• Blogs

    August 4, 2014

    St. Louis Applies to Shelter Migrant Children Overwhelming U.S. Border

    As the gang violence and drug wars ravaging Central American countries propel waves of homeless, needy children to the southern border of the United States, St. Louis city and county governments are applying for federal dollars to pay for 60 migrant children to find shelter in St. Louis. Mayor Fran ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2014

    10 St. Louis Restaurants Growing Their Own Food

    Cooking with produce, meat and dairy from local farms and growers is a growing trend across the country, but there are several restaurants in St. Louis that are taking this a step further. Gut Check spoke with ten local restaurants that are actually growing their own produce, cooking seasonally, sav ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2014

    Photographer Captures Scenes of St. Louis' Decay, Rebirth Six Years Apart

    A lot can change in six years. That's especially true for the historic and traditional brick buildings that cover St. Louis, where just six years can mean the difference between rehabilitation and total ruin.

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2014

    Castle Ballroom: Wind-Damaged and Long Empty, Landmark Faces Demolition (PHOTOS)

    The end is near for the Castle Ballroom. Located at 2839 Olive Street, the music and dance hall that once hosted Jazz greats Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Miles Davis faces imminent demolition. "The Castle Ballroom was a casualty of two weather catastrophes," says Eddie Roth, deputy chief of st ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2014

    Post-Apocalyptic Portraits of Abandoned YMCA Taken by St. Louis Pastry Chef (PHOTOS)

    By day, Patrick Devine slaves over designer macarons, tarts and cakes so intricately detailed they look like they were assembled by gnomes at La Patisserie Chouquette (1626 Tower Grove Avenue; 314-932-7935). But in his free time, Devine makes art in a very different way -- he enters abandoned proper ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2013

    The Ten Best Food Events in St. Louis This Weekend: September 27 to 29

    The big foodie extravaganza this weekend is the annual Taste of St. Louis, which will have over forty restaurants to choose from. But for those who can't make it downtown, there are plenty other things to do as well, from the silly (zucchini car races at the Clayton Farmers' Market) to the much-anti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2013

    Grammy-Winning St. Louis Artist Thi'sl to Throw First Pitch at Marlins/Cardinals Game This Saturday

    This Saturday, local Hip-Hop artist Thi'sl will throw the first pitch against his beloved St. Louis Cardinals while sporting a Miami Marlins jersey. What motivation could a hometown boy have to turncoat and guest pitch for the Marlins? Plenty, it turns out. "I can't lie I was crushed at first, and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2013

    Teacher Joseph Maddock Accused of Putting Hand Down 10-Year-Old Student's Pants

    Joseph Maddock, a 33-year-old teacher in Lake St. Louis, is accused of putting his hand down his ten-year-old student's pants and touching him inappropriately. The alleged incident happened at the student's home. Maddock had met the student a year ago while teaching third grade at Andrews Academ ... More >>

  • News

    December 29, 2011
  • Blogs

    September 30, 2010

    Last Collector Standing: Kara Spath Is Obsessed with Trumpeter Al Hirt, While Husband Brian Amasses Comic Books and Movie Cameras

    The number of chain record stores nationwide has dwindled. However, St. Louis has become an unlikely safe haven for indie record shops as well as for DJs who prefer to spin the black circle instead of scrolling their iPods. In this weekly column, we'll focus on personal portraits of St. Louis' recor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2010

    Carondelet Leadership Academy to Open in August

    Carondelet Leadership Academy (CLA), a new charter school, will be opening in (where else) Carondelet next fall, in the old St. Boniface school at 7604 Michigan Avenue. The school will start out with 300 students in kindergarten through fifth grade but will expand up through eighth grade in future y ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2010

    Can the Negro Leagues Museum Survive the Recession?

    Wikimedia CommonsBuck O'Neil, Kansas City Monarchs manager, first black coach in Major League Baseball and founder of the Negro Leagues Museum.‚ÄčThe count is rising against the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City.Strike one: The recession, which is hurting museums all over the country, but ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 12, 2010

    St. Louis Philanthropist Des Lee Dies at 92

    E. Desmond "Des" Lee, a lifelong Missourian and successful entrepreneur who leveraged his business success to fund arts and education, died today at St. John's Hospital. He was 92.umsl.eduE. Desmond "Des" Lee (1917-2010) with his wife, Mary Ann.‚ÄčAccording to a press release from his family, Lee ga ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2009

    The Old Man and the Sneak

    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: An astonishing schedule of St. Louis' cultural high points.Food: Not a damn thing.Difficult ... More >>

  • News

    October 17, 2007

    Buckiní Backhoes

    Unreal does the "Thriller" dance, sips Starbucks with a fellow ex-barista and ponders the logistics of a backhoe rodeo.

