George Orwell's predictions in his dystopian classic 1984 seem more apt for 2014 than the titular year. The scale and scope of our intelligence agencies suggest that Big Brother is well and truly with us. Our corruption of the English language in social media is more than reminiscent of newspeak (LO ... 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 >>
Just in case you weren't watching the BBC on Saturday in the middle of the afternoon, here's hometown heroes Pokey LaFarge & the South City Three on Jools Holland's annual Hootenanny. You can see clips of the quartet playing "Drinkin' Whiskey Tonight" and the always fantastic "La La Blues," below. ... More >>
Wikimedia CommonsKeep the bowl-head at home, Junior.There was a time when all restaurants were family restaurants. Pubs were gathering place for all ages and babysitters weren't even invented. Restaurants weren't places to escape the daily grind; they were places to eat and socialize. But so ... More >>
Egg producers are in trouble again. Not because of salmonella, but because of egg price inflation. The Kansas City Star reports that the Associated Wholesale Grocers in Kansas City, Kansas, filed suit against a "cartel" of egg producers that it alleges has conspired since 1999 to raise egg prices. E ... More >>
(New releases come out on Monday this week. What can you spend your hard-earned pennies on? Find out below.) The Alchemist and Oh No join forces as Gangrene*Gangrene, Gutter Water Gangrene is a collaboration between the Alchemist and Oh No. Pitchfork gave Gangrene a 6.7, saying "the rapping ... More >>
Photo from bbc dig itAfter watching Anthony "No Reservations" Bourdain dine on warthog anus (yes, warthog anus), it seemed potentially instructive to search the web for other implausible anatomical snacks.It was.So, to honor Mr. Bourdain's adventurous palate, here's a compilation of the top eight ... More >>
Small egg farmers benefit from massive recall. CNBC reports that an Amish farmer in Kansas can't keep up with demand with her 100 hens as consumers turn to small producers in light of August's recalls from egg factory farms. Other small farmers are growing crops they'll never consume. According to ... More >>
The air travel catastrophe caused by Iceland's volcano can teach some important lessons about eating locally in the U.K. The Guardian detailed how the huge ash cloud is preventing Kenyan produce imports from reaching western Europe. Tons of fruits and vegetables have already been dumped because the ... More >>
In this week's paper, Jason Toon chatted with Hugh Cornwell of U.K. pub-punk legends the Stranglers. Cornwell is playing tonight at Off Broadway, with local openers Lida Una, in support of his new solo album, Hooverdam. (STL native KRISTEENYOUNG was originally listed as the opener, but is no longer ... More >>
RFT editorial coordinator Courtney Schilling and I did our best to compile as thorough a list of openings and closings as possible. Inevitably, though, some places will slip through the cracks. Please drop us a line or leave a comment with additions or deletions. - IanIan FroebMcCormick & Schmic ... More >>
Phishing scams seem to have spiked in recent weeks on email systems like Hotmail and Gmail according to the BBC. A lists of thousands of usernames and passwords from Hotmail, Gmail and other services have been surfacing here and there around the Internet. This comes after a report in August from IBM ... More >>
Ian FroebA short week, but no less busy for it. Thankfully, no closures (that I know of) this week. In fact, we had some good news, for a change: Pappy's Smokehouse will represent the 314 at the Big Apple Barbecue Block Party in New York City next month.Also this week:The Sneak went to the opera.Ste ... More >>
The U.S. and Russia continue talks over Russia's ban on U.S. meat after the swine-flu outbreak. (Guardian)The governor-general of Canada is in trouble for eating raw seal meat. (BBC News)Pittsburgh fishmongers crack down on Detroit residents buying octopus before the Stanley Cup Finals begin.(Yahoo! ... More >>
Gut Check collects each month's restaurant openings and closings in handy digest form.OpeningsGenghis GrillBeechwood BistroParkside LoungeBravo! to GoOR Smoothie & CafeLa Dolce Via (reopening)The Map RoomSt. Louis Jazz CafeMy Daddy's Cheesecake Bakery & CafeBravo! Cucina ItalianaBBC Asian Ca ... More >>
If you haven't already eaten lunch today, stop reading now. Seriously. Go eat, come back, then dive into something that's sure to make you lose your appetite.Unreal was browsing news of the weird yesterday when we stumbled upon this whopper of a headline: "Placentas Found In Sewage System."Apparentl ... More >>
Gee, it's like a late Christmas all up here in A to Z HQ today. First the new Morrissey album leaks and now this email floats into my inbox: "Pop/Rock Legends Peter Holsapple and Chris Stamey to Give Free Concert at Euclid Records As Part of 45 RPM Charity Series." Peter Holsapple and Chris Stamey, ... More >>
President-elect Obama will name former Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack to be his secretary of agriculture. Vilsack is seen as a strong proponent of biofuels. (New York Times)The new tactics food banks are employing to stay stocked during tough economic times. (AP)British beer drinkers will still be able t ... More >>
Today's news includes more melamine in China, bad news for Robert Mondavi's legacy and the enduring popularity of the White Russian.
The G8 summit begins with world leaders expressing optimism about the world economy -- but calling for cuts to subsidies and tariffs that are driving up food costs. (AP) The G8 leaders must be optimistic about the economy: They enjoyed an 8-course dinner yesterday, sparking some controversy. (Daily ... More >>
No Country released on DVD
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RFT editorial intern Jeanette Kozlowski is a big fan of bad-boy British chef Gordon Ramsay. Each week she'll recap the latest episode of Ramsay's new FOX series Kitchen Nightmares. If you've ever been nervous about eating at an empty restaurant, this second installment of Kitchen Nightmares will c ... More >>
Taxi Driver: Collector's Edition
We made it to Wednesday without mentioning China. Progress? Or coincidence? China will spend over $1 billion on food safety by 2010. It's part of a five-year plan. Because five-year plans always work well. (Reuters) www.bmraqua.com Remember the FDA ban on Chinese seafood that brought thi ... More >>
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Week of January 4, 2006
Meet Be Your Own Pet, the Nashville group that carries on punk's young, loud and snotty tradition.
Week of July 6, 2006
B-Sides catches up with ABC's Martin Fry, discusses this year's Clayton Jazz Fest and shows off the next grand-slammin' St. Louis scene trading card
Michael Keaton hears dead people living in White Noise
This was the year electronic dance music got its head -- and its ass -- out of the past.
We evict party laggers, improve our singing voice and remember the best beer ad of all time
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Romantic complexity fills and surrounds this superb Castle
The BBC brings cult favorite Gormenghast to dark life
The creators of Chicken Run find soul in a lump of clay
Written and directed by Justin Kerrigan