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    November 13, 2014
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    September 25, 2014

    Six Ways To Avoid Getting Robbed On Tour

    Although musicians are infamous for walking out on bar tabs, trashing hotel rooms and hijacking chuckwagon sandwiches from gas stations, there is one thing they deserve: the ability to torture society with their particular brand of art. Sadly, it happens all too often that bands' tours are derailed ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2013

    Eminem's "The Monster," Ft. Rihanna: Why This Song Sucks

    [Editor's Note: In his column Serrano Time, award-winning writer and goofball Shea Serrano writes about his life and times.] Song: Eminem's "The Monster," featuring Rihanna History: Eminem did a freestyle battle. He went up against Papa Doc and choked. It was pretty sad. Then some more sad stuff h ... More >>

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    July 11, 2013
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    August 7, 2012

    Washington University Named Country's Most Stressful College

    Stay away from the Washington University campus. According to Newsweek, their students are the most stressed out in the country. That's right -- WUSTL has risen to the top of magazine's annual list, which attempts to quantify stress levels on campus using cold hard numbers. They could have sent so ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2012

    Madonna is Coming to the Scottrade Center: Pre-Sale and Ticket Information [Update]

    Madonna, fresh off a Super Bowl appearance and more aware of how to capitalize than possibly anyone in pop music, has just announced a massive 2012 tour. And just days before Madonna 2012 World Tour goes out in (presumably) a blaze of infinite production value in Miami, she'll make a stop here in St ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2011

    23 Musicians with Michele Bachmann Eyes: Horrifying and Hypnotic

    Jeff Tweedy as the Queen of Rage​Michelle Bachmann's Newsweek cover, on which she stares out icily over the headline The Queen Of Rage, has provoked intense reaction, mostly because of Bachmann's rapidly ballooning public caricature, but at least partly because the look in her eyes is somethin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2011

    Three Examples of the Current Food Television Chaos

    Image via​Is Julia Child rolling over in her grave yet? Cooking shows, the genre she helped create, are roaring out of control. So says Saveur editor-in-chief James Oseland in Sunday's Los Angeles Times. Specifically, "It's foodie chaos right now." Oseland should know; he's been a judge on ... More >>

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    March 10, 2011
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    November 4, 2010
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    July 28, 2010


    Read a penetrating chapter from former Phoenix New Times investigative reporter Terry Greene Sterling's book: ILLEGAL: Life and Death in Arizona's Immigration War Zone

  • Blogs

    May 18, 2010

    Gay Comic Jason Stuart Can Play a Straight Guy, Too.

    Stand-up comic Jason Stuart. See a YouTube clip of his act below.​The world of stand-up comedy in 2010, is by many accounts, more welcoming to out-of-the-closet gay comics than it was when Jason Stuart came to St. Louis in the '90s. But even in those pioneering days of out comics, Stuart praises t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2010

    The Morning Brew: Wednesday, 1.6

    ​ New food trend for vegetarians - eating meat. (Newsweek)Detroit's industrial wasteland turning into farmland. (Chicago Tribune)Fishermen lost at sea a reminder of the hard life of commercial fishing. (Newport News Daily Press)Florida beer delivery company celebrates first anniversary. (St ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Friday, 8.28

    ​ Three companies in California charged with selling unpasteurized cheese, while several New York restaurants busted for serving kangaroo meat.  (Los Angeles Times, Grub Street)Life in California's San Joaquin Valley, where over half of America's produce is grown, is downright Steinbeck ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2009

    What Should Obama Wear to Throw Out First Pitch?

    Newsweek blog ponders: "As Obama Heads to the All-Star Game, a Debate Over What to Wear"Unreal replies:Voilà!

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2009

    St. Louis Doc Says of Circumcisions: "We Whack 'Em All"

    The current issue of Newsweek contains a short piece (no pun intended) (no, really) about circumcision -- or, more precisely, about the decline in circumcisions in the United States.Writes Nick Summers:Following a 1999 report from the American Academy of Pediatrics, which said that the health benefi ... More >>

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    February 18, 2009
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    November 18, 2008

    Eat Like Obama! The election of Barack Obama has apparently turned us into a nation of twelve-year-old girls, with Newsweek, the New York Times and 60 Minutes our Tiger Beat, YM and TRL (RIP). Here at Gut Check, we follow the reports on the new cabinet with interest -- OMG, is he really g ... More >>

  • News

    June 6, 2007

    The Rockwell Files

    Steven Spielberg's stolen painting, a St. Louis art thief, and a plot to kill Martin Luther King. It could make a helluva movie.

