• Blogs

    August 28, 2014

    Livery Company Moves Down the Street To Former Radio Cherokee Space

    When Livery Company (3211 Cherokee Street) opened in south city two years ago, co-owner Emily Ebeling envisioned the concept as a low-key, vintage cocktail bar that paid tribute to the Cherokee neighborhood's post-Prohibition heyday. What she didn't expect is that it would become a hot-spot for loca ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2014

    10 Best Concerts in St. Louis This Weekend: July 25 to 27

    This weekend sees new releases from local bands the Langaleers, the Feed, and the Sun and the Sea. Besides that, you can catch the second installation of the Electric Kool-Aid Acid Kat Fest at Livery Company, enjoy a curated evening out on Art Hill featuring the sounds of Illphonics, or catch a numb ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2014

    Inmate Accused of Killing Wife with Poisoned Kool-Aid Escapes During 4th of July Fireworks

    Ten inmates at a Missouri jail got a special treat when a guard took them outside to see a patriotic fireworks display on July 4. But the real fireworks started back inside when authorities realized one of the inmates had escaped. Jason McClurg, 32, broke free from Shannon County jail in Eminence, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2014

    Amon Amarth, Lee Fields and the Expressions, The Mentors and More in This Week's Show Announcements

    Here again: every newly announced show for the week! On page one you'll find a quick list of shows that particularly caught our attention, followed by embedded YouTube videos; there, you can check out some of the artists you may not be familiar with. Page two contains our complete listing of new sho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2014

    Experimental: Meet the 2014 RFT Music Award Nominees

    The 2014 Riverfront Times Music Showcase will be held this year on June 7 in the Grove! Think of it as St. Louis music's own official holiday and consider this the season. Throughout May we at RFT Music will be making our cases for all 140 bands and artists nominated for an RFT Music Award this year ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2013

    Ke$ha Wants You to Haunt Her Vagina This Halloween

    Getting your celebrity gossip from TMZ is soooooo 2009, dude. Each Thursday in "Twitter Litter," RFT Music rounds up the week's best meltdowns, ego battles and WTFness from rockers, rappers and DJs who aren't afraid of a little hashtag action. It's time to take out the trash. While we're becoming B ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2013

    The Ten Best Shows in St. Louis This Weekend: August 9 to 11

    This weekend, our intrepid music editor Daniel Hill and reporter Drew Ailes endure a full weekend of the Gathering of the Juggalos. In Daniel's stead, attend some concerts this weekend while he does dog-knows-what in the woods or wherever the heck he is. Head to the biennial Printbangerz Ball for a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2013

    Out Every Night: The Best Shows in St. Louis from August 5 to 11

    This week, Lil Wayne, Those Darlins, Pallbearer, JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound and more make it into town. For some local flavors, check out some STL mainstays like the Union Electric, Bear Hive and a whole bunch of bands at the Electric Kool-Aid Acid Kat Fest. Our recommendations await after the j ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2013

    Out Every Night: The Best Shows in St. Louis from May 20 to 26

    Next weekend looks pretty awesome, though anything does when an extended weekend awaits most of us thanks to Memorial Day. Keep that extra sleep time in mind while slogging through the work week and affording yourself some time to enjoy visits from acts like Andrew W.K., Soundgarden and El Ten Eleve ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2013

    Missouri Seersucker Caucus Is Most Powerful, Bipartisan Force At The Capitol (PHOTOS)

    Last month, we reported on Missouri State Senator Ryan McKenna's handwritten proposal to ban seersucker suits for anyone over the age of eight. His disdain for the fashion trend -- inspired by a growing love of seersucker at the Missouri State Capitol -- has apparently backfired. Big time. The so- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2013

    Loving Pig's Face and Learning to Leave His Roast Chicken Alone: A Q&A with Vino Nadoz's Chris DiMercurio

    This is part two of Gut Check's Chef's Choice profile of Chris DiMercurio of Vino Nadoz. Read part one, a profile of DiMercurio, here. Part three, a recipe from DiMercurio, will be published on Friday. Chris DiMercurio worked alongside -- and learned from -- some of St. Louis' talented young chefs ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2011

