We're getting down to the wire here. Christmas is next week. If you already have all your shopping done, unlike us, there are some delightful holiday events to keep you occupied while your friends are stuck at the mall. Check out our food-related recommendations after the jump. See also: Six Pastr ... More >>
Thanksgiving may be the holiday focused on food, but Christmas is a close second. There are so many treats to be had: baked goods, chocolates, peppermint, coffee. We know how y'all love to buy local, so we rounded up some great holiday gifts from local restaurants, shops and cafes. Your friends will ... More >>
The darker side of the holidays often means forced family gatherings, tedious hours spent in overcrowded shopping malls and hand-knitted sweaters. What better way to cope than a delicious cocktail? We asked Gabe Kveton, owner and drink-creator at Water Street Cafe and Cocktail Bar (7268 Manchester R ... More >>
Let's face it: You still haven't finished your Christmas shopping, and time is running out. Soon, you'll be forced to find a remote parking space, fight the massive crowds -- all bumping and jostling and cutting into lines -- and empty your already hurting bank account. But hey, there's no need to g ... More >>
If you love Christmas and want to go all out this holiday -- lights, stockings, nativity scenes, carols, the works -- this is your year. A new Missouri law says no one, not even the government, can restrict your celebration in any public space. Folks can practice, mention, celebrate or discuss any ... 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 >>
St. Louis could experience a white Christmas after all, just not in the traditional sense with the snow arriving Christmas Eve and blanketing the ground in time for St. Nick's visit. Instead, the white stuff is expected to begin late on Christmas Day (Tuesday) and last into Wednesday morning.
Want to try something old and new for Christmas dinner? Sassafras Valley Farm -- located in Morrison, on the southern bank of the Missouri River midway between St. Louis and Jefferson City -- has the answer: Goose! But you have to act fast and order it by tomorrow, Tuesday, December 18.
Courtesy of Funky Butt Brass BandThe Funky Butt Brass Band, St. Louis' finest purveyors of second-line struttin', is about to unleash its annual holiday throwdown on Saturday night at Off Broadway. Now in its third year, the Holiday Brasstravaganza gives the six-piece a chance to thoroughly f ... More >>
Image viaHey, girl -- you there, in the reindeer sweater -- I need an object lesson. Come over here and dance up on me while I write this Christmas music-related blog entry. See, Justin Bieber and Boyz II Men have just recorded a new Christmas song, "Fa La La," and, uh, it's kind of about Chr ... More >>
Now a Christmas tradition, Trans-Siberian Orchestra will make a trek to St. Louis next month. I've been an outspoken critic of TSO for years now, and admit that my disdain toward the band has bred some unintentional negativity. This holiday season, let's explore the positive alternatives -- here are ... More >>
RFT layout editor Kholood Eid contributed to this post. image viaIn case you've been living under a rock, you probably know that this Saturday is Christmas Day, a time for joy and family and celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ. But what if you are joyless or family-less or see no reason to ... More >>
What do people in Japan eat for Christmas dinner? KFC, of course. Laos News reports that the American chicken chain has created a Christmas tradition of eating fried chicken in Japan. Their catchy marketing slogan is, "At Christmas you eat chicken."If it's a KFC in Brazil, they'd better get ready to ... More >>
9 p.m. Saturday, December 18. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue.
10. Naughty Animal Cookies It's not entirely clear what's going on with these cookies, but it's definitely naughty. To wit: It appears that a donkey (or a small horse) speckled in green Christmas sprinkles is mounting a small, red-speckled polar bear. Well, you know what they say: Tis the season to ... More >>
Image via last.fmKate McGarrigleSad news out of Montreal: Folk singer Kate McGarrigle -- the former wife of Loudon Wainright III, and mother to Rufus and Martha Wainwright -- died of liver cancer today. She was 63. Here's footage from last December, of Kate with children Rufus and Martha ... More >>
flickr.com/photos/mnicolemMerry Christmas from Gut Check! We'll return Monday to wrap up the Year-End Bonanza. In the meantime, Aimee Levitt suggests which restaurants to visit on Christmas itself. -- IanOf all Jewish holidays, Christmas is one of the most pleasant. It's a day free of the pressur ... More >>
On Saturday night, the Focal Point hosted Rough Shop's annual Christmas spectacular, a night of festive music featuring the band (and friends!) spreading holiday cheer and seasonal fun. The sold-out show appeared to be a riotous good time, at least judging by the videos the band posted on its YouTub ... More >>
To my knowledge, the slew of vocalists which accompanied the Trans-Siberian Orchestra last evening never sang the word "Jesus." The concert did not feature a denouncement of Santa or the formation of a manger in laser lights on the Scottrade Center's roof. Yet the event felt an awful lot like the ... More >>
Dennis Brown and Paul Friswold suss out the St. Louis theater scene
(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.) Very quietly, Boston ska-core legends the Mighty Mighty Bosstones released a new album, Pin Points and Gin Joints, today. Samp ... 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.) Before he shaved off his beard, My Morning Jacket's Jim James certainly resembled Santa Claus -- albeit Mountain Man Santa Cla ... More >>
Maybe it's a lesson as to why you should never set up Christmas decorations before Halloween. Or maybe it was just a senseless act of pagan vandalism. Whatever the case, the good people of Laurie, Missouri, are today left questioning who stole the hand-painted, wooden cow from the town's nativity ... More >>
(Via Aimee, via the NY Times, whose headline, "Sleigh, Lady, Sleigh," wins for the day) Bob Dylan's releasing a Christmas album on October 13 called Christmas in the Heart. According to Bob's website, the tracklisting will include songs such as Here Comes Santa Claus," "Winter Wonderland" and "Littl ... More >>
Lets meet at midnight
Artist: The Schola Cantorum of SS. Cyril and the Methodius Seminary, Directed by Rev. Henry A. Waraksa Album: Christmas In Poland From: Vintage Vinyl Year: Unknown. Label: Capitol Records What it sounds like: Christmas in Gitmo.
(War is onscreen)