A culinary coup for fans at SCOTTRADE CENTER…Heading to a Blues game anytime soon? Stop by the new BUD LIGHT ZONE. Open to the public and located at the east end of the club level, the Bud Light Zone will accommodate up to 500 fans before, during and after each Blues game. Doors open two hours before the puck drops, to offer dinner seating (featuring a new menu by Levy Restaurants), and the restaurant will remain open until one hour after the final buzzer.

    Mark your calendars! Pianist JOSHUA GRUNMANN will make his hometown debut with violinist JONATHAN STURM at the ETHICAL SOCIETY OF ST. LOUIS, Nov. 22 at 8 p.m. The concert, ‘Music from the Romantic Era,’ will embody the pivotal points of the Romantic Movement in 19th century European classical music. Tickets: $15 for seniors and students, $20 for everyone else, available online: www.joshuagrunmannmusic.com, or at the door.

    A natural woman…Guests of STACEY and BURT NEWMAN of Rock Hill were treated to a private performance by singer-songwriter CAROLE KING at a recent event hosted by the MISSOURI WOMEN’S COALITION.

    Lights, camera, action! CINEMA ST. LOUIS has announced its lineup for the 17th annual ST. LOUIS INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL Nov. 13 to 23. More than 260 shorts, features and documentaries will be screened and more than 75 filmmakers will be in town for the occasion. The primary venues for the festival include the Tivoli, Plaza Frontenac Cinema, Saint Louis Art Museum and Webster University. Tickets are $10 each or $8 for members and students. For more info visit www.cinemastlouis.org.

    Congrats to DOMINIC MICHAEL SALON, which was listed among the ‘Top 100 Salons in the United States’ by Salon City magazine. Dominic Michael was listed 24th!

    Attention holiday shoppers! The ARTS AND EDUCATION COUNCIL is kicking off its annual ST. LOUIS ON SALE shopping event Nov. 14 to 23. For a $50 membership fee (with proceeds benefiting the organization’s support of more than 80 local arts organizations), shoppers are given a card good for up to 20 percent off at 200 St. Louis shopping and dining spots, including Saks Fifth Avenue, Byrd, Distinctions and Vie. For a complete list and info on how to purchase your card, visit www.keeparthappening.org.

    Development news…The new national hotel concept, HYATT PLACE HOTEL, and national retailer DICK’S SPORTING GOODS will anchor the second phase of development at THE BOULEVARD-ST. LOUIS across from Saint Louis Galleria. Construction began this fall and will be completed in spring of 2010. The project will include 125,000 square feet of retail space, 35,000 square feet of office space and the 172-room hotel.

    An artistic vision…He may be best known for capturing St. Louis brides, but photographer JOEL MARION’s passion for his craft extends far beyond wedding days. For more than 30 years, Marion has photographed events and locations near and far, and now he has compiled 70 of his favorite images into a hardcover coffee-table book, to be  introduced at this year’s Jewish Book Festival. It’s available at www.joelmarionfineart.com.      

    News from the Zoo…The SAINT LOUIS ZOO will debut STINGRAYS AT CARIBBEAN COVE next summer. The exhibit, near Lakeside Cafe, will include 23 stingrays gliding through a 17,000-gallon saltwater pool. A seasonal attraction, the exhibit will be open from May through September and will allow visitors the opportunity to touch and feed the stingrays.

    The MISSOURI HISTORY MUSEUM has recently opened a new exhibit honoring the life of dancer, choreographer, activist and anthropologist KATHERINE DUNHAM, as the centennial of her birth approaches in 2009. Dunham established America’s first all-black modern dance troupe, which toured from the 1940s to the 1960s.  In the late ‘60s, Dunham moved to East St. Louis, where she taught dance and culture in the hope of improving the lives of disadvantaged children. Alongside Isadora Duncan, Martha Graham and Alvin Ailey, Dunham is considered a dance pioneer of the 20th century, but she was also known as a global advocate for the oppressed, an impassioned anthropologist and prolific author. The exhibition, Katherine Dunham: Beyond the Dance, will be on display at the museum through Nov. 8, 2009.