We're sorry to break it to you, folks: The story about a 93-year-old gun-toting grandmother who shot her knockout-game assailant in the head isn't real. As the rest of the country joins St. Louis in its shock over the violent game designed to hurt random bystanders, wannabe writers are taking advan ... More >>
Sorry, St. Louis. The news that the Bosnia-Herzegovina national soccer team will play its next international friendly against the United States here in River City is probably nothing more than a rumor.
Rumors that an IKEA furniture store could open in St. Louis kept news outlets and Facebook campaigns busy for years before Swedish retailers made the deal official last week. Every few months, it seemed, a fresh whisper would reignite the blogs and comments in business gossip. But now that IKEA see ... More >>
You guys were pretty vocal on this one -- there is a lot of good coffee to be had in St. Louis. The winner took a whopping 47.17 percent of the vote, while write-ins accounted for more than 31 percent. So, where should we all be getting our next cup of coffee? See also: The 10 Best Coffee Shops in ... More >>
We often wonder if every St. Louis musician made some kind of blood oath on Dec. 31, 2012, promising to grind out a gazillion shows and EPs over the next twelve months. Their joy over surviving the Mayan apocalypse is the only way we can explain how 2013 was even more fan-freaking-tastic than usual ... More >>
Fabrizio Schenardi, executive chef at the Four Seasons (and Cielo), is leaving St. Louis to open a new facility in Orlando, Florida. Schenardi will be staying in the Four Seasons family -- the hotel will actually be the first non-Disney branded resort on Disney grounds and the largest Four Seasons i ... More >>
Have no fear, St. Louis rap fans: December has many shows for you, both big and small, where you can rest your weary hip-hop head. Though some national acts can't be bothered to reschedule dates (cough, cough...Yeezy), other acts, like the much-anticipated Drake concert, have been securely reschedul ... More >>
This week, St. Louis lost its collective mind over the official announcement that, yes, IKEA is really coming to St. Louis. The opening date is projected for 2015. One of the things folks are most excited about are the Swedish meatballs available in the chain's inexpensive cafeterias. In one report ... More >>
OK, so calling these posts the "ten" best shows in St. Louis each weekend is a bit of a stretch. Admittedly, we like to include as many shows as possible and inevitably end up linking back to all sorts of preview coverage from earlier in the week. Please excuse the following obsessive, excessive hyp ... More >>
St. Louis fast food workers braved the cold Thursday to join a 100-city strike, protesting outside McDonalds, Arby's, Domino's Pizza and Rally's for higher wages and the right to unionize.
Today in the rest of the country realizing how awesome we are, Time magazine named Missouri the best state for drinking. The worst? Utah (duh). See also: 30 Reasons to Love Drinking in St. Louis
Three major international soccer friendlies this year have put St. Louis on the map. Orlando and Atlanta are on deck to be the next cities to host Major League Soccer teams, but St. Louis' recent games featuring big names like Manchester City, Chelsea and the Bosnian and Argentinian national teams ... More >>
Our week of frigid temperatures and frozen rain has begun, St. Louis. Arctic winds are pushing south, bringing sleet and snow into the St. Louis area Thursday just as morning rush hour started. Here's what the weather experts are saying.
St. Louis has been named America's happiest city, and the reason why is so idiotic that it's making us furious. Jetpac City Guides, developers of a travel app launched today, analyzed 100 million photos for four key signs of happiness: smiles, hipster mustaches, bright lipstick and blue skies.
Need a holiday gift idea for a teenage girl that's not princess-themed? Franklin County native Amy Spalding returns to St. Louis from her home in Los Angeles this week to sign and read from her new young adult novel set in Webster Groves, South Grand and the Loop.
The rumors are true: St. Louis is getting an IKEA. The Swedish furniture store made it official Wednesday, building sample furniture displays and passing out catalogs to city officials eager to see the international retailer -- and the 1,000 jobs it's bringing -- to St. Louis in Fall 2015.
Slip on your raincoats, St. Louis. A coming storm could leave us covered in wintry white precipitation.
