[Editor's Note: Following the 2013 RFT Standup Throwdown, judges Jeremy Essig and Chris Ward went drinking for the first time together. Hungover on a plane to San Francisco the next day, Essig created a game show that combined their common interests in music, video games, and comic books, and Loser. ... More >>
We've all seen it. Whether in real life or observing a work of fiction, a character is positioned to inexplicably begin rapping. A beat will kick in and/or a mic will be thrust in their hand and, for some reason, eight of their first nine words are "My name is...and I'm here to say."
That Bible miniseries, originally aired on the History Channel, won notoriety by casting an actor who resembles Barack Obama in the crowd-pleasing role of Satan. The producers -- Roma Downey, who plays Mary here, and Mark Burnett, who pioneered the watch-skinny-people-suffer genre with Survivor -- i ... More >>
The newly opened Whiskey Ring (2651 Cherokee Street; 314-769-7249) capitalizes on the renewed interest in whiskey and its many varieties, but it does so in a very simple, unpretentious way -- a very laid-back and unintimidating place to try out a new style or brand. With a freshly minted cocktail me ... More >>
The 2013 Riverfront Times Music Showcase is this weekend! Think of it as St. Louis music's own official holiday and consider this the season. Throughout May we at RFT Music have been working hard to make our cases for all 130 bands and artists nominated for an RFT Music Award this year in 26 categor ... More >>
The legislative session in Missouri is finally over. And after months of heated debates on guns, lawmakers have sent controversial bills to the governor that would dramatically change the concealed-carry permit application process -- and increase protections for gun owners. That is, these bills ma ... More >>
The Gut Check One Hundred is our accounting of the 100 dishes in St. Louis that you must eat right now. These are the best dishes at the newest restaurants and the newest dishes at the best restaurants. These are the 100 dishes that define St. Louis dining in 2013. Our list culminates this fall when ... More >>
A Missouri bill to stop bills that force others not to introduce certain kind of bills? Almost. Representative Stacey Newman, a Democrat who has been very vocal on gun control, has collected thousands of signatures on a petition to urge lawmakers and legislative leaders to quit introducing pro-gun ... More >>
Before South Florida achieved its cocaine cowboy status and notoriety, Miami was known for a vibrant musical community that nurtured nascent Latin fusion sounds, old school soul, funk, R&B and jazz. Miami's historical Overtown district is a shell of its former self but at one point in time, before t ... More >>
West Virginia leads the nation in something. And, no, we're not talking about obesity or smoking or party schools. West Virginia is the most likely place in America for motorists to crash into deer! According to State Farm insurance claims and statistics from the Federal Highway Administratio ... More >>
Karl Frank Jr. was never comfortable celebrating Christopher Columbus' accidental discovery of America, and he certainly never cared for the mixed legacy Columbus left behind. So today--the federal holiday created in 1939 by FDR to honor the Italian explorer and slave-wrangler who "sailed the ocea ... More >>
Last week, Gut Check offered up a list of ten snacks to pair with Republican National Convention coverage. Of course, the fun doesn't stop there. On Tuesday, September 4, the Democratic National Convention kicked off in Charlotte, North Carolina, prompting Gut Check to brainstorm another set of them ... More >>
If Romney takes the White House this November, you'll want to be a Maplewood resident. According to an app developed by two students from the University of California, Berkeley, the benefits of another term for Obama vs a new start with Romney will be felt very differently, zip code by zip code ... More >>
Meet Marilyn Hagerty. She writes the "Eatbeat" column for the Grand Forks, North Dakota, Herald. Yesterday, she reviewed Grand Forks' new, eagerly awaited Olive Garden. Because the internet is a terrible creature fueled by snark (guilty, guilty, guilty), this review went viral. No less a food-media ... More >>
