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Story: Are you an aficionado of Jane Austen? In particular, are you a devotee of her classic novel, Pride and Prejudice? If so, what are your recollections of the \u201cfirst impressions\u201d made by Austen\u2019s novel upon you when you first read the 19th century masterpiece?

Members of the Slightly Askew Theatre Ensemble (SATE) performance team recount their own feelings and observations about the book \u2013 or in some cases whether they\u2019ve even read it \u2013 or its sundry\u00a0film\u00a0versions\u00a0in this adaptation that combines a tongue-in-cheek retelling of the tale with the myriad reflections of its cast.

Highlights: Conceived by SATE member Ellie Schwetye and company artistic director Rachel Tibbetts, First Impressions is a thoroughly delightful, enchanting and elegant foray into the refined world of Austen and her high-brow characters. The play\u2019s title comes from the ruminations of each member of the 12-person ensemble as well as from Austen\u2019s original title for her seminal work.

Other Info: Engaging from start to finish, the Schwetye/Tibbetts collaboration moves at a properly refined pace under Tibbetts\u2019 watchful direction, aided immensely by Schwetye\u2019s ingeniously crafted sound design which contributes chamber music pieces that could accompany a Masterpiece Theatre presentation as well as including classical send-ups to the likes of Journey\u2019s Any Way You Want It and a Mumford & Sons song. How can you not love that?

Asides to the audience uttered by the players range from the rhapsodic (Cara Barresi alluding to her mother\u2019s status as a college English professor) to the ribald (Nicole Angeli explaining her delight with the lust lurking beneath Mr. Darcy) to the affecting (John Wolbers). My personal favorite is Carl Overly, Jr.\u2019s as he wonders why so many elegant English novels ignore 99 percent of the world\u2019s population and restrict themselves to the quaint upper-crust denizens of the British Isles. He then\u00a0admits that\u00a0he relishes them, anyway.

The goings-on at the Bennet manse and in London take place under a billowing sheet that resembles an evangelical tent, brightly bedecked with strings of lights courtesy of lighting designer Bess Moynihan, who cleverly festoons her own scenic effort. Elizabeth Henning\u2019s costume design is an amusing amalgamation of stately period attire\u00a0with punk garb sported by George Wickham left over from a Mad Max movie.

The performers shine in their Austen roles, often playing it \u2018camp,\u2019 such as Andrew Kuhlman\u2019s exaggerated and infectiously humorous portrayal of the unappealing Rev. Williams Collins, who means to marry one of Mr. Bennet\u2019s five eligible daughters, even if they are his cousins.

Collins is spurned by his first choice, second-eldest but most likely smartest daughter Elizabeth (Schwetye), but rebounds quickly enough by convincing another cousin, the practical-minded Charlotte Lucas (Rachel Hanks), to take his offer of financial security, even if she doesn\u2019t love him.

Overly and Angeli offer an amusing contrast as the refined Mr. Bennet and his more worldly wife, who considers it her moral obligation and raison d\u2019etre to marry off their five daughters, preferably to men of means. Angeli also sparkles in a minor role as the haughty snob Lady Catherine De Bourgh.

Michael Cassidy Flynn is entertaining as the immature dandy Charles Bingley and also as the swashbuckling rogue, George Wickham, while Kristen Strom does polished work as Charles\u2019 imperious sister Caroline as well as\u00a0the gregarious Georgiana Darcy, Mr. Darcy\u2019s down-to-earth sister.

Hanks is convincing as the stoic and serious Charlotte, in fine contrast to the girlish antics of the two youngest Bennet sisters, Kitty (Jazmine K. Wade) and Lydia (Katy Keating), who stuns her parents by running off with the dashing Wickham.

Barresi and Parvuna Sulaiman are pleasing in their portrayals of sisters Jane and Mary, the former eager to fulfill the wishes of their mother and the latter content to defer her own happiness to that of other family members and with good spirit in doing so.

Schwetye makes for a superior Elizabeth, depicting the character\u2019s intelligence, charm and sophistication but also her feminist ability to hold out for what she wants rather than capitulate to the folly of a Collins or the hysteria of her mother. She shares a convincing chemistry with Wolbers, who plays the mysterious and somewhat haughty Mr. Darcy. Wolbers in turn offers a splendid look into the soul as well as the intellect of Darcy, first intrigued and later beguiled by Elizabeth\u2019s independence as well as her beauty.

Dialect coach Pamela Reckamp\u2019s efforts are received better by some performers than by others, but all of the players work delightfully on the enchanting dances that are staged under that billowing tent sheet. Tibbetts also blends the novel with the update in interesting fashion by often having players not performing sit on adjacent bleachers, where they knit, work crossword puzzles or rock out with their headphones.

The first impression of First Impressions is that Schwetye and Tibbetts have paid respectful homage to their heroine, both in adapting her work in SATE\u2019s \u201cSeason of Adaptation\u201d and also in shaping it such engaging artistic fashion.

Play: First Impressions

Company: Slightly Askew Theatre Ensemble

Venue: The Chapel, 6238 Alexander Drive

Dates: May 24, 25, 26, 27

Tickets: $15-$20, plus \u201cPay What You Can\u201d on May 25; contact 827-5760, info@slightlyoff.org or brownpapertickets.com

Rating: A 4.5 on a scale of 1-to-5.

Photos courtesy of Joey Rumpell

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For the St. Louis metro area, the online media company YP The Real Yellow Pages lists 235 \u201cArt Galleries, Dealers & Consultants\u201d \u2013 but early last month, it really ought to have upped by one that impressive total.

On April 7, St. Louis\u2019 Central West End neighborhood welcomed at 4374 Olive St. Horsley Arts, a small and quite selective gallery owned by artist Linda Horsley.

Horsley briefly explains what inspired her not only to open the by-appointment-only gallery but also to open it where she did.

\u201cThe charm of the Central West End has grown while I have been away in Seattle for the past 12 years teaching art and with family,\u201d she says. \u201cThe arts are active here. Three blocks west of me is the Atrium Gallery, and two blocks over are the chain of McPherson [Avenue] galleries.\u201d

Likewise, Horsley briefly distinguishes Horsley Arts from other galleries in the metro area in general and in the Central West End in particular.

\u201cThis smaller gallery remains unique, as it has an inviting quality,\u201d she says. \u201cPeople said it felt like a gathering of friends at the opening.

\u201cBuilt in 1910, it\u2019s now renovated with a public restroom on the first floor and modern seated fixtures, and it seems airy for a smaller exhibition space of 75 feet long and only 20 feet wide.\u201d

Reflecting the comparatively compact area of the gallery, its opening involved only two artists: Bill Christman (the creator of Beatnik Bob\u2019s Museum of Mystery Mirth and Mayhem in downtown St. Louis\u2019 City Museum) and Horsley herself.

In general, their oeuvres contrast tidily, with Christman\u2019s signmaking bona fides and sculptural fondness for primaries and visual impishness counterbalancing the desaturated palette and disquieting funhouse-mirror distortions of much of Horsley\u2019s portraiture.

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The gallerist sketches her rationale for opening with Christman\u2019s works and her own.

\u201cThe center space was taken up with robots, lights, signs and metal sculptures by Bill that have some whimsy, which I believe mixed well with my work on canvas,\u201d Horsley says, adding that Christman also used the property\u2019s long backyard to display certain larger robots. \u201cThis gallery space gave him the opportunity to extract or isolate the sculptures.

\u201cEach of us has our own fantasy that mostly complements the other \u2013 \u2018state of playfulness.\u2019 The work shows a reaction to the social/commercial world we live in. Bill\u2019s world has a lot of the signs of the past commercial world in which to delight, and his sculptures recombine the usage of the material-industrial world. My oil paintings sometimes show social stress from this commercial world.\u201d

The initial exhibition, Horsley notes, will continue through May 30, after which no successor has yet been formalized.

\u201cOur closing party is May 31, a Wednesday, from 5 to 8 p.m. \u2013 it\u2019s open to the public,\u201d she says, before adding, puckishly, \u201cBill hopes to sell more work so he doesn\u2019t have to take it all back to his place.\u201d

Given that her own work constitutes so integral a part of Horsley Arts\u2019 debut, the gallery\u2019s namesake addresses whether it will serve as a permanent exhibition space for her work \u2013 or whether her half of the debut simply reflects happenstance.

\u201cThe space may have only three or four shows a year, but [otherwise it] will remain an artist studio shown by appointment,\u201d Horsley says. \u201cI will continue to show in this space, and local artists will be invited to exhibit.\u201d

Otherwise, Horsley revisits her concepts \u2013 physical and aesthetic alike \u2013 for the new addition to YP\u2019s 235.

