Encore! Encore! In an unprecedented move, STAGES ST. LOUIS has announced the return of Always…Patsy Cline for an eight-week engagement in late spring. The production, featuring original stars JACQUELINE PETROCCIA (Patsy Cline) and ZOE VONDER HAAR (Louise Seger), will be presented April 22 through June 15 at The Playhouse at Westport Plaza. During its earlier run for STAGES’ 27th season, the show resulted in two added performances and record-breaking attendance. Single tickets are on sale Dec. 12. Call 821-2407 or visit stagesstlouis.org.
Grammy-award winning singer AARON NEVILLE will headline a special spring benefit presented by the FRIENDS OF THE SHELDON. The New Orleans native, the third youngest of the four celebrated Neville brothers, will perform Feb. 22 at The Sheldon. Proceeds from the concert benefit The Sheldon’s educational programs, which serve more than 20,000 local students each year. For more information, call 533-9900 or visit thesheldon.org.
FOREST PARK has received national recognition for its excellence, innovation and stewardship. City Parks Alliance, the national urban park advocacy organization, gave Forest Park its ‘Frontline Park’ designation. The St. Louis park “exemplifies the power of partnerships to create and maintain urban parks that build community and make our cities sustainable and vibrant,” notes the alliance’s executive director CATHERINE NAGEL, who hopes that by shining the spotlight on Forest Park, “we can raise awareness about both the necessity and the promise of these kinds of partnerships to spur investment in our nation’s urban parks.”
More than 300 volunteers and supporters of the UNITED WAY OF GREATER ST. LOUIS were on hand to celebrate at The Sheldon earlier this month following word that the organization exceeded its 2013 fundraising goal by raising a record $72,254,028 million. Addressing the crowd were co-chairs RON and CHERI FROMM, who thanked the community for its support. More than 2,500 companies and 200,000-plus individuals participated in this year’s campaign. The United Way funds more than 170 health and human services agencies in the bi-state area.
Two for the price of one: Literary fans attending this weekend’s AMY TAN discussion and book-signing at St. Louis County Library headquarters were treated to an appearance by local author RIDLEY PEARSON, a best-selling novelist in his own right and a friend (and former Rock Bottom Remainders bandmate) of Tan’s. Following Pearson’s opening remarks, St. Louis Public Radio host DON MARSH conducted an on-stage interview with Tan, who was in town promoting The Valley of Amazement, her first novel in 10 years. Proceeds from the event benefit the St. Louis County Library Foundation.
Just in time for the holidays, St. Louis artist and New York Times best-selling author MARY ENGELBREIT has released a new children's book, Peace on Earth: A Christmas Collection. In it, Engelbreit shares Christmas stories and poetry, as well as traditions she cherished as a child. Peace on Earth follows Engelbreit's first Christmas-themed children's book, the best-selling Night Before Christmas.