It's not easy being Santa. You have to run a sweatshop staffed by elves who are always complaining about workers' rights or whatever, you live in an inhospitable climate that you only get to leave a few weeks out of the year to go hang out in malls with spoiled kids, and Stand Your Ground laws make ... More >>
The Lucky Old Sons A Very Lucky Christmas www.luckyoldsons.com Christmas songs are such indestructible chestnuts that even a fleet of (Mannheim) steamrollers can't fully destroy a carol's inherent charms and apparent mutability. So go ahead: Turn "Silent Night" into a ska song, or synthesize the ba ... More >>
Thanksgiving may be the holiday focused on food, but Christmas is a close second. There are so many treats to be had: baked goods, chocolates, peppermint, coffee. We know how y'all love to buy local, so we rounded up some great holiday gifts from local restaurants, shops and cafes. Your friends will ... More >>
St. Louis could experience a white Christmas after all, just not in the traditional sense with the snow arriving Christmas Eve and blanketing the ground in time for St. Nick's visit. Instead, the white stuff is expected to begin late on Christmas Day (Tuesday) and last into Wednesday morning.
Want to try something old and new for Christmas dinner? Sassafras Valley Farm -- located in Morrison, on the southern bank of the Missouri River midway between St. Louis and Jefferson City -- has the answer: Goose! But you have to act fast and order it by tomorrow, Tuesday, December 18.
Deep inside Spotify headquarters, at this very moment, some poor marketing team is tasked with the idea of making Spotify gift accounts sound like a good idea for a Christmas present. I know this because I am too cheap to pay to make the Spotify ads go away. So far they've been wise enough not to ... More >>
Like any red-blooded American, Gut Check uses liquid medication to cope with holiday stress. Not only does a good winter cocktail make it possible to tolerate family members, say, inquiring about your procreation plans, it helps keep you warm, too. From now until Christmas, we're calling upon local ... More >>
Linda Bennett with Ricky Nelson on The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet in 1960, fifteen years before the atrocity that is "An Old Fashioned Christmas (Daddy's Home)."Yesterday Jezebel anointed "The Christmas Shoes" the worst Christmas song of all time. We at RFT Music agree that this maudlin ... More >>
Image viaFor some folks, Christmas is a day of mandatory family time in celebration of some cool old cat's birthday, and for others, it's an ever-annoying nuisance that means little to them except that there's nothing to do. But there's one thing we all have in common: We gotta eat. -Demun ... More >>
Image via.A Very Bert Dax Christmas, Volume Nine has now officially been released. The ninth annual X-Mas compilation, a joint release by Rob Severson from Pancake Productions (subject of this week's music feature) and Matt Harnish of The Bert Dax Calvacade of Stars, features a pool of truly ... More >>
Celia's Yuletide Xpress comes to Off Broadway on Sunday.It's the most wonderful time of the year! Well, OK, not actually if you're looking for big-name tours. But that doesn't mean you have no choice but to hole up this weekend. Soul party-starters JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound play Off Broad ... More >>
Julia GabbertRalph Lindner puts it in park at his O'Fallon Christmas tree farm.Ralph Lindner passes the small lake on his property as the sun starts to descend behind the hills lined with conifers. Lindner, 73, has trouble walking far. Instead, he's utilizing his "wheelchair" -- a red Snapper ... More >>
Image viaRaise a glass (or three) to 2011.This is a sticky post. The latest Gut Check post follows this one.While Gut Check prefers to spend New Year's Eve nursing a bottle of whiskey and another twelve months' worth of accumulated regrets, I suspect more than a few of you plan to ring in 2011 wi ... More >>
9 p.m. Saturday, December 18. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue.
image viaCan we just agree that Hanukkah food kicks all sorts of ass over Hanukkah music? Yes, yes, yes, there's "The Hanukkah Song." Let me tell you about "The Hanukkah Song." It's the Hanukkah version of "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer": amusing the first time you hear it, exponentiall ... More >>
image viaCan we just agree that Hanukkah food kicks all sorts of ass over Hanukkah music? Yes, yes, yes, there's "The Hanukkah Song". Let me tell you about "The Hanukkah Song." It's the Hanukkah version of "Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer": amusing the first time you hear it, exponentially ... More >>
The Black Cat classes it up
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Behold! In Belleville, the glory of the Lord shines 'round about...lots of blocks.