\u201cI had envisioned this smaller gallery to be something like an old-world salon with a twist of renovation,\u201d she says. \u201cIt\u2019s a comfortable space that doesn\u2019t look like a commercial storefront or even the typical whitewall gallery. It\u2019s also my studio upstairs and home above the exhibition space. The first floor has my kitchen in the back, which we used for refreshments [at the April 7 opening]. The space has modern fixtures, soft gray walls, tall ceilings and bright wood floors throughout.

\u201cIt\u2019s a comfortable gallery space, and people have enjoyed its unobtrusive environment.\u201d

To be considered for exhibition at Horsley Arts, contact Horsley at lindasue@live.com with a file of no more than five images.

Horsley Arts, 4374 Olive St., St. Louis, 314-243-3879, lindahorsley.com

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Late last year, the area\u2019s second Global Quesadilla Company opened in Creve Coeur, offering quesadillas, wraps, salads and nachos with a variety of internationally inspired toppings and fillings.

Owner and St. Louis native Ben Reeder originated the concept in 2004 with the launch of University City of Casa Dilla, which shuttered in 2008. The following year, though, the family-owned business reopened in Town and Country as the first location of Global Quesadilla Company.

\u201cWe take bold flavor concepts from all over the world that people seem to like and work them into quesadillas with cheese,\u201d Reeder says. \u201cWe have Italian, American, Mexican and Asian flavors along with barbecue and more.\u201d

The nearly 3,000-square-foot space seats roughly 80, which nearly doubles the capacity of the Town and Country storefront. Its simple interior design features polished wood, a skyline silhouette of St. Louis, a row of booths, four-tops and pub seats highlighting the logo\u2019s red-and-black color scheme.

At Global Quesadilla Company, the namesake products arrive as 15-inch grilled flour tortillas. All flavor combinations can be made into any of the available mediums on hand.

\u201cEverything we do, we try to make big. We take tremendous pride in our product,\u201d Reeder says. \u201cWe want people to say, \u2018Wow!\u2019 when they get their food. When they taste it and it\u2019s good, we feel like we\u2019ve done our job.\u201d

The most popular option on the menu, which generally hews to geographic names for items, is the Buffalo: Buffalo sauce, grilled chicken, bacon, cheddar and Monterey Jack \u2013 available as a quesadilla or wrap. Another highlight, the St. Louis, features Parmesan-tomato sauce, pepperoni, Italian sausage, Provel and mozzarella. A Thai peanut quesadilla, meanwhile, features grilled chicken, peppers, carrots, green onions and mozzarella.

Massive plates of nachos (\u201c\u2019Chos\u201d) are available in options including the Buffalo as well as the Mexico City with pico de gallo, grilled chicken, taco beef or steak, shredded lettuce and five-cheese queso. Salads include selections such as a Greek option with black olives, tomatoes, red onions, cucumbers, peperoncini, feta and Greek dressing. Last but not least, a kids\u2019 menu features quesadillas and \u201cpizzadillas.\u201d

So all things considered, Global Quesadilla Company would make a hunger-satisfying stop on the road to The New Jewish Theatre\u2019s 4,000 Miles.

Global Quesadilla Company, 12366 Olive Blvd., Creve Coeur, 314-744-7100, theglobalq.com

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Stories: Two presentations in the second annual Tennessee Williams Festival St. Louis, Bertha in Paradise and Ensemble 2.0, offered different looks into the art and life of the renowned playwright whose formative years were spent in St. Louis.

Bertha in Paradise imagines what may have happened to Bertha, a prostitute on the verge of death in the vignette Hello from Bertha in Williams\u2019 The Rooming House Plays. In Ensemble 2.0, a number of players recite letters written by members of the Williams family in a staged reading produced by Francesca Williams, the playwright\u2019s niece.

Other Info: Building on momentum created with the inaugural Tennessee Williams Festival St. Louis in 2016, the second annual event featured 19 distinct elements and 54 performances, including plays, live music, movies, visual arts exhibits, readings, panel discussions, contests, tours and parties.

Bertha in Paradise kicked off festivities on Wednesday, May 4 at the Curtain Call Lounge which adjoins The Fox Theatre with Anita Jackson reprising her role from last year\u2019s performance of Hello from Bertha. This version of Bertha was decidedly more upbeat and robust, as Bertha in Paradise conjectures what became of the character of Bertha from The Rooming House Plays\u2019 vignette.

Jackson was accompanied by the honky-tonk stylings of pianist Charles Creath, with Donna Weinsting repeating her role as the madam Goldie, Joel King as an agreeable stage hand and Maggie Winninger on opening night only as a young associate of Bertha\u2019s. Each of them took turns performing, although Jackson did the lion\u2019s share of the cabaret-style warbling.

The show focused on deliveries of blue and bawdy classics such as I Need a Little Sugar in My Bowl, My Daddy Rocks Me and My Handy Man, each of which Jackson shaped with her signature crooning style, larger than life, eager to please and happy to be pleased as well. While too often repetitive in its execution, the show was managed capably by director David Kaplan, who adhered to the \u201cearthly pleasures\u201d preferred by Bertha in songstress mode.

Weinsting had a grand time asking the ribald question, Anybody Here Want to Try My Cabbage?, and the troupe occasionally joined Jackson for a grinning melody or two. Performed in the intimate Curtain Call Lounge, Bertha in Paradise set the stage for the four primary days of the festival, May 4-7.

On Monday, May 8, several performers gathered on the stage at the .ZACK Incubator for a staged reading of Ensemble 2.0. Produced by writer/editor/artist Francesca Williams, daughter of Williams\u2019 younger brother Dakin, Ensemble 2.0 traces the lives of matriarch Edwina Williams and her three children Rose, Thomas and Walter Dakin from childhood to their deaths.

It offered a sometimes interesting glimpse into the personal lives of the Williams family, although never once mentioning Tom\u2019s homosexuality or his \u201ccolorful\u201d life far from his genteel Southern background or Midwestern heartland childhood. The specter of the roustabout Williams\u2019 patriarch, a traveling salesman who abandoned his family but whose influence still remained, loomed over the piece.

Directed by Richard Chapman, the reading seemed to exhibit some friction between players from time to time, or maybe that was just my imagination. Often, too, some performers stumbled over their lines, indicating that perhaps more rehearsal time would have been advantageous both for them and for the final product.

Still, there were memorable performances. Broadway actress Angelica Page, daughter of actor Rip Torn and the late actress Geraldine Page, shaped her presentation of Edwina\u2019s correspondence with the acerbic, starched and eccentric style that recalls Amanda Wingfield from The Glass Menagerie. Her words were clipped, lips pursed and rarely did a smile etch her face.

Bridgette Bassa conveyed the pampered and later delusional life of Rose, who suffered an egregious lobotomy in a disastrous effort to address her increasing psychological instability, while Ben Watkins portrayed the stiff Dakin, who brought his own sometimes bizarre behavior to the family but also kept it afloat with his legal background and mind for business.

Paul Cereghino\u2019s depiction of Thomas Lanier \u201cTennessee\u201d Williams was all over the board, ranging from the attentive missives sent by the successful yet dutiful son and brother to his exasperation with his brother\u2019s folly-filled forays into politics and his honest, loving concern for his troubled sister. Kari Ely portrayed Williams\u2019 long-time agent Audrey Wood, the lone non-relative at the podium.

While interesting in revealing aspects of the Williams\u2019 family\u2019s personal background, Ensemble 2.0 was by its very nature too often static and uninvolving. Still, it served as an informative addition to the festival, and references to sites and buildings known to St. Louisans reaffirmed what a local treasure Williams\u2019 legacy remains to this day.

Plays: Bertha in Paradise, Ensemble 2.0

Company: Second Annual Tennessee Williams Festival

Venue: Curtain Call Lounge, .ZACK Incubator

Dates: Runs concluded

Photos courtesy of Ride Hamilton and ProPhotoSTL

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Story: Louise lives with her daughter Gloria, a headstrong teenager who is on the verge of womanhood. While Gloria attracts the attention of many of the boys at school, Louise inhabits a fantasy existence, awaiting the return of a handsome traveling salesman named Merriwether who left her once for the road. Despite that, Louise holds the hope that he\u2019ll return and that their romance will resume.

Neighbor Nora dabbles in the spirit world, believing that she conjures up the specters of famous sorts such as artist Vincent van Gogh as well as unnamed apparitions who seem to speak to her beyond the grave, and maybe even the ghost of late husband Cornelius, who was most unfaithful to her in marriage.

