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healthy cocktails

Now that the holidays have come and gone and 2017 has dawned, many of us are buckling down and working on making our New Year\u2019s resolutions reality. One of the most common promises we make to ourselves at this time of year is to eat and drink better. So this month, I\u2019m presenting a few techniques for whipping up some healthier tipples, as cocktails are usually heavy on calories and light on nutrition.

Very generally speaking, \u201chard\u201d spirits have a calorie count of 60 to 70 calories per ounce. (Of course, this number will vary and can be higher depending on the spirit and the proof.) In contrast, wines tend to be 25 to 30 calories an ounce, so try using a vino as the base in your next cocktail.

Keeping things as simple as possible \u2013 and always using real ingredients instead of commercial mixes \u2013 also will help keep the calorie count down. Many classic cocktails contain just a few ingredients \u2013 booze, sugar, citrus, bitters \u2013 and, as such, are comparatively low in calories. For example, a Sazerac has just 2 ounces of whiskey (about 120 to 150 calories) and half an ounce of simple syrup (25 calories or so). But of course, the best way to keep the calories at bay is to imbibe in moderation. \u00a0

Mango Bellini Serves | 1 |

This twist on the brunch favorite substitutes mango pur\u00e9e for peach and adds a bit of bitters for bite. (I use a mango concentrate called El Sembrador, available at Jay International on South Grand Boulevard.)

| Preparation | Pour mango pur\u00e9e in a flute. Add bitters and top with sparkling wine. Stir gently to incorporate. Serve. \u00a0


Sherry Cobbler Serves | 1 |

The following drink has been around at least since the golden age of cocktails, the mid-1800s. This version is adapted from a recipe from eminent cocktail historian David Wondrich.

| Preparation | In a mixing glass, shake sherry, sugar and 3 orange slices with ice. Pour unstrained into a large rocks glass over crushed ice. Top with 2 orange slices, and serve.


Bloody Mary Serves | 1 |

Another brunch go-to, bloody marys are naturally lower in calories as long as tipplers forgo crazy bacon garnishes. Also, avoid premade bloody mary mixes that typically jack up sodium content. I personally like to substitute gin for vodka, which is called a Red Snapper.

| Preparation | Between 2 large mixing tins, roll all ingredients with ice until chilled. Pour into a Collins glass over ice. Garnish with whatever strikes your fancy; serve.


Berry Smoothie Cocktail Serves | 2 |

Fresh fruit, coconut milk and sparkling wine equal a refreshing and easy cocktail.

| Preparation | In a blender, combine berries, coconut milk and honey; blend until smooth. Pour into a large rocks glass. Top with sparkling ros\u00e9 wine. Serve.


Sazerac Serves | 1 |

This New Orleans classic keeps things supersimple, with warm flavors that lessen winter\u2019s chill.

| Preparation | Rinse a rocks glass with absinthe, then discard. In a mixing glass, add remaining ingredients except lemon twist; then add ice and stir. Strain into absinthe-rinsed rocks glass. Express lemon twist over drink, and then discard peel. Serve.

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South City recently welcomed a new restaurant that features Indian and Nepalese dishes, with a lunch buffet that\u2019s bound to become popular. The restaurant in question, Himalayan Yeti, opened its doors in the stand-alone space previously occupied by 3J Sandwich and Noodle.

The concept comes from family members Dipak and Prem Prasai, who worked on the culinary side of hotel management in their native Nepal before spending time as cooks for Carnival Cruise Line.

After relocating to St. Louis five years ago following a stint in San Francisco, Dipak gained additional experience at Rasoi in the Central West End. At Himalayan Yeti, he takes the helm in the kitchen, while Prem manages the front of the house.

\u201cWe\u2019re making this food so people can get a taste of Nepal,\u201d Prem says. \u201cYou can\u2019t find it in other restaurants. At Himalayan Yeti, guests will find familiar Indian dishes alongside Himalayan specialties.\u201d

According to Prem, the primary flavor profiles and spices of northern Indian and Nepalese cuisine \u2013 among them key components like coriander, cumin and turmeric \u2013 are quite similar, but the cooking techniques vary, with freshly ground spices added at different intervals throughout the process, resulting in subtly different dishes.

At Himalayan Yeti, guests can personalize any dish from the menu to their liking in either style with mild, medium or hot spices. During the day, dining\u2019s casual, with the full bill of fare as well as the buffet available from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for $9.99 plus tax.

Staples on the buffet include chicken tikka masala, vegetable korma and saag paneer. Other dishes rotate daily and include everything from goat curry and vegetable pakora to biryani and noodles.

In the evening, the room transforms into a fine-dining setting with full service. The restaurant seats around 60 guests, with spaces for 30 more available on the patio in warmer seasons.

Choose from unique options such as the house signature appetizer: Himalayan momo, or a dumpling filled with ground chicken, minced onions, cilantro, garlic and spices, all served steamed or fried. From a list of tandoor-cooked offerings, choose from barbecued chicken, lamb, seafood and more.

Various soups, salad and breads also are available, followed by entr\u00e9es divided by central components: seafood, chicken, lamb and vegetables. From the specials menu, choose from savory Nepalese dishes such as charcoal-roasted marinated meats and Himalayan thali, or platters, served with rice, dal, vegetable curry, saag, mula achar, gundruk achar, karela and papadum with your choice of chicken or goat. With such a wide selection, Himalayan Yeti makes the perfect stop before seeing All My Sons from The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis.

A full bar now in the works will feature standard bottled beers in addition to Himalayan wines, Indian beers such as Taj Mahal and Kingfisher, and more.

Himalayan Yeti, 3515 S. Kingshighway, St. Louis, 314-354-8338, himalayanyetistlouis.com

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Use your imagination

With many cold weeks ahead, canny parents and other caregivers should anticipate lots of indoor time with children proclaiming boredom. Rather than turning to a TV or a tablet, though, make magic come alive with your child \u2013 all you need is a book and imagination!

Author/illustrator Nicola O\u2019Byrne\u2019s Use Your Imagination (But be careful what you wish for!) weaves bits of the Little Red Riding Hood fairy tale into a contemporary story to excite the imaginations of readers both young and old.

The book\u2019s cover delightfully depicts a young, trusting bunny gazing at the shadow of a toothy wolf. Instead of impersonating a granny, though, the wolf pretends to be a librarian, promising to end the bunny\u2019s boredom by helping him write a story. The wolf instructs the budding author, \u201cThere\u2019s only one way to begin a story \u2026 Once Upon a Time!\u201d

The carnivorous canine subsequently tries to steer the developing story to an ending that will leave him feeling full, but finds things don\u2019t always go as he\u2019d like \u2013 the rabbit\u2019s imagination leads to an out-of-this world banishment for the lupine librarian.

O\u2019Byrne\u2019s illustrations pleasantly abound with white space atypical of picture books. Also, she shows main characters in soft, muted tones, but other creatures and settings in bright, bold hues. Finally, the text itself almost acts as a character, with different fonts creatively used to match the story\u2019s tone.

All in all, the masterful use of white space, color and typography in Use Your Imagination make it a joyous read.

The Three Billy Goats Gruff

The Three Billy Goats Gruff \u2013 credited to the publisher (Parragon Books) and illustrated by Gavin Scott \u2013 constitutes another favorite fairy tale, invariably available in many versions and soon to be shared with the 10,000 children in the Ready Readers program.

The story, of course, opens with the eponymous goat brothers munching grass on a hill, then setting their sights on a meadow across a bridge. Guarding that bridge, though, is a terrible, smelly, green troll, whom the goats must outsmart.

