L.A. Weekly film critic Amy Nicholson and the Village Voice's Stephanie Zacharek and Alan Scherstuhl ask, "do the Oscars really even matter, guys?" They come to a few conclusions, but only after discussing just how much ass a middle-aged Liam Neeson can kick on an airplane in Non-Stop. Settle in for ... More >>
Dance music is fighting for its soul. The charts are filled with tracks (Rihanna, Flo Rida) that borrow from the ecstatic trance and pulsing grooves of electronic dance music. The last time pop was so infatuated with the dance floor was 1979, the year disco died. This time around fans are more sa ... More >>
[Update at 2:48 a.m]: EDC is over for the night. Organizers are waiting for crowds to thin out before making an official announcement. More details and older updates at the bottom.Electric Daisy Carnval in Las Vegas tonight was shut down temporarily as a result of high winds buffeting tall sound st ... More >>
Tony Ortega, editor-in-chief at our sister paper the Village Voice, has written extensively about Scientology for sixteen years. His latest look at the group's inner workings takes place here in St. Louis, and involves a long-time Scientologist leaving the fold, driving a wedge between her and he ... More >>
(Warning: This post contains spoilers. Food-media inside baseball, too. You've been warned.)For more than a year now, the parody Twitter account of Ruth Bourdain has delighted -- and grossed out -- the food world with his/her mash-up of the haiku-like tweets of former New York Times restaurant cr ... More >>
Image viaDrug moneyIf you read this week's feature story on the addiction-curing hallucinogenic drug ibogaine and non-hallucinogenic alternatives like 18-MC, you might have been left wondering, "If this stuff works as well as everybody says it does, why hasn't a pharmaceutical company started sel ... More >>
Sorry for the late notice on this, but if you've ever wondered how the diet of 19th-century America -- or, specifically, of famed author Mark Twain -- differed from contemporary cuisine, then visit Pudd'nhead Books in Webster Groves (37 South Old Orchard Avenue; 314-918-1069) at 7 p.m. this eveni ... More >>
Today graphic designer Robert Newman showcases covers by Riverfront Times art director Tom Carlson at the website of the Society of Publication Designers.Read what Newman has to say here.Click here to see the gallery of Carlson's RFT covers pictured above, which Newman has assembled.Cli ... More >>
As you are probably aware, Julie & Julia, the Nora Ephron film, starring Meryl Streep and Amy Adams, inspired by the lives of super-chef Julia Child and the blogger she inspired, Julie Powell, opens in St. Louis this weekend. Robert Wilonsky reviewed Julie & Julia for Riverfront Times and ... More >>
In the RFT that's coming out later this week, our music writers will weigh in on what they liked -- and didn't like -- about music in the year 2008. Various writers from around the Village Voice Media chain also weighed in on their jams, lists we'll be rolling out over the next week or so. Here's a ... More >>
[R.E.M. released a deluxe, 25th anniversary edition of its debut album, Murmur, today. The two-disc set contains the original album remastered from original tapes and a live concert bootleg from Larry's Hideaway in Toronto from that era. Co-producer Don Dixon will be on my KDHX radio show on Mo ... More >>
We find out what rocked across the country in 2007.
Alt-Weeklies Provide Web Links to Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaios Home Address
The following press release was issued this morning by the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies (AAN), of which Riverfront Times is a member. ALT-WEEKLIES SHOW SOLIDARITY WITH PHOENIX NEW TIMES, PROVIDE WEB LINKS TO MARICOPA COUNTY SHERIFF JOE ARPAIO'S HOME ADDRESS WASHINGTON, D.C. October 23, ... More >>
My review of La Gra Italian Tapas prompted food blogger (and frequent Gut Check commenter) Jason Clevenger to ask some interesting questions. Here's his comment on a previous post: When I read Ian's review of La Gra I was reminded of G. Harold Carswell, Ricard Nixon's second unsuccessful Supreme Co ... More >>
Charles Burnett's revered, rarely seen South Central-set film finally gets its theatrical due
The Education Writers Association (EWA) announced the winners of the 2006 National Awards for Education Reporting today, and Riverfront Times staff writer Kristen Hinman took top honors in the Investigative Reporting category. Hinman was honored for "Basketball by the Book," her series about Vashon ... More >>
Week of February 9, 2005
Week of September 15, 2004
Week of July 23, 2003
The readers spoke, and the RFT music staff listened. Find out who's large and in charge on the St. Louis music scene.
The alt-country marathon known as Twangfest offers sex appeal galore
Week of November 20, 2002
Dare to eat a peach? Meet the globe-hopping electroslut who's turning on everyone from Boy George to Lil' Kim.
The merger of St. Louis-based Streetside Records with CD World may come at a price.
You wanna kiss Jessica Stein, but does she merit the attention?
Week of December 5, 2001
Photographer Lois Greenfield specializes in capturing flight
To the great joy of local rock fans, the Side Door is resurrected
Friday, June 29; Off Broadway
Robert Christgau's Consumer Guide rates the music of the '90s.