Kleenex Tissues

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2013

    The Ten Best Shows in St. Louis This Weekend: February 15 to February 17

    Everyone's sick this week! I've quarantined myself in my little cube corner all week OD'ing on oranges and gummy vitamins, staring at the box of Kleenex on my desk and nervously awaiting my turn. As a wise man once said, the only prescription for this fever is more cowbell, and while I can't guarant ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2013

    Six Tips On How To Be an Awful House Guest: Musician Edition

    Editor's note: This post is half of a two-parter! Please read its companion post as well, Six Tips For Hosting Dirty Vagrants (Also Known as Touring Bands). Musicians are selfish, entitled bastards. The most insidiously horrible ones tend to take their acts on the road, so as to gleefully mooch off ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 27, 2012

    The Ten Best Musical Happenings of 2012: Humble Edition

    Editor's Note: The end of 2012 is upon us, so we thought we'd put a cap on things by sharing some of our personal favorite shows, albums, events and general shenanigans. Join us as we indulge in some navel-gazing! I am not the most active of local scenesters. I am not up on many of the year's crit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2011

    Holiday Cocktail Countdown #7: The Silver Ballroom's Silver Ball Toddy

    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 >>

  • Music

    November 17, 2011

    The Coathangers

    9 p.m. Monday, November 21. The Firebird, 2706 Olive Street.

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2011

    Death Cab For Cutie At The Pageant, 10/2/11: Review, Photos and Setlist

    Photo by Jason Stoff​Death Cab For Cutie The Pageant October 2, 2011 Ben Gibbard has left us. The melancholic Ben Gibbard we once knew is gone, for all intents and purposes. He's skinny now, having swapped drinking for running, and he's got a new, Jordan Catalano haircut. He's visibly bouncy, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2011

    The Raincoats and Grass Widow at the Double Door, Chicago, 9/19/11: Review and Setlists

    The Raincoats. Photo by Mike Appelstein​The Raincoats | Grass Widow The Double Door September 19, 2011 After three decades of sporadic activity, it's about time the Raincoats played the Midwest. This legendary late '70s/early' 80s London band toured the East and West coasts during its init ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2011

    Yowie: The Most Incomprehensible Band You'll Ever Meet

    Courtesy of Yowie​To call Yowie an acquired taste would be a flagrant misrepresentation. Yowie is not something you can acquire. Try to understand its sonic mindfuckery, try to follow the preposterous complexity of Yowies' sound, and your dendrites will start to short-circuit. Music like this ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2011

    Mourners Gather for Tearful Homicide Vigil

    ​One by one they walked into the auditorium. Some were somber. Others were chatty. The overwhelming majority were women and children. Nearly all were black. Boxes of tissues were scattered around the room during this April 9 vigil to honor those residents of St. Louis city and county who wer ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2010

    The Amazing Story of the Quadruple Amputee Marine From Arnold, Missouri

    Image via WashingtonPost.comTodd A. Nicely was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal​Today is Veteran's Day and, whether you're relaxing at home at the couch or grumbling about being at work, it's easy to lose sight of how much this holiday can mean to people who have either served i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2010

    Man Accepts Death of His Mother 45 Years After Funeral

    Today's Purple Prose is another excerpt from Uncontrolled Desires by Granite City author Scarlet Edwards.Word of caution: You may need some Kleenex for this tear-jerker. 

  • Culture

    February 17, 2010

    St. Louis Stage Capsules

    Dennis Brown and Paul Friswold suss out the St. Louis theater scene

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2010

    R.I.P. Folk Singer Kate McGarrigle

    ​ Image via last.fmKate McGarrigle​Sad news out of Montreal: Folk singer Kate McGarrigle -- the former wife of Loudon Wainright III, and mother to Rufus and Martha Wainwright -- died of liver cancer today. She was 63. Here's footage from last December, of Kate with children Rufus and Martha ... More >>

  • Film

    December 23, 2009
  • Music

    November 25, 2009

    Season to Risk

    9:30 p.m. Saturday, November 28. The Firebird, 2706 Olive Street.

