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July 7, 2018

Confession: I was a professional karaoke host for four years. I'll write a memoir about the hijinks one day, but it's fair to say that I saw a lot of weird stuff during that time. Like, a lot.

I began writing for the Riverfront Times as a freelancer in 2012, and one of...

July 6, 2018

Digital story, Riverfront Times, May 17, 2018

Courtesy photo by John and Jayme Serbell

A new festival for nomads just might finally prove that all who wander are not lost.

This weekend, hundreds of travelers will set up camp in the wilderness near Rolla, Missouri, for the...

July 6, 2018

Digital story, Riverfront Times, November 27, 2017

Courtesy photo by John and Jayme Serbell

During cross-country trips, drivers typically scarf down greasy fast food and sugary gas-station snacks. But for folks traveling with their own kitchen, road trip cuisine becomes...

July 3, 2018

Cover story, Riverfront Times, June 15, 2017

Photos by Allison Babka

Oh, this was such a joy to write!

My editors know that I love talking to quirky people, so when someone called in a tip that a couple was preparing to move into their van, the Riverfront Times immediatel...

July 2, 2018

For me, the Riverfront Times' annual Summer Guide is the true kick-off for warmer weather and happier thoughts. Granted, we start working on the issue in March, so it's not like we're applying SPF 100 and tank tops just yet. But after months of darkness and parkas, we...

July 2, 2018

The Riverfront Times' "Best of St. Louis" issue has been published in many forms -- listicles, longform essays, questions. But the essence of the guide -- helping readers discover the amazing things that our region offers -- has remained steadfast year after year. It's...

July 2, 2018

Digital feature, Riverfront Times, March 6, 2018

Photo by Steve Truesdell for the Riverfront Times

For the first couple of years of my Riverfront Times tenure, I primarily was an entertainment reporter who covered artists, makers and musicians. That was just fine with me...

July 2, 2018

Print feature, Riverfront Times, March 6, 2018

Photo by Allison Babka for the Riverfront Times

Local editors know that I love exploring everything that St. Louis has to offer, so they frequently tap me to give readers the scoop on the city's best *everything* through lis...

June 29, 2018

Digital story, Riverfront Times, April 23, 2013

Five St. Louis Karaoke Bars in Five Days: The Diary of a Sing-Along Addict

By Allison Babka

You'd best prep your favorite Barry Manilow, Nelly and Journey songs, because you're entrenched in National Karaoke Week.


June 28, 2018

Digital story, Riverfront Times, July 14, 2014

Who Will "Have the Balls" to Host The Air Guitar Competition in St. Louis Next Year?

By Allison Babka

Courtesy photo by Harvey Brown

St. Louis sure likes to talk smack on Kansas City's sports teams and entertainment options, b...

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