Somewhere between reality and imagination all three reside, whether living in the moment as does Gloria or the older ladies keeping the home fires burning for men who aren\u2019t likely to return to their sides.

Highlights: Part of the second annual Tennessee Williams Festival St. Louis, this production of Will Mr. Merriwether Return from Memphis? offers an opportunity to participate in one of the playwright\u2019s later and more experimental works. That\u2019s because it\u2019s done in the style of \u2018immersive theater\u2019 in which an audience is swept into the drama as it moves throughout the Stockton House venue.

Other Info: Director Jef Awada pulls out plenty of stops to challenge viewers with his presentation of this eccentric Williams work. There\u2019s plenty of cross-casting, e.g., with Bob Harvey, Terry Meddows and Sophia Brown playing roles opposite their sex in mostly arched style. An unnamed banjo player provides musical accompaniment and occasional dialogue as well.

As with The Rooming House Plays performed last year, Will Mr. Merriwether Return from Memphis?, a one-act work written in 1969 but not performed until 1980, takes its audiences into various rooms in the Stockton House, although more out of whimsy than necessity. Perhaps that\u2019s because Mr. Merriwether is more a slight theatrical appetizer rather than a hearty, fully prepared entr\u00e9e, and tricking it up enhances the experience.

Regardless, seasoned professionals such as Julie Layton and Kelley Weber shape their characters with pathos and vulnerability which bring much-needed heft to their roles. Layton\u2019s Louise can fluctuate between harsh assessments of Nora\u2019s forays into the supernatural and Louise\u2019s own ethereal escape from humdrum existence into the arms of her mostly mythical lover. Layton spends a good deal of her time gazing into the ethos, which works well enough in this case.

Weber fills Nora with hope, optimism and congeniality, a woman who even forgives her late husband for his flagrant indiscretions while alive. She eats a bit too much out of nervousness or frustration, but she has a good heart and appears to be always interested in the welfare of Louise and anyone else.

Molly McCaskill plays Gloria with the carefree abandon of youth, mindful of how her budding beauty captivates her fellow students. She joins Jacob Flekier as the Romantically Handsome Youth, a stuttering but sincere young man who pairs with Gloria in a passionate pas de deux that resonates in isolation or in tandem with an unsuspecting Louise. James Robey\u2019s choreography complements Williams\u2019 often poetic dialogue with the natural beauty of two bodies in slow but magnetic motion.

Harvey, Meddows and Brown appear in union as The Eumenides, a trio of crones who cackle about the goings-on among the odd residents of this mysterious place while swigging a gulp or two from a shared flask.

Harvey also is amusing as a prim and proper librarian, while Meddows chews up the scenery as a debauched old lady who, legend has it, has gone beyond the maximum number of face lifts and now ventures out only under the guise of heavy makeup.

Brown is just fine as a gay French instructor who is forced to leave town, as well as the disembodied van Gogh, benefiting from Robin McGee\u2019s sharp costume design that hides her female form in baggy clothes, as opposed to the absurd garb which adorns Harvey and Meddows for comic effect. Wig designer Abby Schmidt adds to the absurdity with amusing hairpieces.

Michael Perkins\u2019 sound design brings an additional layer of eeriness and enchantment to the proceedings, all of which are hauntingly accentuated by Michael Sullivan\u2019s precise lighting.

Filled with poetic language, exaggerated situations and eccentric embellishments, Will Mr. Merriwether Return from Memphis? is a good example of the more experimental works written by Williams later in his life. Under Awada\u2019s clever and creative direction, it\u2019s given a handsome performance fitting for presentation in a festival highlighting the long and varied career of St. Louis\u2019 great playwright.

Play: Will Mr. Merriwether Return from Memphis?

Company: Tennessee Williams Festival

Venue: Stockton House, 3508 Samuel Shepard Drive

Dates: May 20, 21

Tickets: $35; contact twstl.org, metrotix.com or 534-1111

Rating: A 4 on a scale of 1-to-5.

Photos courtesy of Ride Hamilton and ProPhotoSTL

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Story: Vera is awakened late one night by a knock at her Greenwich Village apartment door. It\u2019s her 21-year-old grandson Leo, anything but fresh after a cross-country bicycling adventure from Seattle.

While she scurries to find him some food and bedding, they catch up haphazardly on the lives of their mutual relatives. Communication isn\u2019t easy, both because 91-year-old Vera is prone not to wearing her hearing aid and also because Leo is abrupt and rather impulsive in his thoughts and behavior.

Over the next few weeks, though, the two left-leaning political activists learn to enjoy their badinage as well as revealing their own shortcomings. Leo is grieving over the accidental death of his cycling pal Micah as well as reacting against the frequent need for reassurance about his safety by his more conservative mother Jane back home in St. Paul. There\u2019s also the matter of his relationship with his adopted sister Lily, a little too close for the comfort of either Jane or Vera.

Leo hopes to reconnect with his former girlfriend Becca while in New York, but Becca has ambitious plans that don\u2019t include Leo. Still, she has feelings for him that rise to the surface in a contentious meeting at Vera\u2019s apartment.

Vera is an unrepentant communist knocked down by the deaths of too many friends, while Leo is a strong-willed, free spirit raging against the injustices of life. In their time together they learn more about each other and what bonds them.

Highlights: New Jewish Theatre brings down the curtain on its 20th season with a tenderly crafted interpretation of Amy Herzog\u2019s Pulitzer Prize-finalist drama under Edward Coffield\u2019s softly focused direction.

Other Info: Herzog\u2019s one-act, 90-minute work debuted off-Broadway in 2011 and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2013. Like another of her efforts, After the Revolution, it features a character based on her real-life grandmother, Leepee Joseph, an ardent leftist of causes in the 20th and even the 21st centuries.

A production of 4000 Miles at The Rep in 2013 was marred by a portrayal of Leo as boorish and obnoxious, either because of the presentation\u2019s director or the actor in the role. Whatever the reason, New Jewish Theatre\u2019s version seems much closer to realizing the tenderness of the relationships between characters referenced in reviews of the play\u2019s off-Broadway productions.

Director Coffield paints gentler portraits of the primary characters here which are realized in satisfying fashion by Amy Loui as the inquisitive Vera and Chris Tipp as her rudderless grandson. The two connect grandly as they enact conversations between grandmother and grandson that also show them to be friends and allies, though not without conflict. Coffield\u2019s pacing is steady and low-key throughout.

Loui is far too vital and energized to be convincing as a nonagenarian at first glance. She quickly proves her mettle, however, by convincing an audience with her halting gait and shaking hand that she can assume the role of the feisty Vera and claim it as her own, aided by movement coach Jaimie McKittrick. She\u2019s also engagingly amusing in a scene where she shares some thoughts and weed with the laid-back Leo as they ponder life and their own experiences with it.

Tipp portrays Leo as a bit flighty and aimless, but he shapes the character\u2019s crude language with a soft edge that is essential to make Leo a likable figure. He\u2019s adept at showing the young man\u2019s aching vulnerability in his awkward reunion with Becca, a woman he loves but doesn\u2019t really understand.

Rachel Fenton fits the role of Becca like a well-worn glove, slipping into the character\u2019s good manners upon meeting Vera while additionally depicting the ambitious student\u2019s frustrations with her comparatively immature lover, power chewing her gum all the while. It\u2019s difficult to watch the growing chasm between the two that appears inevitable albeit painful.

Grace Langford does well in a small role as a young Chinese-American girl whose promiscuity veers away sharply when she learns about the communist leanings of Leo\u2019s family, as she pointedly explains. Annie Barbour provides the disembodied voice of Lily in a scene where Leo \u2018skypes\u2019 with Lily on Vera\u2019s unused computer.

Scenic designer Marissa Todd fashions a tidy representation of Vera\u2019s faded apartment, which hasn\u2019t been remodeled in nearly 40 years and features furniture prevalent in the Mad Men era of the late \u201850s and \u201860s, complemented by Laura Srkoska\u2019s props, such as several old photographs on the back wall.

Interestingly, Zoe Sullivan\u2019s sound design is dominated by tunes from the \u201860s and \u201870s, a little beyond Vera\u2019s youthful era and certainly before Leo even existed. Perhaps the music of the middle generation represented by the unseen Jane serves as a bridge between the older and younger leftists.

Costuming by Michele Friedman Siler fits each of the four characters, while Michael Sullivan\u2019s lighting captures the times of the day as well as the tenor of the conversations.

