We applaud this year’s GRAND CENTER INC. Visionary Awards honorees, who are being recognized for their commitment to the arts in St. Louis. They are: CAROL VOSS (Major Contributor to the Arts), ANDREA PURNELL (Emerging Artist), LYNN RUBRIGHT (Outstanding Arts Educator), LYDIA RUFFIN (Successful Working Artist), AGNES WILCOX (Outstanding Arts Professional) and JOANNE KOHN (Lifetime Achievement). The awards ceremony will be held Monday, May 13, from 5:45 to 8:30 p.m. at The Sheldon. Tickets, which include admission, pre-event cocktails and a dessert reception, will go on sale April 5. Visit grandcenter.org for more information.
The JUNIOR LEAGUE OF ST. LOUIS is back with its third annual A Gathering Place Kitchen Tour, highlighting some of our area’s most beautiful and innovative designer kitchens. Self-guided tours take place Saturday, April 20, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. There also will be a Toast of the Tour pre-party on April 19, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Immerse by Atlas showroom; and will feature cocktails, a sweets bar and a silent auction. For tickets, call 822-2344 or visit jlsl.org. Proceeds from both events benefit the Junior League’s training and community programs.
The iconic MARVIN GAYE is the subject of a theatrical drama coming to the Peabody Opera House: My Brother Marvin presents the ‘untold’ and ‘uncut’ story behind the man who transformed soul music, focusing on Gaye’s relationship with his parents and siblings. Emmy Award-winning actress LYNN WHITFIELD plays Gaye’s mother, Alberta; and actor CLIFTON POWELL stars at Marvin Gaye Sr. The production runs March 28 through March 31.
The ST. LOUIS SYMPHONY has announced its 2013-2014 season with highlights such as the St. Louis premiere and recording of a new John Adams concerto for saxophone, a return to Carnegie Hall in November, and the return of legendary cellist YO-YO MA to Powell Hall as the headliner of the fifth annual Red Velvet Ball in October. This is the Symphony’s ninth season under the direction of music director DAVID ROBERTSON.
A six-part TV series to debut this month will feature the patients, families and staff of ST. LOUIS CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL. The Frontline for Hope is produced in partnership with Coolfire Originals, which set up a production hub at the hospital last July, and started documenting the stories of about two dozen patients and their caregivers. The 30-minute, documentary-style episodes will air Saturdays at 6:30 p.m. on KSDK beginning March 16.
Congratulations to KIRKWOOD HIGH SCHOOL and LAFAYETTE HIGH SCHOOL, which were among four high schools nationwide to receive the 2013 First Amendment Press Freedom Awards. The prestigious distinction recognizes public high schools that actively support, teach and protect First Amendment rights and responsibilities. To be considered for the award, schools completed questionnaires and submitted samples of their printed editorial policies.
Make your vote count…Voting is underway for the 2013 Ladue News PLATINUM LIST, which recognizes the very best that St. Louis has to offer. To nominate your favorite local business, visit laduenews.com to fill out a ballot. Results will be announced in LN’s March 22 issue.