• Blogs

    July 30, 2014

    Alien-Aficionado and SETI Scientist Dr. Dale Andersen to Visit St. Louis Science Center

    The way he describes it, Dr. Dale Andersen has the greatest job in the world. "I fly to Antarctica, Ski-Doo to the mountains and go swimming beneath thick ice," says the explorer, diver and all-around scientific badass. Andersen, who's speaking Friday at the St. Louis Science Center, is a senior ... More >>

  • Calendar

    July 17, 2014
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    June 5, 2013

    Washington University Physicists Fly The St. Louis Flag...In Antarctica (VIDEO)

    St. Louis pride apparently extends as far as Antarctica. Today, Richard Bose, an electrical engineer at Washington University's physics department, is presenting Mayor Francis Slay with a St. Louis flag that has been to Antarctica and back. Bose is part of a high-energy astrophysics team at Wash ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2013

    Sigma Alpha Epsilon: Washington University Frat Accused of Racist Pledge Prank Reinstated

    A Washington University fraternity that got national attention earlier this year in the face of accusations of a bizarre, racist pledge prank has been reinstated. As we reported in February, the local chapter of the frat was suspended following reports that white pledges had photographed black stu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2013

    The Six Most Factually Inaccurate Lyrics In Songs

    Songs exist in a general realm of fiction, even when they are theoretically true. Still, every once in a while a lyric comes along that makes you tilt your head and say "Wait a second..." Here are the six most factually inaccurate lyrics in songs. Let us know your favorites in the comments, and plea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 22, 2013

    [UPDATE] Wash. U. Physicists to Set to Break Ballooning Record...In Antarctica

    Update January 22: Super-TIGER has broken the official NASA balloon record. And yes, there's a trophy for that. Which has already reached the team in Antarctica. (Yet it takes a week for UPS to deliver a simple package within the continental United States. What is up with that? But we digress.) Cur ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2012

    The Six Best Songs About The Moon For Neil Armstrong

    If you find yourself in this corner of the Internet, it is safe to assume you heard about Neil Armstrong's passing. If not, sorry you had to hear it this way. In honor of Earth's first lunar visitor, here are the six best songs about the moon. Let us know your favorites in our comments section (a pl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2011

    Latest Adventures of Ronnie Smith, St. Louis's Antarctic Poet and Explorer

    Jennifer SilverbergRonnie Smith, in Antarctic gear.​When last seen, Air Force colonel, poet and former Riverfront Times feature subject Ronnie Smith was celebrating the end of a years' long campaign to rename all the airway navigation waypoints on air route A338 between Christchurch, New Zeala ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2011

    First Look: The Heavy Anchor on Gravois Soft Opens Friday

    Diana Benanti​A few weeks ago we clued you into a new live music venue and bar about to open on Gravois, The Heavy Anchor, and now, the wait is nearly over. The liquor is ordered, the walls are painted, and custom glasses from Boulevard wait expectantly on the shelves. Neophiles can sate their ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 12, 2011

    Ronnie Smith, Sled Dogs Make National Geographic

    National GeographicThe southernmost aeronautical waypoints between Antarctica and New Zealand, renamed by Col. Ronnie Smith.​Last fall, Air Force Colonel Ronnie Smith succeeded in his campaign to rename the aeronautical waypoints between Christchurch, New Zealand, and McMurdo Station, the U.S. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2011

    The Heavy Anchor Opening in the Former Antarctica Space

    ​Antarctica (5226 Gravois), the underground venue you probably never went to, is rising from the ashes as The Heavy Anchor, a new bar and venue that co-owner Jodie Whitworth says will open sometime in April. "It's a really cool spot," she says. "For probably the last two years we've been con ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2010

    Antarctic Sled Dogs (and Ponies) Finally Have Their Day

    courtesy 109th Airlift WingSmith (right) in flight.​When Riverfront Times last checked in with Ronnie Smith, the Air Force colonel and poet was working on several projects relating to Antarctica, where he had served for twelve years. (See "Poetry in a Cold Climate", January 20.) Among them was ... More >>

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    July 21, 2010

    The Coathangers Invade Antarctica Tonight

    Foul-mouthed Atlanta riot grrls The Coathangers are bringing their irreverent post-punk to Antarctica tonight with fellow Georgians Predator and Belleville's Egg Chef. The name is a light-hearted poke at abortion, and the band formed in 2006 for a one-off joke performance, but the novelty didn't wea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2010

    Get to Know: Junk Culture, Who's in Town Tonight at Antarctica

    Deepak Mantena, soon to be better known as Junk Culture, is the sample-happy, electronic virtuoso signed to Girl Talk's Illegal Art label. Mantena takes his name from a 1984 Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark album -- and the Portland-by-way-of-Idaho-and-Mississippi artist just picked up a tour with ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2010

