It's the holidays, which means that, for all you transplants out there, it's time to go home and see Mom and Dad. After a few hours with the family, however, you'll get that urge to get out of the house and go to a bar. Which is great! Except that, with all of these (formerly) familiar faces in the ... More >>
Christmas is already stressful enough. Several fantastic restaurants will be open, offering delicious dinners. Pick from prix fixe or a full menu. Before you criticize us for "promoting" restaurants being open on Christmas Eve, keep in mind that it's a tradition for many people. If you're looking fo ... More >>
The Lucky Old Sons A Very Lucky Christmas www.luckyoldsons.com Christmas songs are such indestructible chestnuts that even a fleet of (Mannheim) steamrollers can't fully destroy a carol's inherent charms and apparent mutability. So go ahead: Turn "Silent Night" into a ska song, or synthesize the ba ... More >>
With the holiday season in full swing, lots of bands pull out the stops. El Monstero hits the Pageant for its annual string of holiday season shows, Sarah Bollinger graces the Gramophone with her blue-eyed soul for a special Christmas show and Pet Rock invades the Livery with a tape release. Besides ... More >>
By Luke Winkie Around this time of year, a lot of music websites put up "Holiday Gift Guides." They're either earnest, and articulate, and full of enthusiastic suggestions for interesting items for the music lover in your life, or they're depressing corporate-sponsored flotsam and stand as a remark ... More >>
In typical Missouri fashion, we went from 67 to snow in less than 24 hours this week. Don't let that get you down -- there's plenty of events to warm up your belly this weekend. Enjoy the snow falling and roast a few marshmallows in the Central West End or have brunch with Santa downtown. Check out ... More >>
Here's your weekly St. Louis bestseller list for the week ending December 23, as compiled by the St. Louis Independent Booksellers Alliance and based on sales at Left Bank Books, Main Street Books, Pudd'nhead Books and Subterranean Books. You have seen almost all these books on the bestseller list ... More >>
7 p.m. Friday, December 21. St. Louis Skatium, 120 Catalan Street.
Deep inside Spotify headquarters, at this very moment, some poor marketing team is tasked with the idea of making Spotify gift accounts sound like a good idea for a Christmas present. I know this because I am too cheap to pay to make the Spotify ads go away. So far they've been wise enough not to ... More >>
8 p.m. Friday, December 23. Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center, 3301 Lemp Avenue.
Kholood EidMisplaced your Christmas cheer? Hop in the car and head to St. Louis Hills after sundown, because the denizens of the south city neighborhood have plenty to go around. View a slideshow of St. Louis Hills holiday lights. Every November to December, the 6500 block transforms into ... More >>
How about a Burger King Sprout Surprise for a quick Christmas nosh? Eater.com says that the Brits aren't thrilled with the holiday concoction, which was being sold in three U.K. cities until today. The burger features Emmentaler cheese and what looks like a fried patty of mashed Brussels sprouts. It ... More >>
Is your Christmas shopping done yet? Mine's not. (Ack.) While I figure this out, check out this week's music picks -- and see below for more to do this weekend, while the weather's let up enough to let us leave the house. Friday: Christmas with Pokey @ The Sheldon Ballroom Pokey LaFarge and ... More >>
The Christmas season always brings news of impressive, even beautiful gingerbread houses. But for every gingerbread White House or Chartes Cathedral, there are dozens of creations where ambition outstrips skill and knowledge of architecture. Here are ten of our favorites.Image viaOr maybe this wa ... More >>
Clownvis Presley presents: Christmas in Hollywood! Clownvis is a lot of things: a clown, an Elvis impersonator, a wedding officiator, a burlesque emcee, a controversial television show contestant, a nice dude. If there's one thing he's not, however, it's traditional. Thus, the Clownvis Pres ... More >>
Welcome to Girl Walks into a Bar, a weekly Gut Check feature that spotlights local bars and bartenders. This week Alissa Nelson profiles Silver Ballroom bartender Justin Deming. Below is a Q&A with Deming, followed by a video of him mixing his Slutbucket cocktail. Alissa NelsonIf you're goin ... More >>
John Blyberg, Wikimedia CommonsHey, look, more holidays! Here are a few easy-to-find, crowd-pleasing holiday beers to spice up your family's Christmas feast.Again we begin with the St. Louis Brewery. Schlafly Christmas Ale is, like many winter beers, great for a dessert or after-dinner drink. Th ... More >>
cafepress.com/chrismukkahTail between its legs, Jewish Federation of St. Louis apologizes for Chrismukkah.On the seventh day of Hannukkah/ninth day of Christmas -- ie., last Friday -- Jewish in St. Louis, published by the Jewish Federation of St. Louis, wished its people a "Merry Chrismukkah" in ... More >>
In this week's paper, Christian Schaeffer spotlights a number of this year's top holiday releases. Here are several more festive releases that you might have missed. But are you really missing anything? Read on...The Pet Shop Boys, Christmas Unlike your grandmother's fruitcake, which is always an ... More >>
(Like last year, A to Z will post a holiday-related MP3 every day of December, leading up to Christmas. If you have any requests, suggestions or files to share, email me.) In 1983, power-pop legends XTC -- performing under the moniker the Three Wise Men -- released "Thanks for Christmas." (We gave ... More >>
Inexpensive holiday crap abounds this weekend! Some of it's free, some of it's $6, all of it's $10 or less! So please, take this opportunity to escort your friends -- naughy or nice -- to one of these events this weekend and sneakily pick their brain for holiday gifts. You'll thank us later.Maplewoo ... More >>
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Xmas_tree.svgWell, at least the 24-7 Christmas music didn't start in St. Louis this year until November 1. (Last year, if you remember, it started on October 10, after Movin' 101.1 prepared to flip to sports talk from upbeat music.) But yes, after hip-hop st ... More >>
Ghastly creatures visit St. Charles this holiday season.Just received a press release that come December 17 the St. Charles Family Arena will play host to the Charlie Daniels Band Christmas. This latest concert announcement reminded me of one I received last week (also from the Family Arena) hera ... More >>
Dear Santa, Last night at the Pageant, you showed up again this year as the man of honor at A Very Ludo Christmas. But things were somewhat different for the local quintet as it celebrated its fourth annual holiday extravaganza. For starters, earlier in the year Ludo released You're Awful, I Love Y ... More >>
(Each day until Christmas, A to Z will be posting a Christmas/holiday-themed MP3 in honor of the festive season, in hopes of warding off the seasonal blahs. Check back every day for a new nugget of sonic bliss.) MP3: Pedro the Lion, "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day" From the Maybe This Christm ... More >>
Book a party at the library
Unreal chats up a brave Santa, rebels against the holidays and shops for porn.
Behold! In Belleville, the glory of the Lord shines 'round about...lots of blocks.