Sometimes it takes an event like Wizard World Comic Con to prove that "nerd" doesn't necessarily mean "dork" nowadays. Tens of thousands of people swarmed the America's Center this weekend for St. Louis' first-ever Comic Con, a three-day event celebrating pop culture and science fiction. The event ... More >>
This week, at long last, I finally manage to get in the door of Blood & Sand (1500 St. Charles Street; 314-241-7263), the members-only restaurant and bar featuring the cocktail wizardry of TJ Vytlacil and the cooking of Chris Bork.
Now that 50 Shades of Grey has (apparently) become the only work of erotica produced in the entire world since D.H. Lawrence banged out Lady Chatterley's Lover, it's only fitting that it's become the Lady Chatterley of the twenty-first century. Well, OK, it and its two sequels made their way into b ... More >>
The American Library Association's Office of Intellectual Freedom announced its 2011 top ten "Most Challenged" books list, and for the second year in a row Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games trilogy made the list, coming in at a steady number 3. The most popular reasons given for someone challe ... More >>
Still tired from last week? Too bad, March is unrelenting. Time to down some coffee, eat some energy bars and pack in the protein (might we recommend some pink slime?) because this week is jam-packed with shows as well. On Friday, two guys named Pete who happen to be legends in their respective fiel ... More >>
Avoid trusting R/Hr fans and matchbox twenty haters in particular. It's Friday morning, and you are depressed. If you still have a pair of IMAX glasses on, or regular glasses made to look like omnioculars, you're depressed because you just got back from the midnight showing of Harry Potter an ... More >>
If Draco Malfoy actor Tom Felton's promise (which turned out to be a joke/hoax) to become a white rapper was just one more sad reminder of a series you used to love, we don't blame you -- but we would like to discourage you. Harry Potter, as I'm sure you will remember, is after all a little m ... More >>
Calm down -- just because the Harry Potter movie franchise comes to an end this weekend with the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, the Hogwarts kids will live on in these wizarding-inspired eats. Until they're devoured. Then commence moaning like Myrtle. Of course, for the f ... More >>
Image viaWould you like a danish from a Supreme Court Justice?Sometimes at Gut Check International Headquarters, we get tired of eating gourmet meals day in and day out. We admit it: We like a little kitsch once and a while. Today, this story from the HuffPost Food about outrageous themed res ... More >>
Teen book-turned-movie Twilight came out on DVD at the stroke of midnight Saturday morning. Although Unreal refers to Twilight as "awesomely bad teeny bopper trash," its fans and their parents might best be described as fang-wearing, cape-donning, utterly endearing geek-azoids.As with any sci-fi / f ... More >>
Harry Potter returns!
A couple of weeks ago, an expert on the Harry Potter series told an audience of high school kids how lucky they were to have this Big Shared Experience--these seven books and 41,000 words in common. What does Harry Potter have to do with hip-hop in 2008? In an age when many year-end lists should be ... More >>
Scheduled for release this week.
The atmosphere at Left Bank Books' Harry Potter midnight release party on Friday was like the opening weekend of a Star Wars film, the finale of The Sopranos, an anime convention and the last Beatles performance rolled into one. Kids bear-hugged books as they scored them, then strolled along the th ... More >>
Unreal behaves like the consummate Muggle, examines a possible correlation between geography and fidelity and plucks a bitter blogger from the 'osphere.
Like the anime, Naruto: Ultimate Ninja is goofy fun.
The Scottish Arms is a wonderful wee place -- and yeah, there's haggis
Week of August 3, 2005
The Prisoner of Azkaban takes a Sirius-ly dark turn
Content, but still funny
Wizard Weekend wocks
Booksellers prepare for Harry Potter-palooza 5
With the complexly plotted Holes, Disney serves up a great deal more than the usual kiddie fare
Harry Potter's second adventure delights exactly like the first
The magic eclipses the marketing of the big-screen Harry Potter