In St. Louis, we're often quite displeased when a misleading national crime report puts us in one of the top spots. But today, we're going to just embrace our latest achievement in the rankings department, no matter how flawed the methodology may be! St. Louis, ladies and gentlemen, is the No. 1 " ... More >>
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 >>
In the end, it probably happened the only way that made sense. The 2012 Cardinals are not about dramatic, thrilling victories, even if they occasionally pretend to be. The 2012 Cardinals are about letdowns at the biggest moments, and just being good enough overall to power through the heartbreak.&nb ... More >>
The Magnetic Fields, led by the enigmatic Stephin Merritt, just announced a November 14 show at the Sheldon Concert Hall (3648 Washington Boulevard). Tickets are $33 and go on sale August 11 at 10 a.m. You can purchase them by calling MetroTix at 314-534-1111 or visiting the Sheldon web site. And we ... More >>
The Black Keys headlined the first day of Coachella. Black Sabbath is about to play Lollapalooza. Local metal phenom Black Fast just wowed a crowd at Euclid Records for Record Store Day. These are all reminders that black is the official color of rock & roll. Here are the six best "Black ______" ban ... 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 >>
Oh, sure. I could have found a picture of an actual puma, but tell me those aren't awesome. Title of the novel based on tonight's game: The Puma's Roar. Well that certainly was exhilarating. The second time the Cards have scored more than six runs this season, and the second in a row, i ... More >>
David Bazan will be playing at the Old Rock House on Friday, June 10. (That's the same place he played in March 2010.) Tickets are $12 in advance and the show starts at 8 p.m. The show is 21-plus only, however, says the venue. This show comes a few weeks after Bazan releases a new solo album, Strang ... 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 >>
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?Pew Research CenterPercentage of residents who say they want to live in this city ... More >>
This holiday season Dennis discovers that one head-scratcher leads to another.
Thanks for the memories: Dennis and Deanna break down 2006.
Week of November 2, 2006
"Scientology has answers to life's problems."
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
August Wilson's Seven Guitars hits the ground running but sputters as it loses its breath
If the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra does not raise $29 million by the end of this year, it's bankrupt
The Black Rep's Jitney is a transporting experience
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"
The black-and-white facts of the once-popular, now-reviled entertainment form
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