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Iowa City

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2014

    Review: Greg Brown and Bo Ramsey Deliver the Blues at the Sheldon Concert Hall 1/31/14

    The night before Greg Brown and Bo Ramsey returned to St. Louis and the Sheldon Concert Hall, there was a show at a club across town that featured a rock band called the Hold Steady. You've probably heard of them, and you've probably heard about that sold-out show. The words "joy" and "powerful" and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 20, 2013

    Schlafly Eyeing Chicago? Not So Fast

    Schlafly fans (including us) were all a-twitter this week following reports that co-founder Dan Kopman was scouting locations in Chicago. While Schlafly is sold in Illinois (and most of the states that border Missouri) you can't get our largest craft brewer in the Windy City. See also: Schlafly Te ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2013

    Bissinger's Announces $15 Million Expansion, Chocolate Lovers Rejoice

    No matter what, people will always want more chocolate. Thankfully, local chocolate makers Bissinger's Handcrafted Chocolatier (3983 Gratiot Street; 314-534-2401) has purchased a massive building (220,000-square-foot) at 1600 North Broadway (as first reported by the Business Journal) with plans for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 30, 2013

    A Look at Luc Michalski's Black Panties

    Meet Black Panties, the snot-nosed rock & roll brat of south city. Luc Michalski, an otherwise mild-mannered fella, dons a leather jacket and transforms into a foul-mouthed, politically incorrect caricature of adolescent angst. To put it simple, he spits what some are truly thinking, but are too afr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2013

    Out Every Night: The Best Shows in St. Louis From August 26 to September 1

    It's Monday, and we're already daydreaming about how we can stay out all night Sunday and sleep in the next day thanks to Labor Day weekend up ahead. Expend some of that excess energy to be by checking out some shows this week. The English Beat, the Bulletproof Tiger, Slut River and more make stops ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2013

    St. Louis' Laika Likes to Scream in Peoples' Faces

    In this column, RFT Music gets to know local creatives, musicians and their missions. Get a slice of the local scene, complete with a snippet of sound and info about upcoming releases and shows. Stick around to see what St. Louis artists have to say whenever they Fill in in the Blank. Laika ran int ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 5, 2013

    The Best St. Louis Punk/Hardcore Shows in July

    Are you sick of being responsible? Does it annoy you to have to follow rules or be pro-social? Do you like basements? Well, if you are a goofy, degenerate weirdo who doesn't quite fit in anywhere else, you might consider our city's DIY hardcore/punk shows.Your underlying anger problems can be brough ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2013

    The Best St. Louis Punk/Hardcore Shows in April

    Are you sick of being responsible? Does it annoy you to have to follow rules or be pro-social? Do you like basements? Well, if you are a goofy, degenerate weirdo who doesn't quite fit in anywhere else, you might consider our city's DIY hardcore/punk shows.Your underlying anger problems can be brough ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2013

    St. Louis Hits the Road: Tips From the Many Local Bands that Toured in 2012

    Hard times, high gas prices and an ill economy did little to derail local artists from expanding outward in 2012. As a musician, I've never seen so many of my peers crawl out from these red brick buildings to push their River City sounds than in the past 12 months. Many return with invaluable advice ... More >>

  • Music

    December 27, 2012
  • Blogs

    April 28, 2012

    A Tribute to R.E.M. and 88.1 KDHX Benefit: Review, Setlist and Photo

    Back to Rockville: A Tribute to R.E.M. And 88.1 KDHX Benefit Off Broadway April 27, 2012 When R.E.M. announced its breakup last September, the music world was shocked but not really surprised. After all, the three remaining original members had been together for 31 years by that point, most of them ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2012

    Anodes Makes Its Debut with a Tour to SXSW

    Since late 2011, the members of Anodes haved pulled their time and energy, and this week the group will lay their efforts bare for all to see. Anodes identifies itself as both post-hardcore and emo, two genres that often share similar musical cues and ethics. The group made its debut in St. Louis at ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 22, 2011

    Spelling Bee Returns From A Tour That Included A Break-In And Several Great Bands

    Photo by Mabel Suen​Noise-rock duo Spelling Bee recently embarked on a tour that took members Joseph Hess and Mabel Suen to Washington D.C., Baltimore, Bost and more. We explored the band's approach to D.I.Y. in a feature as the tour was kicking off. Now that they've returned, we asked drumme ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2011

    High Places' Rob Barber and Mary Pearson on Moving West and Ditching Nostalgia

    hellohighplaces.blogspot.com​ High Places' Rob Barber and Mary Pearson are sonic soulmates who finish each others sentences and have found a common ground despite their disparate backgrounds--Pearson grew up in rural Michigan playing the bassoon, and Barber came up in the urban desolation of P ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2011

    Iowa Professor to College Republicans: "EFF YOU!"

    Chin up, Professor Lewin! Haters be hatin.'​Ah, the simple joys of calling it like one sees it! A University of Iowa professor's "reply to all" has gotten everyone's knickers in a collective twist up in Iowa City. The back-and-forth makes for priceless reading.Ellen Lewin, a professor of anthropol ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2011

    Gay-Friendly St. Louis Lauded by 'The Advocate'

    Let it fly, St. Louis!!​St. Louis is sooo gay...and that's awesome! So says no less an authority than The Advocate, the nation's longest-running publication for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.In its February issue, the mag's second-annual ratings of the most gay-friendly citi ... More >>

  • News

    December 2, 2010
  • Blogs

    October 29, 2010

    The Judge Bus Hits Iowa, Just Behind the Marriage Bus

    ​A week ago today, a dozen starry-eyed couples from the St. Louis area got married in Iowa City. The ride to the Hawkeye State, in a chartered bus, was long. The day began before dawn. And, because all the couples are same-sex couples, their marriages aren't even recognized back home in Missouri. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2010

