• Blogs

    July 28, 2014

    Bare-Knuckle Boxing at the Gathering of the Juggalos

    As our nation's culture and economy continues to deteriorate, more and more people are taking an interest in watching people beat the shit out of each other. While, under normal circumstances, these events are highly promoted and take place in giant arenas after two opponents carefully train, there ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2014

    St. Louis Gets the Shaft in Tornado Weather Map

    Remember when Monday night's storm brought rain, heavy winds and thunder through the St. Louis region? Well, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration tried to give us a heads up that the storm could be a real dick.

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2014

    Photographer Captures Scenes of St. Louis' Decay, Rebirth Six Years Apart

    A lot can change in six years. That's especially true for the historic and traditional brick buildings that cover St. Louis, where just six years can mean the difference between rehabilitation and total ruin.

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2013

    Mysterious Green Meteor Shoots Across Sky in Missouri, Kansas, Iowa (VIDEO)

    Scientists still aren't exactly sure what it was, but hundreds of people in Missouri, Kansas, Iowa and Nebraska reported a bright green meteor streaking across the sky Thursday night, making it the fifth most-reported fireball ever.

  • Film

    November 28, 2013
  • Blogs

    July 3, 2013

    Demo Recordings: Which is Better, High Production Value or Lo-Fi?

    Are you a musician? Is your group having issues? Ask Fan Landers! Critic Jessica Hopper has played in and managed bands, toured internationally, booked shows, produced records, worked as a publicist and is the author of The Girls' Guide to Rocking, a how-to for teen ladies. She is here to help you s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2013

    Moo Cow: Wanted Homicide Suspect on Missouri, Illinois Billboards Nebraska

    Moo Cow didn't find greener pastures in Nebraska. That's right, the local homicide suspect with one of the strangest nicknames to be plastered on Missouri and Illinois billboards -- managed to make it to Nebraska before authorities nabbed him. That means Moo Cow is going back to jail. Which prob ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2013

    Don't Eat This Stuff! Recall Roundup for January 14-18, 2013

    It has been a quiet week, generally speaking, for food recalls involving the Greater Gut Check Metropolitan Area. A quiet month, for that matter. Maybe it has something to do with New Year's resolutions: Gonna scrub the ol' slaughterhouse and keep 'er spotless this year! A Springfield, Illinois out ... More >>

  • Music

    October 18, 2012

    Tilly and the Wall

    8:30 p.m. Friday, October 19. The Firebird, 2706 Olive Street.

  • Music

    July 19, 2012


    p.m. Friday, July 20. Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center, 3301 Lemp Avenue.

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2012

    Daniel Fuller: Returned Video Recorder With Alarming Footage, Now Faces Charges

    Daniel Fuller, 46, of Pevely, Missouri, allegedly purchased a video recording device from a retailer headquartered in Nebraska, and then later returned it. Anybody who's ever worked in retail will tell you that when a recording device leaves the store and is then brought back, employees quickly chec ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2012

    Eleven Things Every Independent Artist Should Work On

    Editor: Tef Poe is an artist from St. Louis City. Through powerful imagery and complicated honesty, he has earned a reputation as one of the best rappers telling the story of St. Louis, which is about much more than one place. Poe has been featured in music publications such as XXL and Urb Magazine. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2012

    Kansas City Gets High-Tech Gunshot Detector -- Where's Ours?

    Kansas City's Police Chief Darryl Forte plans to use some leftover federal grant money to install SpotShotter, a sophisticated rig of audio sensors placed strategically throughout the city that can detect a gunshot and then notify police -- within 25 seconds -- where the shot was fired. The system c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2012

    Will Ferrell in the Best Super Bowl Ad You Didn't See

    In the past year, Will Ferrell has made a series of low-budget (to be generous) ads for Old Milwaukee, which aired in very, very few, very small markets. Last night, Deadspin reports, during the Super Bowl, North Platte, Nebraska, was treated to the following: If nothing else, it's more succinct ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 27, 2011

    Bloody Mary Mix, Ground Beef Recalled

    ​Gut Check might have spent the past few days curled up in front of the fireplace with a snifter of brandy and a year's worth of Jane's Defence Weekly, but the food-recall news didn't stop. In the past week, the FDA and the USDA have announced several voluntarily recalls. Only two, though, involve ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2011

