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    March 20, 2014
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    March 13, 2014
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    January 31, 2014

    Super "Bowl" Sunday: The Gut Check Guide to Curing the Munchies

    The Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos face off this Sunday in the Super Bowl and in case you haven't noticed, both of those states got real friendly with an entirely different kind of "bowl" recently. In celebration of both states' recent legalization of marijuana, many will be marking game da ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2014

    A Brew for You: Civil Life's "Big Year Brown"

    A weekly beer recommendation from Gut Check contributor Zach Garrison. Question: Is there any brown ale in this city better than Civil Life's (3714 Holt Avenue) "American Brown?" Answer: Yes, Civil Life's "Big Year Brown," newly released and ready for action. There's more flavor and a heftier ABV, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2013

    The Ten Best Food Events in St. Louis This Weekend: December 13 to 15

    Tis the season for pub crawls! The holiday events keep comin', and while some may choose more, ahem wholesome activities this weekend, like decorating cookies or meeting Santa, some will be traipsing through the city bedecked in their holiday best (or worst). Check out our food-related recommendatio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2013

    Lou Reed's Influence: Local and National Musicians Reflect

    October 27 was anything but a perfect day for Lou Reed fans. As Rolling Stone first reported, the influential rock guitarist and daring songwriter passed Sunday; cause of death has not yet been released. Through the Velvet Underground and his later solo work, Reed dismissed the fairytale of New Yor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2013

    Six of the Best Locally Brewed Pumpkin Beers

    Seasonal beers are very popular: They offer new flavors and give brewers a chance to experiment outside the box. The approaching cool weather usually brings out a whole slew of 'em that are usually darker, heavier and meant to warm the heart. One of the first on the market (released earlier and earl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2013

    St. Louis Prostitution: Alderman Jeffrey Boyd Raises Question of Legalized Brothels

    What can St. Louis do to curb the wide range of problems associated with prostitution? One idea that's getting a lot of attention in recent weeks is to legalize it, which would mean permitting lawful, regulated brothels that the city could actually tax. The concept was brought forward by Alderman ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2013

    Here Are All 80 Horrible Similes on Lil Wayne's I Am Not a Human Being II

    Lil Wayne has just released his tenth studio album, I Am Not a Human Being II. It's been eighteen years since his first album: True Story as one half of The B.G.'z. In that time, he's been a lesser-known member of an embattled Southern hip-hop group, a scrawny kid, a mixtape hero, the greatest rappe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2012

    Em Piro: Fringe Mastermind Already Plotting for 2013

    Em Piro has learned her lesson. St. Lou Fringe 2013 has been scheduled for June 20-24. That is not the weekend of Pride. It is the weekend before. 2012 firmly established that if there's going to be a conflict between Pride and Fringe, Pride, older and bigger and more deeply embedded in St. Louis ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2012

    Adult Entertainment Virtual Convention: Inside the World of Wank-Craft

    ​ Most conventions are pants-mandatory kinds of affairs -- even those of the adult nature. For the world's first virtual porn convention, however, I'm not wearing any (relax...I'm in my PJs). This past weekend, XBiz and Red Light Center hosted the Adult Entertainment Virtual Convention, porn's fi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2012

    Madonna is Coming to the Scottrade Center: Pre-Sale and Ticket Information [Update]

    Madonna, fresh off a Super Bowl appearance and more aware of how to capitalize than possibly anyone in pop music, has just announced a massive 2012 tour. And just days before Madonna 2012 World Tour goes out in (presumably) a blaze of infinite production value in Miami, she'll make a stop here in St ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2011

    Getting Maced in the Kitchen

    Welcome to Spice World, in which Gut Check zeroes in on overlooked spices from around the globe, introducing those you may not own -- and probably should. Kristie McClanahanWhole mace from Penzey's Spices.​ History: Mace is the webbing that encases a nutmeg, itself a kernel from the fruit of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2011

    Colleen Clawson of Big Sky Cafe

    This is part one of Emily Wasserman's Chef's Choice profile of chef Colleen Clawson of Big Sky Cafe. Part two, a Q&A, will be posted tomorrow, and part three, a recipe from Clawson, on Thursday. Emily Wasserman​Trying to find the Big Sky Cafe (47 South Old Orchard, Webster Groves; 314-962-575 ... More >>

  • Culture

    November 25, 2010

    St. Louis Art Capsules

    Jessica Baran encapsulates the St. Louis art scene

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    October 11, 2010

    Photos Setlist: Guster at the Pageant, Saturday, October 9

    On Saturday, October 9, Guster performed at the Pageant. (This was a little over a year after the Boston band played a free show as part of Live on the Levee.) Todd Owyoung was at the Pageant and took photos of Guster and its opening band, Everest. Todd OwyoungIt's Guster! View a slideshow of Guster ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2010

    World Cuppage: Spain 2 - Honduras 1; Sangria and Sangre Español at Guido's Pizzeria & Tapas

    photos by Keegan HamiltonThis Spain fanatico says, "¡La sangre de España es bueno!"​Spain is a country of simple pleasures. There are three, in particular, that define the nation: eating, drinking and fútbol -- and not necessarily in that order, either. For the closest thing to the authentic Sp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2010

