Broadway August 5, 2011 To my shock, they dedicated a song to me, so let's dispose with any pretense of objectivity right now. Admittedly, the song was "My Terrible Friend," so if they'd sucked live, I could have slamme ... More >>
Dave NelsonLooking to spice up the beer selection at your Halloween party? Here are ten excellent brews that play up the scary theme with their names and packaging -- and bring the quality as well. Jolly Pumpkin La Parcela ($15/750ml) For years tiny Jolly Pumpkin has walked the lonely, brill ... More >>
(Pokey LaFarge and the South City Three are currently touring the U.K. He passed along some thoughts, which you can read below. Part two coming later.) Bill StreeterThursday 8/5, Big Chill Festival Our first performance of the tour. Big crowd with lots of young people dancing, which was surpr ... More >>
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We trace Franz Ferdinand's family tree, talk with Idlewild and dig the truth behind Brian Jonestown Massacre's St. Louis cancellation
The Umbilical Brothers come to St. Louis. Wackiness ensues.
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One of the world's pre-eminent sitar players, Imrat Khan once taught the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. Now he teaches at Washington University.
The Proclaimers celebrate the release of the aptly titled Persevere