Scott\u2019s illustrations should appeal to all ages. Each goat has his own unique appearance and personality, allowing parents and other caregivers to use different voices when reading the story aloud. Also, though the text describes a frightfully gruesome creature, Scott\u2019s troll looks more silly than scary, so even the youngest listeners oughtn\u2019t be spooked.

The refrain \u201cTrip, trap, trip, trap\u201d as the brothers cross the bridge should invite children to take part in telling the tale, and likewise, the troll\u2019s booming \u201cWho\u2019s that tripping over my bridge?\u201d should encourage them to envision themselves as the warty, hairy, stinky troll.

The story resolves according to tradition, with a happy ending for the Billy Goats Gruff \u2013 and the troll\u2019s fate left to the imagination.

A great opportunity for families to experience a live-action contemporary re-imagination of The Three Billy Goats Gruff will come during Ready Readers Winter Story Fest on Feb. 12 at Clayton High School. The original play, conceived and performed by the wildly inventive and physically gifted members of Circus Kaput, forms part of Ready Readers\u2019 20th-anniversary celebration. For more information, visit readyreaders.org.

At Ready Readers, we know that \u201cKids Who Read Succeed!\u201d Reading aloud daily provides a strong foundation for early literacy. If you enjoy reading and sharing the magic of books, please consider becoming a volunteer for Ready Readers and reading aloud to a classroom of preschool children in an underserved area of St. Louis. Visit readyreaders.org for more information.

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Story: Four women meet at Bloomingdale\u2019s in New York City, initially strangers to each other who are jostling to pick up the best deals on merchandise. Quickly, though, they bond, even though they are four different types: a businesswoman, a soap opera star, an \u201cearth mother\u201d hippie type and a homemaker from Iowa.

As all of them are of a \u201ccertain age,\u201d they establish an easy rapport as they discuss common topics including cravings for chocolate, hot flashes, sexual escapades, loss of memory and other happenings in their lives, as well as the change of life itself.

Throughout their adventures at Bloomingdale\u2019s they describe their humorous reactions to predicaments in parodies written to the music of popular songs primarily from the \u201860s, \u201870s and \u201880s, eras most familiar to each of the ladies.

Highlights: A popular show at a previous incarnation of The Playhouse at Westport Plaza, Menopause the Musical returns hoping to recapture the magic that enabled it to enjoy an extensive run a decade or so ago. Reprising the cast from its 2006 production, Menopause the Musical is an easy-going, fun-loving romp that pokes fun at middle-aged women as well as the music that was part of their generation.

Other Info: The one-act, 90-minute musical is chockfull of recognizable tunes coupled with wry lyrics written by author Jeanie Linders, who gives each member of the cast a chance to shine while warbling amusing parodies of songs such as I Heard It Through the Grapevine, Stayin\u2019 Alive, Heat Wave, The Lion Sleeps Tonight and many, many others.

For a lampoon of The Lion Sleeps Tonight, e.g., the cast (Laura Ackermann, Marty K. Casey, Lee Anne Mathews, Rosemary Watts) becomes an impromptu band playing a variety of novelty instruments as they bemoan their troubles getting a good night\u2019s rest. As for the music itself, background accompaniment in recorded version is performed by Michael Dubay on keyboards, drummer Don Meoli and Jonathan Rem on bass.

The use of pleasurable devices is described amusingly to the tune of Good Vibrations, while hot flashes are the humorous spark for a take-off on the old standard, Heat Wave. Songs including Sign of the Times and Puff the Magic Dragon (Puff, My God, I\u2019m Draggin\u2019) also are spoofed entertainingly thanks to Linders\u2019 clever lyrics and the comic delivery of the four performers.

Casey returns in her role as the \u201cProfessional Woman,\u201d Ackermann is back as the \u201cEarth Mother,\u201d Mathews offers another turn as the \u201cSoap Star\u201d and Watts reprises her part as the \u201cIowa Housewife.\u201d They enjoy an easy chemistry with each other that transfers to their performances, allowing an audience to benefit from their camaraderie as well as their vocal and comedic talents.

Judi Mann also is back as full understudy and dance captain for the quartet, introducing the show and getting patrons in a good mood with some amusing raffles while imparting the usual requests regarding mobile phones and recording devices.

The skits remain entertaining as far as they go, but Menopause the Musical can become diluted and a bit tired after too many viewings, or so was my reaction to this current version.

The simple but effective set is designed by Bud Clark, while the myriad outfits adorning the women are courtesy of costume designer Sue Hill. Ryan Patridge provides lighting and the sound design is by Steve Shapiro.

Seth Greenleaf directs in straightforward fashion, with choreography for some pleasing little dance numbers on the diminutive stage supervised by Daria Lynne Melendez. Alan J. Plado is responsible for music supervision and additional arrangements.

Menopause the Musical was a long-lasting hit at Westport back in 2006 and now it\u2019s back for a run of slightly longer than a month this time around. If you enjoy \u2018oldies\u2019 from the LP era as well as the still vibrant and energetic performances of this cast, you\u2019ll likely have a romp at Menopause the Musical.

Musical: Menopause the Musical

Company: Emery Entertainment/Jack Lane

Venue: The Playhouse at Westport Plaza

Dates: Through February 12

Tickets: $60; contact metrotix.com or 534-1111

Rating: A 3.5 on a scale of 1-to-5.

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Story: Joe Keller has made a good life for himself. He lives with his wife Kate and son Chris in a nice home in the town (most likely in Ohio) where he owns and operates a factory. Just a few years earlier that plant made parts for airplanes used by the American military in combat during World War II.

Tragically, Joe and Kate\u2019s oldest son Larry was reported missing in action during the war when the plane he was flying disappeared. Although grateful that younger son Chris returned home from the war, Kate continues to hope that Larry also will one day reappear, just as occasional stories in the newspaper indicate other combat veterans have done.

This is a point of consternation for Chris, who is in love with Larry\u2019s fianc\u00e9e, Ann. He\u2019s invited his former neighbor back to town to propose to her, but there are considerable problems, including his mother\u2019s insistence that Ann wait for Larry to return.

Ann and her family left town after her father and Joe were put on trial for supplying defective parts to the military, which led to the deaths of 21 pilots during World War II. Joe was exonerated, claiming he didn\u2019t know about the bad parts, while his subordinate, Ann\u2019s father Steve, was convicted and sent to prison.

Now Ann is scheduled to visit the Keller family at the same time that her brother George has discovered shocking information from their father about Joe\u2019s true involvement in the company\u2019s decision to forward defective materials. Exactly what kind of homecoming will this be for Ann and the Kellers?

Highlights: The Rep continues its 50th anniversary season with a searing, richly satisfying production of one of the best plays by one of America\u2019s greatest playwrights. Arthur Miller\u2019s beautifully written tragedy put him on the nation\u2019s literary map in 1947, following the black-and-white wartime years with a litany of grey-hued questions that presented an often unflattering mirror to America\u2019s victorious face.

Other Info: The Rep often begins the calendar year with a \u2018heavy\u2019 drama that offers considerable food for thought after the abundant confections of the holiday season. In his program notes, artistic director Steven Woolf writes that \u201cIn our anniversary season, it was important to include a play by one of the most influential American playwrights of any generation.\u201d

Miller\u2019s words continue to be relevant in the 21st century, asking tough questions about morality and ethics that present no easy answers. His two-act drama was inspired by a newspaper article about a real aeronautical plant whose executives knowingly provided defective parts to the military that led to the deaths of American soldiers.

