Last week, I received a surprising call from the North Pole. Apparently Santa Claus has become a fan of my column and wanted some musical selections to play in his sleigh on the big night. "Anything but 'I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus', I was told. "Mrs. Claus always looks askance at him when they ... More >>
Courtesy of Funky Butt Brass BandThe Funky Butt Brass Band, St. Louis' finest purveyors of second-line struttin', is about to unleash its annual holiday throwdown on Saturday night at Off Broadway. Now in its third year, the Holiday Brasstravaganza gives the six-piece a chance to thoroughly f ... More >>
Krampus!A Very Bert Dax Christmas, Volume Nine has now officially been released. The ninth annual X-Mas compilation, a joint release by Rob Severson from Pancake Productions (subject of this week's music feature) and Matt Harnish of The Bert Dax Calvacade of Stars, features a pool of truly d ... More >>
Image viaBeware pervy/prying SantaHow sweet!Little Johnny logs into a website. It allows him to write an e-mail to Santa Claus, explaining how good he's been this year. Or he finds a site that promises Santa will pen him a personal letter, if he just plunks in his mailing address. Um, time ... More >>
Christmas was almost cancelled this year. Or, at least, the Bert Dax Christmas Compilation almost didn't happen, which as far as St. Louis music goes is just as bad. But Matt Harnish and Rob Severson found a way to continue the tradition into its ninth year. The artwork, which you see here, was done ... More >>
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In an effort to celebrate the people who keep our city interesting, Daily RFT is launching a new weekly blog post, "Bold Types," featuring photos and street interviews with the fashionistas, fresh faces and free spirits of our town.
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Santa Claus is coming to town...with his windows rolled up and sleigh doors locked.What's a city gotta do to catch a break these days? If you didn't find exactly what you wanted under the Chrisma-Hannu-Kwanz-Festi-Solsti-Non-Denominational-Winter-Holiday tree last weekend, well, The New York ... More >>
With Christmas fast approaching, we recently contacted several mall Santas to ask them what we can do to make their holiday more enjoyable. Here are some of the things we heard back from a few not-so-jolly St. Nicks:1. Screaming Toddlers: We know you've waited in a long line for the privilege of ... More >>
(Like last year, A to Z will post a holiday-related MP3 every day of December, leading up to Christmas. If you have any requests, suggestions or files to share, email me.)
Before he shaved off his beard, My Morning Jacket's Jim James certainly resembled Santa Claus -- albeit Mountain Man Santa Cla ... More >>
Robin WheelerWith the holidays officially upon us, Throwback will spend the next few weeks dragging out the party classics. Did you miss the days of bosses having secretary three-ways at office parties, or neighborhood shindigs where you spied Mom groping a Santa Claus who looked a lot like Wayn ... More >>
A pub crawl with a purpose.
Santarchy 2008 requires that its participants dress up like Santa Claus, be able to withstand lip-chapping, straight-line winds and pace themselves during alcohol consumption for a day-long binge around St. Louis.
Why the appeal? According to organizer Lohr Barkley, all ... More >>