When Pharrell coined the term "New Black" earlier this year, he clearly didn't anticipate the backlash. Sitting across from billionaire Oprah Winfrey, riding the success of a worldwide No. 1 record and a couple of Grammy wins, the singer/producer was eager to dismiss the idea that being black had in ... More >>
David Malan, the Harvard professor credited with revitalizing computer science studies at the Ivy League school, is coming to St. Louis to help budding programmers in the first hackathon outside of Cambridge. Harvard students have been holding "hackathons," all-night, collaborative coding events co ... More >>
Here again: every newly announced show for the week! On page one you'll find a quick list of shows that particularly caught our attention, followed by embedded YouTube videos; there, you can check out some of the artists you may not be familiar with. Page two contains our complete listing of new sho ... More >>
Can we all just agree that the New York Times Style section is the most important source of news in our time? How else would we know about all the ways wealthy, Ivy League-educated residents of Williamsburg and Park Slope mingle, mate, marry, raise dogs and children and send those dogs and children ... More >>
Madonna is taking time out of her taxing virgin-blood-drinking schedule long enough to fit in a lil' world tour. She'll bring all the hits and her terrifying biceps to the Scottrade Center on November 1. Teflon Don, The Boss Rick Ross is at the Ambassador on February 19. Rob Ruzicka is throwing hims ... More >>
Keith Richards early in his career. February is Black History Month, the mere existence of which is a reminder that white people have spent a majority of America's existence being total dicks. When it comes to popular music, Caucasians are like a race comprising Winona Ryders who have no prob ... More >>
Annie ZaleskiVampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig, taken at the Pageant in 2008If you're reading this, you've probably already made up your mind about Vampire Weekend. Most find the New York quartet's music either delicious or disgusting, with very few people in the "just okay" camp. Speaking to A t ... More >>
image via"Muffy, we've been snubbed!"Now we know that most of this country's preppies are concentrated in the northeast. That is, after all, where most prep schools and all the Ivy League colleges are. But according to True Prep, a sequel of sorts to the 1980 classic The Official Preppy Handbook, ... More >>
Rob Krentz's family talks about the life and death of the murdered Arizona rancher
commons.wikimedia.orgAdmit it. That's a creepy effing mascot. The Cardinals travel to San Diego tonight to begin a series against the surprising Padres, who sit atop the NL West. Looking over at the other dugout, the Cards just may see a mirror image of themselves, a team succeeding mostly on ... More >>
The New York Times just posted an obituary of Theodore R. Sizer, founder of the Coalition of Essential Schools, who reportedly died yesterday at his home in Massachusetts.Writes Times reporter Margalit Fox:Sizer was best known as the father of the Essential Schools movement, which he founded in 1984 ... More >>
A former speechwriter for George H.W. Bush has floated the name of -- nay, endorsed -- Missouri's freshman senator for the soon-to-be-open seat on the U.S. Supreme Court. Writing in her blog on U.S. News & World Report, Mary Kate Cary says three liberals with degrees in law and working motherhoo ... More >>
Mizzou surprised even its most optimistic fans when it won the Big 12 tournament last week. It was an impressive performance, especially for a team that absolutely stunk in road games all season. Now the Tigers seem to be hitting their stride at just the right time of the year, winning ten of their ... More >>
Filing begins tomorrow for the Elected School Board of the St. Louis Public Schools, and guess who plans to be first in line? St. Louis' evergreen political candidate, Mr. William "Bill" Haas. Although he's got degrees from Yale and Harvard, Haas has yet to join his Ivy League breth ... More >>
Ezra Koenig, singer and guitar player for Vampire Weekend, didn't only hit all the high notes during the New York band's set at Pitchfork Music Festival on Saturday, he livened them up and stretched them out. Meanwhile, bass player Chris Baio shimmied and bended his knees, while playing the higher ... More >>
Into the Wild released on DVD
Life as a young, hot, white, educated nanny in the city sure is a drag
Joe takes a swing at the pageant industry
The truth behind a decades-old skull theft.
Then, one reader takes the St. Louis Public Library to task, while another brings home a tasty bowl of spicy bull penis.
Music news you can use
Busch's Grove, 9160 Clayton Road, Ladue;
She designs the duds that make the OSTL sing
B-Sides finds other Franken-guitars to match Junior Brown's creation, earns some holiday cash on eBay and discovers that Milemarker and My Chemical Romance have more in common than you'd think
The fourteenth annual St. Louis International Film Festival gets off to a great start
Internet hoops junkies fuel Shawn Siegel's Jerry Maguire-like dreams
It'd Be Cool if this sequel were any good. Too bad it ain't.
We try to track down Jerry Berger, investigate what Carnahan is doing on the Flipside and learn about a Cosmological Flight Machine; plus, Bill Haas dishes the dirt and Unreal gets schooled at a "Rock, Paper, Scissors" tourney
Hoop dreams die hard for coach John Campbell and his Sanford-Brown Indians
2002 proved that TV has no shame at any hour
But just think, no one hates TV more than Trent Lott
Jewish pottymouth MC Paul Barman makes a brilliant hip-hop oddity
With the rich, says Igby, always a little pity
The volunteer jurists running a truancy court for St. Louis get an up-close view of wayward kids, don't-care parents and war-zone schools. It's worse than they thought.
Inside the Beautiful Mind of John Nash lies madness and magic
Reese Witherspoon's talents are wasted in the muddy, unoriginal Legally Blonde
Becoming Transparent (Caipirinha)
Sunday, March 19; Monday Club
Photographer Gary Simmons leads a tour of the (empty) halls of academe in a new exhibit at the St. Louis Art Museum
By Sam Shepard (Actors Renaissance Theatre)
Hip-hop's here. Deal with it. Check the local MCs and DJs moving up from the underground.