    Minnesota Butcher Perfects Gummy Bear Brats, Eyes Kool-Aid

    Wikimedia CommonsGrab a bun! These gummy bears are ready to become bratwurst.​A different kind of brats are getting stuffed full of gummy candies in Hugo, Minnesota. Instead of being shoved down the gullets of sugar-crazed kids, butcher Spencer Grundhofer of Grundhofer's Old-Fashion Meats is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2011

    How to Turn Your Vomit Into Food Art

    Screenshot via​This is Millie Brown. All signs suggest that she is thoroughly modern: We're not sure if she makes an actual living from her work, but Millie is an artist by trade. Although the title of her piece, "Nexus Vomitus," should have clued us in pretty early, we still pressed play on t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2011

    Cooking With Aunt Claudette: St. Louis' Very Own YouTube Kitchen Sensation

    While everyone's been going ape shit over My Drunk Kitchen and Vegan Black Metal Chef, there's a local video cooking star waiting to be discovered. It took a post about deep-fried Kool-Aid to bring Claudette to Gut Check's attention. She had a strong reaction to the new fair treat: .bbpBox8287780 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2011

    Try the Basil Lime Agua Fresca at Cha Cha Chow

    Robin WheelerClearing the haze. ​Don't worry about the murky green liquid. It's Cha Cha Chow's Basil Lime Agua Fresca, not something that was skimmed from a pond. Sure, it might sound a little weird, drinking an herb best known for pesto. Think of it as basil herb tea, if you must. People drin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2011

    Fairs to Kill Patrons With Fried Kool-Aid

    TV AcresGet ready for the Fryolator, Kool-Aid Man! ​Ooooooooh yeah!!! It's summer, and you know what that means: Fair vendors are hard at work, finding new and unhealthy foods to fry in an effort to kill their customer base, which consists entirely of people who eat ridiculous fried foods. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 19, 2011

    Battle Water Enhancers: Crystal Light vs. MiO

    ​The invention of bottled water was clearly a product of marketing genius executed so well that Don Draper gladly would've poured those greedy minds a stiff drink. Although that '90s trend implying health and status has been overshadowed by 21st-century trendiness (green! organic! Nalgene bott ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 9, 2011

    Cartoons Make Food Taste Better!

    Well duh. A study by Matthew Lapierre at the University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg School of Communication indicates that kids say food tastes better when a beloved cartoon character endorses it. Even when they're fed the exact same food without the character endorsement. Kids know that cartoon ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2011

    Eat Your Way Out of the Snow: Seven Snow-Based Recipes

    Did you scoff at the storm warnings, shun the overcrowded grocery stores, and post insults on Twitter about just how stupid it is to panic at the impending snowmaggedeon/pocolypse/MG? And do you now find yourself snowbound and eying your dog because he's looking mighty tasty? Don't panic! And plea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2010

    Ten Lamest Halloween Candies

    It's that time of year again. On Sunday evening millions of pint-size Iron Men and Hermiones will fill the streets and ring our doorbells, visions of tooth decay Skittles, Snickers and Hershey's full-size milk chocolate bars dancing in their heads. Yes, folks, it's Halloween, and our collective pl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2010

    Competitive Eating = Athletics?

    Competitive eating might have athletic merit. Why else would participants be so skinny? Or able to invade the stage during a contest? A BBC report looks at the tricks and politics of competitive eating.County officials shut down a small food business in Portland, Oregon, for lacking a business licen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2010

    Schnucks Allows Concealed Weapons in Stores -- Here's Why You Need Them

    Image viaProbably enough guns for a trip to Schnucks​The Post-Dispatch reports today that Schnucks has removed the signs outside its supermarkets banning patrons from carrying concealed weapons. "As the discussion continued, we decided to make the change in policy based on the idea that any custom ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2010

    Show Review Photos Setlist: Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros at the Pageant, Monday, June 14