Coffee is totally the most important meal of the day. Luckily for St. Louis, it seems craft coffeehouses are popping up even quicker than craft breweries. We know the heavy-hitters -- Kaldi's, Sump -- but we always love a new brew. Vote for one of four reader nominations or write in your own suggest ... More >>
November was a busy month for St. Louis criminals. The city hit a depressing milestone: 100 murders so far in 2013. The U.S. Supreme Court had to step in to allow Missouri to execute racist serial killer Joseph Franklin. Plus, remember that guy who killed his neighbor in the great pork steak v. pork ... More >>
Music radio is much maligned in St. Louis. According to many of our friends, local radio stations have heavy, predictable rotations, feature annoying DJs and ignore entire formats. And, yeah, we occasionally agree with those sentiments; we can recall quite a few times when our index finger has gone ... More >>
Happy Thanksgiving, River City! As America celebrates overeating and bargain prices (that's what Thanksgiving is about, right?), escape from the dining room and spend Turkey Day in some of our favorite St. Louis spots:
The Archive bookstore is closing for good, and its owners have so many boxes of books to sell off that they're extending their all-books-are-one-dollar sale, possibly for another two weeks.
Black Friday can be an agonizing notion. Do you choose family time or doorbuster sales? Do you protest workers' crazy hours by staying home, or do you go buy something because the clerks are going to be at the stores anyway? And what in the world should you think about the growing trend for stores t ... More >>
The nominees for the 2014 edition of the S.L.U.M. Fest hip-hop awards (St. Louis Underground Music Festival, for those averse to abbreviation) have been announced. Many of this year's nominees will be easily recognized by regular RFT Music readers -- their talent has earned them accolades from this ... More >>
"Oh my God! Did you see the Architects at the Demo this weekend? I can't believe how great they sounded! Favorite show of the month, hands down!" -- some concertgoer. We hear stuff like this a lot, for every type of music and in every club or concert hall. And naturally, on-stage talent plays a maj ... More >>
In honor of our 2013 Best Of St. Louis issue, we're profiling some of the most fascinating winners from the Food & Drink section. The topic of this conversation: Best New Bar. Read the entire Best of St. Louis issue here. The Fortune Teller Bar (2635 Cherokee Street; 314-776-2337), recently named ... More >>
This weekend features a grab bag full of shows to go to. The Urge celebrates a CD release all weekend, local musicians pay tribute to the late great Lou Reed at Off Broadway, the Crack Fox celebrates its fourth birthday, and the Saint Louis Science Center features a star show paired with live music. ... More >>
Just a month before her son was shot to death around the corner from her North City house, Geraldine Carter, 73, thought crime in North St. Louis was finally winding down. St. Louis Metropolitan Police were focusing resources in her College Hill neighborhood, cleaning up the streets and assigning e ... More >>
If St. Louis were to get a Major League Soccer team, what should we name them? That's the question we asked soccer fans at Busch Stadium last night during the Argentina v. Bosnia-Herzegovina friendly. Here are our favorite answers, with pictures of the soccer fans who gave them:
For this week's edition of Underrated/Overrated, we are tackling one thing we really can't live without: coffee. Yes, much of our caffeine intake is from the office coffee machine, and yes, sometimes we have no choice but to go to Starbucks. But St. Louis is having a boom in craft coffee, from Sump' ... More >>
Fame is a funny thing. Some folks stumble into it by having their soundbytes about burglary autotuned for 120 million YouTube viewers. Others make headlines by being a teenager with giant boobs who marries a guy nearly 40 years her senior. But what about the people with actual talent whose fate ha ... More >>
Joe Edwards is kind of a nostalgic guy. Wait, that's not right. Edwards isn't "kind of" anything. He's the pop-culture obsessed businessman who built up Delmar Boulevard into a glistening consumer/pedestrian paradise and created the St. Louis Walk of Fame, enshrining our city's finest in concrete ... More >>
No, it's not snowing yet, but we've got plenty of events to keep you warm, busy and full this weekend. Take one for the team and eat a cupcake for St. Louis Children's Hospital, or enjoy two of the greatest things ever (beer and barbecue) at Capitalist Pig's Hop and Hog Festival. Check out our food- ... More >>
The U.S. State Department keeps a list of countries where extreme human-rights abuses, active military conflicts or weather disasters would prevent Americans from vacationing safely. Turns out, other countries have the same list -- and St. Louis is on it.
