The first line of the first entry of What the Hell Is St. Louis Thinking? tells you almost everything you need to know about the story behind the book: "Typewriters evoke a world of the immediate, a world in which our actions have immediate consequences, a world in which a thought becomes an incar ... More >>
Conde Nast Traveler put together a list of the fifteen best new restaurants in the Midwest, and our own Death in the Afternoon (808 Chestnut Street; 314-621-3236) came in at No. 8. Our only complaint (and no disrespect to Indianapolis and Michigan, which both snagged multiple spots) is that there's ... More >>
Death in the Afternoon (808 Chestnut Street; 314-621-3236) Hours: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Mon.-Fri. (Closed Sat. and Sun.) Sitting on the patio at Death in the Afternoon, located in the northeast corner of downtown's Citygarden, the dominant sound is children happily playing in a nearby fountain. But don't ... More >>
In 2011 Opera Theatre of St. Louis (OTSL) received a grant to commission three new operas. The first, Champion, an intense, tragic take on the life of boxer Emile Griffith, composed by jazz trumpeter Terence Blanchard, premiered last season. This season's entry, 27, based on the life of author and a ... More >>
Death in the Afternoon (808 Chestnut Street; 314-621-3236), the new venture from the owners of Blood & Sand (1500 St. Charles Street; 314-241-7263), opens to the public at Citygarden Monday, June 9. The restaurant will be lunch-based and isn't members-only, like Blood & Sand. See also: Death in the ... More >>
All week long we're rolling out content from our Summer Guide 2014. In it you'll find all the best ways to enjoy the season in and around St. Louis. Pick it up in print at the red Riverfront Times box nearest you. When some drinkers think of the daiquiri, they imagine a red or blue slush excreted b ... More >>
As we reported last week, the empty Citygarden space at 808 Chestnut Street will soon be home to a new lunch spot from the owners of members-only restaurant Blood and Sand (1500 St. Charles Street; 314-241-7263). Recent addition and executive chef Nick Martinkovic has been working with owners Adam F ... More >>
We were hoping Shake Shack would get in on the Citygarden space vacated by Joe's Chili Bowl, but it looks like the new tenants will be a little more high-end. The owners of Blood & Sand (1500 St. Charles Street; 314-241-7263), the members-only bar and restaurant, are taking over the space and callin ... More >>
Some consider him a misogynist and a drunk. Others say he's America's greatest novelist. The one thing everyone can agree on about Ernest Hemingway is his love of the adult beverage. In honor of the acclaimed author's birth (and death, depending on how you celebrate) month, the bar team at Botanical ... More >>
There's a certain kind of understated pleasure that can come from cracking open a twelve-pack in your own back yard as the Cardinals game buzzes in the background. But as we dive headlong into summer, lots of local restaurants and bars are celebrating the warmer temps with carefully curated cocktail ... More >>
Here at RFT, we did a double take when we stumbled on a Kansas City Star headline this week that read, "KC is rising while St. Louis keeps falling." Then we actually read the column by Yael T. Abouhalkah, who argues that "Kansas City is superior to St. Louis." Really? We can't let this one go. I ... More >>
Or, Why You Shouldn't Be Ashamed to Be a Female Voter in Missouri It's become pretty clear over the past few weeks that Todd Akin hates women. Oh, he hasn't said that in so many words -- which is actually pretty surprising since he doesn't seem to care much about the possibility of offending his fe ... More >>
Gut Check has been looking back on the Riverfront Times Best of St. Louis 2011, but we're also keeping an eye on the Best of St. Louis 2012 by nominating finalists for our awards this fall. To see hundreds more winners and finalists, suggest your own contenders and download the Riverfront Times Best ... More >>
by Bob Weinstein; Wikipedia. Note to self, as a future historical-figure-ghost: If Sarah Palin and Paul Revere are any indication, the best way to trend on Twitter 200 years after your death is to have someone controversial give a particularly strange recounting of your life's work, as inform ... More >>
Today's Purple Prose comes from a reading of Ernest Hemingway's A Farewell to Arms. Many literary scholars saw the book as the first of Hemingway's many classics. Geoffrey Delicatecharacter is not one of them.
The best-selling biography The Hemingway Women looks at the swaggering, brutish man's man through the eyes of the fairer sex. His legend looms large: war correspondent, hunter, fisher, adventurer to exotic places, and author of a body of work that stands shoulder to shoulder with the best of ... More >>
Hadley Richardson, of course, was not the only woman who grew up in St. Louis who ended up marrying Ernest Hemingway. There was also Pauline Pfeiffer, who wasn't born here but moved here at six and went to high school here. And there was Martha Gellhorn, a talented journalist and wonderful writer ... More >>
Every writer hates a winner. And so with Jonathan Franzen's new novel earning raves from just about everybody who matters in American letters, we've been subjected to the predictable envious backlash about how Franzen is overrated (and annoying), how middle-aged white guys get preferential treatment ... More >>
Image sourceLike so many others, A. E. Hotchner, who chronicled his boyhood in Depression-era St. Louis in King of the Hill, has abandoned us for fame and fortune and far-away lands where celebrities hang out. Hotchner parlayed his friendship with Ernest Hemingway into several memoirs and his ... More >>
Image viaThis week I visit Ernesto's Wine Bar (2730 McNair Avenue; 314-664-4511), which opened late last year in Benton Park. Follow me after the jump for a sneak preview of my review.
User "Chriusha," Wikimedia CommonsSupposedly the world is running out of bitters. Not bitter people, mind you, but the cocktail mixer. Specifically, Angostura bitters, those that come in the ubiquitous paper-wrapped bottle with the yellow plastic cap. Just a few years ago, such news wouldn't hav ... More >>
simonandschuster.comA new edition of Ernest Hemingway's A Moveable Feast hits bookstores today, to the outrage of at least one of Hemingway's old pals, writer and St. Louis memoirist A. E. Hotchner, best known for King of the Hill.A Moveable Feast, published posthumously in 1964, is Hemingway's own ... More >>
Colorado Bob's Ship of Fools
3457 Morganford Road
While Barack Obama and John McCain took to the mics Friday night, MasterMind award-winner Tim Lane participated in a book-singing from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. for his book, Abandoned Cars at Subterranean Books in the Delmar Loop.
Café 4 U, 16 North Central Avenue, 314-863-2552.
The Midwest Chub Club teaches Unreal that more really is merrier, a local blogger gets deep into penguins' psyches, and we seek out some chicken soup for the sassy journalist's soul. Plus: The Yankees suck, but don't wear that opinion to Busch.
Washington U. honors the playwright formerly known as Tom
Girls who dress and act like boys, St. Louis' drag kings get up onstage to bend and blur the line between the sexes
Week of February 20, 2002
Directed by José Luis Cuerda