As NJT artistic director Kathleen Sitzer and director Coffield each favorably note in the show\u2019s program, 4000 Miles is \u201ca small play with a big heart.\u201d

Play: 4000 Miles

Company: New Jewish Theatre

Venue: Wool Theatre, Jewish Community Center, 2 Millstone Campus Drive

Dates: May 17, 18, 20, 21, 24, 25, 27, 28

Tickets: $39.50-$43.50; contact 442-3283 or newjewishtheatre.org

Rating: A 4 on a scale of 1-to-5.

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In a central St. Louis neighborhood at the moment, a duo of distinguished Chicagoans are exploring the transformative and revitalizing power of art, in both space and time, in an intriguing and perhaps even sui generis fashion.

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As the focus of a joint commission collaboratively organized by the Pulitzer Arts Foundation and the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis, artists Andres L. Hernandez and Amanda Williams have launched a seasons-spanning design-build project titled \u201cA Way, Away (Listen While I Say).\u201d

The project, which started in midspring and runs through autumn, is unfolding at 3721 Washington Ave., due north of the Pulitzer, in Grand Center.

\u201cWe received the commission to explore the ways in which small-scale creative interventions might serve as meaningful catalysts for urban transformation,\u201d state Hernandez and Williams, in tandem, by email.

At a time when St. Louis, from day to day, teeters on the brink of becoming \u201cthe new Detroit\u201d \u2013 that is, a municipality mired in long-term urban decay and other societal woes \u2013 Hernandez and Williams continue by confessing to being \u201cinterested in the restorative and redemptive potential of vacant urban sites.\u201d

In that regard, the two cite prior individual works of theirs that might rank as aesthetic precursors of \u201cA Way, Away.\u201d

More specifically, Hernandez mentions a 2014 project titled \u201cBenign Neglect (let rocks their silence break)\u201d that used aerial images of Chicago\u2019s Washington Park as \u201cplans\u201d for a Zen garden \u2013 establishing \u201ca rite, a rhythm and a prompt for dialogue about a wealth of social and spatial possibilities\u201d \u2013 subsequently constructed in the courtyard of the University of Chicago\u2019s Logan Center.

Williams, for her part, references an exuberant series, also from 2014, titled \u201cColor(ed)Theory\u201d designed to interpret potential sociopolitical underpinnings of this nation\u2019s quotidian collective palette by asking questions like these: \u201cWhat color is urban? What color is gentrification? What color is privilege? What color is poverty?\u201d

Given the scope of Hernandez and Williams\u2019 present project, both physically and temporally, they also dwell, briefly, on the categorical pedigree of \u201cA Way, Away.\u201d

\u201cIn general, the project falls into several contemporary threads in architectural discourse as the industry grapples with questions of vacancy, demolition, reuse, preservation [and] sustainability, also the overlap of art and architecture,\u201d they state. \u201cWe\u2019ve looked at a broad spectrum of projects as references for different segments.\u201d

In that regard, oddly enough, \u201cA Way, Away\u201d approximates a 3-D realization of a 1993 serigraph by \u00fcber-underground cartoonist R. Crumb. In Crumb\u2019s customarily exquisite stipple, the 15 panels of that serigraph, titled A Short History of America, track a single domestic parcel, decade after decade, from pastoral serenity through urban insanity, culminating in three prospective views.

In addition to Pulitzer staff and Sam Fox School faculty, staff and students, Hernandez and Williams mention assistance in realizing \u201cA Way, Away\u201d from \u201cseveral outside contractors to shape and deliver our proposed project phases, as well as document the project in full.\u201d Such contractors include professionals in painting, demolition, the neophyte mini-industry of brick \u201charvesting\u201d and landscaping.

The physical and temporal scope of the project \u2013 whose open nature visitors can view both at their leisure and for free \u2013 explains the necessity for such assistance. \u201c\u2018A Way, Away\u2019 began in February by painting the condemned building at 3721 Washington Blvd. gold prior to demolition,\u201d state Hernandez and Williams. \u201cThe project will continue to unfold in phases over the next several months through fall 2017.\u201d

The Chicagoans \u201chave developed five major site interventions that parallel the cyclical phases of demolition and construction within the built environment and within the immediate Washington Boulevard corridor. Each intervention is guided by a related contemporary issue in urban planning and policy, architecture, art, the construction industry and related fields of practice and inquiry.\u201d

The first \u201cintervention,\u201d Marking, involved painting the 3721 Washington Blvd. building gold, as noted. In so doing, Hernandez and Williams sought to \u201critualize the act of un/building\u201d by preparing the structure for transition. For this intervention, they sought community participation by inviting neighbors of the building, students and others \u2013 including, puckishly, passersby \u2013 to take part in the painting.

Subtracting, the second intervention, will comprise what Hernandez and Williams call \u201cchoreographed demolition\u201d: deconstructing walls (in a physical sense, not in a philosophical or literary sense) and razing the remaining structure and foundation by using \u201cconstruction equipment as tools for un-drawing the site.\u201d

The third intervention, Translating, will transform the architectural remains of the former building into a smaller sculptural object in what the pair call an \u201citerative and choreographed process in collaboration with contractors.\u201d This intervention also will involve harvesting the former building\u2019s precious bricks for subsequent use and developing a temporary workspace to clean, sort, stack and deliver them.

Shaping, the fourth intervention, will focus on redefining the site\u2019s greensward through designed sod planting. The bricks harvested in the third intervention will be used in community design projects.

Finally, in the fifth intervention, which Hernandez and Williams call Healing, they\u2019ll \u201cdeinstall\u201d the project and return the site to its preproject state. At this point, they\u2019ll also gift the harvested bricks to preselected local partners and \u201critualize\u201d the closure of \u201cA Way, Away.\u201d

Both for the nonce and for the future, as well as in pixel and in print, Hernandez and Williams note, \u201cAll five phases of the project are being documented\u00a0\u2026\u00a0\u201d

In pixel, documentation involves a stand-alone project website and other sites, including Instagram (@awayawaystl). In print, each intervention will be \u201cposterized\u201d in broadsides including new and reprinted essays available in the Pulitzer and free to visitors as they view \u201cA Way, Away\u201d or attend related programs. \u201cLastly, the two of us are working to capture the project in full through a book project in the near future,\u201d Hernandez and Williams state.

In addition to presenting \u201cA Way, Away,\u201d the two together served as visiting assistant professors at the Sam Fox School last fall; both also will serve on the exhibition design team for the museum at the future Barack Obama Presidential Center, tentatively scheduled for completion on Chicago\u2019s South Side in 2020 or 2021.

Those two bona fides, by the way, merely number among a plethora of credentials for the distinguished duo. Academically, Hernandez earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Ithaca, New York\u2019s Cornell University and a Master of Arts degree in art education from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Similarly, Williams earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree with an emphasis in fine art from Cornell.

Hernandez and Williams\u2019 \u201cA Way, Away,\u201d it bears noting, already has earned praise from the highest levels of both entities backing their commission.

\u201cWe are thrilled that they will bring their experience working in cities marked by vacancy \u2013 along with an approach that is at once deeply thoughtful, bold and practical \u2013 to the St. Louis community,\u201d Pulitzer director Cara Starke remarked in an early-March press release.

In the same release, Carmon Colangelo, dean of the Sam Fox School, noted that Hernandez and Williams \u201ccombine the roles of artist, architect, art educator and social activist,\u201d before continuing, \u201cI am confident that they will bring the same dynamic dialogue to this project, activating the space and spurring inclusive conversation about art and design in the public realm.\u201d

In the final analysis, \u201cA Way, Away\u201d recalls a haunting passage from \u201cEast Coker,\u201d the second magisterial movement of St. Louis native T.S. Eliot\u2019s Four Quartets: \u201cIn succession / Houses rise and fall, crumble, are extended, / Are removed, destroyed, restored, or in their place / Is an open field, or a factory, or a by-pass.\u201d

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Story: Monk opens his southern California seaside bar to another evening of revelry and reminiscences. He enjoys talking with the patrons of his modest but welcoming establishment, where regulars can feel at home and visitors can escape the outside world with their beverage of choice.

Occasionally, someone might want to stay after closing, and if Monk is sympathetic enough he may comply. Generally, though, he informs his clientele that there are \u201ctaverns that serve drinks and food and have lodgings, there are taverns that serve drinks and food, and there are taverns that serve drinks only.\u201d His bar, he says, fits into the latter category.

