It's a busy week for St. Louis music. Read on to catch a piece of the action. With Halloween celebratory activities well under way, local bands get ready go dress up with special covers-only sets. Besides that, Bug Chaser drops its latest, Noisefest celebrates its tenth anniversary and Tef Poe perfo ... More >>
Here is the biggest bombshell to emerge from Saturday's regional Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC): Rick Santorum was the hippest, most media-savvy speaker in the room. This was not at all obvious during his 2012 Presidential campaign. But, speaking in St. Charles at a conference who ... More >>
Vital information for your Monday morning, St. Louis. According to a recent study put out by the website Condomania, the average penis size in Missouri is "microscopic." It's one step above "subatomic," but still. Microscopic?! Luckily, there is better news here locally: St. Louis is one of the be ... More >>
By Chris Chafin The other day, I found myself flipping through records in massive clothing chain Urban Outfitters. I know. I had certain expectations about what I'd find: Bob Marley, Dr. Dre, maybe some new dance records like Niki & The Dove, and not much else. Basically, the vinyl equivalent of a ... More >>
Attorney General Chris Koster is calling on the Missouri State Supreme Court to set execution dates for two men on death row -- arguing that the state's supply of its lethal drug will soon expire, meaning further delays could prevent them from administering capital punishment altogether. The men i ... More >>
Whether you observe Drinko de Mayo, or its less quippy counterpart Cinco de Drinko, we all unite this Sunday, May 5, to drink fishbowl margaritas in the streets of St. Louis. It might not be a real national holiday in Mexico or America, but that doesn't halt our revelry, and in the spirit of al past ... More >>
While RFTmusic was youthfully gallivanting in the rain at Loufest last weekend, Gut Check retained its crotchety demeanor, embarking on a dry, indoor miniature film fest with the help of Netlix, Family Video and our BFF, Chuck. It all began after we watched Crazy, Stupid, Love, in which Ryan Gosling ... More >>
St. Louis PrideFest is the largest event of its kind in the Midwest. It draws more than 80,000 revelers each year and in 2011 was named "Best Festival" by the RFT. This year's festival is slated to kick-off on Saturday, June 23, at noon in Tower Grove Park (4256 Magnolia Avenue; 314-771-2679). The p ... More >>
While animal-rights activists and are wringing their hands with the prospect of Unified Equine opening the nation's only horse-packaging plant in Missouri, residents of that town are delighted by the news. The Kansas City Star visited Rockville this week and reports a near unified front, with reside ... More >>
Tomorrow, Saturday, May 5, is Cinco de Drinko Mayo. Though at best a regional holiday in Mexico, we here in the U.S. of A. can't get enough reveling on Sabado 5 de Mayo. Don't get us wrong, we at Gut Check also enjoy indulging in margaritas on the rocks and Mexican food, and thus have compiled a lis ... More >>
Slay as seen Friday on the road from Jerusalem to Jericho South Grand.St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay got an up-close-and-personal view Friday night of a street crime known as Knockout King when he and his chauffeur drove up on a man beaten on the side of the road. In interviews yesterday, Slay said ... More >>
Yesterday, we reported on the surprisingly low percentage of drug and alcohol use in Missouri, based on the latest state-by-state data released each year by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Today we'll use that same ... More >>
image viaCould we one day see one of these in St. Louis? Pretty, pretty please?Gut Check is old and cynical and few things get us to bounce up and down in our not-even-close-to-ergonomically suitable desk chair with pure joy and enthusiasm any more. This item from Eater was one of those few t ... More >>
Our boy appears at the 1:09 mark, wearing #3!As Gut Check reported Monday, St. Louis native Scott Hall competed in the National Grocers Association Best Bagger Championship in Las Vegas this week. The Missouri champ placed 10th out of 22 finalists at the national level, and while he's disapp ... More >>
Today's comment(s) of the day is more of an argument. The blowback follows our report this morning on the efforts in Jefferson City to overturn Proposition B, the so-called "Puppy Mill" law that places new restrictions on Missouri dog breeders. Soon readers "NikB" and "burgs" were at each others thr ... More >>
Koster: Como se dice "bandwagon" in espanol?Two days after Republicans bolstered their numbers in the Show-Me State and across the nation, Missouri's Republican-turned-Democrat attorney general is out with a move that's sure to please the Tea Party masses. Chis Koster announced today he is leadin ... More >>
Photo: Steve TruesdellWe're all in this together, people. See more photos from 2009 PrideFest. Read Paul Friswold's excellent write-up of PrideFest this year. Certainly the largest parties this weekend will revolve around PrideFest near Tower Grove Park, but St. Louis has enough Zombie flicks, ro ... More >>
A class-action lawsuit first filed in federal court in Illinois has been re-filed in Madison County accusing the Wood River-based YTB of being a "pyramid scheme." The lawsuit follows years of allegations that YTB -- which sells home-based travel companies -- operates as a Ponzi scheme. In 2009, t ... More >>
The St. Louis Rugby Rams, the region's only wheelchair rugby -- aka, murderball -- team, placed second in Division II the USQRA (US Quad Rugby Association) National Playoffs in Birmingham, Alabama, last weekend, in their first-ever appearance in the national tournament. Team member Eric Newby also w ... More >>
Larry Flynt has been in a wheelchair since the 1978 shooting.Attorney General Chris Koster yesterday called on the Missouri Supreme Court to set execution dates for two convicted murderers. The first, Joseph Franklin, was convicted in 1997 for the shooting death twenty years earlier of a man out ... More >>
User "Myrabella," Wikimedia CommonsI love most cheeses in most forms, but I don't really know much about cheese -- good cheese, I mean, artisanal cheese. Being friends with local food blogger the Cheesemonger's Wife has taught me that I'm missing out. So I asked the Cheesemonger himself, Simon L ... More >>
flickr.com/photos/blazin glory We have an enduring preoccupation with happiness. It's an American art form. Pollsters are constantly probing our psyches, measuring our mood swings, tracking our current level of contentment. Interestingly, though hardly surprising -- as T ... More >>
Astute city-watchers will have noticed some changes on the six-block stretch of South Grand Boulevard between Arsenal and Utah in the past few months: fewer driving lanes, new stoplight patterns, wider crosswalks and those weird little bulb things to keep impatient drivers from trying to cut ahead a ... More >>
Last week, the Cook County Sheriff's Department filed a federal lawsuit demanding that the creators of Craigslist.com take down their site's "erotic services" section, calling it "The largest source of prostitution in America."www.bnd.comApparently the fuzz in the Metro East community of Caseyville ... More >>
Mardi Gras kept me from joining the sold-out crowd on Saturday at Chaifetz Arena, so when I saw that Saint Louis University's men's basketball team somehow managed to beat Dayton 57-49, my eyes nearly popped out of my mildly hungover head.Just from speaking to others who attended and reading th ... More >>
There's been much ado in the land of SLU about the youth of the Billikens. When the season started, there were seven true freshmen on the roster and, thus far, freshman have played about half of the team's minutes. With an average player age of just older than 19 years old, they are the fourth young ... More >>
Malcolm Gay encapsulates the St. Louis art scene.
Dennis Brown and Paul Friswold suss out the local theater scene.
Malcolm Gay encapsulates the local art scene.
Malcolm Gay encapsulates the St. Louis arts scene.
Malcolm Gay encapsulates the St. Louis art scene.
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