• Blogs

    November 26, 2014

    The 100 Greatest St. Louis Songs

    By Roy Kasten, Christian Schaeffer and RFT Music St. Louis isn't just a city. It's a song. Or rather songs, hundreds, thousands and more. Don't bother counting. We tried. In back rooms and basements, on stages and streets, musicians have paid tribute to St. Louis again and again. Place matters. St ... More >>

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    October 29, 2014

    Tazé Mediterranean Street Food to Open at the Mercantile Exchange

    Tazé Mediterranean Street Food is the latest restaurant to join the Mercantile Exchange Building (a.k.a. the MX) downtown at 626 Washington Avenue. The fast-casual restaurant will focus on housemade Mediterranean delicacies from owners Justin and Casey Roth and chef Matt Borchardt. See also: Firs ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2014

    The Nine Distinct States That Make Up Missouri

    No matter the issue, Missouri has always been labeled as a state of two distinct camps: Yankee vs. Confederate, urban vs. rural, Blue state vs. Red, Calvin pissing on a Ford logo/Calvin pissing on a Chevy logo and — most divisive of all — "Missouri" vs. "Missourah." In reality, though, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 4, 2014

    The Rough & Tumble: STL Filmmakers Trade Scripts for Speech Bubbles in New Comic Book

    The 1980s produced fantastically fun movies. Take Sixteen Candles, The Goonies or The Breakfast Club -- each one is considered a classic of the era. But for Jim Ousley and Oscar Madrid -- the RFT MasterMind Award-winning duo behind buddy cop mockumentary Hooch & Daddy-O -- nothing can match watchi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2013

    Kirkwood Native Nikki Glaser to Premiere Comedy Central Special This Friday

    It's pretty cool to watch someone that you know grow into a well-deserved position within in the comedy and entertainment worlds. Kirkwood native, podcast superstar, MTV talk show host and generally nice person Nikki Glaser's half-hour comedy special airs this Friday on Comedy Central. See Also: - ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 26, 2013

    Neighborhood Bites: The Hill

    St. Louis' neighborhoods are gems in their own right: full of history, great people and, as far as Gut Check is concerned, fantastic food. Each week we'll take you into a specific neighborhood and point you in the direction of the best places to grab some bites. The Hill is the classic St. Louis ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2013

    The Ten Best Shows in St. Louis This Weekend: February 1 to February 3

    The line-up this weekend is as schizophrenic as the weather! Lesson learned: always wear layers, and be thankful if there's a partially broken umbrella in your desk because it's still better than having to wade home in squishy boots. Dress accordingly, especially if you intend on getting hot and hea ... More >>

  • Music

    December 20, 2012
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    July 27, 2012

    Ten Best Food Events This Weekend: July 27-29

    Friday (July 27): Crab Festival @ Broadway Oyster Bar A variety of crab including soft-shell, Dungeness, Washington and blue make a special appearance along with a weekend-long live music schedule. Admission is free. Friday, July 27 and Saturday, July 28. Intro to American Whiskey @ The Wine Merc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2012

    New Madrid Fault Stretches, Rolls Back Over for Another Ten Minutes Sleep

    ​A 4.0 earthquake within the New Madrid Seismic Zone gently shook southeast Missouri Tuesday morning at 3:58 a.m. The quake was centered about nine miles east of Sikeston, Missouri, and no damage or injuries were reported.Just ten days ago, engineers, scientists, emergency first responders and ear ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2011

    200 Years Ago Friday the Mississippi River Ran Backwards

    A drawing shows a keel boat tossed by waves from the tremor. Despite the magnitude of the earthquakes, few people died because the population in the area was so sparse at the time. ​Seismologists don't know for sure the magnitude of the earthquake that rocked Missouri at around 2:15 a.m. December ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2011

    Sunday Times: Go to St. Louis to Drink Budweiser

    ​Question: What do Madrid, L.A., St. Louis, Taboga Island, Panama and Chicago have in common? Answer: They all were featured destinations on the front page of the travel section of yesterday's New York Times. And what's the No. 1 draw St. Louis offers for those affluent, urbane, Sunday Times ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 25, 2011