Regulars include Leona, an exuberant beautician who\u2019s been sharing her trailer for the last six months with a handsome, bigoted ne\u2019er-do-well named Bill, a man who has worn out his welcome. Doc has been stripped of his medical license but continues to practice on the sly. Violet is a down-on-her-luck floozy who enjoys catering to young sailors who arrive in port but also benefits from the generosity of Steve, a short-order cook who keeps her fed with hot dogs and burgers.

On this particular night -- the anniversary of the death of Leona\u2019s artistically talented and \u2018different\u2019 younger brother -- Monk\u2019s is patronized as well by a pair of gay men, an older scriptwriter named Quentin and Bobby, a young man who has bicycled from Iowa across the country to see the Pacific Ocean.

This collection of lost souls contemplates life over a drink or three, some songs from the jukebox and the conversations of their fellow travelers to Monk\u2019s sanctuary from the indifference of the world. They get by as best they can.

Highlights: First produced in 1972, Small Craft Warnings serves as the \u2018marquee\u2019 production in the second annual Tennessee Williams Festival St. Louis in a handsomely staged presentation directed by Richard Corley. It features a cast of capable players interpreting the St. Louis playwright\u2019s dialogue in one of his later works.

Other Info: The Tennessee Williams Festival St. Louis this year, guided by executive artistic director Carrie Houk, has expanded beyond the one weekend of performances in its inaugural season with a pair of plays, Small Craft Warnings and Will Mr. Merriwether Return from Memphis?, which continue into subsequent weekends in May.

Scenic designer Dunsi Dai makes shrewd use of the stage at the .ZACK Incubator venue in Grand Center to depict the innards of Monk\u2019s tavern, which features a mounted sailfish courtesy of props provider Annina Christensen above the well-stocked bar to accentuate the coastal environs. A jukebox in the back, a door to the restroom at stage right and an opening at stage left leading to Monk\u2019s living quarters above the tavern, along with a couple of tables and a smattering of chairs, provide the ambiance.

Robin McGee dresses the players in costumes that match their characters, from the tacky polyester slacks favored by Bill to Steve\u2019s grimy T-shirt to the sailor cap that epitomizes Leona\u2019s lusty and adventurous spirit and the blazer and open shirt fancied by Quentin. Sound designer Michael Perkins adds some classical tunes preferred by Leona on the jukebox, while Michael Sullivan\u2019s lighting showcases each of the players in their monologues of varying lengths.

On opening night, Corley\u2019s pacing seemed initially off-kilter, stutter-starting sporadically until it caught its rhythm. With the exception of Peter Mayer\u2019s Monk, the players each made their entrance through the bar\u2019s \u2018front door\u2019 at the back of the set, which filled with fog later on to emphasize the nautical surroundings late at night.

Williams\u2019 poetic language serves the soliloquies well, especially the haunting words of Leona and Quentin. Elizabeth Townsend brings out the humanity and collegial spirit of the former, impassioned in her pleading for others to recognize the achievements of her dearly beloved late brother while also urging Bobby, Violet et al to grab for the brass ring while they can.

As Quentin, John Bratkowski savors the words of the gay screenwriter like his favorite drink, eloquently explaining how his once passionate zeal for life gave way along the way to quiet resignation and reflection. It\u2019s a haunting and melancholy image etched precisely by Bratkowski for effect.

Eric Dean White and Jared Sanz-Agero show the small worlds of the loutish, self-centered Bill and the sympathetic, lackluster Steve, respectively. White conveys the emptiness of the opportunistic, venal huckster while Sanz-Agero brings across Steve\u2019s humble, halting efforts to help Violet survive another day.

Magan Wiles skillfully depicts Violet\u2019s desperate pleas, with sunken cheeks and haunted eyes as well as the looks of desperation and absent-minded physical pleasure which she assumes is her only asset, gravitating from man to man as the whim drives her. Spencer Milford\u2019s open face and friendly expression serve well to shape the Midwestern geniality of Bobby, and Richard Schicker has a brief role as the cop who patrols the pier district.

In the world-weary department, Peter Mayer brings out the sensibilities of the proprietor Monk, who\u2019s survived a couple of heart attacks and is content to take life one day at a time. Jeremy Lawrence relishes the bon mots and pithy asides offered by the broken-down Doc, a role played by Williams himself in the original off-Broadway production.

Small Craft Warnings is more of a moment in time and a series of monologues rather than a conventional play with a plot woven throughout its one act and 90 minutes. Its strength lies in Williams\u2019 elegantly shaped language and his reflections on the human condition.

Play: Small Craft Warnings

Company: Tennessee Williams Festival

Venue: .ZACK Incubator, 3224 Locust Street

Dates: May 11, 12, 13, 14

Tickets: $35; contact twstl.org, metrotix.com or 534-1111

Rating: A 4 on a scale of 1-to-5.

Photos courtesy of Ride Hamilton and ProPhotoSTL.com

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In early April, Chase Club held its grand opening at The Chase Park Plaza. The restaurant pays homage to the space\u2019s former life as an iconic hotel bar of the same name from the Roaring \u201920s. The revamp features a vintage-style vibe with modern touches, along with a casual food menu, an extensive beer program, craft cocktails and enhanced entertainment.

Chase Club fills the 3,000-square-foot space previously occupied by Caf\u00e9 Eau in the hotel\u2019s lobby. The bar and dining room underwent a full remodel from Atlanta-based TUL Designs, with bold hues and patterns inspired by \u201930s Art Deco. Inside seating totals 96, including 28 bar stools, with amenities including 75-inch TVs and two pool tables.

In mid-April, the hotel reopened its Mediterranean-style terrace, which doubles as Chase Club\u2019s patio, equipped with outdoor fireplace seating beside the property\u2019s pool. Also, Chase Club sits directly across the hall from The Preston, which opened last year with a refined menu of modern American cuisine.

\u201cThe Preston is more of an adventure \u2013 hopefully, you\u2019re trying things there you\u2019ve never tried before. Here, we want people to find familiar things with a different twist,\u201d says the Chase\u2019s chef de cuisine, Theron Pajares. \u201cThe Chase Club is more experience-driven first. You\u2019re coming for the entertainment and the atmosphere and staying for the snacks. It\u2019s the same menu all day for people watching sports, playing pool or just relaxing.\u201d

Pajares works with executive chef Collin Smelser and executive pastry chef Eric Phillips in a from-scratch kitchen to roll out what he describes as high-end, elevated bar food that\u2019s fun, approachable and easy to eat.

Highlights include poutine \u00e9touff\u00e9e with polenta fries, spicy crawfish \u00e9touff\u00e9e and cheese curds; shrimp St. Paul sliders with house pickles, lettuce and spicy mayo; and the Chase Club burger with a 7-ounce certified Angus-beef patty, bacon-onion jam, boursin and bibb lettuce on a Vitale\u2019s Bakery bun. Additional selections include flatbreads, salads, sandwiches and desserts such as Earl Grey cr\u00e8me br\u00fbl\u00e9e. With such a wide selection, Chase Club certainly makes a great pre-event visiting place before making your way to the Tennessee Williams Festival.

Behind the bar, beverage manager Joshua Johnson developed a beer-centric drink menu that includes both local craft beers and imports. Guests can choose from roughly a dozen and a half different beers on tap and a rotating list of almost two dozen bottles and cans. The variety includes everything from Urban Chestnut Brewing Co.\u2019s Fantasyland and Mark Twain Brewing Co.\u2019s Rambler\u2019s Red to Guinness and Hoegaarden.

Fans of The Preston\u2019s cocktail bar will find a few mixed drinks to choose from here as well, such as Johnson\u2019s personal favorite: the Arch Rival, with Bulleit bourbon, The Big O Ginger Liqueur and grapefruit juice. According to Johnson, this autumn, the bar will also feature its own signature whiskey-barrel-aged beers in a partnership with Modern Brewery.

\u201cAt the Chase Club, we\u2019re trying to capture the classic feel of the great American hotel bar,\u201d Johnson says. \u201cIt\u2019s a step toward the Prohibition era with a great selection of drinks.\u201d

Chase Club, 212 N. Kingshighway Blvd., Central West End, 314-633-3056, chaseparkplaza.com/dining/chase-club.aspx

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With summer\u2019s arrival, many preschool programs will soon end, and children will start camps, swimming lessons and other seasonal activities. As a result, they may feel anxiety about strange, different situations; transitions can really throw little ones for a loop and cause insecurity about reorienting themselves.

Parents, because you don\u2019t want to create needless doubt when explaining upcoming schedule alterations, reading a book about making new friends can open a conversation with children needing reassurance.