    Dr. Freeze Blows His Vuvuzela for Murray's Shaved Ice

    Dr. FreezeMurray's Shaved Ice on Watson Road in Lindenwood Park​World Cup aficionados might be interested to learn that, as a youth, I was quite the footballer. My introduction to the game was not the schoolyard pitch, mind you -- and it certainly was not the "rec league" of today's overprivileged ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2010

    Feds Bust Major St. Louis Marijuana Network; 24 People (with Intriguing Aliases) Indicted

    The group allegedly grew hundreds of pot plants inside St. Louis homes.​Things aren't looking good these days for Salvador Rocha Linan (aka "Chava"), David Henderson (aka "Soup"), Steven Phillips (aka "Stevie Gunna"), Bryant Hancock (aka "Beano") and some twenty other people indicted last week on ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 9, 2010
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    April 27, 2010

    St. Louis Infographics Firm Xplane Acquired by Texas-Based Dachis Group

    David Gray, Xplane Founder​Xplane, the infographics company founded by St. Lousian and social-media man about town David Gray, has been acquired by Austin-based Dachis Group. Xplane, which calls itself a "visual thinking company," has been quietly making an impact around the world for quite s ... More >>

  • Culture

    March 3, 2010

    St. Louis Stage Capsules

    Dennis Brown and Paul Friswold suss out the St. Louis theater scene

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2010

    Does K2 Synthetic Weed Really Get You High?

    Image via The Pitch K2: it's just like pot, only not.​If you believe the hype, the synthetic marijuana product K2 is the most potent pot available this side of Amsterdam.Both the Post-Dispatch and Daily RFT's own Chad Garrison reported this morning on Missouri lawmakers following Kansas' le ... More >>

  • Culture

    July 8, 2009

    St. Louis Art Capsules

    Jessica Baran encapsulates the St Louis arts scene

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    June 26, 2009

    Ten Things to Do Under $10 This Weekend, June 26-28, 2009

    Excuse me while I change shirts. Since starting this blog entry 30 seconds ago, I've sweated through one. There, all better. OK, we've pulled together a list of ten events, cheap or free, going on this weekend. It's been a weird week (celebrity deaths), and since many of you have a four-day work wee ... More >>

  • Culture

    June 24, 2009

    St. Louis Art Capsules

    Jessica Baran encapsulates the St Louis arts scene

  • Culture

    June 17, 2009

    St. Louis Art Capsules

    Jessica Baran encapsulates the St. Louis arts scene

  • Film

    February 13, 2008
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    November 14, 2007

    Darkness on the Edge of Town

    Nashville singer-songwriter Mary Gauthier embodies the word "intense." And that's a good thing.

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2007
  • Music

    August 1, 2007

    Sweetness and Light

    The Swedish indie-pop trio Peter Bjrn and John write tales of sweetness and heartbreak on its breakthrough album.

  • Culture

    April 18, 2007

    They Futzed with Anne Frank!

    Wendy Kesselman's updated Diary of Anne Frank script is no longer new.

  • Home Entertainment

    January 17, 2007

    He's Really Doing That

    Week of January 18, 2007

  • News

    July 26, 2006

    What If . . .

    A cadre of Missourians stand at the vanguard of the 9/11 "truth movement." Just don't call them conspiracy theorists.

  • Music

    July 5, 2006

    Touch of Grey

    B-Sides gets groovy with Ratdog's Bob Weir, gets the scoop on Counting Crows' new CD and hits a grand slam with our next scene trading card.

  • Music

    September 21, 2005

    Dyslexic Art

    The Long Winters, dusted off and deliciously nonsensical

  • Film

    August 10, 2005

    Deuce Is Wild

    Hilarious Rob Schneider flick? Who'd have seen it coming.

  • News

    June 1, 2005

    "It Was Just Like Beverly Hills"

    Memories stir to life each year when residents of the infamous Pruitt-Igoe housing project reunite

  • News

    May 25, 2005

    Travelers' Tales

    A soda called Pipi Bubble, Austria's last wandering shepherd, a boat made of 164,321 wine corks: It's all here

  • News

    May 25, 2005

    Excess Hollywood

    In the season of sequels and Happy Meal toys, 05 may be a pleasant surprise.

  • Film

    May 18, 2005

    Super Cities: London (1994)

    The Great Gray Grinch gets its own infomercial

  • Music

    March 16, 2005

    Papal Bull

    We introduce the highly scientific Marsalis Apostasy Index, teach you how to make your own Irish songs and discover the soundtrack to a vasectomy

  • Dining

    February 9, 2005

    Cherry on Top

    We're over the moon for this delectable new fusion spot

  • Music

    August 29, 2001

    One Size Fits All

    Roni Size is dedicated to moving forward, boundaries be damned

  • Culture

    August 9, 2000

    Monitor Wizard

    Video artist Van McElwee injects warmth and life into an ostensibly "cold" art form

  • Culture

    January 5, 2000

    '99 THESES

    Ruminations on the dilemma faced by arts critics

  • Calendar

    November 10, 1999


    Biographer Melissa Müller discusses Anne Frank at the St. Louis Jewish Book Festival

  • Music

    September 15, 1999


    Renowned singer/songwriter Michael Smith hasn't limited his craft to the coffeehouse folk scene

  • Film

    February 24, 1999
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