    (For a review of openers Dawes, click here.)photos by Keegan HamiltonAlexander "Edward Sharpe" Ebert and Jade Castrinos: at home together.​Alex Ebert looks like the the leader of a cult. The frontman of Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros wears a simple white robe with white trousers underneath ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2010

    Drink of the Week: Slutbucket, the Silver Ballroom​The two of us are giggling like little girls. The drunk to our left is telling the bartender (loudly, unsolicited) how to make something called a Flaming Dr Pepper. "First you take all your flaming liquors...." "What exactly is a 'flaming liquor?'" she asks softly. "Um, cinnamon ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2009

    Drink of the Week: Moët & Chandon White Star

    Waldo Jaquith, Wikimedia Commons​Gut Check is thrilled to welcome back one of Riverfront Times' most popular columns, Drink of the Week -- and to introduce its new author, Alicia Lohmar.I had my first cocktail on a trip to Paris with my dad when I was sixteen. We were at a restaurant he called Po ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2009

    "The Most Perfect Player Who Ever Did Live"

    Wikimedia CommonsIf you haven't already read Joe Posnaski and Bill James' Sports Illustrated cover story from last week on Albert Pujols, well, what else are you doing on a Monday morning. Working?In what was probably the best piece of writing/analysis to come out of All-Star week, James makes the c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2009

    A Sneak at the Opera

    Fernando de Sousa, Wikimedia Commons Dara Strickland is a leading expert on sneaking food and drink into the movies. She reports on her exploits for Gut Check (from an undisclosed location) every Monday. This week, she snuck into Gut Check International Headquarters on a Wednesday with this missive ... More >>

  • Film

    May 23, 2007

    Is There a Doctor in the House?

    Health, in life and film, dominates Cannes.

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2007
  • Dining

    January 11, 2006


    Lotus, 501 North 15th Street, 314-588-1565.

  • Music

    December 14, 2005


    Saturday, December 17; Off Broadway (3509 Lemp Avenue)

  • Music

    September 7, 2005

    Chuck Prophet

    Tuesday, September 13; Off Broadway (3509 Lemp Avenue)

  • Dining

    May 4, 2005

    Buffalo Bill's Orange Blossom Cream Ale

    Wild Oats Market, 8823 Ladue Road, Ladue; 314-721-8004

  • Music

    February 2, 2005

    Get Out of My Head!

    Earworms bore in and won't let go

  • Music

    November 24, 2004

    The Arcade Fire

    Tuesday, November 30; Mojo's

  • Music

    October 20, 2004

    Chi-Chi Man Eye for the Straight Guy

    We ponder gays and Beenie Man, review the Rock Bottom Remainders and chat with the Brian Jonestown Massacre

  • Best of St. Louis

    September 29, 2004

    Best Potato Chips

    Red Hot Riplets

  • Calendar

    July 28, 2004

    This Week's Day-by-Day Picks

    Week of July 28, 2004

  • News

    April 28, 2004
  • Music

    January 28, 2004

    Ode to a Chip

    Radar Station talks Red Hot Riplets and more with Murphy Lee

  • Dining

    December 17, 2003

    Purple Haze

    Sekisui, 3559 Arsenal Street, 314-772-0002

  • Music

    October 8, 2003

    Dashboard Confessional

    A Mark, a Mission, a Brand, a Scar (Vagrant)

  • Music

    September 24, 2003

    Best Martini

    The Ritz-Carlton Lobby Lounge

  • Calendar

    June 25, 2003
  • Music

    April 30, 2003

    Spring Cleaning

    Here's what's been lurking on Radar Station's desk

  • Dining

    October 9, 2002

    Piece of Cake

    Atomic Cowboy, 7336 Manchester, 314-645-0608

  • Best of St. Louis

    September 25, 2002
  • Music

    February 27, 2002

    Brian Jonestown Massacre with the Honkeys

    Saturday, March 2; Hi-Pointe

  • Dining

    January 3, 2001

    Side Dish

    The latest offering from wine purveyors: the white merlot

  • Film

    September 27, 2000


    Written and directed by Karyn Kusama

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