Way to go, bookworms. Your fervent page-flipping and e-book ingesting has put St. Louis high on Amazon.com's list of the most well-read cities in America. St. Louis comes in at No. 11 on the list, between No. 12 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and No. 10 Columbia, South Carolina. Alexandria, Virginia, to ... More >>
By Nick Keppler It's a Tuesday night, and I am sitting on a yoga mat in the back of a former grocery store in Pittsburgh, spreading my legs as far as they can go. I reflexively turn to see how the woman next to me is managing her dragonfly pose when I realize I can barely see her. The room is lit o ... More >>
Mac Miller is coming to the Pageant! The Pittsburgh rapper will perform on Sunday, July 28, and we have two tickets up for grabs.
Not all things that come from the St. Charles area are homogenized and soul-less. Take Strangers Now, for example. I went out to a Halloween show at one of the members' houses out there last year: It was chock full of un-jaded, fresh-faced kids who I barely recognized. This was somewhat unheard of, ... More >>
For most St. Louisans, going home for Thanksgiving this week means staying put. According to Census figures, 69.4 percent of people living in the St. Louis metropolitan area were born in the region. That ranks as sixth highest nationally among major cities and a good 12 percentage points abo ... More >>
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers via PlacesThe Mississippi River model during its last days of use in the early 1970s.This spring, computer models helped the Army Corps of Engineers determine the exact outcome of flooding when the agency made the controversial decision to blast the Birds Point Levee ... More >>
USA TodayAccording to the oh-so-scientific pollsters of the Daily Beast, St. Louisans, among other things, have nicotine addictions and a lack of book-smarts. So it's nice to know that the latest ranking chart of the pop-political website, released this week for Mother's Day, suggests that ou ... More >>
A Census employee works the streets of (INSERT MIDWEST CITY) last summer.Yesterday St. Louis officials all but conceded that the 2010 U.S. Census got it right: The city did lose 30,000 people, or 8.3 percent of its population, over the past decade. And while there's been lots of hand-wringing abo ... More >>
This weekend, in case you somehow missed it, St. Louis played host to the Southern Graphics Council International Conference, with an offshoot event on Cherokee Street as well as edgier programming by Tom Huck's Evil Prints. Brooklyn-based muralist Swoon was in town, putting up a mural on the side o ... More >>
"That does it! Release 'Quick Strike' and proceed to target. Launch all available missiles!"It's believed to be the only U.S. government film depicting the catastrophic atrocities of nuclear war, and for the first-time ever it's available to the masses. The Power of Decision was produced in 1957 ... More >>
As expected, Illinois governor Pat Quinn yesterday signed off on a bill legalizing civil unions in that state.Two month ago, the measure passed in both houses."We believe in civil rights, and we believe in civil unions," Quinn said at a signing ceremony at the Chicago Cultural Center. "We believe ... More >>
Tribute bands are serious business. The moves, the fashion, the vocal tics, the hair -- for a tribute band, these elements must all be in place if it wants to become successful. Authenticity is so prized, in fact, that a Dallas-area Def Leppard tribute band is allegedly looking for a one-armed drumm ... More >>
Hey, sports fans! As of yesterday, you officially have a new online destination where you can fritter away your working hours. SBNation, a national community of sports blogs, launched its St. Louis site Tuesday, a one-stop repository of news and opinions -- for what value is a conversation about spo ... More >>
Update: (Thursday, 3.11, 10:15 a.m.) My Post-Dispatch counterpart, Joe Bonwich, was kind enough to pass along word that today's signing at Williams-Sonoma will now run from 4-5:30 p.m.Update: (Thursday, 3.11, 11:45 a.m.) Also, she will be at the Des Peres Schnucks (12332 Manchester Road) from 2-3 ... More >>
9 p.m. Thursday, November 26. The Firebird, 2706 Olive Street.
The U.S. and Russia continue talks over Russia's ban on U.S. meat after the swine-flu outbreak. (Guardian)The governor-general of Canada is in trouble for eating raw seal meat. (BBC News)Pittsburgh fishmongers crack down on Detroit residents buying octopus before the Stanley Cup Finals begin.(Yahoo! ... More >>
This past year, over at Viva El Birdos, I wrote a post on Christmas Eve called "God Bless Us, Everyone." It wasn't about baseball, as is often the case with the things that I write, but about my own feelings at Christmas about, well, just life in general. I was pretty proud of the way the piece turn ... More >>
There's slush the color of wet concrete on the sidewalks, in gutters and on roads. Jobs are hard to come by and our winter sports teams are atrocious! But do St. Louisans really think of their town as St. Louis Shitty?While February was chosen as the Best Month to Leave St. Louis by this very paper ... More >>
Venue: The Van. Location: Drive from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Columbus, Ohio Date: 06.18.08 Since we checked in to the HoJo around 2 a.m., the front desk kindly allowed us a late checkout, but we took even that down to the last second, and the housekeeping staff was there at 12 p.m. sharp to c ... More >>
The American Lung Association released its semi-annual ''State of the Air'' report recently, ranking the cleanest and most polluted cities in the country. How did St. Louis fare? Predictably bad. cleanair-stlouis.com Today, June 11, 2008, is a Yellow Air Quality day in the city of St. Louis. Th ... More >>
So, where do we go from here? (Vote on your changes here). Memorial Day has come and gone. The first real holiday of summer always provides a nice opportunity to look around and take stock of a baseball team; to assess the strengths, weaknesses, and everything in between. So, what have we learned s ... More >>
In the most recent edition of his made-to-waste-away-your-workday "Links of the Week" series, ESPN's Bill "The Sports Guy" Simmons featured a reader-submitted YouTube clip of Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa circa 1998, with the following description: Here's an incredible YouTube find from Tim in Pitts ... More >>
This holiday season Dennis discovers that one head-scratcher leads to another.
The Mexican takes a look at the biggest cities in the U.S. with the smallest Mexican communities.
Thanks for the memories: Dennis and Deanna break down 2006.
Week of November 2, 2006
"Scientology has answers to life's problems."
Forget Yourself (SpinArt)
Modey Lemon serves up nasty rock & roll with a smile
Week of December 17, 2003
Plus: charter control; the opera comes to town; and so does the wrecking ball
Magazine article shines an unwelcome spotlight on St. Louis' civic squabbles; PLUS: Is this any way to announce a party? Let's have some suggestions!
Week of July 3, 2002
If the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra does not raise $29 million by the end of this year, it's bankrupt
Downtown goings-on in the food business
When it comes to being given a stadium, Cardinal owners want it both ways
Week of November 8, 2000
Inevitability and Intimacy
Success ruins some of baseball owners' most tearful tales
Directed by Curtis Hanson
The Black Rep stages the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama Fences
Beckmann in Paris takes "Best of Show"