St. Louis has been named America's happiest city, and the reason why is so idiotic that it's making us furious. Jetpac City Guides, developers of a travel app launched today, analyzed 100 million photos for four key signs of happiness: smiles, hipster mustaches, bright lipstick and blue skies.
Miley Cyrus has captivated fans and onlookers alike this year with her increasingly provocative behavior (the "Wrecking Ball" video, near-nude photo shoots with Terry Richardson, that whole VMAs thing) and is now ready to take the show on the road. Cyrus announced a 38 day tour in support of her lat ... More >>
Word arrived this morning that Drake's St. Louis concert with Miguel has been pushed back to Wednesday, December 11 at the Scottrade Center, "due to an intense rehearsal schedule and technical production requirements that will be part of the show." The show was originally scheduled for October 8. ... More >>
[Editor's Note: Long-time concert photographer Andrew Youssef found out two years ago that he had stage IV colon cancer. In that time, he has continued to shoot tons of music events, on top of other freelance work and working a day job at a hospital, of all places. As he continues to fight for his l ... More >>
Gut Check has been looking back on the Riverfront Times Best of St. Louis 2012, but we're also keeping an eye on the Best of St. Louis 2013 by nominating finalists for our awards this fall. To see hundreds more winners and finalists, suggest your own contenders and download the Riverfront Times Best ... More >>
Peter Hughes, who now plays bass with the Mountain Goats, had a band called DiskothiQ in the '90s. It was, in Hughes' words, "semi-competent indie-rock with bad singing." Together with his brother Kevin and Kevin Trapp, he released four albums. They have some truly wonderful moments but probably ser ... More >>
Marty Prather, 53 For the Cardinals' home opener series against the Cubs last weekend, "Sign Man," also known as Marty Prather, came prepared. Well, Prather always comes prepared -- the Springfield resident has upward of 40 hand-painted signs jammed in beside his seat along the first-base line -- b ... More >>
Nicole Rash, the reigning Ms. Missouri who was previously Miss Indiana -- read the geographical back story here -- added another title to her portfolio this weekend in Anaheim. Rash won the Ms. America pageant, and also picked up the Ms. Photogenic Award on her way to the title. Video of her coronat ... More >>
The Cardinals and catcher Yadier Molina agreed yesterday on a contract extension for 5 years, one reported to be worth $75 million, with an option for a sixth year worth another $15 million. Add in the $7 million Molina is due to make this season, and this becomes the second-largest contract ever ... More >>
(c) 2012 ToppsAnd take your restaurant with you, mang!Pujols 5 Westport Grill (342 Westport Plaza, Maryland Heights; 314-439-0595) is no more. With Albert Anaheim-bound, the owners of the restaurant bearing his name and number announced today that, effective immediately, it will be known as t ... More >>
Screenshot: www.tmz.comThe Albert Pujols-inspired "Machine" burgerThe OC Sports Grill is located only an Albert Pujols-style moonshot away from Albert Pujols' new home, Angels Stadium. So it should come as no surprise that, a mere 48 hours after El Hombre donned his new team's cap and jersey for ... More >>
commons.wikimedia.orgJaroslav Halak, for good or ill, will have the biggest hand in determining the fate of the Blues' season.If you were to draw up a blueprint for how the Blues have to win games this season, it probably would look a lot like what they did last night in beating the Florida Panth ... More >>
Photo and caption from Boss Loop's Twitter account.Phil Stendek gets comments from the judges at the boss loopstation national finalsYears of paying dues in local bands and honing his one-man-band act paid off in a big way for multi-instrumentalist Phil Stendek last Saturday in Los Angeles, ... More >>
With food safety legislation still in limbo, on Wednesday everyone from focus groups to food-borne illness survivors pushed to get the law passed. CNN reports that since the bill first passed the House 13 months ago, there have been 85 recalls of FDA-approved foods. Statements on the urgency of the ... More >>
Ignore Chad's Chicken Little impression. The sky is not falling on fans of the St. Louis Rams.While the franchise has already moved three times (from Cleveland to LA in 1945, from LA to Anaheim in 1979 and to St. Louis in 1995) it is definitely going to stay put this time around. Here's why:
Congratulations to Mike Marquard of Kaldi's for his second consecutive sixth-place finish at the United States Barista Championships in Anaheim, California, on Sunday. Marquard, who works as director of education for the local micro-roaster, entered the competition as the Midwest regional c ... More >>
Micah Svejda, Joe Marrocco and Mike Marquard are representing Kaldi's Coffee this week at the SCAA United States Barista Championship in Anaheim, California. Marquard placed sixth in last year's competition. Watch the local trio compete live at Kaldi's Coffeehouse at the Crescent and Kayak's Coffe ... More >>
Photo courtesy Kaldi's CoffeeOn Saturday, October 31, and Sunday, November 1, Zach Dyer helped judge the Midwest Regional Barista Competition, with the winner advancing to the national competition in Anaheim in April 2010. In last week's post, Dyer explained how the competition works and describe ... More >>
When I received an e-mail a few weeks ago inviting me to sit as one of the sensory judges at the 2009-2010 Midwest Regional Barista Competition, I jumped at the opportunity. At my most delusional, it sounded like "celebrity judge" -- at the very least, it sounded like a great time. Last weekend, ... More >>
"It's like Iron Chef with baristas making coffee drinks."That's how Josh Ferguson, owner of Kaldi's Coffee Roasting Company, describes the Midwest Regional Barista Competition. The competition gathers the best baristas from Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dako ... More >>
Photo: flickr.com/photos/inelAn artist's represenation of David Backes' performance Thursday against the Detroit Red Wings.Now that's more what I'm talking about. The Blues looked overmatched in Chicago. They looked much, much better on Thursday night in Detroit. Of all the players we've s ... More >>
That's exactly what I was afraid of. Last night, the Blues ran into the Chicago Blackhawks, who have been one of the top teams in the league for most of the year. They were an absolute buzzsaw in December, and though they haven't been able to maintain that torrid pace in 2009, the 'Hawks are still t ... More >>
The Blues came close to pulling it off last night.flickr.com/photos/hjelleChris Mason just kept making save after save, and the Blues went down time after time and took good, solid shots. I kept thinking that eventually, something just had to go in. Turns out I was wrong. Well, technically ... More >>
Tonight, at the Scottrade Center, the Blues may very well decide the fate of Keith Tkachuk. They win, he stays. They lose, he goes. Okay, okay, fine. So maybe it isn't nearly that cut-and-dry. Look, "Tonight, at the Scottrade Center, the Blues will add yet one more point of consideration to an ... More >>
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