Just weeks before he's scheduled to return to Earth, astronaut Mike Hopkins captured two beautiful photos from the International Space Station of his childhood home in Missouri. The International Space Station took Hopkins and his "roommates" -- Russian cosmonauts Oleg Kotov and Servey Ryazanskiy - ... More >>
Recently, I stopped drinking alcohol for a few weeks due to a severe case of "turning into a tremendously fat man." Attending / eating at the Gathering of the Juggalos essentially ruined my metabolism, which now runs off of warm beer and chocolate-covered waffles. As a result, I've been compensating ... More >>
St. Louis pride apparently extends as far as Antarctica. Today, Richard Bose, an electrical engineer at Washington University's physics department, is presenting Mayor Francis Slay with a St. Louis flag that has been to Antarctica and back. Bose is part of a high-energy astrophysics team at Wash ... More >>
The Moonrise Hotel (6177 Delmar Boulevard; 314-721-1111) opened its brand-new rooftop bar last week for a special media preview of the space called the New Moon Room. Gut Check was there to scope it out and to chat with the duke of U. City and the man behind the New Moon Room, Joe Edwards. "I never ... More >>
"It is a period of civil war. Rebel spaceships, striking from a hidden base, have won their first victory against the evil Galactic Empire." So begins the famous opening crawl to Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, the 1977 film that kicked off a universe full of furry dog-beasts, deadly weapons of l ... More >>
Here's one way to make a scene: Lock yourself to a 500-pound potted plant inside a corporate building as others dance and sing loudly in the lobby. That's exactly what a group of activists did yesterday inside the Arch Coal headquarters in Creve Coeur. And the demonstration -- aimed at drawing atten ... More >>
Update January 22: Super-TIGER has broken the official NASA balloon record. And yes, there's a trophy for that. Which has already reached the team in Antarctica. (Yet it takes a week for UPS to deliver a simple package within the continental United States. What is up with that? But we digress.) Cur ... More >>
Yesterday, Gut Check shared our thoughts on the Fabulous Fox Theatre's tasteless $500 fundraising event that recreates the eleven-course meal that Titanic's first passengers ate the night the ship sank. In honor of the iceberg that shortchanged Titanic's maiden voyage, Gut Check has compiled a list ... More >>
Writing children's books appears simple enough, so simple that even a child can do it. Hell, even Stephen Colbert can do it. Just a few rhymes on a page, a few drawings (preferably by somebody else) -- voila! You have a book! "Lots of people think it's easy," says St. Louis author Amy E. Sklansky. ... More >>
Jessica Baran encapsulates the St. Louis art scene
This and that Union Jack dress that Ginger Spice wore are just part of a list of uncomfortable moments in British invasion history.Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner looked dapper and distinctively British on the cover of SPIN's recent Success Issue. The slight singer sports a skinny suit th ... More >>
Later, they would tell people that it was his chess merit badge that won her over.You can earn a Boy Scout merit badge in fly fishing, in stamp collecting and in something called "pulp and paper." You can even earn one in journalism. But it wasn't until now that the Boy Scouts organization fi ... More >>
Fernando de Sousa, Wikimedia Commons I was planning on regaling you with tales of the highly appropriate rainbow-hued foods I snuck into the Pride Parade this weekend in Tower Grove Park. Alas, even Southern sneaks wilt like delicate magnolia blossoms in 100-plus degree heat, and I am no exception. ... More >>
A view from the top of the Moonrise. The Loop now has a hotel, and according to managers, a 50 percent occupancy rate for its opening day.The Moonrise Hotel (6177 Delmar Boulevard) -- the latest project to sprout from beneath the blond mane of businessman Joe Edwards -- officially opens today. Fans ... More >>
Plus: a very successful witch, and the saddest lost-dog story ever told.
The Astronaut Farmer
Unreal sheds some pounds, buys some shoes and heads to Mars! Plus: Learning to raft with REO... Speedwagon?
B-Sides asks a cadre of local musicians to reminisce about Chuck Berry as he turns 80, while Dr. Zhivegas get down with their debut disc.
Chris Browne's bowling documentary has gloom to spare
The Raveonettes are androgynous-Nordic-black-leather sexy -- oh, yes
Rockin' on the Landing
Week of June 4, 2003
The sounds Zeena Parkins coaxes from her hand-built electric harp are odd and beautiful
Two prominent companies unfurl their first productions of the fall season. So far, so good.
Who has the right to write about the lord of the Ring's fictional tongues?
(Mostly) Harmless Theatre blasts off in a thrilling inaugural production
Rich Balducci takes a lickin' and keeps on tickin'
At 28, Spuds has become a cybersage for the young and the reckless. Now he's gone straight.
Vote for Gore, vote for Bush -- what's the difference?
Directed by Clint Eastwood
Directed by Brian De Palma
St. Louis Art Museum