We’re just a few weeks away from the opening of the 2012 WILLIAM BERNOUDY LADUE NEWS SHOW HOUSE. The Show House, presented by U.S. Bank, will be on view from Oct. 5 through Oct. 21, with proceeds benefitting local charities. Last week, Show House designers gathered during a reception at THE TROVA PROJECT in Clayton, where they viewed and selected pieces from the gallery to incorporate into their design. LN design editor Alan E. Brainerd has more on this year’s featured home and the iconic name behind it beginning on p. 56.
St. Louis native RUTHE PONTURO has co-written and produced a new Off-Broadway production, Divorce The Musical: Better Mad Than Sad. We’re told Ponturo created the show following her recent divorce after 34 years of marriage. Her longtime career in theater includes serving as choreographer of Parkway Central H.S.’s music department and as youth department director at City Studio Dance Theatre. In addition to Ponturo (who plays leading lady ‘Kate’), the musical also stars Parkway Central alums EMILY PETERSON and DANA WILSON. Divorce debuts at New York’s Triad Theatre Sept. 28.
Local historian and journalist JIM MERKEL has a new book, Beer, Brats and Baseball: St. Louis Germans, which chronicles the history of the Germans in the Gateway City. The author’s own great-great-grandfather arrived in St. Louis from Germany in 1858 and made a living by making pianos. Merkel will appear at a book-signing and discussion at St. Louis County Library headquarters on Sept. 17 at 7 p.m.
Poetry, anyone? Missouri’s newest poet laureate, WILLIAM TROWBRIDGE, will appear at St. Louis Public Library’s Schlafly Branch on Sept. 19 (7 p.m.) to read and discuss his poetry. Trowbridge has five full poetry collections, including Ship of Fool, The Complete Book of Kong, Flickers, O Paradise and Enter Dark Stranger.
Happy 100th birthday to THE WILSON SCHOOL, whose students and staff kicked off the celebration this week. Festivities included a service project to benefit Operation Food Search. Students and their families brought in wrapped ‘birthday boxes’ filled with traditional birthday party supplies like cake mix, frosting, decorations and candles, which were donated to the charity.
If you’ve been to GRAND CENTER in the past couple of weeks, you may have noticed a new attraction: a large-scale, interactive piece of art, literally. ART at Grand Center is a 30-foot-tall illuminated metal sculpture that spells out ‘art.’ Located at Strauss Park across from the Fox Theatre, the sculpture is installed on the façade of a building and has been programmed to a computer control system to allow for interactive commands. For instance, a person could walk up with a smart phone, snap a QR code and then change the color and pattern of the artwork. The piece was commissioned by KEN KRANZBERG and designed by architect DEREK LAUER of Lauer Architecture Progressive Design.
GRAND CENTER has also been awarded a Great Streets Planning Grant for approximately $300,000. The award, from the East West Gateway Council of Governments, will help support the framework for the Grand Center Master Plan, which addresses areas such as improving visitor experience, future land use and parking. In addition, Grand Center recently was awarded a $75,000 National Endowment for the Arts planning grant to be used for the ‘Art Walk’ component of the plan. The Art Walk, a mid-block pedestrian way located between Grand and Spring avenues, will make it easier for pedestrians to connect among the district’s venues.