This week's story, "The Ag Gag War," goes behind the scenes of the guerilla fight between animal rights groups and Big Agriculture. For years organizations like the Humane Society and Mercy for Animals have being going undercover at America's largest farms, using hidden cameras to show exactly how ... More >>
Mark your calendar and prepare your wallet: This Saturday, April 20, marks the sixth annual Record Store Day. Originally begun in 2008 as a way to pull music fans away from their computers and back into the already-dwindling brick-and-mortar shops, Record Store Day has grown larger with each passing ... More >>
A little bird told us. Yes, every now and then, the Twitter says it best -- better, even, than Hallmark. Such was the case earlier this week, when Eric Scholle, restaurant manager at Farmhaus (3257 Ivanhoe Avenue; 314-647-3800) tweeted about his "old-school 'Conflict Resolution'" technique and its ... More >>
Last week, I received a surprising call from the North Pole. Apparently Santa Claus has become a fan of my column and wanted some musical selections to play in his sleigh on the big night. "Anything but 'I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus', I was told. "Mrs. Claus always looks askance at him when they ... More >>
In all the excitement of Tuesday's election and yesterday's aftermath, a few things got overlooked. Yes, Todd Akin's not going to the Senate, but since House terms last only two years, as of the new year, he's going to join the ranks of the unemployed. Which leads to another question: Who's going t ... More >>
Did you know that today, July 17, is National Peach Ice Cream Day? Neither did we! Truth be told, this fact pisses us off. Here we are, getting ready to celebrate National Ice Cream Day this very Friday, July 20, and peach ice cream has to be like, "Oh! Look at me! I'm special! I'm seasonal. I deser ... More >>
Genres can be handy organizational tools. Without them, we would have to resort to long-winded explanations of every artists or unwarranted comparisons to similar acts. But as genres become more specific, they often become more ridiculous. Here are the six most cringe-inducing genres. Feel free to l ... More >>
Just in time for Valentine's Day (ugh, thanks Hallmark), Foursquare has determined that we're the fourth-most romantic city in the country. This information was gleaned by searching more than 1.5 billion check-ins made by couples on the social media system at typically romantic places such as win ... More >>
Rick Jordan has one word of advice for Valentine's Day shoppers: "Stop asking for chocolate covered strawberries when they're out of season!" Jordan proclaims wearily from his west county chocolate store, RJ Chocolatier (14882 Clayton Road, Chesterfield; 636-230-9300). Jordan, in chocolate-making c ... More >>
Camel Towing business cardDaily RFT caught up yesterday with Mike Christopher as the 45-year-old entrepreneur from suburban St. Louis was headed to meet his attorney to discuss ways to trademark his new tow-truck company, Camel Towing. Daily RFT: How did you come up with the name Camel ... More >>
Egan O'KeefeScene from Mardi Gras 2009, February 21 in Soulard. This year's parade kicks off at 11 a.m. in front of Busch Stadium. This is gonna be a busy weekend. Mardi Gras and Valentine's Day in the same weekend means that you are probably going to waste a lot of money on over-priced flowers, ... More >>
(Welcome to a recurring feature on A to Z: The Craiglist Musician Post of the Week. Associates and friends keep sending me links to funny and/or bizarre listings -- ones that deserve to be shared with the world.) Things have been a bit quiet on the Craigslist front -- at least until yesterday after ... More >>
flickr.com/photos/whinendineSix years ago, Margaret Benedict remembers being riveted by an article in Investor's Business Daily on the life and times of Joyce Clyde Hall, the highly-driven founder of Hallmark Cards. At the time, Benedict was reaching the end of a long career as a fifth-grade ... More >>
In a move that's sure to cost Hallmark tens of dollars, members the Ku Klux Klan are asking white Americans to boycott all purchases from the greeting card company. A press release yesterday from the Belleville, Illinois, chapter of the KKK, states that Hallmark is "trying to corrupt the morality of ... More >>
Dennis Brown and Paul Friswold suss out the local theater scene.
Dennis Brown and Paul Friswold encapsulate the St. Louis theater scene.
See the Rep's production of Tuesdays with Morrie if you must — but see it for Bernie Passeltiner's performance.
That old "last man on earth" setup? It really works.
3:30 p.m. Friday, July 20. Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, 14141 Riverport Drive, Maryland Heights.
Yarr! Unreal's a-searchin' for booty (but, please, not those VH1 Divas Live CDs). Plus, we go gaga over a QVC pitchman and meet a local blogger who needs to get something off her chest.
We have an intervention for An Angle, talk baseball and Moz with Joe Pernice, and learn some rock rules by which to live
In Your Honor (RCA)
Will Smith helps others find love, though probably not with this movie
Get to Branson before your good will is totally tapped out
The millennium's already upon us, but Angels in America continues to approach
Live in London (Sanctuary)
The Opera Theatre of St. Louis hopes you'll "grab it by the cojones and give it a twist"
Unreal cares enough to send the very best; plus, we get our five minutes of TV fame and continue the hard-hitting sandwich reportage
St. Louis Osuwa Taiko welcomes spring
Susan Miller's My Left Breast riffs on loss of all kinds
Friday, December 5; Creepy Crawl
Week of September 3, 2003
Almeria Club (Curb Records)
Week of February 13, 2001
The latest music books struggle to demystify pop culture's greatest enigmas
Bonus points to St. Louis bands for warming the winter
Prop A has billboard companies on the defensive and scrambling to put up more signs
Directed by Boaz Yakin
With their broomsticks and bottle caps, these working stiffs are in a league of their own
The Talking Heads' David Byrne once again reinvents himself, this time as an ambassador of Latin American music