Fact: Any band who uses Times New Roman on their album cover isn't going to make it in the music industry. (Feel free to prove us wrong, though). Smart typography selection is as important to a band's image as having a memorable logo. In 1937, industrial designer and typographer Gerry Powell, desig ... More >>
Any high school student dreaming of college considers applying to a "safety school" to get a guaranteed acceptance just in case no other schools work out. For some, community college is a helpful fall-back. For others, it's the nearby state school. For those equipped with an ivy league budget but ... More >>
After ending a seventeen-day sit-in to protest Washington University's close ties to coal giant Peabody Energy, seven students were arrested Friday while attempting to enter a board of trustees meeting and ask chairman Greg Boyce to resign. The seven students were part of a 100-person protest outsi ... More >>
Washington University in St. Louis beat out the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Princeton University and 453 other colleges to win the title of America's smartest college. The ranking comes from researchers at Luminosity, which creates digital brain-training games, who studied how 70,000 cur ... More >>
Fact: You can purchase an official pair of Cardinals thong underwear at the team store at Busch Stadium. We know this because a friend of ours (with questionable taste) recently bought a pair for a female acquaintance as a wedding gift. All of which begs the question: Given that the Cardinals will ... More >>
When you're paying more than $50,000 per year for your college education, you expect a return on your investment -- like, say, a job when you graduate. So maybe you can understand the rumblings of panic emerging from Washington University after the International Herald Tribune released the results ... More >>
For as stiff and coy as the band's name may be, the David Wax Museum's hybrid of indie pop, folk and folkloric music flares with smart sonic ideas and timeless and in-the-moment images. Born and raised in Columbia, Missouri, Wax (that is his last name) still has family in University City and still h ... More >>
Sunlight pours into the stairs to the River Des Peres.The entrance to the tunnels of the River Des Peres lie hidden beneath a grate east of the Forest Park visitor's center. Pull up the metal cover and a staircase descends forty feet into the cool darkness. For over 100 years the River Des Peres ... More >>
Wikimedia CommonsOh no! He's chubby! Take him away! American children are fat hogs who are all going to develop type II diabetes, and parents are too incompetent to raise the little chubbos of their making! Or so an advocacy piece by Harvard researchers Lindsey Murtagh and David Ludwig in t ... More >>
Image viaOn Saturday, March 19, about 30 people - a mix of middle-aged-and-older Dylanheads, Hellenic Studies and Classics scholars, and a couple of students - gathered at the University of Missouri-St. Louis for a conference exploring connections between Bob Dylan and ancient Greece. Titled ... More >>
St. Louis-based Anheuser-Busch (which is now, of course, part of the InBev conglomerate) has long been a font of carbonated sustenance to college kids across the United States, appealing to thirsty scholars and rabid game-day fans alike. Through i ... More >>
image viaWash. U. students shoot for a new world record.Let it not be said that students at Washington University are not overachievers. Over the weekend, recent graduate Priya Sury was named a Rhodes Scholar. Also, 468 current students shot at each other with Nerf guns to set a Guinness worl ... More >>
Mae Wheeler, a.k.a. "Lady Jazz"The Arts and Education Council is out with the twentieth edition of its St. Louis Arts Awards honorees. Among those heading up the 2011 class (to be recognized at a January ceremony) are Mae Wheeler, a local singer better known as "Lady Jazz"; Wayne Salomon, directo ... More >>
photo by Jennifer SilverbergGotta Be Karim looks damn good in tweed.Last time we checked in on Gotta Be Karim, the U-City native had just swapped his Cardinals fitted cap for a Braves lid in his music video for "When You See Me," causing us to joke that it looked like he finally cut ties with his ... More >>
Mad Men is not coming back till July 25, but there's no reason we can't start talking about it now. So let's discuss this latest theory: Don Draper is actually a St. Louisan. We know his body (well, Jon Hamm, anyway) is from here. But a blog post from the Seattle Post-Intelligencer website last wee ... More >>
Be nice to Wash. U. students. They're really stressed out.Another day, another ranking. This one involves rating which of the nation's top 50 campuses are the biggest pressure cookers, of which Washington University placed No. 13 -- in between Yale and Dartmouth. Stanford is the leading ... More >>
flickr.com/photos/34443508@N08C'mon down! Bob Barker, the erstwhile host of The Price is Right and longtime animal rights activist, has just donated $1 million to his alma mater, Drury University in Springfield, MO, to establish a professorship in animal rights. Barker hopes it will be the beginn ... More >>
Photo: Nick SchnelleView more photos from the show last night. REVIEW BY MATTHEW JACKSON (View photos from the show last night.) Fall Out Boy's concert Wednesday night at the Pageant afforded many opportunities, but primary among them was the chance to answer, in one continuous sitting, that ... More >>
Maybe it's because it's Good Friday, or maybe it's because of this week's cover story, or a rerun of Married...With Children we caught the other day (the one where Al sells his soul to the Devil in exchange for taking the Chicago Bears to the Super Bowl) but Unreal has been a bit preoccupied with de ... More >>
Online magazine Slate is out with its annual ranking of the nation's 60 biggest philanthropists. Art connoisseur and former newspaper magnate Emily Rauh Pulitzer is the only St. Louisan to make this year's list. Pulitzer earned her spot last October when she gave $45 million and 31 pieces of art (va ... More >>
Unreal prays, then bets it all on our namesake equine. Then, we get schooled in vocab by a fifteen-year-old.
Joe doesn't take too kindly to a reader's taunts.
Week of December 28, 2006
David Sedaris' publicist asks Unreal to bend the space-time continuum. Plus: the blog of a former Cards hurler, and an obituary for Jim Igoe, the Delmar Poet.
Week of October 26, 2005
Banished from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch a decade ago, Joseph Pulitzer IV lives in self-imposed exile in Wyoming. What went wrong?
Unreal enjoys seasonal cocktails with lovely divorcees, learns of a new no-tolerance policy at a local elementary school and shares a make-out queen's Blog o' the Week; plus, how does Bryan Burwell really feel?
Camper Van Beethoven is back -- just in time
If you can't get laid at a science-fiction convention, you can't get laid!
Unreal finds good meth-lab locations and talks to a young lady making her way in the world (with the help of semi-nude photos); Bill Haas gets honest; and we (and Denny's) find several ways to play with our food
Street Knowledge (Roc Diamond)
The shot heard round the world
Spielberg, once more, is caught up in the thrill of the chase
Fred Rottnek, doctor to the downtrodden, tried his luck playing the boardroom politics of one of the city's most prestigious charities, Grace Hill. He lost. So did the homeless of St. Louis.
K's Theatrical Korps resurrects the tunes of Dr. Demento fave Tom Lehrer
Friday, Feb. 2; Sheldon Concert Hall.
"The New Breed" is the great first single from St. Louis hip-hoppers Bits n' Pieces
American BT builds a new house, to rave reviews from both sides of the pond
St. Louis Art Museum visitors are blasted into a Wonderland of space
As Senate rivals Ashcroft and Carnahan sling mud, gubernatorial contestants Talent and Holden gather dust
A tribute to the great trumpeter Lester Bowie
Written and directed by Audrey Wells