Temperatures dropped drastically earlier this week, and during our morning walk to the office (not to mention the subsequent walk back to our cars when it's already dark outside), we can't quite feel our toes. Luckily, plenty of opportunities to resuscitate those little piggies via dancing exist ove ... More >>
In this weekly column, RFT Music gets to know local creatives, musicians and their missions. Get a slice of the local scene, complete with a snippet of sound and info about upcoming releases and shows. Stick around to see what St. Louis artists have to say whenever they Fill in in the Blank. Popula ... More >>
St. Louis is a city where children beat immigrants for fun (unless our mayor swoops in and saves them like a superhero). In fact, there's so much crazy crime that we have our own newspaper, the St. Louis Evening Whirl, to cover it with headlines like: "Freaks, Chumps Ravish Da Lou" and "Crazed West ... More >>
Dear inconsiderate St. Louis dog owner, I'm proud of St. Louis. We may not be the most exciting place in the world, but there are a few things we do well. And you managed to shit all over two of them. (Well, not you, most likely. I'm guessing it was your dog. But STILL.)
If you tailgate, they will come. There's no MLS team in St. Louis, but for the St. Louligans, a group of men and women who love soccer, getting together at soccer games around town and showing there's a strong fan base in place is one way to attract the deep-pocketed investors that have the means t ... More >>
St. Louis wants to unload its wood on you. City residents can get free firewood gathered from dead or structurally damaged trees at the Lower Muny Opera parking lot in Forest Park starting tomorrow. You can get your wood after 3 p.m. on weekdays.; it's offered on a first-come-first-served basis. ... More >>
The people have spoken: Rigazzi's (4945 Daggett Avenue; 314-772-4900) has the most overrated toasted ravioli in St. Louis. The supposed oldest restaurant on The Hill was voted the most overrated Italian restaurant in St. Louis last year, too. Yikes! See also: Your Pick for St. Louis' Most Overrated ... More >>
We probably don't thank our veterans enough, but Veteran's Day is a start. If you're still active duty or retired military personnel, businesses all over St. Louis are offering discounts and more. Check out some of the best places to go today after the jump. See also: Five Restaurants Where You Ge ... More >>
We Missourians get stuck with a lot of stereotypes -- meth heads, hillbillies, storm watchers. It's about time we fought back with a few broad brush strokes of our own. Hanna Katee Williamson's map of the U.S. according to a St. Louisan went viral on Facebook last week, earning more than 2,700 shar ... More >>
The Missouri Court of Appeals struck down a red light cameras ordinance in St. Louis County this week, leading St. Louis City residents to wonder: What does this mean for us? Patricia Hageman, the city's counselor, summed it up in a tweet as impressive for its brevity as it is for its snark: Recent ... More >>
Plenty of locked and loaded local bands let loose with brand new releases this weekend, including Brotherfather, Pistols and the Sisters and the Glass Cavalry. In addition to these great shows, the Cherokee Street Jazz Crawl fills the street with swing on Saturday and a number of touring acts pay vi ... More >>
Punk rock's outcry at pop culture is played out. Some 30 years later, we're in the future and we're bored. Some still ball their spite for pop in other ways. Deliberately shrill and mostly dense, "noise" has become a blanket term for bands who explore and experiment around the beaten path. The genre ... More >>
Heads up, music fans! As reported by Next STL last week, the Ready Room (4191 Manchester Avenue) will bring an 8,000-square-foot music venue to the Grove, projected to open in spring 2014. The concept comes from the Firebird's owner/talent buyer Mike Cracchiolo, who spent a brief stint booking at Ci ... More >>
The St. Louis Zoo has some big ass news. Five Somali wild asses gave birth to five baby asses, a record, at the Zoo between August 19 and October 15. A critically endangered member of the horse family, less than 1,000 exist in northeastern Africa, according to the zoo, and 51 live in North America ... More >>