Although it’s been 20 years since David Halen was named concertmaster of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, he still savors that moment. “The announcement was made the night Isaac Stern was featured soloist for our orchestra," he recalls.
We all need to get from point A to point B, but what if you could make doing so a treat rather than a chore? One sure way to turn your commute or errand into a pleasurable experience is to get there in a comfortable and pleasurable luxury car. For those willing and able to pay for luxurious motoring, numerous car manufacturers offer a plethora of enticing options.
In the classic fairytale Cinderella, an indentured girl who talks to mice and mops floors on her hands and knees receives a fairy godmother who turns a pumpkin into a carriage. There is sparkly glitter and some Bibbidi-bobbidies, and the whole scene is just swell. In real life, I—a regular girl who rarely touches a mop—get a quick lesson from a glass-blowing aficionado who shows me how to turn a big blob of clear glass into an adorable pumpkin. There are warnings not to burn myself, quite a bit of sweating and brightly colored bits of glass. Put quite simply, it is enchanting.
His skills are far beyond your wildest imagination: By day, he dons a black T-shirt and shorts as a personal trainer; by night, he can be found in wigs, tights, capes, feathers and mirrors. Meet Leo Stoff, one of the most versatile performance artists in St Louis, who excels in trick-roping, stilt-walking, aerial silks and Japanese Taiko drumming.
A couple months ago, my editor approached me about one of those new painting-while-drinking-wine classes that have recently dominated everyone’s social media newsfeeds. My mission was to visit the new Pinot’s Palette in Webster Groves. The thought of doing something artistic while drinking wine, and then writing about it sounded like something just this side of nirvana, so, of course, I signed on.
Just because you have to drive the occasional carpool doesn't mean you can’t drive a fun, exciting car. There are many interesting and entertaining sporty sedans that give you the practicality of a four-door sedan with the performance and good looks of a sports car.
With a sports car, every trip to work or to the grocery store also can be a lot of fun. For those with a need for speed, a sports car provides looks, handling, acceleration and more 'smiles' to the gallon than any other type of vehicle. They can also be taken to the track for some real fun.
Rolls-Royce. The name alone conjures up images of beautiful people getting out of fancy cars. For gearheads, though, a Rolls-Royce is an exquisitely engineered and built machine that represents the pinnacle of automotive fabrication.
This month’s column marks a milestone: the first time we review two cars that are purely electrically powered. What makes this even more remarkable is that both cars are sophisticated, stylish vehicles offering everyday practicality—and even a decent helping of performance.
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