Brian McClelland has been a key sideman for such St. Louis heavyweights as Middle Class Fashion and Tight Pants Syndrome, but he's stepping back into the spotlight this Thursday at Venice Café with his Whoa Thunder project.
Every detail of dining out -- from the food to the staff to the music -- subtly, or not so subtly, affects your overall impression of a restaurant. So it's safe to say we can all appreciate a little style when we need to go, ahem ... talk to a man about a horse. Be sure to check out the "loo chic" ... More >>
There are probably more than a few fans of the Feed that had given up on the prospect of an actual full-length album. Short of a seven-song EP from 2006 with an earlier lineup and a track on 2012's Tower Groove Records comp, the band's recorded output has been nil, despite steady gigs and no shortag ... More >>
1900 Park, a new art gallery located in Lafayette Square, will be hosting a fundraiser tonight to benefit the Venice Cafe, which was recently burglarized. Thieves stole the cafe's safe and computer, shutting the venue down for a few days and setting its owners back a great deal financially. See als ... More >>
According to a post on the restaurant and venue's Facebook page, Venice Cafe (1903 Pestalozzi Street; 314-772-5994) is closed indefinitely following a burglary. The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department confirms that the owner reported a computer missing and the safe emptied. See also: Monte B ... More >>
Since its inception in March of last year, BANK Projects (3240 Iowa Avenue; 314-799-0881) has offered unique, inventive programming, garnering accolades as our Best New Art Gallery in 2013. Lately, the space has opened its doors to more music-related events -- everything from experimental concerts t ... More >>
Iron Fork 2014 is only a few weeks away, and one of the best parts (besides all that food) is the chef competition. Four local chefs at the top of their game will cook their hearts out live, onstage, with a mystery ingredient. Only one will be declared the winner. Last year, Ed Heath of Cleveland- ... More >>
Ron Buechele's Capitalist Pig (2727 South Twelfth Street; 314-771-8230) has always been an anomaly. It serves barbecue inside an art gallery, after all. Now Buechele's shaking things up even more and adding Italian and Asian influences to the mix. This spring, Capitalist Pig will become Cibbu (it me ... More >>
The lords have a'lept. The ladies have a'danced. The partridge has ditched the pear tree and is ran away with one of the French hens. We spend months planning for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, but do you have any plans for Christmas Night? We have a few ideas.
In the spring of 2014, a vacant lot at the corner of Cherokee Street and Texas Avenue is slated to become St. Louis' first international street food-themed restaurant, Empire Cafe (2622 Cherokee Street). The project comes from area developer Jason Deem and chef Colleen Clawson (previously of Sidney ... More >>
The Wu-Tang Clan's Ghostface Killah will be coming to 2720 Cherokee on Saturday, April 27. Joining him will be a ten-piece band, Adrian Younge's Venice Dawn.
Venicé Cafe (1903 Pestalozzi Street; 314-772-5994) The Hours: Monday through Saturday, 4 to 8 p.m. The Deal: $2.50 rails, $1.50 can beers, $2.25 Budweiser family beers.