In that respect, consider as two appealing photograph-based choices \u2013 both used with children ages 3 to 5 years old in the Ready Readers program, with almost 10,000 children recently receiving the latter to read at home \u2013 Making Friends by the late early-childhood TV icon Fred Rogers (of PBS\u2019s Mister Rogers\u2019 Neighborhood) and Will You Be My Friend? by new author Susan Lurie with photos by Murray Head.

Rogers\u2019 nonfiction offering gives 2- and 3-year-olds guidance with the people, places and ways that friends find each other and engage in play. It also provides examples of normal discord between children and offers positive models for appropriate conflict resolution.

Adults might notice some dated clothing styles in Making Friends \u2013 it was first published in 1987 \u2013 but children should focus on the faces and situations of friends at play. As in all of Rogers\u2019 books, he saw children as complex beings with deep emotions, and he never doubted their abilities to cope and succeed.

Will You Be My Friend? introduces us to a meek mouse in need of a friend to accept him for himself. Mouse surveys his surroundings for potential pals, considering a myriad of animals. Without meeting them, though, Mouse anticipates their personalities as being far too different for a good match: \u201cThis peacock\u2019s too fancy. The frog is too jumpy. This duck is too noisy. That bird looks too grumpy.\u201d

Grumpy Bird informs Mouse that he already has a friend \u2013 he needs only to look to find that friend. The bird provides clues to help Mouse discover his mystery comrade, but Mouse can\u2019t quite solve the mystery. With Grumpy Bird\u2019s help, though, Mouse eventually does find a friend \u2013 and learns a lesson about not judging creatures by their outward appearances.

Lurie\u2019s story, told in flowing verse, should lend itself to discussion about feelings of shyness and the anxiety people, young and old alike, sometimes cultivate by imagining others to be different than they really are. It should serve as a good reminder for children ages 3 to 5 \u2013 and for the adults reading to them.

Otherwise, thanks to Head, Will You Be My Friend? features vibrant photography, showing distinct close-ups of more than 20 animals in their natural environments. The sharp images should allow children to see details of the animals and their surroundings in an interesting and engaging way.

In conclusion, parents, with a little time spent in advance with a book and some conversation, you can equip children with the confidence and tools they need to welcome whatever adventures may come their way this summer!

At Ready Readers, we know that \u201cKids Who Read Succeed!\u201d If you enjoy reading and sharing the magic of books, please consider reading aloud to a classroom of preschool children in an underserved area of our community as a Ready Readers volunteer.

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A handful of foods are wonderful on their own, but become exceptional when paired with a liquid counterpart \u2013 tacos and margaritas, for example, or steak and red wine. You see where I\u2019m going with this.

For me, fries and bubbles top the list of such pairings. Sure, both can be \u2013 and often are \u2013 consumed alone, but when consumed together, they provide much greater comfort. There\u2019s something special about pairing crispy, crunchy, salty savoriness with effervescence; fries and bubbles fuel a primal desire to consume fat and salt while embracing just the right amount of sophistication.

I also find this pairing makes me feel less guilty about eating so many fries. Something about this pair makes everything balance. Of course, this notion isn\u2019t based on science or anything, but I urge you to try the pairing. It\u2019s at once basic and celebratory \u2013 familiar and fancy.

CRISPY SHOESTRING FRIES WITH LEMON-FENNEL SALT \u2013 AND BUBBLES

Serves | 2 |

Takes: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

| Preparation | Preheat oven to 425 degrees, and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

Peel potatoes, then slice into shoestrings using mandolin.

Toss shoestrings in olive oil, and spread evenly on baking sheets.

Meanwhile, in a mortar and pestle, grind salt, lemon zest and half of fennel fronds.

Bake for 20 minutes or until crispy and golden-brown, flipping halfway through.

| To Serve | Sprinkle with lemon-fennel salt and remaining fennel fronds, and enjoy hot, right out of oven, with favorite bubbles.

Sherrie Castellano is a health coach, photographer and private chef based in St. Louis. She writes and photographs the seasonally inspired vegetarian and gluten-free blog With Food + Love. She has contributed work to\u00a0Driftless Magazine, Vegetarian Times,\u00a0Go Gluten-Free Magazine, Food52 and Urban Outfitters, among others. You can find her hanging with her aviation-enthusiast husband, sipping Earl Grey tea, green juice and/or bourbon.

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Art on the Square continually is ranked the nation\u2019s best juried art show for a reason. Not only does it unite artists from all different mediums and locations across the globe, it achieves what few can: It unites the community while creating a welcoming atmosphere where patrons can connect with artists.

\u201cHave you ever noticed how, when you go to a gallery or museum, you start whispering?\u201d Patty Gregory, executive director of Art on the Square, asks. \u201cSome people may feel a little intimidated [at venues like that], but at art shows in a city venue or on the street, people feel comfortable.\u201d Local, national and global talents are on hand, thrilled to converse with passersby as they take in the beauty of each unique piece.

The show makes art accessible \u2013 and even more so with the option to obtain Art Cash year-round. \u201cIf you are gifted $200 in Art Cash and you see a piece at the show that costs $400, to some people, it may now seem like it only costs $200. That\u2019s the beauty of Art Cash,\u201d Gregory explains. \u201cWe have a wide range of price points because we are a community show. We want people to come out, bring family and friends, and enjoy themselves!\u201d

With a huge showing of artists, both from the area and from around the world, many mediums are represented. (Find a full listing online.) \u201cThe highlight of everything, of course, is the artist \u2013 and we have artists coming from all over,\u201d Gregory shares. \u201cEstella Fransbergen from Pimento, Florida, was born in South Africa. She studied there, as well as in Italy and America. She\u2019s in galleries in Florence, Italy, and the Daytona Museum of Art. She started in pottery but considers herself a sculptress now. [Fransbergen] starts with the torso of a woman\u2019s body because she believes that is the soul. She then adds skirts. What\u2019s really interesting is how she incorporates metals, and precious and semiprecious stones, like Swarovski crystals, into the dresses. Thousands and thousands of strands of silver, stones and beads. It\u2019s ethereal. It\u2019s an expression of the human form \u2013 that is the beauty of her work.\u201d

From city sculpture tours and artists demonstrations to the design stage and student involvement, there is much to enjoy. \u201cSome people, after meeting at the fair, have reunions [each year],\u201d Gregory says. \u201cIt\u2019s like visiting old friends. This really is the kind of show for everyone. We\u2019re really looking forward to another wonderful year.\u201d

Art on the Square, P.O. Box 23561, Belleville, Illinois, 618-233-6769 or 800-677-9255 (visitor information), 618-444-3802 (general information), artonthesquare.com

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This weekend, one of the metro area\u2019s grandest gems spotlights one of its finest facets, as the St. Louis Mercantile Library hosts the 11th annual St. Louis Fine Print, Rare Book and Paper Arts Fair.

The ticketed fair runs from Friday, May 5, through Sunday, May 7, with proceeds benefiting the library\u2019s collection and conservation funds. It takes place in the J.C. Penney Conference Center on the University of Missouri-St. Louis North Campus and \u201cfills 7,000 square feet broken into two exhibit areas, with additional space for a silent auction and caf\u00e9,\u201d says Dr. Julie Dunn-Morton, endowed curator of fine art collections at the library.

According to her official library bio, Dunn-Morton earned her bachelor\u2019s degree in art history from the university and both her master\u2019s degree and doctorate from the University of Delaware. Her dissertation, intriguingly, centered on \u201cart patronage and the museum movement in St. Louis,\u201d states that bio, and since joining the museum\u2019s staff 15 years ago, she\u2019s continued researching Missouri artists and 19th-century landscape painting, as well as working on a catalogue raisonn\u00e9 devoted to Massachusetts artist/poet Frederick Oakes Sylvester.

Despite those impressive personal credentials, Dunn-Morton hastens to characterize the fair as \u201cabsolutely a team-driven event. Everyone on the Mercantile Library staff plays an important role, and we rely on our excellent docents and volunteers to help us make it all work.\u201d

The fair (whose hours and ticket prices vary) focuses on \u201cgreat works of art, historical ephemera and unique books,\u201d according to a press release from the library, which estimates the event\u2019s average attendance at more than 900 visitors.

After opening with a benefit preview party and silent auction this evening, its roster includes roughly two dozen gallerists, artists and others, roughly half of them from St. Louis and the other half from as far afield as New York City and Seattle.

Of those participants, the release adds that most belong to \u201cthe International Fine Print Dealers Association or the Antiquarian Booksellers\u2019 Association of America, organizations that hold dealers to ethical standards and practices appropriate to their field.\u201d

Briefly, Dunn-Morton reflects on how it feels to be shepherding the fair as it enters its second decade.