The driving force of profits in capitalism, and the need for business owners to succeed and thrive whenever possible, served as the catalyst for Miller\u2019s unflinching look at the repercussions of such a philosophy. His words, though, go beyond the political and into the hearts and minds of everyday people who often struggle to differentiate between right and wrong, actions and consequences.

The current presentation at The Rep solidly conveys Miller\u2019s probing thoughts under associate artistic director Seth Gordon\u2019s careful and studied direction. While action in the two acts is confined to the patio and back yard of the Keller home, Gordon\u2019s players utilize entrances from the sides and back to \u2018stretch out\u2019 the play\u2019s dimensions. Pacing is impeccable as Gordon keeps a steady focus on the players and their rapt dialogue.

Michael Ganio\u2019s handsome set design includes a two-story home in the rear, delicately illuminated by lighting designer Peter Sargent in key dramatic moments, and a well-appointed back yard including patio furniture and a picket fence as well as a recently-felled tree heavy with symbolism.

Costumes designed by Myrna Colley-Lee appear accurate down to minute details, whether Joe\u2019s droopy T-shirt, Ann\u2019s stylish hose or Chris\u2019 dapper duds for his planned night on the town with Ann. Rusty Wandall provides a subtle sound design with some jarring jazzy elements that presage impending doom for the Kellers and unexpected troubles for the nation.

Patrick Ball\u2019s searing performance as Chris leads Gordon\u2019s meticulously assembled cast. Ball embodies all of the frustrations and doubts of the younger generation in this Greek tragedy where the sins of the fathers have unknowing and relentless consequences. His portrayal moves capably between Chris\u2019 euphoria in his love for Ann to his anguish about his family\u2019s past.

John Woodson expertly portrays the familiar Miller protagonist, the hard-working family man Joe whose hidden villainy is revealed slowly and with well-presented complexity in Woodson\u2019s wide-ranging performance. Margaret Daly ups the ante in her role as the long-suffering Kate, capped with a terribly poignant moan in the play\u2019s climactic scene.

Mairin Lee offers a rich interpretation of Ann, showing her full love for Chris as well as her determination to leave a sordid family past behind her, demonstrating Ann\u2019s own considerable resilience when plagued by Kate\u2019s unrealistic demands. Zac Hoogendyk makes a powerful appearance as Ann\u2019s angry brother George, who softens just a little in Kate\u2019s sugary sweet reunion with him before a few careless words turn everything upside down.

The fine supporting cast that fleshes out this microcosm of post-war America includes Ana McAlister as spunky neighbor lad Bert and Jim Ireland as the Keller neighbor and town physician, Dr. Jim Bayliss, a man who endures his marriage by acknowledging that he lives \u201cin the usual darkness,\u201d a starkly stunning phrase by which Miller defines the quiet desperation of so many.

Amy Hohn brings out the small-minded nastiness of Bayliss\u2019 wife Sue, while Emily Kunkel and Grant Fletcher Prewitt portray the simple-minded but genial neighbors Lydia and Frank Lubey.

All My Sons resonates as strongly in this troubled time in American history as it did when it propelled Miller to fame, fortune and controversy 70 years ago. It makes you think and wonder how you yourself fit into an imperfect world.

Play: All My Sons

Company: Repertory Theatre of St. Louis

Venue: Browning Mainstage, Loretto-Hilton Center, 130 Edgar Road

Dates: Through January 29

Tickets: $18-$81.50; contact 968-4925 or www.repstl.org

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

Photos courtesy of Jerry Naunheim Jr.

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In Des Peres, a new restaurant and tavern recently debuted with a decidedly St. Louis theme. Circa STL opened in late October, featuring area memorabilia and an American-food menu with plenty of traditional local dishes.

The concept fills the 5,000-square-foot space previously occupied by Zydeco Blues, outfitted from wall to wall with owner Brian Walsh\u2019s collection of local kitsch and treasures. Walsh has compiled the veritable museum of St. Louis-themed eye candy over nearly 45 years.

\u201cI\u2019ve always loved St. Louis history. I\u2019ve lived here my entire life, and no one\u2019s ever done a strictly St. Louis place,\u201d Walsh says. \u201cI\u2019ve been talking about it for years. I retired and said, \u2018I\u2019m going to do this.\u2019\u201d

The casual, family-friendly eatery offers seats for around 300 guests, with nostalgia around every corner. Walsh and his wife, Sheila, once owned an antique shop in Old Town Florissant and, in Circa STL, put their background in salvaging and refurbishing historic items to use.

Display cases and framed pieces define the space, featuring area manufacturers, sports teams and more. Many collectibles predate Prohibition.

\u201cIt\u2019s like going to a museum of St. Louis history, and you don\u2019t have to leave to get a bite to eat or something to drink,\u201d Walsh says.

Chef Melissa Molden heads the kitchen, which features a variety of appetizers, soups and salads, entr\u00e9es, pizzas and sandwiches. Choose from area favorites such as homemade toasted ravioli \u2013 an oversized breaded and fried pasta shell filled with beef, cheese and spinach, served with marinara dipping sauce.

Other regional highlights include a barbecue pork steak sandwich with coleslaw and St. Louis-style thin-crust pizza. Specialty topping options include a meat lover\u2019s pie and a white pizza with alfredo sauce, grilled chicken, tomatoes, spinach and onions topped with mozzarella and Provel.

The kitchen also re-creates another classic: Famous-Barr\u2019s French onion soup. Additional highlights included pan-seared cod with lemon aioli, stuffed mushrooms and chicken modiga, which features chicken coated in Italian bread crumbs that is grilled and topped with a mushroom-cream sauce.

On the dessert menu, guests will find a St. Louis mainstay: gooey butter cake. From the bar, choose from a dozen beers on tap, an extensive wine list and cocktails with a local twist. With so many options, Circa STL makes a perfect eatery before catching one of the many shows in this season\u2019s theatrical lineup.

\u201cAll I wanted to do was get my collection out in the public and share it,\u201d Walsh says. \u201cThe d\u00e9cor is outstanding, and the food and staff are great, too.\u201d

Circa STL, 1090 Old Des Peres Road, Des Peres, 314-394-1196, circa-stl.com

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Now that we\u2019ve bid 2016 so long and welcomed a bright, shiny new year, St. Louis Theater Circle members are making nominations for its annual awards ceremony (March 21 at the Skip Viragh Center for Performing Arts at Chaminade).

Meanwhile, many local professional companies are getting 2017 off to a rousing start. Herewith, a preview of just some of the shows scheduled to be performed from January through March:

The Black Rep presents Lines in the Dust from Jan. 11 to 29 at Washington University\u2019s Edison Theatre. Nikkole Salters\u2019 drama focuses on a woman searching for a way to get her daughter a better education than in their underperforming neighborhood school. The troupe then moves to Harris-Stowe State University for August Wilson\u2019s Seven Guitars, which runs from March 29 to April 23.

First Run Theatre, which presents original works most often by local playwrights, continues its 2016-17 season with Caleb King\u2019s drama Prometheus\u2019 Dream, termed \u201ca modern retelling of Frankenstein.\u201d The show, which runs from Jan. 13 to 22 at De Smet High School, looks at the troubling relationship between a controversial doctor and his test subject, \u201cAdam,\u201d when Adam begins to rediscover parts of his past and regains a sense of self.

The Fabulous Fox Theatre is the place from Jan. 17 to 29 for An American in Paris, the four-time Tony Award-winning musical from 2015 about \u201can American soldier, a mysterious French girl and an indomitable European city,\u201d featuring music and lyrics by George and Ira Gershwin and inspired by the Academy Award-winning movie.

