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 >>
According to (and buried way far down in) a sports column published in USA Today, Dodgers fans in Los Angeles yelled, threatened, threw popcorn at and tried to trip the grandson of Stan "The Man" Musial and his friends while they watched Games 3 and 4 of the postseason series against the Cardinals t ... More >>
Two-year-old Darion Griffin adored Mickey Mouse, was a big fan of the movies Cars and Shrek, was always asking for his sippy cup and loved to eat grapes. His family will recall these kinds of details about the toddler today at his funeral service -- one week after a seventeen-year-old driver killed ... More >>
According to the Internet, -- and other credible sources, like Waffle House -- the first week of September is National Waffle Week. Our first thought at Gut Check International Headquarters was: Why do pancakes only get one measly day of celebration, while waffles are awarded an entire week? It was ... More >>
Photos by Bryan Sutter and Jason StoffNow in its fifth year, An Under Cover Weekend has ten local bands play a set of covers by an idol or influence of their choosing. Spread over two nights and almost certain to sell out, this years incarnation spans maybe the widest range in the event's his ... More >>
Jessican Baran encapsulates the St. Louis art scene
(The number of chain-record stores nationwide has dwindled. However, St. Louis has become an unlikely safe haven for indie record shops -- and for DJs who prefer to spin the black circle instead of scrolling their iPods. In this weekly column, we'll focus on personal portraits of St. Louis' record a ... More >>
Colby Rasmus and Brendan Ryan are really good baseball players. thedirty.com‚ÄčI just have to keep telling myself that. Brendan Ryan is one of the best defensive shortstops in the game, and I once saw Colby Rasmus save a group of orphans who were out Christmas caroling when a terrorist fired a ... More >>
St. Louis artist Ernest Trova died this week at the age of 82. During his lifetime Trova was lauded as an artistic innovator and assailed by some as a commercial producer of kitsch. His popular Falling Man series made him something of a household name in art circles in the 1960s, with institutions s ... More >>
Unreal has a fairy funny week.
These guys donít a give a rip about the candy. Itís all about the plastic dispensers.
Ocean's Thirteen is a washed-up threequel. How much you wanna bet Hollywood makes a bundle?
It's been virtually impossible lately for local residents to escape the children's song "Do Your Ears Hang Low." If it isn't boring its way into your skull as a synthetic loop emanating from ice cream trucks, it's rattling windows as the chorus to St. Louis hip-hop phenom Jibbs' hit single, "Chain H ... More >>
From a long-buried pyramid to the Saint Louis Art Museum: The mysterious voyage of the Ka-Nefer-Nefer mask.
Week of September 21, 2005
We look back on the career of Gary Mac and check out the concerts of the Final Four
Disney's On the Record
We speak out against democracy, worry about Snoop and let Team Tomato give themselves a hand
Pooh's latest packs plenty for the kids
Unreal sees what all the inflatable fuss is about, learns why kitties are bad presents and talks to a man who loves hotties-but-smarties; plus, the second installment of Local Blog o' the Week!
The ten most radical hip-hop records of all time, including NWA, Public Enemy and...Mos Def?
New Line's Reefer Madness
We feel our age at St. Charles' new skate park, bare our guilty soul to the Recording Industry Association of America and pay our last respects to another victim of asbestos
It's a hot, sweaty, cutthroat business. And in most city neighborhoods, it's illegal. A report from the front lines of the battle of the Bomb Pop.
Marty Rochester wages war against the dumbing-down of public education -- even in the best of schools
Week of January 9, 2002
Fences, St. Louis Black Repertory Company
There's method to her madness, and Lady Luck has the prizes to prove it
The black-and-white facts of the once-popular, now-reviled entertainment form
Written and directed by Chuck Workman
Radio gadfly and author Jim Hightower discusses his talk show, the fate of the populist movement and the perils of the middle of the road