    Man Shot in Dutchtown in Broad Daylight

    The 4100 block of Nebraska -- the site of yet another shooting in Dutchtown.​Two men were shot yesterday in separate incidents in St. Louis -- but both are expected to survive the attacks.In the first instance, a man in the 4100 block of Nebraska Avenue, at the intersection of Meramec, was shot in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 19, 2011

    Missouri Duo Busted Stealing Grease From Nebraska Restaurant

    Image via World-HeraldHarris and Moore: Will they "fry" for their crime?​Police in Lincoln believe they may have busted the criminal outfit responsible for stealing thousands of gallons of used grease from restaurants in Nebraska and Illinois. The duo from Missouri was arrested around 2 a.m. yeste ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2011

    Bad Nuts! Peanut Butter and Hazelnuts Recalled

    Wikimedia Commons​ Sometimes you feel like a nut. Sometimes you don't, because you're too busy suffering the effects of salmonella or E. coli. Unilever has issued a voluntary recall on Skippy Reduced Fat Creamy Peanut Butter Spread and Skippy Reduced Fat Super Chunk Peanut Butter Spread wit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2011

    50,000 Sows Bought by Illinois Farm

    ​Not all family farms are small affairs. The Maschhoffs' LLC in Carlyle, Illinois -- one hour east of St. Louis -- is technically a family farm, in that it's owned by a family. A family that owns nearly 200,000 hogs. No, this isn't an episode of Confessions: Animal Hoarding. It's business-as ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2010

    Undercover Video Footage: Biggest Dogfighting Bust in U.S. History

    illustration by Brian Stauffer​At 6 a.m. on July 9, 2009, agents from the FBI, the USDA, the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the U.S. Marshals Service and myriad local police departments raided 29 properties in 8 states, including Missouri, Illinois, Texas, Oklahoma, Nebraska and Iowa. They sei ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 28, 2010

    St. Louisan Goes Apeshit on Southwest Flight

    Image sourceThe skies aren't so friendly anymore.​And it wasn't even Annie! On a completely different Southwest flight last night, this one from Seattle to Lambert, a St. Louis man went batshit crazy and started pounding on the cockpit door. The plane had to be diverted for an emergency landin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2010

    "If Hell Had a Hotel, It Would be Something Like This."

    ​This is one of nearly 50 posts placed on TripAdvisor, almost all of which have nothing but absolute scorn for the Days Inn Eureka Six Flags. Here's a sampling of some other cranky consumer comments about the 150-room establishment that TripAdvisor has named the second-dirtiest hotel in the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2009

    Java Enabled: Fifteen Shots Later, Part 1

    ​When I received an e-mail a few weeks ago inviting me to sit as one of the sensory judges at the 2009-2010 Midwest Regional Barista Competition, I jumped at the opportunity. At my most delusional, it sounded like "celebrity judge" -- at the very least, it sounded like a great time. Last weekend, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Monday, 10.12

    ​ Despite recent food-borne illness outbreaks, key food safety positions remain unfilled. Meanwhile, Japan bans beef from Nebraska processing plant after finding mad-cow prevention violations. (Cattle Network, Market Watch)McDonald's in the Louvre? No big deal. (UPI)Bologna healthier than PB ... More >>

  • Calendar

    September 30, 2009
  • Blogs

    August 24, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Monday, 8.24

    ​ Tyson to pay for violating federal pollution-discharge permit in Nebraska. (CNN)Fruit growers and border patrol clash over treatment of seasonal immigrant workers. (WHEC) Shrimp fishermen strike in Louisiana. (The Daily Comet)How to survive the tomato blight? Just add plums. (The New York ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2009

    FoodWire: Cinco de Mayo on Cherokee Street Tomorrow

    Celebrate the anniversary of the Battle of Puebla three days early by venturing down to my favorite of the city's many streets, Cherokee, for the Cinco de Mayo party. Live music, art and, of course, food from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. on Cherokee between Nebraska and Iowa Streets.Have other plans? Worried you ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2009

    RFT's Namesake Horse Sighted Just in Time for the Kentucky Derby

    In two days, the cream of the three-year-old Thoroughbred crop will contest the 135th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville.But let's go back a week or so, to another race, in another city...Sunday, April 26. Fonner Park race course in Grand Island, Nebraska. Seventh race; distance 1 mile. ... More >>

  • Music

    April 22, 2009


    8 p.m. Friday, April 24. The Firebird, 2706 Olive Street.

