It's not easy being Santa. You have to run a sweatshop staffed by elves who are always complaining about workers' rights or whatever, you live in an inhospitable climate that you only get to leave a few weeks out of the year to go hang out in malls with spoiled kids, and Stand Your Ground laws make ... More >>
Music fans are still reeling from the death of Don Cornelius, the unmistakable and irreplaceable host and creator of Soul Train. Cornelius was found dead on Wednesday in Los Angeles of what police believe to be a self-inflicted wound. The Chicago native and Korean War veteran was 75. With the sadn ... More >>
Welcome to Girl Walks into a Bar, a weekly Gut Check feature that spotlights local bars and bartenders. This week Chrissy Wilmes profiles Red Lion owner and bartender Barry Strange. Below is a Q&A with Strange, followed by the recipe for his Richard Pryor cocktail. Chrissy WilmesBarry Strange, owne ... More >>
courtesy of Tef PoeTef Poe's War Machine is a nineteen-track tour de force. The Force member's musical versatility has always been his calling card, and so it's not surprise that Machine embraces diversity and defies pigeonholing. Genre-wise, it touches on warm R&B, ominous hip-hop, celebrato ... More >>
Singles and EPs have historically served invaluable purposes. For new bands, they can be the best method to come out swinging with their best songs. For established acts, they provide a low-pressure way to showcase new material, try out remixes, or clear the vaults of demos and alternate ta ... More >>
Tef Poe is a little schizophrenic on his new record. That's a good thing.Among his multiple personalities (self-diagnosed in metaphors and similies) are "the backpacker version of Yo Gotti," Michael Jordan with a Scottie Pippen trigger finger, and "the rap version of Richard Pryor." The lat ... More >>
MC Bat Commander's ill-fitting uniform barely contained his pot belly as he announced, "It's been seven years since we've played here, but we've been working out the entire time." Later in the set, he pulled three children from the front row on stage and chucked them one Ryan WasobaA tattoo spotted ... More >>
The Screen Actors Guild, Golden Globe and Academy Award-winning actress may have recently been accused of not playing nice with the press, but when it comes to promoting her Spread the Love stand-up comedy tour, she's all heart. (With a side of hot air.) How difficult is it for you to change mind f ... More >>
When Professor Griff talks, Joe says: listen.
An overstuffed plot and empty action ruin Spidey's run.
Then we check out a book about Edwardsville's legendary Mississippi River Festival.
Week of January 19, 2006
Julie Seabaugh profiles local laugh-riot Brie Johnson
Who'll replace Howard Stern in the STL?
Week of March 3, 2004
It's not just for breakfast
Arvin Mitchell and Jessie Taylor must contend with a segregated St. Louis comedy scene on their road to the big time. Maybe they'll navigate the system. Or maybe they'll just have to blow it up.
Week of January 7, 2004
The fabulous Margaret Cho brings her one-woman wit-fest to the American Theater
Boarding, biking & blading confab
Week of June 25, 2003
Week of October 23, 2002
Week of July 31, 2002
RFT music geeks pick the best recordings of 2001
Actor-comic Eddie Izzard just wants to be loved
Published the week of June 21-27, 2000
Henry Kissinger trumps the Hell's Angels when it comes to evil, or so the thinking goes at Left Bank Books