From the monthly archives: April 2011

Happy 20th birthday, Lollapalooza! What better way to ring in two decades of music than with Eminem, Foo Fighters, Coldplay and Muse as headliners and over 130 other bands to round out the weekend in Grant Park.

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A documentary about humans’ ability to adapt to all environments, a search for a long-lost friend and a tale about a drug binge in the Las Vegas desert come to your video stores tomorrow. Sounds like a good Tuesday!

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Four days. One event. Two different opinions. Editors share their views surrounding the hype of the fast-approaching, highly anticipated April 29 nuptials. Whose side are you on?

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Many fast-food chains now offer “healthier” menus for the calorie-conscious, but by nature, most of the food served in fast-food chains are highly processed and doused in chemicals. Take Wendy’s new natural cut fries, for example.

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This week’s releases involve a few celebrity authors, including funnyman Demetri Martin, actor/stud Rob Lowe and celebrity surgeon Anthony Youn. If you’re not into reading about the stars, don’t fret; there are plenty of other options this week. Happy reading.

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Author TJ Waters invented Autography, a technology that allows authors to sign digital versions of books on their iPads and send them to fans’ e-readers in minutes. The new technology will debut at BookExpo America in May.

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Summer brings days at the pool and increased ice cream intake, but it also heralds in the time to say goodbye to favorite TV characters—at least for three months. Make sure not to miss these upcoming shows.

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Paul Larimore is an insurance sales trainer by day and a rock and roll legend by night. For over 10 years, he has spent time acting as Elvis on the stage. Larimore, along with the Beacon Band, performed tonight at Hazel Kinder’s Lighthouse Theater. The pretend-to-be-King took time out of his performance preparations to talk [...]

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The world is going WillKat crazy. With only six more days until Prince William and Kate Middleton say “I do,” royal wedding worshippers are seeking ways to cash in and commemorate the big day. Whether they’re hilarious, impressive or just plain strange, these kooky collectibles are sure to make you laugh in royal proportions.

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Independent Actors Theatre, a local-based theatre troupe, will open its end-of-the-semester production of “Superior Donuts” tonight at The Muse Café and Gallery. The show will run through April 24.

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A comprehensive, interactive guide to royal wedding coverage before, during and after the big day.

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There have been so many restaurant changes around town in the past few months that it might be hard to keep up. Luckily Vox has a list of updates to get you started.

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Read, Reuse, Recycle

April 22, 2011 12:02 pm by

There is no better time than Earth Day to clean your overflowing bookshelves. Here are some local options to de-clutter and stay green.

Book exchange:

If you want to swap your books for new reads, Nancy’s Trade-a-Book II can help. The store, located at 21 Conley Road, will exchange used books with their wide selection [...]

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Friday Flicks

April 22, 2011 11:58 am by

Sure, going to the movies these days can wreck havoc on the wallet— especially if you’re the type to order the extra-jumbo-megatron-sized popcorn bucket with a mountain of salt and a river of butter (because that’s definitely what I do). But after a hard week, it’s worth relaxing with a flick. Besides, you know there’s [...]

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When Radiohead released The King of Limbs this February after four years of silence, the album’s 37-minute run time and the secretive nature of its release spawned immediate buzz about the possibility of a second album from the same sessions. Rumors continued to spread after [...]

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Artlandish Gallery will be hosting a Spring festival for you to enjoy local artists’ work. More than 40 artists will display their handmade work in the underground market-style Catacombs at the Catacombs Art Market and Springtime Fest this weekend. Works include jewelry, pottery, apparel and wall paintings.

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If you’ve ever wondered what the drama of Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho did to the innocent locals not involved with the film, check out Manuel Muñoz’s new book, What You See in the Dark. The first-time novelist will speak at Columbia College Thursday in Dorsey Gym 6 p.m.

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Concert Recap: Arcade Fire

April 21, 2011 2:15 pm by

Still teeming with energy from a stop at Coachella Music Festival in Indio, Calif. last week, Arcade Fire made a stop at the outdoor Starlight Theatre in Kansas City Wednesday night with inventive video, pulsing lighting and dynamic stage presence that rivaled any festival experience.

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*Spoiler alert*
Everyone watch out for slushies; Glee is back. I’ve been anxiously awaiting the show’s return, but halfway through last night’s episode, I was not impressed. Aside from finding out Brittany is a cat-disease expert and hearing a mildly entertaining song from guest star Charice, at the 30-minute mark I was left with nothing but a few laughs and one song.

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The starting Missouri Tiger quarterback will be unknown as spring camp comes to a close.

Mizzou has enjoyed a steady streak of signal callers for almost a decade. Brad Smith started every game of his career from 2002-2006 before handing the reins to Chase Daniel, who led the Tigers from 2006-2009. Blaine Gabbert continued the [...]

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