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  • Blogs

    October 31, 2014

    11 Horror-able Jokes For Halloween Trick-Or-Treaters

    It's finally Halloween. Do you know what that means? Joke time! St. Louis tradition dictates that trick-or-treaters offer a joke or riddle before getting their candy. Only St. Louis and Des Moines, Iowa, make jokes a big part of the year's spookiest holiday, which is all the more reason to prepare ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2014

    Ferguson Arrests: Everyone St. Louis County Police Locked Up During 12 Days of Crisis

    As the chaos in Ferguson dies down (at least, for now,) St. Louis County Police released the names and charges for all 204 people it arrested during the stand-off. Daily RFT broke the arrests into a timeline with added links for clarity, but you can read through all the St. Louis County Police arre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2014

    Who Will "Have the Balls" to Host The Air Guitar Competition in St. Louis Next Year?

    St. Louis sure likes to talk smack on Kansas City's sports teams and entertainment options, but when it comes to air guitar, we may just have to concede defeat. On August 9, our cross-state rival will host the national finals for U.S. Air Guitar, the official air-guitar association of the United St ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2014

    Your Guide to the Third Annual Whiskey War Festival

    Brothers Jake and David Maness have helped build a community in the greater St. Louis area. As the Maness Brothers, the duo plays an inspired and super-charged southern rock (recently voted Best Blues Band in the 2014 RFT Music Awards). But behind-the-scenes, both brothers work to organize The Whisk ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2014

    Fort Taco Approved for Former Rally's Space in Brentwood

    There have been signs up on the long-vacant former Rally's location in Brentwood for a while now, but the city's Planning and Zoning Commission has just approved a conditional use permit for Fort Taco to go ahead at 8106 Manchester Road. See also: Walnut Grill Opening in Ellisville in Former Chevy' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2014

    Kiss and Def Leppard Announce Summer Tour: St. Louis in August

    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.

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2014

    Questions Remain About Summer Rocks Festivals; Vote Postponed

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 4, 2013

    5 Maps That Will Change The Way You Think About Missouri

    The art of cartography is not dead. As Internet news becomes more visual and personalized, interesting maps seem to go viral once a week. These online maps aren't meant for navigation -- we have GPS for that -- but whether they're created by geographers, sociologists or idiot British people, there' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2013

    30 Last-Minute Halloween Jokes for Trick-or-Treaters

    It's crunch time for parents and kids in St. Louis. Time to come up with a quick Halloween joke for trick-or-treaters. Natives of St. Louis might not realize it, but our city is pretty unique when it comes to requiring that trick-or-treaters provide a joke in order to get candy. Des Moines, Iowa, is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 25, 2013

    Is My Band Playing Too Many Shows?

    Are you a musician? Is your group having issues? Ask Fan Landers! Critic Jessica Hopper has played in and managed bands, toured internationally, booked shows, produced records, worked as a publicist and is the author of The Girls' Guide to Rocking, a how-to for teen ladies. She is here to help you s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2013

    St. Louis Gay Couple Among the First to Apply For Green Card Post-DOMA Ruling

    Jourdan and Kirk have a pretty standard love story. Banker meets librarian, they date, fall in love, move in together and get married. "It's not exceptional other than, it's two guys," says Kirk as he sits beside Jourdan in their attorney Jim Hacking's office. (The couple asked Daily RFT to use onl ... More >>

  • News

    June 27, 2013
  • Blogs

    May 14, 2013

    Money in the Band Fund: How to Best Invest?

    Are you a musician? Is your group having issues? Ask Fan Landers! Critic Jessica Hopper has played in and managed bands, toured internationally, booked shows, produced records, worked as a publicist, and is the author of The Girls' Guide to Rocking, a how-to for teen ladies. She is here to help you ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 8, 2013

    Tidbits: Araka's Final Weekend; La Gra to Become Tamm Avenue Grill

    If you've been waiting to say goodbye to Araka (131 Carondelet Plaza, Clayton; 314-725-6777), you're almost out of time. The Clayton restaurant will close after service this Saturday, March 9. Owner Brad Beracha announced the closure last month. If you are a restaurateur looking for new fixtures or ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2013

    More on 801 Chophouse, Opening in Clayton This Fall

    When Araka (131 Carondelet Plaza, Clayton; 314-725-6777) closes next month, its location will not sit empty for long. Des Moines, Iowa-based 801 Chophouse plans to open its fifth location in the expansive Clayton space. Gut Check spoke with 801 Chophouse director of marketing Hillary Stark to learn ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2013