That\u2019s followed from Feb. 7 to 19 by Something Rotten, the just-closed Broadway musical comedy about the Bottom brothers, Nick and Nigel, and their desperate efforts to write a play that can compete with their contemporary rival, William Shakespeare. Then, the Roundabout Theatre Company appears from March 7 to 19 for a 50th-anniversary presentation of Cabaret in an interpretation shaped by Sam Mendes and Rob Marshall. Motown the Musical then takes the stage from March 21 to 26.

At Emerson\u2019s Bar & Grill, jazz and blues icon Billie Holiday is the subject of Lady Day, a portrait of the late singer\u2019s struggles with addiction, racism, love and loss, and her ability to mine humor from hardship and the transformative power of song. Alexis Roston portrays Holiday in the Feb. 17-March 4 presentation by Max & Louie Productions at the Kranzberg Arts Center.

The Midnight Company will present Donal O\u2019Kelly\u2019s comic thriller Little Thing, Big Thing from Jan. 27 to Feb. 11 at Avatar Studios, 2675 Scott Ave. Joe Hanrahan and Rachel Tibbetts star in this tale of a nun sent on a mission by a frightened child in Nigeria to deliver a roll of film to a mysterious man in Dublin and her encounter with an Irish ex-con who accidentally joins her on the dangerous assignment.

Rohina Mahlik\u2019s play Yasmina\u2019s Necklace had its world premiere in Chicago last January. From Jan. 27 to Feb. 12, Mustard Seed Theatre stages this tale about a young man whose quest to hide his cultural identity is challenged when he meets a beautiful woman from his Iraqi father\u2019s homeland.

Intimate Apparel, a drama about a black seamstress in early 20th-century New York City who secretly loves a Hasidic shopkeeper, is coming from New Jewish Theatre from Jan. 26 to Feb. 11. That\u2019s followed from March 16 to April 2 by Never the Sinner, a drama by Jonathan Logan about Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb, two handsome, intelligent and wealthy young men who committed the \u201cCrime of the Century\u201d in 1924.

New Line Theatre continues its 26th season with a production of the John Kander-Fred Ebb musical Zorba from March 2 to 25 at the Marcelle Theater. Zorba is based on the 1946 novel Zorba the Greek by Nikos Kazantzakis and its 1964 film version, as well as letters from the real-life Zorba found by Kander and Ebb. The musical focuses on the title character, his philosophy of living life to the fullest and a dramatic, emotional, tragic but life-affirming encounter with a young man and love.

The Peabody Opera House has a busy schedule this winter, starting with Hedwig and the Angry Inch, which plays from Jan. 27 to 29. The Stephen Sondheim musical Into the Woods has a one-night engagement on Feb. 19, followed, on March 2, by Let It Be, a what-if reunion concert by the Beatles on October 9, 1980, the occasion of John Lennon\u2019s 40th birthday.

Menopause the Musical returns to The Playhouse at Westport Plaza for an extended run from Jan. 5 to Feb. 12. That\u2019s followed by the jukebox musical Pump Boys & Dinettes from Feb. 14 to 19 and then the comedy Graeme of Thrones, which runs from Feb. 22 to 26. A comic takeoff on Disney princesses, Disenchanted!, will play from Feb. 28 to March 5, and then Cannibal: The Musical takes the stage from March 9 to 12, followed by The Male Intellect: An Oxymoron? from March 14 to 26 and One Funny Mother from March 30 to April 2.

The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis continues its 50th-anniversary season on the Mainstage with productions of the classic Arthur Miller drama All My Sons from Jan. 4 to 29, followed by Harper Lee\u2019s classic To Kill a Mockingbird from Feb. 8 to March 5 and the one-act jukebox musical Million Dollar Quartet, about a jam session featuring Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins, from March 15 to April 9.

In its Studio Theatre, The Rep presents the two-character play called Constellations, described as \u201ca vibrant collision of love and theoretical physics,\u201d from Jan. 18 to Feb. 5, and then The Royale, a drama loosely based on early 20th-century black boxer Jack Johnson and his fight for recognition in a prejudiced world, from March 8 to 26.

From March 10 to 12, Slightly Askew Theatre Ensemble presents the Aphra Behn Emerging Artists\u2019 Showcase, a festival of new plays written and directed by promising female artists including Shualee Cook, Erin Renee Roberts, Alyssa Ward, Kate McAllister, Hannah Ryan and Kristin Rion. The short plays, ranging between 10 and 30 minutes, are presented each day of the festival as part of the troupe\u2019s Season of Adaptation.

Saint Louis Shakespeare continues its 32nd season with a presentation of The Comedy of Errors by the Bard from March 31 to April 9 at the Ivory Theatre, 7620 Michigan Ave.

St. Louis Actors\u2019 Studio continues its 10th-anniversary season with a production of The Way We Get By, Neil LaBute\u2019s play about a man and a woman who wake up together and then begin to wonder how much they really know about each other and how much they actually care about what anyone else thinks. The Way We Get By runs from Feb. 10 to 26 at the Gaslight Theater.

Next onstage at the Tower Grove Abbey is Stray Dog Theatre\u2019s presentation of the classic Henrik Ibsen 19th-century drama A Doll\u2019s House, about a woman who learns in what esteem \u2013 or lack thereof \u2013 she\u2019s held by her husband when she is being blackmailed. A Doll\u2019s House runs from Feb. 2 to 18.

Tesseract Theatre returns to its new home, the .ZACK Incubator in Grand Center, when it teams with V-Day St. Louis to present The Vagina Monologues from Feb. 3 to 12. Prior to that, Theatre Lab presents its third full-length production at its new home \u2013 the same .ZACK Incubator, at 3224 Locust St. \u2013 with a presentation of Patrick Marber\u2019s 1997 drama Closer, which focuses on four lives intertwined over the course of 4\u00bd years. Closer plays from Jan. 13 to 22.

The American premiere of South African playwright Joanna Evans\u2019 The Year of the Bicycle takes the stage courtesy of Upstream Theater from Jan. 27 to Feb. 12 at the Kranzberg Arts Center, 501 N. Grand Ave. The drama centers on the relationship between two children from very different backgrounds growing up in post-apartheid South Africa.

West End Players Guild continues its 106th season with The Ice Fishing Play, a comedic look at a funny pastime that also delivers some important lessons about life, in a production that runs from Feb. 10 to 19 at the Union Avenue Christian Church on Enright Avenue one block north of the intersection of Delmar and Union.

And Winter Opera continues the celebration of its 10th-anniversary season with Gioachino Rossini\u2019s La Cenerentola conducted by Kostis Protopapas, artistic director of Opera Santa Barbara, on Jan. 27 and 29. Winter Opera then concludes its season with a presentation of Georges Bizet\u2019s Carmen, conducted by Darwin Aquino, on March 3 and 5. All performances take place at the Skip Viragh Center for the Performing Arts at Chaminade.

As you can see, the winter calendar\u2019s chockfull of goodies for the artistically adventurous \u2013 so brave the elements and prepare yourself for some fine theatrical experiences.

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Through no particular apathy or antipathy, eco-friendliness and artistry, for most interlocutors, scarcely pair, perforce \u2013 yet such a pairing constitutes one of the manifold felicities of Jennie Hible\u2019s work.

The untitled bowl showcased here, which has a diameter of 10\u00bd inches, exemplifies that work in recycled glass. (Hible, who lives in St. Peters, notes in passing that she also works with \u201cart glass, glass that is made specifically to be fired in a kiln\u201d and that St. Charles\u2019 Dwell in Design offers certain of her pieces for purchase.)

