What use is all this critical shorthand for psychedelic rock -- itself a shorthand that should be amputated -- when the music, at its best, should send listeners off into contemplation as well as spin them off dancing? "Hazy," "trippy," "gauzy," "spacey," "dreamy," "Hippie," "folkie" -- kill all the ... More >>
As the long summer afternoons drag on, we could all use a quick pick-me-up -- not those sugary, chemical-ridden energy drinks, but rather good old-fashioned coffee. Chances are your local coffee shop is like a second home -- special mugs, chatty baristas and free wifi; it's likely you've grown quite ... More >>
Shuttup fireworks, you're drunk. If you've seen and heard enough kaboom-y photos and videos to last through 'til next year, get as far away from the sounds of explosions as possible by hiding out at a show or two this weekend. Big Muddy Records brings the noise with a fish fry, Twista takes over the ... More >>
This is part one of Gut Check's Chef's Choice profile of Qui Tran of Mai Lee. Part two, a Q & A with Tran, will appear tomorrow. Part three, a recipe from Tran, will be available on Friday. Qui Tran can't discuss his childhood without mentioning Mai Lee (8396 Music Memorial Drive, Brentwood; 314-64 ... More >>
Film critic Karina Longworth is reporting from the Toronto International Film Festival this week. The best, most daring and form-defying documentaries in the world right now are being funded by the Danish Film Institute, and so it goes that the nonfiction knockout of TIFF thus far is The Act of Ki ... More >>
Diplomacy between nations doesn't always involve dignitaries or high-level negotiations. A group with a presence in St. Louis engages in "cultural diplomacy," which involves exchanging musical expertise between Americans and countries often hit hard by conflict. Since it became incorporated as a non ... More >>
Behold your nose. The UMSL corpse flower!We know how it is. You love your mother, but deep down you harbor a true resentment for her special day. For you, Mother's Day is the worst kind of made-up holiday, requiring you to either present Mom with something mawkishly sentimental or face the conseq ... More >>
Welcome to Spice World, in which Gut Check zeroes in on overlooked spices from around the globe, introducing those you may not own -- and probably should. Kristie McClanahanHistory: Even Rodale's somewhat technical Illustrated Encyclopedia of Herbs can't contain its giddiness when it comes t ... More >>
This weekend, you can catch the opening of Nick Crowe and Ian Rawlinson's Fireworks at the Isolation Room/Gallery Kit. The video captures the progression of a large indoor fireworks display as a vehicle for examining the relationship between action, consequence and spectacle It also, um, looks ... More >>
German photographer Murat Türemis traveled to Indonesia right after the 2005 Tsunami and again in 2010 to document the progress and changes. View his black and white photographs of the devastation at the Webster University May Gallery through November 24. Find details on this event and more in the ... More >>
Surely you jest, WXII-TV in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The piece you ran about Eat Pray Love-themed weddings seemed like a joke. But when we hit the part about including the bachelor party in the overarching theme of a middle-aged navel-gazer's big adventure, it began to dawn on us that y ... More >>
In What to Drink with What to Eat, sommelier Steve Beckta writes about the challenge of finding that perfect bottle of wine to meet the different tastes of every diner at the table: "Scientifically, there may be a bottle of wine they 'should' have. But...they're not going to like that at all. Wh ... More >>
www.funnyphotos.net.auPlanning a little weekend getaway to lovely Afghanistan? Bird watching in the FARC-controlled jungles of Colombia? Visiting a quaint little health spa in Mogadishu? You're in luck.Thanks to a bill signed into law today by governor Jay Nixon, Missouri life insurance providers ca ... More >>
"It smells sweet, like candy," my friend said as I extended my wrist to his nose. My skin had absorbed the caramel flavors that had been wafting around me all day like a welcome second-hand smoke. It was the smell of coffee roasting.It was a bad day to hang out near a coffee roaster -- much less two ... More >>
Zach Dyer is a writer living in Saint Louis. He did his thesis research on coffee farmers in Southern Mexico. Since then, he has visited coffee plantations in Costa Rica and Mexico as well as roasters and cafés across the U.S. He blogs about coffee for Gut Check every Wednesday.I think it's safe to ... More >>
Bobo Noodle House takes an ingenious concept and executes it nearly as well.
You are what you eat: The story of a culture, told through its cuisine.
Typo Café at the Tin Ceiling, 3159 Cherokee Street; 314-910-7321.
The brouhaha surrounding this year's World Agricultural Forum said a lot about St. Louis. And a lot of what it said wasn't very good.
Shortwave radio: Where the lunatic fringe lives, breathes and flourishes
Week of February 12, 2003
Tom Aley spent a fortune and more than 30 years of his life defending a creature no bigger than a grain of sand. Beautiful madness or crazy vision?
MacroSun Imports and Cultural Centre
Published the week of August 16-22, 2000
Catching up with Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart, still on that long, strange trip
Michael Moore gets out of his La-Z-Boy to find The Awful Truth
Kellwood's taking fashion forward by making virtually all our clothes in the Third World. But the St. Louis giant carefully cloaks its operations, its plant locations and its monitoring of labor conditions.
Webster University's Hunt Gallery