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2007

    Dispatches from the Fifth Estate

    Welcome to Media Watchdog Headquarters! In 1969 the Chicago Journalism Review reported a story that had been ignored by the mainstream press, alleging that the political machine of Mayor Richard Daley had covered up the murder of two members of the Black Panther Party at the hands of police. The ar ... More >>

  • News

    January 24, 2007

    Monster Next Door?

    From Webster Groves High to Imos Pizza to a cheap apartment in a forlorn corner of Kirkwood. For years Michael Devlin was all but invisible. Now hes Public Enemy No. 1.

  • Blogs

    November 28, 2006

    Weird (and Wiley) Science The Wiley Gorlok In September 2003 the Rev. Miriam Lindbeck found herself rapidly declining into old age. Her memory was fading. New wrinkles appeared on her face almost daily. And her love life? Well, don't get Lindbeck started, but she hadn't had a period in seven years a ... More >>

  • News

    March 29, 2006

    eBay baBay

    Unreal meets a Skinker-DeBaliviere resident who's recycling garbage into art. Then we discover something even more shocking than temporary-tattooing a Web site across your pregnant belly: Young adults like to drink on Spring Break!

  • News

    March 29, 2006

    The Split from Hell

    Vinson v. Vinson: It'll be a cold day in Hades before you see another divorce trial this bizarre

  • News

    December 14, 2005

    Pray the Gay Away

    Pastor Jim Venice says he can turn homos into heteros. Credit cards welcome.

  • Culture

    April 13, 2005

    Tell It Like It Was

    Translator David Slavitt wears the masks of comedy and tragedy with equal ease

  • Culture

    December 15, 2004

    Urbane Living

    St. Louis designer Rocio Romero's prefab homes are generating a buzz across the nation

  • Music

    August 11, 2004

    Ultimate Rock Fantasy

    Forget the office-football draft, dude. Here's a far cooler way to waste your time and your employer's money.

  • Culture

    June 12, 2002

    Get It Straight

    The road to Ellen was paved with the best of intentions

  • Film

    March 13, 2002

    Film Openings

    Week of March 13, 2002

  • News

    December 20, 2000

    The Taking of the Presidency

    Supremes' credibility isn't helped by report of O'Connor's craving Arizona

  • Best of St. Louis

    September 27, 2000

    Best Comic-in-Books Store

    Star Clipper Comics & Games

  • News

    September 6, 2000

    The Talented Mr. Spellmann

    Lindenwood University's president may be a genius, a savior and a visionary. He may also be higher ed's worst nightmare.

  • News

    August 16, 2000

    Killer Campaign

    When the Benetton clothing company dared to humanize death-row inmates in a $20 million ad campaign, Attorney General Jay Nixon threw a fit. Then he played right into their hands and sued them.

  • Culture

    July 19, 2000

    Dream Weaver

    Sandman author Neil Gaiman finds magic in the damnedest place

  • News

    October 6, 1999

    Billy Club

    A simple, happy message helped him become the nation's favorite preacher. Thanks to a Popsicle-slick PR machine and a talent for dodging tough questions, we've forgotten what Billy Graham is really all about.

  • Calendar

    August 4, 1999


    New Line Theatre's Scott Miller bares all about Head Games

  • News

    July 7, 1999


    Christian rock combines the Lord's message with the devil's beat. Sometimes the result is exhilaration. Sometimes it's god-awful confusion.

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    June 23, 1999
  • Music

    May 19, 1999
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    March 24, 1999
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    March 10, 1999

    Second Sight

    Losing her eyesight hasn't kept a Shrewsbury mother and housewife from enjoying the people and activities she loves

  • News

    February 10, 1999
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    February 3, 1999

    Love Train

    Get on board for a guided tour of matters of the heart --and hormones

  • Music

    December 9, 1998