The mere image of that bowl may well spark an almost visceral response in the reader, a compulsion to cradle between one\u2019s palms its gorgeous, pebbled surface, which looks luminescent and (altogether counterintuitively) warm. It emanates palpability.

Funnily, Hible admits her artistic calling commenced not at the kiln but at the easel.

\u201cMy grandmother was a painter, but I would always find myself becoming frustrated trying to \u2018stay within the lines,\u2019\u201d she says. \u201cIronically enough, I now paint \u2013 abstract only \u2013 but when I enrolled in a beginning glass class, I found my true passion.

\u201cTypically, I don\u2019t set out to produce pieces about a specific subject or matter. I draw much of my inspiration from water, the environment, animals and abstract pieces.\u201d

The bowl depicted here suggests a certain fluidity, to be sure. Images of other works by Hible, meanwhile, back her mention of the environment and abstractionism \u2013 some of her abstract works recall the delightful vivacity of Spain\u2019s Joan Mir\u00f3 \u2013 and all appear behind a website front page titled Black Dog Brown Dog Art, which sports a splendidly stylized paw-print logo and photos of two canines (one black, the other \u2026 well, guess).

Regarding environmental concerns, it also should come as no surprise that last year she took part in a juried exhibition in the seventh annual Nature and Wildlife Exhibit at Florida\u2019s St. Augustine Art Association from July 23 through August 28.

\u201cAt one point, I started becoming fascinated with recycled glass,\u201d Hible continues regarding her work. \u201cIt makes me crazy to see all the old shower and patio doors that end up in the landfill.

\u201cThe score of the lifetime was my mom arranging for me to get all the sheets of glass from a school trophy case that was headed to the trash. It\u2019s awesome having a hobby that not only eliminates waste but also allows me to create unique and beautiful items for others to enjoy.

\u201cGlass is rewarding, challenging and very frustrating at times \u2013 but that\u2019s part of the fun.\u201d

To learn more about our featured artist, visit blackdogbrowndogart.com.

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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Story: Robert Dubac holds forth for 90 minutes expounding on the search for truth in this complicated and often less-than-brilliant world. His analysis of reason is a journey taken by the narrator, who along the way meets characters named \u201cHis Voice of Reason,\u201d \u201cHis Common Sense,\u201d \u201cHis Inner Moron,\u201d \u201cHis Inner Child,\u201d \u201cHis Inner Asshole\u201d and \u201cHis Scruples.\u201d Each attempts to influence Robert, or \u201cBob\u201d as he is known to his friends.

Highlights: The recently reinvigorated Playhouse at Westport Plaza concluded the first half of its 2016-17 season with an amusing session hosted by comedian Robert Dubac. His rapid-fire delivery and intellectual observations brought to mind what Stephen Wright might be like on steroids, with mostly humorous results.

Other Info: Dubac\u2019s show, sub-titled If Thinking Were Easy Everyone Would Do It, actually was too much of a good thing. At nearly 90 minutes, it really is about 15 minutes too long, at least as presently constructed. While his talent level is undeniable and his material is very amusingly conveyed, it\u2019s somewhat repetitive and could probably be enhanced by streamlining the show just a bit.

Still, when Dubac mentions that he has a Ph.D. in communications, you\u2019re inclined to believe him based on the caliber of the material he\u2019s written for this one-man presentation. Using just a chalkboard and a few minor props, Dubac is able to keep an audience entertained and even educated if they\u2019re paying close enough attention.

It\u2019s material that apparently is updated regularly, too, since he had numerous references to the recent presidential election. The show is funny from the get-go, when Dubac\u2019s voice intones about proper theater etiquette for this rendition of The Book of Moron. \u201cIf you\u2019re here thinking that you\u2019re going to see The Book of Mormon, this show is specifically for you.\u201d

Dubac\u2019s delivery can accelerate to staccato-style pacing, so much so that he\u2019s well on to the next joke while you\u2019re still contemplating something he said moments earlier. As mentioned above, his cerebral approach to humor brings to mind comic Stephen Wright, as well as George Carlin as noted by one of my colleagues upon reflection.

He even avoids crude and vulgar humor for the most part, keeping it at a low level in comparison with many modern comedians, and then primarily for impact. He\u2019s also able to demonstrate a magic trick or two that impresses someone as easily swayed as myself by legerdemain.

Dubac invited the audience to stay behind afterward while he worked on a new act he\u2019s getting ready to premiere on Sirius, the syndicated radio channel. Meanwhile, he\u2019ll return to The Playhouse at Westport Plaza March 14-26 with another show, The Male Intellect: An Oxymoron?

If that appearance is anywhere near as good as The Book of Moron, get your tickets early for a high-octane, fun-filled evening.

Play: The Book of Moron

Company: Emery Entertainment/Jack Lane

Venue: The Playhouse at Westport Plaza

Dates: Run concluded

Tickets: $60; contact metrotix.com or 534-1111

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

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Devotees of the Fort Gondo Compound for the Arts poetry series, which ended less than three weeks past, can mitigate their mourning next month through a new, related initiative.

That new initiative, 100 Boots Poetry Series, launches Jan. 27 at the Pulitzer Arts Foundation and comes, in part, courtesy of Fort Gondo\u2019s former director.

Helming 100 Boots are Jessica Baran, both the Fort Gondo ex-director and a lecturer at Washington University\u2019s Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts, and Ted Mathys, an adjunct instructor in English at Saint Louis University. Baran and Mathys themselves both are poets, it bears noting.

The inaugural 100 Boots series will comprise Lyn Hejinian and St. Louisan Alison C. Rollins on Jan. 27; Rae Armantrout and Evie Shockley on March 3; and Kaveh Akbar and Anselm Berrigan on April 21.

Baran reflects on 100 Boots as an outgrowth of the five-year Fort Gondo series.

\u201cThe finest thing to emerge from the Gondo poetry series has been its community,\u201d she says. \u201cOur hope with 100 Boots is that it will both encourage the growth of this rich local public of artists and poets and maintain a space for it to gather.\u201d

Similarly, Baran sketches the final fate of Fort Gondo and differentiates between the two series.

\u201cThe two Cherokee Street galleries that comprise Fort Gondo will indeed close, though the nonprofit entity itself \u2013 which a little over a year ago extended to include the Granite City Art and Design District in Granite City, Illinois \u2013 will continue at G-CADD,\u201d says Baran. \u201cSo all programs \u2013 exhibitions, poetry and otherwise \u2013 at this important, 14-year-old alternative South City art space will cease at year\u2019s end.

\u201c100 Boots is, really, an entirely new series. Hosting it at the Pulitzer in and of itself changes the physical environment, neighborhood dynamic and institutional culture in which the series is situated, and our collaborators \u2013 from WORK/PLAY, the enormously talented artists Danielle and Kevin McCoy, who will be designing our broadsides, to the Pulitzer staff itself \u2013 come with fresh and exciting insights into how the series can be shaped.\u201d

Baran\u2019s collaborator expands on the formation of 100 Boots.

\u201cThere was a healthy confluence of events and people,\u201d Mathys says. \u201cThe poetry series at Fort Gondo was in its final season, and we had been discussing how we could run a series elsewhere that would continue the feisty, inclusive spirit of our current series.

\u201cAt the same time, Pulitzer Arts Foundation has hosted some dynamite poetry readings in the past, and their embrace of community, diversity and the intersections between language and art appealed to us. Several great people at Pulitzer Arts Foundation were regular friends of the Fort Gondo series, including Kristin Fleischmann Brewer, director of public projects and engagement; Philip Matthews, former assistant curator of public projects; and Justin Phillip Reed, public engagement coordinator.