    Show Announcements: Week of July 15

    Nappy Roots bring their country-fried hip hop to Cicero's on August 26.​ 2720 Cherokee *Dumpstaphunk, July 17 *Ill Gates, July 22 *Ott, July 15 *The Widdler, July 31 Antarctica *Junk Culture, July 16 *YellowFever, July 22 Apop Records *Cacaw, July 23

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2010

    10 Things to Do for $10 This Weekend in St. Louis, July 2-4, 2010

    ‚ÄčIt's America's birthday on Sunday, and you know St. Louisans are going to celebrate hard. But if you're not sure what to do this weekend, just walk under the Arch on Saturday morning and stay there. You'll catch Fair St. Louis and performances by John Legend and the B-52s. Across town, there are ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 30, 2010
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    May 26, 2010

    Show Announcements: Week of May 28

    Kendall PavanDeer Tick has been sneaking in and out of town without much warning, but the Tick isn't up to any tricks this time around: It's playing a legit show August 5 at Off Broadway.​ Antarctica *Forest World, May 28 Blueberry Hill *Stevie Stone, June 18 Chaifetz Arena *Kid 'N Play, Mon ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2010

    Show Announcements: Week of May 13

    Remember the Jonas Brothers? They were cool back when Justin Bieber was still a zygote (last year).​ The Ambassador *Chico DeBarge, June 4 *Dana Dane and Kurtis Blow, June 19 Ameristar Casino *Bonne Tyler, September 16 *Damon Wayans, September 9 *Ray Price, May 20 Antarctica *Gospel Gossip, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2010

    Show Announcements: Week of April 20

    Canadian indie rockers Metric will grace St. Louis with their presence not once, but twice in the coming months; with Muse on November 5 and Lilith Fair on July 16. GET EXCITED. ​ Antarctica *Baby Birds Don't Drink Milk, May 13 BB's Jazz Blues and Soups *Eli Cook, June 9 Beale On Broadway * ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2010

    Five Questions: Vocalist Brian Kelley of Irish Lo-Fi Band, So Cow

    courtesy of Tic Tac Totally Records​At a day party on the last official day of SXSW, aggressive, garage punk filled the small confines of Trailer Space Records. Sharing the bill with the likes of West Coasters Thee Oh Sees and Nodzzz, Ireland's So Cow breezed through their ninth SXSW appearanc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 19, 2010

    St. Louis Weekend Concert Calendar: Friday, February 19 to Sunday, February 21

    Friday, February 19 *Pokey LaFarge/The Hot Seats, Off Broadway *Eyedea & Abilities/Dosh/Earthworms, Firebird *Sybris/Bear Hands/Eagle Scout, Old Rock House *Sadat X (Brand Nubian), The Gargoyle *Mount Righteous/Foundry Field Recordings, Antarctica *The Audition/Sparks the Rescue/Dangerous Summer/The ... More >>

  • News

    January 20, 2010
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    January 20, 2010

    More Pictures of Antarctica and Poems by Ron Smith

    It's unfortunate that we don't have enough space in our dead-tree edition to publish more photos and poetry by the subject of this week's feature, "Poetry in a Cold Climate: Ron Smith found his muse in Antarctica's vast icy wilderness." Smith is a colonel in the Air Force who, during his twelve-year ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 4, 2009

    St. Louis Weekend Concert Calendar: Friday, December 4 to Sunday, December 6

    Friday, December 4 *The Swell Season/Rachael Yamagata, The Pageant *Naughty By Nature/Kid Capri, The Ambassador *The Hipnecks/Cropdusters, The Gramophone *Pieta Brown/Caleb Travers, Off Broadway (early, 7:30 p.m.) *Crosby, Loggins & Nash Tour: Jay Nash, Crosby Loggins, Caitlin Crosby, Off Broadway ( ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2009

    In This Week's Music Section of the Riverfront Times, Read About...

    Besides writing for this here blog, I also wrangle copy for the dead-tree edition of the RFT. (We affectionately call it the print blog.) Each week, our freelancers scribble up text on shows that A to Z doesn't always preview or review. Such as the following: *The Fat Possum Big Legal Mess Caravan ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 20, 2009

    St. Louis Weekend Concert Calendar: Friday, November 20 to Sunday, November 22

    Friday, November 20 *Elvis Perkins in Dearland/AA Bondy, The Gargoyle *Japandroids/Surfer Blood, The BIlliken Club *LFMAO/Shwayze/Far East Movement/Paradiso Girls/Space Cowboy, The Pageant *Dex Romweber Duo/Bob Reuter's Alley Ghost/Dirt Daubers, Fox Hole at Atomic Cowboy *Steve Scorfina/Danny Liston ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 13, 2009

    St. Louis Weekend Concert Calendar: Friday, November 13 to Sunday, November 15

    Friday, November 13 *Brendan Benson/Cory Chisel, Blueberry Hill's Duck Room *Boys Like Girls/Cobra Starship/Versa Emerge, etc., the Pageant -- SOLD OUT *So Many Dynamos/The Lake/Cold Bear Scout, Off Broadway *Person L/John Nolan (Straylight Run)/Brian Bonz, Firebird *Peter Bjorn and John/El Perro d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 13, 2009