    Miguel Carretero of Guido's, Part Two

    This is part two of Deborah Hyland's Chef's Choice profile of Miguel Carretero of Guido's. To read part one, click here. Stay tuned for part three, a recipe from Carretero, which we'll publish tomorrow. Deborah HylandCarretero in Guido's homestyle dining room​Did your family cook when you we ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 24, 2011

    Miguel Carretero of Guido's Pizzeria and Tapas

    This is part one of Deborah Hyland's Chef's Choice profile of chef Miguel Carretero of Guido's Pizzeria and Tapas. Part two, a Q&A, will be published tomorrow. Look for part three, a recipe from Carretero, on Thursday. Deborah Hyland​When most eighteen-year-olds were still popping zits and gr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2011

    Google Photos Show Midwest Flooding at Caruthersville, Missouri

    Sarah FenskeFlooded farmland near New Madrid, Missouri, taken last weekend after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers detonated the Birds Point Levee.​ We've got more astonishing photos of Mississippi River flooding to share this morning, thanks to the nice people over at Google. This latest set s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2011

    Corps Blasts Levee South of Cairo; Ohio River Begins Receding Immediately

    Army Corp of Engineers via KFVSExplosives detonate the Birds Point levee last night.​The final decision to breach the Birds Point levee along the Mississippi River came at 5 p.m. yesterday. Five hours later, explosives lit up the night sky and shook the earth as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers de ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2011

    Bloody Hell: Local Film The Bloodfest Club Rolls Out Trailer

    After their first film, Hooch & Daddy-O, racked up an armful of awards on the film-festival circuit, co-writers and coproducers Jim Ousley and Oscar Madrid went on to take home an RFT MasterMinds Award back in 2009. They've since moved forward with The Bloodfest Club, directed by Madrid, which they ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2011

    St. Louis City Dead Last in Healthy Living Factors, Study Sez

    via Louis sucks at healthy living. But we still beat a few rivals at staying alive.​Finally, something to celebrate!A new county-by-county system to take the nation's temperature on a variety of health-related factors has determined that St. L ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2011

    Show Announcements: Week of February 10

    image viaThe novelty of chillwave subsided long ago, but Neon Indian's hypnagogic ennui is still compelling two years after the nascent rise and fall of the much-maligned genre. Catch their St. Louis debut on June 8 at The Firebird. ​ Apop Records *Taboo, February 23 2720 Cherokee *Bawn in th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2010

    1860 Map Shows Missouri's Slave Population

    Below is a map from the 1860 U.S. Census showing slave population in Missouri. Surprisingly, perhaps, the biggest concentration of slaves wasn't in the southern part of the state but, instead, along the Missouri River corridor. Two notable exceptions being New Madrid and Mississippi counties borderi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 30, 2010

    LouFest, Day Two: Jeff Tweedy, A Review and a Setlist

    Unsurprisingly, Jeff Tweedy's solo appearance was what many LouFesters came to see. Wilco's frontman obliged fans with an 85-minute acoustic set featuring both obscurities and familiar songs. The night's first tune, "Sunken Treasure," conjured chills - from its wavering harmonica and understated aco ... More >>

  • Dining

    August 18, 2010
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    August 16, 2010

    Review Preview: Sushi Ai

    Image viaYou can eat a lot more sushi than this at Sushi Ai.​This week I visit Sushi Ai, an all-you-can-eat sushi restaurant in Maryland Heights.In theory, all-you-can-eat sushi is a terrifying concept, the death blow to a noble cuisine struck by the imperialist reach of gluttonous America. I ima ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2010

    World Cuppage: Spain 1 - Germany 0; Alegría Roja at Guido's Pizzeria and Tapas

    photos by Keegan HamiltonJavier Mendoza goes loco after Spain's winning goal.​There wasn't a Spain fan on the planet who was sure their team was going to win today. Everyone knew that they stood a decent chance of defeating the German juggernaut (they beat them two years ago in the EuroCup and wer ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2010

    Study: Region Unprepared for Massive Quake from New Madrid Fault

    ​A University of Illinois study released last week reports that St. Louis, Memphis and other towns near the New Madrid fault line are ill-prepared for a possible 7.7 magnitude earthquake. The study commissioned by the Federal Emergency Management Agency found that such a temblor could leave 3,500 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2010