\u201cA milestone like the 10th anniversary is a reminder that we started this journey in response to public requests to bring a print fair back to St. Louis,\u201d she says, \u201cand now we\u2019ve built on that heritage while expanding its scope to reflect our collections and the interests of our members and visitors. It\u2019s a very exciting time to be associated with this event that brings such a unique cultural opportunity to St. Louis.\u201d

Almost necessarily, that opportunity hinges on the criteria governing the choices of participants, with which Dunn-Morton briefly deals.

\u201cOur goal is to offer quality collectible art and rare books that will appeal to collectors at all levels \u2013 from browsers to connoisseurs \u2013 and to museum curators for institutional collections,\u201d she says. \u201cWithin this overall mission, we strive to have a variety of time periods, media and styles represented so that there really is something for everyone.

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\u201cThis year\u2019s dealers will be offering prints by John James Audubon; Thomas Hart Benton and other regionalists; Works Progress Administration artists; [and] Old Masters and modern artists. We\u2019ll also have historic maps, historic and modern photography, ephemera, original watercolors and pastels, and, of course, important first-edition books, beautiful bindings, wonderfully illustrated books and much more.\u201d

Judiciously, Dunn-Morton declines to speculate how this year\u2019s fair might differ from fairs of the past, saying only, \u201cOne thing I\u2019ve learned is that each year\u2019s fair has its own personality that results from the unique mix of dealers and materials, as well as the energy of the audience.\u201d

She does, however, discuss the general rigors of organizing the fair.

\u201cNext year\u2019s fair really begins with this year\u2019s post-event evaluation as we work to constantly improve the fair experience for our visitors and our dealers,\u201d Dunn-Morton says. \u201cSome aspects go on year-round, such as confirming venue reservations, as well as advanced planning for promotional tie-ins, like this year\u2019s fair overlapping with the annual convention of the American Alliance of Museums\u2019 annual conference here in St. Louis.\u201d Attendees of that conference, parenthetically, should note that their badges earn them complimentary admission to the fair.

\u201cWe\u2019re approached by dealers throughout the year with an interest in the fair,\u201d she continues, \u201cbut in the early fall, we send reservation information to returning dealers and invitations to new dealers. By mid-March, we have the lineup confirmed and focus on the logistics of actually presenting the event.\u201d

Dunn-Morton also gamely agrees to \u201cname a favorite child\u201d \u2013 that is, to cite what aspect of the fair most excites her personally. \u201cOne thing I always look forward to is getting to know the new dealers,\u201d she says. \u201cThis year\u2019s fair will have a contemporary print dealer, Anthony Philip Fine Art, from New York and Read\u2019Em Again Books from Montclair, Virginia, among our several new dealers.\u201d

Various local participants in the weekend\u2019s event reciprocate Dunn-Morton\u2019s enthusiasm.

For example, Jeff Appel, the owner of Chesterfield\u2019s Photography Past & Present (photographypastandpresent.com), says: \u201cI think [the event] is underappreciated, with many shortening its title to the \u2018UMSL [University of Missouri-St. Louis] art fair,\u2019 which fails to encompass the breadth of what\u2019s truly available there \u2013 and I mean no offense to art fairs.\u201d

Kirkwood artist R.H. Dick (rhdick.com) agrees. \u201cSt. Louisans need to realize that for the better part of three days in May, they have the opportunity to see some of the finest material available in rare books, prints and paper art,\u201d he says.

\u201cWhen I visit the Merc, I\u2019m almost overwhelmed by the place. I think it ranks with New York\u2019s Morgan Library & Museum, Chicago\u2019s Newberry Library and even California\u2019s Huntington Library \u2026 It\u2019s underappreciated, but the treasures it has are world-class, and there it is on the UMSL campus \u2013 who knew? It needs to be a destination visit for tourists!\u201d

Mark O. Howald of Ladue\u2019s Mark O. Howald Antiques & Fine Art (mohowald.com), who will be taking part in the event this year for the first time as a dealer instead of a fairgoer, reminisces on previously attending it over time.

\u201cThrough the years, I rarely missed a show, yet always as an onlooker \u2013 a gawker of sorts, loving the opportunity to go from booth to booth to view remarkable treasures, which included prints and paintings, maps, photographs and books, and ephemera,\u201d he says. \u201cIt was always great to see firsthand and be able to touch great pieces of art and history and, most importantly, to learn about the artists and the periods represented.

\u201cPlease come and join us,\u201d Howald urges potential attendees. \u201cI assure you, if this is your first time, it won\u2019t be your last.\u201d

Jonathan Kodner of Ladue\u2019s Kodner Gallery Fine Art (kodnergallery.com) provides an equally laudatory view. \u201cVisitors to this event have the unique and rare opportunity to interact with some of the most respected local and out-of-state professionals in the business,\u201d he says.

\u201cThe fair is the very best forum to purchase and acquire fantastic fine artwork, rare books and printed materials from around the world at the most competitive prices while benefiting the [library].\u201d

Finally, St. Charles artist Juliette Travous expresses enthusiasm for the event. \u201cAs an art lover and collector, this is the consummate show of fine prints, rare books and fine art in the St. Louis area,\u201d she says. \u201cThere\u2019s no other comparable show in the metropolitan area with the depth and breadth of fine and rare art and books of the Mercantile Library\u2019s Fine Print, Rare Book and Paper Arts Fair.\u201d

Conclusively and rhetorically, Dunn-Morton addresses someone who\u2019s never visited the library in general or the fair in particular, in hopes of tempting him or her to attend part or all of the three-day event.

\u201cThis weekend is the perfect time to visit the campus,\u201d she says, \u201cwhen you can enjoy all the fair has to offer and then experience the Mercantile\u2019s special exhibitions, \u2018Audubon and Beyond: Collecting Five Centuries of Natural History at the St. Louis Mercantile Library\u2019 and \u2018The Nature of Light: Photographs by Heidi Lopata Sherman,\u2019 along with the Missouri art collection \u2013 either on your own or during our free public tours.\u201d

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At the end of March, the St. Louis Mercantile Library previewed its 11th-annual St. Louis Fine Print, Rare Book and Paper Arts Fair, a preview overseen by Evie Hemphill, strategic communication associate with the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

Subsequently, select participants in that preview raved about the fair (which runs from May 5 to 7 at various times and for various ticket prices) and the library alike.

In introducing Chesterfield\u2019s Jeff Appel, who owns Photography Past & Present (photographypastandpresent.com), Hemphill notes, \u201cI enjoyed talking to him about how he views photography in the world of fine art \u2013 it\u2019s not necessarily the first thing people think of when it comes to collecting, but he makes a great case for it.\u201d

\u201cI\u2019m proud to be a part of such a quality event,\u201d Appel says. \u201cI\u2019ve been showing and selling both modern and vintage photographs at the Mercantile Library\u2019s Fine Print, Rare Book and Paper Arts Fair for five years and always look forward to it. Dealers come in from across the country, many with museum-quality art, and it\u2019s a great chance to see and potentially own something rare and special.\u201d

Hemphill, meanwhile, calls Kirkwood\u2019s R.H. Dick (rhdick.com) \u201ca local artist of many talents\u201d who \u201csees the event as a highlight of the year when it comes to the St. Louis cultural scene\u201d \u2013 which his own testimony establishes as something of an understatement.

\u201cWhen the Mercantile\u2019s leadership decided to sponsor such an event, I was more than happy to participate and support it, not only because I felt our city needed such an exhibit but also because this venue\u2019s really one of the most significant repositories of Americana in our nation,\u201d says the sculptor, artist and collector, who characterizes himself as a cheerleader for the library.

\u201cI\u2019ve participated in all previous 10 fairs, and as one of the vendors, I\u2019ve gotten to know other vendors, and their response \u2013 shoptalk \u2013 is positive. The pull of the fair has become truly national.\u201d

According to Hemphill, longtime auctioneer Mark O. Howald (mohowald.com) \u201copened Mark O. Howald Antiques & Fine Art on Clayton Road a couple years ago.\u201d Among the Ladue gallerist\u2019s \u201cespecially eclectic mix,\u201d she cheerily confesses that a painting of St. Louis Howald brought to the preview \u201cactually seemed contemporary to me until I noticed the date \u2013 and the lack of an arch\u00a0along the riverfront!\u201d

\u201cHaving been a part of the St. Louis arts community for over 30 years,\u201d Howald says, \u201cI\u2019m so very excited to actually \u2013 and for the first time \u2013 be taking part in this year\u2019s print and paper arts fair at the Mercantile Library as a dealer.

