[Jumbling Towers recently contributed the score to the documentary Build Me a World, concerning students in a low-performing high school in Chattanooga, Tennessee. That film will screen at 6:30 p.m. this Thursday, February 7, at the Tivoli (6350 Delmar Boulevard, University City; 314-727-7271). In t ... More >>
Albert Samaha"Stimulus has become a bad word," says Lasky (left).Last Monday in his jobs speech, President Barack Obama made a serious effort to wrest control of the Narrative away from the Republicans.For months Democrats have complained about how they kept ending up negotiating on Republicans' ... More >>
Somebody clearly messed up. But who will take the blame?After S.& P. downgraded America's credit rating from AAA to AA , the political strategy on both sides of the aisle was clear: Blame the other guys.The irony of the situation, of course, is that Monday's stock market dip, partially sparke ... More >>
Depending on which prominent economist you talk to, a failure to raise the debt ceiling by 12:00 a.m. (EST) August 2, 2011 would either be "doomsday," "calamitous," "a calamity," "serious, and we probably would be thrown into a recession," "could provoke a renewed financial crisis," or someth ... More >>
St. Louis has already said farewell to one fast-food chain restaurant this year when the area's only two Del Taco locations closed at the end of June. Now, the Wall Street Journal has word that the sandwich chain Quiznos is in deep debt trouble: Sandwich chain Quiznos made its name selling hot su ... More >>
St. Louis: Losing fewer young people since 2007!It's been the conventional wisdom for years, if not decades: College-educated young people are fleeing old "rust-belt" cities like St. Louis for warmer, sunnier and more stylish metropolises. Politicians have filled newspaper op-ed pages with essays ... More >>
Daily RFT stumbled across this recently-uploaded student documentary today, and learned -- among other things -- that the nation's biggest shantytowns during the Great Depression were right here in STL. It's worth a look.
Has this ever happened to you?Your concerned friend/family member/bartender/bootlegger gives you big, sad eyes, puts a gentle hand on your elbow and says, in a hushed voice, "I just don't know, Daily RFT reader. You're still incredibly handsome, but you've changed. I think you have a drinkin ... More >>
8 p.m. Thursday, September 30. The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Boulevard.
Construction will finally resume later this year for the new Shriners Hospital for Children in the Central West End a year after the recession put the project on hold, the hospital's board announced on Tuesday. Image sourceAn artist rendering of the new Shriner's Hospital for Children, if it ever g ... More >>
Wikimedia CommonsWould you pay $50 grand a year to go here?If you want to go to Washington University next year, you should aspire to be one of the following: 1) A stellar athlete, 2) Someone with phenomenal credit, 3) Super-rich or 4) Really good at proving to the people who give government gran ... More >>
flickr.com/photos/blazin glory We have an enduring preoccupation with happiness. It's an American art form. Pollsters are constantly probing our psyches, measuring our mood swings, tracking our current level of contentment. Interestingly, though hardly surprising -- as T ... More >>
Dorothea Lange, courtesy of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and MuseumIn an interesting piece in the October Atlantic, Benjamin Schwarz surveys a collection of books about daily life during the Great Depression in an attempt to glean some lessons from the past about what we can exp ... More >>
flickr.com/photos/mickdansforthLast month, Macroeconomics Advisers, LLC, a Clayton-based economic consulting firm predicted that the recession should be ending just about now, with a significant caveat: We won't actually start to feel any relief until jobs start coming back.Economist Ben Herzon t ... More >>
Just received a note from restaurateur Eddie Neill informing me that Wm. Shakespeare's Gastropub (601 North Grand Boulevard) has closed. It had been operating on greatly reduced "summer hours." Wm. Shakespeare's opened only last fall in the teeth of the economic downturn, and despite generally po ... More >>
Kirkwood residents will vote this November on a proposed smoking ban. (Post-Dispatch)The recession and federal food-safety legislation have the organic-food industry worried. (Reuters)From Australia, via the Baltimore Sun, comes word of a my kind of cat, camped out in a beer fridge. (The Standard)
flickr.com/photos/carantiYou may have noticed the article Slate ran yesterday afternoon entitled "The recession is over! (Technically.)" You may have ignored the parenthetical and burst into a joyous rendition of "Happy Days Are Here Again". Or you may have become suspicious of the term "technical," ... More >>
New FDA head Margaret Hamburg meets the press for the first time since being confirmed. (New York Times)A new U.N. report finds that crop prices have fallen with the global recession -- but should still rise over the next decade. (New York Times)Beginning in 2011, any food that uses the cochineal bu ... More >>
Two small farms sign up for a program to increase wages for Florida's tomato pickers. (AP)No second helping of prison loaf? The recession has states cutting back on inmates' food. (AP)Various celebrities of varying name-recognition urge famous restaurant Nobu to get bluefin tuna off the menu. (New Y ... More >>
Hip-hop rules the night every Thursday at Atomic Cowboy, and this week's show is no exception: Minneapolis invades the Lou in the form of Prof and Rahzwell, Kanser and St. Paul Slim. Prof and Rahzwell are touring behind a free album called Recession Music, which they're releasing for free via Stopho ... More >>
Do fish feel pain? An angler considers the question. (Slate)A fast-food chain as a sign of national security in the Philippines. (Washington Post)Screw the recession: It's a $4,000 (roughly) curry! (Daily Mail)
The FDA isn't keeping up with its audit of state-level food-safety inspections. (USA Today)KFC wasn't prepared for the onslaught of customers with coupons from Oprah for free grilled chicken -- but there were no "riots." (AP)ABC News claims to have identified our favorite "recession foods."
Depending on your own political bent, Emmy-nominated satirist Bill Maher is either a personality you love to hate, or a personality you hate to love. From Politically Incorrect to Real Time and religion to legalizing drugs he's never shied away from speaking his mind, whether in front of television ... More >>
Georgia rallies around its beloved peanut, salmonella outbreak be damned. (New York Times)The stark realities facing chain restaurants during the recession. (New York Times)From the You Can't Make This Stuff Up Dept.: North Korea accuses South Korea of food poisoning its soccer team prior to a World ... More >>
If things keep going the way the are, gravediggers will have to find something else to do with their shovels. As the recession deepens, families in increasing numbers, according to the National Funeral Directors Association, are taking their dead to crematoriums -- just another way of cutt ... More >>
NOTE: This is a sticky post. The latest Gut Check item follows.Recession? What recession? That's right: Gut Check is hiring! Specifically, we're seeking freelance writers who can offer unique and interesting takes on the St. Louis food and drink scene.What, exactly, do we want from you? You tell us! ... More >>
In today's news: guilty pleas in China's melamine scandal, a food crisis in the Gaza Strip and wine sales in the recession.
The recall of salmonella-tainted cantaloupe continues to expand. (UPI) Recent history indicates that if the U.S. does enter a recession, restaurants will fare better than you might think. (New York Times) The cost of the Westland/Hallmark meat recall is still being calculated. (USA Today) Another ... More >>
8 p.m. Tuesday, March 6. Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center (3301 Lemp Avenue).
Seabiscuit is a different breed of summer "ride" movie