    Report: Araka to Close, 801 Chophouse to Open

    Araka (131 Carondelet Plaza, Clayton; 314-725-6777) will close after service on Saturday, March 9, according to a report from George Mahe of St. Louis Magazine. Gut Check has a call in to owner Brad Beracha for independent confirmation. More from him as we learn it. Update: (Wednesday, February 20, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2012

    Stop Talking About Forming a Band and Just Form a Band Already

    Are you a musician? Is your group having issues? Ask Fan Landers! Critic Jessica Hopper has played in and managed bands, toured internationally, booked shows, produced records, worked as a publicist, and is the author of The Girls' Guide to Rocking, a how-to for teen ladies. She is here to help you ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2012

    As Romney Vid Goes Viral, Don't Forget Missouri is Mormon Jerusalem

    Where will you be during the Second Coming of Christ? You might want to consider Jackson County, Mo. In the final days of the presidential campaign, a 2007 video of Mitt Romney angrily (and somewhat hastily) explaining the end-times theology of Mormonism has become an internet sensation. In the vi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2012

    Sleigh Bells and AraabMuzik Are Coming to the Pageant: Presale and Gift Card Giveaway Happening Now

    Sleigh Bells and AraabMuzik have just announced a co-headlining fall 2012 tour, and it will stop at the Pageant (6161 Delmar Blvd) on October 28. Expect the loudness and riffage to have your ears ringing right through Halloween. Tickets go on sale this Friday at 5 p.m., unless you head over to the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2011

    NPR Explores St. Louis Custom of Jokes on Halloween

    No joke: My colleague, Kholood, who was under the assumption that everyone would wear a costume to work today. (She's a peacock.)​Last week a correspondent with NPR rang me at work to ask me about our custom here in St. Louis requiring trick-or-treaters to tell jokes before receiving candy. Yes, f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2011

    Old Rock House is Getting Rid of the Minor Surcharge, Effective This Friday

    ​The Old Rock House will no longer charge minors and additional $2 at shows, effective July 1st. Owner Tim Weber notes that the fee is nonexistent in most markets around the country, and in a release we received moments ago says, "In this economy and in this age where a new entertainment optio ... More >>

  • News

    June 16, 2011
  • Blogs

    June 15, 2011

    Two Plead Guilty to Prostituting 16-Year-Old Girl Throughout Midwest

    ​A Minneapolis pimp and his female associate entered guilty pleas yesterday in St. Louis  involving their transportation and prostitution of a minor. According to the facts filed with the court, Jane Doe met Maurice Alexander and Latoshia Norris in the Minneapolis area circa May 2010. Do ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2010

    The Judge Bus Hits Iowa, Just Behind the Marriage Bus

    ​A week ago today, a dozen starry-eyed couples from the St. Louis area got married in Iowa City. The ride to the Hawkeye State, in a chartered bus, was long. The day began before dawn. And, because all the couples are same-sex couples, their marriages aren't even recognized back home in Missouri. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2010

    Study Confirms Orangutans Lazier Than the Laziest Human You Know

    Orangutan at Rest: How very stereotypical.​That orangutan you see at the zoo doing nothing but sitting on its rump staring at you (no matter how hard you bang on its plexi-glass cage), is indeed as lazy as you thought. According to a new report penned by anthropology professor Herman Pontzer at Wa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2010

    The Morning Brew: 5.27

    Sold! Pabst Brewing Company, the maker of PBR and Schlitz, is finally sold. The Wall Street Journal reports that food investor C. Dean Metropoulos has purchased to company for $250 million. Metropoulos has built his fortune on buying small food companies, like Vlasic Pickles and Bumble Bee Tuna, th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2010

    The Morning Brew: 5.27

    Sold! Pabst Brewing Company, the maker of PBR and Schlitz, is finally sold. The Wall Street Journal reports that food investor C. Dean Metropoulos has purchased to company for $250 million. Metropoulos has built his fortune on buying small food companies, like Vlasic Pickles and Bumble Bee Tuna, t ... More >>

  • Music

    May 5, 2010

    The Nadas

    9 p.m. Thursday, May 6. The Old Rock House, 1200 South Seventh Street.

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2010

    Ferguson: All-America City Finalist. Who Knew?

