Getting your celebrity gossip from TMZ is soooooo 2009, dude. Each Thursday in "Twitter Litter," RFT Music rounds up the week's best meltdowns, ego battles and WTFness from rockers, rappers and DJs who aren't afraid of a little hashtag action. It's time to take out the trash. Remember a few weeks a ... More >>
Frankie Avalon is a legend. An icon. A damn big kahuna. Even at 73, the "Venus" singer still can make the ladies squeal.
Art and life co-habitate, informing, imitating, and enriching each other constantly. Each week in Better Living Through Music, RFT Music writer Ryan Wasoba explores this symbiotic relationship. Nobody truly knows how to cope with something as disturbing as the Sandy Hook massacre. But please don ... More >>
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 >>
Selecting Riverfront Times' Best of St. Louis 2011 was no picnic. Choosing the winner meant several worthy candidates would go unmentioned -- until now. In this Gut Check series, we are chewing our way through notable runners up in a number of categories. To see hundreds more winners and finalists a ... More >>
Jennifer SilverbergSubterranean's owner Kelly von Plonski and her little reader Henry.If you've been following our coverage of Subterranean Books, you may recall that owner Kelly von Plonski was planning to decide in June whether her store would remain open. And the answer is yes! "Sales ha ... More >>
Jessica Baran encapsulates the St. Louis art scene
image viaThis is Dale, big famous pooch and dog treat taste tester.Your typical Fight Club Sandwich throwdown pits one thingie against another thingie. You know: cupcakes. Hot dogs. Designer beer in cans. Trouble is, when you're talking dog treats -- and today we're talking dog treats -- you ... More >>
(New albums are typically released on Tuesdays, i.e., today. What can you spend your hard-earned pennies on this week? Find out below.) Eric Benet's Lost in Time*Eric Benet, Lost In Time Soultracks.com reviewed Lost in Time, saying "Now, over a decade into his solo career and nearly a decade ... More >>
No photos were allowed while Franzen was reading (Kris Kleindienst threatened violence), but imagine, if you will, him standing behind this podium in a dark gray checked shirt and jeans.All hail the Mighty Franzen, who finally returned to his hometown last night, just days after his anointmen ... More >>
image viaSomeday I'll read Freedom. I'm currently 113th on the waiting list at University City Library. Maybe Sarah will lend me her copy in an attempt to convert me to Freedom-dom. I suppose I could go out and buy a copy. But $28 is a pretty steep price to pay for a hardcover, especially for on ... More >>
image viaLast week, Daily RFT reported on literary feud in which the authors Jodi Picoult and Jennifer Weiner joined forces to fight the white male literary Establishment, impersonated by Jonathan Franzen whose new book Freedom, in a single week, received not one, but two rave reviews from the Ne ... More >>
Jonathan Franzen's new book, Freedom, isn't out until Tuesday, but he's already pissed off some pretty prominent women in literary circles. This time, however, it's not Oprah. And he hasn't really done much besides exist and be the recipient of a rave review in the New York Times from another powerf ... More >>
image viaDon't look so grumpy, Jon.We already know that everyone loves St. Louis local-boy-made-hella-famous-author Jonathan Franzen, but we didn't know that "everybody" extended even to el presidente, Barack Obama. Obama is currently on a ten-day vacation in Martha's Vineyard with the First ... More >>
Beverly Davis EnterprisesCrib Cornbread - the home Beverly Davis hopes to save with cornbread.In 2006 Beverly Davis, with her good credit and stable job, purchased her first home, a modest three-bedroom ranch in Fairburn, Georgia. In a tale all too familiar, fourteen months later that stable jo ... More >>
Image sourceA Time artist's rendering of Michael Sherraden.Although, according to various stupid media-generated lists, St. Louisans/Missourians are ugly and stressed and spend too much time sitting in traffic and have few job prospects, we now have one thing to be proud of. Or, rather, one p ... More >>
courtesy Farrar, Straus and GirouxPlease, oh please let not the presence of the bird mean this will be as awful as Franzen's New Yorker essay about birdwatching. Thank you.Webster Groves native Jonathan Franzen's first novel since 2001's The Corrections will be out this September. Titled Freedom, ... More >>
La Lohan elevates but can't save Georgia Rule.
Unreal gets tipsy on premium cocktails, then asks a bunch of questions about beer bellies and white weddings.
Week of December 28, 2006
Middle-class malaise meets inner-city despair in The Architect.
Great performances keep this Door from slamming shut
Failure is McConaughey's perfect movie, and a pretty good one for us
Fonda's humiliation is only one reason this Monster is such a dog
Unreal wanders into an un-bear-ably raucous party, plans a Missouri escape and visits a local blogger who's worried about Sheryl Crow; plus, our fantastic suggestion for the Mark McGwire Highway
Bridget Jones is betrayed by a dumb, dull sequel
In this Little Black Book you'll find a lot of mean people
Week of February 25, 2004
Week of December 24, 2003
The fierce and uncompromising Nina Simone could never be contained
Michael Jackson proves he's even weirder than we imagined
The big-screen gals of cinema 2003 will keep you watching
Local heroes Nadine drove hundreds of miles to perform at SXSW, the music industry's biggest clusterfuck. Was it worth it?
The American belief in progress, and the resultant failures, makes for high comedy in Jonathan Franzen's The Corrections
Directed by Matt Williams