    World Cuppage: Spain 2 - Honduras 1; Sangria and Sangre Español at Guido's Pizzeria & Tapas

    photos by Keegan HamiltonThis Spain fanatico says, "¡La sangre de España es bueno!"​Spain is a country of simple pleasures. There are three, in particular, that define the nation: eating, drinking and fútbol -- and not necessarily in that order, either. For the closest thing to the authentic Sp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2010

    World Cuppage: Switzerland 1 - Spain 0; Coffee and Cigarettes at the Amsterdam Tavern

    photos by Keegan HamiltonIt's soccer 24/7 at the Amsterdam Tavern in Tower Grove​It wasn't a good sign for the Spanish contingent when Rob, the co-owner of the Amsterdam Tavern, started rattling off the final results of the previous winners of the EuroCup in the World Cup. Like some soccer Rain Ma ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2010

    RFT T-Shirt Winners!

    ​Earlier this week we had a little competition here on Daily RFT. The three people who could best complete the following sentence would win a T-shirt for our upcoming Music Showcase in June. That sentence: "If I win a RFT Music Showcase T-shirt, I will rock so hard that ..."A mere nine folks enter ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2010

    New Madrid Fault Overdue for Earthquake

    ​Betcha didn't know that February is Earthquake Awareness Month in Missouri. Betcha also didn't know that Missouri is overdue for a significant earthquake. Those two issues were what Governor Jay Nixon and other officials discussed last week at a meeting in the town of New Madrid, home to the faul ... More >>

  • Culture

    August 26, 2009
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    July 8, 2009

    Tour Diary: The Pragmatic in Portugal, Day One

    (Local synthrockers the Pragmatic are currently in Portugal playing the Optimus Alive 09 fest, which is one of the country's biggest events. The band is keeping a diary for us about its travels. Here's the first installment!) Its been a long trip but we made it. None of us could sleep very well o ... More >>

  • Culture

    March 11, 2009

    St. Louis Art Capsules

    Jessica Baran encapsulates the St. Louis arts scene

  • Culture

    March 4, 2009
  • Blogs

    March 3, 2009

    Area Men In the Vicinity of Success

    Oscar Madrid and Jim Ousley, the writers of fake-documentary-real-funny-film Hooch & Daddy-O, are not content to rest on their laurels. Because those laurels aren't for sitting on -- they're for building on. Madrid and Ousley now have plans for a comedy/horror film about a high school janitor wh ... More >>

  • Culture

    February 25, 2009
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    February 20, 2009

    St. Louis Weekend Concert Calendar: February 20 to 22, Mardi Gras Edition

    It's Mardi Gras this weekend, so be careful, kids. Don't drink and drive.Friday, February 20*Traindodge/Jovian Chorus/Gold Tooth, Firebird*The Parlor Mob, Duck Room*Nato Caliph, Gargoyle*A Bit Shifty, The Wedge*Alvin Jett and Phat Noiz, Beale on Broadway*Big Smith, The Gramophone*Cowboy Mouth, VooDo ... More >>

  • Culture

    February 18, 2009

    St. Louis Art Capsules

    Jessica Baran encapsulates the St. Louis arts scene

  • Culture

    February 11, 2009
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    June 27, 2008

    Tremor Time Again: Did You Feel the Earth Move?

    There was a small earthquake early this morning along the New Madrid Fault. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the quake took place in southeastern Missouri at 04:27:18 a.m. The USGS pinpoints the epicenter at 36.600°N, 89.560°W, which for the rest of us means: "in the Boot Heel" -- about ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2008
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    May 16, 2008
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    March 14, 2008
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    February 1, 2008
  • Film

    May 10, 2006

    Unamerican Dream

    Goal! follows an immigrant's pursuit of a European fantasy

  • Calendar

    November 16, 2005

    Pointes Beyond

    The Great Russian Nutcracker comes to town

  • Calendar

    December 8, 2004

    Hooch Your Daddy

    Magic Smoking Monkey fulfills celluloid dreams, '80s-cop-show-style

  • Dining

    November 29, 2000

    Eat and Run

    Guido's Pizza and Tapas evokes the spirit of Spain's cafe-to-cafe noshing tradition

  • Culture

    December 29, 1999


    A little show-and-tell of 1999 productions

  • News

    December 15, 1999


    The earthquake hazard here may be greater than you think. And planning for it is less than you'd expect.

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