Last week, Gannett profiled Copper Run Distillery out of Walnut Shade, Missouri, calling it the first legal distillery to crop up in the Ozark Mountains since Prohibition. Copper Run produces un-aged corn whiskey, also known as moonshine from a blend of 80 percent corn and 20 percent wheat. The end ... More >>
Branson, Missouri, once described by Homer Simpson as being like "Las Vegas if it were run by Ned Flanders" is actually getting an injection of genuine Vegas glitz. No, not the Spearmint Rhino -- it's Branson, remember -- the Las Vegas stage version of "The Price Is Right Live" will open in Branson ... More >>
Man-made disasters and tragedies range from the historic to the Darwin Award-winning, but no single event has proven to be as romanticized or lucrative an enterprise as the deaths of those 1,514 people who went down with the R.M.S. Titanic on April 15, 1912. Though it hasn't been news in 100 years, ... More >>
Jennifer SilverbergA view of Balaban's award-winning wine selection.When we first heard that Balaban's Wine Cellar & Tapas Bar (1772 Clarkson Road, Chesterfield; 636-449-6700) took home one of Wine Spectator's awards of excellence, we were happy for the restaurant. We still are. Open for just ... More >>
Ken Murphy/venice centralRoger Waters with the band Venice. Kipp Lennon is second from the leftIn this week's paper, Matt Wardlaw spoke to Kipp Lennon of the band Venice. Lennon and two of his bandmates are part of the backing band for Roger Waters' The Wall tour, which is stopping by the Sco ... More >>
Last night in Branson, Missouri, the board of aldermen nixed a proposed outdoor concert by the Lou's hip-hop superstar, Nelly. According to the Springfield News-Leader: The Branson Board of Aldermen Tuesday night rejected an appeal from a production company looking to hold an outdoor concert at the ... More >>
7 p.m. Thursday, May 14. Ameristar Casino, 1 Ameristar Boulevard, St. Charles.
Happy birthday today to Yakov Smirnoff, Russian-born comedian and the unofficial tour guide of Branson, Missouri when the RFT ventured to the "geezer Shangri-La" in the summer of 2007.Since giving RFT writer Chad Garrison a tour of Branson, Smirnoff has started other projects, including a talk s ... More >>
B-Sides unearths some tight presidential tunes, finds the softer side of the Simpsons' notorious bully and knows way too much about the Spin Doctors
The year in review: A quiz (For answers, see last page)
The alt-country marathon known as Twangfest offers sex appeal galore
Tom Aley spent a fortune and more than 30 years of his life defending a creature no bigger than a grain of sand. Beautiful madness or crazy vision?
Jim Green, ex-con and government snitch, says he and his buddies from the Bootheel took part in the plot to kill Martin Luther King Jr. Trouble is, Green's been lying all his life -- so why should anybody believe him now?
KKK is runt of the litter, but the state must not censor its garbage