Get out of that bathtub or basement and get out to a show this weekend. B.B. King plays the Peabody, Kate Nash follows up the Ready Room's debut show with the space's second concert, Why? finds its way to the Demo, and Guttermouth storms the stage at Fubar. No mighty gust of wind could keep is in th ... More >>
Perennially costumed rock & roll icons Kiss will be joining forces with Def Leppard for a summer tour this year and, to the delight of KSHE fans throughout St. Louis, the show will be coming to town on August 28 at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater.
For seven days, St. Louis has been speculating about what Board Bill #328 could mean for downtown as a tourist destination and music haven. Multiple large-scale festivals? Ousted local events? Big music names? A burden on city resources? But after an aldermanic hearing yesterday, we're only margina ... More >>
Are you Catholic? How rich is your family? What kind of person are you? One seven-word question answers these three intrusive queries and more for people in St. Louis: Where did you go to high school? St. Louisans are notorious for replacing, "Hi, how are you?" with this question about one's alma ... More >>
According to a highly scientific study put out by the company behind the dating app "Are You Interested," women in St. Louis are not at all choosy when it comes to responding to potential suitors via online dating sites. In fact, Lou ladies, they've named St. Louis one of the five least choosy cit ... More >>
With the support of a National Institutes of Health grant, Saint Louis University is partnering with a controversial Chinese doctor who once infected AIDS patients with malaria as part of a widely criticized practice. The doctor in question is Xiaoping Chen of China's Guangzhou Institutes of Biomed ... More >>
The Macy's in downtown St. Louis is shutting its doors. The company announced this morning that the outlet, which opened in 1924 in the Railway Exchange building, will be closing with a final clearance starting in the beginning of June and continuing for about ten weeks. The 189,000-square-foot sp ... More >>
How is the City of St. Louis spending taxpayer dollars? It's can be challenging to to answer that question -- at least according to a new report from an organization that has given St. Louis a failing grade for budget transparency and accountability. Missouri's Public Interest Research Group, or ... More >>
Indiana native Matt Ewer has farming in his blood. At the ripe old age of eight, he started selling sweet corn door-to-door for his family's farm. When he was twenty, he began working in organic farming and not long after moved to the West Coast to study organic agriculture. Then he returned to Ind ... More >>
Next week, instead of rifling through coat pockets, couch cushions and car cup-holders in search of beer money, Gut Check will be headed to Kiener Plaza (600 Market Street) for a complimentary $25 Miller Lite gift card. Specifically, on Tuesday, September 18, between 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., for "It's Mil ... More >>
News of Todd Akin's idiocy has spread worldwide, which is kind of good because it means there's a larger pool of people who can inform us where his scientific opinions about rape and conception came from. The Guardian of London went deep into the law books and dug up this gem of jurisprudence: If, ... More >>
The American Lung Association released its State of the Air report, and St. Louis once again ranked in the top ten for year-round particle pollution, coming in as the tenth most-polluted city out of the 277 metropolitan areas measured -- that's not good. However, the data shows that since 2003-2005 ... More >>
Standup Jeremy Essig put in seven years as a road comic, recorded three CDs and has opened for the likes of Zach Galifianakis and Jeffrey Ross. By 2009, he was sick of it. All of it. So he enrolled in journalism school at Mizzou. He also landed a political reporting gig in Jefferson C ... More >>
Selecting Riverfront Times' Best of St. Louis 2011 was no picnic. Choosing the winner meant several worthy candidates would go unmentioned -- until now. In this Gut Check series, we are chewing our way through notable runners up in a number of categories. To see hundreds more winners and finalists a ... More >>
For most St. Louisans, going home for Thanksgiving this week means staying put. According to Census figures, 69.4 percent of people living in the St. Louis metropolitan area were born in the region. That ranks as sixth highest nationally among major cities and a good 12 percentage points abo ... More >>
Last year we warned Gut Check readers about the Belleville Runners Club's insidious plan to fatten, nay, kill their racing competition with their potentially deadly Belleville Chili Cookoff concoctions. Just when we thought they couldn't top the health-endangering creations of chili-topped nach ... More >>
