Navigating the Weirdness of Alton, Illinois

I consider Alton, Illinois, the undiscovered Sausalito of the Mississippi River. It’s a picturesque town about 22 miles north of the Arch, a place with dramatic topography and grand vistas. It also happens to have mysteries below the surface. And a Historic Museum of Torture Devices. The museum’s proprietor is Janet Kolar, Alton’s hearse-driving (and hearse-racing)

We Need To Talk About Health Care, Fam!

Sick of hearing about health care? In late July, after seven years of promises and drama, congressional Republicans failed to pull off a wholesale repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. Obamacare. Now this week, they’re trying once again. But even if this most recent effort loses steam, that’s no excuse to tune

What Five LGBTQ Bartenders Are Mixing This Fall

[THE SASHA’S SHOT] Cathy Thomure Sasha’s on Shaw 4069 Shaw Blvd., 314-771-7274 Cathy Thomure slung her fair share of shots during the seven years she worked at Novak’s, the legendary (and now-defunct) LGBTQ bar. Now she dwells in the more relaxed vibe of Sasha’s on Shaw, where she’s the general manager. But she still makes

Meet Our Cover Model, Cheyenne Devereaux

Dexter Peebles may be a 29-year-old St. Louis boy, but his alter ego, Cheyenne Devereaux, is a Southern belle relatively new to town. “Before, she was just mine,” says Peebles. “Now, sharing her with other people is incredibly freeing.” Photographed by Susan Bennet in her studio on Lemay Ferry Road, Devereaux danced to Florence +