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Festival of Nations a success

Kelley Dunn

August 30, 2007

The weather was hot, the air was thick and the smell of empanadas, kebabs and baklava encompassed the entire area of Tower Grove Park in South St. Louis. The Festival of Nations, an event that the Riverfront Times deemed the best festival of 2006, came back for its eighth year in St. Louis on Aug. 2...

Talib Kweli aims to bang the beat on your Eardrum

Tim Elliott

August 30, 2007

Talib Kweli deserves to be pissed off. One of the best rappers around, Kweli has collaborated with all-star producers Hi-Tek, Kanye West and will.i.am from the Black Eyed Peas, been in a critically acclaimed group with Mos Def (Black Star) and shared a stage with a variety of alternative rap luminaries...

Let Me Explain: Vultures

KATIE LEWIS

August 30, 2007

We're our own worst enemies, ladies. Let me explain. We write songs about her, tear her down, make her our life's greatest villain and sometimes-shamefully-we are her. It's the "other woman." And she is a bitch. She weasels her way into the crevices of our private insecurities, the ones we carefully...

The next big thing

Kelley Dunn

August 30, 2007

Everyone needs a little help sometimes. Batman had Robin, Siskel had Ebert, Tom had Jerry and now, the Chicago-born band Powerspace has tiny but mighty label Fueled By Ramen. "It's great," said guitarist Tom Schleiter about being signed by Fueled by Ramen in 2006. The little label that could has produced...

The Kingdom makes waves on the big screen

Landon Burris

August 30, 2007

The slow period for movies lasting from mid-August through early November is usually filled with garbage films and movies that studios are trying to dump and salvage for profit. You usually will not find many opportunities to see a quality movie during this period. That might be changing, however. Last...

Love and marriage

KATIE LEWIS

August 30, 2007

Twenty-one women unite to discuss their mistakes and indiscretions in The Other Woman: Twenty-one Wives, Lovers, and Others Talk Openly about Sex, Deception, Love, and Betrayal (Warner, June 13), edited by Victoria Zackheim. The versatile compilation features non-fiction essays from women who have w...

Mr. Bean’s Holiday gets lost in translation

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August 23, 2007

For all fans of Mr. Bean, his new film will make sense. Mr. Bean's Holiday (Universal Pictures 2007, G), however, is not for those who have never seen or heard of Mr. Bean. Those who have no idea what is going on will definitely be demanding for their money back. The movie opens with Mr. Bean (Rowan...

Wizards and pirates and zombies, oh my!

Landon Burris

August 23, 2007

This was quite the summer for Hollywood, as theater audiences were treated to a wide variety of films dealing with everything from pregnancies to dying suns, chefs to shape-shifting robots, stuntmen to America's favorite yellow family and even Robert DeNiro as a flamboyant pirate. The biggest movies...

Judd Apatow and company revive the comic universe

ADAM TAMBURIN

August 23, 2007

A long time ago in a decade far, far away (as seen on VH1), quality R-rated comedies were commonplace fixtures at a theater near you. Somewhere between Fast Times at Ridgemont High and Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen, though, funny movies aimed at the younger demographic traded in their profane...

Summer’s hottest albums turn up the heat

Tim Elliott

August 23, 2007

Spoon's Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga (July 10, Merge)-Most listeners will pick up on the standard "Spoon sound" after a few songs as the Austin, Texas, band continues to build off of its traditional formula of groove-centric, up-tempo indie rock beneath front-man Britt Daniel's universal, poetic musings about vague ...

Dedication is keen, though obvious

KATIE LEWIS

August 23, 2007

The authors of the New York Times bestseller The Nanny Diaries have teamed up yet again for Dedication (Atria, June 5), a novel about fame, an ex-boyfriend and small-town gossip. The novel follows Kate Hollis, whose ex-boyfriend Jake Sharpe earned millions from the songs he wrote about Kate and her f...

Harry Potter enchants the world one last time

Kat Patke

July 21, 2007

Note: There are no seventh book spoilers in this article, as the author herself has not, in fact, had the chance to read the newest book anyway. A day that has been in the making for nearly ten years is finally upon us. Herds of people from all walks of life around the world ventured out to drink in t...

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