    10 Things to Do Under $10 in St. Louis This Weekend, November 13-15

    Remain non-broke all the way through Monday with the following suggestions for having fun on a budget this weekend. Looking for live music? We have that for you too, with our weekend concert calendar. It's also one of the best weekends all year long to see a movie in St. Louis.‚ÄčEverything is Terri ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2009

    Everything is Terrible Tomorrow Night at Antarctica

    Unreal has, we must admit, kind of a soft spot for Elvis movies. We like to revel in their badness. But Everything is Terrible is in a whole 'nother league. As students at Ohio University, this group of friends got in the habit of watching bad video. Really, really bad video. Like, ten times worse t ... More >>

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    October 20, 2009

    St. Louis Concert Announcements: Week Of October 20

    ‚ÄčThe Fox Theatre *R. Kelly, Tuesday, December 8 *Lady Gaga, Thursday, January 7 Jazz at the Bistro *The Bad Plus, Wednesday, January 6 - Saturday, January 10 Firebird *The Graduate, Wednesday, November 4 *Big D and the Kids Table, Wednesday, December 2 Scottrade Center *The Point HoHo Show feat. B ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2009

    St. Louis Weekend Concert Calendar: Friday, October 2 to Sunday, October 4

    Friday, October 2 *Darker My Love/Fractured Army/Troubadour Dali, Firebird *Sea Wolf/Sara Love/Port O'Brien, Billiken Club *Michael Franti & Spearhead/Trevor Hall, The Pageant *Presidents of the United States of America, Taste of St. Louis *Billy Talent/AM Taxi/Poison the Well, Pop's *Steddy P "Styl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2009

    Antarctica Lounge Officially Opening On Thursday

    Although the Antarctica Lounge (5226 Gravois Avenue) has been hosting karaoke nights and the occasional show already, the venue's official opening date is set for this Thursday. The space's schedule of weekly events so far includes:Thursday: Indie Rock Karaoke (initial list here -- and really, any v ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 7, 2009

    St. Louis Weekend Concert Calendar: August 7 to August 10

    Friday, August 7 *The Breeders/Times New Viking, Blueberry Hill's Duck Room *Wussy/The Fervor/A BIt Shifty, Off Broadway *Dredg/RX Bandits/As Tall As Lions, Pop's *Ernie Isley and the Jam Band, Alton/Argosy Casino *Wussy, Vintage Vinyl (5 p.m.) *Carney/Leon Lamont, Halo Bar *Jake's Leg, Cicero's *Te ... More >>

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    August 7, 2009

    Show Flyer MP3: Gun Outfit, Worm Hands and Cardiac Arrest at Antarctica, Sunday, August 9

    Almost forgot about this one: Olympia, Washington's Gun Outfit -- whose influences include Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr and SST bands -- will be playing at new venue Antarctica (5226 Gravois) on Sunday night. Cardiac Arrest and Worm Hands are also on the bill. Show at 9 p.m., admission $6.MP3: Gun ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2009

    Cooking For Your Cat: Cat Munchies

    RFT staff writer Aimee Levitt and her cat, Bess, continue their culinary adventure.Bess just hissed.This is a rare occurrence these days. In our old apartment, she hissed a lot, but that was because one of our cat-roommates, Henry, was an asshole. He liked to eat her food and lie on her favorite spo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2009

    New St. Louis Indie-Rock Venue: Antarctica?

    Tip o' the cap to a blog reader who passed along this curious Craigslist posting: "staff for indie rock music venue/lounge wanted."The ad says the venue -- called Antarctica and located at 5226 Gravois -- is looking for a "bartender, barback, dj, door person and post modern historian." Applicants ar ... More >>

  • Calendar

    February 11, 2009

    Fancy Birds

    Long walk

  • News

    May 23, 2007

    St. Louis: Gateway to the World

    Come see the whole planet without ever leaving the Lou.

  • Music

    December 13, 2006

    Black Tie Dynasty / Berry / Hibernauts

    9 p.m. Thursday, December 14. Off Broadway (3509 Lemp Avenue).

  • Film

    February 15, 2006

    Film Openings

    Week of February 16, 2006

  • Film

    February 15, 2006

    Primal Fur

    Disney parades its pooches through the frigid Eight Below

  • Film

    September 7, 2005

    Best Laid Plans

    Michael Winterbottom delivers the sex, and not much else

  • Film

    July 6, 2005

    Miracle on Ice

    The life of the emperor penguin isn't easy, but it might make yours seem better

  • Music

    April 21, 2004

    Modest Mouse

    Good News for People Who Love Bad News (Epic)

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    October 15, 2003


    The Science Center's Omnimax Theater offers up four great adventure films (don't forget the Dramamine)

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    August 20, 2003


    Week of August 20. 2003

  • Music

    October 11, 2000

    Mouse on the Moon

    Talking to Isaac Brock, big cheese of Modest Mouse

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