Some consider him a misogynist and a drunk. Others say he's America's greatest novelist. The one thing everyone can agree on about Ernest Hemingway is his love of the adult beverage. In honor of the acclaimed author's birth (and death, depending on how you celebrate) month, the bar team at Botanical ... More >>
"There was music from my neighbor's house through the summer nights. In his blue gardens men and girls came and went like moths among the whisperings and the champagne and the stars...In the main hall a bar with a real brass rail was set up, and stocked with gins and liquors and with cordials so lon ... More >>
Washington has been focusing more and more on food and eating healthy lately, thanks to Mama Obama's presence in the white house. Michelle planted a garden on the White House grounds, which regularly provides produce to the prez and his family. She's working to make school lunches healthier, but she ... More >>
Today marks the beginning of National Canned Food Month. Why is February National Canned Food Month? Well, are there any locally-grown fresh fruits and vegetables you'd want to eat at this time of year? Yeah, didn't think so. Before we launch into our month-long celebration of soups and vegetables, ... More >>
And now a Public Service Announcement from RFT Music: It's wintertime, folks, and you know what that means: It's cold! And as we all know, in the cold, everything dies. The trees, the bugs, at least one ill-prepared bird I found in my side yard -- and most important for the purposes of this post: t ... More >>
Old 97s, with The Travoltas and Rhett Miller (solo) The Pageant Oct. 16, 2012 Music is a funny thing. Like photos or scent, songs have a way of making us remember the past. Late relatives. Swim class. That road trip to Dollywood with a jerk you never should have dated in the first place. Chances ar ... More >>
Songwriter Hal David passed away this weekend at the age of 91 from complications resulting from a stroke he suffered four days earlier. Best known for his collaboration with composer Burt Bacharach, David penned hits for Dionne Warwick, Dusty Springfield, Tom Jones and countless other crooners and ... More >>
Madonna, fresh off a Super Bowl appearance and more aware of how to capitalize than possibly anyone in pop music, has just announced a massive 2012 tour. And just days before Madonna 2012 World Tour goes out in (presumably) a blaze of infinite production value in Miami, she'll make a stop here in St ... More >>
wikimedia commonsThere's always been a sense of glamour in the blur of all that is sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll, and it doesn't end when the music's done, or even when the rock stars die. Instead, an eerie feeling of mystery and unfinished business surfaces when the demise of a music icon is ... More >>
Emily WassermanWalking the streets of Paris, you can't escape the fragrance of one of France's most beloved dishes. You follow your nose toward an unassuming Frenchman, who pours batter onto a giant hotplate, throws on some chocolate syrup and voilà! Your crêpe is ready for consumption. ... More >>
We receive dozens and dozens of local CDs a year at the RFT. Although we review many in our weekly Homespun column, there just isn't space to touch on all of them. To remedy that, here are brief reviews of ten more releases that crossed our desks this fall. The ChalkBoyz Chalk Dirty to Me Be ... More >>
Being the True History of the Founding of the Forest Park Balloon Race by the Villain Ozymandias Hare and the Heroic Aeronaut Etienne Montgolfier
Image viaCheck out 30-year-old St. Louisan Laura Antoine, back again as one of the few non-French ladies to ever serve as podium girl in the Tour de France.
Jennifer SilverbergOwner Gerard Craft inside Brasserie by NicheSauce Magazine was first to break the news: Brasserie by Niche (4580 Laclede Avenue; 314-454-0600) is getting a new executive chef. Owner Gerard Craft announced today that, effective Wednesday, July 7, William Fugitt will man the kitc ... More >>
Tonight, eight of the city's top DJs will take to the turntables for a battle royale, to find out which one of them is the crowd pleasingist, party-rockingist DJ in the Red Bull Thre3style competition. The line-up features some of the most familiar names on the local circuit: A-Flex, Costik, Hugh Ty ... More >>
To conclude: Susan Cowsill and the Watson Twins sang "September Gurls," with the remains of Big Star playing loose and beautiful all around them. It shouldn't have happened; most of what happens shouldn't. In life, as with music, we only get so much say. Alex Chilton's passing just days before Big S ... More >>
Image sourceA castle in progress (projected).In the Ozarks, land of mountains and rivers and Branson, only one thing is missing, and that's about to be remedied: A medieval castle.For the next 20 years, a group of men wearing authentic-type medieval peasant garb (apparently sewn from low thread-c ... More >>
Todd McKenzieBjorn! Peter Moren and Bjorn Yttling are a study in contrasts. Bjorn, disheveled and in black, lumbers slowly across the stage. When he approaches the microphone, he drapes his mustachioed upper lip directly on the device, as if it would be too much effort to step back a few inc ... More >>
And it might sell some train tickets, too.
flickr.com/photos/bestrated1King Louis IX: saint, crusader, good to Christians, really, really, really mean to Jews.Tomorrow is Tisha b'Av, the ninth of the Jewish month of Av and the saddest day of the Jewish year. Most Jewish holidays memorialize the deliverance of the Chosen People from certai ... More >>
May '68 Seems Familiar
City Coffeehouse & Crêperie
36 North Brentwood Boulevard, Clayton
The Muny (in Forest Park); 314-361-1900.
Ivy Cooper encapsulates the St. Louis art scene
The hits just keep on coming for Philippe Habassi
The food at Voilà French Café is incroyable!
Leon Bierbaum's renowned namesake restaurant needs some polishing
Passing the bar just to get dinner
Indulging a taste for decadence at the elegant Chez Leon