May 2015

SLM May 2015 Cover

St. Louis Magazine’s May issue is out now, and the cover story is all about food. Read about some of the best places around for meat, bread, cheese, and more. Also inside: an in-depth look at surveillance in St. Louis, a Q&A with celeb stargazer Neil deGrasse Tyson, and the annual Excellence in Nursing Awards.


Photo by Kevin A. Roberts



Illustration by Joel Kimmel

There’s something about a grocery store—with its glowing dairy coolers and glistening heads of lettuce, its neatly stacked cans of corn and freshly baked bread—that just feels like home... Read more



Photography courtesy of Optum Pro Cycling

Maura Kinsella’s latest bad luck came in February, on the first day of the Tour of Qatar. She was caught in the middle of a pileup, 50 riders crashing together, and her left side came down on another rider’s handlebars. Read more


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Photography courtesy of the St. Louis Cardinals

First, ISIS issued a fatwa clarifying that foosball is not, in fact, forbidden. Then, Great American Human Foosball came to St. Louis, turning a barroom game into an acrobatic contact sport. Read more



Illustration by Todd Detwiler

They had to get permission from the building owner, they had to shore up the roof, and they had to raise money. Urban Harvest STL met all of those goals and more, and they’ll soon debut a 10,000-square-foot “Food Roof” urban farm. Read more


A rundown of the May 2015 issue of St. Louis Magazine Read more

Gokul Venkatachalam

Photo by Kevin A. Roberts

Gokul Venkatachalam, an eighth-grader at Parkway West Middle School, will be among the favorites at this year’s Scripps National Spelling Bee, held May 24–29 in the D.C. area. He learned to spell “Kierkegaardian” the hard way. Read more


You may have noticed the city’s new high-tech parking meters, which accept payment from credit cards and cellphones. No matter how you pay, you’ll soon be paying more: This summer will bring a rate hike. Read more


Susan Margolis Balk inhabits contradictions. She’s taught literary journalism at Columbia University and creative writing to ex-cons; worked as a literary editor at Playboy; written for Rolling Stone but also for Vogue... Read more



Illustration by Vidhya Nagarajan

Poor people are really lousy about giving money to political campaigns. They don’t attend fundraisers. They shun PACs. You never see one on a host committee... Read more

Think Again


Photography by Dilip Vishwanat



Photography by Arthur Witman, courtesy of the State Historical Society of Missouri

The Dollar Princess, Princess Flavia, The Student Prince, Circus Princess, Louis the XIV, The Princess Pat: The Muny’s always been fond of kings and queens. This actress’ white wig hints she was in 1944’s The Vagabond King, an operetta... Read more



Photography by Miller Mobley/Redux

He hosted 2014’s revamped version of Cosmos, the PBS show that made science sexy again. He’s the director of New York’s Hayden Planetarium. And he’s the nearest thing to a rock star that astronomy has fielded since his own mentor, Carl Sagan. Read more



Photography by Kevin A. Roberts

Since launching his first collection in 2013, Paulie Gibson has quickly made a name for himself. Read more



Courtesy of Lift for Life Academy

Six years ago, Marshall Cohen asked Project Runway contestant Laura Kathleen Baker whether she would be interested in launching a fashion program at Lift for Life Academy. Read more



Photography by Kevin A. Roberts

As president of AIGA Saint Louis, Carlos Zamora keeps an office at the B Hive, Kevin Brennan’s new co-working space in the CWE. Read more



Photography by David Levinthal

"Effie Gray" combines gorgeous costumes, an inspiring story—and a St. Louis connection. Read more



Photography by Kevin A. Roberts

Where to find the best bread, produce, meats, & more Read more

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Photo by Kevin A. Roberts

With these stunning hats, you’ll be off to the races. Read more



Photography by Emily Suzanne McDonald

Perusing the offerings along Manchester and elsewhere Read more