It's the Oscarszzzzzzzz! Ellen DeGeneres returned to host red-carpet season's most boring awards show last night with a little more bite than her goodie-goodie turn in 2007. The daytime talk show vet kicked off the ungodly-long telecast by making fun of actress Jennifer Lawrence's fall (this year's, ... More >>
2013 saw a number of significant passings: political figures both respected and reviled (Nelson Mandela, Margaret Thatcher, Hugo Chavez, Ed Koch), sports heroes (Stan Musial), television and film personalities (James Gandolfini, Annette Funicello, Peter O'Toole) and wordsmiths (Roger Ebert, Elmore L ... More >>
Rumors that an IKEA furniture store could open in St. Louis kept news outlets and Facebook campaigns busy for years before Swedish retailers made the deal official last week. Every few months, it seemed, a fresh whisper would reignite the blogs and comments in business gossip. But now that IKEA see ... More >>
This week, Illinois became the twentieth state in the U.S. to legalize medical marijuana -- and advocates in Missouri say it can only help boost reform efforts here. "It's definitely becoming a mainstream issue and the momentum is clearly picking up," John Payne, executive director of statewide ad ... More >>
Former RFT staff writer Albert Samaha, a Bay-Area native, just published the following for our sister paper in San Francisco, SF Weekly. Enjoy!Today, roaming bands of Giants Nation will converge on Busch Stadium to watch game three of the NLCS.Of course, San Franciscans leaving the safety of our pen ... More >>
Today's comment of the day comes in response to Aimee Levitt's post about disgraced former pol Jeff Smith writing a book about what he learned in jail. Since Smith wasn't exactly innocent in the scandal that sent him packing, reader "Never Know" had this question:Hey Kids! Which of the following doe ... More >>
Jeff Smith, ex-con and man of letters.There's a long and honorable tradition of books written in prison -- Don Quixote, Robinson Crusoe, Oscar Wilde's De Profundis, Thomas Malory's Le Morte d'Arthur, possibly the letters of St. Paul. And why not? There's not much else to do there but reflect. ... More >>
The Black Rep moves Macbeth to war-ravaged Africa
Sunday, February 15; Sheldon Concert Hall
Week of December 10, 2003
Jayson Blair may be persona non grata in New York, but he'll be right at home here
Apartheid didn't stand a chance against so many songs
Week of February 5, 2003
Ellen Reasonover has served 16 years of a life sentence for murder. But new evidence -- a secret tape and a forgotten memo -- suggests that the prosecution may have committed the real crime.
South African architect Jo Noero designs buildings that put people first, helping revitalize a country devastated by apartheid. Now he's working in St. Louis to rebuild the inner city. His greatest obstacle: "You can't do that here."