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2009

    Regional Smoking Ban Gathering Steam legislators are taking note a proposed bill in St. Louis City calling for a ban on smoking in bars and restaurants. The bill, proposed by Central West End alderwoman Lyda Krewson, would not go into effect unless St. Louis County passed a similar ban. Yesterday ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2009

    Ground-breaking News: We're No. 1 in Shovel Readiness

    In recent weeks a lot of states have gone to extraordinary lengths -- as if a free trip to Disneyland were at stake -- to make the case that they were first to break ground in those so-called "shovel-ready" projects financed by the federal stimulus bill.Nebraska transportation officials cl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2009

    Now That's What We Call "Pussy Control"

    Pssst! Don't tell Tony LaRussa. He wouldn't find it amusing. But have you seen the news story (below) from earlier this week in Nebraska? All we can say is un-frigging-real.

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2008
  • Blogs

    August 11, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Monday, 8.11

    Whole Foods recalls ground beef due to possible E. coli contamination. The meat is linked to a Nebraska slaughterhouse that has already recalled meat this year. (AFP) The World Food Program steps in to provide food to those displaced by the conflict between Georgia and Russia. (AP) Disneyland is s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2008

    10 St. Louis Sports Tough Guys, Thugs and Criminals

    Not all athletes are fit to be in commercials for thick-and-chunky soup, or posing for cameras while high-fiving kids with disabilities in televised public-service announcements. Just not going to happen, because athletes are people too. St. Louis is a sports city unlike any other of comparable pop ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Friday, 7.11

    Cue the dramatic music: InBev's bid for Anheuser-Busch has turned "friendly" -- and a deal could be done as soon as next week. (New York Times) The rise in food costs will hit school meals this fall. (U.S. News & World Report) The USDA gives a Nebraska meatpacker the OK after its recall of E. coli ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Tuesday, 7.8

    The G8 summit begins with world leaders expressing optimism about the world economy -- but calling for cuts to subsidies and tariffs that are driving up food costs. (AP) The G8 leaders must be optimistic about the economy: They enjoyed an 8-course dinner yesterday, sparking some controversy. (Daily ... More >>

  • Music

    January 23, 2008

    Coyote Bones

    6:30 p.m. Thursday, January 24. Creepy Crawl,3524 Washington Boulevard.

  • Music

    August 29, 2007

    The Veils

    6 p.m. Friday, August 31. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue.

  • Music

    April 25, 2007

    Death Ships

    9 p.m. Thursday, April 26. Off Broadway (3509 Lemp Avenue).

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2007

    Small Plates: Monday, 3/19

    What's new on South Grand? Wat's new on South Grand! Add Ethiopian to South Grand's impressive roster of ethnic cuisines. Meskerem Ethiopian Restaurant opened on Friday, March 9, at 3210 South Grand Boulevard, the space formerly occupied by Jasoom Mexican Revolutionary Restaurant & Cantina. Meske ... More >>

  • Music

    March 14, 2007

    Little Brazil

    7 p.m. Wednesday, March 21. Creepy Crawl (3524 Washington Boulevard).

  • Music

    February 14, 2007

    Ladyfinger (ne)

    7:30 p.m. Sunday, February 18. Creepy Crawl (3524 Washington Boulevard).

  • Music

    September 13, 2006

    The Prids

    8 p.m. Sunday, September 17. Mississippi Nights, (914 North First Street)

  • Music

    August 3, 2005

    Bruce Springsteen

    Saturday, August 6; Fox Theatre (527 North Grand Boulevard)

  • Dining

    February 9, 2005

    Schlafly Coffee Stout

    Tanner B's, 2855 Shenandoah Avenue, 314-762-9800

  • Music

    May 5, 2004
  • Calendar

    April 30, 2003

    Putting the Art Back in Party

    ACT ONE plays on Washington Avenue

  • News

    April 12, 2000

    Letters to the Editor

    Published the week of April 12, 2000

  • Music

    July 28, 1999

    Bright Eyes with Phut and Grandpa's Ghost

    Thursday, July 29; Side Door

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