Welcome to Girl Walks Into a Bar, a weekly Gut Check feature that spotlights local bars and bartenders. This week, Kaitlin Steinberg profiles Eric Weis of Sub Zero Vodka Bar. Below is a Q&A with Weis and his recipe for a "Double Trouble." To say that Sub Zero Vodka Bar (308 North Euclid Avenue; 314 ... More >>
Last evening at around 7:15, city cops say, they fielded a call about gunshots up in the Mark Twain I-70 Industrial neighborhood, near the city's border with Pine Lawn. When officers arrived at the intersection of Darby Street and Natural Bridge Avenue (across from the Family Dollar store), they fou ... More >>
The great Missouri sage Mark Twain went after everybody: Congress, the French, Christians, school boards, mankind, the French. (He liked insulting the French). In honor of his 177th birthday today, we give you six of our very favorite Mark Twain disses. Classic Twain Insult #6 "The average American ... More >>
A long, long time ago, around the turn of the last century, Missouri-born writer Mark Twain got to be buddies with Thomas Edison, the inventor of, among many other things, the light bulb, the phonograph and the motion-picture camera.
6 p.m. Sunday, July 15. Lemmons, 5800 Gravois Avenue.
The fires in Mark Twain National Forest have almost been contained, according to the U.S. Forest Service. Firefighters believe they'll have it completely contained by the middle of this week. An estimated 620 acres have been affected at this point. What's worse is that the Forest Service suspects th ... More >>
The hot, dry summer means conditions are perfect for wildfires -- see Colorado, for example -- and now Missouri has its own blaze crackling in the Mark Twain National Forest. KMOX reports that the fire first attracted attention Thursday just after 10 a.m., and now three dozen firefighters from area ... More >>
Mark Twain, who would have turned 176 this past Wednesday, was famous for writing books about boys and their adventures. But in his other life as Samuel Clemens, he had an older sister. Which may explain why he wrote Advice to Little Girls in 1865, which includes this nugget of wisdom: Later on, Cl ... More >>
Personally, the first thing we think of when we consider Mark Twain is the man's generally intense demeanor and hair. The last thing we think of is clunky bureaucracy. That's why we we're still not sure what to think about the announcement that the face (and hair) of the Missouri native -- an ... More >>
steamboattimes.comOn November 30, 1905, Mark Twain turned 70. That blessed occasion was marked by interviews with fawning reporters, equally fawning newspaper articles and plans for an elaborate birthday dinner at Delmonico's, then the fanciest restaurant in New York City. Unfortunately, Nov ... More >>
An American heroLast night in Washington, D.C., funny folks from all over came together to honor Tina Fey in the name of Missouri native son Mark Twain. Fey was the 13th recipient of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor from the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.The prize recognizes Ameri ... More >>
image viaOctober has been a rough month for Jonathan Franzen. First his glasses got stolen. Then he didn't get nominated for the National Book Award. And now Freedom has been overtaken and surpassed on the Amazon best-seller list by volume one of The Autobiography of Mark Twain. Yeah, Franzen ... More >>
Image source104 years ago, when he was 70 years old, Mark Twain began dictating his autobiography to a stenographer. He finished shortly before his death on April 21, 1910. The finished manuscript came in at more than 500,000 words, but Twain didn't expect the whole thing to be published. "F ... More >>
Sorry for the late notice on this, but if you've ever wondered how the diet of 19th-century America -- or, specifically, of famed author Mark Twain -- differed from contemporary cuisine, then visit Pudd'nhead Books in Webster Groves (37 South Old Orchard Avenue; 314-918-1069) at 7 p.m. this eveni ... More >>
Image viaCome ye tourists and travel writers!Before kicking the bucket in 1910, Missouri's own literary sage Mark Twain expressed the wish that his autobiography not be be published for 100 years hence. Now the time has come, and it's due out in November. Which means ramped up tourism for Hanniba ... More >>
Image viaCat Cora is coming to St. Louis."It seems only natural that this increased interest in what we eat and where we eat it would lead to a need for more literature on the subject, which includes new cookbooks, of course, but also includes great food writers, authors who write about how peopl ... More >>
Wikimedia CommonsMark Twain in 1877, a few years before he invented the game that would, if there were any justice, be a favorite in bars the world over. Happy deathday, sir!In an astonishing oversight, Daily RFT neglected to mention that this past Wednesday, April 21, was the 100th anniversa ... More >>
Image ViaWith a mustache like that, you know Mark Twain meant business.Even if you slept through every single high school English class you already know that Mark Twain is a great American novelist. What you probably don't know -- unless you read this morning's New York Times-- is that the Missou ... More >>
Mark Twain and his jockey enter the on-ramp of I-70, circa 1880.I'm not sure which of his quotes on foolishness Mark Twain would choose to comment on the recent actions in the Missouri Senate where legislators are attempting to rename a stretch of Interstate 70 through St. Louis. Back in 1999, st ... More >>
Samuel Langhorne Clemens a.k.a. Mark Twain, was born on this day in 1835. Arguably America's greatest writer and certainly the finest from Missouri, Twain grew up in Hannibal. But did you know his birthplace was the even tinier town of Florida, Missouri? In 2000, the Census recorded just 9 reside ... More >>
Unity Theatre Ensemble is this area's stealth company -- except when they're performing. Then it's everything they can do to keep the roof nailed down. But publicity is not their strong suit. Music is. Until their Cotton Club Revue got nominated for four Kevin Kline awards earlier this year, many ... More >>
topteedesigns.comThe St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department yesterday released findings from a satisfaction survey it conducted recently. The poll of St. Louis residents found that three in four people were "satisfied" with the operation of the department and even more (86 percent) found police ... More >>
Once again the universities of Missouri and Illinois will start their football season with a game September 5 at the Edward Jones Dome. But besides the gridiron showdown and all the pre- and post-game tailgating downtown, this year's competition features something better. What really matters in 2 ... More >>
flickr.com/photos/crackdogThe Adventures of Tom Sawyer, which Mark Twain published in 1876, recounts the adventures of a young boy growing up in the 1840s in the fictional town of St. Petersburg, Missouri, on the banks of the mighty Mississippi.These adventures include: tricking his pals into whitew ... More >>
9 p.m. Thursday, June 18. The Firebird, 2706 Olive Street.
It was a busy weekend for the arts in St. Louis. RFT writers and photographers were all over the city, capturing what you may have missed.
Week of September 21, 2005
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