Archdiocese be damned, PrideFest is going to be all kinds of crazy fun this year. Celebrating with new digs at Soldier's Memorial downtown, commitment ceremonies in City Hall, a headlining appearance by Taylor Dayne and the U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision that the Defense of Marriage Act is u ... More >>
This is part two of Gut Check's Chef's Choice profile of Qui Tran of Mai Lee. Read part one, a profile of Tran, here. Part three, a recipe from Tran, will be available on Friday. Mai Lee (8396 Music Memorial Drive, Brentwood; 314-645-2835) isn't simply a job for chef Qui Tran. It's his legacy. His ... More >>
Last night was World Book Night. We started with a box of books. Twenty copies of Tim O'Brien's The Things They Carried, to be precise. We could give them to anybody we wanted.At first we thought it would be fun to pun on the book's title and give copies to people who were already carrying things. M ... More >>
Chrissy WilmesThey Might Be Giants The Pageant September 24, 2011 The large (not-quite-but-almost sold out) crowd at the Pageant last night was a perfect cross section of TMBG's fanbase: moms! twenty-somethings! hip toddlers! They were all in attendance, and they were all, of course, incess ... More >>
The announcement came last night: Osama Bin Laden is dead. St. Louis rapper Jonezy dropped us a line this morning because he has something to say about this; his song "Proper Gander" is a call for critical thought. "I think Bin Laden's death is being hyped in an aim to provide relief to the ... More >>
image viaA power outage could take your beloved Internet,TV and Wii away from you, but fortunately, there are other forms of entertainment besides Charades. Like books! (That is provided you have a flashlight or a candle.) Nikki Furrer, owner of Pudd'nhead Books (currently the reigning Best ... More >>
Post-election, the outlook for the stalled school nutrition bill was pretty bleak. But it's looking better, thanks to Representatives Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut and Jim McGovern of Massachusetts opting to back the bill. According to the Associated Press, the upcoming changes in the House of Represe ... More >>
Andrea RoberstonAin't no Miss (or missin') in Mrs. Missouri -- Andrea Robertson.The O'Fallon mother of two beat out 50 contestants last week to be named Mrs. America 2010 in the annual gala to determine the nation's prettiest married lady. Robertson, who grew up in St. Charles and graduated from ... More >>
Friday, March 27 *Crocodiles, Cafe Ventana *Umphrey's McGee/The Uglysuit, Pageant *Raven Moon, Focal Point *Tok, Schlafly Tap Room *Strawfoot, Deluxe *The Feed/Funky Butt Brass Band, The Gramophone *Wiley and the Checkmates, Beale on Broadway *Dogtown Allstars, Broadway Oyster Bar *Doogie Armstrong, ... More >>
Fernando de Sousa, Wikimedia Commons Dara Strickland is a leading expert on sneaking food and drink into the movies. She reports on her exploits for Gut Check (from an undisclosed location) every Monday.Show: The International, an anemic thriller/travel porn about the laughably transparent evilness ... More >>
Kudos to Robert Downey Jr. The actor was nominated this morning for a "Best Supporting Actor" Oscar for his hysterical (and oh-so-politically-incorrect) blackface routine in last year's Vietnam War parody, Tropic Thunder. Downey's film advice to Ben Stiller that he "never go full reta ... More >>
Joe narrows the 2008 campaign playing field.
Yippee: Unreal finds a way to interact (virtually) with the world's sexiest people! Plus -- Granite City's relative suckiness, McDonald's bad 'tude and Circuit City's parking-lot campers.
Washington U. takes a dim view of Hair
Dennis Brown and Deanna Jent suss out local theater
Week of September 22, 2004
Week of September 8, 2004
Ivy Cooper encapsulates the St. Louis art scene
Ivy Cooper encapsulates the St. Louis art scene
From the grindhouse to the art-house, movies in 2003 made us shake with sadness and fear
In a year of big-screen sadness, our critics comfort those who triumphed
Week of November 26, 2003
Or forever hold your peace
Week of May 14, 2003
Hold on to your liver! An RFT salute to the coolest local watering holes you've never heard of.
When entertainment isn't enough
The newly renamed Asian Grille tries to be all things Eastern but fails
A shy woman comes of age in a socially competitive resort town
Bill Beachum, war hero and Disabled American Veterans honcho, had an out-of-control dream that may soon land him in jail. Question is, was he the only old soldier on a mission of greed?
Week of May 8, 2002
King and I
With Traffic, Steven Soderbergh takes on the unwinnable war
A North St. Louis medical-waste incinerator has spewed dioxin for a decade. Nearby residents say it's time to fight the fire.
Written and directed by David O. Russell
Neal Gabler alerts the masses to the proliferation of entertainment in his book Life the Movie