By Craig Hlavaty Before I take any trip to Austin and SXSW, I always take more than a few days to peruse the schedule and check out a few of the hundreds of names on the roster and read their bios. Some years there are more bands with "wolf" and "space" in their monikers than usual, and some year ... More >>
By Ben Westhoff Each week in our print editions and every day on our blogs, the 13 Voice Media Group papers feature some of the best music writing in the country. That's why we're excited to announce the winners of our first VMG music writing awards. The honor goes to the authors of one blog post ... More >>
The invasive plant water spinach is banned in some states — and essential to Asian cooking. In a small village outside Houston, relocated Cambodians are growing and selling it across state lines, up North, out West, hoping to get rich.
The Tyler Greene Era, circa 2009-2012, has officially come to an end in St. Louis. The enigmatic infielder was traded to the Houston Astros earlier today in exchange for a player to be named later, which in baseball parlance is code for, "We really couldn't give a shit less what we get for the ... More >>
Blackfinn American Grille will have its official opening this Thursday, March 29, at the St. Louis Galleria (South Brentwood Boulevard & Clayton Road, Richmond Heights). Curious? You don't have to wait till Thursday. The restaurant, which is taking over the former Mark Shale space in the mall, has ... More >>
Driving around the city this morning and early afternoon, I spotted a new -- to me, at least -- food truck. Tacomovil was painted across the back of the truck in big letters, so I assume that's the truck's name. Actually, I spotted it twice: first, heading westbound on Market Street; then, half an ... More >>
8 p.m. Sunday, March 18. The Sheldon Concert Hall, 3648 Washington Boulevard.
Look closely at that Budweiser in your hand. It has a German name. It was produced by Brazilians. Its brand-name used to be owned by the Dutch. But it's distinctly American. If you're confused, worry not. Anheuser-Busch InBev has launched a new software program called "Track Your Bud," allowing you ... More >>
With the recession still in full swing and likely to continue for several more years, it seems like it would be a foolhardy proposition to start up a small business. But there is something infinitely appealing in working for yourself -- particularly since that makes you immune to layoffs. And accord ... More >>
This is part one of Stephen Fairbanks' Chef's Choice profile of Cassy Vires of Home Wine Kitchen. Part two, a Q&A, will be posted tomorrow, and part three, a recipe from Vires, will be posted on Thursday. Jennifer SilverbergHusband-and-wife owners of Home Wine Kitchen, Josh Renbarger and Chef Cassy ... More >>
Houston red-light saga becomes absurdist comedyMany St. Louisans are eagerly awaiting the outcome of a court case that, in a partial ruling earlier this year, seemed to nullify the city's ordinance allowing red-light cameras. But if Houston is any indicator, opponents of the cameras in St. Louis ... More >>
Who knew so many St. Louis households depended on one of these?The Brookings Institution is out with a study looking at the public transportation access within America's biggest cities, and St. Louis is near the bottom of the list. According to Brookings, 82 percent of area residents without a ca ... More >>
Image viaAnheuser-Busch may not want to use this trademark -- but they definitely want to own it.If brewing giant Anheuser-Busch gets its way, we won't just be living in the 314.We'll be living in the 314 (TM).The St. Louis-based brewery, now owned by Belgian conglomerate InBev, has applied for a ... More >>
Bourbon Street. Photos courtesy of Bo Bulawsky.Bo & the Locomotive is gearing up for the release of its first full length, On My Way; it's out July 30th. The band is, in fact, exactly on its way, having just returned from a tour that took Bo and his band through the South. There were especia ... More >>
A twin killing! Get it? Okay, fine, they're just brothers, not twins. Man, tough room. You all may remember (or you may not; I don't honestly know how much attention anyone pays to me), that just a few weeks back I wrote about the astonishingly high number of double plays the Cardinals have hit i ... More >>
Citygarden was presented the award yesterday.The downtown St. Louis sculpture garden, Citygarden, has won that major award for which it was named a finalist last month. Yesterday, the Urban Land Institute awarded Citygarden its Amanda Burden Open Space Award. The annual honor recognizes the best ... More >>