    ​St. Louis has an All-American city in its northern suburbs. The National Civic League recently named Ferguson as one of 26 finalists in its 2010 All-America City Awards. To become a finalist, Ferguson completed an application documenting three community projects that address their communities' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2010

    The Morning Brew: Thursday, 1.7

    ​ Restaurants entice Foursquare and Twitter users with specials. (Techcrunch.com)Denver coffee house saves 40,000 cups from landfill. (ABC-7 Denver)Kansas City McDonald's customer has a McFury over incorrect order. (The Pitch)Eat a 700-calorie sandwich and help cure diabetes. What? (KCCI-De ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Thursday, 11.19

    ​ Despite E. coli outbreaks, meat companies aren't required to test ground beef. (The Atlantic)Wichita loves its salad. (Wichita Eagle)Iowa might ban Everclear. (KCCI - Des Moines)A rendition of Bach's Schweigt stille, plaudert nicht, the cantata about coffee, nuptials and dirty deals. It's a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2009

    Local Punks the Humanoids, God Fodder, Suburban Smash Leavin' for Tours

    Photo: Nick SchnelleThe Humanoids perform at the Halo Bar during the RFT music showcase back in June. Things may be a little quieter on the local punk scene in the next few weeks as the Humanoids, Suburban Smash and God Fodder all depart Saturday for tours. Suburban Smash and God Fodder pile in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 8, 2009

    Eat Pork, Take Photo, Go to...Des Moines?

    From the Department of Press Releases We Just Have to Share on a Rainy Friday When We'd Rather Be Watching Star Trek:An organization called Faces of Agriculture -- which is NOT at all like Faces of Death -- has announced a contest entitled "Pork on a Fork." The goal is to raise "awareness of the imp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 5, 2009

    Schnucks Wins Coveted Black Pearl Award

    flickr.com/photos/misterajcWhat is the Black Pearl Award, I hear you ask in a tone of great bewilderment? And why is it coveted?We at Gut Check are here to help!We must also confess -- we were drawn to this arduous research task by our fondness for pirates.Shopping at Schnucks, particularly during t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 8, 2008

    The Dish: A Cheese-Rite Sandwich at Maid-Rite

    Occasionally, when I tell someone I lived in Iowa for a couple of years, I'm asked my opinion of Maid-Rite. "Don't have one," I say. "Never ate there."The reaction is similar, I imagine, to what would happen if you told someone you were from St. Louis, and they asked your opinion on T-ravs, and you ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2008

    R.I.P. Hydeware Theatre

    Hydeware Theatre, the avant-garde theater company that become notorious for its 2003 production of Edward Albee's Zoo Story (which concluded with one actor lying motionless in a pool of fake blood until the audience had left the theater), closed up shop earlier this month. It was seven years old. ... More >>

  • Calendar

    March 5, 2008
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    February 20, 2008
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    December 17, 2007
  • Music

    August 15, 2007

    The Poster Service

    Concert posters the old-fashioned way.

  • Music

    January 31, 2007

    The Nadas

    9 p.m. Thursday, February 1. VooDoo Lounge at Harrah's Casino (777 Casino Center Drive, Maryland Heights).

  • News

    April 26, 2006

    Fish Sick

    Unreal always cleans our plate, but now we're a little nervous about fish. Oh, and hot dogs. Plus -- the cops don't like it when you fake a carjacking. Who knew?

  • Music

    December 14, 2005

    Winter Wonder Bands

    Local radio stations check holiday shows off their wish lists

  • News

    December 22, 2004

    Attack of the Blog

    A Post reporter is suspended for extracurricular Internet activities

  • Music

    May 12, 2004

    Same As It Ever F**king Was

    When it comes to censorship, the song remains the same

  • Music

    April 14, 2004

    Bunnygrunt

    Friday, April 16; Lemmons and Saturday, April 17; Radio Cherokee

  • News

    September 17, 2003

    It Goes Without Saying

    Our mom always told us not to complain, but even she would give us permission when it comes to apathetic politicians, rights-abusing mega-stores and itsy-bitsy cups of custard

  • Dining

    April 2, 2003

    Mimosa

    Chestnut's at the Adam's Mark Hotel, Fourth and Chestnut, 314-241-7400

  • Film

    October 30, 2002

    Dead Weight

    Kathryn Bigelow gets Water-logged with too many plots

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