You're sitting across the table from an attractive paramour, sipping drinks and making small talk. There's a lull in the conversation, your eyes meet. You stare deep into each other's souls, and like knowledge being dropped from the heavens, suddenly you both know. You must have sex as soon as poss ... More >>
OK, without the house and we doubt anyone stops being polite. But the Chevy Music Showcase will feature twelve St. Louis artists in a TV series. Each of the bands will get a two-minute episode on KMOV Channel 4 (CBS) with performance and interviews, with full clips to be found online for free downlo ... More >>
Authorities in metro East St. Louis are at a loss to explain the murder of the Venice street superintendent over the weekend. Anthony Matthews, 56, was walking out of his home around 7:30 p.m. Saturday for his part-time job as a security guard at a Brooklyn strip club when he was shot to death by ... More >>
Happy Capitalism Celebration day! This weekend is as packed as your small intestine. First things first: shopping. Friday This year, ditch the evil big box stores in favor of supporting local art and business. You will not get $200 off a 87-inch flat screen TV, but you will find beer and Beryl, th ... More >>
Fans of Lev Grossman's 2009 novel The Magicians, may have wondered what happened after Quentin Coldwater, an ordinary depressive boy from Brooklyn, found his way to the super-fabulous Brakebills Academy, a university for magic hidden away in upstate New York, and then to the magical land of F ... More >>
This is part one of Emily Wasserman's Chef's Choice profile of chef Colleen Clawson of Big Sky Cafe. Part two, a Q&A, will be posted tomorrow, and part three, a recipe from Clawson, on Thursday. Emily WassermanTrying to find the Big Sky Cafe (47 South Old Orchard, Webster Groves; 314-962-575 ... More >>
Welcome to Girl Walks into a Bar, a weekly Gut Check feature that spotlights local bars and bartenders. This week Katie Moulton profiles Venice Cafe's Misty Rose Martin. Below is a Q&A with Martin, followed by the recipe for the Brite-O Bucket. Katie MoultonMisty Rose Martin brightens up happy hour ... More >>
Diana BenantiA few weeks ago we clued you into a new live music venue and bar about to open on Gravois, The Heavy Anchor, and now, the wait is nearly over. The liquor is ordered, the walls are painted, and custom glasses from Boulevard wait expectantly on the shelves. Neophiles can sate their ... More >>
Image viaThose fans who will flock to the Pageant on Sunday night for Ben Folds' sold-out concert should consider staving off the start of the work week a little longer and stick around for Ellen Cook's after-show concert at the Halo Bar. Cook, a pianist and singer, performs around St. Louis ... More >>
This poor slob was encountered Tuesday afternoon on Lemp Avenue, two blocks north of Arsenal. East side of the street. (Curiously, this is very close to two watering holes: Venice Cafe and Fraziers......) Disclaimer: this was not staged by Daily RFT.... Critter got crunked! (or he's dead)
Robin Wheeler"It's a Small World," by St. Charles West High SchoolWho wants to go to the mall right now? It's noisy, crowded, and filled with garishness in the name of Baby Jesus that sucks the joy right out of the season. Except for Plaza Frontenac for the next few days. Since November 20 ... More >>
Ken Murphy/venice centralRoger Waters with the band Venice. Kipp Lennon is second from the leftIn this week's paper, Matt Wardlaw spoke to Kipp Lennon of the band Venice. Lennon and two of his bandmates are part of the backing band for Roger Waters' The Wall tour, which is stopping by the Sco ... More >>
The red circle shows Magnesium Elektron's facility on the border of Venice and Madison in a residential area. The residents of Venice, Illinois, claim that the massive factory on the north side of their town, across the river from St. Louis on State Route 3, has been poisoning them for decades. N ... More >>
Back in January, Riverfront Times published "Meltdown in Venice," a feature story detailing the many troubles of Venice, a tiny, rundown industry town just across the river from St. Louis in southern Illinois. Hundreds of people there -- almost all of whom are poor and black -- suffer from ... More >>
David M. Hagerty memorial page/FacebookAsk people what they remember most about Dave Hagerty, and chances are they won't mention his genre-bending guitar playing or the bizarre obsessions he sang about in his band, Fattback. What friends recall is Hagerty's smile - a genuine, kind-eyed grin t ... More >>
Common will perform for free with DJ Needles Friday night at Live on the Levee.Friday, July 9 *Common/DJ Needles, Live on the Levee *Jonny Lang/Brandi Shearer, The Pageant *Let Them Eat Art festival, Maplewood *3 Sheets to the Wind/Vanattica/Sonic Candy/Ahj/Acupunkture, Fubar (early show) *Le ... More >>
sliminny.wordpress.comThe B-52s play for free on SundayFriday, July 2 *311/The Offspring, Verizon Wireless Ampitheater *Whole Wheat Bread/Chase Long beach, Fubar *Mad Titans, Lemmon's *Eric Moeller And The Strummalongs/Equal Squeeze/Andy Hyland, Firebird *Dave Stone Trio, Mangia Italiano *Via ... More >>
With eight more seasons
Lorenzo's Trattoria, 1933 Edwards Avenue, 314-773-2223.
Venice Café, 1901 Pestalozzi Street, 314-772-5994
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