  • News

    April 4, 2007

    The Mystery of Lloyd Gaines

    A St. Louis civil-rights pioneer vanished without a trace almost 70 years ago. Now, the NAACP wants the feds to find him.

  • News

    November 29, 2006

    Ping Dynasty

    The Yao Family is set on making St. Louis a global powerhouse in table tennis.

  • News

    May 31, 2006

    Brave New Town

    Some call it a well-ordered paradise. Others say it's just plain sprawl.

  • News

    May 24, 2006

    Derby Rolls Again

    Roller derby's St. Louis roots run deep. Now a new generation of skaters vows to bring this rock-'em sock-'em sport back to life.

  • Calendar

    August 24, 2005
  • Music

    May 11, 2005

    Idiot Savants

    Green Day's politicking is simple but effective

  • Calendar

    April 27, 2005

    This Week's Day-by-Day Picks

    Week of April 27, 2005

  • News

    January 19, 2005

    Lost Downtown

    Amid the lofty renaissance, the hardcore of the urban core

  • Calendar

    January 12, 2005

    Touch Down

    The Huygens probe makes a dogged landing

  • Calendar

    January 12, 2005

    This Week's Day-by-Day Picks

    Week of January 12, 2005

  • Culture

    November 17, 2004

    Capsule Reviews

    Dennis Brown and Deanna Jent suss out local theater

  • Culture

    November 10, 2004

    Capsule Reviews

    Dennis Brown and Deanna Jent suss out local theater

  • Culture

    November 3, 2004

    Bauer Power

    Art can change the world, and Jenna Bauer wants to show you how

  • Calendar

    September 1, 2004
  • News

    June 23, 2004

    Jesus For Juniors

    How do you lure disaffected suburban teens into the bosom of the church? Try this unholy trinity: rock & roll, junk food and Foosball.

  • Music

    May 26, 2004

    Queer Eye for the Country Guy

    Cowboy crooners are putting some metro-sex into their rural images

  • News

    March 17, 2004

    The Kings of Kingshighway

    The Roberts brothers fight to bring back life to north St. Louis

  • Calendar

    March 3, 2004

    Brave Captain

    Lindbergh returns, in spirit

  • News

    October 29, 2003


    Hoop dreams die hard for coach John Campbell and his Sanford-Brown Indians

  • Music

    September 10, 2003

    Sounds Around Town

    Week of September 10, 2003

  • Dining

    February 5, 2003

    Oh Henry

    Cummel's proprietor hopes her wandering days are over

  • News

    December 18, 2002

    The Terrorists Are Winning

    Truth, justice and the American soap opera are under attack at the West County Y

  • News

    September 18, 2002

    Deadly Dilemma

    In Stanley Parker's neighborhood, what you wear and where you go can get you killed

  • News

    September 4, 2002

    The Battle of the Paddle

    Loot dreams, pre-teen stars, Russian immigrants and (cough) very old men have the St. Louis table-tennis scene popping off

  • News

    August 28, 2002

    Sweaty Teddy

    For this maestro, the weddings go on forever and the receptions never change

  • Music

    July 24, 2002

    Basement Banned

    The Man be damned: 2 Keys proves the kids can do for themselves

  • News

    October 10, 2001


    Week of October 10, 2001

  • News

    July 19, 2000

    This Ain't No Party

    Ross Perot launched the Reform Party as the voice of the American people. Eight years later, it's a shrill, staticky free-for-all, and the moderates can't get heard.

  • Film

    July 5, 2000

    Judy Berlin

    Written and directed by Eric Mendelsohn

  • News

    May 10, 2000

    The Olmstead Challenge

    The U.S. Supreme Court says it's time to end segregation: People with disabilities must be allowed to leave institutions and move into the community. Sounds great -- except the state's overwhelmed and the community's nowhere near ready.

  • News

    June 9, 1999
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    March 24, 1999

    Nothin' But Net

    An obsession with basketball takes CBC seniors Ryan Johnson and D.J. Hogue through a successful -- but heartbreaking -- season

  • News

    March 10, 1999

    Reconstructing Larry

    City Treasurer Larry Williams used to be known for bounced checks, bad audits and bogus talk. Now he's emerging as the savior of downtown. Who'da thunk it?

  • Calendar

    January 20, 1999

    This Week

    Hightlights from RFT's "Calendar"