A lot can change in six years. That's especially true for the historic and traditional brick buildings that cover St. Louis, where just six years can mean the difference between rehabilitation and total ruin.
The end is near for the Castle Ballroom. Located at 2839 Olive Street, the music and dance hall that once hosted Jazz greats Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Miles Davis faces imminent demolition. "The Castle Ballroom was a casualty of two weather catastrophes," says Eddie Roth, deputy chief of st ... More >>
By day, Patrick Devine slaves over designer macarons, tarts and cakes so intricately detailed they look like they were assembled by gnomes at La Patisserie Chouquette (1626 Tower Grove Avenue; 314-932-7935). But in his free time, Devine makes art in a very different way -- he enters abandoned proper ... More >>
The big foodie extravaganza this weekend is the annual Taste of St. Louis, which will have over forty restaurants to choose from. But for those who can't make it downtown, there are plenty other things to do as well, from the silly (zucchini car races at the Clayton Farmers' Market) to the much-anti ... More >>
This Saturday, local Hip-Hop artist Thi'sl will throw the first pitch against his beloved St. Louis Cardinals while sporting a Miami Marlins jersey. What motivation could a hometown boy have to turncoat and guest pitch for the Marlins? Plenty, it turns out. "I can't lie I was crushed at first, and ... More >>
Joseph Maddock, a 33-year-old teacher in Lake St. Louis, is accused of putting his hand down his ten-year-old student's pants and touching him inappropriately. The alleged incident happened at the student's home. Maddock had met the student a year ago while teaching third grade at Andrews Academ ... More >>
The number of chain record stores nationwide has dwindled. However, St. Louis has become an unlikely safe haven for indie record shops as well as 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' recor ... More >>
Carondelet Leadership Academy (CLA), a new charter school, will be opening in (where else) Carondelet next fall, in the old St. Boniface school at 7604 Michigan Avenue. The school will start out with 300 students in kindergarten through fifth grade but will expand up through eighth grade in future y ... More >>
Wikimedia CommonsBuck O'Neil, Kansas City Monarchs manager, first black coach in Major League Baseball and founder of the Negro Leagues Museum.‚ÄčThe count is rising against the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City.Strike one: The recession, which is hurting museums all over the country, but ... More >>
E. Desmond "Des" Lee, a lifelong Missourian and successful entrepreneur who leveraged his business success to fund arts and education, died today at St. John's Hospital. He was 92.umsl.eduE. Desmond "Des" Lee (1917-2010) with his wife, Mary Ann.‚ÄčAccording to a press release from his family, Lee ga ... More >>
Fernando de Sousa, Wikimedia Commons Dara Strickland is a leading expert on sneaking food and drink into the movies. She reports on her exploits for Gut Check (from an undisclosed location) every Monday.Show: An astonishing schedule of St. Louis' cultural high points.Food: Not a damn thing.Difficult ... More >>
Unreal does the "Thriller" dance, sips Starbucks with a fellow ex-barista and ponders the logistics of a backhoe rodeo.
A St. Louis civil-rights pioneer vanished without a trace almost 70 years ago. Now, the NAACP wants the feds to find him.
The Yao Family is set on making St. Louis a global powerhouse in table tennis.
Some call it a well-ordered paradise. Others say it's just plain sprawl.
Green Day's politicking is simple but effective
Week of April 27, 2005
Amid the lofty renaissance, the hardcore of the urban core
The Huygens probe makes a dogged landing
Week of January 12, 2005
Dennis Brown and Deanna Jent suss out local theater
Dennis Brown and Deanna Jent suss out local theater
Art can change the world, and Jenna Bauer wants to show you how
How do you lure disaffected suburban teens into the bosom of the church? Try this unholy trinity: rock & roll, junk food and Foosball.
Cowboy crooners are putting some metro-sex into their rural images
The Roberts brothers fight to bring back life to north St. Louis
Lindbergh returns, in spirit
Hoop dreams die hard for coach John Campbell and his Sanford-Brown Indians
Week of September 10, 2003
Cummel's proprietor hopes her wandering days are over
Truth, justice and the American soap opera are under attack at the West County Y
In Stanley Parker's neighborhood, what you wear and where you go can get you killed
Loot dreams, pre-teen stars, Russian immigrants and (cough) very old men have the St. Louis table-tennis scene popping off
For this maestro, the weddings go on forever and the receptions never change
The Man be damned: 2 Keys proves the kids can do for themselves
Week of October 10, 2001
Ross Perot launched the Reform Party as the voice of the American people. Eight years later, it's a shrill, staticky free-for-all, and the moderates can't get heard.
Written and directed by Eric Mendelsohn
The U.S. Supreme Court says it's time to end segregation: People with disabilities must be allowed to leave institutions and move into the community. Sounds great -- except the state's overwhelmed and the community's nowhere near ready.
An obsession with basketball takes CBC seniors Ryan Johnson and D.J. Hogue through a successful -- but heartbreaking -- season
City Treasurer Larry Williams used to be known for bounced checks, bad audits and bogus talk. Now he's emerging as the savior of downtown. Who'da thunk it?
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