The idea for this Sunday's Stripper Spelling Bee at Baby Dolls was first created in Montreal a few years back and didn't include professional dancers as contestants. Strip spelling's father, scientist and medical illustrator Sherwin Tjia, just kinda thought it would be fun. His contest operated unde ... More >>
Denton's Fishboy is a super fun act for a number of reasons: For one, there are the songs like "Half Time at the Proper Name Spelling Bee," which toe the line between the cutesy and the smartly funny (and are so adored by fans that people decide to make tribute videos to the band, like the one above ... More >>
Samir Patel, back when he was belle of the Bee Surely, you know the heartbreaking tale of Colleyville's Samir Patel -- the spelling wunderkind who always seemed to come this close to clinching the Scripps National Spelling Bee title before dropping the proverbial clevis. Well, a year after his final ... More >>
Samir Patel was ousted from the National Spelling Bee this afternoon; fifth time, turns out, was not a charm after all. About an hour ago, I spoke with James Maguire, who wrote perhaps the definitive book about spelling bees: American Bee: The National Spelling Bee and the Culture of Word Nerds. And ... More >>
Akeelah spells out a fantasy that feels wonderfully real
Who would have thought--a compelling film about spelling!