\u201cI\u2019ve already selected a number of pieces that I\u2019ll be exhibiting, including a rare Joe Jones lithograph, numerous works by St. Louis\u2019 own Ernest Trova, a glassblowing factory scene by Wallace Bassford and a group of ink sketches by Edwin Armstrong that depict St. Louis in the early part of the 1900s.

\u201cEven though I have a great interest in our St. Louis region, I also want to offer a few pieces that afford a glimpse into other areas of the country and world. I always liked comparing pieces from different periods of time and styles, so I\u2019ll be exhibiting both antique and contemporary works.\u201d Howald also promises \u201cvarious price levels\u201d and calls the event \u201ca remarkable opportunity for seasoned and beginning collectors.\u201d

Otherwise, Jonathan Kodner, the president and director of Ladue\u2019s Kodner Gallery Fine Art (kodnergallery.com), earns high praise from Hemphill. \u201cIn business for about 50 years now, Kodner Gallery\u2019s a relatively small, family-run enterprise located right here in St. Louis,\u201d she says, \u201cyet their reach and sheer variety of items available is stunning, at least to this layperson.\u201d

Kodner reflects on his gallery\u2019s participation in the fair from the very beginning: \u201cWe take great pride as one of the original participating dealers to use this special opportunity to reach out to our community and invite everyone to join us\u00a0\u2026 As appraisers, buyers and sellers of fine and rare 18th- through 21st-century American and European artwork from around the world, this wonderful weekend \u2026 allows us to visit with the community and show support for this landmark institution.\u201d

Kodner also references \u201csome of the most unique and unusual treasures available for purchase\u201d at the fair and adds, \u201cVisitors may have the ability to learn more about what they [already] own just by sharing their information with one of the many professionals exhibiting over the weekend.\u201d

Last but scarcely least, Hemphill introduces Juliette Travous. \u201cA resident of St. Charles, she also helps run a gallery in Clayton,\u201d Hemphill says, adding that she \u201cclearly has a passion for community interaction like the sort that happens at the print fair \u2013 as well as the artwork itself.\u201d

\u201cAs a Missouri artist,\u201d Travous says, \u201cI\u2019m extremely honored to have my paintings shown in the Mercantile Library\u2019s Fine Print, Rare Book and Paper Arts Fair alongside works by renowned Missouri artists such as Thomas Hart Benton and others from the Ste. Genevieve artist colony, as well as famous contemporary Missouri artist R.H. Dick.\u201d

Prospective fairgoers also should take note of a bonus from Travous, who says, \u201cI\u2019ll be giving a demonstration on painting with soft pastels on Sunday afternoon during the fair.\u201d

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Diners desiring the Dongbei style of cuisine common in northeast China can now enjoy it in a restaurant in University City\u2019s pocket of Chinese businesses: Cate Zone Chinese Cafe, which opened Nov. 12 in the space previously occupied by J&W Bakery.

The restaurant \u2013 whose authentic dishes include entr\u00e9es like street-food-style skewers and malatang, or hot-potlike bowls \u2013 comes from co-owners Quincy Lin and Daniel Ma, along with chef Yuming Han. Han has nearly 20 years of experience in Chinese cookery, including working in the kitchen at Brentwood\u2019s Joy Luck Buffet, where the trio first met. Together, they decided to debut their own take on Chinese cooking in St. Louis.

\u201cRight now, there are a lot of Chinese buffets and restaurants with Americanized Chinese food. Here, we do real Chinese food,\u201d Ma says. \u201cWe want to change the way Americans think of it.\u201d

According to Lin, the menu highlights traditional fare from his native Liaoning Province. With Cate Zone, he hopes to offer the local population of international students a taste of home. In that light, the kitchen sources ingredients from area Asian markets to create its menu of made-from-scratch meals. Also, the largely savory offerings come in shareable portions, making a perfect way to try many different items.

The approximately 800-square-foot space underwent a complete revamp to bring its capacity to around 38 seats. The dining room\u2019s New York-subway-themed wallpaper and photographs present a youthful, modern feel for its primarily college-aged patrons. Adventurous diners who simply wander into Cate Zone, though, will find a trove of tasteful menu items to enjoy. Although the menu lacks in description, bountiful flavors compensate for that shortcoming.

Introductory highlights, according to Lin, include a light, bright salad made of artfully plated shredded cucumbers topped with carrots, cabbage, wood ear mushroom, clear noodles, cilantro and a special sesame-tinged dressing. In the evenings, guests can choose from a list of grilled skewers \u2013 lamb, beef tendon, brisket, chicken gizzards and more \u2013 seasoned liberally with cumin, hot pepper and sesame seeds.

Another recommendation, northeastern-China-style sweet-and-sour pork features thin strips of crispy breaded-and-fried pork coated in a sticky sauce and garnished with ginger and green onion. Cumin-calamari fried rice comes studded with peas, carrots and a scrambled egg. Additional selections include Szechwan spicy shrimp, twice-cooked pork and house-made wonton soup \u2013 all of which sound like great options before catching Men Are From Mars \u2013 Women Are From Venus LIVE! at the Playhouse @ Westport Plaza.

Those seeking a memorably personalized experience can opt for the previously mentioned malatang, hot-pot-style bowls that are made to order. Choices among the 15 different ingredients include vegetables, sliced beef, tofu and fish balls from a fresh-food bar. Finally, for something sweet, Lin recommends honey-crisp sweet potatoes \u2013 a deep-fried dessert crowned with a brimming spun sugar.

Cate Zone Chinese Cafe, 8148 Olive Blvd., University City, 314-738-9923

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Perhaps no art form more adroitly embodies the ancient Greeks\u2019 elemental earth, water, air and fire (loosely congruent to today\u2019s states of matter \u2013 solids, liquids, gases and plasma) than ceramic sculpture, as illustrated by the untitled piece by St. Louisan Susan Zimmerman shown here.

That 2016 hand-built porcelain measures 13 inches long by 8 inches tall, Zimmerman notes, and displays an almost botanical delicacy, denying the intractability of clay, the countervailing rigors of flames and fluids, and the vicissitudes of whatever we\u2019re breathing from day to day.

Despite its undeniable physicality, the piece looks as if it might waft away on spring\u2019s latest vagrant breeze. In its thrilling ethereality, in fact, the work suggests the 3-D incarnation of a previously unknown floral by Georgia O\u2019Keeffe.

\u201cI have worked as a ceramic artist for the past decade,\u201d Zimmerman says, \u201ccreating organically designed and primitively fired porcelain vessels.

\u201c\u2018Organic\u2019\u201d best characterizes my porcelain hand-built vessels that evoke enigmatic narratives about nature. Each vessel begins as a ball of clay in one hand and not knowing in the other. There are no sketches \u2013 only a stream of consciousness flows through my mind as a vessel takes shape.

\u201cThe inexplicable forms come from working the clay till it bends and folds. The unglazed works are shaded in earthy hues that come from a very unique style of smoke firing.\u201d

With impish wit, Zimmerman responds to a standard Art and Soul request for an abbreviated curriculum vitae that cautions against (let us say) excessive exuberance.

\u201cI\u2019ve attached a most humble one-page r\u00e9sum\u00e9,\u201d she says, before continuing, \u201cI don\u2019t think I\u2019ll ever have a five-page-long CV.\u201d

That CV cites an initial two-year stint at the University of Missouri-Columbia that transitioned, incongruously, to a Bachelor of Business Arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin.

Even more incongruously, if not downright masochistically, Zimmerman\u2019s r\u00e9sum\u00e9 mentions working as a journalist for the past two-plus decades, \u201c[c]overing stories about destinations, nature and history\u201d in more than 100 articles in national and even international publications.

As an artist, meanwhile, she has taken part in more than two dozen specified exhibitions since 2005.

Among those exhibitions, Zimmerman relates an intriguing offshoot of her artistic m\u00e9tier.

\u201cFor years, I was focused solely on the finished ceramic pieces until I discovered an interplay between clay and sunlight by photographing my work,\u201d she says. \u201cThis \u2018Eureka!\u2019 moment opened my eyes to a new way of seeing.

\u201cBy exposing my hand-built vessels to natural light, I unlocked the door on a microcosm that had long been dormant. Taking my three-dimensional art into a two-dimensional medium by deconstructing my vessels into an abstract format became a new creative work for me.\u201d

To learn more about our featured artist, visit facebook.com/susanzimmermanart.

St. Louis-area artists who wish to be considered for future installments of this monthly department of Ladue News should email inquiries to bhollerbach@laduenews.com with \u201cArt and Soul\u201d in the subject line.

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