    Illinois Attorney General's Office Investigating Lollapalooza's Blackout Policies

    On his new blog, former Sun-Times music critic Jim DeRogatis broke some interesting news: Lollapalooza's sponsor, C3 Presents, and their partners are being investigated by the office of the Illinois Attorney General for what DeRogatis terms "anti-trust issues stemming from the radius clauses that th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2009

    Gut Check's Week in Tweets

    ​Don't you know? Gut Check has a Twitter account. You can follow me @gutcheckstl. Here's some of what you missed this week:When I heard about the "zombie attack" at an Iowa City restaurant, I thought, "Must've been Pancheros." And, yup, it was. #iowacity9:56 AM Oct 27thFor non #iowacity types, in ... More >>

  • Music

    August 19, 2009

    The Diplomats of Solid Sound

    10 p.m. Saturday, August 22. The Gramophone, 4243 Manchester Avenue.

  • News

    April 22, 2009
  • Dining

    March 11, 2009
  • Blogs

    March 9, 2009

    Review Preview: Mattingly Brewing Company

    Jennifer SilverbergThis week I visit Mattingly Brewing Company, the small brewpub in Benton Park. When I was a grad student in Iowa City, my classmates and I often hung out after our weekly writing workshop at this bar called Martinis. Six days of the week it was a cesspool of underage corn-fed coed ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2009

    Annoyed, Party of One

    When I was in grad school in Iowa City, there was this coffee shop with rude signage. Sure, the place seemed cozy, with its local art and overstuffed couches, but those accoutrements belied a dark truth: This coffee shop did not like you. It could, perhaps, tolerate you in small doses, but everywher ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 8, 2008

    The Dish: A Cheese-Rite Sandwich at Maid-Rite

    Occasionally, when I tell someone I lived in Iowa for a couple of years, I'm asked my opinion of Maid-Rite. "Don't have one," I say. "Never ate there."The reaction is similar, I imagine, to what would happen if you told someone you were from St. Louis, and they asked your opinion on T-ravs, and you ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 24, 2008

    Mizzou: You're so Gay

    Columbia, Missouri, University of Missouri, Mizzou, Out Traveler, Gay-Friendly College Towns

  • Music

    October 22, 2008

    Diplomats of Solid Sound

    10 p.m. Friday, October 24. The Gramophone, 4243 Manchester Avenue.

  • News

    September 10, 2008
  • Blogs

    April 9, 2008

    Poets Gone Wild: "I Held Sarah Jessica Parker Naked in My Arms"

    [Update published April 15, 3:00 p.m.: I've uploaded an mp3 file of Curtis Lyle reading from Answer Back; the link is below (search for "Lyle")] The tribute to Donald Finkel -- yes, that's my dad -- Monday night at Duff's Restaurant in the Central West End drew nearly three dozen poets, each of w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2008

    The All Nude Bare Ass Naked Truth: It Ain't Over Till the Fat Lady Sues

    NOTE [published 11/19/2009]: For an update on this case and the jury's verdict, click this link to "Return of the Pannus: Jury Reaches Verdict in "Jane Doe" Nude Photos Lawsuit"Did you read Robert Patrick's story in the Metro section of Wednesday's St. Louis Post-Dispatch? The one about the woman wh ... More >>

  • Culture

    February 13, 2008

    St. Louis Art Capsules

    Malcolm Gay encapsulates the local art scene.

  • Culture

    February 6, 2008

    St. Louis Art Capsules

    Malcolm Gay encapsulates the St. Louis arts scene.

  • Blogs

    February 5, 2008

    Jarvis Thurston, 1914-2008

    Some of my earliest memories involve family visits to Jarvis and Mona Thurston’s house. As kids it was pretty much a given that we’d celebrate holidays there or at our house -- Thanksgiving, Christmas, whatever. I remember, in particular, the coffee table, which Jarvis made, whose right-hand dra ... More >>

  • Culture

    January 30, 2008

    On the Wall

    Malcolm Gay encapsulates the St. Louis art scene.

  • Culture

    January 23, 2008

    St. Louis Arts Capsules

    Malcolm Gay encapsulates the St. Louis arts scene.

  • Culture

    January 16, 2008

    On the Wall

    Malcolm Gay encapsulates the St. Louis art scene.

  • Music

    July 4, 2007

    Coolzey

    8 p.m. Thursday, July 5. Just Bill's Place, 2543 Woodson Road, Overland.

  • Music

    April 25, 2007

    Death Ships

    9 p.m. Thursday, April 26. Off Broadway (3509 Lemp Avenue).

  • Music

    May 3, 2006

    Caleb Engstrom

    Thursday, May 4, at 9 p.m. The Hi-Pointe (1001 McCausland Avenue)

  • News

    April 19, 2006

    Sultan of Skin

    Flesh insight from an esteemed St. Louis plastic surgeon

  • Culture

    December 3, 2003

    Get Me Rewrite!

    Jeanine Tesori reveals what made her modernize Millie

  • News

    May 8, 2002

    Field of Schemes

    Mary and Jeff Clarke feed beauty to the tough world of high fashion. Hard to do from the cornfields of Iowa. Harder still in St. Louis, where too many parents and kids have their dreams exploited for money.

  • Culture

    April 3, 2002

    Atom Smash

    Wash U. brings to town Michael Frayn's Tony-winning Copenhagen and with it an intellectual cornucopia

  • Culture

    April 25, 2001

    Ties That Bind

    Carl Phillips tests the emotional boundaries of devotion in The Tether

  • Film

    July 5, 2000

    Jesus' Son

    Directed by Alison Maclean

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