Gut Check ain't exactly nostalgic for the good ol' days of the George W. Bush administration. Still, a phrase that Dubya once used has stuck with us over the years: "the soft bigotry of low expectations." He was talking about education, but you can apply it to all sorts of things.Like, say, the h ... More >>
pensmore.comPensmore will boast 13 bedrooms, two elevators and be damn near indestructible (so they say) once complete.The home rising up over the Ozark hills of Highlandville, Missouri, is slated to be 72,000 square feet when completed next year, making it one of the ten largest homes ever const ... More >>
Ian FroebThe Obamas' chili, as prepared by Gut Check in 2008Skimming Eater this morning, I couldn't not click on the link to an article titled "Michelle Obama, Your Chili Is Bullshit" -- and not just because that's one helluva compelling headline.You see, three years ago, Gut Check made the chili ... More >>
The Cardinals' "grass roots" campaign that we questioned earlier this year, has paid off. Team legend Stan Musial has been tapped for a Presidential Medal of Freedom. The White House called "The Man" yesterday to deliver the news. (See a list of all 15 nominees for the award, here.) Congratulations ... More >>
7-11 freaks out at the prospect of a Slurpee Summit. USA Today reports that the company got really excited when President Obama suggested the possibility of a "Slurpee summit" with the new Republican leadership. They've contacted the White House and offered to cater the summit. A new ad campaign wil ... More >>
courtesy of Pavel Zoubok GalleryThomas Lanigan-Schmidt uses Foil, plastic wrap, vinyl, pipe cleaner, holographic tape, Britney Spears, aluminum cans, wire, ink, wood and staples in this piece Time for a bit of shameless self-promotion. In this week's dead tree edition, Paul Friswold told you abou ... More >>
But what about St. Louis? Pi: Not even in the running.Many of us know by now that President Barack Obama dug the pizza from St. Louis' own Pi so much when he ate it here during his campaign, he invited Pi's staff to the White House to prepare it there.
If you want to learn political theory, go to school. If you want to learn about the reality of politics, go to a neighborhood bar.I arrived at La Rocca's ten minutes into the State of the Union address. Five men sat at the bar, silent, engrossed in the speech. They turned to look at me as I tiptoed ... More >>
Think of it like the beer summit only fishier. Officials from the White House Council on Environmental Quality announced yesterday that they will host governors from across the upper Midwest in early February to discuss how to stop Asian Carp from invading the Great Lakes.The announcement comes on t ... More >>
Dear Prez: You're probably boarding Air Force One right now after that town-hall meeting down in Arnold, but just a reminder...
Bumped: Only a few hours left to vote!As I write this, Jake Wagman's fine Post-Dispatch article on President Barack Obama inviting the Delmar Loop pizza restaurant Pi to the White House has garnered 178 reader comments.While a few readers are thrilled to see a locally owned St. Louis business gain n ... More >>
There are plenty of writers this week who are trying to make George W. Bush appear likeable and, yes, even sympathetic. It is his last week in office, after all. But let it be known that Curtis Sittenfeld was there first, and before the Bushes have even left the White House, she's already moved on.T ... More >>
A 2001 video of Barack Obama reviewing a Southern soul-food restaurant.
You know, occasionally you see something, and you just have to stop. You look and look again, and say to yourself, "Man, that's fucking stupid." Burnette Well, here's something stupid. I bring you the case of one Buck Burnette, a sophomore at the University of Texas. Ol' Buck just also happens ... More >>
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Week of July 6, 2005
The sun'll come out all week in Forest Park
Cut and roll your own Xmas tree
St. Louisans, take some civic pride in Nelly-sanctioned model searches, fire-loving artists, Vespa-ridin' cops and one really underwhelming presidential campaign
St. Louis loves its Litterthugz
A cinematic classic, adapted for the stage, still packs a punch by reveling in the Christmas spirit
Writer Terry Tempest Williams believes the chaos and terror of recent weeks could bring about a restoration of place and spirit in America
Ralph Nader tries to derail the corporate-sponsored presidential debates with a lawsuit. Protesters have their own plans to disrupt the Bush-Gore affair at Wash. U.