If you're looking for that perfect gift for the beer enthusiast in your life, you can't do much better than taking them down to the International Tap House's (1711 S. 9th Street; 314-621-4333) annual "Nightmare Before Christmas," held this Saturday, December 14, at the Soulard location and the follo ... More >>
Rumors that an IKEA furniture store could open in St. Louis kept news outlets and Facebook campaigns busy for years before Swedish retailers made the deal official last week. Every few months, it seemed, a fresh whisper would reignite the blogs and comments in business gossip. But now that IKEA see ... More >>
At 9 a.m. on Black Friday, shoppers began lining up outside Wolfbrau House of Beer (286 Mid Rivers Center; 636-242-1040). By the time the store opened at 11 a.m., the queue had grown to 30 people. These were no ordinary post-Thanksgiving customers -- these were beer geeks. Some had already made a s ... More >>
The Archive bookstore is closing for good, and its owners have so many boxes of books to sell off that they're extending their all-books-are-one-dollar sale, possibly for another two weeks.
Black Friday can be an agonizing notion. Do you choose family time or doorbuster sales? Do you protest workers' crazy hours by staying home, or do you go buy something because the clerks are going to be at the stores anyway? And what in the world should you think about the growing trend for stores t ... More >>
Michelle Barron hopes she gets to spend Black Friday at work because that would mean her store, the Book House, would finally be open and ready for customers. All that stands in her way is money. Barron needs enough cash upfront to pay the contractors who must totally re-do her firewalls, electrica ... More >>
Punk rock's outcry at pop culture is played out. Some 30 years later, we're in the future and we're bored. Some still ball their spite for pop in other ways. Deliberately shrill and mostly dense, "noise" has become a blanket term for bands who explore and experiment around the beaten path. The genre ... More >>
8 p.m. Friday, November 23. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue.
The gates to the temporary holding pen have finally been opened. Wild elk -- unknown to our state since the end of the Civil War -- are back. As the man in the video says: "Welcome to freedom." The Farm Bureau has warned that reintroducing elk to Missouri would wreak havoc on farms and roads. The ... More >>
Forcibly evicted from downtown's Kiener Plaza, Occupy St. Louis has taken its protest to area department stores. Yesterday afternoon, roughly 30 Occupiers held a meeting outside Macy's at the Galleria. Later, a few "mic-checked" -- using their collective voices as a human megaphone to shout anti- ... More >>
Happy Capitalism Celebration day! This weekend is as packed as your small intestine. First things first: shopping. Friday This year, ditch the evil big box stores in favor of supporting local art and business. You will not get $200 off a 87-inch flat screen TV, but you will find beer and Beryl, th ... More >>
Friday (November 25): Black Friday @ Oceano Bistro Enjoy half price appetizers, $5 martinis, $2 select beers and $5 select wines during this post-turkey day Clayton intoxication celebration. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Holiday Beer Tapping @ International Tap House (both locations) Both locations of Interna ... More >>
Courtesy of the artistHot.From the looks of it, we're in for another killer spring as far as concerts are concerned. The Old 97's bring that highly accessible Texas twang to The Pageant is a bright spot on January 21. Henry Rollins, he of nimble mind and Black Flag fame also heads to the Page ... More >>
What am I thankful for this holiday season? That I don't work in retail. Specifically, that I don't work for any of the malls operated by CBL & Associates. Yesterday the company announced that its five St. Louis malls -- Chesterfield, Mid-Rivers, South County Center, St. Clair Square and Wes ... More >>
A few months ago, we pointed you to a stripped-back version of a new So Many Dynamos song. Well, courtesy of Trevor Juenger, here's fleshed-out live video of new SMD music from last year's Black Friday event. The band will be playing at the Firebird on March 4 as part of what's now a US English EP ... More >>
On Friday night, November 26, the music and art scenes converged for Fresh Paint II at 2720 Cherokee. Sarah Rusnak attended and brought back a slideshow of photos from the festivities. View all Fresh Paint II: Black Friday photos here; a sampling can be found below.Sarah RusnakView a slidesho ... More >>
This gem was spotted at Fresh Paint II, the Black Friday art/music extravaganza at 2720 Cherokee:To answer the obvious questions: Yes, it does portray Barack Obama and Joe Biden as the cast of Iron Man; no, we have no idea what kind of deep symbolic message the artist is trying to send.
Image viaThis week, Gut Check was all caught up in Thanksgiving preparations -- a holiday that's here and gone way too soon. But if a day of Black Friday shopping has left you not-quite ready to turn the page to December, relive the turkey day magic with a look at Thanksgivings past and a video h ... More >>
On November 29, 1900, the Park Avenue Hotel in New York City hosted a Thanksgiving dinner. While Good Housekeeping advised the masses to stick to roast turkey, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, tomato soup and pumpkin and mince pies, the menu for the super-rich was quite different.
This glamorous creature once lived at a Humane Society.Screw getting a stupid giant teevee machine on sale this Black Friday. Those won't make your life any better, and the big dumb pile of technology won't care one way or the other.Instead, take advantage of incentives from the Humane Society of ... More >>
recordstoreday.comApril's annual Record Store Day has been such a rousing success, a semi-sequel is happening on Black Friday. Indie record stores all around the country will have exclusives, special releases, deluxe editions and other rare, limited-run goodies for sale. Vintage Vinyl and Euc ... More >>
(c) Rock N Roll Craft ShowMost of the galleries forego opening a new show this weekend, what with all the turkey comas, family obligations and Black Friday riots. However, if you're in the market for some objets d'art that you can give to everybody on your list, here are two events that are right ... More >>
Wikimedia CommonsIt's the biggest bar night of the year. Go big -- or go home. (Or, you know, just stay home.) More music here. Have a great holiday! Wednesday Tight Pants Syndrome @ Mangia Dubbed the "First Annual Night Before Thanksgiving Rock Pantstacular," this show features the power-po ... More >>
Image viaHawthorne Headhunters is Black Spade, Coultrain and I, Ced.You've probably already heard about the awesome awesomeness that is and will be Fresh Paint II this Friday at 2720 Cherokee. The event's Facebook page already has more than 15,000 (!) invites.But, if you aren't already in the kno ... More >>
image viaTiny the Goat is in need of a sponsor.Have a horrible fear of crowds? Feel like sleeping late on Black Friday? The Humane Society of Missouri has the solution for you! Instead of hiking out to the mall, sit down at your computer (you don't even have to get out of your pajamas!) and g ... More >>
Sarah ParadoskiThe Thaxton Speakeasy's main floor during its April 2008 openingBootleg Beats is a relatively new local monthly at the Thaxton Speakeasy (1009 Olive Street). The Friday, November 26 ("Black Friday") edition is a special expanded version: Besides the below-ground bar venue, the ... More >>
Say what you will about Isaac Bowser. The kid from Rolla has his goals. Since last night -- Monday -- Bowser has been camped out outside a Best Buy store in Fairview Heights, Illinois. Why? Because he wants to be the first shopper through the doors the day after Thanksgiving -- a.k.a. Black Friday.S ... More >>
That food safety bill we keep talking about? Exactly what's it going to do for us? MSNBC breaks it down into the five most important points, the first being less intestinal distress. ABC reports that a recent change in the bill will exempt small farms that make less than half a million dollars annua ... More >>