It's up to you to prevent this.We're No. 5! Celebratory chomps all around.OK, it's not actually that funny. The U.S. Postal Service today released data on the nation's top cities for dog attacks on postal carriers, and St. Louis tied for fifth (along with San Antonio) with 39 attacks in 2010. Hou ... More >>
Mom got you stressed?If you don't throw Momma from the train, she might cause you to throw yourself off the plane. Yesterday, a 34-year-old man aboard a Continental flight traveling from Houston to Chicago made an attempt to open the airplane door while the plane was miles above the ground. ... More >>
What y'all really know about the Dirty South? Enough to write a book, apparently. Congratulations are in order to RFT alum Ben Westhoff, whose second book will be officially released on May 1. The book, entitled Dirty South: Outkast, Lil Wayne, Soulja Boy, and the Southern Rappers Who Reinven ... More >>
Image viaDrink up! (Slowly, and with a bucket nearby.)Today's Post-Dispatch includes an innocuous, even charming, article by Jesse Bogan about a "Chocolate Seder" held over this past weekend for kids at Congregation Temple Israel in Creve Coeur.According to the article, the aim of this "Seder" wa ... More >>
Photo: Nick LucchesiWill the Citygarden hares win this race?Citygarden is one of five finalists for this year's Open Space Award from the Urban Land Institute. The organization made the announcement yesterday. The St. Louis attraction that opened in 2009 is competing against two public spaces in ... More >>
8 p.m. Friday, October 22. The Firebird, 2706 Olive Street.
Electronic Luddites, Ontario's Holy Fuck don't mess around with loops and laptops. Catch them with Houston drone angels Indian Jewelry at the Firebird on October 22 The Ambassador *Melanie Fiona, September 4 Billiken Club *Active Child, October 26 Ciceros *Bass Line Bums, September 8 *B ... More >>
image viaLadies and gentlemen, mark your calendars for September 16. That's the date of a one-night-only screening of Ladies and Gentlemen, the Rolling Stones, a concert film shot in 1972 as the Stones toured the U.S. in support of their double LP Exile on Main St. -- which was itself re-rele ... More >>
Gunning for a St. Louis premiere. Did you feel like a winner when you woke up this morning? No? How about one-fifth of a winner? Because that's what you should feel like!The Other Guys stars Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg announced yesterday via a Facebook video that St. Louis is one of ... More >>
Image sourceThere she is...Erika Hebron of O'Fallon, aka Miss Gateway St. Louis, was crowned Miss Missouri 2010 on Saturday night. She'll be competing in the Miss America pageant in Las Vegas in late January. "I was actually so calm that it was kind of scary because I didn't even know what ... More >>
It's Christmas in June! Finally, Draft Day is here, and I'm as giddy as a small child the day before Christmas, shaking all the packages and trying to figure out what might be in that really big one with my name on it. Unfortunately, no amount of shaking or clever examination of the boxes is goin ... More >>
Danno's American Pub is a bit off the beaten path, but it's a good reminder why venturing out of the city is a worthwhile exercise. Danno's is exactly what you expect from a classic American pub. It has a casual atmosphere, comfy club chairs, Big Buck Hunter, a pool table and a kitschy '60s ... More >>
The first picks are predictable, the latter are where the fun can be had.I've already gone through the picks the Rams made in the early rounds of this year's draft, and I like what they did. The big question, of course, is Sam Bradford, who will likely make or break the Rams' draft pretty mu ... More >>
Image sourceSo is it the Grav-oy Bootery or the Grav-wah Beuter-ee?The Post-Dispatch's Life Sherpa is undoubtedly the most challenging gig in St. Louis journalism. Advising people about how to live their lives is a hefty responsibility, especially when you add linguistic questions to the mix, ... More >>
On Sunday 72,000 fans packed University of Phoenix Stadium in Arizona for WrestleMania 26. Another one million people across the world tuned in to view the spectacle via pay-per-view. A year earlier, in Houston, another 72,000 rasslin' aficionados filled Reliant Stadium, dropping nearly $7 millio ... More >>
Come, senators, congressmen, please heed Joe's call.
Joe narrows the 2008 campaign playing field.
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