\u201cThe collaboration made sense to all.\u201d

Helpfully, Mathys also explains the new series\u2019 curious name \u2013 that is, whence 100 Boots?

\u201cWe wanted a series title with some teeth and one that would call together a diverse community under the banner of poetry and art,\u201d he says. \u201cWe also threw an element of chance into the mix, researching titles of art pieces, performances, works of avant-garde literature and so forth.

\u201cThe 100 Boots title references a piece by artist Eleanor Antin in which pairs of boots were arranged and documented in different public spaces. For the poetry series, we love this notion of creating art from the possibility of public assembly. Incidentally, Antin\u2019s partner, the late David Antin, was a poet.\u201d

The peculiar temporal patterning of the first 100 Boots series \u2013 Jan. 27 for the first event, followed five weeks later by the second, followed six weeks after that by the third \u2013 Mathys attributes to \u201ctotal chance and coordination of various schedules,\u201d citing \u201cthe various other series in town and the Pulitzer\u2019s exhibition schedule and other public programs.\u201d

Baran and Mathys in tandem developed the list of participants in the first 100 Boots series, with the latter adding that they \u201cbenefited from additional suggestions during early meetings with the Pulitzer staff [mentioned previously].\u201d

Various criteria informed the choices for the first series.

\u201cProgramming a reading series is an art, not a science,\u201d says Mathys. \u201cOur list of poets that hadn\u2019t already read at Fort Gondo and that we\u2019d be delighted to have read in 100 Boots quickly grew to over 50 the moment we sat down.

\u201cObviously, travel schedules, teaching schedules, book publication schedules, reading schedules and family demands fluctuate wildly. So our pairings shifted around. But in the swirl, the things we were really looking for with the series were to feature poets of the very highest caliber; embrace a diversity of poets from different cultural backgrounds, geographic regions and stages of their careers; tap into the rich literary culture and history of St. Louis and the Midwest; and make the readings welcoming and effervescent events.

\u201cOur readers in this first season reflect those choices.\u201d

So what, in particular, inspired the choice of Hejinian and Rollins as the first two 100 Boots poets?

\u201cAlison is a hugely talented poet from St. Louis, whose work is fierce and excellent and whose star is quickly rising in American poetry,\u201d Mathys relates, speaking for himself and for Baran. \u201cWe\u2019re lucky to have her in town, and she made obvious sense to us.

\u201cLyn Hejinian is a hero for both of us and for many in the poetry world. Her landmark book My Life should be required reading, and her critical work in pieces like \u2018The Rejection of Closure\u2019 has had a major influence on the way that many think about the social stakes of writing poems.\u201d

Finally, Mathys reflects on the timing of a potential 100 Boots second series \u2013 in a manner of speaking, collecting the change to keep feeding the meter.

\u201cIf it makes sense for all to continue after these first readings,\u201d he tacitly urges local poetry devotees, \u201ca fall series of readings in 2017 would be ideal.\u201d

100 Boots Poetry Series, pulitzerarts.org/series/100-boots-poetry-series

\u2018The First That Ever Burst\u2019

During the workweek, Alison C. Rollins serves as a librarian at Webster Groves\u2019 historic Nerinx Hall, but she otherwise ranks as a young poet of breathtaking power.

Among other credentials, during the past year Rollins published multiple pieces of work in Poetry \u2013 perhaps the preeminent modern journal devoted to verse, founded in Chicago in 1912 by Harriet Monroe \u2013 including the electrifying \u201cWhy Is We Americans\u201d from the June edition.

As a poet, to borrow a phrase from \u201cThe Rime of the Ancient Mariner\u201d by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Collins will number among \u201cthe first that ever burst\u201d in less than a month, as half of the initial pair of participants in the new 100 Boots Poetry Series on Jan. 27 at the Pulitzer Arts Foundation.

\u201cI am humbled and excited as a local poet who\u2019s originally from St. Louis,\u201d Rollins confesses. \u201cIn January, I\u2019m reading alongside Lyn Hejinian, who I first met doing an undergraduate summer research program (Summer Research Opportunity Program) at [University of California] Berkeley. It will be incredible to reconnect with her in my hometown and to also have the opportunity to read alongside such a pivotal force in poetry.\u201d

Rollins similarly mentions connections to poets appearing later in the series, noting that she met and worked with Evie Shockley (who will take part in 100 Boots on March 3) last summer during a fellowship with the nonprofit literary service organization Cave Canem. She also recently read with Kaveh Akbar (who will take part in 100 Boots on April 21) in Newark, New Jersey, at the Dodge Poetry Festival. \u201cWe are both 2016 recipients of the Poetry Foundation\u2019s Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship,\u201d she adds of Akbar.

\u201cOn a variety of personal and professional levels,\u201d Rollins concludes, \u201cI\u2019m looking forward to the series and having all of these poets share their work with the St. Louis community.\u201d

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The Hill just got its first brewery: 2nd Shift Brewing debuted this month in the historic neighborhood after relocating from its former production facility in New Haven, Missouri. The 18,000-square-foot brewery comes complete with a tasting room and food menu developed by Tilford Restaurant Group.

The brewery originally launched in 2010, featuring signature beers including Hibiscus Wit and Art of Neurosis, an IPA. The concept gets its name from co-owner Steve Crider\u2019s career in welding.

\u201cWhen he started the brewery, he moved to the first shift, and the brewery became his second shift,\u201d explains his wife, 2nd Shift co-owner Libby Crider. \u201cOur beers have been around St. Louis for six years. We\u2019re hoping to put a face to the name. We see people checking in and drinking our beers on social media \u2013 we can\u2019t wait to meet all of them in person, thank them and show them all what we do.\u201d

The Criders work with operations manager Michael Sweeney, tasting-room manager Becca Senn, brewer Mike Manning and head seller Jake Senn to bring their full-scale operation to St. Louis. They have seats for 150 to 200 guests in the new space, which nearly triples the size of 2nd Shift\u2019s former home.

\u201cIt was basically just an empty shell with huge ceilings \u2013 very industrial,\u201d Libby Crider says. \u201cFor lack of a better term, we\u2019re a very blue-collar brewery, and this was just a wide-open space to put our personality into.\u201d

The room features two-story ceilings, concrete floors, a wall of beer barrels and a back bar with white tile. Dock doors were transformed into glass doors to provide natural light for the tasting room. The bar featured around half a dozen signature beers for its debut, with a full lineup of beers within a month of opening. Six taps also will be reserved for guest beers from breweries including 4 Hands Brewing, Perennial Artisan Ales, Urban Chestnut Brewing and Civil Life Brewing.

Choose from 2nd Shift Brewing\u2019s signature options such as Katy, which is aged for three months in neutral oak barrels to create a unique and delicate beer. A popular seasonal option is the Liquid Spiritual Delight, a chocolate stout with roasted malt flavor.

Tilford Restaurant Group cooks up a menu of savory snacks and sandwiches to pair with the beers. Look forward to items such as barbecue-duck quesadillas, Sriracha popcorn, a variety of paninis, meat and cheese plates featuring Volpi salami and more.

So if you\u2019re visiting The Hill to enjoy one of its manifold theatrical pleasures and other delights, first share a pint \u2013 or two \u2013 with the fine folks at 2nd Shift Brewing!

