The Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest is iconic, just like its titular dog and its birthplace, Coney Island. But instead of a delicious wiener after a day on the boardwalk, hot dog eating is serious business. The annual contest, which began in 1916, takes place on Coney Island on the Fourth of ... More >>
8 p.m. Wednesday, May 9. El Leñador, 3124 Cherokee Street.
In popular song, the count off is a tool of function. Somebody counts from one to four (or three, or if people have even once compared the band to Don Cabellero, seven), and the musicians know when to begin playing and how quickly to play. Some have used the countoff as a jumping off point fo ... More >>
Image viaFriday (July 29): Stairway to Heaven @ Bissell Mansion Restaurant and Dinner Theatre Enjoy a four-course dinner with wine while attempting to unravel bits and pieces of the this murder mystery featuring plenty of punny musical references. Entrée choices include New York strip stea ... More >>
Image viaSt. Louis Craft Beer Week offers lots and lots of fancy-pants brew-centric events.Call us crazy, but sometimes Gut Check International HQ misses the good ol' days when Anheuser-Busch drove this city like a team of clydesdales and you could actually buy a Busch beer at the stadium tha ... More >>
Wikimedia CommonsFamous Nathan's, which Murray Handwerker made really famous.Over the weekend two people who played major roles in the modernization of the food industry died. Murry Handwerker, 89, of Nathan's Famous Hot Dogs passed away on Saturday. Canadian potato entrepreneur Wallace McCai ... More >>
courtesy of Steve EwingSteve Ewing and his team at Taste of St. LouisSteve Ewing is a familiar face in the local music scene. He first made a name for himself as the frontman for the popular rock/funk/ska/reggae/you name it act the Urge, a post he held from the '80s until the band's breakup i ... More >>
The number of chain record stores nationwide has dwindled. However, St. Louis has become an unlikely safe haven for indie record shops as well as for DJs who prefer to spin the black circle instead of scrolling their iPods. In this weekly column, we'll focus on personal portraits of St. Louis' recor ... More >>
(Pokey LaFarge and the South City Three are currently touring the U.K. He passed along some thoughts, which you can read below. Part two coming later.) Bill StreeterThursday 8/5, Big Chill Festival Our first performance of the tour. Big crowd with lots of young people dancing, which was surpr ... More >>
Image viaWhat you won't see at this weekend's hot dog-eating contest.Longtime readers know that Gut Check feels nothing but spite toward competitive eating, but this story we could not ignore.From the blog BK Southie, via Eater, comes shocking news about this weekend's annual Nathan's Famous July ... More >>
Rick Nadeau's squirrels, featured in this week's cover story, are just an entry into the wonderful world of anthropomorphic taxidermy.Tia Resleure's site, A Case of Curiosities, is the most complete source of information about the Victorian tableau-artist Walter Potter. Resleure also has photos of s ... More >>
Sylvain Sylvain of the New York Dolls talks up the glam pioneers' history and fantastic new record.
Schlafly Brewery and Tap Room, 2100 Locust Street, 314-241-2337.
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Tom Waits travels ever farther down the rabbit hole of his imagination -- and our past
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Aronofsky's follow-up to Pi is a brutal personal movie about the horrors of drug addiction
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