Need more cowbell? Folks are still talking about the special St. Louis screening that brought A-listers WILL FERRELL and MARK WAHLBERG to town. Last week’s visit was the result of a Facebook campaign in which St. Louis outpolled more than a dozen other cities for the right to host the premiere of The Other Guys, the buddy cop movie starring the duo. Spotted in the crowd of thousands at the Chesterfield Galaxy theater were promoter DON KING, OZZIE SMITH, Rams offensive lineman PHIL TRAUTWEIN dressed as an elf (a nod to Ferrell’s movie, Elf), and of course, a few cowbells in honor of the classic Saturday Night Live skit featuring Ferrell and actor Christopher Walken. To read LN movie critic Debbie Baldwin’s review of The Other Guys, visit us on Facebook or on laduenews.com.
Yip, yip, hooray! Do-it-yourself celebrity VERN YIP is coming to St. Louis to help usher in the new I.O. Metro store at The Boulevard in Richmond Heights. Yip, the star of HGTV’s Deserving Design with Vern Yip and judge panelist on HGTV Design Star, is headlining the store’s Aug. 19 grand opening.
Renowned Saint Louis University biochemist WILLIAM SLY is the recipient of a prestigious international award for his lifetime of work on genetic diseases. Sly, for whom ‘Sly Syndrome’ is named, was honored with The Life for MPS award in Australia. MPS stands for mucopolysaccharidoses, a group of inherited and life-threatening conditions that has been the focus of Sly’s research. Sly Syndrome, known to affect only about 100 people, is a rare genetic disorder which causes bone defects, vision and hearing problems, and heart disease, among others.
Thanks to a $6 million grant from the National Institutes of Health, WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY has established a new center to focus on improving the lives of infants and children with developmental disabilities. The Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center will study ways to prevent and treat childhood developmental disabilities, with special emphasis on clinical and translational research, as well as on reaching out to families and the community with resources and services.
The Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis has a new chief curator: He’s DOMINIC MOLON, currently curator at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art. Molon begins his appointment here Sept. 27
Her years of community service and work on behalf of children and others with disabilities has earned 55-year-old SUSAN KRESS of St. Louis a top Muscular Dystrophy Association award. Kress, who has spinal muscular atrophy type 3, is the recipient of the 2010 Robert Ross Personal Achievement Award for Missouri. The award recognizes exemplary accomplishments of those who have any of the 40-plus neuromuscular diseases for which MDA seeks treatments and cures. Kress worked most of her professional career at the St. Charles County YMCA, and currently serves as early childhood center director at Delmar Gardens.
Fashion and jazz come together for a good cause: An Aug. 29 benefit for INDEPENDENCE CENTER and PAAR (Professional and Amateur Arts Recognized) will feature a New York-style runway show and live music from ‘Lady Jazz’ MAE WHEELER and friends. Independence Center is a community-based rehab program for adults with serious mental illness. Tickets for the event, which takes place at the center’s Clubhouse Shop in the Central West End, are available by calling 880-5405 or visiting independencecenter.org.