  • News

    February 4, 2009
  • News

    January 23, 2008

    Ghost Boat

    Four people disappeared from the Joe Cool. They may never be found.

  • Blogs

    November 16, 2007

    Kitchen Nightmares: Finn McCool's

    RFT editorial intern Jeanette Kozlowski is a big fan of bad-boy British chef Gordon Ramsay. Each week she'll recap the latest episode of Ramsay's new FOX series Kitchen Nightmares. There's really not much to say about this week's heartwarming episode. I mean, we're in New York again at another dyin ... More >>

  • Culture

    June 20, 2007

    Stage Capsules

    Dennis Brown and Paul Friswold suss out the local theater scene.

  • Culture

    June 13, 2007

    Stage Capsules

    Week of June 14, 2007

  • Culture

    June 6, 2007
  • Music

    May 16, 2007

    Prog-Rocking Beats

    B-Sides gets intimate with Rhino Records' new Genesis reissues, then catches up with the cool cats in Black Rebel Motorcycle Club.

  • Dining

    September 13, 2006


    Broadway Oyster Bar, 736 South Broadway, St. Louis; 314-621-8811.

  • Music

    May 3, 2006


    The 7 Shot Screamers hang with Morrissey, tour with Exene Cervenka — and make the Lou proud

  • Dining

    November 23, 2005

    Jack's Pumpkin Spice Ale

    Lynch Street Bistro, 1031 Lynch Street, 314-752-5777.

  • Dining

    November 9, 2005

    Theraflu (Natural Lemon Flavor)

    Walgreens, 4140 S. Broadway, 314-832-4990.

  • Music

    October 19, 2005


    Thursday, October 20; Mississippi Nights (914 North First Street)

  • Film

    June 1, 2005

    One for the Girls

    Traveling Pants is an ill fit for the screen, but teens and tweens will love it

  • News

    August 11, 2004
  • Culture

    June 23, 2004

    Capsule Reviews

    Dennis Brown and Deanna Jent suss out local theater

  • Culture

    June 16, 2004

    Capsule Reviews

    Dennis Brown and Deanna Jent suss out local theater

  • Culture

    June 9, 2004

    Capsule Reviews

    Dennis Brown and Deanna Jent suss out local theater

  • Culture

    June 2, 2004

    Cry, Cry Again

    A devastatingly moving Opera Theatre double bill

  • News

    January 21, 2004

    Gob Story

    Exxon pulled out of its Clinton County coal mine nearly a decade ago. Locals still live with the mess.

  • News

    April 16, 2003

    Hard Case

    Marie Clark's group-therapy sessions are a sex offender's worst nightmare. Her down-and-dirty approach gives some of her colleagues the willies too.

  • News

    December 18, 2002

    Faded Love

    Warner's biggest fans turn on their hero, feeling betrayed

  • News

    July 3, 2002

    The Master

    His inspired passion made him a favorite in the art world. Now Marcel Salinas is stuck in St. Louis, where hardly anybody knows his name.

  • News

    June 26, 2002

    Sudden Death

    Halo and hype over Jack Buck pierced by the passing of Darryl Kile

  • Film

    June 5, 2002

    Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out

    Divine Secrets gives us Southern-accented mother-daughter issues.

  • Calendar

    October 3, 2001

    Or Does It Explode?

    SIU-Edwardsville answers the question "What happens to A Raisin in the Sun?"

  • Best of St. Louis

    September 27, 2000

    Best Place to Eat Junk Food

    Barnes-Jewish Hospital (BJH South) Cafeteria

  • Culture

    April 5, 2000

    Uneven Kiel

    Local Quixote Ed Golterman tilts at civic windmills in his quest to rehabilitate Kiel Opera House

  • News

    October 20, 1999


    How the manager of a plumbing-supply company got a little too interested in the female employees' plumbing

  • News

    February 24, 1999

    When We Are History

    Steve McCracken has overseen a 13-year, $800 million cleanup and burial of the radioactive waste at Weldon Spring. Now that the odyssey is nearing its end, one thought haunts him -- how to warn people in the future not to dig it up.