2nd Shift Brewing, 1601 Sublette Ave., St. Louis, 314-669-9013, 2ndshiftbrewing.com

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Rachel Roe sees the world as a work of art. The full-time freelance artist, designer and illustrator moved to St. Louis after earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Missouri, where she began to grasp how fulfilling art was for her. After Roe started her career as a designer at an advertising agency, her husband, Ryan, encouraged her to return to the colorful paintings depicting her unique view of the natural world that she loved to create in college, and he even built her a creative space \u2013 a charming backyard art studio. Roe recently unveiled her studio and some her latest artwork to LN.

What mediums do you specialize in?

I learned how to paint with oils, so I will forever love oil paints. But my recent work is acrylic. I also like to throw in a new material or medium every now and then to push myself out of my creative comfort zone. I recently started painting on birch wood panels and find that it adds new expression to my work.

What inspires your art?

The trick for me is to not only rely on external sources for inspiration but also the passion and spark within me. My art is about revelation \u2013 revealing to others how I see the world: how I view light and color, how I compose a painting and juxtapose another. It becomes my own visual language to communicate with others. I\u2019m inspired to paint to express myself in a way that words cannot.

How do you decide what to feature in your art?

My environment has a recognizable impact on my work. Working from my backyard art studio, where I can feel the sun and watch the breeze through the trees, connects me to nature. Those aspects of movement and fluidity are directly reflected in my work.

Describe your recent artwork.

It is apparent when I look at my body of work how my recent paintings have evolved. There is more intention and intuition. I\u2019m able to focus less on technique and more on movement, the mark and feeling my way through the painting.

Describe your recent design work.

My role as a graphic designer is rewarding in the sense that I get to help others establish, reinforce or rebrand their identity. I do this by creating logos, illustrations or marketing materials that will help elevate their business to the next level.


What artists inspire you?

I pull a lot of inspiration from the Impressionism and Fauvism movements. I strive to achieve the effortless and spontaneous brushstrokes of the Impressionists, and I am drawn to the expressive color used by the Fauves.

Where is your art available?

It is available through my website, rachelroedesign.com, and my Etsy shop, Rachel Roe Art.

Where is your art on display?

My art has been featured in local coffee shops and art shows. This fall, I hosted my first Backyard Art Party event, and it was a big hit! I wanted to create an environment to view my art that felt comfortable for everyone. I opened my studio, put my art on easels outside, we turned on some Otis Redding and drank apple cider. I even painted a 9-foot canvas for people to use as a backdrop for photos. It was the perfect laid-back setting to connect with other creatives and small local businesses. People really enjoyed seeing my custom backyard art studio and how it inspires my work.

What are your future goals for your art?

I would love to break into the commercial art space. I see my art and patterns being mass-produced onto everyday, functional objects.


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If you love serving up tasty, healthy food for your family but don\u2019t always have time to prepare a home-cooked meal, St. Louis-based Nourish by Hollyberry is delivering a delicious and nutritious option: Nourish at Home subscription meal service.

Nourish by Hollyberry \u2013 the market and caf\u00e9-to-go in Warson Woods helmed by Holly Cunningham, president of longtime leading local catering company Hollyberry Catering \u2013 launched Nourish at Home this fall. Cunningham successfully tested the idea with 12 local families for eight weeks; each family took surveys about the meals and provided feedback, which was then all used to fine-tune the final meal packages. The subscription meal service provides flash-frozen, chef-prepared meals sourced from local farmers and producers \u2013 all delivered right to your door. \u201cNourish at Home is the solution for busy families who don\u2019t want to sacrifice great wholesome meals due to time restraints, people who need a little help thinking of great meals on a regular basis or families who want to spend more quality time with each other and less time in the kitchen,\u201d Cunningham explains.

Nourish at Home was sparked by the veteran professional chef\u2019s desire to serve her family healthy, tasty meals while still juggling everything else on her plate \u2013 from running her multifaceted business to attending her kids\u2019 school and extracurricular activities. \u201cI\u2019m lucky working with chefs at a catering company \u2013 there was always something wonderful to bring home to my family, but I know most people don\u2019t have that opportunity,\u201d Cunningham says. \u201cHaving great meals in the freezer, ready to heat and serve, is a perfect solution, and one I\u2019m so excited to bring to everyone. Each dish is flash-frozen, delivered [by a courier] and baked fresh [by the subscriber], so the flavors aren\u2019t compromised. Meanwhile, our customers are freed up to spend more time with their families, which is the real passion and inspiration behind Nourish.\u201d

The subscription meal service offers entr\u00e9es, side dishes, appetizers and desserts through three packages: Wholesome Helpings, offering a choice of three savory entr\u00e9es; Hearty + Healthy, including two entr\u00e9es and two sides of fresh vegetables and whole grains; and Chef\u2019s Choice, for those with adventurous palates, featuring two entr\u00e9es, one side and one \u201cchef special,\u201d a seasonal creation. Dishes, each made to serve four, include pulled pork enchiladas, shepherd\u2019s pie, cauliflower mash and fan-favorite butternut squash mac \u2019n\u2019 cheese. The meals also come with recipe cards that include nutritional information, recommendations for side dishes to serve with entr\u00e9es and suggested beer and wine pairings.

\u201cWe also offer menus that highlight the best produce and flavors of each season,\u201d Cunningham says, adding that the new winter menu is slated to launch after the first of the year. \u201cIt includes some curl-up-at-home comfort food alongside great party-friendly suggestions like Mexican street corn, cider-braised apples and potatoes, and white chocolate-cranberry dessert bars.\u201d New winter dishes also include meatloaf cupcakes, rosemary-roasted chicken and veggies, and one of Cunningham\u2019s favorites \u2013 a taco-Tuesday bake.

Each recipe is thoughtfully created by Nourish\u2019s professional chefs and presented at a tasting to ensure it\u2019s \u201cthe best of the best,\u201d with customized options such as gluten-free or vegetarian available to suit subscribers\u2019 dietary needs and preferences. \u201cOur team of chefs is right here in St. Louis \u2013 they create the recipes in-house with a wholesome, family-friendly palate in mind,\u201d Cunningham says. \u201cThey are always looking for new flavors to introduce and new ways to make our dishes fit our customers\u2019 lifestyles.\u201d And Nourish sources its ingredients from local businesses, including Fazio\u2019s Bakery on The Hill, Sunfarm produce and dairy in St. Louis, and Gordon Food Service, a wholesale company that draws from local sources.

Through Nourish\u2019s website, nourishathome.com, consumers can sign up to subscribe from one to three months and also choose one of the service\u2019s three meal plans. Each order is hand-delivered by a courier service, either weekly or every other week \u2013 if you\u2019ve selected the three-month option \u2013 and within a designated time frame, all selected online by the subscriber. Nourish delivers to more than 50 St. Louis-area ZIP codes, with a full listing of delivery zones available on the website.

Nourish at Home subscribers grew to about 45 in the service\u2019s first eight weeks, Cunningham notes. \u201cThe feedback has been really positive,\u201d she says, \u201cand we are finding that people not only really love the food but really appreciate the gift of having more time in their day to do other things.\u201d

Next year, Cunningham will add a new corporate option for Nourish meal delivery with a goal of helping businesses deliver chef-prepared, ready-to-heat-and-serve meals to employees at their workplaces. Employees will receive a discount on the meals, and they will be delivered to their places of business to take home and heat up for dinner.

After all, Cunningham says there\u2019s always time for great food. \u201cAnd it\u2019s the time you spend while enjoying it and the conversations you have over it that really make it a meal,\u201d she says.

