Happy Hump Day! Here's the cocktail that will get you through to Friday. Planter's House (Mississippi Avenue; 314-696-2603) is cocktail heaven. A place to sit back and enjoy a layered, carefully crafted drink. The dark wood and arched ceiling give the room a historic vibe, as if the bar has always ... More >>
A child abducted 13 years ago in Florida has turned up in northwestern Missouri, according to the Livingston County Sheriff's Office. Sandy Hatte, 60, was arrested for allegedly taking the child and bouncing around the country for 13 years -- that is, until a local school official took a look at t ... More >>
Four individuals in Madison County have been charged with vandalism after spraypainting cars, buildings, fences and the Livingston Village Hall with logos and slogans related to the horrorcore hip-hop group Insane Clown Posse. See Also: "Where Did My Dick Go?" The Gathering of the Juggalos' Best Ov ... More >>
Updated*: At around 1 a.m. this morning, St. Louis county police and firefighters responded to a house fire in south county after, cops say, a thirteen-year-old girl escaped and ran to a neighbor's house asking for help. The girl, identified as Mia Gapsch, told police that three other people -- al ... More >>
What historic properties in Missouri are most likely to face demolition? The Missouri Alliance for Historic Preservation has released its annual list of the state's most endangered sites, which this year includes the Book House, a beloved store in Rock Hill that recently got its eviction notice as ... More >>
It's one of those weeks. My laptop broke, my vehicle broke and ultimately, my wallet's broke. Fortunately, some shows will cost a mere $5 to provide some cheer to get over these betrayals by machines (proof that you don't have to break the bank for a good time practically anytime: check out the pri ... More >>
Don't you just hate it when you catch a fast-food commercial on TV and you get all hot and bothered? And you think to yourself, "Man, I wanna bone that mascot so hard"? And then all your waking moments are consumed by thoughts of getting it on with some costumed clown and chowing down on burgers pos ... More >>
A second location of Florissant Asian buffet restaurant Hokkaido Steak & Sushi Buffet (660 North US Highway 67, Florissant; 314-921-6666) is currently under construction in Concord Plaza Shopping Center at South Lindbergh Boulevard and Baptist Church Road in south county. Currently butcher paper co ... More >>
My word of the day calendar says that today's word is "skirl", which conveniently is defined as a musical term. Unfortunately, it is one that typically involves the act of bagpipin', and none of the bands listed this week feature that particular instrument. MISSED OPPORTUNITIES. Alberta Cross plays ... More >>
Panera Bread, a.k.a. St. Louis Bread Co., doesn't run very high-profile ad campaigns. Come to think of it, Gut Check can't recall ever seeing a television ad for Panera, or if we did, it made exactly zero impression. That could -- and should -- change, thanks to an unlikely event: the recent testim ... More >>
Screenshot: www.delitoyoudirect.comThat, my friends, is not a fetal pig. It is not a piglet. It is a pork roast compressed and reshaped into the form of a piglet (or fetal pig, if you like, which you shouldn't). It is produced by an outfit called Greenridge Farm, and it was brought to our attenti ... More >>
A 68-year-old man from Madison County was sentenced this week to three years of probation and ordered to pay $1,200 in fines and court costs after pleading guilty to mailing a letter with fake anthrax to a family living in his hometown of Livingston. According to the U.S. Attorney's Office for So ... More >>
Welcome to Girl Walks Into a Bar, a weekly Gut Check feature that spotlights local bars and bartenders. This week, Ettie Berneking profiles Clementines' Lew Russell. Below is a Q&A with Russell, followed by the recipe for a South Beach. Ettie BernekingRussell spent a few minutes selecting the p ... More >>
Robin WheelerA pizza at Mad Tomato, the new restaurant from Vito Racanelli Jr. of OnestoI've lost track of whether the economy is recovering, recovering but slowly, stalling or whatever. What I do know is that in St. Louis, May was a very busy month for restaurant openings, with everything from a ... More >>
Image viaElderberries -- curing AIDS and cancer?Just as Brazilian açaí once rose to prominence as a faddish "superfruit," the elderberry may be The Next Big Thing in health food circles, and Missouri farmers are hoping to cash in: the biggest elderberry farm in the whole country sits in Hartsbu ... More >>
So, yes, Muse is unfortunately still not playing in St. Louis on its fall 2010 tour. However, you can still play with them this afternoon -- if you have football skills, that is. British football. The band posted on Twitter that it's passing through town this afternoon, and is inviting everyone to c ... More >>
Image sourceIn Alton, they shoot fireworks at the firefighters.For their dose of Fourth of July fireworks this year, some poor suckers piled up on the riverfront at Fair St. Louis. Some braver souls shot off cherry bombs in their backyards and alleys. But the residents of the Oakwood Housing ... More >>
Image viaNot the Subway Diet that Jared meant.Sometimes the true cost of that $5 Foot Long can't be measured in money.According to the Illinois Department of Health, via the delightfully named Food Poison Journal, there have been 68 confirmed cases of salmonella traced back to Subway sandwich sho ... More >>
If you're looking for ear-splitting hardcore tonight, look no further than Fubar (3108 Locust Street) in Midtown when bands from California, Boston and Japan take the stage floor on the lounge side of the venue. Mind Eraser, which has played St. Louis three times in the past (all in basements, her ... More >>
Image via National Geographic A suspected Madison County meth maker took a polar bear plunge while attempting to elude policeAhhh, methamphetamine. It makes human beings do some amazing things -- amazingly dumb things.Take the case of 50-year-old Robert C. Kelly of Madison County, Illinois ... More >>
p.m. Sunday, October 18. Blueberry Hill's Duck Room, 6504 Delmar Boulevard, University City.
Craft Alliance doubles the fun
Boogie Bang Vol. 12
It's the best of times and the worst of times for St. Louis theater companies
Unreal goes cornholing. What? Isn't that enough?
Convenient Food Mart
5253 Mattis Road
south St. Louis county
Just like Mama used to make if Mama wore a tuxedo and ran a restaurant in Affton.
Haven't had enough Wu-Tang merchandise? Now there's a book.
Oh, Moxy, your food puts us on cloud nine!
A man's last day of freedom becomes Spike Lee's meditation on 9/11
Week of May 8, 2002
Missouri has been pouring millions into prisons that aren't being used. But stay tuned: If politicians have their way, there will be plenty of inmates to go around.
Missouri maintains a spotless record at Bonne Terre facility
The W (Loud/Columbia)
The Shop 'N Save/KMOX Shootout promises a peek at the future of pro basketball
Soufflés, Fio's La Fourchette
Eddie Silva and Allison Funk dissect Funk's poem "The Deer"
Is the seminal '70s musical still in style?
Directed by Deborah Warner
Published the week of March 8
Published the week of February 23
The people under the stairs at the St. Marcus Theatre may have to pack up and move out
A little show-and-tell of 1999 productions
Visiting the people under the stairs at the St. Marcus Theatre