Michael Williams

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2014

    Locked-Up in "High Security Unit" and Not Told Why, Prisoners Hunger Strike for Answer

    Inmates at an Illinois prison say they don't know why they are being held in a new high-security unit that is infested with mice, filth, and freezing cold temperatures, so they've decided to go on a hunger strike to protest the conditions. But the prison denies the poor conditions and says the inmat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2013

    The Ten Best Shows in St. Louis This Weekend: June 21 to 23

    Decisions are hard. Last night, I fell asleep to a TED Talk about "the art of choosing" ironically while trying to turn my brain off about a decision I had to make. How many decisions do we make each day? Hundreds, some say. Thousands, say others. Should I wear pants today? Nah. Should I drink that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2012

    Gobble Stop Smokehouse: Review Slideshow

    If chicken and turkey are your go-to 'cue, you need to go to Gobble Stop Smokehouse (1227 Castillon Arcade Plaza, Creve Coeur; 314-878-5586). My review of Gobble Stop Smokehouse is now available online.

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2011

    Ghastly New Allegations About the Music Teacher/Rapist at Wentzville East School

    Image viaThe most recent to come forward was 11 at time of the rape.​These numbers are stomach-wrenching:As we write, former Wentzville East Elementary music teacher Michael D. Williams is rotting in jail on a 25-year sentence. In 2001, he pleaded guilty to eighteen counts of statutory sodomy and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2011

    Interview: Guitarist Charlie Hunter, Playing at Jazz at the Bistro This Weekend

    Charlie Hunter​"My attitude is, whatever other aesthetic thing you want to put on the music is great, but it's got to groove," said guitarist Charlie Hunter. The comment came in reply to a query about drummer Eric Kalb, who will be playing with Hunter tonight through Saturday at Jazz at the Bi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2010

    Five More Dogfighters Plead Guilty in Southern Illinois

    Illustration by Brian Stauffer​The largest dogfighting bust in U.S. history just got a little bigger, at least in terms of the number of defendants who have pleaded guilty in connection with the case -- which was the subject of an RFT feature story earlier this month.The southern Illinois U.S. Att ... More >>

  • News

    July 17, 2002

    How Do You Envision God?

    Week of July 17, 2002

  • Music

    June 6, 2001


    10 Years of Abuse (and Still Broke) (Century Media)

  • News

    September 20, 2000

    Down the Drain

    For 14 years, Tom Sullivan has been smelling a rat at the Metropolitan Sewer District. It may not be just his imagination.

  • Culture

    March 8, 2000

    Closet Case

    University City's newest art gallery is not for the pretentious -- or the claustrophobic

  • Film

    July 28, 1999


    Written and directed by Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sanchez