Nourish at Home, 10037 Manchester Road, Warson Woods, 314-835-9196, nourishathome.com

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At River City Casino in St. Louis, casino-goers now can get a taste of authentic Italian cuisine. Cibare translates as \u201cto feed or nourish\u201d from Italian, and Cibare Italian Kitchen opened in November following the recent debut of another dining option on the property: Asia Noodles.

\u201cIt\u2019s something very unique for St. Louis,\u201d says chef de cuisine Pierpaolo Pittia, who is a certified Italian culinary master chef under the Italian Academia Barilla. The Udine, Italy, native works with executive chef Joshua Schlink to carry out the combined lunch, dinner, bakery and coffee-shop concept that encompasses elements inspired by many different regions.

\u201cI have 28 years of experience working with chefs from all over Italy from Sicily and Sardinia to Milan and Bergamo,\u201d Pittia says. \u201cI picked up a lot of knowledge from these guys and am really happy to be having this restaurant feature these dishes. All the chefs here put together this beautiful menu. We came up with the best recipes we could.\u201d

The 3,644-square-foot space is the sixth restaurant on the property, with seats for around 83 guests in the main dining area. The casual eatery features a copper-clad, wood-burning stone hearth oven where chefs craft Neapolitan-style pizzas. The station is also home to homemade breads and pasta.

\u201cWe\u2019re using durum wheat and semolina milled half a mile from our doorstep,\u201d Schlink says. \u201cEach day starts with fresh pasta.\u201d

Try the handcrafted noodles in dishes including strozzapreti with braised beef, pancetta, caramelized onions, roasted tomato, olives and gremolata. Other pasta dishes include a salsiccia and ground beef lasagna, as well as spaghetti and meatballs with pomodoro and Parmigiano-Reggiano.

Additional highlights from the menu include a variety of lunchtime panini options. The dinner menu features salads, appetizers, pizzas, pastas, entr\u00e9es and desserts. Choose from specialties such as Margherita-style pizza, caprese salad and half-moon-shaped toasted ravioli.

At the bar, guests will find a selection of Italian and Californian wines along with signature cocktails: homemade limoncello, Negronis, Bellinis and more.

Executive pastry chef David Laufer, formerly of The Preston at The Chase Park Plaza, heads up the sweet side of Cibare with a smorgasbord of desserts. Guests will find everything from cannoli and crostata to tiramisu and gelato in the pastry case. The coffee shop serves Lavazza coffee. With such a wide array of meal options, Cibare makes the perfect choice before seeing A Christmas Carol from The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis. [LN dingbat]

Cibare Italian Kitchen, 777 River City Casino Blvd., St. Louis, 314-388-7777, rivercity.com/dining/cibare-italian-kitchen

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Story:\u2002In Charles Dickens\u2019 classic holiday tale, a curmudgeonly businessman named Ebenezer Scrooge in Victorian London finds his life harshly evaluated on Christmas Eve by three spirits. They\u2019ve been sent to Scrooge\u2019s home by his late partner, Jacob Marley, who decries that he never realized in life the fact that \u201cmankind was my business.\u201d

Now, seven years to the day after his death, Marley returns in ghostly form to warn his surviving partner to mend his ways, lest Scrooge end up joining other wretches in the afterlife who lament and regret their selfish ways while on Earth.

Is this, as Scrooge surmises, just the aftereffect of some disagreeable food? Or can the tyrannical boss and skinflint actually change his ways to save his soul?

Highlights:\u2002After an absence of 35 years, A Christmas Carol returns to The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis in a new adaptation by David H. Bell that shows a slightly different view of Dickens\u2019 enduring story of redemption and salvation during the holiday season. For its golden-anniversary season, The Rep has mounted a sumptuous feast for the eyes and ears, filling its offering with shiny acting performances and a glittering array of technical achievements cleverly designed to brighten the spirits of its patrons.

Other Info:\u2002Bell sets his version in a warehouse owned by Marley and Scrooge, where the confiscated remains of homes shuttered by foreclosure have reaped grim profits for the two accountants. In Robert Mark Morgan\u2019s imposing scenic design, the stage at The Rep is filled to the rafters with a jaw-dropping potpourri of the \u201cfavorite things\u201d of the unfortunate and displaced.

Further enhancing the stylish look of proceedings are the handsome costumes designed by Dorothy Marshall Englis, from the tattered togs of street urchins to the fashionable finery of Marley; Scrooge\u2019s nephew, Fred; his former boss, Fezziwig; and others.

As for the performances, director Steven Woolf does a splendid job moving his large ensemble seemingly effortlessly around the stage. They delightfully swell street scenes, as well as Fezziwig\u2019s festive holiday party, which is viewed poignantly by the robed Scrooge as he accompanies the Ghost of Christmas Past.

John Rensenhouse is an affecting Scrooge, as much for his expressions of haunted remorse and poignant recognition of laughter and love in days gone by as by his animated disdain for the people who \u201cwaste\u201d a good workday every December 25. Scrooge\u2019s salvation is seen up close and personal in Rensenhouse\u2019s gradually increased recognition of his surroundings, as Scrooge sees his ex-fianc\u00e9e, his lovable old boss and a best friend left behind by Scrooge\u2019s greed.

Rep veteran Joneal Joplin marks his 100th appearance on The Rep stage with a delicious turn as the avaricious Marley and his regret-filled specter. The large ensemble includes a number of local favorites, including Jerry Vogel as the genial Ghost of Christmas Present as well as Scrooge\u2019s first employer, the jovial Fezziwig. Susie Wall scores as Scrooge\u2019s long-suffering maid and also as the fun-loving Mrs. Fezziwig.

Michael James Reed shows the innate kindness of Scrooge\u2019s faithful and warm-hearted employee, Bob Cratchit, while Amy Loui delineates the love shown by Mrs. Cratchit for her husband as well as her contempt for his penurious boss. Young Owen Hanford is delightful, too, as the Cratchits\u2019 youngest child, Tiny Tim, whose upbeat outlook belies his serious medical condition.

Jacqueline Thompson is impressive as the blindingly radiant Ghost of Christmas Past, and Landon Tate Boyle shines as both the impressionable young Scrooge and the ominous Ghost of Christmas Future, which warns Scrooge about the dangerous children known as Ignorance and Want.

Ben Nordstrom delights as Scrooge\u2019s affable nephew, while Chris Tipp makes for a fine Dick Wilkins, Scrooge\u2019s former best friend and fellow apprentice. Lana Dvorak is touching as Belle, the girl Scrooge unfortunately loved just a little less than the money he coveted.

Woolf craftily coaxes spirited performances by the numerous players across and around the stage, bringing out fine efforts by an ensemble featuring Kaley Bender, Justin Duhon, Kennedy Holmes, Phoenix Lawson, Nathaniel Mahone, Kara Overlien, Libby Jasper, Jack Zanger, Peggy Billo, Grace Clark, Madison Dixon, Elise Edwards, Susannah Egley, Spencer Jones, Cole Joyce, Alan Knoll, Lily McDonald, Ronan Ryan and Donna Weinsting. The energized children in the cast capably represent The Muny Kids program.

Absent for nearly three dozen years, A Christmas Carol returns to The Rep with a handsome, heart-rending presentation with which The Rep has blessed us all. [LN dingbat]

Company:\u2002The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis

Venue:\u2002Browning Mainstage, Loretto-Hilton Center, 130 Edgar Road

Dates:\u2002Through December 24

Tickets:\u2002$18-$88.50; contact 314-968-4925 or www.repstl.org

Rating:\u2002A 4.5 on a scale of 1-to-5

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