You deserve a vacation. But taking a vacation doesn't have to mean leaving St. Louis. After all, WalletHub's new study ranking the entertainment and expenses in 100 American cities found St. Louis is the thirteenth best city in America for a stay-at-home holiday. Just because a city is a hot vacat ... More >>
Get out of that bathtub or basement and get out to a show this weekend. B.B. King plays the Peabody, Kate Nash follows up the Ready Room's debut show with the space's second concert, Why? finds its way to the Demo, and Guttermouth storms the stage at Fubar. No mighty gust of wind could keep is in th ... More >>
Deliberately shrill and mostly dense, "noise" has become a blanket term for bands that explore and experiment around the beaten path. The genre, like others, isn't without its share of hangups, but that's why we're here. Every month, we supply a short list of sure bets in St. Louis, ranging from nee ... More >>
The week ahead features visits from touring artists including Action Bronson, Califone and the Copyrights. In addition, Hearding Cats Collective puts on its next experimental show and Lunch Beat takes over the Pulitzer. Check out some previews of these shows and more after the jump.
Perhaps you were one of the estimated 60,000 or so who saw Shakespeare Festival St. Louis' production of Twelfth Night in forest park over the past few weeks. If so, you probably noticed that on-stage music played a much larger role than in years past -- in the play's fictional Illyria, we learn ear ... More >>
A colleague suggested that we add a special blog category here at Daily RFT for news of Jon Hamm. It would be a public service, the sort of thing they give Pulitzer Prizes for. (Maybe not exactly the sort of thing. But it would still be a public service.) In the meantime, while we work on it, enjoy ... More >>
Most books live brief and uneventful lives, from printer to pulper, and then forgotten. A few have second lives in libraries and used bookstores where they may be rediscovered and cherished. The Moonflower Vine, the first novel by Missourian Jetta Carleton, originally published in 1961, was one of t ... More >>
Late yesterday afternoon Lee Enterprises officially left behind its bankrupt status. The parent corporation of our own Post-Dispatch, as well as more than 40 other daily newspapers, successfully repackaged boatloads of debt without paying any of it down or selling it off. That means the big payme ... More >>
Lee Enterprises has loads of debt -- but the company's current market value has dipped below $50 million.Lee Enterprises -- parent company of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Arizona Daily Star and a number of other smaller newspapers -- has been warned a second time in as many months that it cou ... More >>
Lee Enterprises could lose its spot on the New York Stock Exchange.The stock for Lee Enterprises, the Iowa-based newspaper company that owns the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, has dropped to bargain-level prices -- as of July 1, it was trading at a mere 99 cents per share.And that could have serious re ... More >>
Dennis Brown and Paul Friswold suss out the local theater scene
This weekend you can cross those special someones off your holiday list in an extra-special way, thanks to arts and crafts sales happening all over the city, including the Muddy River Arts Holiday Art Show and Sale. Forgo the mass-made goods in favor of a hand-made and hand-picked object; with 30 ar ... More >>
Dennis Brown and Paul Friswold suss out the St. Louis theater scene
The Suburban Journals, sister paper to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, last week laid off the reporter who took a bullet in the hand during the infamous February 7, 2008, Kirkwood City Council shootings. Todd Smith, 37, and a Journals reporter since September 2006, was the only person injured in the sh ... More >>
John Updike passed away today from lung cancer. Updike wrote more than 50 books in his career and won countless literary awards, including two Pulitzers for his novels "Rabbit Is Rich" and "Rabbit at Rest." Updike's latest novel revisited his popular 1984 book "Witches of Eastwick" that was turned i ... More >>
This is from a Lee Enterprises watchdog blog called Lee Watch: Lee suspends 401(k) contributions The letter from Mary Junck: October 31, 2008 Dear Lee Employee: Like many other businesses and media companies, Lee has been battered by the unprecedented economic turmoil and credit crisis. Consu ... More >>
Some of my earliest memories involve family visits to Jarvis and Mona Thurston’s house. As kids it was pretty much a given that we’d celebrate holidays there or at our house -- Thanksgiving, Christmas, whatever. I remember, in particular, the coffee table, which Jarvis made, whose right-hand dra ... More >>
My review of La Gra Italian Tapas prompted food blogger (and frequent Gut Check commenter) Jason Clevenger to ask some interesting questions. Here's his comment on a previous post: When I read Ian's review of La Gra I was reminded of G. Harold Carswell, Ricard Nixon's second unsuccessful Supreme Co ... More >>
Dennis Brown and Paul Friswold suss out the local theater scene.
Wildly successful restaurateur Eddie Neill does it again -- or does he?