St. Louis multi-instrumentalist Ryan Carpenter has just returned from Vienna to God's favorite country, America. He slurps a gin and tonic as it stains the table with perspiration, leans back and speaks. "You know, I've never been much of a writer. I arrange a lot," he muses. "I have written songs ... More >>
There was a time when Ted Kilgore nearly ruined his sense of smell. "I used to work for an industrial perfume company," Kilgore says. "It was a small company, and I worked my way up to research and development. By the time I left, I had a heightened sense of smell -- a hyper-sensitivity. I could sme ... More >>
Some weeks overflow with shows, so much so that it's hard to know where to start. The following list highlights just a few of the goings-ons this weekend. Be sure to stay tuned to our Weekend Best Bets post for more than a few recommendations. For now, check out the following to get an idea of what' ... More >>
Update: The St. Louis Circuit Attorney's Office has charged 30-year-old Lamont Dukes with resisting arrest after the man allegedly fled from a cop during a "pedestrian check" over the weekend. Our original coverage of the incident is below. A police officer who thought the suspect might have a gun ... More >>
Ian Fisher & the Present debut a new video today for "Why Do I Go?" off of the band's latest, self-titled effort. The video was shot in Vienna, Austria (half of the duo takes up residency in Germany) by Anna Kohlweis with assistance by Yavuz Odabas. In it, Fisher and Ryan Carpenter (aka "the Present ... More >>
Old ViennaThe real taste of St. Louis - Old Vienna Pork Steak Potato ChipsCould anything be more St. Louis than Old Vienna Pork Steak Flavored Potato Chips? Well, Provel flavored chips come to mind, but those don't exist. Yet. Old Vienna's come through with the pork steak flavored ones. O ... More >>
Wikimedia CommonsWither, Tony Packo's? Hot-dog lawsuits in Toledo and Chicago. At least these problems aren't Congressional in nature. Some of the nation's favorite hot dog institutions have troubles more judiciary and executive in nature. In Chicago, Vienna Beef is suing Scott D. Ladany, a ... More >>
Beating out 27,000 other inferior kids (ages kindergarten through high school) from all 50 states, a teen living across the Mississippi River from Cape Girardeau emerged victorious in the Federal Junior Duck Stamp Art contest on Friday. The aptly-named Abraham Hunter, a 17-year-old from Vienna, Illi ... More >>
The best Valentine's Day dinner deal we've found so far has to be the prix fixe tasting menu offered at Robust Wine Bar & Cafe. Three courses, each with its own three-ounce wine pairing, for $55 per person. Better still, the Webster Groves wine bar will feature this deal all through Valentin ... More >>
Image viaVineyards in AustriaAustria is well-regarded by wine cognoscenti as a source of extremely fine riesling and the iconoclastic signature white, grüner veltliner. Austrians are a proud bunch, and only about 20% of the nation's vinious produce escapes their borders. Of that, a whopping 3% - ... More >>
Ian FroebToo. Much. Action. at the Post Sports Bar & GrillKeegan is out of town for a few days. I will try to fill his boots.Why are the final matches in each group played simultaneously? Not for the entertainment value.In 1982, unheralded Algeria finished group play with two wins and one los ... More >>
photo by Jennifer SilverbergWasabiNet creators Minerva Lopez and Ben WestSt. Louis has been vying for Google Fiber for nearly six months. Mayor Slay made sure the city submitted its application for the new ultra-high speed Internet way back in March, tapping his Vanguard Cabinet to help complete ... More >>
Pinot grigio is an unequivocal commercial success. From sales of literally nothing in the mid-1970s, pinot grigio has risen to second place among white varietal wines in the United States, trailing only chardonnay. Success has come at the expense of value, however, and many of those pioneering pino ... More >>
After about a year of perusing old-school cookbooks looking for weird recipes and spotting bizarre trends (hot dogs eggs, inside a Jell-O mold) from the '50s, food blogger Robin Wheeler compiled her twenty most stomach-turning concoctions. (Do not view this list before lunch. Jeez, or maybe after ... More >>
A point comes in many wine lovers' lives when they are unable to find a bottle they really want in their local wine shops. It might be a wine from the birth year of a special person, a bottle enjoyed while traveling or just something about which they've read that simply captivates their imagination. ... More >>
Dennis Brown and Paul Friswold suss out the local theater scene in St. Louis
A little nugget from the Unreal e-mailbox, which raises several questions at once:1. Why the $67 price tag?2. By the same token, where'd they come up with the $5,254.96 figure? Why not shoot the moon and go for $5,254.97?3. The small print at the bottom ...says:To unsubscribe please go here ... More >>
Riesling is my favorite white grape variety, and if pressed, I'd probably choose it as my favorite grape overall (pinot noir being its only real competition). So it pains me that so many folks interested in wine seem to ignore it, if not deride or despise it. There are many misconceptions about ries ... More >>
Dave Nelson is the author of the blog Beer, Wine and Whisky. He writes about wine for Gut Check every Tuesday.A green wine for St. Patrick's Day?Not exactly. But when this wine lover's thoughts turn to spring, I'm reminded of a handful of refreshing white wines that I tend to neglect during winter. ... More >>
It's hard not to swell up with hometown pride at an event like Midwest Mayhem. The annual fundraiser, thrown by KDHX (88.1 FM), collects many of this town's finest bands and lets them loose in the urban wonderland that is the City Museum. Great music played in fantastic surroundings in benefit of a ... More >>
Hell hath no fury like an indie rocker whose cred is threatened. But if you’re the proprietor of a small indie label, any advertising is good advertising. Or so says Mark Fischer, the man behind Skin Graft Records, the label that put out local band Yowie’s first record, as well as albums by Dazz ... More >>
Webster Groves gets a wine bar. Will Ian drink to that?
SLIFF celebrates its sweet sixteenth with a two-week party.
9 p.m. Sunday, May 27. Creepy Crawl (3524 Washington Boulevard).
9 p.m. Friday, March 2. Off Broadway (3509 Lemp Avenue).
Lorenzo's Trattoria, 1933 Edwards Avenue, 314-773-2223.
The food's delish, but Copia still needs to prove a thing or two to oenephiles
Just west of the Mississippi
A soda called Pipi Bubble, Austria's last wandering shepherd, a boat made of 164,321 wine corks: It's all here
The Lipizzaner stallions dance their way to the St. Charles Family Arena
Week of September 1, 2004
Week of August 11, 2004
Cyrano's is back -- dessert lovers everywhere, rejoice!
Week of April 24, 2002
Week of December 26, 2001
St. Louis Art Museum
May 26 - June 2, 1999