The ARTS AND EDUCATION COUNCIL has announced its 2014 St. Louis Arts Awards recipients, who are being lauded for achieving a legacy of artistic excellence, and for enriching the local arts and cultural community. The honorees are: CAROL NORTH and NICK KRYAH of Metro Theater Company (Lifetime Achievement in the Arts); EDWARD JONES Partners and Associates (Corporate Champions of the Arts); THELMA and DAVID STEWARD (Excellence in Philanthropy); ST. LOUIS SYMPHONY (Excellence in the Arts); LEE NOLTING of COCA (Excellence in the Arts); DES LEE Fine Arts Education Collaborative (Arts Collaboration); and HEIDI MORGAN of University City (Art Educator of the Year). The honorees will be feted during a Jan. 20 event at The Chase Park Plaza.

The third annual September 11th Interfaith Memorial in Music takes place in St. Louis on Sunday, Sept. 8, to commemorate this year’s 9/11 anniversary. Grammy Award-winning soprano CHRISTINE BREWER will once again grace the stage at The Sheldon, along with other acclaimed musicians. SR. MARY JEAN RYAN, who recently retired as CEO of SSM Health Care, will serve as keynote. The concert, which is free and open to the public, is hosted by ARTS & FAITH ST. LOUIS, a working partnership between local arts, religious and university leaders.

Fantasy football…THE MAGIC HOUSE is preparing for Friday Night Lights, a Sept. 27 gala that allows guests to go behind-the-scenes at Rams Park. For starters, there will be a VIP cocktail house and tour of the players’ and owners’ areas of the park. It will be followed by dinner on the field, live and silent auctions and several football-themed diversions. The event benefits The Magic House’s Good to Grow health initiative, as well as its other educational programs. KEVIN DEMOFF, the Rams’ executive VP of football operations and COO, along with his wife, Jennifer, are honorary co-chairs; DEVON FISCHER is event chair. For tickets, call 822-8900 or visit

Iconic St. Louis architects RAYMOND MARITZ and W. RIDGELY YOUNG are the subject of a new book by the Missouri History Museum Press. The Architecture of Maritz & Young: Exceptional Historic Homes of St. Louis by KEVIN AMSLER and L. JOHN SCHOTT features the most complete collection of the tandem's work, with more than 200 photographs, architectural drawings and original floor plans. 

A little bit country, a little bit…Celebrated brother-sister duo DONNY and MARIE OSMOND are bringing their Christmas show to St. Louis. The pair’s Dec. 18 concert at Scottrade Center is among 15 stop on their nationwide tour. The siblings brought Donny & Marie Christmas to Broadway and are continuing their run at the Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas, where they were declared Best Show and Best Performers of 2012 by the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Tickets for the Scottrade show go on sale Aug. 16.

A St. Louis man is the new face of a national ad campaign to promote the love of sausage. DANNY MCCARTHY stars as the ‘Brattender’ in an ongoing music video campaign by Johnsonville Brats. His message for fellow grill enthusiasts? Don’t pierce the brat!