The Simpsons

  • Film

    August 7, 2014
  • Blogs

    July 10, 2014

    Budweiser's "Made in America" Concert at the Pageant Was Kinda Epic

    Forgive us for not getting this review up the day after Budweiser put on its "Made in America" concert featuring Girl Talk and the Floozies. But with free Budweisers being tossed about the Pageant like Dubble Bubble at a kiddie parade, we were in no condition yesterday to write anything remotely int ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2014

    6 Reasons Why Springfield, Missouri, is Totally the Springfield from The Simpsons

    Matt Groening, creator of the quintessential cartoon family The Simpsons, has tried to settle the long-running debate over which U.S. state is home to the show's setting, a fictional town called Springfield. Twenty-five years after the show debuted, Groening admitted he'd imagined the Simpsons' hom ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 28, 2014

    Cover/Tribute Band: Meet the 2014 RFT Music Award Nominees

    The 2014 Riverfront Times Music Showcase will be held this year on June 7 in the Grove! Think of it as St. Louis music's own official holiday and consider this the season. Throughout May we at RFT Music will be making our cases for all 140 bands and artists nominated for an RFT Music Award this year ... More >>

  • News

    January 23, 2014
  • Blogs

    December 23, 2013

    RIP: Remembering Ten We Lost In 2013

    2013 saw a number of significant passings: political figures both respected and reviled (Nelson Mandela, Margaret Thatcher, Hugo Chavez, Ed Koch), sports heroes (Stan Musial), television and film personalities (James Gandolfini, Annette Funicello, Peter O'Toole) and wordsmiths (Roger Ebert, Elmore L ... More >>

  • Film

    October 31, 2013

    The Four Types of Spoilers and How Reviewers Should Handle Them

    A rough and inevitably incomplete guide to the taxonomy of spoilers

  • Calendar

    October 11, 2013
  • Blogs

    July 24, 2013

    The Melvins at the Firebird, 7/23/13: Review and Photos

    Thirty years is a long time to keep anything going. It's longer than most marriages, most businesses, and certainly than most experimental classic-rock sludge-punk bands are able to last. This hasn't stopped the Melvins from recording and touring since six years before The Simpsons were even on the ... More >>

  • Film

    June 6, 2013
  • Film

    January 31, 2013
  • Blogs

    December 9, 2012

    Three Keys to Victory: Rams at Bills, 9th December 2012

    The Rams travel to the frozen tundra of Buffalo today to take on the Bills of Chan Gailey and Ryan Fitzpatrick, along with their patented Doomsday Running Game. Hmm. Okay, that isn't working. I was trying to go for an NFL Films kind of feel there, but I'm not sure even Harry Kalas (bless that m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2012

    The 10 Dumbest "Sports" of the Summer Olympics

    This week thousands of international athletes will descend upon London to compete in 2012 Summer Olympic games. Some of the dozens of contests that make up the games are as old as ancient Greece; others are relative newcomers; and others are so incredibly inane that the International Olympic Committ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2012

    First Look: Orbit Pinball Lounge

    Orbit Pinball Lounge (7401 Hazel Avenue; 314-769-9954) opened its doors to the public in mid-May, providing a new hangout with plenty of nostalgia to boot for the Maplewood neighborhood. At night, the darkened bar's warm glow and open door can be seen from the street. Inside, a "Welcome" sign hand ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2012

    Out Every Night: The Best Shows From June 25 to July 1

    Little-known fact: According to our style guide (the big book of grammatical do's and don'ts that provide the RFT with its immutable styyyyyyle), all band names are to be treated as singular, not plural nouns. For example, when referencing a band such as "The Beatles," we'd write "The Beatles is com ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2012

    Unfunny Ashton Kutcher Popchips Ad Offends, Gets Pulled

    Popchips, the snack food that you notice but never actually buy, has found itself in the middle of a media firestorm thanks to an ad starring Ashton Kutcher. In the ad, Kutcher plays several different men purporting to be clients of an online dating service, including "Raj," a "Bollywood producer" w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2012

    Official First-Ballot Inductees to the Simpsons' Music Hall of Fame: I Bent My Wookie

    The sheer longevity of The Simpsons would be impressive if it wasn't so frightening. Consider: A person born on the day of the first non-Tracey Ullman Show episode is now 22 years old. And if characters from the show actually aged, Bart Simpson would be three years away from being able to assume the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2012

    Shamus Aid: Chris Ward Creates Benefit Album to Revive Fallen Wizard Entertainment CEO

    Gareb Shamus was a colossus among men, founding Wizard Entertainment and turning it into the go-to source for news and views on collectables. For years he was on top of his fantastical world, running a company that produced widely-read publications such as Wizard Magazine and Toyfare Magazine. Yet ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2012

    Chuck Berry's Only Number One Hit - "My Ding-a-Ling" - Was Recorded 40 Years Ago Today

    What can be said about Chuck Berry's "My Ding-a-Ling" that hasn't already been said? It's a naughty crowd-pleaser that contains more double entendres than there are silver bells on a Christmas tree. But the song holds some intriguing designations, besides that fact that it was utilized brilliantly ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 23, 2011

    Newspaper to Readers: Sorry We Mistook Voltron for Optimus Prime

    Image via @iatetheinternet​Extra! Extra! The people running the St. Louis community weekly, West End Word, do not know the distinction between their animated Japanese robot warriors! As the paper admitted in a November 16 correction: The character Voltron was misidentified in the Nov. 4 issue ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2011

    The Simpsons Tackle the Food World

    ​I was in sixth grade when The Simpsons aired its first episode, so I can't say I've always longed for an episode about out our culture's current obsession with food and food-related TV. But for a long time I've awaited the day I could write this: The Simpsons are starting a food blog.This wee ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2011

    Joe Edwards on the Value of Collecting, Conversation and Chuck Berry

    Photo by Jon Scorfina​Many St. Louisans know Joe Edwards as the man behind the revitalization of the Delmar Loop. His imagination has spawned Blueberry Hill, the rehabilitated Tivoli theatre, the Pageant, the Moonrise Hotel, and most recently the Chuck Berry statue. His joyous projects have at ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2008

    Do you know this woman?

    After fourteen years of research on a cold case murder, an Orlando writer is looking for St. Louisans who might have known the victim. The catch? The woman was killed 38 years ago.   Mark A. Pinsky, author of The Gospel According to The Simpsons, among other books, says he h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Friday, 1.4 Believe it or not, there's news besides Britney this fine Friday morning. The FDA is likely to approve the sale of meat and milk from cloned animals, reports the Wall Street Journal. (Here's a Reuters summary if you can't read the WSJ piece.) China, still on the warpath, wi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2007

    This Week's Issue

    Chad Garrison explores ovarian-tissue freezing with world-renowned infertility physician, Dr. Sherman Silber. Unreal investigates the culture of kilts, too-tight baby socks and the mind of Mencia. Across the Universe turns the sexual revolution of the '60s into a PG-13 affair. Ella Taylor tells ... More >>

  • Dining

    August 23, 2006

    Red and White Blues

    Are you brave enough to stare down the barrel of the culinary assault rifle that is "St. Louis Italian"?

  • Dining

    January 29, 2003

    El Moro

    Chocolate Bar, 1915 Park Avenue, 314-421-2626