Photo by Mabel SuenNoise-rock duo Spelling Bee recently embarked on a tour that took members Joseph Hess and Mabel Suen to Washington D.C., Baltimore, Bost and more. We explored the band's approach to D.I.Y. in a feature as the tour was kicking off. Now that they've returned, we asked drumme ... More >>
USA TodayAccording to the oh-so-scientific pollsters of the Daily Beast, St. Louisans, among other things, have nicotine addictions and a lack of book-smarts. So it's nice to know that the latest ranking chart of the pop-political website, released this week for Mother's Day, suggests that ou ... More >>
A Census employee works the streets of (INSERT MIDWEST CITY) last summer.Yesterday St. Louis officials all but conceded that the 2010 U.S. Census got it right: The city did lose 30,000 people, or 8.3 percent of its population, over the past decade. And while there's been lots of hand-wringing abo ... More >>
Yesterday was a big day in Missouri frugality. Gov. Jay Nixon proposed $300 million in budget cuts during his State of the State address -- even as the website Coupons.com ranked St. Louis as the fourth-cheapest city in the country. Nixon outlined a plan to knock down the state's 2012 budge ... More >>
I'm still waiting to hear back from the Jeff Ruby's Steakhouse corporate office in Cincinnati about the status of the River City Casino restaurant. However, I feel bad about depriving you of an opportunity to hear from Jeff Ruby himself, so here's a news report about the time he asked O.J. Simpson t ... More >>
Ten things to do, that is, besides what we previewed on the music page, the Earthworms DVD screening and Ryan Bingham Sunday night at the Old Rock House. Friday: 7 Shot Screamers @ Way Out Club Punk-a-billy faves 7SS haven't done a show in a long, long time; this gig features the golden-age ... More >>
www.jeffruby.com/st-louis.phpFile this under "Things That Make You Go Hmmm": The screenshot above is what you see if you visit www.jeffruby.com/st-louis.php. This should be the home page of the St. Louis branch of Jeff Ruby's Steakhouse, which opened earlier this year at the new River City Casino ... More >>
Timothy Norris / LA WeeklyMuse at Coachella music festival in April.Here's a bummer email to wake up to: Muse has re-routed its fall 2010 tour due to the fact that "bassist Chris Wolstenholme is expecting a child with wife Kelly in November of 2010," according to a press release. It goes on t ... More >>
It's that time of week again -- you're hopefully left with at least a few hours of free time where you can decide to do whatever you feel like: No time-sucking birthday lunches, Saturday morning soccer games or shift-covering for your slacker of a coworker. ("How has he not been fired yet?" you may ... More >>
Tonight is Exploding Swan Night at Stirrup Pants Chapbooks (2122 Cherokee Street), which will deviate from its usual Saturdays-only schedule to host The Rats & People Motion Picture Orchestra and a host of readers, including poet Zachary Schomburg, who has driven out here from Portland, Oregon, in h ... More >>
Fleur-Design, Wikimedia CommonsBeercation (n.): A short, inexpensive trip whose primary justification is the pursuit of rare, local or otherwise unattainable beer.Among potential beercation destinations, my current front-runner is Louisville, Kentucky, only four hours east on I-64. Maybe not the ... More >>
The ladies' room at Shoji Tabuchi Theatre. The results are in and the Shoji Tabuchi Theatre has won the coveted "America's Best Bathroom Award." The Branson music hall features a ladies' powder room (right) boasting wainscoting, live cut orchids at every granite and onyx pedestal sink, stained g ... More >>
9 p.m., Friday, August 7. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue.
There's slush the color of wet concrete on the sidewalks, in gutters and on roads. Jobs are hard to come by and our winter sports teams are atrocious! But do St. Louisans really think of their town as St. Louis Shitty?Pew Research CenterPercentage of residents who say they want to live in this city ... More >>
The Jewish Book Fest celebrates a milestone
B-Sides compares the biographies of Courtney Love and Sharon Osbourne, and reports on Brandt's reorganization.
Dennis Brown has a question about the Rep's Off-Ramp series: Why?
Dennis Brown and Deanna Jent suss out local theater
Monday, January 2; Creepy Crawl (412 North Tucker Boulevard)
Ten albums that make it easy to avoid fretting about your old-fashioned, Rockist ways
The Beer Hall of Fame is a cool idea -- perhaps too cool for St. Louis
Body Kiss (T-Neck/Dreamworks)
The Missouri Valley Conference tournament bounces into Savvis Center
In St. Louis, the "A" is for "ambition"
King of the rink Leo White is ready for prime time, but is prime time ready for him?
O.T. Hodge Chile Parlor
Owen Wilson goes down Behind Enemy Lines and lands in familiar terrain
The People Project only gets worse