Halloween has always been an excuse to wear costumes that would be offensive and inappropriate on any other day of the year: dead Trayvon Martin, "terrorists," Boston Marathon bombing victims. (We've already seen way more Ray Rice and battered Janay Palmer costumes this year than we ever needed to ... More >>
It's a tough job, but, somehow, we managed to try enough cocktails to pick out three of our favorite for 2013. It's been a banner year for fancy drinks in St. Louis -- just about every week a new whiskey or cocktail bar opened up. Mixologists are now veritable artists, crafting custom drinks and inv ... More >>
Editor: Tef Poe is an artist from St. Louis city. Through powerful imagery and complicated honesty, he has earned a reputation as one of the best rappers telling the story of St. Louis, which is about much more than one place. Poe has been featured in music publications such as XXL and Urb Magazine. ... More >>
It's almost Halloween, and though most trick-or-treaters will be hoping for name-brand candies from Walmart, there's a whole world of delectable confections at adorable, old-fashioned candy shoppes all over town. Nostalgic candy, gourmet chocolate and some of the weirdest stuff you could ask for can ... More >>
Ours is a country divided -- almost precisely in half, it turns out -- between head-in-the-clouds idealists and stick-in-the-mud realists. Of course, we are referring to people who love Christmas music and others who could never again hear a bell jingle, jangle, or rock, and it would still be too so ... More >>
Dropkick Murphys' vaguely annual trip to St. Louis happened to fall on that holiest of days for getting weird, Halloween. There were kilts (as you can see), there was face paint, there was dancing and oh lord was there drinking. In short, the Pageant was a pretty damn good party last night. RFT Musi ... More >>
Gut Check is getting into the Halloween spirit thanks to this altogether spooky cupcake. Just guess where it came from and win $20 to Haveli Indian Restaurant (9720 Page Avenue, Overland; 314-423-7300). Rules: To be eligible, you must leave a valid e-mail address (or Twitter handle or Facebook pro ... More >>
BREAKING! A gigantic spider has ascended the Gateway Arch and is holding the downtown riverfront district hostage.
Image viaTo celebrate Thanksgiving, Gut Check has been running a series of posts celebrating our pumpkin-flavored treats. To which I say: Bah, humbug.The primary function of a pumpkin should be decoration, either as a Halloween jack-o'-lantern or as the centerpiece of a gourd-centric autumnal ... More >>
There is no shortage of concert-going options on this Halloween evening -- among them is funk revivalist Orgone at Old Rock House. Previewing the show in this week's print edition, Roy Kasten says, "Seven-or-more-piece LA band Orgone lays the percussion on rich as molé poblano and twice as t ... More >>
It's Halloween week and we're already bracing ourselves for a weekend to put the party hat on this month of nonstop insanity. Among the festivities to choose from is Off Broadway's Halloween Hootenanny, which is now in its seventh year. Strawfoot! Begger's Carnivale! Huge Costume Part! Surpri ... More >>
RFT photoIt wasn't all that long ago that Gut Check was donning our finest Disney princess Star Wars character drag outfit and joining the swarms of greedy American children on the hallowed Halloween quest for candy. So we remember well the post-trick-or-treat ritual of sorting the bounty int ... More >>
It wasn't all that long ago that Gut Check was donning our finest Disney princess Star Wars character drag outfit and joining the swarms of greedy American children on the hallowed Halloween quest for candy. So we remember well the post-trick-or-treat ritual of sorting the bounty into two piles, i.e ... More >>
Wikimedia CommonsShape up, Fatty. Scientists are creating a lower-fat soybean.The march of the genetically modified Frankenfoods continues! And just in time for Halloween. Convenient. Because soybeans are so overloaded with fat (not really), Monstanto has come to the rescue yet again. The S ... More >>
Courtesy Cherokee PhotoboothCute Easter kids from last year.Looking for something adorable to put in Grandma's Easter basket? Hop on over to Cherokee Photobooth for their second free Easter photo session and get a portrait taken in front of a chalk mural by local artist Ryan Frank.You may recall ... More >>
Scoodog via FlickrIs that a ghost at the Tivoli/RFT offices?Way, way back in the day (well, the early 90s), before the Loop became a nice place again and the Riverfront Times was still by the river front, the Tivoli building housed a movie theater, three floors of dilapidated apartments and a ... More >>
Washington state's declared war on caffeinated alcoholic beverages after boozey energy drink Four Loko helped land nine underage drinkers in the hospital, according to U.S. News and World Reports. The kiddos love the buzzed booze. As the piece's author says, "An awake drunk is just as dangerous and ... More >>
image viaDon't be fooled: He's a candy vampire!Hey, kids! St. Louis dentist Dr. James Maxwell is secretly a goblin who wants to steal all your hard-won trick-or-treating loot. It gets worse than that: He's enlisting the help of your parents to snatch the Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, fun-size ... More >>
In an era when advertisements are so easily evaded by consumers, a TV commercial going viral is an agency's dream: "Grocery Store Lady," Snickers' first-ever Halloween-themed ad, created by New York-based BBDO Worldwide, has spooked its way onto high-traffic websites including BuzzFeed, Huffi ... More >>
Waldo Jaquith, Wikimedia CommonsOctober saw the return of Drink of the Week, the column founded by Randall Roberts and continued by Kristie McClanahan that muses on life and libations. Alicia Lohmar is the new author, and we're thrilled to have her as part of the Gut Check family. The rest of ... More >>
8 p.m. Sunday, November 15. The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Boulevard.
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Xmas_tree.svgWell, at least the 24-7 Christmas music didn't start in St. Louis this year until November 1. (Last year, if you remember, it started on October 10, after Movin' 101.1 prepared to flip to sports talk from upbeat music.) But yes, after hip-hop st ... More >>
How about some truly scary news for Halloween? Government officials officials covered up the spread of China's melamine scandal to eggs for weeks. (AFP) The UN wants North Korea to accept food aid from South Korea. (AP) More from the Iowa kosher meatpacking plant busted on immigration charges earl ... More >>
It's billed as "St. Louis' best and biggest Halloween party," and the Central West End's adult costume party drew thousands to the intersection of Maryland and Euclid on late Saturday night. Photographer Sarah Paradoski was there and has these photos from the costume party. Slide Show Slide Sho ... More >>
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Your daily guide to what they're whispering about in the next cubicle. HERE Been itching for some Flaco's Cocina tacos? Gut Check has the scoop on the restaurant's menu. Annie cannot resist the lure of free music and an almost-free magazine subscription. Claire Nowak-Boyd packs it up at Ecolog ... More >>
Your daily guide to what they're whispering about in the next cubicle. HERE There'll be no citywide WiFi in this town. Blast! Didn't make it to Union Station on Friday? Observe Barack Obama from the front row on Daily Kos. Get a Halloween costume history at 69 & 1/2 Classic Love Songs. So, what ... More >>
Your daily guide to what they're whispering about in the next cubicle. HERE Hear all about nine days of tequila, tacos, beer and jalapeño peppers on A to Z. www.anytimecostumes.com Are you OK, Billy? Because you look flushed! Lumière Place makes a splash downtown. Watch architect Paul Brende ... More >>
Week of October 26, 2005