For writers, there are few spaces more motivating, focusing and inspirational than a window seat on a train. Walt Disney came up with Mickey Mouse on a train. Same thing with J.K. Rowling, who says Harry Potter popped into her head fully-formed on a crowded car. And now 24 writers will get a spec ... More >>
With the holidays nigh, it's good to take a look ahead at the potential aftermath. Unwind from the street of Christmas season with some shows this week. Schlafly Beer celebrates its 22nd birthday with a rock show on the big stage upstairs, Jack Buck plays its last show in St. Louis at Apop Records, ... More >>
Comic book hero creator Stan Lee, now age 90, was in St. Louis on Saturday for the Wizard World St. Louis Comic Con at America's Center. The man who helped shape Spider-Man, the Hulk, the X-Men, the Fantastic Four, Iron Man and Thor, among others, met with fans bright-and-early for a Saturday, 9 to ... More >>
Do you hear that -- that low hum of anticipation emanating from comic book shops and Risk tournaments throughout St. Louis? That's the sound of every nerdstuff enthusiast 'gasming as they prepare for Wizard World St. Louis Comic Con, which takes place Friday, March 22-Sunday, March 24 at America's C ... More >>
J.K. Rowling's first novel for adults, The Casual Vacancy, arrived in bookstores yesterday. According to advance reports, the new book contains lots of sex (in the form of "a miraculously unguarded vagina" and a used condom that is "like the gossamer cocoon of some huge grub"), domestic abuse and an ... More >>
Twenty years ago, the people who yesterday released a complete, remarkably full-sounding version of Songs from the Black Hole, the lost Weezer rock opera begun and abandoned before Pinkerton, probably would have just started a zine or something. The internet's amplified a lot of things--celebrity s ... More >>
The Avengers, this summer's first big comic book movie, is already tracking a robust 95 percent approval rating at Rotten Tomatoes thanks to numerous glowing reviews by the professionals. The Joss Whedon film opens worldwide next Friday. Well, technically it opens at midnight on Thursday, May 3, whi ... More >>
Here's your weekly St. Louis bestseller list for the week ending October 9, as compiled by the St. Louis Independent Booksellers Alliance and based on sales at Left Bank Books, Main Street Books, Pudd'nhead Books, Subterranean Books and Sue's News. We don't know of any other author for young ... More >>
Jennifer SilverbergCaprese pintxos from CafÃ© Pintxos. Where were they when Ian visited?Gut Check lunched at House of India and got the scoop on some new resaurants opening in the Central West End and Delmar. What else did Gut Check do this week? We continued the countdown of our favorit ... More >>
Chrissy WilmesMighty greasy!Summertime is exciting -- vacations, relaxing, realizing you no longer fit into your swimsuit. Here at Gut Check, we think the best part of those sweltering months is the roster of big summer movies -- and 2011 is no exception. After all, there's the last film in t ... More >>
Photo: Ted Barron"I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive" is the title of a beloved Hank Williams Sr. song. It's also the title of Steve Earle's new novel, as well as his newest album, and if it's not the motto tacked to his New York City apartment door it damn well should be. We reached Ea ... More >>
After visa issues forced the Godfathers to postpone a few shows on its current U.S. tour, the show is happening tonight at Off Broadway. Here are outtakes from our recent interview with vocalist Peter Coyne.Mike Appelstein: You know, I saw you play at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New ... More >>
Wikimedia CommonsTomorrow night, Kings of Leon returns to the scene of the bird-poop crime, the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater. The concert is a make-up date for the band's abbreviated July 23 show, during which pooping pigeons sent them offstage after three tunes. To ensure that tomorrow's co ... More >>
Chrissy PiperTokyo Police ClubToronto's Tokyo Police Club is an economical bunch. A two-minute song can pack in around a dozen unique hooks, which made 2006's A Lesson In Crime EP more rewarding than most bands' entire discographies. Although its touring schedule is almost as relentless as it ... More >>
Image sourceFriends, for four weeks now, we've been watching Rod Blagojevich together on Celebrity Apprentice. It hasn't always been great -- actually, since every episode is now two hours, most of it is actually pretty damned boring, especially the parts where the celebrities meet the recipi ... More >>
Spring is officially in the air. In the St. Louis sporting world that can mean only one thing...grown men and women beating each other with clubs as they attempt to impale a dog skull on a stake.What, you were expecting something about the Cardinals? Too bad, we're talking about the Competitive Unde ... More >>
Talk about shocking news: John Hughes -- the movie director and screenwriter famous for his '80s teen movies -- died this morning of a heart attack. He was 59. Hughes' films -- especially the holy trinity of Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club and Pretty in Pink -- were innovative in the way they us ... More >>
After more than a month of robust activity, it feels as if the local theater scene is about to take a brief hiatus. Blues in the Night at the Black Rep and Little Shop of Horrors at Stages are both closing this weekend. After this weekend The Lady from Dubuque returns to that netherworld where Edwar ... More >>
Transgressions, the M/M romance savagely reviewed by Unreal last month, was among the first books stripped of its Amazon.com sales ranking last weekend. (And, no, it did not reveal its firmly-muscled chest.)Amazon's "glitch" or "purge", depending on who you talk to, removed sales rankings from hundr ... More >>
Dennis Brown bids farewell to the summer season at the Muny.
A toddler and her dad road-test alt-lullabies for B-Sides, while the Downtown Trio adds jazz and pizzazz to local TV staple the Fan Show.
Despite a nonexistent marketing campaign, Cuarón's latest is not to be missed.
Week of December 14, 2006
Cartoon kids poke around Spielberg's Monster House
The Devil Wears Prada slaps the latest duds on an infamous fashion editor
James Redfield's Prophecy is one divine mess
Riddle of Steel checks in from Europe, Ghostface Killah gets all James Joyce on us, while the Download directs us to MP3 nirvana
Emma Thompson's Nanny McPhee becomes a thing of beauty
The truth about fancy pets' cuddly liaisons, Grandmaster Y.K. Kim's top (tweaked) tips for the new year and a woman who's into the erotic side of Harry Potter.
C.S. Lewis' world comes to life in The Chronicles of Narnia.
Week of November 16, 2005
Kristina Martinez celebrates flamenco
The Central West End conjures up a giant amount of Harry Potter fun
Billy Crudup goes girly in the witty Shakespearean world of Stage Beauty
Week of November 5, 2003
Monsters, Inc. opens the door to a world so good it's scary
Everything's hotter under the water in Atlantis: The Lost Empire
Boorman and Le Carré bombard Panama with lies and lust but only a modicum of laughter
As Mad celebrates its 400th issue, its editors wonder how to stay funny in a world gone mad