Sen. Claire McCaskill "won't give you the answer you want to hear." Senator Claire McCaskill might be Missourians' "liberal" voice in Washington D.C., but when it comes to reforming marijuana laws, the Democrat lawmaker is quite the conservative. On Monday, McCaskill attended a town hall in Columbi ... More >>
I remember in the sixth grade when we were all arbitrarily assigned instruments to learn. It was hell for broke parents who were now forced to buy or rent instruments they knew were just going to collect dust in a broom closet. And it was hell for us kids, as when you are a young boy, everything aro ... More >>
Kaya's Import Wine & Spirits (4117 Union Road, south St. Louis County; 314-894-0007) closed after ten years this weekend. "Let's blame it on the economy," owner Kata Lozina tells Gut Check, with a sigh. As Gut Check learned when Katie Moulton profiled Lozina and Kaya's last May, the store filled a ... More >>
Photos by Julia GabbertSemyon and Alina Ilyashov arrived in St. Louis from Minsk, Russia, in 1979 unable to read or speak English. Accompanying them were their two young daughters, Ella and Lena. Their daughter Rachel would be born a few years later. "They wanted to provide opportunities for the ... More >>
Image viaDumplings to die forBack in the early days of Gut Check, I was much more vocal in my dislike of eating contests and challenges. Old age -- and the fact that you, the readers whose clicks help pay my salary, seem to love the damn things -- has softened me somewhat.Still, I serve the follo ... More >>
Inside the St. Louis Salt Room.Clay Juracsik doesn't believe in medication. He prefers natural remedies and uses antibiotics as a last resort. So three years ago when his daughter, then seven, developed asthma, he and his wife realized they had a problem. They researched inhalers and discover ... More >>
Will Nakamura leave us searching for Bobby Fischer's record?It ain't exactly the Thrilla in Manilla, but it's being billed as the first-ever international chess match between two top-ranked players to be played in St. Louis since 1886. And the stakes are particularly high for one of the conte ... More >>
Truth be told, Gut Check slept through a few sessions of Sunday school. But wasn't there something in the Bible about not making graven images? What about making the Baby Jesus out of food and eating him?Because a lot of people are doing that. A Concerned Canadian asked the Saskatoon Star Phoenix a ... More >>
Axel SchultenDominic MillerNext Wednesday, June 23, Sting will be bringing his Symphonicities tour to the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater. That's a night featuring nothing but solo songs (and a few Police classics) rendered by a full orchestra. Tickets of varying prices are still available. In ... More >>
The one and only Don King will be in town later this afternoon to promote his fight at the Scottrade Center on August 7 between St. Louis' own undefeated WBC/IBF champion Devon "The Bull" Alexander and Ukrainian Andriy Kotelnik.There are few sports figures more colorful -- and notorious -- than King ... More >>
Rambling, improvising and eternally absurd actor/stand-up comedian Eddie Izzard certainly keeps himself busy these days, what between releasing his seventh DVD, searching for the perfect U.S. drama series to sink his teeth into and ushering a documentary film about his formative years into theaters. ... More >>
Unlike several of my fellow Gut Check contributors, I'm not much for reminiscing about, dissecting or ranking the past year. Instead, I enjoy the challenge of looking forward and setting goals. So here are my plans for both my personal wine consumption and The Noble Writ in 2010.Aaron Logan, Wikime ... More >>
(Earthworms and Fresh Heir are currently touring around air force bases in England and Europe. Mathias from Earthworms is keeping a diary for us while he's away. Read on below for the third installment; the first one is here, second one is here.)Greetings from Camp Bondsteel, Kosovo! Kosovo... is b ... More >>
Decadence colors the Washington Avenue loft district Red.
photo: Ian Froeb Eastern Europe comes to Wash. Ave. Today we continue our look at the bonanza of new restaurants -- both actual and merely promised -- opening in the Washington Avenue Loft District this year. Red should be one of the more interesting additions to the city's culinary landsc ... More >>
Don't miss the premiere of Hana's Suitcase.
Highlights from the second week of the St. Louis International Film Festival.
A talented rapper narrowly survives another lousy movie
Is the food really as good and fresh behind the old Iron Curtain as it is here?
A fishing tale full of crappie
Unreal dabbles in espionage and gets motivated with Ed McMahon; plus, breaking news from the Department of Not Quite Getting It
At the Balkan Café NYE party
Week of June 18, 2003
St. Louis Brewery & Tap Room, 2100 Locust, 314-241-2337
Self-proclaimed Jewish Christian Sandy Weltman pushes the limits of klezmer without diluting its soul
Though the shock value has long since faded, in the '20s God of Vengeance infuriated the censors
When terrorists breed hatred among us, they've already won the war
Tarantino precursor Seijun Suzuki comes to the Fontbonne College screen
Klezmer band Yidn holds court each week at Brandt's
A visit to Astoria European Cuisine yields mixed but largely enjoyable results
Written and directed by Radu Mihaileanu
The Center of Contemporary Arts presents its inaugural Jewish Folk Festival
He has been an advisor to Mikhail Gorbachev and Boris Yeltsin. He's renowned internationally as a journalist and scholar. And he has been a highly popular visiting professor at Webster University. So why is Nikolai Zlobin looking for a job?